Innovative Learning Center at Loyola Blakefield
JMT Architecture is pleased to announce our partnership with Loyola Blakefield to design their new Innovative Learning Center, a 50,000 SF+ building that will serve as a new middle school on campus to support 6th, 7th, and 8th graders; house science, computer, and robotics labs; and include a Learning Commons where all of the students will interact. The building will be designed to LEED® Silver standards and include ADA improvements, a green roof, and expansive views of Loyola’s grounds.
The Innovative Learning Center will be funded by the school’s Ignite capital campaign, that recently went public after privately securing more than $23.8M. The school intends to secure all funding before they will break ground on the project. JMT Architecture supported the fundraising efforts by providing Loyola Blakefield with preliminary designs, 3D renderings, animations, and a 3D model of campus. JMT Architecture has been supporting the Learning Center in some form since 2015, including the completion of the master plan update in 2017.
The new building is an exciting opportunity for JMT Architecture as it will be a one-of-a-kind space for the students that artistically combines both modern and traditional Jesuit architectural components. On the design, Practice Leader Albert W. Rubeling, Jr., FAIA, said, “It has been an honor to be the architect for Blakefield for over thirteen years. Improving the school’s Hargaden Field Stadium, new addition to Wheeler Hall, and renovations to Xavier Hall have really enhanced the quality of life for students, faculty, visitors, and spectators on campus. This new Innovative Learning Center is a bold exclamation point for Loyola’s next 85 years on the Towson campus.”
Located in Towson, Maryland, Loyola Blakefield is a private Catholic, Jesuit school for boys grades 6-12. JMT Architecture’s renovation and addition to Wheeler Hall is featured on our website.
The Loyola Blakefield Ignite campaign and the Innovative Learning Center have been covered locally by a number of sources, including articles in the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Business Journal, and the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
The video below, created by JMT Architecture, highlights the planned interior and exterior design of the Innovative Learning Center.