Comprehensive Campus Plan
Green Hedges School | Vienna, VA
A comprehensive campus plan for the wooded campus of Green Hedges School (PreK-8) offers the school solutions for right-sizing their learning environments, adding new needed facilities, and making the landscape more accessible to students.
As part of the planning process, we explored three different concepts to maximize the school’s options, one that limited work to within the existing campus boundaries and two that explored the opportunities possible through the acquisition of adjoining properties. Their campus, nestled within a residential community, is relatively small in scale and it was important that any improvements harmonized with this context while still meeting their programmatic needs. Work also needed to comply with the impervious lot coverage permitted by municipal authorities.
Details varied but each of the concepts prioritized flexibility, safer & more efficient site circulation, and further integrating outdoor spaces like the playground and Science Garden into the landscape itself. For all three concepts, underutilized small buildings would be demolished to create room for a playing field and age-appropriate outdoor spaces, which would also allow for new construction without increasing the overall impervious site area. Drop-off/pick-up access would be reconfigured, allowing for the Montessori program and the Lower and Middle Schools to have separate but connected vehicular loops.
Reorganizing functions within the school’s existing buildings would accommodate a certain amount of growth as well as increasing spatial efficiency. An expansion to Kilmer Hall, the largest campus building and home to most school functions, would further support this reorganization. Stylistically, the expansion would hew closely to the existing building to strengthen the campus’s architectural fabric.
The plan proposed completing the work in phases to minimize the impact on the school’s operations and to allow for a manageable capital campaign timeline.