Berkshire Elementary School

Baltimore, MD

Details
Prototype school design
Media center, cafeteria, gymnasium, general classrooms
Shared space for the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks use
Designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification
Owner
Baltimore County Public Schools
Services
Feasibility Study, Sustainable Design, Interior Design, Full Design Services, Construction Administration, Building Information Modeling

A replacement school located on a tight site within a densely populated residential neighborhood, the new Berkshire Elementary School maximizes learning spaces, both indoors and out.

Comprised of a two-story classroom wing and a one-story cafeteria/gymnasium wing linked by a central core, collaborative learning spaces are interwoven throughout the school. Each floor of the classroom wing is organized around a large commons with moveable furniture and writeable wallcoverings accommodating multiple modalities while pairs of classrooms share smaller breakout spaces.  Circulation spaces are activated as students gather for presentations and performances on the main stair, while underneath the art department lets creativity spill outside of the classroom. A vegetated rooftop classroom with photovoltaic panels provides a hands-on learning experience.