Frederick High School

Frederick High School

Project Overview

The Frederick High School replacement project includes providing comprehensive design and construction administration services to construct a new high school on the existing site and then demolishing the existing school building. Students will remain in the current building while the new building is constructed.  The replacement school will be approximately 270,618 square feet and will be designed for a state rated capacity of 1826 students.  The new building will be an energy efficient building, meeting LEED silver certification requirements at minimum.  Once the new building has been completed, the old building will be demolished and the athletic fields and site amenities will be restored and reconstructed.

Phase I: Feasibility Study (Completed)

The first step in the modernization of Frederick High was to perform a feasibility study. The purpose of the feasibility study was to identify school facility renovation/modernization needs and the cost of meeting those needs.  The study was completed in December 2012 and in February 2013, the Board of Education approved Option Number 5 to construct a new facility on the existing site that will be located on the existing parking lot to the west of the existing building.  Students will remain in the current building while the new building is constructed. Option 5 received approval from the Designees of the Interagency Committee on School Construction in February 2013. Learn more about Phase I

PHASE II: Design, Permitting and Building (Completed)

The Design Development (DD) plans for the new Frederick High School were approved by the Board of Education on June 11, 2014, and then by the State on August 11, thus allowing progression to the Construction Documents (CD) phase.

The Construction Documents (CD) for the new Frederick High School were approved by the BOE on Jan. 14, 2015, and were approved by the state March 26, 2015. The drawings were released as bid documents to the public Feb. 9 and the bid process commenced in two phases. First, the site work (excavation, grading, etc.) prices were received March 31. This package was approved by the Board of Education May 13, and awarded to the low builder, Waynesboro Construction. The remainder of the construction packages were bid April 24 and will look to be awarded at the June 10 and June 24 BOE meetings. Learn more about Phase II


Brian Staiger
Project Manager
Phone:  301-644-5149

Elizabeth Pasierb
Facilities Planner
Phone:  301-644-5023

Project email:

FHS designs
Take a look at the schematics for the new state-of-the-art Frederick High School

floor/site plans
See plans for the building site and all three floors of the building.


Fall 2016 Newsletter


Watch the video to take a 3D tour of the new Frederick High School:

Phase III: Construction

Since its onset in early July 2015, the construction of the new Frederick High School has been coming along splendidly. Overall percentage completion is now around 55% to date. The building is staying dry, as 70% of it is now under roof as the push is made to close everything in prior to cold weather arriving. "Area A", the administration and academic sections of the building, has all of its windows installed, as well as most of its drywall and paint. There is even ceiling grid going in and many of the mechanical systems are close to completion. Areas B & C (other academic portions of the building), are moving along with the installation of mechanical equipment, as well as drywall and paint. Other sections in the building like the gymnasium are ready for painting, while the auditorium is just about ready for mechanical ductwork. The baseball field in the rear of the school has been graded and seeded and the bus loop has some blacktop down. Final site work, including the stadium renovation, will begin in spring 2017 and will be followed by abatement/demolition of the old school in summer/fall 2017. The new school is set to be open for students in fall 2017 with total project completion by summer 2018.

Community Involvement

Throughout the entire project, FCPS will work closely with the community to not only provide detailed information and regular updates on the project, but also gather input and ideas.