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News

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

Media Contact:

Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
cneston@rrmm.com

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.

Media Contact:

Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
cneston@rrmm.com