A time of change needs a greater variety of supports

Middle school marks a new milestone and transition for students. For middle school students to effectively learn while also demonstrating workplace skills, exploring career options, engaging with their communities, and understanding civic responsibility, the environments that support their learning must be diverse.

What do diverse learning environments look like for middle school students? They accommodate self-directed learning, foster opportunities for peer-to-peer engagement, and offer spaces both large and small to host individual, small group, and large group instruction.

Innovative learning environments for middle schoolers are also adaptable and permit flexibility in the moment—as well as over time—in response to learning activities as well as the evolution of education. And finally, these spaces are inspiring, serving as a catalyst that reinforces lessons learned and invites students to pursue their newfound passions.

The future of schools: Net zero should be the norm

Students are helping drive change by focusing on the future Read More

Frederick County Middle School

Frederick County Public Schools sought to replace an outdated middle school and provide a critical asset for an under-served community. What emerged was a student-centric vision that balanced the need for a practical, affordable, sustainable solution with current research on effective teaching and learning, adolescent brain science, nutrition, health and well-being. Read More

Salyards Middle School

This collegiate-style environment incorporates technology to raise the quality of the facility to meet the needs of today’s digital generation. Read More


Architecture We create spaces that are engaging and uplifting, that contribute to our collective sense of health and well-being, and encourage the sustainable stewardship of our communities.
Resarch + Benchmarking Expertise is not static. Through our Research + Benchmarking program, we connect team members across sectors, geographies, and disciplines to continually learn and improve.
Buildings Engineering With decades of innovation and experience under our belts we’re engineering a promising future leveraging the best in building systems, technology, energy analysis, and sustainable performance.
Landscape Architecture Whether it's an urban park, a restored wetland, an athletic complex, or a waterfront destination—through analysis, planning, and design, we create inspired landscapes that reflect context and user needs.
Program & Construction Management We know from experience that delivering a complex project without surprises doesn’t mean there won’t be challenges, but our creative approach to planning and controls can head off most problems.
Bond Programming When school districts are facing some of their most important and challenging decisions, we are there to help navigate them through to inventive solutions.
Interior Design As humans, we spend a significant portion of our daily lives inside. We believe our emotional and physical well-being is dramatically impacted by the places where we live, work, and play.

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