Located on C Street in the southeast section of Washington, D.C., Payne Elementary School is pre-school through 5th grade in Ward 6 that has been serving students and members of the local community for more than 117 years. The original 83,800 sq. ft. building was built in 1896, now 68,000 sq. ft. after a fire, it serves as a D.C. flagship school for deaf, hearing impaired, and special needs children. MMD is the Architect of Record for the school's phased expansion, incorporating a responsive design that reprogrammed spaces within the existing footprint of the building, incorporated curriculum-centered graphics, and provided the programmatic support for special needs learning. All colors, materials, spatial organization, and furniture selections have been carefully and purposely chosen, taking into consideration the preferences and optimal learning environments for special needs children. Environmental graphics complement the school curriculum and inspire learning in the hallways and communal spaces throughout the school. To complement the school's mission and accommodating academic program, Marshall Moya Design created a new logo for the school and companion materials that educate community members about the school's offerings.