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Baltimore Design School

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Project info:

Seawall Development and The Baltimore Design School
Commercial, Historic Renovation
Baltimore City
Year Completed:



Baltimore Design School is a new Baltimore City Public combined middle and high school with a focus on Fashion Design, Architectural Design, and Graphic Design. The newly renovated facility is located in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District and serves as an anchor to strengthen the district. A unique public-private funding plan utilizing community tax credits and loans guaranteed by Baltimore City Public Schools made the new $26.5-million facility possible for the Baltimore Design School.

Southway transformed the 114,000 SF concrete structure through extensive demolition, stabilization, and rehabilitation of the badly deteriorated building. The design called for an aesthetic intent of a carefully stabilized and rehabilitated exterior with new energy efficient windows and doors selected to visually match the original. The interior is that of an open industrial loft where existing walls and structure that remain are cleaned and sealed and left exposed to view. New partitions, finishes, casework, and MEP systems are inserted in an economical but visually clean way, clearly defining the meeting of new and existing.

  • 2013 ULI Baltimore, Wavemaker Award
  • 2013 Preservation MD, President’s Award
  • 2014 Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), Regional Design Award
  • 2014 ABC Baltimore, Award of Excellence
  • 2014 ABC Baltimore, Project of the Year
  • 2014 Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), Economic Redevelopment Project Award
  • 2014 Inform Magazine, Interior Design Honor Award
  • 2014 Architizer, A+ Awards Finalist
  • 2014 Baltimore Heritage, Historic Preservation Award
  • 2014 National AIA Committee on Architecture for Education, Education Design Excellence Award
  • 2014 AIA Maryland, Honor Award
  • 2014 AIABaltimore, Good Design = Good Business
  • 2014 AIABaltimore, Excellence in Design Award, K-12
  • 2014 AIABaltimore, Michael F. Trostel FAIA Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
  • 2014 AIABaltimore, Grand Design Award
  • 2014 International Concrete Repair Institute, Award of Sustainability
  • 2015 USGBC Maryland, Wintergreen Award
  • 2015 Maryland Historic Trust, Preservation Excellence in Institutional Rehabilitation Award
  • 2015 National Trust for Historic Preservation, Driehaus Preservation Award