The Rock Creek School in Frederick County, Maryland, offers special education to Frederick County students with severe intellectual, physical, emotional, hearing, visual and learning disabilities. Their programs are designed for students age 3 to 21, and they’re committed to providing a life-skills curriculum with an emphasis on functional academic skills, social skills training, community-based instruction, vocational training, supported employment and work-study – all to help prepare their students to lead full and successful lives.
The school’s current space was quickly becoming too small as its enrollment continued to grow. They decided to relocate the school within the county, at a location where there’s room for future expansion and accessibility to local vocational and employment opportunities for their students.
Kinsley Steel was awarded the work to fabricate and erect 525 tons of structural steel and miscellaneous metals for a new, 79,000-square-foot space. The building is one story, which facilitates student accessibility, and includes classrooms with wall-to-wall interactive panels, a therapy pool with galvanized steel to prevent rusting, and Frederick County’s first recreation center designed exclusively for students with special needs.
We began fabricating steel in September 2019 and completed the last of our miscellaneous metals installation this past April. Our crew’s experience helped us deliver this project on time with few challenges, thanks in part to the Foreman, Hector Santiago, who helped keep everything organized and maintained a great relationship with everyone involved.
The new Rock Creek School is slated to open this fall and is a project that all team members should be particularly proud of, knowing they’ve helped expand the population of students who will benefit from this much-needed facility.