The new Bennett Middle School in Fruitland, Maryland is a 160,000 SF replacement school on 34 acres. The facility supports approximately 1,000 students and includes:
- Two-story classroom wing
- Cafeteria/multi-purpose room
- Art, band and music wing
- Media center/broadcast studio
- Outdoor rooftop classrooms
- Mechanical/electrical rooms
- 150 security cameras
OUTDOOR ROOFTOP CLASSROOMS
Sitework included a natural turf baseball, softball, soccer and football field within an asphalt running track. The parking areas have multiple bioswale drainage/planting beds that provide quality stormwater control.
This project achieved LEED Gold certification. The building uses a geothermal ground source well system to pre-heat and pre-cool the water source condensers. There are 260 individual VRV units that then heat and cool all rooms, providing for an extremely multi-zoned comfort level. Other sustainable elements include and environmentally friendly stormwater design, vegetated roofs, solar panels, large openings for daylighting of spaces and the use of regional materials.