Green Street Academy
WINNER OF AIA MARYLAND PUBLIC BUILDING OF THE YEAR 2016
Green Street Academy is a new Baltimore City Public Charter School that serves 875 students from grades 6 through 12. Hord Coplan Macht designed the renovation of a vacant 130,000 sf Baltimore City Public School originally built in 1925. The 100,000 sf program includes innovative and collaborative learning spaces that are designed for the learner. The school’s focus is environmental sustainability and incorporates many unique features such as hoop houses for instructional vegetable gardens, chicken pens, tilapia farming tanks, a and a koi pond to supplement the curriculum.
Originally constructed in 1925 as Gwynns Falls Park High School, it had been abandoned for 20+ years at the start of construction. Fitting the new program into the existing building required understanding the value of the existing elements, as well as the vision of how the building could adapt to the school’s new needs. In designing the space, the architects were able to maximize the existing floor plan for the school as well as express much of the existing building to it’s original beauty.
Green Street Academy achieved a LEED PLATINUM certification from the U.S. Green Building Council under the Schools v2009 rating system. This mark is the HIGHEST RATING ACHIEVABLE and ranks Green Street Academy in the TOP 4% of all schools using this system.
The design includes an enclosed courtyard featuring an interactive aquapoincs center, allowing students to experience fish farming, raising vegetables and the clean water cycle. The site provides additional learning spaces including a habitat conservatory, forestry lab, community orchard, global classroom, a water resource exhibit and solar array.