• Washington, D.C.


  • Education


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design


  • John Jessen, Managing Principal
John Jessen

IDEA Public Charter School Health and Wellness Center

VOA Associates designed a new Health and Wellness Center for IDEA Public Charter School located in upper Northeast Washington DC. The health and wellness center is a multistory contemporary building located on the IDEA Public Charter School’s existing academic campus. The project included classrooms, a two-story gym, landscape and hardscape upgrades, new utilities and infrastructure, and protected pedestrian connections from the adjacent academic building. IDEA is a career focused, academic high school which prepares middle and high school students (grades 7-12) for college or for careers in robotics, drafting, computer repair, or the military service, if they choose.

We wanted to not only design a new facility for the IDEA School, but also educate the students on the project and provide them with an opportunity to learn more about the design process. Throughout the course of this project, VOA kept a display at the school illustrating the concept for our design and conducted a series of charrettes with students and faculty to ensure the project was addressing their needs.

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