Community + Education

Cafritz Foundation Art Center

Cafritz Art Center
Cafritz Art Center
Cafritz Art Center
Cafritz Art Center
Cafritz Art Center


The merger of two schools of art with different philosophies and needs, this design-build adaptive reuse project converted an industrial bakery into a gathering space interconnecting different parts of Montgomery College’s Silver Spring campus. The design process became a tool to find common ground between different user groups by focusing on how a single design can address multi-faceted requirements. Wiencek + Associates Architects + Planners listened to faculty and staff at each stage of the process in order to create a comprehensive design that responded to their needs. This collaborative approach, synthesized through the budget and program, tested concepts by exposing them to a wide range of perspectives. The 87,000 SF facility also provides studio space for professional artists and office space for community organizations, as well as housing the college-wide computer system and a central plant serving the campus. The art studios take advantage of the dramatic existing ceiling heights, and a spectacular art gallery welcomes visitors to the school.


  • Outstanding Project for Structural Renovations, 2009
  • Structural Engineers AssocIation of Metropolitan Washington
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