Paint Branch High School
Montgomery County Public Schools, Burtonsville, Maryland
When Paint Branch High School opened its doors to welcome 1,800 students, demolition began on the existing school. In its wake, Montgomery County Public Schools will create new fields to support athletics. The school’s state-of-the-art design supports student safety, supervision, and the county’s academic program. The three-story layout —featuring swirly inlay interior accents that symbolize the stream for while the school is named—strategically locates administrative and faculty areas to foster student supervision. Completely ADA accessible, the building’s design locates academic areas separately from the auditorium and gym, which isolates noise and secures the building for after-hours use. Courtyards and large windows introduce controllable, natural light throughout the teaching spaces.