Today marked a long-awaited celebration at Crofton High School. Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the first new public high school in the county since 1982.
Dignitaries, students, faculty, administrators, and members of the community shared in the excitement as they were toured around the facility. Leading the ceremony, Crofton High School Principal Kathryn Feuerherd praised the work of the team:
“I would like to recognize the impeccable work of the [project] team for providing the vision and precision that is this building, that is just as functional as it is beautiful.”
Anne Arundel County Board of Education Member Michelle Corkadel remarked that “the building speaks for itself” and “it is phenomenal,” noted Dr. George Arlotto, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools.
After opening in a limited capacity in spring 2021, the new school located within Crofton Park will fully open its doors to students next week, many for the first time. The 275,000-SF school embraces its natural setting to offer over 1,700 students an inspirational, modern, and flexible learning environment.
Designed to engage the school’s site, curriculum, students, and greater community, the new high school forges connections, inspires intellectual and personal growth, and reflects AACPS’ commitment to inclusive and responsible citizenship. Thoughtfully integrated into the site to preserve and capitalize on the woodland environment, the building offers expansive views from uplifting learning and gathering spaces flooded with natural light. The massing embraces the topography to minimize both site impact and construction costs and creates outdoor spaces, including an amphitheater, to expand learning opportunities beyond the classroom. Inside, the design offers safe, equitable, and engaging environments in which to learn, work, and thrive. Flexibility drove the building’s organization, supporting the full range of learning and instructional styles and fostering collaboration at and across grade levels and subject areas.
Notably, the school recently received LEED Silver certification through sustainable design features that integrate with the school’s learning goals, conserve resources, minimize waste, support the site’s ecosystem, and promote occupant well-being.
Crofton High School marks GWWO’s twentieth project with AACPS. Our work on the project began with an initial feasibility study to evaluate the Crofton Park site, followed by full design. GWWO has specialized in the planning and design of educational facilities for over thirty years completing over 235 projects with a combined construction value of over $1.6 billion.