Graceland Park/O’Donnell Heights + Holabird Elementary/Middle School

Baltimore, MD
Projects Highlights
  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • New construction (replacement schools)
  • 94,000 sf (each)
  • Zero Energy prototype school design, tracking LEED Platinum certification
  • On-site renewable energy

Two schools, one mission

Tucked in the inner city of Baltimore, two existing elementary/middle schools have been replaced with the city’s first two zero energy schools.

Located within three city blocks of each other and five miles east of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the prototype schools demonstrate Baltimore’s focus on project-based learning, sustainability, and energy-conscious design for schools in an urban environment.

With identical footprints, the school’s academic programs are organized into flexible, grade group clusters that feature shared, collaborative learning spaces. A variety of learning environments are provided in each cluster to allow for the accommodation of different student learning styles. Realizing the importance of giving both schools their own character, each have a distinct exterior palette reflecting their community.

Utilizing the sites as teaching tools, the schools are equipped with student gardens, outdoor classrooms, rooftop solar labs, and vegetative roofs that further push innovation while intertwining sustainable concepts in education – staying true to their mission to nurture, engage, and empower the whole child for life-long excellence.