DCPS HD Woodson STEM School


Washington, D.C.


Civil Engineering

Project Size

230,000 SF

Completion Date


Total Cost

$95 Million


cox graae + spack architects

Wiles Mensch Corporation – DC (WM) provided surveying and civil engineering for the design and development of a new 230,000 SF high school serving 900 students with a curriculum based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The project accommodates this unique curriculum using distinct academic communities, featuring lab rooms and collaborative learning spaces. Along with academic and administrative spaces, facilities within the building include a full proscenium theater seating 1,000, a natatorium and two gyms.

WM was responsible for providing surveys including topographic survey for Limits of Disturbance (LOD), survey to mark (STM), and stakeout. Civil engineering services included stormwater management, revised grading, and utility design. Utility improvements included new domestic and fire water service with water meter vault and fittings located in public space, new sanitary and storm sewer lines, new manholes, curb inlets and area drains. A new relocated 4’-6” storm sewer was constructed on the north side, while the existing 10” sanitary sewer on 55th Street was upgraded to 18” to accommodate the flow that was removed crossing the site. A new 12” water main was constructed, connecting to a new 16” water main. All new water mains, storm and sanitary sewer relocation and approvals were designed in accordance with DC Water’s standards and specifications.

All site features were designed in compliance with ADA accessibility requirements and a stabilized surface fire lane was provided along the south side of the school to access most of the building to meet fire protection regulations.

The project achieved LEED Gold certification.

Photos courtesy of: cox graae spack architects

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