Arnold Elementary SchoolAnne Arundel County Public Schools

This replacement school sits on a steep site, which required thoughtful grading to minimize cut-and-fill expenses.


Construction Cost
$25.5 Million
Year Completed
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Team Members Involved

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Marianne K. Crampton, PE
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Nick Wilson, LEED AP
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George Bakalyar
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Craig Blymiller


Architect | GWWO Inc.

800 Wyman Park Drive # 300
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 332-1009

Project Overview

Arnold Elementary is a replacement school, providing an updated facility. The school meets County and State academic requirements while incorporating elements to achieve a Silver LEED rating. The project also included the demolition of the existing elementary school.

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Our Approach

MK completed extensive existing document and on-site research to provide recommendations and design for all site related items including paving, pedestrian and vehicular traffic patterns, utilities, stormwater management, and phasing. In addition, there was a significant forest conservation effort based on the amount of land which needed to be cleared to accommodate the new school, both preserving specimen trees and planting new growth. MK also provided cost estimate support for the site work during the schematic design phase.

The Results

On the densely-wooded site, the elevation drops dramatically – 70 feet. By carefully designing the grading, MK minimized the cut-and-fill operations without impacting the operations of the existing facility.

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