Engineering News-Record (ENR) Mid-Atlantic named Milford Mill Academy in Windsor, Md., as the 2013 Best Project Award winner in the K-12 Education Category. Gannett Fleming provided design and construction support on the renovations and expansion. Additionally, our firm provided design and agency construction management and administration services, as well as conducted a feasibility study and condition assessment to address current and future needs.
Additions to the high school, which is part of the Baltimore County Public School system, included a cosmetology center, theater, gymnasium, and four additional classrooms. The existing school media center and several classrooms and laboratories were expanded, and 36 additional parking spaces were created. Renovations of the special education office also were completed as part of the $20 million project, which began in February 2011.
Throughout nine phases of construction during a two-year period, the academy remained in use, creating a challenge for the project team. Through proactive coordination and scheduling, the project was sequenced meticulously so that construction would not affect areas of the facility in use by students and faculty. Further complicating construction was a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the region on Aug. 23, 2011, requiring the team to perform a complete structural audit of the existing facility and new construction.
ENR Mid-Atlantic’s independent jury honored 26 winning projects from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., in 17 categories. Winning projects will be featured in the December 2013 issue of ENR Mid-Atlantic and honored during a ceremony on Dec. 17, 2013. The goal of the awards program is to recognize the best construction projects in the region, and the companies responsible for design and construction.