KCI worked with Smolen – Emr – Ilkovitch Architects to conduct a feasibility study and provide site/civil engineering, landscape architecture, surveying, and construction administration services for the renovation of this historic elementary school. Constructed in 1895 and located approximately 300 feet from the City Dock, this project involved a complete revitalization of the existing school, as well as the adjacent Philip L. Brown and Rachel Hall Brown building, which was built in 1905 as Annapolis High School and was being used by Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ transportation offices. The renovation increased school’s capacity from 217 to 314 students and doubled the square footage to 69,546 square feet by constructing two additions that connect the buildings.
Our team completed a full topographic and boundary survey of the 2.68-acre property and then provided grading, erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, and utility design. Engineering plans called for pervious concrete for all new walks, ADA accessibility throughout the site, a new hard and soft surface play area, and a new parking lot and bus drop off. Utility upgrades included providing a new domestic and fire water service, a new gravity sanitary sewer service and new storm drain lines throughout. Based on the limited amount of open space and high groundwater, the stormwater management approach consisted of the design of an 80-foot by 10-foot underground sand filter. Frontage improvements and landscape design utilized native species to comply with requirements set forth by the Annapolis Historical Preservation Commission. KCI’s landscape architects also provided an off-site forest conservation mitigation plan to meet additional city requirements.
The buildings and parking lots taking up more than 85 percent of the 2.7-acre site created challenges with placing the new playground, addressing stormwater management and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Michael A. Lambert, LEED AP, ENV SPPractice Leader
Our team assisted with coordination and processing for project approval through the city of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission, and the city of Annapolis Historical Preservation Commission.