This project involved the demolition of a 70,000 SF recreational center and the construction of Walter P. Carter and Lois T. Murray Elementary-Middle School. At 152,600 SF, the academic building encompasses two separate Baltimore City schools. The layout of the building allows the two schools to operate individually, with separate entrances divided by a shared plaza space. The wings of the building are organized as classroom blocks that lock into a center section with shared common areas, including:
- Community center
- Dining hall
- Open-air amphitheater
- Outdoor learning area
- Three playgrounds
- Basketball court
Walter P. Carter is a traditional pre-kindergarten to eighth grade school providing primary and secondary education to the surrounding community. Lois T. Murray is a pre-kindergarten to eighth grade school that serves students with significant cognitive disabilities, supporting them to develop functional life skills to the best of their ability and to learn appropriate academic skills. The grade school is committed to teach students to communicate their needs and wants.
The building also includes dedicated space for community organizations such as a food pantry and flexible meeting space. The project received a LEED Gold certification.