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MEETINGNOTES

Date:
Project:

SchematicDesignMeeting#1
ProjectNo:
Preparedby:

10.09.13
FarquharMiddleSchool
Modernization
211004.10
JeffreyHagan,AIA

ATTENDEE
ORGANIZATION
PHONE
EMAIL

RobinBruckner
Parent
301.395.3871
robinbruckner@yahoo.com
LeslieCronia
Neighbor
301.924.1529
lesliecro@verizon.net
ChelseaCurtis
Parent
240.286.1092
paulandChelsea@comcast.net
JimDeterman
HCM
410.837.7311
Jdeterman@hcm2.com
AngelaEdwards
Parent
301.421.5927
Are1000@verizon.net
JeffHagan
HCM
410.837.7311
Jhagan@hcm2.com
TomHyde
Neighbor
301.440.0907
vthyde@gmail.com
TomHydeSr.
Neighbor
301.774.3147
tomandruthh@verizon.net
TroyKimmel
Parent
301.602.1663
tkimmel@stratsight.com
LauraLampshire
Parent
301.570.1042
llampshire@verizon.net
ThuLeDao
Parent
301.476.7371
Thule1@yahoo.com
PaulineLoveland
Staff
DianeMorris
Principal,FMS
301.924.3100
Diane_d_morris@mcpsmd.org
JulieMorris
MCPSDLRP
240.314.4713
juliea_morris@mcpsmd.org
MichaelShpur
MCPSDOC
240.314.1014
Michael_Shpur@mcpsmd.org
JanSadowski
DustinConstruction 301.810.4320
jsadowski@dustinconstruction.com
CraigShuman
MCPSDOC
240.314.1000
Richard_C_ShumanJr@mcpsmd.org
DavidTacchetti
Neighbor
301.922.4594
Dave.tacchetti@clarkconstruction.com
MattWillems
AMT
301.881.2545
Mhwillems@amtengineering.com

cc:

RayMarhamati
MCPSDOC
240.314.1010
Ray_marhamati@mcpsmd.org
JillianStorms
MSDE
410.767.0615
jstorms@msde.state.md.us
MikeSherren
JPA
410.265.6100
msherren@jamesposey.com
ScottWalters
HCM
410.837.7311
swalters@hcm2.com
AdamMacDonald
HCM
410.837.7311
Amacdonald@hcm2.com
SarahRineer
HCM
410.837.7311
srineer@hcm2.com
PatrickPalavecino
CMJ
301.802.7292
palavecino@msn.com

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Topicofthemeeting:Todiscussthedesigngoingforwardwith the schoolbuilding
locatedfurtherbackonthesiteandtheplayfieldsatthefrontofthesite.
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Mr.Shumanstatedthatthegoalofthisprocessistocreatequalitylearningenvironments
thatenhancetheeducationalexperienceforourstudents.TheBoardofEducationpassed
aresolutiontoproceedwiththelandswap.Theexactstatusofthelandexchangewas
notavailableatthetimeofthemeeting.Also,itwasnotedthatBatchelorsForestRoadis
aruralandrusticroadandthattheoriginaldesigndidnotgofarenoughtomeetthe
requirementsoftheMNCPPCMasterPlan.Thereforethebuildingandparkingwere
movedfurtherbackonthesitebacktomaintaintheruralcharacter.
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Theoriginalsiteplanwasreviewed.Itwasnotedthattheexistingschoolwillberemoved

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afterthenewbuildingopens.Also,theexistingtenniscourtswillberemovedbecause
theyarecurrentlylocatedinthestreamvalleybuffer.Nonewworkcanbedoneinthe
streamvalleybuffer.AccesstothesitewillbeviaOldVicRoadthroughtheexisting
schoolsitetothenewsite.Thisisarequirementofthemasterplantominimizecurbcuts
alongBachelorsForestRoad.
Thenewsiteplanwasreviewed.Theplayfieldsareatthefrontofthesiteatelevation
510.Thebuildingisfurtherbackonthesitewithafirstfloorelevationat502.The
neighborsyardtotheNorthisatelevation523.Thereisaservicedrivearoundthelower
sideofthebuildingwithasoundwallbetweentheneighboringhouseandthebuilding.
Additionalscreeningalongthepropertylinesisbeinginvestigated.
Theupdatedfloorplanswerereviewed.TheSouthportionofthebuildingis3stories.
Entryisatthesecondflooratelevation502.TheNorthwingisatallsinglestoryspace
containingthegym,cafeteria,kitchen,andspecialsclassrooms(art,music,technology
education)atelevation502.Lockersareinacentercommonsallowingfortransparency
betweenthecorridorsandtheclassrooms.Classroomshaveamechanicalclosetfor
watersourceheatpumps.Amainstreetcorridorconnectsthewingsofthebuildingand
anadditionalcorridorwasaddedtotheEastendofthebuildingtoconnectthewingsto
assistwithcirculation.TheloadingdockisontheNorthsideandthegraderampsupto
thedockatanelevationof499fromelevation487.
HVACequipmentthatwillbelocatedontheroofwillbescreened fromadjacent
neighbors.EquipmentshouldnotbeseenfromBatchelorsForestRoad.Thiswillbe
studiedbythedesignteamasthebuildingdesignprogresses.
Thepreviousbuildingrenderingswereshown.Theintentistoreusethesamedesignstyle
previouslydeveloped,butmodifiedbasedontheplan.Buildingmaterialsandfinisheswill
bedeterminedbasedonthebudgetaryrestrictionsandwillbestudiedasthedesign
progresses.
Thereisacourtyardbetweenthe2wingsofthebuildingthatisbeingstudiedandmaybe
usedasanoutdoorlearningenvironment.
Question:Isgeothermalbeingusedandisitnotaquietsystem?
Answer:Yes,geothermalwillbeusedforheatingandcoolinganditisaquietsystem.
Therewillberooftopunitsformakeupair,butthesewillbescreened.
Question:Canacanopybeprovidedatthebackofthebuildingsimilartothefront?Also,
canthesidewalkbecontinuedallalongthebuslooproad?
Answer:Yes,canopiescanbeadded.Thiswillbecoordinatedasthedesignprogresses.
Theloadingandunloadingofthebusseswillcontinuetobestudiedwithanemphasison
studentsafety.Thesidewalkwillbestudied.ADAaccessibilitywillbeafactorinhowthe
sidewalkisconfigured.
Question:Whattypeofoutdoorlightingwillbeprovided?
Answer:Allsitelightingwillbe100%downlights.Wallpackswillbemountedonthe
buildingandalllightsmountedonthebuildingwillbe100%downlightsnoexposed
brightlenses.Therewillbeparkinglotlights.Nolightingwillbeprovidedonthefieldsor
tenniscourts.Lightingphotometricswillbedevelopedtoprovidezerofootcandlesatthe
propertyline.Also,LEEDrequirementsstipulatethatlightnotbleedovertheproperty
line.
Question:Cantheschoolusetheexistingfieldsandisthereasafetyconcernwith
overlappingthesoccerandsoftballfields?
Answer:Existingfieldscanbeused,butnotlikelytobecauseofthelongdistance.The
overlappingoffieldsiscommonatschoolsites.Theinfieldisnotskinned(itisallgrassnot
dirt),thereforethereisnosafetyissue.
Question:WilltherebeafencealongBatchelorsForestRoad?

