The Crofton High School project is a $124.5 million, 275,768 square foot facility that will serve approximately 1700 students.
The new school will be built on a 155-acre site that features steep, wooded slopes. The structure steps down to follow the topography, and BSD maximized opportunities offered by the resulting spaces. An amphitheater nestles into the hillside between two school wings with graceful curves and landforms to be appreciated from overhead bridges and in the space itself. Tree preservation was a priority for the design team, and an existing wooded wetland area will provide an educational feature near the entrance to the school.
BSD worked closely with the architects to create strong indoor-outdoor relationships and exterior spaces that support the county curriculum. Collaborating with the civil engineers, we incorporated native plant masses in the bioretention areas, with a focus on materials that will peak during the school year and attract indigenous wildlife. Circulation throughout the campus is designed in sweeping curves that follow the topography, providing nature trails and safe, accessible pedestrian routes.