Francis Dzikowski
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From the 2022 Architectural Portfolio: Walter P. Carter / Lois T. Murray Elementary/Middle Schools

May 17, 2023
The project was recognized in the Combined-Level Schools category.

This new LEED Gold public school building in Northeast Baltimore combines the student populations of two existing elementary/middle schools and co-locates the Murray School, which serves students with significant cognitive disabilities. The project site has steep topography rising well over two stories. A wide floorplate nestles the building into the center of its site and instills spatial efficiency and flexibility. The size and placement of windows indicate function: larger windows for gathering spaces, smaller for classrooms, and articulated slots to mark vertical circulation. Contrasting light and dark brick brings a modern character to a traditional school building material. The two co-located school programs have separate entrances., which enables the schools to operate independently and the community spaces to function after school hours.

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