Sharpsburg Elementary SchoolWashington County Public Schools

A replacement school in Washington County improves the student experience while honoring the local history of the site.

Statistics

Construction Cost
$22 Million
Year Completed
2020
Square Feet
60,000
Acres
12

Team Members Involved

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Marianne K. Crampton, PE
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Paul D. Crampton
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Steve McCalmont
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George Bakalyar
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Seth Glasser​
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Amanda Pizza, PE

Partners

Architect | Smolen Emr Ilkovitch

9211 Corporate Boulevard #340
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 770-0177

Project Overview

The replacement Sharpsburg Elementary School was designed to be built without disrupting the operations of the existing school on the same site. The new school nestles a much larger footprint into the slope of the site, so though the school will include more space and new amenities, it will not overwhelm the viewshed. The original 1936 school building resides in the Sharpsburg Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places and the project requires coordination with the Maryland Historic Trust.

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Our Approach

MK designed a site which improves parking, bus traffic, and commuter drop-off. In addition, there will be new fields and playgrounds installed. The site was developed into three terraced areas, providing distinct zones for entry, loading and parking, and recreational fields. A memorial garden was also designed to highlight the history of the site. Though the existing building was demolished, foundation stones will remain at the corners of the original school’s footprint, to further explain the history of the area.

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The Results

A new stormwater management pond provides careful treatment of stormwater quantity to ensure favorable outfall conditions for the surrounding properties.

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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Carroll County Public Schools Career & Technology Center

CCCTC’s site design juggled a number of competing interests – construction phasing, vehicular circulation, and stormwater management. MK created a design that balances all these requirements and more.

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Baltimore City Public Schools Mary E. Rodman Elementary School

On a postage stamp site, MK dramatically improved the play area and outdoor community spaces while also upgrading the infrastructure.

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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.

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