Arnold Elementary School

Arnold, MD

Media center, maker space, learning studios
Cafetorium, gymnasium, general classrooms
Outdoor learning areas, before/after care space
LEED Silver Certified
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Community Involvement, Sustainable Design, Interior Design, Full Design Services, Construction Administration, Building Information Modeling

The new Arnold Elementary School provides a bright and inviting learning space for students to learn, play, and grow. 


Built into the site’s steep hill, the new two-story building takes advantage of the site’s unique topography,  capitalizes on shaded areas for outdoor instruction and play, and maximizes opportunities for learning. The building is organized by two classroom wings and a specialized instruction wing attached to a central administrative and learning core. The heart of the school, a light-filled media center with a makerspace and media workroom, links the three wings together.

Outside of the centrally located media center, benches along the corridor maximize spatial usage by providing an area for small group lessons. Nearby flexible learning studios support the school’s science curriculum and the county’s Enhancing Elementary Excellence program that engages students in project-based and student-centered learning. General classrooms are outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and moveable furniture to allow teachers the flexibility they need. Outdoor learning classrooms and play areas flank the central wing allowing for easy access throughout the school day. 

Maximizing open space, daylight, and air flow, this design is intended to improve the health of building users while reducing environmental impact. Achieving LEED Silver certification, the building’s sustainable design features include computerized energy management controls, a reduction in artificial lighting, water and energy efficient equipment, recycled materials, and outdoor learning and play areas that encourage students to run, jump, and love the outdoors.