Waverly PreK-8

Baltimore, MD Completed 2013
Project Highlights
  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • 121,000 sf, 890 students
  • New Construction
  • Anticipating LEED Gold Certification
  • 2015 Excellence in Construction, ABC

Trading Landmark for Landmark.

Waverly PreK-8 brings together historic elements from this storied neighborhood that once housed Memorial Stadium, with thoughtful design for a joint elementary and middle school population on a tight, urban site.

Constructed in phases, the school is organized to separate age groups by floors and provide them with distinct identities. Circulation paths keep to the ends of the classrooms on each floor, ensuring separate flows for elementary and middle school students. All educational spaces are rich with natural daylight, with classroom furniture allowing for mobility and flexible learning combinations. The design maximized glazing and transparency throughout the school, and uses color sparingly to provide emphasis but allow personalization.

The cafeteria and gymnasium are on opposite ends of the building, allowing for multiple after-hours activities. The school not only serves as a new educational center but creates a community cultural center and recreational center, providing for the needs expressed during the engagement process.

The school’s facade responds to and mirrors its urban context. The brick first floor takes inspiration from the neighboring residences, while the metal-clad upper floors reflect the 21st Century vision of the school.

The exterior also features relief art panels from the former elementary school and a World War II Memorial from the stadium that once stood across the street, an appropriate reflection of the history and legacy of this place.