BCWH and local schools win JRGBC Awards

December 5, 2013

BCWH was delighted to participate again in this year’s JRGBC Connect the Dots challenge with two local schools, Varina High School and St. Catherine’s School.  The Connect the Dots program challenges K-12 schools in central Virginia to devise and implement, with the help of professional green mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools & communities.

We are excited to announce that both of our team efforts took home a Merit Award from the James River Green Building Council for their efforts. Congrats to the volunteer teams and our school partners! See photos of the projects here.

Volunteers from BCWH teamed up with Varina High School to expand on a previous collaboration for an edible garden with the exceptional education group. For the challenge, the team designed and built a garden shed. The shed was built in two days, one of which was the Green Apple Day of Service. Our group, which consisted of students and teachers from Varina High School, parents, community members, and our mentor team from BCWH Architects. Our work crew on the Green Apple Day consisted of about 20 volunteers in total. Volunteers were broken into several different groups to tackle the projects for the day. The shed was constructed by building the frame in place and then siding it with around 400 recycled food service cans from Varina High School and other school cafeterias in the county.

The project not only built a place for exception education students to learn and grow but a space for the entire school to use and interact with each other, from the photography classes to the Family and Consumer Sciences classes to the Center for Communications. “It has been great to see the confidence of our students “grow” as they grow in the garden and interact with other students in this new hub on campus,” remarked Johnathan Gosney, a Varina High School educator.

Another group of volunteers from BCWH  teamed up with St. Catherine’s School to rejuvenate their community garden and add a bicycle-powered pump to their water collection tanks. Students, staff, teachers, and community members joined together to rake, weed, plant, and build to complete this effort.