Seizing sustainable solutions for modern architectural challenges has become an integral characteristic of the dp+partners process.
At dp+partners relevant, thoughtful, and responsible design begins with asking the right questions.
+ Where do our client’s future goals, current procedures, and environmental stewardship overlap?
We believe that the programming of a building is as important to the overall ecological footprint of the structure as the materials and assembly of the finished product. We often advocate our tested ability to assist our clients in the room by room, person by person assessment of their needs presently and in the future. This intimate relationship with the requirements of a business, a facility, or a building provides critical information to the design process. It enables the design to fully maximize the efficient use of space, conservation of construction resources, and utility for the occupants.
The dp+partners design team cohesively join ideas, resources, and efforts towards the greater incorporation of energy efficient, smart building practices into our modern aesthetic. Noteworthy examples of this methodology have been the design for Washington DC Department of Employment Services Building (DOES), the Howard University Middle School for Math & Science Eco-Park and the Janney Elementary School. With an expansive green roof, shared facilities with neighboring mass transit, isolated floor by floor mechanical systems and daylight harvesting open office plans, the DOES facility is a 225,000 SF project design as a LEED Silver rated building. On a much smaller scale, the Eco Park embraced the challenge of creating an outdoor playspace for junior school students that would serve as a living laboratory that extended the classroom into the natural world. The park was a combination of spaces that showcased recycled materials, a digital weather monitor, a climbing wall, an eco pond, and a vermiculite station in which students can feed their lunch scraps to a 15 ft³ container of compost producing worms.