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Paint Branch High School underwent demolition of their previous, outdated school facility to rebuild a more modernized high school to accommodate 1,800 students.  The new Paint Branch High School is expected to have a total of 2,400 students enrolled when it is fully completed.  The new facility will include a state of the art auditorium to seat 900 occupants, with 12 science labs and a greenhouse.  The classrooms will serve a learning environment for culinary arts, finance, pharmacy and media.  


IBC 2006, N.F.P.A. 13, ADA


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The Paint Branch High School uses various types of glazing.  The glazing includes a combination of 1” insulated glazing, and 1” insulated “solera” glazing.  The purpose of the “solera” glazing is to harvest the daylight, reducing the schools energy           consumption, while giving students a comfortable learning environment.  The roof structure consists of 1 – ½” metal deck, rigid insulation, ½” cover board, and a BUR roofing system.  This roofing system will house a green roof garden for outdoor learning purposes.  The exterior building façade will include several systems including metal wall panels, 10” smooth face concrete     masonry unit, 4” face brick, architectural pre-cast concrete, and curtain walls.  The entrance of the building is the focal point of the façade.  It includes large architectural precast panels flanked by stacked brick piers in a circular shape. 

The Paint Branch High School is striving to attain LEED Gold certification.  Some of the sustainable features include a green roof garden for outdoor classroom purposes, energy efficient light fixtures with on/off controls, as well as the “solera” glazing     system that will reduce the school’s energy consumption.  The materials used to construct the building are materials that are high in recycled content with a low embodied energy.  The school will also utilize a geothermal well system for their heating and cooling conditions.  The storm water quantity and quality will be controlled and the school will uses dual flush toilets and waterless urinals to reduce their water consumption. 


Photo courtesy of Moseley Architects

Paint Branch High School

Burtonsville, Maryland

Diab Shetayh—Construction Option


Paint Branch High School


Burtonsville, Maryland

Building Occupant Name:

Montgomery County Public Schools

Occupant Type:

Education—Group E

Gross Building Area:

344,000 Square Feet

Total Project Cost:


Dates of Construction:

12/15/2009—Summer 2012

Project Delivery Method:

Modified CM @ Risk


Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)



Moseley Architects


Construction Manager:

Hess Construction + Engineering Services


Civil Engineer:

Adtek Engineers, Inc.


Structural Engineer:

Wolfman and Associates, P.C.


MEP Engineer:

B2E Consulting Engineers, P.C.


Food Service Consultant :

Nyikos Associates, Inc.