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architectural rendering of the new Woodlin Elementary School

2101 Luzerne Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Architect:   Design Collective, Inc.
Contractor:   Oak Contracting, LLC
Project Manager:   Ken Futch, 240-740-7734
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Key Project Elements
  • Bright, day lit learning spaces
  • Safety and security
  • Green space and outdoor learning spaces
  • Collaboration spaces for students and teachers
  • Adequate storage for teacher’s materials
  • Inclusion of special education students
  • Easy and intuitive access and flow within the building
  • New design to respect the context of the neighborhood
  • Resolution of traffic issues regarding buses and cars in the neighborhood

The new facility features a compact, efficient floor plan that takes advantage of the site topology and allows adequate outdoor play and learning spaces. A new bus loop helps alleviate traffic in the residential neighborhood. An expanded parking lot and drop-off area serve the school and the daycare center which shares the site.

Sustainable Aspects
  • Encourages alternative transportation to the school by providing conveniently located bike racks and preferred parking for low-emitting/fuel-efficient vehicles and carpools
  • Preserves a high percentage of vegetated open space to protect the surrounding ecosystem
  • Manages stormwater to both reduce runoff quantity and improve quality
  • Uses highly reflective roof surfaces to reduce the heat-island effect and heat gain to the building
  • Installs water-conserving, low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Optimizes the energy performance of the building by highly energy-efficient building envelopes; lighting systems; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Optimizes equipment selection, installation, and operation of HVAC equipment through enhanced commissioning of the building energy systems
  • Diverts construction “waste” from landfills to be salvaged for reuse or recycled
  • Adheres to construction indoor air quality management plans and uses low-emitting building materials to safeguard occupant health
  • Provides a high level of occupant control over individual lighting and thermal comfort to promote enhanced occupant comfort
  • Promotes 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
  • Uses construction materials that are recycled and regionally manufactured
  • Implements a Green Housekeeping Plan
  • Optimizes daylight in classrooms