Opportunity Builders, Inc.

Millersville, Maryland

  • FIRM

    Purple Cherry Architects

  • CLIENT

    Opportunity Builders, Inc.

  • AREA

    42,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $6,100,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    1/2009

Opportunity Builders, Inc. (OBI) provides adults that have developmental disabilities with a motivational environment offering vocational training, employment opportunities, recreational activities and support services. Its goal is to promote personal fulfillment and independence.

To best satisfy the large amount of required ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$145.00FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYSpecial-Needs Interiors space within the proposed budget, the design evolved within the constraints of five abutting pre-engineered metal buildings. The entry curtainwall and blue metal spine identify the formal entry to the building. The spine further identifies the interior circulation corridor, which visually links the front of the building to programs situated at the rear and is filled with natural light from skylights and floating "cloud" panels.

At the intersection of the five structures, a central, light-filled, skewed node provides direct visual links to three exterior sides of the building. The wide hallways are colorful and lined with protection board along the lower half for added durability. Soft colors and the visual openness to the outside provide the adults that learn, play and work at OBI with encouraging surroundings for their future growth.