For architects, the first day of school is often a day of great anticipation. Having imagined new spaces during years of planning and construction, it’s heartwarming to share “the reveal” with our clients: the glee of students discovering new learning environments feels almost like Christmas.
This fall, VMDO renovation projects opened in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and Greene Counties:
- At Clark Elementary School in the City of Charlottesville – in the short span of nine weeks – all classrooms received bright new finishes and Fourth grade classrooms were transformed into exemplary new learning environments. All homerooms now feature new furniture and new technology (including large touchscreens on mobile sliding wall mounts).
- At Albemarle County’s Western Albemarle High School, the first phase of a three-phase project opened after a flurry of summertime renovation work. Several enlarged, collaborative classrooms are now open, offering opportunities for co-teaching and multi-age learning in modernized, flexible spaces.
- In Greene County, at the combined William Monroe High School and William Monroe Middle School campus, another first phase of a multi-phase project has been completed. Expanded parking lots and site vehicular circulation improvements have smoothed traffic flow and will allow interior renovations and additions to both schools to continue at both schools while minimizing impact on school operations.
We join these school communities in anticipation of a new year of academic accomplishment!