At Calvert High School, SEI developed a design and phasing approach which allowed Calvert County Public Schools the opportunity to construct a new high school with an overlapping footprint of the existing occupied high school over the course of a 51 month period. The new plan and phasing approach allowed the existing high school to remain in operation until the first phase of construction was complete.
Design of the 21st century learning environment was enhanced by natural grade and light.
The building takes advantage of grade change to shape dynamic spaces such as the slope of auditorium and amphitheater floors and high-low conditions at art, music and CTE labs permitting opportunities for lighting and views that would not otherwise exist.
Natural light was a key design factor inspiring a light shelf in the cafeteria, sky lit music rooms, clerestory windows providing north light to art and CTE rooms, a light harvesting system and most dramatically the translucent panel skylight.
The skylight encloses the media center and a communicating space which is used for assembly and overflow cafeteria permitting a single lunch period. Automated shade systems allow for both light control as well as heat gain mitigation. The skylight enclosure trades 25,000 SF of vertical exterior exposure for 8,000 SF of insulated panels yielding both immediate and long term cost savings.