Monday, December 11, 2017

A subcontractor (Oak Contracting, LLC, is managing construction) was killed and another person was injured when they fell 25-feet in a scaffolding collapse at the Sugarloaf Elementary School construction site in Urbana, Maryland.

Construction accident kills 1 at future site of Frederick Co. elementary school

By Kristi King | @KingWTOP

December 11, 22017

WASHINGTON, DC — A construction accident left one worker dead and another injured at the future site of Sugarloaf Elementary School in Urbana, Maryland.

At 11:01 a.m. Monday, a scaffolding collapse dropped the workers approximately 25 feet to the ground, according to a news release from Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. 

Oak Contracting, LLC, is managing construction.
Oak Contracting, LLC (Oak) is a regional Construction Management firm specialized in new construction, modernization, and renovation projects for the K-12 and medical research sectors. 

The surviving construction worker was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital to have a leg injury treated.

The Sheriff’s Office and Maryland’s Occupational Safety and Health are investigating.

FCPS Celebrates Sugarloaf Elementary Groundbreaking
October 20, 2017

Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday at Sugarloaf Elementary, under construction and slated to open in August 2018.

Initially students from Urbana Elementary will occupy the new school while Urbana Elementary is being renovated. In August 2020, when Urbana Elementary re-opens, students in the new Sugarloaf Elementary district will attend it. The Board of Education of Frederick County has not yet determined the new Sugarloaf attendance area.

FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban welcomed invited officials, students and PTA members to the ceremony. Urbana Elementary Principal Tess Blumenthal presented remarks, followed by Board of Education President Brad Young and County Executive Jan Gardner. Afterward participating students were invited to join officials in donning hardhats and posing with shovels of dirt.

Students who attended to represent the grade levels kindergarten through five that Sugarloaf Elementary will serve were Dave Apte, Jackson Fuentes, Giada Gentilucci, Dawson Graditor, Cyrus Haney, Brynn Jarkowski, Quentin Maucher, Trevor Miller, Adrianne Sellers, Jackson Stanley and Carlin Webster.

The new school, at 3400 Stone Barn Drive, will accommodate seating for 725 students. Classrooms will feature wall-to-wall wireless capability and sloped ceilings to take advantage of natural light. The cafeteria will include a stage.

In addition to a Parks and Recreation Center with a high school competition-sized basketball court, multi-purpose activity room, office and restrooms, the site will have three playgrounds designed for specific age groups--prekindergarten/kindergarten students, primary through grade two, and intermediate grades three through five.

The passive-energy site orientation maximizes natural daylight while controlling heat gain and loss. A geothermal HVAC system and light-harvesting fixtures and motion detectors that turn lights on and off will conserve energy.

The school is nearly 98,000 square feet, including the Parks and Recreation Center. Grimm & Parker Architects designed the school. Oak Contracting, LLC, is managing construction. The project budget is $41,087,775 with construction expected to cost $33,700,000.



A subcontractor was killed and another person was injured in a scaffolding collapse at the Sugarloaf Elementary School construction site late Monday morning.

Frederick County Sheriff's officials have not released the identities of the victims.

According to police, the subcontractor died when he fell approximately 25 feet to the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The second worker injured his leg and was transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Both victims were on the scaffolding at the time of the collapse. Neither are employees of Frederick County Public Schools and instead work for an independent contracting company.

Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) were notified of the incident.

Authorities say the site is the future home of the elementary school, which is located in the 3400 block of Stone Barn Drive in Urbana.

A scaffold is a temporary or movable platform for workers, according to