Category Archives: K-12 Education

VMDO Hosts Center for Green Schools and Instituto Thomas Jefferson

by Lynelle Douma, Marketing Coordinator Last Wednesday, VMDO kicked off an enriching three day visit from our friends at Instituto Thomas Jefferson, Ramon Carvajal and Priscila Gomez, and Director of the USGBC’s Center for Green Schools, Rachel Gutter. Representatives from … Continue reading

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Makerspaces & the Art of Tinkering to Enhance Learning

HANDS-ON TINKERING = HANDS-ON THINKING By Dina Sorensen, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C …In one corner of the room, a student is building an airplane out of popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners and circuitry. At the center of the room, a … 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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Checking-in with Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Design Guidelines

“The environments in which we live affect not just our behaviors, but our lifelong attitudes about things like healthy eating and active lifestyles.”   – Matt Trowbridge, UVA Professor & USGBC Research Fellow in Fast Company In the case of schools, architects … Continue reading

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David Conrath & Doug Gehley Collaborate on Healthy Lighting Design

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming David Conrath from Anthrospheres to VMDO for a discussion on “Wellness and Circadian Design.” David shared ways that we as designers can tune lighting systems to support natural circadian cues related to productivity, … Continue reading

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Buckingham Research Demonstrates Link between Architecture & Healthy Eating Outcomes

In 2010, Buckingham County, VA committed to an emerging area of research that recognizes the role of a school facility in promoting healthy eating behaviors and attitudes. Collaborating with public health researchers, an interdisciplinary design team transformed two outdated schools … Continue reading

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Fauquier High School Renovation Supports Health & Sustainability

Recently awarded LEED Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Fauquier High School sets high standards for sustainability and health. The design unites disparate existing school wings into a coherent and harmonious campus, forging a modest, yet … Continue reading

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VMDO Projects & Leadership Receive AIA Central Virginia Awards

On Thursday, October 23, the Central Virginia Chapter of the AIA hosted its 2014 Design Awards Gala. Community members and design professionals gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of beautifully designed projects and honor local leaders in the architecture field. Introductory … 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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