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Eastern Shore Community College Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony

Melfa, VA – October 16, 2017   Eastern Shore Community College (ESCC) hosted the Groundbreaking Ceremony for their new Administration and Academic Building on Friday, October 13th. The College Board, ESCC Foundation Board of Directors, faculty and staff of ESCC, as well as architects and engineers were present for the official launch of activity on the new, 49,2016 sq. ft. Academic building. The new two-story structure will replace the original 1970s-era academic building.

The new building will be positioned adjacent to the existing Workforce Development Services building. It will contain a Learning Resource Center (LRC), Student Services Center, Student Lounge, Bookstore, Administrative Offices, Science Labs, as well as additional classroom space.

The Learning Resource Center includes a Learning Commons area with dedicated computer kiosks for student research and studying, a public lounge area, a digital media collection, joint circulation, and reference help desk, individual/small group enclosed study rooms, a media production facility all in addition to a more traditional print media stack array. The LRC is designed to be an open, inviting, efficiently laid out space with all services immediately identifiable upon entry.

The Student Services Center is conceived as a one-stop “shopping mall” for student services. A reception/help desk within a front waiting area helps guide students to financial aid, tuition, tutoring, career counseling, veteran’s assistance, admissions, registrar’s office, success coaches, WIA case managing, and a placement/secure testing facility. Students will no longer have to roam from office to office or building to building to conduct their business or to get assistance. These jointly located services will reinforce and support each other in efficiently meeting the student needs.

Overall, the new building, with its state-of-the-art technology, will allow ESCC to not only provide more programs, but also to deliver a more advanced learning and training environment. The building is scheduled for completion in early 2019.

About Eastern Shore Community College

Eastern Shore Community College (ESCC) is located on a 115-acre site on U.S. Route 13, south of Melfa in Accomack County, Virginia. The College was originally a branch of the University of Virginia, but joined the Virginia Community College System in 1971. ESCC serves the residents of Accomack County and Northampton County as a two-year college offering associate degrees, certificates, job training, and adult education. To learn more about Eastern Shore Community College, please visit http://es.vccs.edu/.

About RRMM Architects

RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm in Chesapeake, Virginia with offices in Richmond, Roanoke, and Arlington. Founded in 1988, RRMM was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn. For more information, please visit www.rrmm.com.

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Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
cneston@rrmm.com

Larchmont and Ocean View Elementary School Welcome New School Year

Norfolk, VA – September 28, 2017   Norfolk students at Larchmont School (pre-kindergarten through 5th grade) and Ocean View Elementary School (pre-kindergarten through 5th grade) have spent the beginning of the new school year in brand new buildings. The two buildings were completed this summer, making this year’s students the first to experience the new spaces. They were completed under a PPEA that includes three other Norfolk elementary schools – Southside STEM Academy at Campostella, Richard Bowling Elementary, and Camp Allen Elementary. Both Southside STEM Academy and Richard Bowling opened last year, with Camp Allen (Phase I) on track to open next year. The buildings under the PPEA were designed by RRMM Architects, Waller, Todd & Sadler, and Livas Group Architects and constructed by SB Ballard Construction Company.

The new buildings work to minimize environmental impact and maximize energy efficiency by incorporating sustainable design concepts such as daylighting, high-efficiency HVAC systems and building placement on the site to take full advantage of sun exposure. A web-based software system that students and teachers can use to monitor the building’s energy consumption was included in the design. The software is a valuable real-world learning tool for the students to learn about sustainability and energy usage.

The buildings both feature a one-story common-use area that contains the administration, media center, cafeteria and gymnatorium – a space that combines the functions of an auditorium and a gymnasium. A two-story learning community area contains the classrooms, small-group project rooms, art, science, computer, and multipurpose labs centered around a common central stairway and accessed from generous corridors providing excellent site lines for staff to monitor students. The configuration of these spaces is geared toward collaborative and project-based learning. Large smart boards twice the size of previous versions and flexible furniture also help to support the collaborative atmosphere.

In addition to designing the buildings to positively impact student learning, they were also designed to support the surrounding community. Separate entrances between the common-use areas and the learning community areas allow for easy and safe after-hour community access.

