Over 100 staff, students, parents, community members and City dignitaries joined the Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) and Hampstead Hill Academy for its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony August 28. The students returned yesterday to an exciting new facility, boasting a $1.2 million renovation completed by Turner Construction Company, which broke ground in June of this summer.
The renovated space, designed by Ziger Snead, creates a nurturing learning environment for elementary and middle school students, and includes larger early learning classrooms equipped with restrooms, a new art room, library and other new finishes. The exterior glass was upgraded to clear, low-emissivity glass, which will provide greater efficiency in heating and cooling.
This project is a reflection of BCP, Hampstead Hill and the city’s commitment toward providing quality education, which couldn’t be achieved without quality educational facilities.
“Just to have glass windows is extraordinary. We had plastic windows for 20 years and to have real glass windows and let the sunshine in is sort of a game changer in a classroom,” said Matthew Hornbeck, Hampstead Hill Academy principal.
Mayor Sheila Dixon and Dr. Alonso, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, participated in the celebration. The Mayor spoke about bike riding by the school and through the park with her children and shared that hearing the spirit of the school gave her an extra push when she needed it to get through the week.
Seventh grader, Deboreah Ross, served as master of ceremonies, and expressed her gratitude on behalf of the school to donors and the project team. She ended her speech with special thanks to Turner Construction, and “shout-out to Coretta Bennett (project manager) and Jay Twilley (superintendent) for getting it all done.”
“Turner is proud to be a part of the revitalization at Hampstead Hill Academy,” said Geoff Marshall, vice president and general manager of Turner Maryland. “We are committed to our partnership with the school, and look forward to the launch of our mentor program and toolbox talks in the classroom. There is no greater reward than fostering the strength of a community through its school.”
Turner is the leading general builder in the U.S., ranking first or second in the major segments of the building construction field. During 2008, Turner completed $10.6 billion of construction. Turner is the only builder offering clients a nationwide network of offices across the U.S. Founded in 1902, the firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, a publicly-traded company and one of the world’s leading international construction service providers. Contact our Maryland office in downtown Baltimore at (410) 715-7241 for more information.