Glavé & Holmes designed a new academic building for Virginia Episcopal School (VES), a private boarding/day school located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Pannill-Smith Hall provides an innovative, yet grounded, learning environment that encourages open collaboration and provides educators the flexibility to design curricula that demonstrate the core philosophies of VES.
The design exhibits a timeless, sustainable, and forward-looking design to revitalize the core philosophies of the school and feature inspiring spaces that promote intellectual playfulness between and amongst the faculty and students. The building is adaptable to changing needs and program and provides flexibility to serve a variety of approaches to learning and teaching.
Glavé & Holmes collaborated with Sweet Briar College to create a lively and comfortable space for students, faculty, and alumni to gather for both social and academic purposes. The design team created a classic and serene space with high performing finishes. Indoor/outdoor area rugs protect a seamless patchwork of old-and-reproduced historic wood flooring. Approximately one-third of the seating was salvaged and reupholstered from across campus to align with the college’s environmental values. The new furnishings are residential-feeling and were selected to feel cozy and residential. The design evokes a sense of an elevated “living room” where students can meet with classmates to study, enjoy an afternoon of visiting with friends or parents, or discuss an upcoming exam with a professor.
Saint Gertrude High School (SGHS) is an all-girls school division of the Benedictine Schools of Richmond. SGHS desired to relocate to the 50-acre Benedictine Abbey campus, shared with Benedictine College Preparatory. Glavé & Holmes Architecture, in collaboration with Bartzen & Ball Architects, designed a new academic building to support an enrollment of 280 students. The building sits on a bluff, seventy feet above the James River Valley. It is prominently visible by cars driving northound across the Veterans Bridge above the James River. The new building includes a Chapel, a Grand Hall for school gatherings, a Dining Hall with prep-kitchen, classrooms, labs, and administrative offices. A modernized Spanish Mission style architecture was used, incorporating architectural elements of SGHS’s existing building.