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 provided a variety of data-supported options for the building shell and HVAC system. Working closely with school representatives and other design team members, 2RW helped evaluate and select the most-appropriate and most-cost-effective envelope, HVAC, plumbing, and lighting solutions to achieve the goals of conserving energy, water, and operating costs. The new school also creates an environment that promotes the health and well-being of all building occupants.
OWNER: Frederick County Public Schools
TIMEFRAME: 2013 – 2016
SIZE: 185,000 SF
COST: $44.2 million
2017 – Grand Prize Award, Learning by Design, American School Board Journal (ASBG)