About Norfolk Public Schools

Norfolk Public Schools is dedicated to becoming the cornerstone of a proudly diverse community to ensure that all students maximize their academic potential, develop skills for lifelong learning, and are successful contributors to a global society. The school division has a five-year strategic plan to achieve their mission, which includes creating 21st-century learning environments for all students. The construction of the five new elementary schools are part of this strategic plan.

About RRMM Architects

RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm in Chesapeake, Virginia with offices in Richmond, Roanoke, and Arlington. Founded in 1988, RRMM was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn. For more information, please visit www.rrmm.com.

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Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
cneston@rrmm.com

 

Enon Elementary School to hold Groundbreaking Ceremony

Chesterfield, VA – September 22, 2017   Chesterfield County Public Schools will host a Groundbreaking Ceremony today at the new Enon Elementary School, on the site of the original school building.

The original building, built in 1938, was demolished this summer. After five renovations and additions, a facilities assessment found it needed numerous repairs, leading Chesterfield County Public Schools to decide to replace the aging building with a new elementary school.

The new elementary school is scheduled to finish construction by November 2018 and open for students and staff in January 2019. Students are temporarily being housed at Marguerite Christian Elementary while the new school is being built.

The replacement school will be located on the same 13-acre site just off East Hundred Road. Two additional parcels of land were purchased in order to expand the play field area.

The new 91,726 sq. ft. facility includes three classroom wings that will each contain two grade levels. The cafeteria and gymnasium are side by side and have an operable wall between them that can be opened, allowing both spaces to be used together for large assemblies.

Enon Elementary School is one of four Chesterfield elementary schools using a prototype designed by RRMM Architects. The County opted to utilize a prototype design to save time and money. These new schools are part of a 2013 bond referendum that focused on renovating or replacing older school facilities. Enon is the second of the four elementary schools to start construction.

About Chesterfield County Public Schools

Chesterfield County Public Schools is an award-winning school system preparing students to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world. The school system embraces blended learning, project-based learning, and service learning to provide an engaging and relevant education. These three big ideas are based on national best practices and research and are the bedrock of their Design for Excellence 2020, the strategic plan for Chesterfield County Public Schools.

About RRMM Architects

RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm in Chesapeake, Virginia with offices in Richmond, Roanoke and Arlington. Founded in 1988, RRMM was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn. For more information, please visit www.rrmm.com.

Media Contact

Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
cneston@rrmm.com

Emory & Henry's School of Health Sciences to begin Phase Two of Renovations this Fall

Emory, VA – September 13, 2017   Phase One renovations to Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Sciences is complete, with Phase Two renovations scheduled to begin this fall. Phase Two will kick off with a design workshop to finalize programming needs and develop a preliminary schedule.

Phase One started the conversion of the old Smyth County Hospital into the new School of Health Sciences. Emory & Henry assumed ownership of the hospital upon the County’s decision to construct a new replacement hospital. They saw the building as a worthwhile opportunity to expand their School of Health Sciences.

“The School of Health Sciences is an important element of Emory & Henry’s educational offerings and represents the next phase of development of the College’s Marion campus,” says Ryan Sunshine, architect at RRMM Architects. “This campus is not only important to the College but is also an exciting opportunity for the continued growth of the Town of Marion, Virginia.”

Phase One included complete interior renovations of the first and most of the second floor of the multi-story facility. This initial 83,000 sq. ft. of renovations required the removal of all interior construction and infrastructure, leaving only the exterior walls, roof, and structure. The completed renovation includes the addition of numerous labs and classrooms, collaboration spaces, and faculty offices. A main feature of the renovation is the inclusion of a large combined lobby and student commons area. This flexible, contemporary space also serves as a break-out spot off the adjacent tiered lecture hall.

“The directive from President Schrum to the design team at the outset of this renovation was to create a space that visitors would enter and say, ‘wow.’ That is certainly what Project Architect Erica Sunshine achieved in the first phase and we’re anxious to see what follows,” says Ryan Sunshine.

