Thomas Edison High School

12501 Dalewood Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20906


Oak Contracting


Grimm + Parker

MCPS Construction Contact

Dennis Cross

Design Work Session 1 Presentation and Meeting Notes
Design Work Session 2 Presentation and Meeting Notes
Design Work Session 3 Presentation, Meeting Notes, and Student Forum
Design Work Session 4 Presentation and Meeting Notes
Design Work Session 5 Presentation and Meeting Notes
Design Work Session 6 Presentation and Meeting Notes
Design Work Session 7 Presentation and Meeting Notes

Thomas Edison High School of Technology is the career and technology education center for Montgomery County Public Schools and includes the following programs: Architecture, Construction Trades, Cosmetology, Auto Body/Auto Technology, the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, Restaurant Management, Print and Digital Graphics, Network Operations, and Medical Careers. The programs provide students with the academic, technology, and interpersonal skills needed to achieve excellence in their chosen careers and to serve as the foundation for their continuing education pathways. Students attend Thomas Edison High School of Technology for a half of the school day and their home high school for the half of the school day; therefore there is no reported enrollment for the school.

The proposed three-story replacement building for Thomas Edison High School of Technology is generally an L-shape, utilizing grade level changes on site to enclose the car storage area for the Automotive Trades Foundation program. The main entrance to the building is directly off the shared bus loop near Dalewood Drive, at the main level of the building, which is the second floor. The administration, guidance, and foundations offices are located near the main entrance. The Automotive Trades Foundation program is located on the lowest level, easily accessible from the car storage area. The Construction Trades program is located on the second level of the building with truck access removal of construction projects. Restaurant Management and Cosmetology are located on the main level to facilitate public access for clientele. The remaining career technology programs are located on the upper level. Additional future growth areas are master-planned for future expansion on the upper level.

  • Encouraging alternative transportation to the school by providing conveniently located bike racks and preferred parking for lowemitting/ fuel-efficient vehicles and carpools
  • Preserving a high percentage of vegetated open space to protect the surrounding ecosystem
  • Managing stormwater to both reduce runoff quantity and improve quality
  • Using highly-reflective roof surfaces combined with vegetated roof portions to reduce heat-island effect and heat gain to the building
  • Installing water-conserving, low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Optimizing the energy performance of the building by providing highly energy-efficient building envelopes, lighting systems, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning systems, utilizing geo-exchange systems
  • Optimizing equipment selection, installation, and operation of HVAC equipment through enhanced commissioning of the building energy systems
  • Diverting construction “waste” from landfills to be salvaged for reuse or recycled
  • Adhering to construction indoor air quality management plans and using low-emitting building materials to safeguard occupant health
  • Providing a high level of occupant control over individual lighting and thermal comfort to promote enhanced indoor environment
  • Promoting user education to increase awareness of the building’s green features and to utilize the school as a teaching tool for environmental and sustainability topics
  • Using construction materials that are recycled and regionally manufactured
  • Implementing a Green Housekeeping Plan
  • Maximizing daylight in classrooms
  • Minimizing background noise level from HVAC systems in classrooms and other core learning spaces and control reverberation time with sufficient sound-absorptive materials