Penza Bailey Architects was approached to assist a non-profit organization to design a facility on North Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland to house a growing family grief support center. The center is intended to provide a safe place and resource in the community to promote recovery and healing from loss, addressing grief as a public health preventative service.

PBA worked closely with the team at Roberta’s House to develop a building program and schematic design specific to support the organization’s mission and facilitate the unique array of services offered by the center. Program elements for the new 20,000 SF building includes a Community Theatre, Public Engagement Spaces, Youth Activity Areas, Meditation Area, Counseling Rooms, Administrative Offices, Computer Labs, Volunteer Resource Areas and support spaces. The building will be positioned in the heart of Baltimore City, at the former location of the founding member’s home, providing a unique and intensely needed program for the community.

The scale of this new building was carefully considered to address the context of the surrounding residential neighborhood, history of the site and zoning challenges. This reinvestment into the community intends to induce a catalyst for revitalization along a string of promising upcoming projects along North Avenue in Baltimore.