VMDO Architects

VMDO Architects

Charlottesville, VA | Washington, DC


Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools at the Carter G. Woodson Education Complex

Two former Virginia mid-century schools, built in 1954 and 1962 respectively, have been re-fashioned as a modern learning campus for K-5 students with the aim to promote connectivity, creativity, health, and well-being for the Buckingham County community. The new campus design takes advantage of every space and surface to support teaching and learning both inside and outside the traditional classroom. Inside, the K-5 campus features a re-conceived, central dining commons that – through the promotion of healthy eating habits, food stewardship, and sustainable dining operations – serves as a source of food-based education. Outside, grade-level appropriate gardens and play terraces encourage place-based learning and engagement with nature. With the support of the school district, the project team created a holistic indoor-outdoor learning environment that supports the physical and mental well being of the school community and fosters “food smart” children.

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Status: Built
Additional Credits: Photography by Alan Karchmer