National D-Day Memorial Master Plan

THE NATIONAL D-DAY MEMORIAL is located on a 50 acre site in Bedford, Virginia. G&HA was commissioned by the National D-Day Memorial to assist in coming up with a conceptual master plan for the complex. The site consists of a well-developed, landscaped memorial, serviced by several utilitarian structures originally intended to be temporary in nature. The Memorial is beautifully conceived, but the visitor experience is diminished by the quality of the support structures, lack of clear organization, and a lack of indoor space.

The goal of the Master Plan is to plan for the evolution of the property and its development to become the center for learning and teaching. As a result, the Master Plan considers prospects for new enhancements including an education center, visitor services, a welcome center, event facilities, service areas, and additional exhibition space. G&HA went through a six month planning process, including research, design charrettes, discussion with key stakeholders, design and analysis of multiple alternatives for future development and enhancements. Our team analyzed existing code and site restrictions and the existing structures to determine viable options. The next phase prepared conceptual designs, including a site plan, as well as general cost estimates for the various options.

Riverwalk Landing

GLAVÉ & HOLMES ARCHITECTURE (G&HA) was chosen by York County as part of a design-build team to assist with the master plan for a new commercial center along the York River in historic Yorktown. A key component of the plan was a structural parking terrace. G&HA designed the 263-car parking structure to blend with the charming scale of the waterfront houses and new waterfront boutiques. In addition to the contextual design, the parking terrace serves as a gateway from the Colonial Parkway into Historical Yorktown. The parking terrace sits into the hillside to minimize the physical scale of the building and to take advantage of the natural contours, which enable people and cars to access the second level of the deck without an internal ramp. A stairtower at the corner and carefully detailed brickwork help decrease the overall scale of the facility and provide an appropriate backdrop to the village-like setting of Riverwalk Landing’s Town Center.

A secondary component of the plan incudes a small gatehouse that welcomes visitors arriving by boat to Riverwalk Landing. This simple pavilion acts as a lighthouse and gateway for all who come and go to Yorktown by way of watercraft.

Saint Mary’s Campus Master Plan

AN ALL-GIRLS BOARDING AND DAY HIGH SCHOOL founded in 1842, Saint Mary’s School hired Glavé & Holmes to develop a Campus Master Plan for their 23-acre urban campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. The plan supports the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the School by developing sustainable and achievable goals to implement in the short and long term.

Glavé & Holmes started the process by reviewing and documenting the existing conditions of the 29 buildings on campus. The team identified community focused, pedagogically sound opportunities for cost-effective renovation or expansion of existing spaces. A program analysis, phasing plan, and cost estimate were also provided to help prioritize the projects. As a guide for long-range developments, the Master Plan created a practical, yet clear vision for future projects: enhance the all-girls experience, capitalize on the legacy and location, and re-energize the campus to maximize existing resources.

The Master Plan identifies five, ten, and fifteen-year priorities. Each phase implements portions of five campus focus areas for improvement: Academic, Athletic, Student Housing and Services, Faculty and Staff Housing, and the Campus Grounds.

Greek Housing Village

GLAVÉ & HOLMES ARCHITECTURE (G&HA) developed a design for a new Greek Housing Village of eight fraternity and sorority houses for Christopher Newport University (CNU). The Greek Housing Village provides an identifiable home on campus for the Greek organizations.

G&HA developed four house models, including a duplex which provides flexibility for CNU to accommodate smaller and larger groups from year to year. Each house has a unique façade to express their individuality within the Greek community, while contextually responding the other classically designed buildings on campus. The buildings relate in scale and materials, while employing distinctive touches like Sigma Phi Epsilon’s red front door, which is painted the specific shade to match the rest of its chapters across the country.

The first four houses are arranged radially at the end of the green space to create a community atmosphere among and a shared “front yard.” The common space serves as a home for annual events and traditions, which lie at the heart of Greek Life at CNU. The houses are inhabited by third- and fourth-year residents and offer a combination of single and double rooms with shared bathrooms. Each house also includes laundry rooms, study spaces, a fully-equipped kitchen, chapter rooms, and public restrooms.

The project has been designed in compliance with VEES (Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards) certification.