An existing one-story brick and steel warehouse structure in Hunt Valley has been transformed into a K-12 school for autistic children.
The facility, which is part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, provides classrooms, offices, and special educational development spaces, including a playground specifically designed for autistic children. The program is organized to bring maximum daylight into the interior through skylights and the arrangement of classrooms around the perimeter.
Keeping it Calm
Driven by a tight budget and a need for more space, minimal changes were made to the exterior of this former warehouse including a new colorful canopy, signage, windows and stair railing, and sensitively placed vibrant paint colors. A welcoming internal “main street” draws visitors and students into the common heart of the school. A calming palette of soft colors is used to modulate long corridors and accentuate special working areas in classrooms and shared spaces. Color, texture, and pattern in the multi-purpose room stimulate students. Classrooms are zoned to accommodate student-teacher activity within the room.