Lyndhurst Elementary/Middle School

Project Info:

This $42M project is a renovation and expansion of a building from 1926; it includes administrative offices, community space, classrooms, a gymnasium, and cafeteria for pre-k through eighth grade students in West Baltimore.

Completion Date:

January 2018.


Baltimore City Public Schools


STV Architects


Turner Construction Company


Cornell Beige, Vanderlyn Gold, Port Ewen Black Blended Ground Face Texture
Architectural CMU 4 x 8 x 16
Pozzotive Brick 4 x 4 x 16


Lyndhurst Elementary School has served the West Baltimore community for almost 100 years, and is a highly visible part of a larger, billion-dollar initiative across Maryland to renovate and improve public schools.

As part of the project, a nearby middle school was slated to close and the student population absorbed into Lyndhurst. The school is an important hub and centerpiece for the surrounding neighborhood, and a report from the city planning department said that the expansion and renovation project was an opportunity to increase community pride and engage the neighborhood.

Building a collaborative space

STV Architects, which has a speciality in K-12 building work, was engaged as the architecture firm for the project. Kyle Kramer, AIA + LEED AP, is an architect with STV who was managing the construction phase of the project; he says breathing new life into the building was a big theme of the project.

“It’s built with collaborative spaces for each grade level, clustering rooms around a large community gathering space,” Kramer says. “We wanted to give the building some character to be welcoming, because the community is going to be using it too. We wanted to use color to activate the space it make it playful, and also use sustainably sourced materials to help qualify for LEED credits.”

“We wanted to use color to activate the space it make it playful”

Developing Options for Blocks

The head designer of the project requested a sample kit from Kingston Block & Masonry, and had quite a few options to choose from.

“I think that relationship between the designer and KB&M really helped develop the options during the design phase,” says Kramer. “We knew we wanted a masonry unit, because much of the surrounding community is constructed the same way. We selected a tri-color block and it integrates with what was already there, but it’s also a new look for the community.”

Once the block was ordered and delivered on time, Kramer says that Turner Construction Company did a great job getting it installed to specification.

How it looks

“The block looks absolutely phenomenal on the school,” says Kramer. “It’s just as much the way it was installed. It really accentuates the quality of the blocks too.”

Kramer says that the project is seeking a LEED silver credit, and that the block will help them in that pursuit.

Time-lapse Lyndhurst Elementary MS

Time-lapse of construction on Lyndhurst Elementary Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland. The school was selected as one of the first schools to be renovated under the 21st Century Buildings Program. The project was a 90,000 SF addition and 15,000 SF renovation of the original 1926 building. Substantial completion was achieved in January 2018.

Posted by Turner Construction on Tuesday, February 6, 2018