Benfield Elementary School

Severna Park, MD

General, early childhood, and special education classrooms
Science resource room, arts rooms, music rooms, computer lab
Media center, gymnasium, cafetorium
Offices, health suite, administrative spaces
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Community Involvement, Sustainable Design, Interior Design, Full Design Services, Construction Administration, Building Information Modeling

The Benfield Elementary School renovation and addition doubled the size of the school while simultaneously elevating the learning environment to better serve a new generation of students now and into the future.

All interior spaces were demolished, reducing the L-shaped building to its shell, and a new L-shaped structure was added to create a looped circulation route around a new courtyard space large enough to hold two classes and suitable for nature play and lunching outside. Furthermore, art and science egress to an enclosed garden, further extending the classroom. While students are learning about butterflies in science, they are drawing them in art, all while experiencing them first-hand and seamlessly blending the curriculum.