Duke Ellington School

Northwest, DC

Aerial BIM of the building
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New rendering of interior
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Point cloud data of side view
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IMage taken during construction
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K - 12

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The Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA), originally built in  the 1890’s, is the only high school in the District of Columbia that  combines full college preparatory curriculum and intensive preprofessional arts training. The National Landmark building has undergone a modernization in which  new design elements were incorporated while also preserving historic  building elements.

Architectural Resource consultants (ARC) was hired to  provide 3D model analysis to compare the steel fabricator’s  Tekla fabrication model with the steel being installed in the  field during construction. ARC utilized 3D laser scanning to  compare the field installed steel with the fabrication model  to generate a deviations report. This information was used  to make adjustments to the fabricator’s model and drawings  to ensure additional steel being fabricated would fit properly when installed.