Community Spaces

VMDO’s designs for community spaces celebrate the culture and uniqueness of a place in order to inspire visitors and users to experience community and embark upon communal goals.

Community Space Architecture and Design

Inspiring Connection

Our deep roots in campus and precinct planning lead us to envision individual facilities or structures as part of a larger whole—a whole whose constituent parts work together for the greater benefit. As such, integrated landscapes, city-wide interconnectivities, community interfaces, and an integration of culture are all critical strategies that shape our work.

Celebrating the Uniqueness of a Place

From local parks and contemplative spaces, to police stations and transit centers, to city-wide stadia and pavilions, VMDO understands the variety of human-scaled, environmental, and aesthetic considerations that go into creating places that are functional, beautiful, and expressive of a community’s values and ambitions. Facilitating shared experience among community is one of VMDO’s design tenets, and we have the specific pleasure to see this goal come to fruition with the community-driven spaces we design.

Turning Challenges into Opportunities

Community spaces often involve programmatic and operational creativity as well as intensive collaboration in order to fulfill stakeholder wishes along aesthetic, budgetary, and operational lines. VMDO is skilled at building consensus by carefully listening to client concerns, providing a variety of site and building options, and working across disciplines to maximize synergies. Through creative problem solving, we work with communities to transform constraints into opportunities. By designing in an intentionally communal way, we strive to create authentic places that benefit communities while expressing the unique vision or legacy of a place.

Inspiring Connection

Our deep roots in campus and precinct planning lead us to envision individual facilities or structures as part of a larger whole—a whole whose constituent parts work together for the greater benefit. As such, integrated landscapes, city-wide interconnectivities, community interfaces, and an integration of culture are all critical strategies that shape our work.

Celebrating the Uniqueness of a Place

From local parks and contemplative spaces, to police stations and transit centers, to city-wide stadia and pavilions, VMDO understands the variety of human-scaled, environmental, and aesthetic considerations that go into creating places that are functional, beautiful, and expressive of a community’s values and ambitions. Facilitating shared experience among community is one of VMDO’s design tenets, and we have the specific pleasure to see this goal come to fruition with the community-driven spaces we design.

Turning Challenges into Opportunities

Community spaces often involve programmatic and operational creativity as well as intensive collaboration in order to fulfill stakeholder wishes along aesthetic, budgetary, and operational lines. VMDO is skilled at building consensus by carefully listening to client concerns, providing a variety of site and building options, and working across disciplines to maximize synergies. Through creative problem solving, we work with communities to transform constraints into opportunities. By designing in an intentionally communal way, we strive to create authentic places that benefit communities while expressing the unique vision or legacy of a place.

Recent Work

Brooks Family YMCA

Brooks Family YMCA

The Brooks Family YMCA aims to serve broad community needs of different age groups and different interest…

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Charlottesville Area Transit System Operations Center

Charlottesville Area Transit System Operations Center

The 27,000 square foot Charlottesville Area Transit Service Operations Center includes four buildings—one…

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Recent Blog Posts

YMCA on Track for 2017 Opening

This article was originally published by the Daily Progress on August 3, 2015.

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