Kol Shalom

Base building construction of a synagogue on 4.8 acres in Rockville, Maryland.  This first phase of a multiphase project included all utilities, landscaping, and parking for the complete master plan.  The phase 1 building was constructed with provisions for adding another wing in the rear and a second floor on the single story school wing.  The project as designed is the first LEED gold synagogue in the United States incorporating such sustainable systems as a geothermal HVAC system and a green roof.

The Challenge

The City of Rockville was under a two year building moratorium while the zoning regulation was rewritten. As this project was in a residential zone, regulations concerning building height, setbacks, and other site requirements were in flux. In addition, the entire site plan approval process was being revamped. New statewide storm water regulations were on the books and it was not known if the project could be submitted before the new regulations went into effect. Design work could not be finalized until the new zoning regulations were in place. Time to construct the new building was short as the Congregation continued to carry the vacant land and lose membership opportunities. The project team needed to keep the design process moving, be first out of the box when the moratorium was lifted, and navigate an entirely new City approval process to minimize the downtime to the Congregation.

Building Specs

  • Architect: Shinberg Levinas
  • Cost: not disclosed
  • Size: 17,500 SF
  • Schedule: 14.5 months