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.
Graceland Park/O’Donnell Heights EMS Opened Last Year
This Baltimore City Public school is one of two (2) new duplicate 92,000 sf Net Zero buildings. The two facilities were completed during the COVID-19 pandemic and are located within two miles of each other. Each school is distinct with individual exterior palettes, however both facilities have identical footprints.
The schools are equipped with student gardens, outdoor classrooms, rooftop solar labs, and vegetative roofs. The below quote is from a current student at Graceland.
“I’m really excited to come back. I love being at school. I’m kind of a nerd. I love school, and I love how welcome they make me feel in here, I don’t get distracted and I’m learning. They help me build my skills and everything.”
Rachel Arana, Eighth-Grader at Graceland Park, per CBS Baltimore
“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
CAM was recently issued the Notification of Findings regarding our Workforce Developement (WFD) commitments for the Bay Brook Elementary/Middle School project.
Our team’s achievements shattered the commitment goals, while successfully meeting the compressed schedule and completing the project at a cost well under the Final Guaranteed Maximum Price.
Congratulations to all that contributed to this significant achievement and the successful completion of this new 21st Century – Baltimore City Public School!
CAM Construction was the Construction Manager for the Bay Brook Elementary/Middle School replacement project, which just achieved LEED Gold Certification. The Gold Certification exceeded original program requirements of LEED Silver for this project.
There were a number of innovative Green Strategies used during both the design and construction phases of Bay Brook’s project.
Here are some of the quantifiable GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS from the project:
83% – 83% of demolition and construction debris was diverted from disposal in landfill through either recycling or salvaging.
39% – Due to the optimization of its HVAC system and lighting equipment, Bay Brook achieved a 39% energy use reduction on an annual cost basis compared to a typical baseline building of similar design.
38% – Through the installation of efficient water fixtures, Bay Brook achieved a 38% reduction in water use compared to a typical baseline building of similar design, on an annual basis.
23% – To cut down on needless transportation emissions, 23% of the project’s total material costs were spent on building materials that were extracted/harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.
17% – 17% of the project’s total materials cost were spent on building materials with recycled content.
Brochure created by Lorax Partnerships, LLC
ABC Excellence in Construction Awards –
CAM Construction receives two awards, one award of Excellence!
Bay Brook Elementary Middle School was awarded Excellence in Construction, while the Perimeter Security & Lobby Renovation project at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company received a Merit Award.
Even as the banquet has been postponed, we want to thank everyone that played a critical role in in these project’s success.
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.