Included in Phase Two will be the renovation of the remainder of the second floor, plus the renovations of the third through fifth floor. Student study and break areas, faculty offices, classrooms, and labs will be added on the second and third floors. The fourth and fifth floors will be “white-box” for future offices.

“We are proud to be a part of this next phase of growth for the School, the College and the Town,” says Sunshine.

About Emory & Henry College

Emory & Henry College is a private, liberal arts college in Emory, Virginia. Founded in 1836, Emory & Henry is the oldest higher learning institution in Southwest Virginia. The college is named after Methodist church leader, Bishop John Emory, and Virginia’s first governor and patriot of the American Revolution, Patrick Henry. The entire central campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Register of Historic Landmarks.

About RRMM Architects

RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning, and interior design firm in Chesapeake, Virginia with offices in Richmond, Roanoke and Arlington. Founded in 1988, the firm was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn. To learn more about RRMM Architects, please visit http://www.rrmm.com/.

Media Contact

Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
cneston@rrmm.com

George Washington High School Precision Machining Shop to Host Opening Ceremony

Danville, VA – September 7, 2017     George Washington High School celebrates the opening of their new Precision Machining Shop today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, in which Governor Terry McAuliffe will be in attendance.

The machine shop was renovated to add new partition walls and finishes as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The new shop also features a spacious multi-room workspace and dozens of new CNC training machines.

Erica Sunshine, architect at RRMM Architects, created and produced the design, which was approved by the School Board in September 2016. It is being funded by the Danville City Council, as well as with a grant from the J.T. Minnie Maude Foundation.

The program has been in the making for years. The investment in the advanced manufacturing trading pays off not only for the students, who are able to acquire well-paying jobs, but also for Danville, who hopes to become an even bigger hub for the precision machining industry. On a broader scale, the project is a component of an initiative by Governor McAuliffe to support workforce development throughout the Commonwealth. This is the only high school facility of its kind in the entire state.

The curriculum was modeled closely after the program at Danville Community College and the program at GWHS is designed to serve as a feeder program for students who eventually want to continue their studies. Students can complete two years of schooling at the high school, and finish up the final two years at Danville Community College. In fact, Portia Russell, Director of the Precision Machining program at GWHS, is a graduate of the program at Danville Community College.

RRMM Architects has been working with Danville Public Schools for the past several years beginning with a city-wide facility condition assessment and continuing through a re-programming effort for all schools from Pre-K to high school. The precision machining program at GWHS is the first step in the overall renovation of the high school. The City of Danville has struggled with a declining economy and the loss of major industry in the city. This renovation is part of an effort throughout south Central Virginia to create economic growth and revitalization.

About Danville Public Schools

Danville Public Schools is located in south Central Virginia. The division is focused on ensuring 21st century skills are embedded into their instructional program through global awareness, financial and entrepreneurial literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation, social and cross-cultural skills, leadership, responsibility, initiative, and self-direction. To learn more about Danville Public Schools, please visit http://www.danvillepublicschools.org/.

About RRMM Architects

RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning, and interior design firm in Chesapeake, Virginia with offices in Richmond, Roanoke and Arlington. Founded in 1988, the firm was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn. To learn more about RRMM Architects, please visit http://www.rrmm.com/.

Media Contact

Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
cneston@rrmm.com

 

Construction on Colonial Beach Elementary Complete

Colonial Beach, VA – August 30, 2017   The new Colonial Beach Elementary School has finished construction and is ready to welcome students for the 2017-2018 school year. The 50,000 square-foot building replaces the original elementary school, which was destroyed by a fire in January 2014.

After spending several years in multiple modular classrooms behind the town’s high school, the new elementary school building will allow for the elementary school community to once again be housed under the same roof.

According to Mr. Tim Trivett, Chairman of the Colonial Beach School Board, the vision for the new elementary school began even before the fire that destroyed the building. After Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, the town was forced to close the elementary school until extensive repairs could be completed on the 100-year-old building. Students were moved into pods next to the old building. When the fire destroyed the old building, students had to be moved completely off the property. The School Board was determined to find a way to construct a new elementary school.

