Grandy Village Learning Center Norfolk, VA Completed 2010

Grandy Village Learning Center
Norfolk, VA
Completed 2010

 For this environmental education based community center located along the Elizabeth River, InSites worked collaboratively with the design team to integrate the building and site infrastructure on the environmentally sensitive site while providing accessibility and Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act compliance.  Design strategies include minimizing site disturbance, habitat restoration of the site using native and drought tolerant plants, and opening river views while preserving significant vegetation.  Project focus areas include a native wildflower and grass meadow, kayak launch, riverfront paths, an elevated gazebo and pier for environmental education.

This project achieved Silver LEED accreditation and was awarded the 2011 HRACRE Merit Award: Best Sustainable Design.