Blocks away for the epicenter of the 2015 Baltimore Uprising, a public elementary school begins a new chapter in this vibrant but disenfranchised neighborhood. A collaborative community process with parents, teachers and neighbors transformed an existing 1960's facility into the community school of the future.
"Their team went above and beyond to demonstrate a deep understanding of what is important to our school community and was thoughtful and thorough in their work with us.”
Tamara Hanson, Principal
Rebuilding a Community
The school was fully renovated, including the including the Auditorium, Gym, and Cafeteria. A 60,000 square foot addition was built, including modern, flexible learning spaces and facilities for shared community use. Dedicated spaces for student support services, parent volunteers and local organizations maximize the return on this long-awaited investment in the neighborhood.
The site plan defines three principal outdoor spaces: a paved public square at the main entry, an outdoor classroom, and an open play field. The new Academic Wing extends the school to meet an existing public park, where students make use of the playground and basketball courts during the day, and the neighborhood uses them at other times.