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Sandy Spring Friends School

Master planning and design for new upper school

  • 42K

    Square Feet

  • 140

    Acres

  • $14M

    Construction Value

  • Sandy Spring, Maryland

    Sandy Spring, Maryland

Aligning tradition and aspiration to create a path forward

Sandy Spring Friends School, a Quaker institution, wanted to design a new upper school. Their goal? Combine traditions, identity, and sense of place to forge a strong innovative presence in the local and international independent school network.

Our job included inclusive workshops, building tours, and surveys (in collaboration with board members, administrators, educators, parents, and students) to expand thinking, explore trends, identify needs, and establish critical success factors. The school’s values—simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equity, and stewardship (or SPICES)—were a key focus. These ideas shaped the design by highlighting the need for an energy-efficient building that conserves resources and promotes wellness for the community and the occupants. 

The final design combines time-honored teaching and learning traditions with contemporary learning spaces and common areas. Designed to be a net-zero ready facility, the new upper school uses highly-efficient building systems in conjunction with a high-performing building envelope to minimize energy consumption. 

Sandy Spring Friends School is seeking certification under the WELL Building pilot program for educational facilities to ensure a healthy, peaceful, and beautiful facility for all occupants. 

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