Graceland Park/O'Donnell Heights Elementary/Middle SchoolHolabird Elementary/Middle SchoolConstruction Information
Through the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), City Schools will be building two new schools in Baltimore City, separate from the 21st Century School Buildings Program. The schools are:
- Graceland Park/O'Donnell Heights Elementary/Middle School #240
- Holabird Elementary/Middle School #229
- Information board includes building and site plan (best to print on 11x17 paper)
Architectural video about the new schools
Net Zero Energy (NZE) InformationGraceland and Holabird are being designed to operate as NZE schools. This means that over the course of each year, the total amount of energy used by each school will be equal to the amount of energy generated on site from rooftop solar panels. There are only 15 NZE schools in the country.
- Watch Video: Graceland Park/O'Donnell Heights and Holabird Elementary/Middle School,
- City Schools is receiving two grants from the Maryland Energy Administration through its Net Zero Energy Schools Initiative Grant Program that pay for the design expertise, the solar panels, and other construction items.
- General info about NZE Schools from the New Buildings Institute
- Energy efficient features include:
- Ground-source heat pump system that utilizes the constant temperature of the earth to help heat and cool the buildings.
- Efficient kitchen equipment and information technology systems.
- Daylight that reaches most parts of the building.
Additional Information and ResourcesFor more information, please direct questions to:Joanna Pi-Sunyer, Green Schools CoordinatorCynthia Smith, Director, Design and ConstructionRita Mullally, Principal, Graceland Park/O'Donnell Heights EMSStephanie Novak Pappas, Principal, Holabird EMS
- To be successful, the schools will need to be used and operated in new ways, so that energy is conserved. Some features are:
- An interactive energy dashboard will inform students, staff and visitors about energy generation and use, and will be incorporated into student learning and engagement.
- Daylight will be used instead of electric lights whenever possible.
- Information technology will minimize electricity use, e.g. laptop carts that automatically turn off when laptops are fully charged).
- Small appliances (coffee pots, mini-fridges, etc.) will not be permitted.