Century High School

Sykesville, Maryland

  • FIRM

    Stantec Architecture

  • CLIENT

    Carroll County Public Schools

  • AREA

    217,940 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $23,542,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2001

From the outside, this high school resembles an old colonial pavilion with white wood accentuated with green trim. The similarity does not end with the exterior. In the main entrance of the interior, a two-story rotunda draws the eye upward. The rotundas—one in the lobby and the other in the “main street” corridor—add dimension and a unique style to the prototype ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,600COST PER SQ FT$108.02CITATIONCrow Island School CitationFEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio2003 Educational Interiors design.

This high school was organized by the following specifically identified clusters: humanities; science, mathematics and technology; arts and physical education; flex space; student services; and an information center.

The design also employs the main street concept, which is a wide core at the center of the school with all of the functions branching off the core. Two-story wings on each side of Main Street have four distinct academic sections, and the bottom story has distinct activity and workable areas. A technology resource facility and a common teacher planning area are provided for each cluster.

"Exciting use of materials and colors. The `Main Street` is conducive to sense of importance and place."—2003 EIS jury