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Benjamin Banneker Academic High School and Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan Receive ENR Best Project Awards

MCN Build (MCN), a purpose-driven construction company headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced that two of its projects, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School and Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, were awarded Engineering News-Record (ENR) MidAtlantic 2022 Best Projects Awards.

The ENR annual awards program is dedicated to honoring the best construction projects and the companies that designed and built them. Independent juries of industry professionals in design and construction from ENR’s ten regional editions assessed the projects based on innovation, teamwork, and safety.

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, located in Washington, D.C., was awarded 2022 Project of the Year and Best Project in the K-12 Education category. The cutting-edge flagship school facilitates academic excellence for students in all 8 Wards of The District. MCN Build abated and demolished the existing 250,000 SF Shaw Junior High School to construct a state-of-the-art facility with an open atrium at the heart of the school, classrooms, collaboration areas, gym, auditorium, cafeteria, coffee shop, science labs, maker spaces, studios, performing art spaces, and outdoor learning areas.

The school building is the jewel of the D.C. Department of General Services (DGS) school portfolio. LEED Platinum pending and Net Zero Energy ready were archived and certified through a rigorous commissioning process, and the building envelope tested to the highest achievable levels. MCN Build delivered this four-story, 190,000 SF facility on time and under budget.

Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan (CHML), located in Washington, D.C., received an Award of Merit for ENR’s Renovation/Restoration category and the award for Excellence in Sustainability. This complex modernization project involved the renovation of the historic building, removing the classroom trailer annex, and constructing a substantial three-part building addition encompassing 97,000 square feet. This $62M expansion of the only Montessori school in D.C.’s public school system incorporates a Children’s House and a co-located middle school for PK3-8 students, allowing for an increase in enrollment.

The CHML school achieved LEED Gold Certification and incorporated geothermal heating and cooling technology, aligning with sustainability and environmental impact best practices outlined in the Mayor’s Sustainable DC initiative. CHML’s configuration provides students with 10+ outdoor classrooms, an outdoor recreation area, and a rooftop turf field.

“It is a great honor to receive two ENR MidAtlantic 2022 Best Project Awards for the second year in a row. Being recognized as one of the best in innovation, quality, and safety by judges who review nearly 60 projects located throughout the region is an achievement we do not take lightly! It’s our responsibility and a privilege to improve the communities in which we live and work. With ENR’s recognition, we are one step closer to fulfilling our mission,” says CEO of MCN Build, Rudy Seikaly.



MCN Build, Inc. is a privately held S corporation in Washington, DC, offering preconstruction, construction management, general contracting, and consulting services. The firm specializes in developments that enhance the community, including transformational projects that promote economic sustainability, including education, recreation, healthcare, affordable housing, and institutional spaces. With more than 6 million square feet constructed, MCN Build delivers outstanding quality, exceptional value, and an absolute commitment to an on-time and on-budget delivery for its clients – while staying true to its mission of serving the community. For more information on MCN Build, please visit