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Answer:Probablynot,butthiswillbereviewed.Thereisagradechangebetweenthe
roadandtheplayfields.Playfieldsarelowerthantheadjacentroad,solooseballsand
studentswillbecontainedbythetopography.Ifretainingwallsareusedtomaximize
outdoorathleticspace,therewillbeguardrailsatopthewalls.
Question:Thereareotherneighborsbehindthesite.Whatcanbedonetopreventnoise
fromthebusses.
Answer:Theteamwilllookatnoiseattenuationalongthebackofthesite(Eastside)and
howtoadjustthebusloopsothebussesdonotgoasfarbackontothesite.Thereare
siteretainingwallsatthebackofthesitethatcanbeextendedabovegradeto42inches
tocontainvehicleheadlights.Therearecurrently18bussesactiveattheschool.Busses
donotidleonthesitewhilepickingupordroppingoffstudents.Also,agatecanbe
addedtothereardrivewaytokeepcarsfromaccessingtheEastsideofthesiteoffhours.
Additionally,evergreenscreeningwillbeaddedalongtherearparkinglottoprovidea
yearroundbuffer.
Question:Whereistheemergencygenerator?
Answer:Itwillbelocatednearthemainelectricalroomtoprovidetheshortestrunfrom
theutilities,currentlyshownatthesouthwestcornerofthebuilding.
Question:Wherearethewaterandsewerutilities?
Answer:ThewaterlinewillrunstraightouttoBatchelorsForestRoad.Sanitarywill
connecttotheSouthandbepumpedtogravityprofile.Itwillallstayonpropertyandwill
notbotherBatchelorsForestRoad.
Question:IsthereconfiguredsiteconsistentforatypicalschoolinMontgomeryCounty.
Answer:Everysiteisdifferentandisdesignedtomeetthespecificchallengesofeachsite.
Itistypicaltoseparatecarandbustrafficandforadministrationtooverseethedropoff
area.Therusticroaddesignationofthesiterequiredthepavingtobeawayfrom
BatchelorsForestRoadandthefieldsatthefrontofthesite.
Question:Hasthebudgetbeenfinalized?
Answer:Budgethasnotbeenfinalized.Atargetnumberhasbeenincludedasaplace
holder.WeareawaitingBoardofEducationapproval.
Question:Canweminimizetheboxlikemassingandmakeitmoretransparent.
Answer:Themassingisstillbeingdeveloped.Greenroofswillbeputontheflatroofsfor
stormwatermanagement.Therewillbeslopingroofsfacingthestreettobemore
rusticinappearance.Thebuildingelevationswillbestudiedandanupdatewillbe
providedatthenextmeeting.
ThecurrentscheduleisforthePreliminaryPlansPresentationtotheBoardofEducation
tooccurinDecember.
ThepresentationwillbepostedontheSchoolwebsite:
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/farquharms/

NextMeetings:

Meeting#2:Thursday,October24,2013;4:00PM.

PTA/CommunitySchematicDesignPresentation:Thursday,November12,2013;7:30PM.

ThesemeetingnoteswerepreparedbyHordCoplanMacht,Incforthepurposeofrecordingtheinformation
coveredduringthismeeting.Shouldanyoneobjecttoanystatementorinterpretationcontainedherein,please
informHordCoplanMacht,Inc.withinsevendaysorthemeetingnotesshallstandaswritten.

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Issuedby,
HordCoplanMacht,Inc.

JeffreyR.Hagan,AIA
SeniorAssociate,VicePresident

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