Phelps Architecture, Construction & Engineering High School
A select group of Washington, D.C., ninth graders have started classes at the city's new $63 million Phelps Architecture, Construction & Engineering High School, known as PACE. A hybrid of trade school and college preparatory school, PACE offers an introduction to architecture, engineering, and construction as well as training in subspecialties like computer-aided design and drafting, interior design, brick masonry, and heavy-equipment operation. In a school district that is 95.4 percent minority-the highest in the nation-PACE adds diversity to the future AEC workforce.
Mascaro Center graduate students developed a 90-minute workshop for the students related to “Green Schools”. The lecture emphasized the environmental and economic importance of green schools. The new Phelps School received a LEED Silver rating from the US Green Building Council and students were able to identify the green features of their school and other features that could be employed in future projects.