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

New Construction

Kellam High School Replacement (LEED Silver)


  • Original Building Opened: September 1962
  • Groundbreaking: September 30, 2011
  • Construction Start Date/Site Work: Winter 2010/11
  • Construction Start Date/Building: Summer 2011
  • Projected Completion: Spring 2014

Building Facts

  • Student Capacity: 2000
  • Current Student Membership: 1838
  • Building Size: 336,410 sq. ft. (two stories)
  • Total CIP Project Cost: $102 million
  • Architect: HBA Architecture
  • Site Contractor: A&W Contractors, Inc.
  • General Contractor: S.B. Ballard Construction Co.

Additional Info

Project Facts

  • On January 5, 2010, the Virginia Beach School Board voted to approve the acquisition of the Manchester Station property for $8.1 million. This 108 acre property will be used as the replacement site for Kellam High.

  • Bids were opened for the Early Site Package on February 10, 2011. A&W Contractors Inc. was the apparent low bidder at $3,345,000 (Budget $5,000,000). A formal award was scheduled to be authorized at the March 1, 2011 School Board meeting, with a Notice to Proceed scheduled for March 14, 2011.

  • The contract for the complete building and the remaining site development was awarded to SB Ballard Construction Co. on August 16, 2011 in the amount of $70,577,790.

  • Prior to developing the actual design of the replacement building for Kellam High, numerous workshops were held that included school division staff, Kellam High teachers and students, neighbors, and members of the community at large. The purpose of these workshops were to gather input in order to design a school that embraces a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, supporting critical and creative thinking, with access to the technology to help solve real-world problems. A presentation, created by Mike Ross, AIA, REFP, HBA Architects, illustrates the various stages of the design process for the Kellam High Replacement Project.

  • Kellam High is one of 150 Pilot Projects that are participating in the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) Two-year Pilot Program (June 2010-June 2012). These projects represent a diverse cross-section of project types, sizes and geographic locations in various stages of development from design to construction and maintenance. SITES Pilot Projects will be the first projects in the United States and abroad to demonstrate the application of The Sustainable Sites Initiative: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009, released on November 5, 2009. The Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009 includes a four-star rating system which works on a 250-point scale. Based on achieving all 15 of the prerequisites and at least 100 credit points, a pilot project will become Pilot Certified.

Educational Planning Features

  • Learning spaces designed to facilitate 21st century skills-based curriculum
  • Six learning communities
  • Student project and demonstration spaces within learning communities
  • Fully integrated curriculum
  • State of the art technology application for education
  • 800 seat auditorium & 145 seat black box theater
  • Educational courtyard designed by Kellam HS AP environmental science students

Building & Site Features

  • Category 2 hurricane shelter (event & post-event)
  • 841 Off-Street parking spaces (496 student / 318 faculty / 27 visitor) (includes 13 HC)
  • 30 Bus parking spaces
  • 4-Lane widening of West Neck Road with turn lanes
  • 4,500 Seat stadium with synthetic turf Football/Soccer field - lighted
  • 1 Football practice field
  • 1 Baseball field - lighted
  • 1 Softball field - lighted
  • Baseball & Softball practice facilities and restrooms/concessions/pressbox facilities
  • Synthetic surface track
  • 8 Tennis courts - lighted
  • 1 Band practice field
  • 3 General purpose play fields
  • 2 Outdoor Basketball courts

Sustainable Design Features

  • Roof rainwater harvesting for irrigation of play fields
  • Site retains and infiltrates rainwater, thereby reducing impact to municipal stormwater facilities
  • Vegetated roof / art courtyard
  • Courtyard benches made of site-reclaimed hardwood trees
  • Reforestation buffer between KHS site and victoria park
  • Bicycle storage
  • Recycled content materials used
  • Bamboo wood floor in gym
  • Low VOC emitting materials
  • Cool roof to minimize solar heat gain
  • Facilities planned for community use
  • Provisions for recycling
  • Water-Use reduction with Low-Flow Fixtures
  • Energy saving HVAC system with geothermal wells
  • HVAC system commissioning
  • Indoor air quality building flush
  • Light pollution reduction
  • Daylight harvesting
  • Construction waste management


Last Modified on Monday, April 23, 2018