Students, Officials Break Ground for Butterfly Ridge Elementary

Students, Officials Break Ground for Butterfly Ridge Elementary

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) hosted a second groundbreaking ceremony yesterday at Butterfly Ridge Elementary, under construction and slated to open in August 2018. Earlier in the day FCPS held a ceremonial groundbreaking event at Sugarloaf Elementary.

FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban welcomed invited officials, students and PTA members to the ceremony. Butterfly Ridge Elementary Principal Dr. Patricia Hosfelt presented remarks, followed by Board of Education President Brad Young and County Executive Jan Gardner. Afterward participating students joined officials to pose with hardhats and shovels of dirt.

Students who attended were Sophia Bostian and Zy’Mair Worrell from Orchard Grove Elementary, Letzy Ceballos and Kaleia Nickens from Hillcrest Elementary, and Fredy Cubias and Malaysia Jackson from Waverley Elementary.

The new school, at 601 Contender Way in Frederick, will accommodate seating for 725 students. Classrooms will feature wall-to-wall wireless capability and sloped ceilings to take advantage of natural light. The cafeteria will include a stage.

In addition to a Parks and Recreation Center with a high school competition-sized basketball court, multi-purpose activity room, office and restrooms, the site will have three playgrounds designed for specific age groups--prekindergarten/kindergarten students, primary through grade two, and intermediate grades three through five.

A geothermal HVAC system, light-harvesting fixtures and motion detectors that turn lights on and off will conserve energy.

The school is 105,515 square feet, including the Parks and Recreation Center. Grimm & Parker Architects designed the school. Lendlease Corporation is managing construction. The project budget is $46,255,732 with construction expected to cost $39,500,000. 

Butterfly Ridge ES Groundbreaking
In photo, left to right: Hillcrest Elementary students Kaleia Nickens and Letzy Ceballos, Orchard Grove Elementary student Sophia Bostian, Butterfly Ridge Elementary Principal Dr. Patricia Hosfelt, Waverley Elementary students Fredy Cubias and Malaysia Jackson and Orchard Grove Elementary student Zy’Mair Worrell