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
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
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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