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Official Groundbreaking Set for New Seneca Valley High School

As teachers and students prepare to head back to class on Tuesday, the initial stages of work have begun on the new Seneca Valley High School in Germantown.

The fencing which will outline the work area is up and on Wednesday, crews could be seen working in the gymnasium side parking on removing the median to allow for cars to pass through, the new shrunken version of that lot.

Seneca Valley Principal Marc Cohen has confirmed that the school and MCPS will hold a massive official Groundbreaking Ceremony at 8:30 am on Monday, Sept. 18. According to Cohen, the ceremony will take place on the football field, and the entire student body of the school will be in the stadium stands for the event.

The new school, once completed will be a massive four-story building centered on the area of land currently occupied by the football stadium. The building will be 440,000 square-feet and will be the largest school in the state of Maryland in terms of size, according to Cross. It will have a capacity of 2,400 students, nearly double the current enrollment of 1,278 students.

The increased capacity to Seneca Valley High School provides the opportunity to address projected overutilization of nearby Clarksburg and Northwest high schools through student reassignments in the future. The cost for the new school construction is estimated to be around $130 million. The new school will replace a school which was built in 1974.

“This is a major project,” said Dennis Cross, a project manager with Montgomery County Public School’s Division of Construction. “The new school will be coming in a 440,000 square feet. It will take over as the largest school in Montgomery County and the largest school in Maryland.”

At a meeting with the Seneca Valley Parent Teacher Student Association in May, Eric Garcia with Mosely Architects the firm which designed the new school provided detailed information about the design of the new high school.

Garcia said that main entrance to the new school will remain on Crystal Rock Drive but will be further into the property than the current building.

The building is divided into five floors covering two portions of the structure. The upper portion of the building will consist of Floors One through Four. The lower portion will consist of a Ground Floor and the First Floor. However, not all floors cover the entire building. The building is separated into a two-story section and a three-story section.

“The way we structured the plans is that you walk into the first floor from the main entrance,” said Garcia. “The main entrance, where you walk in will be two-stories tall with nice open light in a large gathering area. The administration area will be right at the entrance. Also, near the main entrance will be the health area and clas