Severna Park, MD
Similar to the approach taken in retail complexes to attract and engage consumers, the three pillars of a well-rounded education—academics, arts, and athletics—are organized to draw students in and promote collaboration. Like the anchor stores at a mall, the larger arts and athletics volumes create destinations at opposite ends of the school and accommodate simultaneous extracurricular activities. The academic core connects the arts and athletics, providing the bulk of the educational opportunities. Informal gathering spaces, flexible classrooms, and small group study spaces are woven throughout to foster informal interaction.
An open exterior courtyard offers additional gathering space and serves as the structure’s main orienting element—visually and physically connecting the school’s interior spaces, maximizing access to daylight from within, and providing opportunities for chance encounters as one circulates. The interplay of social and interdisciplinary spaces throughout the school approximates the college experience and provides students with endless opportunities to learn, interact, and collaborate.
"The GWWO team asked the right questions, listened intently to the answers, and developed creative solutions that ultimately resulted in a flexible, high quality, state-of-the-art facility of 21st Century Learning that the students, faculty and community are proud to call home. In addition to meeting all of the project’s design goals, GWWO’s excellent project management ensured that it was completed on schedule and within budget."