Virginia Educational Facility Planners
Highlights from Previous Mid-Year Conferences

NOVEMBER 2016: DESIGNING SCHOOLS FOR FUTURE MAKERS

The Mid-Year Conference, Designing Schools for Future Makers, was held on Monday, November 7, 2016 at Discovery STEM Academy in Newport News, VA. Dr. Ashby Kilgore, superintendent of Newport News Public Schools (NNPS), welcomed over 80 attendees to this new K-5 elementary academy and spoke about the commitment of the school division in providing STEM opportunities for students across grade levels. Dr. Steven R. Staples, Virginia superintendent of public instruction, gave the keynote address. He described the new profile of a graduate from Virginia schools, designed to help students develop the skills and attributes needed to be successful in life such as critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration and citizenship. A panel discussion about the Discovery Academy followed, focusing on the principles of leadership, nutrition, fitness and discovery to holistically foster student development. The panel included Christine Pilger, Discovery principal; Tami Byron, NNPS STEM instructional supervisor; Danielle Buchanan, Discovery STEM coordinator; and Paul Klee, principal with Grimm + Parker who led the school design. Students at the academy led group tours for participants to see the holistic approach to student development in action.


NOVEMBER 2015: LEARNING TRENDS IN 21ST CENTURY SCHOOL DESIGN

The Mid-Year Conference was held on Friday, November 6, 2015 at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach. Over 85 members and other public and private sector educational facility planners gathered to explore Learning Trends in 21st Century School Design. Attendees were welcomed by Dr. Aaron Spence, Virginia Beach City Public Schools' Superintendent. Tracy Richter, CEO of DeJONG-RICHTER, inspired attendees with his keynote address on Creating Spaces for Innovative Learning. Mr. Richter addressed the importance of envisioning the future with a focus on the whole student: academic, social, physical, and cultural. He discussed the process of learning and how it relates to building design. Learning is a process of observing, imaging, testing, and refining. 21st century schools must provide spaces that foster learning and develop real-world skills with hands-on opportunities.

C. Michael Ross, principal of HBA Architecture & Interior Design,continued to engage attendees as he described A Collaborative Process for Creating 21st Century Learning Environments, using the Kellam High School project to illustrate the emphasis on stakeholder engagement and collaboration in planning, designing and constructing the school. His discussion included the process of using students to imagine and help create the design for the education courtyard.

Students gave attendees a tour of Kellam High School, demonstrating the value they added to the design process and the knowledge and hands-on experience they are continuing to gain from their involvement. Following the tour, Christopher Freeman, Advanced Placement Environmental Science teacher at Kellam High School, spoke passionately about A Model for Student Engagement, He related how his students partnered with the steering committee to create a sustainable indoor and outdoor learning environment that continues to foster learning and make dreams come true.

Speakers:
Dr. Aaron Spence, Superintendent, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Tracy Richter, CEO, DeJONG-RICHTER

 Download presentation (4.6 MB)

C. Michael Ross, AIA, REFP, Principal, HBA Architecture & Interior Design

Christopher Freeman, Advanced Placement Environmental Science Teacher, Kellam High School

 Download presentation (3.8 MB)


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View of School Entry Lobby
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View of Gathering Garden from Bridge
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Keynote Presentation
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Learning Commons
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Learning Commons
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Learning Commons
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Learning Commons

 

OCTOBER 2014: Embracing STEM in K-12

On October 24, 2014, the A4LE Virginia Chapter hosted its membership as well as A4LE members and guests at Charlottesville High School in Charlottesville, VA. Approximately 80 public and private sector facility planners attended the session. Teachers, Matt Shields and Stephanie Grady, and Dr. Glen Bull inspired and challenged attendees with the forward thinking programs they offer in working with students. The STEM lab at the high school was designed and constructed with student collaboration. The commitment from and to students has resulted in a facility and in programs that raise the bar for students, teachers, and facility planners. The seminar concluded with presentations from a panel of architects highlighting five STEM-centered school construction projects.

Download the seminar presentation:

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Speakers:
Mr. Matt Shields, STEM Teacher, Charlottesville HS
Dr. Glen Bull-Professor of Instructional Technology-UVA

Architectural Panel Discussion:

  • Crabtree Rohrbaugh, Grimm + Parker, Moseley Architects, and RRMM

 

OCTOBER 2013: SCHOOL SAFETY AND SECURITY

On October 14, 2013, the Virginia Chapter hosted its membership as well as A4LE members and guests at Fauquier High School in Warrenton, VA. Download two of the seminar presentations.

