GC New Project Over $10 Million
Within the inner city of Baltimore, two existing Elementary / Middle Schools were replaced with two (2) new duplicate, 92,000 sf zero-energy facilities.
Located within two miles of each other, the new facilities demonstrate Baltimore’s focus to sustainability and energy-conscious schools. The schools are equipped with student gardens, outdoor classrooms, rooftop solar labs, and vegetative roofs.
Both schools have distinct and individual exterior palettes, however the facilities have identical footprints. The schools were constructed simultaneously, opening on-time during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. CAM utilized a project management crew that had a Chief Superintendent & Senior Project Manager oversee both sites with individual project management teams at each site accordingly.
Via an allowance, CAM hired a firm (CMTA) that provided an integrated monitoring and building information system for the kids to learn about the facilities energy consumption and specific features throughout the school. Monitoring is available 24/7 through a touchscreen device in the main lobby/atrium-mounted at an appropriate height for children to reach.
“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
CASE STUDY: CAM Construction Teams Up with Eyrus for Compliance and Visibility on Bay-Brook Elementary/Middle School
Eyrus recently published the above Case Study, showcasing our Bay Brook Elementary/Middle School project. Our teams joined forces to develop a site-specific solution as this project had strict OCIP & Workforce Development requirements, and we were presented with an issue on how to efficiently capture and report data related to the project’s on-site personnel.
During pre-construction, we sat down with the eyrus team to develop a solution that automated our reporting process. This generated an efficiency gain to our field staff and allowed the owner/project team to access real-time data through an ad-hoc reporting platform.
Within our initial site/safety briefings, all personnel entering the site were registered and uploaded into the system.
Below is a link to the case study and an excerpt showcasing the benefits to real-time data and how it can assist with compliance, visibility, and efficiency.
“The Eyrus platform was the database for CAM’s personnel tracking and the daily/weekly comparison reports allowed our team to produce the necessary compliance records for the project’s Owner Controlled Insurance Program requirements,” states Mike Marshner with CAM Construction.
In addition, the CAM team streamlined workflows using real-time workforce data from Eyrus to support the on-time delivery of Bay-Brook Elementary/Middle School.
Take a virtual tour! Our team recently celebrated the ribbon cutting and completion of Bay Brook Elementary Middle School in Baltimore, MD.
This replacement school was constructed on an accelerated timeline so that Baltimore City Public Schools could occupy the building after the winter break. A combination of excellent plans, team cooperation and experience, generated over $1.5 million in savings to the owner.
The new 116,000 sf, 800 student facility is designed to promote flexible and interactive learning environments. All three classroom wings, P-K through 2nd grade, 3rd through 5th grade and 6th through 8th grade, contain dedicated Collaborative Learning Areas which are centralized to make the spaces open and easily accessible. Larger core-curriculum spaces consisting of the Cafeteria/Dining, Media Center, Administration, Gymnasium, and Community Space are located on the first floor.
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.
This 6-month time lapse from February to August 2019, captures the construction of the new Bay Brook Elementary Middle School project.
Our team’s ability to meet an aggressive schedule and owner reporting requirements is showcased by the progress within the video.
During the Pre-Construction phase of the project, our team crafted specialized plans to ensure the success of the owner’s demands. CAM’s team ensured pricing and bid packaging through project specific definitions, to match the anticipated schedule and stay within the project scope.
Our team presented and executed an early hazmat/demolition package for the existing school, along with the complete sitework package so we could hit the ground running once the full budget appropriation was made and the final contract could be issued. All pricing and budgeting included a six-day work week which has been fulfilled to meet the aggressive schedule.
Construction Specific Software Solutions
Through the use of construction specific software, our field staff ensures that we remain compliant with the Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) & project reporting requirements. Our staff utilizes Eyrus software, which allows for the collection of live, real-time, project manpower data. CAM reviews the daily data to evaluate and ensure adequate manpower is provided at all times. This data populates live custom reports, assisting our field staff and management team’s efficiency and reporting accuracy.
CAM’s team implements this software with our sub-contractors during our initial project specific safety orientation. We use this time to train, upload, and begin our field administrative process. The project team has noticed that real-time data reporting and the ability to receive customized notifications, allow for valuable project cost & time savings.
The Robert Poole Building project has achieved a LEED Gold certification! Below is the project’s case study.
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.