Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School, Frederick County, Md.

FREDERICK COUNTY — Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School has opened to students. The $13 million, 122,000-square-foot facility serves the growing needs of this rapidly developing county.

The middle school includes six team areas, or houses. Each supports a team of 150 students and five instructors. Team areas include five classrooms, a science room, special-education resource room, teacher workroom, restrooms, lockers, and storage space. Each classroom includes five computer stations.

Facilities shared across the school community include technical education classrooms, music rooms, foreign-language and computer laboratories, art studios, a cafeteria, media center and physical-education areas.

The media center is the school's architectural focus. A curved glass front and double-height space are visible from the main lobby. The center contains active and quiet spaces, an audiovisual equipment headroom and network server. Connections are provided to televisions in each classroom.

Einhorn Yaffee Prescott is architect for the project.

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