Holabird AcademyBaltimore City Schools

The Holabird Academy is an exciting prototype school for Baltimore City, incorporating Net Zero energy guidelines and 21st Century learning principles.


Construction Cost
$30 Million
Year Completed
Square Feet

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


Architect | Grimm + Parker

11720 Beltsville Drive, Suite 600
Calverton, MD 20705
(301) 595-1000

Project Overview

Holabird Academy is one of a pair of prototype replacement schools for Baltimore City. The existing school was demolished and a new school constructed – phased construction allowed the new school to be built while the existing building remained occupied. As part of the design process through innovative site planning and building design, the new school will achieve both a NetZero Energy and a Silver LEED rating.

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Our Approach

MK prepared designs and documentation regarding all site related items including grading plans, reforestation, paving, pedestrian and vehicular traffic patterns, parking lots, utilities, erosion and sediment control, and stormwater management. PV and geothermal fields were installed on site, in support of the NetZero goals. A retaining wall was designed to support the building in the northwestern corner of the site, where the grade is roughly 30%. Designs and permits met the approval of UDARP (now UDAAP) and the Baltimore City Site Plan Review Committee.

The Results

As a prototype, the design of the school’s footprint was static, but the sites differed dramatically. MK researched the site extensively and suggested the greatest range of alternates available in order to inform the best possible placement decision. Ultimately, the placement created an opportunity to grade the site into terraces, recontouring it for student gardens and outdoor classrooms.

Baltimore City / Parks & People Foundation Henrietta Lacks Park

Newly renamed Henrietta Lacks Education Park (previously Ambrose Kennedy Park) is located at Eager Street and Harford Avenue in East Baltimore. This lively community park anchors the Johnson Square neighborhood.


Anne Arundel County Public Schools Crofton Complex

Our civil engineering services were instrumental in the multi-facility campus of the Crofton Complex Master Plan and high school. The 154-acre site design highlights the site's unique amenities, including wetlands and a stream.


Baltimore City Public Schools / Maryland Stadium Authority Fairmount-Harford

From cost estimating during the feasibility study to the civil engineering of the site to the proactive advocacy for the development of a IART credit bank with MDE, this project is an example of MK’s commitment to our clients.


Community College of Baltimore County Center For Health Professions

CCBC's newest building will house all health-related academic programs. MK provided cost estimating support on this project from the very beginning, through the decision to demolish the existing damaged building and use the opportunity to unite the entire Health Professions program.