The Waldon Studio Architects Hughes Group Architects Joint Venture has been hired to design a LEED Silver renovation and addition for James Mosher Elementary School. The 67,971 SF renovation and 12,696 SF new addition sits on an urban site in Baltimore City, sharing the property with the Eddie Murray Baseball Field.
The design team has created a public walkway “promenade” with trees, landscaping, seating, and exterior lighting to embrace the connection between the school and field. The design is organized around the existing school education spaces and a community wing which houses shared community spaces, including a food pantry, assembly area, and meeting rooms. The new addition houses a cafeteria, gymnasium, and media center, which will have views out to the fields, play areas, and outdoor community gathering clusters. The academic wings will house younger Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms on the lower level, with first and second grade students on the upper level. Special Education classrooms are dispersed throughout and collaborative, flexible learning environments with movable furniture will be centrally located on each floor.
New playgrounds, plantings, storm water bio-retention zones, and outdoor learning spaces will be provided to replace the existing asphalt paving. The existing entrances are being transformed to harmonize with the art deco style of the existing building, with new masonry detailing, glazing, lighting, signage, canopies, and walkways that embrace a welcoming and inviting character. The design team is exploring ways for the school to express its unique identity in the Bridgeview / Greenlawn community with the use of public and student art displays and banners.
The project sustainability goal is LEED Silver certified and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) standards are being utilized to design a safe and secure access to the site around the perimeter, throughout the site, and inside the school.
Baltimore City Public Schools
February 2020 (estimated)