A 2015 VMDO Long-Range Strategic Visioning Study identified the capacity of core program areas (dining, kitchen, media center) at William Monroe Middle and High Schools as well as site improvements of the Stanardsville Campus as first priorities in a long list of potential improvements to Greene County Public Schools’ facilities. While previous solutions to enrollment growth have primarily concentrated on additional classroom space, the public shared spaces of both schools, as of 2015, were drastically undersized for their enrollments.

Design solutions for both projects centered around the need for more space in dining areas and libraries. While the new dining and media center spaces were planned with future growth in mind, the final solutions center around providing shared, flexible, and adaptable space use. This strategy creates appropriate-sized spaces while avoiding creating spaces that are too large, and thus less flexible – ultimately resulting in a more cost-effective solution than considering each space individually. Flexible, widened circulation areas can be utilized by different program areas at different times of day. Former dining and library spaces are being converted into flexible learning suites that will enable GCPS to match project-based programs with spaces better suited to their needs. All new spaces are designed to maximize daylight and increase opportunities for views to the site and nature, which are not characteristic of the existing building.

The Stanardsville Campus houses four schools on a tight site and resembles a community college. Site improvements focused on clarifying and reorganizing traffic flows to improve circulation and pedestrian safety. Landscaping improvements seek to make the campus feel more like Greene County, while stormwater improvements are exposed as landscape elements and provide learning opportunities for students and the community.

A 2015 VMDO Long-Range Strategic Visioning Study identified the capacity of core program areas (dining, kitchen, media center) at William Monroe Middle and High Schools as well as site improvements of the Stanardsville Campus as first priorities in a long list of potential improvements to Greene County Public Schools’ facilities. While previous solutions to enrollment growth have primarily concentrated on additional classroom space, the public shared spaces of both schools, as of 2015, were drastically undersized for their enrollments.

Design solutions for both projects centered around the need for more space in dining areas and libraries. While the new dining and media center spaces were planned with future growth in mind, the final solutions center around providing shared, flexible, and adaptable space use. This strategy creates appropriate-sized spaces while avoiding creating spaces that are too large, and thus less flexible – ultimately resulting in a more cost-effective solution than considering each space individually. Flexible, widened circulation areas can be utilized by different program areas at different times of day. Former dining and library spaces are being converted into flexible learning suites that will enable GCPS to match project-based programs with spaces better suited to their needs. All new spaces are designed to maximize daylight and increase opportunities for views to the site and nature, which are not characteristic of the existing building.

The Stanardsville Campus houses four schools on a tight site and resembles a community college. Site improvements focused on clarifying and reorganizing traffic flows to improve circulation and pedestrian safety. Landscaping improvements seek to make the campus feel more like Greene County, while stormwater improvements are exposed as landscape elements and provide learning opportunities for students and the community.

This project not only provides additional capacity needed in our schools but will also include high-quality educational spaces for learning and a safe campus for our students and staff. To me, this is not just a building project; it’s about improving our community.

– Andrea Whitmarsh Greene County Public Schools Superintendent

Client: Greene County Public Schools

Location: Stanardsville, VA

Discipline: Middle + High Schools

Completion: 2019

Size: 57,540 SF