Olney, MD


134,000 SF

LEED Silver Certified


The new Farquhar Middle School is sited in a rural and rustic region of Montgomery County, Maryland. The building is placed remote from the curb and is fronted by green space creating the view of a building within the natural environment. The exterior image is reflective of the local rural context and uses stone and a horizontal cement fiber rain screen giving the appearance of board and batten. Window area is maximized for daylight and views to nature, both contributing to enhanced learning outcomes. The design incorporates sustainability and 21st century learning principles including active learning and informal collaborative learning space outside the classroom. The LEED Silver design is achieved with  daylight harvesting, geothermal heating and cooling, rainwater collection, vegetated roof and porous paving.


*Design led by Jim Determan, FAIA, Principal-in-Charge while at Hord Coplan Macht, Architect of Record