Today, Baltimore County Public Schools celebrated the official ribbon cutting for the new Berkshire Elementary School.
Completed in the fall of 2020, but not fully occupied until this year, the new school replaces the old 1954 building on the same site and increases capacity by nearly 200-students. Designated a “bold prototype design” by BCPS, the building is organized by a two-story classroom wing and single-story cafeteria/gymnasium wing linked by a central core of shared spaces.
Collaborative spaces are interwoven throughout the building, including a large learning commons on each floor, smaller breakout spaces for group and individual instruction, a technology-rich media center, presentation and pinup space on and below the central stair, and a vegetated rooftop classroom with photovoltatic panels.
Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, the project’s sustainable elements include geothermal heating and cooling, recycled and sustainable materials, daylighting, LED light fixtures, and water-efficient fixtures.