Duke Ellington School

Baumann Consulting provided energy modeling for this major renovation and historic preservation project of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Originally built in 1898, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts has expanded over time to accommodate the growing needs of the school. In 2014, the school embarked upon a renovation campaign to update the building to a 21st-century world-class arts facility while respecting the historic integrity of the existing building.

Baumann was selected to provide whole-building energy modeling services for the renovation and expansion of this historic school. The expansion resulted in a total building square footage of approximately 258,000 ft², including multiple performance venues: an 850-seat state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary theatre, a 300-seat intimate recital performance hall, and a 150-seat black box theatre.

Baumann provided energy modeling services to contribute towards the LEED certification, considering the following unique features of the project, which impacted the sizing of the mechanical systems and building performance:

  • Photovoltaic glass on the skylights and
  • Dynamic glass on the south façade

In conjunction with solar chimneys, underground ventilation labyrinths, geotherm-mal, and VRV systems, and energy recovery systems the building achieved 30% energy cost savings over the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline.


Washington, D.C.
Project Category
Higher Education, Performing Arts
District of Columbia Public Schools
258,072 ft² | 23,976 m²
Energy Modeling, System Optimization
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