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Prince George’s County Public Schools Alternative Construction Financing

Addressing aging facilities and increasing community needs

  • 6

    New Schools

  • $170M

    Savings With Innovative Funding

  • $485M

    Construction Value

  • Prince George’s County, Maryland

    Prince George’s County, Maryland

Accelerating the delivery of US public school facilities with an innovative, first-of-its-kind approach

Prince George's County Public School System, one of the nation's largest school districts, was faced with aging facilities and overcrowding from a growing student population. In response, the county entered into a public-private partnership (P3) with Prince George’s County Education and Community Partners. The consortium—comprised of Fengate Asset Management, Gilbane Development Company, Gilbane Building Company, Stantec, and Honeywell Building Technologies—is responsible for designing, building financing, operating, and maintaining six new schools under a 30-year contract.

This pioneering delivery approach is the first of its kind for a US public school system, and it will provide five new middle schools and one K-8 school while cutting delivery time in half, reducing construction costs, and reducing preventative maintenance over the life of the schools. Compared to a traditional construction procurement model, this approach will save approximately $174 million in deferred maintenance and construction costs.

As the partnership's architect, we’re designing innovative learning environments that reflect the needs of the diverse student population from urban, suburban, and rural communities in the Washington, DC suburbs. The facilities will transform the educational experience by helping students discover their skills and interests. With flexible spaces more adaptable to modern pedagogy, the design offers innovative learning environments through small and large group instruction and peer-to-peer engagement.

The story isn’t just about the savings and innovative designs—it’s about delivering engaging educational spaces for the future leaders of their community. 

At a Glance

  • Fengate Asset Management
  • Gilbane Development Company
  • Gilbane Building Company
  • Honeywell Building Technologies
Social Infrastructure (Education) Deal of the Year, by IJGlobal Awards 2020
Editor’s Choice as the Best Deal in North America, by IJGlobal Awards 2020
Meet Our Team

Bill Bradley, Principal, Buildings

What’s exciting is discovering the opportunities that lie hidden at the intersection of education and architecture. Possibilities abound!

Tracy Eich, Senior Principal, Texas Design Leader

Architecture at its core is problem solving—but at its essence, it’s also a form of behavioral science, and the quality of the spaces we create affects the human spirit.
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Gwen Morgan, Senior Principal, Discipline Leader, Interior Design

I love designing facilities for people who devote themselves to public service and the development of future generations.
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Michael Scarani, Senior Associate

I love it when a plan comes together.

Dan Fletcher, Principal

I enjoy the problem-solving aspect of design—the delicate balance of satisfying pragmatic requirements while creating an artful response.

David Milligan, Senior Associate, Senior Project Architect

I approach each project as a logic problem and strive to create a design solution that is aesthetically pleasing, sustainable and resilient.
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Elizabeth Beck, Associate, Project Architect

I enjoy designing educational facilities to help make the learning experience a positive one—for both students and faculty.
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Bill  Bradley

Principal, Buildings

Tracy Eich

Senior Principal, Texas Design Leader

Gwen Morgan

Senior Principal, Discipline Leader, Interior Design

Michael Scarani

Senior Associate

Dan Fletcher


David Milligan

Senior Associate, Senior Project Architect

Elizabeth Beck

Associate, Project Architect

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