A Researcher’s Stay at Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools

I arrived in Dillwyn, VA in early September 2013. I had been to this community several times before. Researching the impact of healthy design features incorporated into the Buckingham County Primary and Elementary Schools renovation became an integral part of my doctoral studies three years ago. However, my previous visits were quick, a week at [...]

By |January 6th, 2014|Design-Research Collaborations|0 Comments

2013 Green Apple Day of Service at Buckingham K-5 Schools

On September 28, 2013 volunteers from VMDO Architects and Waterstreet Studio joined Buckingham County Primary School Principal Pennie Allen to take part in the USGBC Center for Green Schools’ Green Apple Day of Service! Together, the Green Apple team weeded the school garden, amended the compost, and prepared the garden beds for fall planting. Thriving [...]

By |October 7th, 2013|Community Contexts|0 Comments

VS Case Study – Buckingham County Primary & Elementary Schools: These Are No Ordinary Schools

In fall 2013, the ergonomic furniture manufacturer VS America published a case study featuring the interior learning environment of the Buckingham project. You can read the full publication online here. Below are excerpts from the publication featuring Dina Sorensen, Project Designer, VMDO Architects. “The learning environment is enriched by the atmospheric use of color as [...]

By |September 22nd, 2013|Learning Ecologies|0 Comments

Insights 3 Publication: Healthy By Design – Architecture’s New Terrain

In the fall of 2012, VMDO Architects along with VS America and Buckingham researchers Dr. Terry Huang of the University of Nebraska and Dr. Matthew Trowbridge of the University of Virginia co-produced Insights 3 : Healthy by Design / Architecture’s New Terrain – The Dining Commons / Promoting Healthy + Active FoodSmart™ Kids. You can [...]

By |September 19th, 2013|Designing for Health|0 Comments

GreenSource Magazine: Buckingham School as Prototype for the Next Generation of Green Schools

GreenSource profiled the Buckingham K-5 project in the July/August 2013 issue. You can read the full publication online here. Below is an excerpt from the article: Healthy Kids, Happy Students: Through a unique partnership with public-health researchers, VMDO Architects transforms an old high school into a prototype for the next generation of green schools. At any [...]

By |July 19th, 2013|Environmental Stewardship|0 Comments

Cultivating / Crafting Buckingham’s Kitchen Gardens

On June 29, 2013, VMDO employees along with volunteers from the University of Nebraska and the Buckingham community came together for a hands-on garden build-out project at Buckingham County Primary and Elementary Schools. Specifically, the assembled team worked to build the school Kitchen Gardens in preparation for summer school STEM-based garden learning activities. The Kitchen [...]

By |July 19th, 2013|Learning Ecologies|0 Comments

Buckingham School Gardens / Curriculum the Focus of Capstone Project

The following entry is from Audrey Strothkamp, who is currently working towards her Master of Public Health in Health Promotion at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her Capstone project involves conducting research at Buckingham County Primary and Elementary Schools to assess how school gardens may be integrated into core academic curriculum, with the goal [...]

By |June 12th, 2013|Design-Research Collaborations|0 Comments

Buckingham Project Featured at EDRA Research Conference

The Buckingham K-5 campus project continues to communicate the critical value of design research in both the design and public health conference communities! I will be presenting the poster –”The Healthy Eating Design Guidelines: Integrating Architecture and Public Health to Inform School Design Strategies” at The Environmental Design Research Association’s (EDRA) Healthy Rhode Island Environmental [...]

Rachel Gutter from the Center for Green Schools Visits Buckingham Project

On May 10, 2013 VMDO had the amazing opportunity to host the remarkable Rachel Gutter, Director of the USGBC’s Center for Green Schools. The Center works directly with teachers, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to create programs, resources and partnerships that help transform schools into healthy learning environments. Rachel took a tour of VMDO’s [...]

By |May 13th, 2013|Environmental Stewardship|0 Comments

Virginia School Boards Forum Held at VMDO School

The Central Regional Forum of the Virginia Schools Boards Association (VSBA) occurred on March 18, 2013 at Buckingham County Public Schools’ Carter G. Woodson Education Complex – a newly opened primary and elementary school complex in Dillwyn, VA designed by VMDO. Superintendents, school officials, and other representatives from the Central Virginia chapter met with colleagues [...]

By |March 19th, 2013|Community Contexts|0 Comments