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Board OKs Westfields school plans

March 23, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

The new Westfields Elementary School will feature a V-shaped design, according to schematic designs of the two-story building.

In a presentation Tuesday to the Washington County Board of Education, Stephen Parker, president of Grimm + Parker Architects of Bethesda, Md., said the design of the building off Md. 65 south of Hagerstown will make the best use of natural light and open-space fields planned for the Westfields development.

Board member Wayne D. Ridenour praised the building's design as "very well conceived, very well thought out," as board members voted unanimously to accept the plans.

Public areas, including a cafeteria and gymnasium, which are divided by a moving wall, will be at the back end of the building closest to the fields, Parker said. Five classrooms for prekindergarten and first grade and two for prekindergarten will be on the first floor, and five classrooms for each grade level from grades 2 through 5 will be on the second floor.

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A courtyard will fill the space between the wings of the V-shaped building, with an art room fronting the building's first floor and an science room fronting the building's second floor.

According to information provided by the school system, the building schedule calls for the construction contract to be awarded in February 2007, with project completion set for August 2008.

The estimated project cost is almost $17.7 million, according to information provided by the school system.

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