Westowne Elementary School

Catonsville, MD

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

Designed in accordance with 21st Century Learning principles, the new Westowne Elementary School promotes inter-grade collaboration and a sense of community by focusing on flexibility and identity.

Communities of learners are created through a central organizing structure that features a collection of neighborhoods segmented by grade level. A central commons space within each grade cluster provides open and flexible areas for differentiated instruction and problem-based learning. 

Interior and exterior color selections—one color for each grade level—help to foster a sense of identify and assists with student wayfinding. Expanses of glass and ample outdoor space continually bridge indoors and out. A light-filled media center with connecting outdoor reading garden along with a second-floor rooftop classroom offer differing mediums for learning and gathering.