Dorothy I. Height Elementary School

Baltimore, Maryland

Client

Baltimore City Public Schools

Area

32,200 sq.ft.

Total Cost

$9,975,000

Completion Date

03/2018

Eight blocks from the epicenter of the 2015 Baltimore Uprising, a public elementary school begins a new chapter in this vibrant but disenfranchised neighborhood.

Parents, teachers, and neighbors joined the design team in a series of workshops, from the feasibility study through design development. They identified this project as an opportunity to create a modern educational facility that is also a dynamic community hub.

The 1960s building retained its auditorium, gym and cafeteria, and a new addition incorporates progressive learning spaces and facilities for shared public use. Dedicated spaces for student support services, parent volunteers, and local organizations maximize the return on this long-awaited neighborhood investment.

Key spaces were updated with simple, forward-thinking design and technological solutions to support multiple teaching and learning styles, increased flexibility, connection to the natural environment, and inclusion of the surrounding community. Ecological features (micro bio-retention planters, daylighting controls, and outdoor classroom) beautify the site, reduce operational costs, and engage students with the environment and sustainability practices.

Additional Information

Cost per Sq Ft

$310.00

Featured in

2019 Educational Interiors Showcase

Category

Renovation

Interior category

Interior Renovation

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