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Wye River Upper School

Hord Coplan Macht Honored with Design Award from AIA Chesapeake

  • December 1, 2014
  • HCM

HCM and Torchio Architects received an Honor Award from AIA Chesapeake for the Wye River Upper School  historic armory renovation.

Wye River Upper School specializes in educating high school students who have a variety of unique learning styles, including ADD, ADHD, and Dyslexia.  Their philosophy is shaped by their guiding belief in the power of each student’s unique talents, skills, interests and goals.  Hord Coplan Macht, assisted by the local firm of Torchio Architects assisted the school to move from leased spaces in a local Community College to find and build-out a permanent new home in a historic National Guard Armory building in Centreville, MD.

The newly renovated 21,000 sf, three story brick structure has a small addition to provide good vertical access, but it retained its historic character that shines in nearly every room.  The school also takes advantage of its location in the town in ways like using the adjacent public library, rather than build their own.  The wide variety of spaces serve the diverse needs of the students and staff and the building brings life back to the community through re-use of a vacant structure and an opportunity for after-hours events and meeting space