The goal for the new Frederick County Middle School—the only middle school in the County—was to create a progressive campus for the County’s under-served rural community. With this facility, Frederick County Public Schools set out to develop a new school prototype with open floor plans, efficient systems, and natural elements. Stepping outside the conventional design of double-loaded corridors lined with walled classrooms, this new learning environment is a community space built to serve its most-important tenants, the students.
To address community concerns about the cost of the school, 2RW performed energy modeling to provide data-driven comparisons of building shell and HVAC alternatives. Working closely with school representatives and the design team, 2RW helped evaluate and select the most-appropriate and most-cost-effective envelope, HVAC, plumbing, and lighting solutions to achieve the stated goals for energy and water conservation and operating costs. Based on the analysis, a hybrid geothermal HVAC system was selected as the most-cost-effective option. This system was optimized to yield a return on investment (ROI) of fewer than 10 years.
2RW also designed MEP/FP systems for the cafeteria, kitchen, gymnasium, locker rooms, auditorium, and library to serve an enrollment of 900 students.
In it’s first year of occupancy, this school is currently operating at 26.9 KBTU/SF/YR. As the benefits of final sealing of the building envelope and commissioning of the energy systems are completed the energy usage for this facility is trending to be 23 KBTU/SF/YR – which is net zero ready.
OWNER: Frederick County Public Schools
TIMEFRAME: 2013 – 2016
SIZE: 185,000 SF
COST: $44.2 million