“Only after numerous conversations with Jack Clark of RRMM and collaboration with town officials has the project began to become a reality,” says Mr. Trivett. “After 14 months of construction, the dream has come to fruition and the town is ready for the ribbon cutting and a new chapter in our history.”

Designed by RRMM Architects, and built by Southwood Building Systems, the new Colonial Beach Elementary School will hold 400-450 students in grades Pre-K through 7.

The school has two main academic wings, with the first wing housing the younger students up to Grade 3, and the second wing housing Grades 4 through 7. In addition to two classrooms for each grade level, the building has a Media Center, Art Room, Music Room, and multiple resource and academic support spaces. The Gymnasium has a basketball court and a Stage, and the Gym and Cafeteria share an operable wall that allows both spaces to be quickly and easily combined for large group gatherings.

The $8 million building features a distinctive cupola over the main entrance, large classroom windows that allow daylight to stream in, and a fully-equipped kitchen for student meals.

“Drifter Pride runs deep in our community. Faculty, staff, and students strive to be productive, responsible and respectful every day,” says Ms. Michele Coates, Principal at Colonial Beach Elementary School. “Every feature was designed with students in mind and with the purpose of creating a better environment conducive for learning. We are excited to start the year and cannot wait to see how our students let their Drifter Pride shine within the walls of the new school!”

The new school is a much-anticipated addition to Colonial Beach’s close-knit community. The new building also pays homage to the community’s past by displaying several artifacts from the school building lost in the fire, including the school bell and a section of the gym floor with the painted center-court logo.

“The construction of the elementary school will benefit the school division as well as the community,” says Dr. Kevin Newman, the Superintendent of Schools. “It is our goal to make the new building the cornerstone of the town of Colonial Beach. The building was designed with intentions of the community being able to benefit from the use of the facility. We are excited for our students as days of having to walk in inclement weather to use the cafeteria or gymnasium are over. The school division and community will be impressed with the quality of the building that was designed by RRMM and constructed by Southwood.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Thursday, August 31, 2017.

About Colonial Beach School District

The Colonial Beach School District is an independent school division serving the residents of Colonial Beach, a town of about 3,500 people located directly on the Potomac River. The division has an elementary school for Pre-K through 7th and a high school for 8th grade through 12th. The school district, with a total student population of about 600 students, has a strong sense of community.

About RRMM Architects

RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning, and interior design firm in Chesapeake, Virginia with offices in Richmond, Roanoke, and Arlington. Founded in 1988, the firm was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn. To learn more about RRMM Architects, please visit http://www.rrmm.com/.

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Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
cneston@rrmm.com

RRMM's Central Virginia office moving to Richmond's Arts and Cultural District

Richmond, VA – August 23, 2017    RRMM’s Central Virginia office is getting a new home. The firm, headquartered in Chesapeake, is moving to the heart of Richmond’s Arts and Cultural District. RRMM will move into the former Cokesbury Bookstore building, located at 415 E Grace Street.

“After evaluating all options in primarily historic office spaces in downtown Richmond, RRMM selected a first-floor suite in the iconic Cokesbury Bookstore Building. With their new office, RRMM will contribute to the ongoing revitalization of the Grace Street and Arts district corridors,” says Fred Plaisted, First Vice President with Commonwealth Commercial who represented RRMM Architects.

Built in 1921 as a store and office building for The Methodist Publishing Company, the building later housed their retail division, Cokesbury Bookstore. Cokesbury continued to occupy the space for over 70 years until moving to the west end in 1992, eventually closing their doors to become a virtual bookstore which continues to be in operation today.

The building has been vacant since 1992. In 2012, City Council passed an ordinance establishing the area as an Arts and Cultural District to stimulate community and economic revitalization. The ordinance helped direct public resources toward the District, addressing its revitalization needs by working toward transforming under-utilized and distressed properties into desirable spaces able to attract new business and residents. Incentives were made available to improve the character and aesthetics of the district by facilitating and funding façade improvements. Revitalization has since taken off.

