WESTGATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RENOVATION AND ADDITION
WESTGATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RENOVATION AND ADDITION Fairfax County, Virginia The Westgate Elementary School project includes renovation of 50,000 square feet and an addition of 40,000 square feet. Renovation work includes upgrading all major existing facilities and systems. Additions house the new administrative office, library, and an additional classroom wing. Westgate was designed to meet recently adapted Virginia Collaborative for High Performance Schools standards and will be one of the first schools in the state to be designed to CHPS standards. Sustainable features include proper solar orientation, high performance HVAC systems, day lighting, a white roof, outdoor learning spaces, and a small green roof to serve as a teaching tool for the students.
Cooper Carry Connecting people to place Focused on the innovative design of exceptional spaces and places, Cooper Carry is one of the nation’s most dynamic, context-driven design firms. Our projects are crafted to enrich the experience of the people who interact with them for a day or a lifetime. An internationally recognized team of design professionals, with vast experience in a variety of project types, collaborate in the pursuit of excellence through the practice of connective design. Since our founding in 1960, we have steadily built a reputation for our attention to detail, thoughtful design and client service. Each project is a composition of imaginative connections amongst buildings and their components. But it doesn’t stop there as we strive to incorporate our projects’ interaction with surrounding buildings, communities and the environment . . . all of which are impacted by the other. Connecting people to place is the cornerstone of our design philosophy and it is that connectivity which anchors our architectural, planning and urban design approach. As an example, our design process treats landscape with equal in importance to buildings and we pursue excellence in landscape design just as carefully as we do the design of the building itself. The net result then is that we combine architecture and landscape design into a rich composition of functional, thoroughly connected spaces, formed to enhance and join the experience of the inhabitant, thus celebrating not only the interior, but exterior environment as well. Almost since our founding, sustainability has served as the foundation of our connective design philosophy. The result is that our team is inspired by the interconnections amongst natural systems which support our lives—plants, animals and the physical world they inhabit. Consequently, we collaboratively pursue creative design solutions using nature as our model with the result being a more holistic project. The connective design process simply assesses the sustainability of materials, the suitability of assembly methods, and the options for organizing buildings and landscapes into compositions which tend to maximize the advantages of solar orientation, weather, natural light, building conditioning, and other variables which affect the building’s environmental performance. In essence, we seek ways to optimize the human experience, thereby elevating the quality of life for all who come to live, work or play within the spaces and places we design.
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Published on Apr 11, 2016