October 11, 2018 – A ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Councilman Tom Quirk and Baltimore County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Verletta White was held to celebrate the opening of the Lansdowne Elementary School on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Lewis Contractors served as general contractor for the new two-story 96,000-square-foot elementary school which opened on time for the 2018-2019 school year in early September.
The new $31M school serves students from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade and features over 40 classrooms, a gymnasium, multimedia center and cafeteria spaces. In addition, Lansdowne Elementary boasts innovations in curriculum delivery such as outdoor environmental learning areas, flexible spaces for collaboration, areas for hands-on learning and the latest technology to permit learning opportunities throughout the entire school. The building also meets LEED Silver standards and incorporates sustainable design elements such as recycled and regional materials, a green roof, photovoltaic panels and a geothermal heat pump system.
The old elementary school, built in 1965, lacked air conditioning and was over capacity with 483 students enrolled. The new 700-seat school, built adjacent to the original building, has eliminated the issue of overcrowding and is climate controlled for year-round comfort of students and staff.
“This new elementary school is so important because they had very severe overcrowding issues in Lansdowne,” said First District Councilman Tom Quirk.
The second phase of work—also to be completed by Lewis Contractors—will involve demolishing the existing school and constructing athletic fields on the site which will be available for use in fall 2019. Along with the completion of Lansdowne Elementary School, Lewis Contractors also completed the award-winning Catonsville Elementary School for Baltimore County Public Schools in 2016.