RRMM has plans to restore the façade of the building, preserve the original Cokesbury sign above the entry and keep an open floorplan of the 2,500 SF space.

“We’ve simply outgrown our current space and we are excited about moving to a more centralized location in order to serve our clients,” says Courtney Neston, Director of Business Development for RRMM Architects.

RRMM begins interior demolition this week, with RRMM Design Build serving as the general contractor. The firm plans to be in the new space by early 2018, just in time to celebrate their 30-year anniversary.

About RRMM Architects

RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning, and interior design firm in Chesapeake, Virginia with offices in Richmond, Roanoke, and Arlington. Founded in 1988, the firm was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn. To learn more about RRMM Architects, please visit http://www.rrmm.com/.

Media Contact

Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
cneston@rrmm.com

Princess Anne Middle School Schematic Design Recently Completed

Virginia Beach, VA – August 16, 2017    RRMM Architects, along with Virginia Beach staff, students, school engineers, community members, and city planning staff, have recently finished the schematic design for the new Princess Anne Middle School (PAMS).

This new building will serve as the replacement for the existing Princess Anne Middle School. PAMS students are currently being housed in the old Kellam High School building. The school division’s Capital Improvement Plan is funding the PAMS replacement school, which will be the 34th school building modernized or replaced by Virginia Beach City Public Schools in the past 20 years.

The new building will be constructed on the site of the now-vacant old Princess Anne Middle School building, which will be demolished this fall.

RRMM Architects, BrainSpaces, PAMS, and Virginia Beach City Public Schools completed a vision process with their stakeholder team to begin exploring possibilities for the new PAMS. The team toured the existing PAMS so that students could discuss their likes and dislikes of their old school building and offer insight going forward. Collaboration among stakeholders resulted in a common set of values that will translate into guiding principles for the planning and design of the new building.

Guiding principles include:

  • Occupants enjoy a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment
  • The school environment can adapt to meet varying needs
  • Innovation is sustained, hands-on is supported, and collaboration is expected
  • Physical characteristics of the school inspire learning
  • Holistic and developmental needs of all students are supported
  • The school is a hub of activity and a source of community pride
  • The school’s value to the community is evident
  • State of the art tools are readily available to support authentic, relevant, and interesting activities

“Students and staff placed a high priority on outside connections and flexible spaces,” says Rob Berz, architect at RRMM Architects. “We all enjoyed the collaborative design setting. It was that setting that produced a building centered around social and academic outdoor spaces and configurable spaces throughout the building to meet students’ changing needs.”

Features of the new Princess Anne Middle School currently on the drawing board include a large, circular courtyard, with academic courtyards between grade level houses. These two-story grade level houses are individually accessible from the bus drop-off. A community entrance allows for convenient after-hours access to the theater and gymnasium.

Sustainable design features include an emphasis on daylighting and the addition of a green roof on top of the kitchen. A constructed wetlands area is planned to alleviate the issue of storm water runoff.

“The community design group was a great group to work with and Princess Anne Middle School will be a great space to learn in,” says Berz.

Construction is slated to begin in Fall 2018. The new school is scheduled to open Fall 2021.

About Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Virginia Beach City Public Schools is the largest school division in Hampton Roads and continues to outperform school divisions across the nation on key academic indicators. In fall of 2016, the division reported its best SAT Scores since 2008, record on-time graduation rates, more students taking advanced placement exams, and an increase in the number of schools earning full accreditation. To learn more about Virginia Beach City Public Schools, please visit http://www.vbschools.com/.

About RRMM Architects

RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning, and interior design firm in Chesapeake, Virginia with offices in Richmond, Roanoke, and Arlington. Founded in 1988, the firm was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn. To learn more about RRMM Architects, please visit http://www.rrmm.com/.

Media Contact

Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
cneston@rrmm.com

Cookie’s Cakes & More, a local bakery, is now open in Norfolk, VA.

Norfolk, VA – August 7, 2017   A passion turned business, Cookie’s Cakes & More is a dessert spot serving a variety of cupcakes, dessert jars, cookies, and soft-serve ice cream. RRMM worked closely with the owners to help them design their dream bakery. The new space was designed to have a bright, open, industrial look. Colorful photos and pink accents pop on the white walls. Metal tables with wooden chairs help tie in the clean, industrial look while custom lighting adds a unique touch to the space.

