Steven Forest Elementary school, a public-school dating to the early 1970’s, was in dire need of an update. Our role involved providing design and documentation to facilitate a phased renovation while the school remained occupied. This would align the school with the new state Ed Specs and Howard County School System guidelines.
The program changes and additions were supported by a full MEP systems replacement, new lighting throughout, installing a new emergency generator and transfer switch, and new IT/Telecom cabling throughout.
In addition to meeting basic code requirements, we prioritized creating functional, well-proportioned corridors and circulation spines that would enhance the experience for students and staff. Recognizing that the success of a school design hinges on collaboration, we engaged various stakeholders in this process. This involved presenting the school design at multiple planning meetings attended by HCPSS construction and design teams, parents, and community members. Our team also maintaining an ongoing dialogue with the school principal and team leaders to continually refine the design.
Close collaboration with our project partners played a pivotal role in establishing the necessary phasing, staging areas, swing space, and making sure of the overall constructability. This collective effort was essential in accomplishing the successful transformation of the school.