“This building really does mark a significant step in the fulfillment of our promise to students and families in Baltimore. A fulfillment of the commitment to provide our city’s children with safe, modern learning environments..,”
– Dr. Sonja Santelises, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO
- Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS)
- New construction (Replacement Schools)
- 94,000 sf (each)
- Zero Energy prototype school design, LEED Platinum Certification
- On-Site Renewable Energy
- Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Wall Systems
Graceland Park-O’Donnell Heights Elementary / Middle School
Within inner city Baltimore, two existing elementary/middle schools were replaced with the city’s first two zero energy school facilities, which are now open for the 2020-2021 school year.
Located within three city blocks of each other and five miles east of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the prototype schools demonstrate Baltimore’s focus on project-based learning, sustainability, and energy-conscious design for schools in an urban environment.
Our team joined Baltimore City Public Schools, as we celebrated the start of the new school year with two ribbon cuttings at Graceland Park/O’Donnell Heights and Holabird Academy.
Officials from Baltimore City gathered and toured the two new duplicate schools to showcase the official opening.
These schools are City Schools’ first two Net Zero school buildings and will produce as much energy as they use every year. These new facilities produce energy through 1,300 solar panels on the roof and are estimated to save between $15,000 and $35,000 annually in energy costs.
“This building really does mark a significant step in the fulfillment of our promise to students and families in Baltimore. A fulfillment of the commitment to provide our city’s children with safe, modern learning environments that they both need and quite frankly deserve,” said Dr. Sonja Santelises Baltimore City Public Schools CEO. “It is an example of our determination to press forward until every student has the tools and the opportunity they need and deserve to be successful.”
Both schools have the capacity to serve 600 students in Pre-K to 8th grade and are on track to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
YouTube via: City Schools TV
A drone captured these pictures in August, showcasing the construction progress at Holabird Elementary Middle School in Baltimore, MD. Our team has been hard at work this summer and this project is tracking a LEED Platinum certification.
Holabird is a Net-Zero project featuring Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) wall construction and will be featured in one of our next updates. Learn more about how we can provide cost and time savings on your project, while meeting eco-friendly program goals.
Progress Update! A recent drone flight at Holabird Elementary/Middle School highlights our team’s progress on this new Baltimore City Public School.
Upon the completion of Holabird and Graceland Park/O’Donnell Heights Elementary/Middle Schools, these new LEED Platinum facilities will be the first Net Zero educational facilities within Baltimore City.