St. Albans School – Marriott Hall

  • Client St Albans School
  • Expertise K–12 Education
  • Region North America
  • Location Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Project Facts
  • Completion Year 2009
  • Design Finish Year 2006
  • Size Site Area: 10 acres Building Height: 75 feet Number of Stories: 5 Building Gross Area: 68,700 square feet
  • Awards
    2011, Merit Award, AIA – Washington DC Chapter 2009, Merit Award: Best of Year, Mid-Atlantic Construction 2009, Project Achievement Award, Construction Managers Association of America 2011, CAE Educational Facility Design Award: Citation, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Collaborators
    Arup Laboratories Hanscomb Faithful & Gould Jacobs Engineering Hopkins Foodservice Specialists, Inc
Project Facts
  • Completion Year 2009
  • Design Finish Year 2006
  • Size Site Area: 10 acres Building Height: 75 feet Number of Stories: 5 Building Gross Area: 68,700 square feet
  • Awards
    2011, Merit Award, AIA – Washington DC Chapter 2009, Merit Award: Best of Year, Mid-Atlantic Construction 2009, Project Achievement Award, Construction Managers Association of America 2011, CAE Educational Facility Design Award: Citation, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Collaborators
    Arup Laboratories Hanscomb Faithful & Gould Jacobs Engineering Hopkins Foodservice Specialists, Inc

To fulfill its ongoing mission, St. Albans set out to both consolidate and expand its educational space. In response, SOM created a new extension at the heart of the picturesque campus, whose landscape was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The project seamlessly connected disparate internal floors and external public spaces while achieving a number of other important goals.

The building is an interactive environment that contains classrooms, faculty offices, and informal social spaces. Four processional pathways link upper and lower levels and create a continuous circulation system. Seating areas and a cafe are located along the paths to encourage informal interactions and to extend the learning experience beyond the classroom walls. The new building also creates better physical and visual relationships to the school’s historic Washington National Cathedral and enhances views to central Washington, D.C.

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