Severna Park Middle School had always been a community school and a beacon of community activities. When the building was slated for replacement, the community opposed its demolition to save the building and its special features that they grew up with.
In deference to the community, SEI designed a project which renovated and reprogrammed the entire existing facility and accommodated additional program through seven targeted additions. The solution met all program needs, improved building circulation, and resulted in a completely state-of-the-art facility which appears and operates as a brand new middle school would. The project was featured for its integration of technology as a model for 21st century learning by the National Middle School Association at their National Convention.
As a reflection of the community, many of whom are Naval Academy Graduates from nearby Annapolis, the design of the school embodies the metaphor of a ship at sea. Nautical design elements included the metal prow at the entrance and undulation of masonry representing a ship at sea, acoustical waves in the ceiling of the cafeteria, and the nautical compass pattern in the terrazzo floor in the lobby among others.