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Building Tour: Patrick Henry PreK‐8 School & Recreation Center
April 23

At 4643 Taney Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304.

This recently completed project combines a public PreK‐8 school with a recreation center and athletic fields that meet both the academic and recreational needs of the local community. The new 136,000 square-foot school building has a capacity of 900 students. The new recreation center comprises 19,000 square feet of dedicated recreation space including indoor running and walking lanes; a flex court with full size basketball, volleyball and pickleball courts; multipurpose rooms for senior programming, community classes and meetings, and expanded out-of-school-time programs; and dedicated arts and crafts, exercise and fitness, and soft play rooms. The school and recreation center will share an additional 12,000 square feet, including a black box theatre, full-size gymnasium and additional multipurpose room.

This building tour will be conducted by the firm Moseley Architects, the architect and engineer for the project. Architect Bill Brown, AIA will lead the tour of this LEED® for Schools registered project and will talk about the full scope of the project from early concept through construction.

Learning Objectives:
• Review the project’s development regarding the entitlement and zoning Development Special Use Permit (DSUP) process and how that shaped the project and influenced the architectural design goals.
• Assess how the design team and owner team responded to city officials and adjacent neighbors during the design process to create a place for the community.
• Consider the project’s architectural design goals and examine how they have been executed during design and throughout construction.
• Explore finished and nearly completed spaces to better understand construction methods, sequences, and materials in relationship to the overall design concept.

1 LU|HSW. Free. Pre-registration required below.

This event is open to the public and offered in celebration of Architecture Week. For information on all our Architecture Week activities, click here.