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Grimm + Parker - Scottsville Elementary School

Scottsville Elementary School

Scottsville, Virginia


Albemarle County Public Schools


50,000 sf; 400 students


Renovation + Addition

The Addition and Renovation Project for Scottsville Elementary School in Albemarle County reinvigorated a building largely unchanged since 1979 and utilizing mobile classrooms across the site. The school had gained a student population from the closure of a neighboring school and the reinvestment in this now unified facility lets the larger community know this school would be a home for their children for many years to come.

Many stakeholders were enabled as decision makers in the design process through regular meetings with a selected Design Committee, presentations to the school board, and multiple meetings on site with the community, teachers, staff, parents, and students. In the concept phase the community gave feedback on what inspirational images and guiding principles resonated with them. In schematic design community members responded to initial layouts and helped the school form take shape. Blending the addition and the renovation became a crucial goal for the project for inclusivity amongst the students and the community.

The 12 Guiding Principles for Albemarle County Public Schools shaped the design process for the facility and let Scottsville showcase ACPS’ dedication to quality learning environments.

  • Safety + Security
  • Choice + Comfort
  • Project-Based, Problem-Based + Passion-Based Learning
  • Making Everywhere
  • Mobility/Interactivity
  • Transparency
  • Inside + Outside Learning Environments
  • Flexibility + Adaptability
  • Universal Design for Learning/Individualization
  • Evident Sustainable Design
  • Unified, Blended + Inclusive
  • Fun!

Closing Thoughts

Through a 17,000 sf expansion and a 33,000 sf renovation, the school was able to leave their mobile classrooms behind and combine in one integrated building that engages the surrounding rural landscape to blend exterior and interior learning environments.


Best Project in Design, Renovation-Additions

A4LE Virginia Chapter