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From the 2022 Architectural Portfolio: Sandy Spring Friends School, Pen Y Bryn Upper School

March 17, 2023
The project was recognized in the High School category.

As the first high school in the United States and the third school globally to achieve WELL Gold Certification, The Pen Y Bryn Upper School at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, Md., serves 150 students in grades 9 to 12. The Upper School was planned to honor and support the school’s Quaker values by combining teaching and learning traditions with contemporary learning spaces and common areas. The school is rooted in the theory that collaboration engenders achievement, which is traced to the Quaker heritage and values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. These concepts shaped the biophilic design strategy by highlighting the need for an energy-efficient building that conserves resources and promotes wellness for the occupants and the community.

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