VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rosemary Gladden
Date: 02/22/18 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 039 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: rosemary.gladden@vbschools.com

VBCPS is recognized with
Design Achievement Award

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has been awarded the Design Achievement Award by the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design as part of its inaugural Virginia by Design awards. The competition's five award categories were created to recognize "designers or visionaries in Virginia who by profession or avocation have made creating, preserving and enhancing design in Virginia a notable endeavor which elevates the power of design," according to the organization.

"This is quite an honor," said VBCPS Superintendent Aaron Spence. "Our facilities and sustainable schools teams are to be commended not only for building management but also for creating transformational learning environments where our students are inspired to collaborate, think critically and problem solve in imaginative ways. As importantly, our School Board is to be commended for their decade-long commitment to sustainable and community-based design practices."

Jurists for the competition were architects, curators, historians and professors.

Of the five awards presented, VBCPS received the award that is presented to an organization or institution that utilizes design as a strategic tool within the mission of the organization and that has consistently exhibited ingenuity and insight in relating design to quality of life.

In the last 20 years, the VBCPS has modernized or replaced 31 of the division's oldest schools and facilities, which have been recognized with numerous design awards. In addition, School Board policy calls for all new school division construction and major modernization or replacement projects to be constructed according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council. As a result of these design and environmental efforts, VBCPS has reduced its energy use by 27 percent while increasing building space by 9 percent since 2011.

VBCPS will be recognized April 13 during a ceremony at the historic Branch House in Richmond. More information about the Virginia by Design awards is available on the organization's website. Information about the school division's construction projects is available on vbschools.com.


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