The Wilson Wims Elementary School, Clarksburg, Maryland opened for the 2014-2015 school year and was designed by architects Grimm & Parker to be a model “green school.” The school was awarded LEED Gold certification in February 2015. Constructed by Hess Construction, the school’s environmental and sustainability features include daylighting in learning spaces, biofilters and rain gardens, a living roof, geothermal heating and cooling, sustainability-forested wood, regional and recycled materials and significant water savings. The 38,000 square-foot vegetative roof was installed by Interstate Corporation.
When Oak Construction completes a remodel of Wheaton High School in 2016, the school will also offer green school features while providing learning space for 250 additional students through its four academy programs. The new green roof at Wheaton High School, located in Silver Spring, was installed last December. At 105,000 square feet, this single installation is one of the two largest green roofs installed by the district to date.