Sandy Spring Friends School, Pen Y Bryn Upper School

Sandy Spring, Maryland




Sandy Spring Friends School


42,029 sq.ft.

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Design Team
Stantec: Matthew Kavanaugh (Senior Project Architect and Construction Administrator), Haidi Liu (Architectural Designer), Kim Currano (Civil Engineer); Keller Brothers Inc.: Phillip D. Keller, Jr. (General Contractor); Brian J Stephenson + Company LLC: Brian Stephenson (Landscape Architect); Keast & Hood Co.: Robert Boris (Structural Engineer); 2rw Consultants Inc.: Lucas Hoffman (MEP Engineer); Delos Living LLC: Anna Obraztsova (WELL Building Consultant)

As the first high school in the United States and the third school globally to achieve WELL Gold Certification, The Pen Y Bryn Upper School at Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive coed college preparatory learning facility that serves 150 students in grades 9 to 12.

The Upper School was planned to honor and support the school’s Quaker values by combining time-honored teaching and learning traditions with contemporary learning spaces and common areas. The project sought to understand the task at hand in its largest context—both with regard to the stewardship of the facilities and vision for the community.

Culturally, the school is rooted in the theory that collaboration engenders achievement, which is traced to the Quaker heritage and values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. These concepts shaped the biophilic design strategy by highlighting the need for an energy-efficient building that conserves resources and promotes wellness for the occupants and the community, which resulted in a net-zero energy ready facility.

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