This K-8 school was the first new school to be built in Baltimore in decades and is located in an East Baltimore neighborhood that has historically been one of the most blighted in the City – with vacancy rates of 70%. Representing a ‘grand experiment’ in education, the school is the centerpiece of a $1.8 billion, 88-acre redevelopment initiative adjacent to the Johns Hopkins Medical campus. Floura Teeter was responsible for the design of all outdoor courtyards, learning spaces, overall site design of playfields/open space, and streetscape.
Reflecting the building design, Floura Teeter used elements from the original street infrastructure and architectural vernacular as cues for the design of the outdoor environment. The emphasis on indoor/outdoor relationships was specifically relevant to the success of the project; classrooms, courtyards and common spaces are directly connected and underscore the school’s collaborative and integrated approach to learning.
Floura Teeter was responsible for other site features that included a bioremediation meadow, community and rain gardens, a regulation-size ballfield, a smaller flexible field, and a playground with separate features for younger and older children. Streetscape bump-outs provide traffic calming and are both pedestrian and bike-friendly to accommodate planned future mass transit stops.
Project Category: Education
Location: Baltimore, MD
Client: East Baltimore Development, Inc.
Architect: Rogers Partners
Project Costs: $52,000,000
Awards: AIANY Design Awards, Honor Award in Architecture, 2015; AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Awards, Public Building of the Year, 2014; AIA Baltimore Design Excellence Awards, Good Design = Good Business, 2014; AIA Baltimore Design Excellence Awards, K-12 Design Award, 2014; Council of Educational Facility Planners, Project Distinction, 2014; USGBC Maryland Wintergreen Award, 2014