Renaissance Academy, Virginia Beach Public Schools
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Renaissance Academy
Virginia Beach, VA

Renaissance Academy is a special place for kids that need help getting back into the educational mainstream. Our main challenge with this design was a small semi-urban site with one building and 6 main autonomous programs with multiple sub-programs – none of which have previously shared a facility. The two story “H” design effectively provides each program with its own building while the core provides for the needs common to all three. Each of the main programs is provided with separate administration spaces and collaboration/ work space for instructors with “Teacher Centers.”

The entire school is served by both hard-wired and wireless communication. Classrooms are designed for wireless lap-top computer use with ceiling projection. The school is equipped with a centrally controlled proximity-reader door control and extensive digital CCTV camera surveillance. There is also a Building Systems Data Public Display which allows for publicly accessible, interactive, real-time displays of building energy use and production, water use and collection, carbon emissions, dollars saved, air quality, etc; the building’s energy consumption can also be monitored online at

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Completion Date:
Completed 2009

289,000 SF
1,600 students


LEED Certification:
LEED Gold Certified

Principals on Projects

Jeff Harris
Duane Harver


2012  Award of Excellence, Best Sustainable Building, HRACRE Awards
2011 Outstanding Accomplishment, New Construction, Virginia Chapter of the Council of Educational Facility Planners
2010 Platinum Design Award, Virginia School Boards Association
2010 Best Institutional Project, Virginia Sustainable Building Network
2009 Virginia Beach Stewardship Development Award
2008 Exceptional Sustainable Development of Public Facilities
, Virginia Beach Planning Commission Honor Award