BCWH was engaged to assist this private boarding school situated on the Rappahannock River in Middlesex County in the development of a long range campus master plan. Consistent with earlier patterns of development, this plan would guide the placement of new buildings and, in some instances, stipulate the removal of existing buildings to respond to programmatic needs of the School. From this planning exercise, came the decision to design a new 12,500 square foot science building and a 21,000 square foot dormitory. The science building is situated on a hill at the edge of the existing main campus to both take advantage of the dramatic views of the river and to reinforce the School's strategic goal to link the marine and environmental science curriculum to the school's riverfront setting.
The new science building achieved LEED certification. The school decided to pursue a LEED approach as a reflection of their campus philosophy. An energy model was developed from the start and energy efficiency was pursued along with strategies involving all disciplines that minimize the building's environmental impact.
The Puller Science Center is the recipient of the 2012 Award for Design Excellence by the Virginia Education Facility Planners.