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John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School

Location: Baltimore, Maryland Client: Baltimore City Public Schools

JMT provided architectural design services in order to separate the media center from the circulation corridor to control sound, while creating a stronger connection between the media center and the existing computer lab across the hall.

The Ruhrah Pre-K to 8th building was constructed in 1930 with an addition and a major renovation in 1976 and contains 62,600 sf.  The school houses pre-K through 8th grade students and has recently undergone a thorough HVAC renovation. The current school media center is located on the second floor and is comprised of a main library area, an office, a work room, and a storage room.  These spaces have an area of approximately 3,000 square feet. JMT was requested to develop a new design for the existing media center.

The existing media center opened to the main corridor through the school which created a distraction for students attempting to use its resources.  A major goal of the redesign was to separate the media center from the circulation corridor to control sound, while creating a stronger connection between the media center and the existing computer lab across the hall.  Our design provided visual continuity through the use of new glass corridor walls and consistent flooring patterns that extended from the media center space across the corridor and into the existing computer lab.

The scope also included a centralized circulation desk; an information workstation; new shelving; relocation of voice/video and data access points; new doorways; storage space improvements and reassessment of use of the office work room (Room 201-2).  The existing facilities were assessed in accordance with current building codes and ADA accessibility. JMT provided recommendations to correct building code deficiencies. 

In addition to providing in-house architectural and interior design services, JMT's MEP and structural groups are overseeing the work of the MBE and WBE consultants in these disciplines.  Mechanical work included relocation of diffusers and rebalancing of the existing HVAC equipment. Electrical work included the addition of power and voice, video and data for the proposed design.

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