B-CC High School Addition

Background

As those of you with children in Montgomery County's downcounty elementary and secondary schools may be aware, MCPS is experiencing a tremendous surge in enrollment, a trend that is unlikely to change anytime soon. Many elementary schools are in the process of modernization or enlargement, and a second middle school has been approved to serve the B-CC cluster. B-CC High School itself already has hundreds more students than its official capacity of 1,600. 

To provide the B-CC community with background on the state of the school, both now and in the future, the PTSA sponsored a forum featuring Community Superintendent Chris Garran, Principal Karen Lockard, Assistant Principals Chris Nardi, Bennie Green & Ricardo Hernandez, as well as B-CC HS Educational Foundation President Matt Gandal, on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. To view a copy of the power point presentation at that meeting, please click here: B-CC Today & Tomorrow

To serve all of the students who will eventually end up at B-CC, MCPS has initiated the process of designing and building an addition to the current school building. Smolen, Emr, and Ilkovitch (SEI) Architects have been selected to conduct a feasibility study for 24 to 32 new classroom and administrative spaces and a small gym.

The B-CC PTSA will follow this process closely and plans to keep the community informed via this website which will contain updates and links for additional information.

Project Team - Feasibility Study Phase

Title  Organization  Name  E-Mail Address  Phone Number 
Project Manager   MCPS  James Tokar James_R_Tokar@mcpsmd.org  240.324.1008
Planner MCPS Debbie Szyfer Deborah_Szyfer@mcpsmd.org    240.324.4715
Architect - President Smolen, Emr, & Ilkovitch   Jim Emr jemr@seiarch.com  301.770.0177
Architect - Senior Project Manager Smolen, Emr & Ilkovitch Gary Mosesman   gmosesman@seiarch.com  301.770.0177
Architect Smolen, Emr & Ilkovitch Ina Kovacheva ikovacheva@seiarch.com  301.770.0177

Feasibilty Study Phase

The first step in the process is a feasibility study conducted by SEI architects and the MCPS staff. The feasibility study starts with a series of five public meetings starting in October and running through December when students, staff, parents, and community members are invited to view preliminary plans and offer suggestions, raise questions and concerns. These meetings constitute a process, with each meeting building upon the previous meeting, so it is important to have parents and community members attend as many of the five as possible. Parents with young children in the B-CC cluster are encouraged to attend the meetings, too, as the proposed completion date for addition is 2017. MCPS recently sent a letter to B-CC's adjacent neighbors, notifying them of the commencement of the feasibility study process.

Date  Time  Location  Topic 
 
10/09/12   3:00pm   B-CC Cafeteria   School & Community Input   Meeting Materials & Notes of Meeting 
10/23/12 7:00pm B-CC Cafeteria School & Community Input Meeting Materials & Notes of Meeting 
11/08/12 3:00pm B-CC Cafeteria School & Community Input Meeting Materials & Notes of Meeting 
11/28/12 7:00pm B-CC Cafeteria School & Community Input Meeting Materials & Notes of Meeting 
12/11/12 7:00pm B-CC Cafeteria Presentation of Findings Presentation 

MCPS has created a project website for the B-CC addition. This website contains meeting dates and notes of meetings, as well as copies of notices. Please note that the Notes of Meeting for the Nov. 28, 2012 meeting also contain answers to frequently-asked questions regarding enrollment projections and the proposed addition prepared by MCPS Director of Long Range Planning, Bruce Crispell.

Project Timeline

Following completion of the Feasibility Study Phase, the project is on hold until Fall 2013, when Superintendent Joshua Starr will need to request additional planning and construction funds in the FY 2015-2020 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to design and construct the full addition project.  The Superintendent’s Recommended FY 2015-2020 CIP will be released in late October 2013.  The approved FY 2013-2018 CIP has limited planning funds approved FY 2015, which means the design would begin in fall 2014.  More information regarding CIP's, enrollment projections, and long-range facility plans is available on the MCPS Department of Long-Range Planning website. MCPS has also prepared a Principal's Guide to the Design & Construction Process which provides a helpful overview of the phases involved in a construction/modernization project, and gives examples of reports prepared at various stages in the process.

 

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