Fredericksburg, VA

Stafford County Public Schools Ferry Farm Elementary School Renovation and Addition

Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection (MEP/FP) Engineering

Ferry Farm Elementary School was expanded three times after it was built in 1957, which created a fragmented configuration with disjointed systems. A series of major renovations and additions were begun in 2019 to increase the school’s capacity, create cohesion, modernize the facilities, and incorporate high-efficiency building systems.

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This project began with a renovation of the K-3 learning area. Updates include two additions which will provide additional learning spaces, a secure and accessible entry vestibule, and a new location for the administrative and clinic spaces. It also entails upgrades to classrooms, a library, and a central courtyard which features outdoor learning areas and accessible entrances.

2RW’s services include:

  • A site investigation during the scope planning process to compare the costs and benefits of building a new school versus renovating the existing facility
  • MEP/FP design for new systems and controls that will reduce energy and water use, improve ventilation, and make the school more comfortable. They include:
    • A new variable refrigeration flow (VRF) hybrid HVAC system supported by a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) with energy recovery
    • New high-efficiency condensing boilers
    • Individual temperature controls for learning spaces, offices, and conference rooms
    • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
    • LED lighting
    • New voice/data systems

The renovated school is more energy-efficient and comfortable for students, teachers, staff, and community members due to:

  • Individual space controls which maintain temperature and humidity conditions in all seasons
  • New air handling equipment which provides better ventilation and energy recovery
Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection (MEP/FP) Engineering

OWNER: Stafford County Public School

TIMEFRAME: 2019 – 2021 (est.)

SIZE: Renovation: 42,000 SF; Addition: 6,500 SF

COST: $9.7 million (est.)


Phased construction and careful coordination with the owner are helping minimize disruption to the learning environment.