Cookie’s Cakes & More is currently in the process of searching for an additional location to continue growing their business.

About Cookie’s Cakes and More

Cookie’s Cakes and More originated from a cake decorating class at a local craft store. The experimental learning experience began as a hobby, but has since turned into a thriving business. The new bakery has exceeded expectations, even winning a cake-off contest hosted by WVEC-13 News. To learn more about Cookie’s Cakes & More, please visit http://www.cookiescakesva.com/.

About RRMM Architects

RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning, and interior design firm in Chesapeake, Virginia with offices in Richmond, Roanoke and Arlington. Founded in 1988, the firm was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn. To learn more about RRMM Architects, please visit http://www.rrmm.com/.

Media Contact
Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
cneston@rrmm.com

RRMM Celebrates Park and Recreation Month

July 26, 2017    RRMM is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to highlight the powerful role parks and recreation have on our daily lives. Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. From providing places to play, get fit and stay healthy to fostering new relationships, RRMM is committed to designing community and recreational facilities that provide essential services and improve quality of life.

North Laurel Park and Recreation Center in Howard County, Maryland was designed by our Arlington office, RRMM Lukmire Architects. The 60,000 SF recreation center, certified LEED® Silver, is the size of two football fields and divided into zones to separate active, acoustically-loud activities from more passive activities. The active zone includes a 14,000 SF gymnasium, dance studio, weight room, child care center and locker rooms. Activity rooms, a multipurpose room, a senior center, and the health department are located in the passive zone. A unique feature to North Laurel Park and Recreation Center is the addition of a skate park. RRMM Lukmire held community meetings to discuss project goals and design options. Among the community participants were a group of teenagers who urged for a skate park. The group was brought in separately, and together with a skate park design expert, a skate park was developed that the “special interest group” enthusiastically endorsed.

In Fairfax, Virginia, RRMM Lukmire designed the Providence Community Center, which was awarded the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Service’s Award of Excellence for Building Design and Construction. The facility, which achieved a LEED® Gold Certification, consists of 32,000 SF of program space. Functions include meeting rooms, an exercise room, game room, commercial kitchen, satellite police office, a large gymnasium and the offices for the Board of Supervisors in that district. The facility also includes a sensory room, a relaxing and calm environment that offers a variety of sights, sounds, and interactive elements that promote engagement and development, especially for young children and individuals with disabilities. Crisp modern materials and colors help the building stand out as a community gathering place.

Another large RRMM Lukmire community center project, Charles Houston Recreation Center, is a replacement for a previous facility that did not meet the needs of the community. The design team worked with the surrounding neighborhood and the Department of Parks and Recreation to develop a building program, prepare optional design solutions and gain community approval. The new 35,000 SF facility, located in the Parker Grey Historic District of Alexandria, Virginia, is LEED® Gold Certified and features a gymnasium, multi-purpose activity rooms, senior center, preschool classrooms, boxing ring and an outdoor pool.

“Community centers provide a safe place for residents to meet friends, participate in lifelong learning opportunities, and reflect our commitment to enhancing our quality of life,” says Greg Lukmire, President of the Northern Region.

RRMM Lukmire has also finished the designs for the renovations and additions to Vienna Community Center and McLean Community Center, which are currently under construction.

About the National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation, and social equity. Through its network of nearly 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. To learn more about Park and Recreation Month, visit www.nrpa.org/July

About RRMM Architects

RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm in Chesapeake, Virginia with offices in Richmond, Roanoke and Arlington. Founded in 1988, the firm was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn.

RRMM Lukmire is the new entity created in 2016 by the merger of RRMM Architects and The Lukmire Partnership Architects, which had both been in business for over 28 years. Staff from The Lukmire Partnership continue to serve clients in the Mid-Atlantic region but with increased support and experience from other offices when needed.

For more information, please visit www.rrmm.com.

