The design team is extremely happy and proud as the new Kellam High School opened its doors on January 27th, 2014. The 349,350 square foot project was completed three months ahead of schedule and offers learning spaces designed for 21st century skills based curriculum. Some of the features include nine rainwater collection cisterns used to irrigate playing fields, an educational courtyard, two axillary gyms, eight lighted tennis courts, two outdoor and three indoor basketball courts and a lighted 4,500 seat stadium with synthetic turf football/soccer field.
As the most unique and sustainable school currently in the state of Virginia, students and teachers will quickly adapt these new sustainable features. Not only was the building designed to withstand a category II hurricane, the operational savings will surpass all other conventionally constructed schools where integrated energy, water and related system efficiencies were used. WPL designed and helped to implement reforestation buffers, rain gardens, green roofs and rainwater catchment and reuse on site.
This project is a great representation of how WPL’s team of landscape architects, site engineers and land surveyors acted as a cohesive team to make this project exceptional among other schools in this region.