Location: Dillwyn, Virginia
Type: Public School
Size: 134,015 SQ FT
Year Completed: 2012
Project Architects: VMDO Architects, P.C.
Research Partners: VMDO Architects, P.C., University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Virginia School of Medicine
“The Buckingham County Elementary School is inspiring - their incorporation of the Active Design Guidelines and healthy food access has made this school a beautiful, healthy and fun place to learn,” said Christine Johnson.
The inclusion of healthy design features responded to the immediate needs of the Buckingham community as well as the dearth of research focusing on the effect of school design on reducing childhood obesity rates. With a land use pattern dominated by the timber and farming industries, Buckingham offers little access to healthy food and safe places for being active. The architects immediately sought to counteract existing challenges of the rural context by using Active Design strategies in the school’s design.
Collaborative efforts between health professionals, researchers, and designers resulted in the “Healthy Eating Design Guidelines for School Architecture,” published by the Centers for Disease Control.
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