Garrett Park, MD

Davis Buckley Architects and Planners (DBA) renovated and converted a closed 30 year old elementary school to accommodate the Grafton School (now the Kennedy Krieger School) and Reginald S. Lourie Center. The facility was designed to provide the two major users separate entrances and identities from the exterior of the building while allowing them to share certain interior spaces, including meeting rooms and multi-purpose rooms. All interior spaces and circulation where reconfigured to accommodate the coexistence of these two organizations within one facility.

The Grafton School provided services and training for teenagers and young adults and two smaller county agencies. Instruction included both classroom time and preparation for daily life and students’ schedules were individualized for their personal strengths and needs. A variety of spaces were integrated into the design to accommodate the schools services and different instruction techniques. A mock apartment was used to teach older students everyday life skills and a multi-sensory room was developed for therapies, academic learning activities, and behavioral calming programs.

On the exterior, the scope of work included the redesign of site circulation, parking and playgrounds, hazardous material abatement, and the complete replacement of all building systems.