Northern High School

Owings, MD

General classrooms, special education classrooms, science labs
Media center, cafeteria, gymnasium
Dance studio, wrestling room, NJROTC facilities
LEED Silver Certified
Calvert County Public Schools
Sustainable Design, Interior Design, Full Design Services, Construction Administration, Building Information Modeling

Designed with a focus on community, trends in 21st century educational design, and flexibility, the design for the new Northern High School draws from the quadrangle concept found on many collegiate campuses.

Students enter the school from a new main entrance next to the bus loop, while visitors enter the administration building centered on campus between the high school and fine arts center. A new outdoor plaza between the administration building and the stadium serves as a main public gathering space for events, as well as student gathering space. A campus feeling is achieved, with the new quad serving as a main gathering and circulation space for the school.

What Our Clients Say

"When we set out to build the first high school in Calvert County designed to embrace 21st century learning principles, we knew that GWWO would be an ideal partner in the process. At every step, the GWWO team has been collaborative, focused on the needs of our students, and committed to the project’s goals."

—Shuchita Warner, LEED AP, Director of School Construction, Calvert County Public Schools


USGBC Maryland Community Leader Project Award Finalist

Achieving LEED Silver certification, sustainable features include natural daylighting, geothermal system, LED lighting, and low-flow fixtures. Additionally, a cistern collects water from the building's roof, bus loop, and pedestrian areas and is connected to the irrigation system that serves the playing fields. A dashboard in the lobby relays information to the students, teachers, and staff, so they can see how the building is performing.