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2512 George Mason Drive • P.O. Box 6038 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456-0038   757.263.1000 • 757.263.1240 TDD

Old Donation School Replacement


  • Original Building Opened:
    Old Donation Center (ODC) – 1965
    Kemps Landing Magnet School (KLMS) – 1957
  • Design Start Date: November 2011
  • Construction Start Date: Summer 2014
  • Projected Completion Date: Fall 2017

Building Facts

Student Capacity: 1,375
(ODC-450; KLMS-750; Pullout Programs-175)
Building Size: 225,785 sq. ft. (two – three stories)

Total CIP Project Cost: $63,615,000
Architect: RRMM Architects
Contractor: McKenzie Construction Corporation

Additional Info

Project Facts

Old Donation Center and Kemps Landing Magnet will be combined in a single consolidated facility to provide gifted and talented services for grades 2-8.

On October 18, 2011, the School Board approved the procurement of RRMM Architects to design the new facility.

Over a dozen workshops and public community meetings were held in order to gather input on the building design from teachers, students, neighbors, and members of the community at large. Overviews of the project were presented at Planning Commission, City Council, Community Information Meetings, and in several School Board Workshops.

  • Site Charrette Workshops
  • Building Charrette Workshops Resulting Working Plan
    • January 30 & 31, 2012 and March 22 & 23: Educational Specification Work Sessions were held to identify educational programming options of the building.
    • April 26, 2012: a Community Information Meeting was held to discuss the project with parents, teachers, and the general public.
    • June 5, 2012: a School Board workshop was held to discuss the educational specifications for the project.
    • September 5, 2012, the School Board formally approved the administration's recommendations regarding student matriculation, increasing capacity in the new building to 1375 students, and the inclusion of a black box theater in the design of the school.
    • Sep 27, Oct 11, 25, Nov 8, and Nov 29, 2012: Building charrette workshops were conducted with staff that resulted in the working plan for the building.
    • Sep 20, Oct 4, 18, and November 1, 2012: Site charrette workshops were held with staff and external stakeholders resulting in the working plan for the site.
    • April 11, 2013: a Community Information Meeting was held to update the general public, teachers, and parents about the project.
    • October 9, 2013: the City of Virginia Beach Planning Commission approves the concept plan for the school’s rezoning application. Approved by City Council on December 3, 2013.
    • March 13, 2014: a School Board Workshop was held to discuss the overall design and plan for the replacement project.

On May 20, 2014, The School Board approved the contract for construction to McKenzie Construction, Inc., the apparent low bidder, in the amount of $52,626,000.

Starting September 2014, students from Old Donation Center and Kemps Landing Magnet School relocate into a shared facility at the former Princess Anne Middle School, 2509 Seaboard Road, while the new school is under construction at Independence Boulevard and Honey Grove Road. Staff move to the new location at the end of June 2014.

Last Modified on Monday, April 23, 2018