Category Archives: Giving Back

Green Apple Day of Service at Discovery Elementary School

By Sara Teaster, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainability Manager On Wednesday September 23rd, VMDO staff traveled to the newly opened Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, VA to participate in the annual Green Apple Day of Service, sponsored by the USGBC’s Center … Continue reading

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Being There: Opening Day at Discovery Elementary School

By Alissa Tucker, Intern Architect On Tuesday, September 8th, a few VMDO’ers had the pleasure of visiting Discovery on its opening day. I wanted to share how special it was to see the students enjoying their new school. It was … Continue reading

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VMDO Participates in Green Apple Day of Service at Richmond School

By VMDO Sustainability Coordinator, Sara Teaster, LEED BD+C On Saturday September 27, VMDO staff and family members headed to Richmond’s Broad Rock Elementary School for a day of service in support of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Apple Day … Continue reading

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Sharing Architecture: Middle Schoolers Learn about Net-Zero Design in Arlington

By Phil Donovan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C I recently had the unique experience of dusting off my construction boots and entering the classroom to teach six periods of middle school students what it means to build a net-zero energy school … Continue reading

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VMDO Principal Teaches Materials & Methods Course at JMU

By John Nagao VMDO Principal Joe Celentano, AIA is teaching a course at James Madison University that will help 3rd and 4th year interior design students better understand the art and science of construction, or tectonics, as it relates to … Continue reading

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VMDO Presents at 7th Grade Charlottesville Career Fair

This week, architects from VMDO had the pleasure of presenting their design work and more information about the architectural profession to about 2,000 7th grade students from Charlottesville and surrounding counties, as part of Piedmont Virginia Community College’s annual 7th … Continue reading

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2013 Green Apple Day of Service at Buckingham K-5 Schools

On Saturday, September 28th, volunteers from VMDO Architects and Waterstreet Studio joined Buckingham County Primary School Principal Pennie Allen to take part in the USGBC Center for Green Schools’ Green Apple Day of Service! Together, the Green Apple team weeded … Continue reading

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Women in Design Series Starts New Season!

By VMDO Sustainability Coordinator, Sara Teaster, LEED Green Associate After a year long hiatus, the Charlottesville chapter of Women in Design (WiD) has kicked off a new season of programming with a big bang!  Spearheaded by VMDO associate principal Kim … Continue reading

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Cultivating / Crafting Buckingham’s Kitchen Gardens

LESSONS ON CREATIVITY, COLLABORATION and DESIGN THINKING? CULTIVATE A GARDEN By Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools Project Designer, Dina Sorensen On Saturday, June 29, VMDO employees along with volunteers from the University of Nebraska and the Buckingham community will … Continue reading

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Building Goodness Foundation Holiday Update

As the season of giving approaches, we’d like to share a neat opportunity from our friends at the Building Goodness Foundation. You can support BGF’s mission to bring together volunteers from every part of the construction industry to design and … Continue reading

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