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News

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 for 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/.

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Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
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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/.

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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
cneston@rrmm.com

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.

Media Contact:

Courtney Neston
Director of Business Development
cneston@rrmm.com

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