Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) and GWWO celebrated two exciting project milestones this fall—the groundbreaking of the new Lansdowne High School and the grand opening of the new Rossville Elementary School.
On October 4, representatives and community members from Baltimore County gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Lansdowne High School, which will open in the fall of 2026. Replacing an aging and undersized facility built in the 1960s, the new design accommodates the area’s increasing enrollment and is rooted in modern pedagogy.
Constructed on the athletic fields to allow for continuous operation of the existing school, the replacement Lansdowne High School showcases growth in both the community that had been advocating for the new school for decades and the students who are excited to attend a school that has been carefully crafted to help them learn and excel. What was a dreary, inaccessible building will now literally and figuratively enlighten its occupants with a layout that allows the classrooms to receive maximum daylight and ventilation. The plan includes three three-story classroom wings on the lower level of the site and a two-story physical education and fine arts wing on the upper level, all of which revolve around the multi-use commons, where flexible and dynamic learning spaces, both open and enclosed, foster a sense of collaboration and community and a foundation of 21st Century Learning ideals.
Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, sustainable elements include a high thermal resistance building envelope, building materials with recycled and recyclable content, low-emitting materials, high-efficiency mechanical units, low-flow plumbing fixtures, LED lamping in light fixtures, and occupancy sensors for lighting control.
“We are looking forward to the new programs,” Allison Seymour, Principal of Lansdowne High School, told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s going to bring new opportunities, not just for our students, but for the entire community as we plan on this being a community school.”
Later in the month, on October 25, BCPS hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the new Rossville Elementary School. The 735-student school is a reconfiguration of the GWWO prototype that yields a safe, dependable, and efficient solution to the county’s overcrowding and the site’s natural topography challenges.
“I’ve watched this building start from the ground up, and so we’re so excited about opening a new school, really looking to... relieve the overcrowding,” Darryl Williams, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent, told WBAL-TV 11.
Built along the ridge of the site, the two-story classroom wing is organized around a large collaborative learning commons on each floor, and pairs of classrooms also share smaller break out areas for out-of-class learning. Students and teachers can gather on the main stair for presentations and performances that activate the central space. A rooftop classroom with a vegetated roof assembly provides an outdoor educational environment for learning and gathering. Careful consideration was given to the siting of the new school to maximize tree retention and move the least amount of dirt while maintaining equitability in the quality of the educational spaces.
Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, the project’s sustainable elements include a high thermal resistance building envelope, geothermal heating and cooling, recycled and sustainable materials, vegetated roof assembly, low-flow plumbing fixtures, LED light fixtures, photovoltaic array on the entry canopy and above the rooftop classroom, occupancy sensors for lighting control, and water-efficient fixtures.