D.C. Students Resume Classes in State-of-the-Art High School Building

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor A new high-tech, green high school is ready to welcome more than 800 students next week, when classes resume. H.D. Woodson Senior High School has just been inaugurated during an official ceremony held at 5500 Eads [...]

A new high-tech, green high school is ready to welcome more than 800 students next week, when classes resume. H.D. Woodson Senior High School has just been inaugurated during an official ceremony held at 5500 Eads St. in the Northeast quadrant. As reported by the Washington Informer, the $102 million high school includes two gymnasiums, a natatorium, an auditorium, modern administrative and classroom space, a dining room, wireless computer networks and a state-of-the-art football stadium. The classrooms and labs are equipped with smart boards, and students will have access to laptop computers.

The 230,000-square-feet building was projected by Cox, Grae and Spack Architects, along with SHW Group and, thanks to its environmental and energy-efficient design, will apply for a LEED Gold certification, seeking to secure the highest standard in environmental designation. According to DCist.com, the renovation of H.D. Woodson Senior High School is part of a $1.8 billion reconstruction and modernization plan of Washington, D.C., public schools that aims to provide safer and more supportive classroom environments for the area’s students.

In commercial real estate news, Citybizlist reports that the Tysons East Corner Office Portfolio, comprising five buildings located on 16.8 acres of land, was sold to the AFL-CLO Building Investment Trust for $138.5 million. All five properties totaling 311,000 square feet are currently 98 percent occupied, and no significant lease turnover will come up until 2014.