The Sheward Partnership, (Associate Architects) and prime consultant Ross Barney Architects (Architect of Record) were commissioned by the School District of Philadelphia to design the new Commodore John Barry Elementary School at the corner of 59th and Race Streets in West Philadelphia. The design challenge for this project was to provide a first rate academic facility on a tight urban site. To maximize outdoor play areas and neighborhood green space, a four-story school was designed. The K-8 school has 46 classrooms and additional instructional spaces for art, science, vocal music and technical education. The Sheward Partnership was fully responsible for the LEED certification process. The project achieved LEED Gold certification under the LEED for New Construction v2.2 Rating System.