Walter Johnson High School
Montgomery County, MD
216,000 SF renovation; 110,000 SF addition
Originally built in 1956, with scattered additions completed over the years, Walter Johnson High School had last been updated in 1975. Samaha Associates prepared a master plan calling for three phases of construction that would enable the school to remain occupied. Highlights include a 72,000-square-foot classroom addition, a new performing arts center, a stadium, a new entrance lobby, a media center, art and music suites, and a student union.
2010 - Metropolitan Washington Excellence in Construction Award for Institutional (over $30 million)
Samaha completed a 1,200 seat state-of-the-art performing arts center. The existing auditorium is transformed by the addition of a digitally automated fly loft system, digital audio system, and video system with switches and multiple cameras and projectors. The lighting system is automated with moving light capability. Changes include the addition of floating acoustical clouds, side wall reflectors, and back wall absorption. Back-of-house work includes a new set construction/storage area and new dressing rooms. Walter Johnson Auditorium serves as the new standard in high school theatre design.
2007 - Metropolitan Washington Excellence in Construction Award for Institutional (over $5-$10 million)