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.


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.


March 2016 Newsletter


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

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

Phase III: Construction

Construction on the site officially begun in early July 2015 and the project has been making great strides since inception with an overall percentage completion nearing 25% to date.  Structural steel is completed over the administration/academic portion of the school and has been continuing around the other academic sections of the building.  Metal framing has begun on the administration segment of the building and the goal is to have a roof over this area by March/April.  Masonry walls are more than 60% complete on the gymnasium area, and footers are near completion for the auditorium. The last poured concrete stair tower is nearly finalized and the drilling of the geo-thermal wells are winding down as well.  These should wrap up over the next few weeks which will allow the well field to be graded.  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.