Blue Heron Elementary School

New Market, MD

Prototype school design
Media center, cafeteria, gymnasium, general classrooms
Art studio, music classrooms, STEM lab
LEED Silver Certified
Frederick County Public Schools
Sustainable Design, Interior Design, Full Design Services, Construction Administration, Building Information Modeling

Developed to support the growing population of New Market, the new Blue Heron Elementary School provides students with an innovative, flexible, and technology-rich environment to learn and grow. 

Inspired by the system of lakes that span across the surrounding community, the school’s classroom corridors are evocative of the nearby meandering Lake Linganore. Corridors and circulation spaces are activated and become part of the learning environment by using found space to create open collaboration areas. These spaces are semi-defined by changes in flooring material or color and are furnished with flexible soft seating and group activity tables. Touches of blue, gray, and green, emblematic of a Great Blue Heron, are incorporated throughout the building.

Nestled in the existing hillside, the two-story classroom wing connects to the administration wing by a bridge. Large windows throughout allow for maximum daylighting, create an open feel, and enhance the indoor/outdoor connection. 

The LEED Silver certified building's sustainable features include recycled building materials and a highly energy efficient mechanical system that conserves resources and reduces the building’s environmental impact.