School Business Affairs May 2019 SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS | MAY 2019 21 SECTION NAME School Facilities as a Catalyst for Change Optimizing 21st-century school renovation and revitalizing communities. By Meredith Sullivan, AIA, LEED BD+C facilities—often 50 years old or older—became a critical priority; schools were in desperate need of upgrades. As a case in point, dur- ing extreme hot or cold weather, students were often sent home or schools were closed because of inad- equate heating and air conditioning. In 2015, Baltimore City Schools and the Maryland Stadium Author- ity—which oversees such projects S chools have long been per- ceived as indicators of the quality of the communities they serve. A renovated school can serve as a catalyst for change, fostering a renewed sense of pride in the community and the edu- cation it provides. Today, outdated infrastructure is forcing many school systems to ren- ovate or build new schools. At the same time, instructional strategies have evolved toward project-based and group-based learning rather than predominantly lecture-style classes, driving innovative design changes in educational facilities at all levels. Educational infrastructure in Baltimore City, Maryland, offers a prime example. For Baltimore City Public Schools, aging educational FORECASTING & PLANNING Pimlico Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland, was one of the city’s aging schools that received a much-needed renovation. PHOTOS BY KARL CONNOLLY PHOTOGRAPHY.