The Department of General Services selected the Marshall Moya Design team to perform the modernization of the Madeline V. Leckie Elementary School in its phasing program. The program allows for the efficient and comprehensive upgrade of selected D.C. Public Schools and their transformation into supportive learning environments. Located at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Chesapeake Streets, the 65,000 sq. ft. building is a pre-school through fifth grade school in Ward 8 of southwest, Washington, D.C. Initially built in 1970, the school had not previously undergone any significant architectural changes. Marshall Moya Design’s vision focused on creating a learning environment that engaged both students and the community in a manner that would develop a lasting impact. The design defined a learning environment that promotes curiosity and discovery. The modernization included interior renovation and general system improvements responding to the school’s needs.
Leckie Elementary School serves as an example of successful community and stakeholder engagement where MMD was able to achieve wide-ranging consensus and project support on a demanding, fast-track schedule. Initiatives included a thorough investigation of the school’s culture and instructional needs that informed the resulting design.