It's a Redskins fan's dream: a 110,000-seat stadium with an adjoining hotel whose rooms overlook the playing field, concession stands without lines and a rotating arena that offers everyone a view from the 50-yard-line.
That's what 10 sixth- through ninth-graders at Friendship Educational Center in Anacostia designed into their dream proposal for the new stadium that Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke is proposing next to Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.
The team of eight boys and two girls also proposed tunnel access to the stadium from Metro, cushioned seats with a vacuum tube for trash, and an entertainment center nearby with a movie theater, an aquarium, go-carts, shops and, of course, video games.
The $10 billion complex would also include a zoo, a hospital, a church, a convention center, a health club, acres of underground parking and a "transport tube" monorail to carry people around.
"It includes converting the field to a pool that could be filled up and used during the summer," said team member LaMar Gray.
The design was developed by the youngsters with help from members of the American Consulting Engineers Council, a national association of engineering firms.
A council spokesman said the outreach project, one of many nationwide, was designed to interest middle school students in studying engineering by offering them a chance to work on a realistic project with professional engineers.
"We gave them certain challenges and suggested ways to think about addressing each of them," said Dennis Kamber, president of Kamber Engineering in Gaithersburg, one of more than 5,000 firms in the national association.
Like real engineers, the students had to fashion their proposal not only according to their interests and eyes but also around such practical concerns as trash disposal, access, parking, terrain -- and a budget.
Michael Yoemans, a part-time landscape architect with Kamber Engineering, met with the students once a week after school.
"It was run like an engineering company," he said. "There were design teams, each of which had a leader. Small groups came up with quick sketches that they used to propose ideas to the others. They sometimes took the drawings home to work on them, then brought them back to class. They came up with great ideas."
Yoemans said the students drew from their own backgrounds and experiences. One student felt that a church was important. Another that video games should be included. Still others expressed frustrations about getting to the stadium. Whenever there was strong agreement, an idea was incorporated.
Anthony Nelson, a ninth-grade participant, said the toughest challenge was finding a new approach to selling food.
"We decided we wanted to deliver concessions to the fans. We didn't want them to have to get up," he said.
Their solution: a push-button menu at every seat that, like a hospital nurse's call, would illuminate an order light at the end of the row. A vendor could read the order and send it through a tube linked directly to the orderer's seat.
Kamber said the engineers involved in the project were impressed with the final product. "It was incredible . . . . There are a lot of ideas in their heads."
Anthony and other students said they think Mayor Marion Barry and Cooke, now reportedly close to an agreement on a site for a new stadium, should seriously consider their plans.
Referring to the health club, access to the hospital and seating for 55,000 more fans than the current stadium, Anthony said, "The ideas in our design would help the players a lot."
Nationwide, the council orchestrated 113 such projects this year that had students in Jacksonville, Fla., designing the longest cable bridge in the country, students in British Columbia designing the longest train tunnel in North America, and youngsters in Salt Lake City designing an earthquake-resistant building.
Kamber said the main objective was to involve minorities and girls "in the hope that we'll be able to make up some of the shortages predicted in the field between now and the year 2000."
According to the council, minorities are severely underrepresented in all disciplines of engineering. Women represent less than 3 percent of the engineering work force nationwide. Black students received less than 3 percent of engineering degrees awarded in 1986, and Hispanics received 2 percent.
The national association's program hopes to change that by exposing students to the range of possibilities in the field. "Not just engineering," Kamber said, "because everyone doesn't have the math capability to be an engineer, but all the disciplines that support engineering."
The project at Friendship appeared to have made some inroads.
"I'd love to be an engineer," Anthony Nelson said. "I never heard anything about it before this. I never knew engineering was this much fun."
As for their creation: "We think it could be a major tourist attraction. In addition to seeing the Capitol and monuments, we think everyone should see the Redskins Stadium. We designed it to be another major landmark," he said.