Lakelands Park Middle School


Gaithersburg, MD Completed 2005
Project Highlights
  • Montgomery County Public Schools
  • 148,000 sf, 1,200 students
  • Prototype Design
  • New Construction

An adaptable prototype.

Serving a newly developed community, the new Lakelands Park Middle School needed to provide a stable atmosphere for its students and families. With the community developed around a New Urbanistic aesthetic, Lakelands Park needed to reflect the philosophy’s tenets of walkability and traditional design while serving as a community anchor.

While Lakelands Park is a prototype, its revised facade fits with this traditional aesthetic. In addition, the school is centrally located amongst the neighborhood homes, ensuring that students can walk to and from school with ease.

Following a philosophy of team grouping, the design divides the grades into two teaching teams, each grade provided with its own floor and its own science labs. The three grades are stacked vertically, with the centrally located media center bridging the school together. This philosophy of team grouping fosters an atmosphere of cohesiveness by grade level that is reinforced by the building’s design.

The noisier areas of the school, including the stage, cafeteria, gymnasium and music rooms, are all clustered together in a public wing.