Blue Heron Elementary SchoolFrederick County Public Schools

A new elementary school in Frederick County was created in response to growing population and development in the County. This school required extensive coordination with the developer of the adjacent community.

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Statistics

Construction Cost
$42.8 million
Year Completed
2021
Square Feet
98,000
Acres
15

Team Members Involved

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Marianne K. Crampton, PE
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Nick Wilson, LEED AP
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Craig Blymiller
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Brian LaFon

Partners

Architect | GWWO Inc. / Architects

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

Project Overview

This new school was designed to relieve overcrowding at existing elementary schools, in response to new development in Frederick County. The two-story design is partially set into a hill on the lot and features three playgrounds and a playing field.

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Our Approach

This greenfields site consisted primarily of field and forest areas with a significant slope. MK prepared site layout plans for the new school including grading plans, playgrounds, a dedicated bus loop, a drop off and pick up loop with parking, sediment and erosion control, and stormwater management documents. MK was able to meet ESD (environmental site design) goals within the site footprint. Landscape design also preserved two specimen trees, a White Oak and an American Beech.

The Results

The site is located within a Planned Unit Development (PUD), part of the Hamptons West community. MK worked with the developer to incorporate the utilities and mass grading promised to FCPS into planning, design, and phasing.

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