Thursday, September 20, 2012

Decision time for the important interior components

This week, the building committee had a thorough and productive meeting with the architects to decide on

  • the flooring colors for the hallways and the piazza (activity room) 
  • patterns for the hallway, science room and piazza flooring
  • classroom and office carpets
  • classroom and office wall paint colors
  • bathroom floor tiling patterns and colors
  • bathroom counter tops

Further progress in the building

Visuals are important for our community, so we hope to keep you updated as the building really comes together.

New walls going up to form Director of Technology and Athletic Director's offices.

Continued work on the walls and ceilings.  

New windows in the elementary classroom!

Future classrooms

Upstairs office spaces

New windows into two separate classrooms

Framing for new walls

Glimpse into the Middle School English room

Additional new walls separating the open floor plan

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

On a different track

As construction was just beginning on the new building, we discovered that the previous owners had left behind a number of bike trainers. For those who aren’t familiar with what a bike trainer is, it is an item which allows a regular bike to be used as a stationary bike. Competitive cyclists love them!

In any case, we found a treasure trove of barely used bike trainers collecting dust, and were thrilled to donate them to support local juniors racing and the Maryland Special Olympics!  The trainers will be used as prizes for junior athletes (ages 10-18) as well as athletes competing as part of the Maryland Special Olympics at a bike race this Saturday, September 15 in Sykesville, MD.

If you know a young person interested in bicycle racing, this is a great event for them to try. More information on the Junior’s Day Out and Maryland Special Olympics Mid Atlantic Championships can be found here -

Friday, September 7, 2012

Behind the Walls

Now that demolition is complete, the construction crew is working on the elements of the building that won't be seen once the new walls are completed - getting duct work in place, insulating the ceilings, etc. The pictures below give an idea of just how much is involved…
Installed duct work.
Metal strips are in place to help secure the duct work once it is up. 
New wall going up one brick at a time.

Testing the pressure in the pipes to make sure that there aren’t any leaks in the HVAC system.

And even though the building isn’t quite ready for us to move in, we’re making sure the grass gets cut! 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Photos of the school site- work continues!

Peek in at the future new entryway.

Duct work for the gymnasium.

Mr. and Mrs. Heyer inspect the Art room with Mr. Kaufman.

Markings on the floor which layout the future walls and doorways.
Science Room layout.

Close up of new pipes for the Science room lab tables.

Location of the music room and administration offices.

Discussion about the new entryway and supporting beams in the ceiling.
New major supporting beam added to the wall for stability.

Future Piazza for gathering and lunch.

Construction worker sawing through piping.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sneak peek at design elements

We are excited to share with you some of the interesting design elements that will be seen in the hallways of the new building.

Reception Desk- The cherry wood reception desk area will be part of the warm welcome visitors will see as they enter the building. There will be sliding window units to sign the students in and out of the building.  

 We used the following images for inspiration when designing the hallways.

Each hallway will have arches which will mark the end and turns of the corridors.  These arches are apart of the Tuscan theme we are incorporating throughout the building. 

These shadow boxes are built directly into the wall and will be lit from within. They will serve dual functions as light sources in the hallway and to display student art work.

We hope you are getting excited by this small glimpse in to our new building.

Rooms outlined-Photos coming soon

The detritus has all been cleared away, and this week the contractors drew outlines on the floor, making it much more visually clear where each classroom will be located!

In the meantime, the ceiling ductwork has been laid in, along with extensive ceiling work, and beams have been placed in doorways. This coming month will yield more progress on the ceilings and new walls. The floor foundation will also be cleaned and cleared, and the sounds of the compressor will linger for another week or so, while holes for pipes are drilled.

Check back soon for updated photos!