Ground broken for QA’s schools new central office

CENTREVILLE — Queen Anne’s County officials on Feb. 22 ceremoniously broke ground for a new administrative building for the public school system.

During the ceremony remarks were provided by County Administrator Todd Mohn, County Commission President Jim Moran, Board of Education President Helen Bennett and Superintendent of Schools Patricia Saelens.

The event was livestreamed by Queen Anne’s County Television and can be viewed here, www.youtube.com/live/Soe8wtl238k?si=EVisGWJfb8IzXVTC

In 1979, administrative operations for Queen Anne’s County Public Schools were relocated to the former Centreville High School building on Chesterfield Avenue.

Now more than 120 years old, the building’s age and inefficiency prompted the decision to pursue a new facility.

After a competitive selection process, Stevensville-based Wheeler Goodman Masek was chosen to provide architectural design and project administration services for the new 34,000-square-foot central office building.

Situated between the Queen Anne’s County Office Building and Queen Anne’s County High School in Centreville, the new facility at 115 Vincit St. will offer departmental offices, conference rooms, a multi-function meeting room and various support spaces to accommodate the operations of the Board of Education.

According to a post on the Queen Anne’s County website, “The design of the central office building reflects a forward-thinking approach, with departmental office spaces organized in 4,000 square foot blocks to ensure flexibility and efficiency. Shed roof structures allow for diffused natural light, reducing the need for artificial lighting and promoting energy conservation. The exterior features a blend of materials, including red brick reminiscent of downtown Centreville, standing seam metal roofing, and translucent panels, creating a contemporary yet contextual aesthetic.”

Construction is projected to take about 18 months, with a completion date of fall 2025.

“Upon its completion, the facility will house modern, energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems, including geothermal heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC), ensuring sustainability for years,” according to the post on the county website.

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  1. I hope they plan to improve Centreville Middle School in their new digs!

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