 School Security – Designed Not Applied (3.4 MB)

 Tour of Fauquier High School (22 MB)

Keynotes:
J. Pat Lamb, Director Safety & Operations, Irving Independent School District, TX
Walter Pusey, Assistant to Associate Superintendent, Charleston Public Schools, SC

Seminar Panelists:

  • Donald Green, Supervisor School Safety & Security, Newport News Public Schools
  • Suzanne Devlin, Supervisor, School Safety & Security, Loudoun County Public Schools
  • James Bailey, Supervisor, School Safety & Security, Hampton City Public Schools
  • Christine Bailor, School Safety & Security Coordinator, Henrico County Public Schools

 

OCTOBER 2012: SETTING THE BAR: LEADING SCHOOLS SHARE THEIR SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

On October 19, 2012, the A4LE Virginia Chapter hosted its mid-year conference at at Virginia Beach Renaissance Academy.

OCTOBER 2011: SUSTAINABLE DESIGN BENCHMARK SYSTEMS

OCTOBER 2009: INVOLVING THE COMMUNITY IN, "IT'S ABOUT THE STUDENTS."

On September 29, 2009, the Virginia Chapter hosted its membership as well as A4LE members and guests in Washington, DC.  Browse pictures from the seminar below, or download two of the seminar presentations.

 Manassas Park City School Presentation (3 MB)

 Victoria Bergsagel Presentation (13 MB)

 

 

Presentations Included:

Dr. Thomas DeBolt - Mrs. Stacey Mamon - Dr. Ritchie Carroll
Three educational leaders from Manassas Park shared, The Manassas Park Schools’ Story – Meeting Past, Present, and Future Challenges.”  This inspiring story highlighted the transformation of the community over the last 33 years, describing the eleven key components  that comprise the heart of the Manassas Park City Schools’ Story.
Ms. Victoria Bergsagel 
The founder and director of Architects of Achievement presented her analysis of the synergy between learning environments, building design, and community involvement.

NOVEMBER 2008: SUCCESSFUL TECHNOLOGY IMPLEMENTATION IN SCHOOLS DRIVE-IN SEMINAR 
GRASSFIELD HIGH SCHOOL  IN CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA

Grassfield High School opened in September 2007 and is a wireless facility with all major systems, including the PA system, telephones, bells, security cameras, access control, and media distribution, running over the network.  School and District Staff, along with A&E Consultants, will share the lessons learned for successfully implementing a broad range of technologies in an integrated package.

Following a Facility Tour focusing on technology, Break-out Sessions, and complimentary lunch, our Panel Discussion covered topics such as conceptual design and implementation, teacher training, technical support, SOL testing and the use of laptops in a wireless network, and retrofitting older buildings. 

Seminar Panelists
  • Mrs. Carolyn Bernard, Principal
  • Mr. Grant Stanley, Assistant Principal
  • Mrs. Kathleen R. Pitchford, Director of Information Technology
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Everett, Technology Instructional Specialist
  • Mr. Alan McCrary, Technology Support Specialist
  • Mr. Glenn Meeks, Meeks Educational Technologies
  • Mr. William W. Schwegler, R.A., Principal, Waller, Todd & Sadler Architects
  • Mr. John Maddux, President, RRMM Architects
 
John Hill addressing 2007 seminar attendees

OCTOBER 2007: EXAMINING THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES IN K12 DESIGN

The US Green Building Council recently launched The Center for Green Schools for educational facilities seeking certification. And while certification is not mandatory, several states are legislating it and the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech are endorsing it. But what about the cost? And are the benefits of LEED certification, in particular, and sustainable technologies, in general, worth additional expense? What are the benefits? And does research substantiates the claims?

Attendees toured Sidwell Friends Middle School in Washington, DC and participated in a panel discussion featuring:

  • Rachel Gutter, USGBC’s LEED Sector Manager for Educational Facilities;
  • Kathleen Langan, Senior Vice President of Hess Construction;
  • Anja Caldwell, Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools’ Green Building Program Manager;
  • Michael Saxenian, Assistant Head of School and Chief Financial Officer for Sidwell Friends; and
  • Robert Winstead, Vice President, SHW Group. 

Sidwell Friends is a LEED Platinum certified school. The tour included stormwater management on a restricted site, rainwater harvesting, on site recycling of gray water, photovoltaics, and vegetated roofs to name just a few. The panel discussion will include an intro to LEED for Schools, a case study comparing costs of two prototype schools (one that pursued LEED and one that did not), first-costs vs life-cycle costs, O&M, decision making, and a review of research on sustainable technologies and teaching/learning.

 
Touring the site at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC