Thomas Viaduct Middle School

Howard County, MD

Located in the planned community of Oxford Square, this project is an adaptation of the County’s prototype middle school, a two-story building designed to accommodate a population of 702 students in Grades 6 thru 8.  The design aesthetic of Oxford Square required the use of traditional design elements to fit the context of the surrounding community.

Nestled in Howard County’s largest green community, the school features environmental elements such as an innovative irrigation system. All rainwater on the roof is captured in underground rainwater harvesting tanks and used to irrigate the ballfields. In addition, the mechanical system is a geothermal system.  The design and construction of this new middle school has achieved a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ‘Silver’ designation.

Owner: Howard County Public School System
Type of Project: New LEED ‘Silver’ Middle School
Capacity: 702 students
Completion Date: August 2014
Site Area: 14.72 Acres
Building Area: 95,383 gsf
Budget Cost: $23,000,000
Construction Manager: J. Vinton Schaefer & Sons, Inc.