Christchurch School 2013-14
CHRISTCHURCH, VA—3 September 2013
When Christchurch School students returned to campus for the 2013-14 school year, they were greeted with three major, completed building and renovation projects. The projects were designed and executed with an eye to sustainability and “green” features.
A new locker room facility was added to the corner of Yarbrough Gymnasium and Miller Hall. The building has four separate lockers rooms. It includes a closed cell spray foam exterior insulation system for thermal performance and moisture migration; energy efficient mechanical equipment with gas re-heat; 21” sun tunnel skylights to provide natural light; recycled plastics; low VOC paint, caulk and adhesives; Rinnai instant hot water heaters and Hardie Artisan siding.
Scott Dormitory was completely renovated with energy-efficient, ductless mini-split mechanical equipment; concrete countertops made from natural materials and recycled glass; bathroom partitions made from recycled plastics; high performance windows with low-e glazing materials; low VOC interior paints, caulk and adhesives; Rinnai instant hot water heaters and Hardie Artisan siding. All existing furniture was repurposed and donated to other non-profit organizations.
Dean of Students Amanda Gravatt Porter ’93 explains that the physical changes on dorm are mirrored by positive changes in programming for the boarding students. “When students are happy and proud of where they live, they tend to be more productive and make better decisions. The changes are not just in the walls and windows, but also in the community life curriculum and in how we work and live with students.”
The old “depot” at the center of campus has been renovated and repurposed to serve as the new center for Community Life. Dean of Community Life Bett Alter notes that “Being located in the central part of campus provides us with the opportunity to interact with all students throughout the day in a natural and meaningful way ... we are in a crucial location for the day-to-day life of the school – the lively games of four-square are now happening right outside our windows!”
RW Gordon and KBS served as contractors for the projects. Local subcontractors were employed wherever possible, and comprehensive recycling services were used for all waste-stream leaving the job sites including soil, pavement and all building materials.