Old Blair Auditorium Reuse (P361113)

  • Category: General Government
  • Sub Category: Other General Government
  • Administering Agency: General Services (AAGE29)
  • Planning Area: Silver Spring
  • Date Last Modified: 4/21/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Planning Stage




This project is to renovate the Elizabeth Stickley Auditorium in the former Old Blair High School located at 313 Wayne Avenue, at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Dale Drive in Silver Spring, Maryland. This facility currently houses the Silver Spring International Middle School and the Sligo Creek Elementary School. The project will create an auditorium with seating capacity for approximately 750 and four multipurpose classrooms. The project will also upgrade all mechanical and theatrical systems in the auditorium as well as meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other code requirements. The renovated auditorium space will provide opportunities for multiple uses, including Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) use by the schools currently housed in the Old Blair High School facility. Community use will be coordinated through the Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF) according to the policies of the Interagency Coordinating Board (ICB).


313 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910

Estimated Schedule

The Council intends that this project proceed to design in FY14 and that construction be coordinated with other MCPS construction on site. Site improvements and utilities renovations are scheduled to begin in FY20.

Cost Change

Costs have increased to reflect the Department of General Services planning, design, and supervision costs as well as adequate contingencies. The Department of General Services will provide periodic updates on the project throughout FY14.


The construction hard cost estimate is based on the feasibility study Option 3 provided by the MCPS Feasibility Committee presented at the joint Education and Health and Human Services Committee on October 22, 2009. MCPS presented four options to both the Committees to renovate the 15,000-square-foot Old Blair Auditorium. Four options were considered by the MCPS workgroup. The MCPS Feasibility Committee concluded that Options 3 and 4 had similar merit and were preferred to the other alternatives. Option 3 was selected based on seating, inclusion of the ADA elevator, and cost factors.

Fiscal Note

The Old Blair Auditorium Project, Inc. (a private, non-profit organization) received State bond bill funding of $600,000 for the renovation of the Old Blair High School auditorium. In FY06-07 the County provided $190,000 as a partial match for the State funds with $50,000 in current revenue for the Department of General Services (DGS) to develop a program of requirements and cost estimate for the project, and bond funded expenditure of $140,000 to pay for part of the construction. These funds were budgeted in the MCG: Cost Sharing project (No. 720601). In FY09, the Council approved $25,000 in the MCPS: Facility Planning project for MCPS to conduct a feasibility study for the auditorium renovation. MCPS worked with community stakeholders to develop a new program of requirements for the auditorium that reflected multi-purpose school and community use. MCPS will manage the planning and construction of the renovation, working with the County DGS, and will also be responsible for ongoing maintenance and operations of the auditorium. A Memorandum of Understanding between Old Blair Auditorium Project, Inc. MCPS, and DGS will be required specifying project management and fiscal terms. CUPF will reimburse MCPS for operating costs associated with community use. The County G.O. Bonds in FY14 consists of $140,000 previously programmed G.O. Bonds in the Cost Sharing Project #720601 and $460,000 of G.O. Bonds previously approved in this project. These funds totaling $600,000 constitute the County's match of the State bond bill funding to the Old Blair Auditorium Project, Inc. The source of contributions is from Old Blair Auditorium Project, Inc.'s bond bill receipt.


A pedestrian impact analysis will be performed during design or is in progress.


Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Department of General Services (DGS), Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF), State of Maryland, Old Blair Auditorium Project, Inc.