A complex site required outside-the-box thinking to help transform a failing building into a community landmark.

Cave Spring Middle School

The growing Cave Spring community needed to renovate and add to their existing Middle School in order to accommodate rising enrollments and to provide new 21st-century learning spaces. Located on a long, narrow site that fronts a busy road, there were traffic and safety concerns to address. The school was reorganized and “flipped,” relocating the site access and building entry to the former back side of the building. This shift allowed for an organized and controlled entry system for buses, parents and visitors, with each having their own designated traffic routes and drop-off / pick-up points. The space between the building and the football field was transformed from a service road into a pedestrian-friendly plaza for students, visitors, and spectators that attend High School games on-site. A geothermal well field was also added to reduce operating expenses. The school was awarded the Virginia School Board Association’s Platinum award in 2014.