Severn CenterArundel Community Development Services (ACDS)

The Severn Center is a project 20 years in the making, a multi-purpose center created for children, youth, families, seniors – a place of community involvement and impact.

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Construction Cost
$13 million
Year Completed
Square Feet

Team Members Involved

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Marianne K. Crampton, PE
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Parker Schankweiler


Architect | Murphy & Dittenhafer

805 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201

Project Overview

The new Severn Center will create a community center to house both a senior activity center and a Boys & Girls Club, providing similar activities and opportunities for different generations. County Executive Steuart Pittman believes that the project “will put young lives on a path to success and provide elderly neighbors with the quality of life that we owe them.”

Our Approach

MK provided civil engineering and landscape architecture for the site, shared with an elementary school. A new entrance to the site and new parking will be designed. Stormwater management and forest conservation plans were created, addressing current regulations.

The property is adjacent to Van Bokkelen Elementary School, and Anne Arundel County Public Schools donated the property for this project. The site was developed in coordination with AACPS to allow use of main drive aisle in the future.


Site amenities were designed to be welcoming and accessible including outdoor courtyards and sidewalked pathways. There are also future opportunities for outdoor public art, performance space, community gardens, and exercise stations.

Baltimore County Public Schools Northeast Elementary School No. 2

This new school created an environment which mirrored its original greenfields site. Using submerged gravel wetlands, colorful landscaping, and a bridged swale, MK’s site design integrated existing natural features.


Frederick County Public Schools Blue Heron Elementary School

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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Mother Seton Academy Mother Seton Academy Gymnasium

By thoughtfully designing and programming a tiny lot, the Mother Seton Academy gained a learning garden, pocket park, and outdoor classroom for their middle school students.


Baltimore City Urban Development

MK is practiced in the legislative and development procedures, policies, and personnel associated with the Baltimore City review and approval process.