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Maryland School for the Blind to get $30M campus upgrade

The Maryland School for the Blind will get a $30 million campus upgrade that includes a classroom building and two residential buildings, according to the school's selected construction manager.

Owings Mills-based Lewis Contractors said it will help lead the improvement project at the school's 100-acre campus in northeast Baltimore, with two year-long construction projects set to begin this fall. The buildings – a two-story, 35,000 square foot classroom building and two adjacent residential buildings of about 16,000 square feet each – will be referred to as the Autism-Blind Classroom and Cottage Buildings.

The Maryland School for the Blind provides outreach, educational and residential services for nearly three in four of the 1,800 blind students in Maryland.

The Maryland School for the Blind is also completing another, $24 million campus improvement project that began in 2011 and is expected to wrap up this year, according to Lewis Contractors. That project involved an academic building with space for about 60 students to work on independent living skills development and a two-story cottage facility with five to six double-occupancy bedrooms and shared living spaces.

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