George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology

Towson, Maryland

KCI provided site/civil engineering, landscape architecture, forestry, topographic and boundary surveying, and construction administration services for the construction of a new 228,000-square-foot high school building to house the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, the county’s premier art-centric magnet school.

Our team assisted Grimm + Parker in developing a set of phased construction documents for a modernization to provide the faculty and students with an updated facility that meets County and State academic requirements as well as current building codes. KCI completed on-site research and prepared an extensive existing conditions document to provide the client with a recommendation regarding all site-related items including paving, pedestrian and vehicular traffic patterns, utilities, stormwater management and landscaping.

George-Washington-Carver-Center-for-Arts-and-Technology-Construction-AerialSite work included the complete demolition of the building, all paving and utilities, the design of a new student drop-off and main parking facility and the design of a separate bus loop to serve the new building. A phased construction plan allowed the existing school building to remain functional, while the new facility was constructed on the adjacent athletic fields. After the school was built, a new track facility and athletic fields were constructed where the original building was located.

Utility design included a new closed storm drain system for the new building, student drop-off, parking facility and bus loop, as well as the unpaved areas surrounding the new building. An upgraded water line service and a new public sanitary sewer system were also designed. The stormwater management design consisted of an above-ground surface sand filter located on the eastern side of the site.

KCI also completed a forest stand delineation of the 27.4-acre site, prepared a report and completed a forest conservation plan and supporting legal documents that was recorded at the Baltimore County courthouse. The landscape design incorporated native species.

Through innovative site planning and building design, the new school earned LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.