DCPS Ballou Senior High School


Washington, D.C.


Civil Engineering

Project Size

345,000 SF

Completion Date


Total Cost

$148 Million


Bowie Gridley Architects

Wiles Mensch Corporation – DC (WM) provided survey and civil engineering services for the design of a new 345,000 SF high school to accommodate approximately 2,000 students. The project included the demolition of the existing facility and the design of a swing space to accommodate students during construction.

WM provided a range of services including final wall report survey, soil boring location stakeout, water meter easement exhibits, and stakeout of 88 caissons. Our team also provided full civil engineering services for the development, and completed all permitting activities with the required agencies to facilitate the project.

The facility’s design provides abundant natural lighting and takes advantage of spectacular views. The building program, based on a “Main Street” concept, includes individual grade-academies, state-of-the-art classrooms, an auditorium, cafeteria, library/multi-media center, gymnasium, outdoor athletic fields, and a community accessible fitness center and daycare center. A secure courtyard with terraced seating is integrated within the facility to promote additional outdoor activities.

Phase 2 of the project was completed with the old site of the school being used for the new football stadium and auxiliary field. The project was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Photos courtesy of: Bowie Gridley Architects & The Washington Post

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