Schools Recognized in VSBA Design Awards
In conjunction with the 2014 Virginia School Boards Association annual convention held in Williamsburg, VA, six architects and seven schools were recognized in the VSBA’s Exhibition of School Architecture. Winning projects were selected from 18 entries submitted by 11 architectural firms in the areas of new construction, renovation and adaptive use of existing space. We are happy to announce that BCWH won two Gold Design Awards for two of our recent renovation projects.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School’s renovation was among the winners. The main goal of this project was to provide a high-quality 21st Century learning environment for the MLK students, administration, and faculty. It was determined that a new facility should be constructed on the current site while reusing the existing auditorium and some portions of the surrounding spaces. Following a comprehensive facilities study, the design provided new program spaces, including three academic houses, dining facilities, media center, full-size gymnasium, interior courtyards, and associated administration spaces. The new spaces which wrapped around the existing auditorium were constructed while the existing building remained occupied and operational.
The Career and Technical Center at Hull in Chesterfield also won gold honors for the design of a multi-functional facility that combines career and technical education, school administration and a conference center, all within the walls of an abandoned high school building. Specialty career and technical education spaces accommodate lab, lecture and research areas for bio-technology, homeland security, ecology, PT/OT, and mechatronics to name a few. Breakout space and collaboration hubs are ample throughout the building, encouraging 21st century learning among real world work environments. The The Career and Tech Center design provides the County an opportunity to re-use existing space while building new programs for students and administrators in an innovative atmosphere.