Frederick High School
Phase II: Design and Permitting
With the completion of the Feasibility Study (Adobe PDF File, opens in new window) and the approval to move forward with Option 5 — construction of a new facility on the existing site — the Design and Permitting phase has begun.
The overarching design goal for Frederick High School is a new facility that reflects the best and most appropriate elements of the mid-21st century visioning process and best educational design practices, as well as design standards previously established by other FCPS schools, while still valuing the school's long history and distinctive identity. Other goals and considerations for a new facility emerged as repeated themes of ongoing discussions of the visioning process:
- Honor the history of the Frederick High campus through a design that recalls the exterior appearance and site prominence of the oldest portion of the existing building.
- Retain and protect the English Elm in front of the existing school.
- Create a welcoming and prominent entrance both to the campus and the new school building.
- Develop a clear circulation pattern within the campus and the building and provide straightforward way finding.
- Design a facility that can be maintained and altered with minimal disruption, difficulty, and expense throughout its useful life.
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- Use high quality, easily maintainable materials and finishes.
- Provide abundant daylight throughout the facility.
- Design flexible spaces that can accommodate varied uses and that can easily be adapted to potential future uses and users.
- Provide a main public gathering and circulation space.
- Design circulation and public spaces for efficient movement and easy supervision.
- Create clear public and private zones where private areas can be secured after hours. Public areas include the gymnasium and training rooms, auditorium, cafeteria, and Heritage Room. There should also be some classrooms in the public zone for evening class use.
- Take advantage of opportunities afforded by "found" space to create small collaborative learning spaces on each floor.
Design spaces that foster a feeling of openness and inclusiveness. Breakout and informal gathering spaces should not make students feel like they're being made to sit in a corner or on the sidelines.
Consider reducing general use locker quantities.
Retain a Heritage Room in the new school and enhance it from its current form by making it a more dynamic and distinctive space.
Design a cafeteria that incorporates some of the design innovations noted above to make it a vital common gathering space that has potential to function outside of meal hours. Include an outdoor dining terrace or courtyard off of the cafeteria.
- Make the media center a hub of collaboration and allow for future technological changes that may decrease physical volumes in favor of increased portable devices. Facilitate collaboration opportunities by having an "eating allowed" area, small breakout spaces, and flexible classrooms within or adjacent to the media center.
- Create a clustered administrative, health, and guidance suite that facilitates collaboration among school officials.
- Design spaces with the knowledge that the school will function as an emergency shelter for the local community.
During the design and permitting phase, FCPS will once again work closely with the community to not only provide detailed information and regular updates on the project, but also to gather input.