Richmond BalletLearn More
This 52,000 square foot renovation of an existing 1928 four-story concrete-framed factory created a new home for the Richmond Ballet's professional company, offices, support spaces and school of dance. The Ballet sought to create a landmark facility that embodied and communicated the contemporary and artistic values of the organization, while maintaining strict adherence to the construction budget of the financially conservative non-profit. Thus, "The Ballet Factory", inspired by the existing building, budget, and design potential.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School Awarded LEED SilverLearn More
BCWH is pleased to announce that Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School has been awarded LEED Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Schools rating system. Richmond Public Schools partnered with BCWH on additions and renovations to the existing middle school which accommodates 800 students as part of the Building the Best Richmond Capital Improvement Program. BCWH’s progressive and high-performance design replaced the aging school, built in 1964, that was determined not cost-effective to renovate following a comprehensive facilities study. New program spaces, including three academic houses, dining facilities, media center, full-size gymnasium, interior courtyards, and associated administration spaces, wrap around the upgraded auditorium space preserved from the existing school. “Design that promotes good indoor air quality, provides natural lighting in occupied spaces and minimizes the affects of the building to the environment are features that made this a successful project,” says Roger Richardson, Principal for the project with BCWH. Martin Luther Learn More »
Color Theory in Design
Color Theory in DesignLearn More
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Pre-School Learning Center is located on the campus of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School and it seeks to provide spaces that serve the needs of the surrounding community beyond the educational program of the Middle School. The building accommodates 260 students in pre-school ages 3 through 5, and is home to the City of Richmond’s Head Start program and the Virginia Pre-School Initiative program. During the initial planning for the Martin Luther King Jr. Pre-School Learning Center, the design team focused on the idea of creating communities that corresponded with the different age groups of the students. As the interior spaces began to take shape, we wanted to find a simple, yet effective way to highlight the concept of these different communities. Color is one of the most influential elements in design. We used color in strategic ways to not only highlight the features of the building but Learn More »
Albemarle High School –
Albemarle High School – Addition and RenovationLearn More
For more than five decades, Albemarle High School has held a prominent position as a center of teaching and learning for the community, evolving through renovations and additions which reflected educational trends of the time. In August 2009, the latest series of additions and renovations carefully weave new spaces into the existing building fabric for 21st century teaching and learning. As part of the new design, the project added new classrooms and science labs, professional