Media Contact:

Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
cneston@rrmm.com

 

Haymarket Gainesville Community Library and Montclair Community Library named 2017 Public Works Projects of the Year

Prince William County, VA – July 13, 2017    The Haymarket Gainesville Community Library and Montclair Community Library, two Prince William County library projects that were designed in our Arlington office, have been selected as two of the American Public Works Association’s 2017 Public Works Projects of the Year. The libraries were selected for the category Structures $5 million but less than $25 million. The selection is made based on projects that epitomize the public works profession and the American Public Works Association.

The Haymarket Gainesville Community Library is a newly-constructed 21,000 sq. ft. community library located in a residential neighborhood along the “Journey through Hallowed Ground” from the Civil War. The architecture of the library, while contemporary, recalls the Neo-Georgian style in the area and incorporates a mid-19th century “Plantation House” into the design. The library includes a flexible floor plan, contemporary media, a public meeting room, and has achieved a Silver LEED® rating.

Montclair Community Library, also a new 21,000 sq. ft. facility, was constructed alongside the restoration of the historic Barnes House, a 19th century home rich with Prince William County’s African American heritage. The restored Barnes House now serves as a reading room and a special location for community events. Together, Barnes House and the new Montclair Library form a civic complex. Due to significantly sloping existing grades, a 100-car parking garage was built below the library, giving it the feeling of floating above the surrounding trees. The library has a flexible floor plan, contemporary media, a public meeting room, an outdoor reading terrace, and has achieved a Silver LEED® rating.

About the American Public Works Association (APWA)

The APWA serves professionals in all aspects of public works, setting it apart from other organizations and making it an effective voice of public works. The organization includes professionals from local, county, state/province, and federal agencies, as well as private sector personnel who supply products and services to those professionals. For more information, please visit www.apwa.net

About RRMM Architects

RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm in Chesapeake, Virginia with offices in Richmond, Roanoke, and Arlington. Founded in 1988, the firm was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn. For more information, please visit www.rrmm.com

Media Contact:

Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
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RRMM Architects to Design New EVMS Education & Academic Administration Building

Norfolk, VA – July 5, 2017    RRMM Architects was recently awarded the contract for Eastern Virginia Medical School’s new Education and Academic Administration Building. This new 144,000 sq. ft. facility, to be completed with design consultant EYP, will house the M1, M2 and Medical Masters programs and staff. It will also provide additional parking in the form of a 350-space parking garage.

“When the right team comes together to undertake a transformative project such as the new EVMS Academic and Administrative Building, great things happen,” says Bill Boyce, Senior Project Manager at RRMM Architects.

Consolidating numerous academic support departments currently dispersed both on and off the EVMS campus, this new signature facility will strengthen EVMS’s purpose as a provider of excellent medical education.

“The really exciting part of this for me personally,” says Dan Hickok, Director of the Special Projects Studio at RRMM, “is to play a role in developing a building that will house some of the best and brightest men and women who, through their education at EVMS, can and will enhance the lives of so many others in our community and beyond through their research and care.”

In addition to administration space, the new building is being designed to include classrooms, small group study rooms, and a testing center. It will also address facility needs for hosting internal and external events, such as a first-floor lobby suitable for event space and an area for event-related food preparation.

“As a group, we are excited about this project as it will be an opportunity to create not only a signature gateway to EVMS, but enhance the administrative functionality and provide state-of-the-art learning spaces for one of the Commonwealth’s premiere institutions,” says Boyce.

About Eastern Virginia Medical School

Eastern Virginia Medical School, frequently referred to as EVMS, is a public-private medical school in Norfolk, Virginia. Founded in 1973 to improve a severe shortage of physicians in Hampton Roads, EVMS proved to be a key catalyst in the region’s medical vitalization. EVMS offers a variety of graduate and doctoral degrees in the medical and health professions. As the largest biomedical research institution in southeastern Virginia, EVMS has been on the forefront of innovative medical discoveries. For more information, please visit www.evms.edu.

About RRMM Architects

RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm in Chesapeake, Virginia with offices in Richmond, Roanoke and Arlington. Founded in 1988, the firm was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn. For more information, please visit www.rrmm.com.

