CFA 20/NOV/03-12


Birney Elementary School
Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Summer Road, SE
United States

D.C. Public Schools
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Birney Elementary School
New school building
Review Type
Revised design-Final
Previous Review


Dear Mr. Morrow:

During its meeting of 20 November, the Commission reviewed the design for the modernization and replacement of the Birney Elementary School located at 2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE. Although the design is generally supported by the Commission, some minor modifications of the polychrome windows on the front facade may be helpful. The pattern could be more regular or reference the rhythms of music to associate with the program of the room.

The Commission appreciates the efforts by the architects to create a lively and energetic center for learning. In order to expedite the process, the project has been delegated to the staff for final review.


Charles H. Atherton

David Morrow
Design Manager, Design Management Branch
Engineering Division, Department of the Army
Baltimore District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 1715
Baltimore, MD 21203-1715

cc: Geoffrey Lewis, Gauthier, Alvarado & Associates
Felipe Turriago, Gauthier, Alvarado & Associates
Justina Nesbitt, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers