Maryland School for the Blind, Preschool Early Learning and Outreach Renovation/Addition
This building provides integrative instruction for children from infancy through 5 years old who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities. The first floor houses the Early Learning Program for Infants & Toddlers as well as students in preschool and kindergarten. The second floor houses the statewide Outreach Services offices, providing programs for students from infancy to age 21, their families, and local school system staff.
The scope of the project included renovating and adding on to a 1955 single-story high school with a two-story wing, and installing a playground. The design transformed an antiquated facility into a safe learning environment that responds to the needs and abilities of specialized students.
Examples of how this was done include providing center-based learning environments that simulate everyday experiences such as going to a grocery store, bank, theater, library, and post office; providing large, flexible open spaces such as a Motor Gym and Multipurpose Room from an original structure composed of small spaces; providing strategically situated large restrooms with lifts and changing stations; accommodating new HVAC infrastructure within very low floor-to-floor heights; creatively manipulating finishes, color and texture to assist with wayfinding; redefining vehicular and pedestrian site circulation to accommodate a variety of mobilities; and providing easy access to the new playground in the lower quadrangle.
This transformative project has been embraced enthusiastically by staff, teachers, students and their families as a facility well suited to serving their unique needs now and into the future.
Cost per Sq Ft
2018 Educational Interiors Showcase
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