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State-of-the-Art Gifted Education School to Open in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, VA – March 31, 2017     On April 3rd, Virginia Beach gifted learners from Old Donation School (ODS) will begin their first official day at their new location, a brand-new replacement school for three of Virginia Beach’s gifted education programs.

The new facility is the result of a collaborative process between RRMM Architects, Virginia Beach Public Schools, and faculty from the former Old Donation Center and Kemps Landing Magnet School. Work sessions were frequently held to make fundamental design decisions and tailor program space to the needs of the community.

The design of ODS utilizes circulation space as learning space, instead of traditional corridors. Small collaboration rooms between classrooms called “Think Tanks” support small independent groups and outdoor classrooms provide additional learning space.

“Students and staff asked for colorful, wide-open spaces and lots of daylight, so that’s what we gave them,” says Rob Berz, architect at RRMM Architects.

During construction, the building became part of the instructional program through the use of exposed building materials, interactive rainwater collection and exploratory signage throughout the school. ODS’s curriculum includes a focus on the Chesapeake Bay, emphasizing eco-systems, aquatic and plant life, and environmental sciences.

The school is designed to achieve ultra-low energy consumption, which it does through its use of an advanced hybrid HVAC, LED lighting, daylighting of 75% of interior spaces and occupancy sensors. To reduce water consumption, rainwater is collected for toilet flushing. Old Donation School was designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification.

“There is a potential in school design that everyone at Old Donation School, home of the Edward E. Brickell Academy for Advanced Academics and Arts, now understands thanks to RRMM Architects,” says Dr. Kelly Hedrick, principal of Old Donation School and leader in Gifted Education. “Old Donation School is an artful intersection of functionality, sustainability, and community… We will become better stewards of our environment and grow as educators as a result of this teaching and learning community.”

“Every time you see a great project, just know it takes a team,” says Berz, referring to all of the design team and owner stakeholders that made the design successful.

About RRMM Architects

RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm based in Chesapeake, Virginia with offices in Richmond, Roanoke and Arlington. Founded in 1988, the firm was recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn. For more information, please visit www.rrmm.com

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RRMM Architects Proudly Announces Merging of Forces with The Lukmire Partnership

Chesapeake, VA – November 2, 2016      RRMM Architects proudly announces the merging of forces with The Lukmire Partnership, an Arlington-based architectural firm, effective immediately.  The addition of the new Arlington, Virginia and Rockville, Maryland offices will enhance RRMM’s ability to serve clients in northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland. RRMM currently serves Virginia and beyond through offices in Chesapeake, Richmond, and Roanoke.

“We were impressed by the similarities with the Lukmire Partnership in client service approaches, design values, and business philosophies,” says Duane Harver, CEO of RRMM. “Like us, Lukmire places significant emphasis on client and community needs with a focus on creative but cost-effective solutions in each design. We are excited to welcome their skilled staff to our team.”

Lukmire’s significant portfolio of libraries and community recreation centers will help RRMM support and expand those market segments, while RRMM will introduce Lukmire to the retail, commercial and public safety sectors. Both firms have extensive experience in the design of K-12 schools, higher education and federal projects that they will continue to build upon as one firm.

“It’s an ideal match of skills and philosophies,” says Gregory Lukmire, President of The Lukmire Partnership. “It will be a great opportunity for us to combine the greatest capabilities and talents of both firms to best serve our clients.”

About RRMM Architects

RRMM Architects is an award-winning, full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm based in Chesapeake, Virginia. Founded in 1988, the firm was recently recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as the largest architecture-based firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RRMM is committed to client success and to their mission of creating great places to live, work, play and learn. For more information, please visit www.rrmm.com

About The Lukmire Partnership

The Lukmire Partnership is based in Arlington, Virginia and has been in business since 1989. Their projects, located throughout the mid-Atlantic region, focus on libraries, K-12, higher education, recreational/community centers and performing arts. For more information, please visit www.lukmire.com.

In northern regions of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland, the firm will do business as RRMM Lukmire Architects.

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