Kellam High School Replacement, Virginia Beach, VA

Kellam High School Replacement, Virginia Beach, VA


Served as Structural Engineer of Record and Agent 1 Special Inspector for this new, two-story, 336,410 square foot LEED Gold targeted facility. Ground breaking for the 2,000-student capacity school took place on September 30, 2011 and staff and students occupied the new school in January 2014, 3 months ahead of schedule. Construction documents for this new facility were entirely produced using Revit® Building Information Management (BIM) software.


Educational planning features include learning spaces designed to facilitate a 21st century skills-based curriculum with six learning communities and a fully integrated curriculum. Includes a 2,000-seat gymnasium, a 800-seat auditorium, a 145-seat Black Box Theater, and an educational courtyard designed by Kellam HS AP Environmental Science students. Building & site features include: Designed as a Category 2 Hurricane Shelter (event & post-event), 841 off-street parking spaces, 30 bus parking spaces, 4-lane widening of west neck road with turn lanes, 4,500 seat stadium with synthetic turf football/soccer field – lighted, 1 football practice field, 1 baseball field – lighted, 1 softball field – lighted, baseball & softball practice facilities and restrooms/concessions/pressbox facilities, synthetic surface track, 8 tennis courts – lighted, 1 band practice field, 3 general purpose play fields, 2 outdoor basketball courts, and 2 outdoor sand volleyball courts. 


Sustainable design features include:  Roof rainwater harvesting for irrigation of play fields, site retains and infiltrates rainwater thereby reducing impact to municipal stormwater facilities, vegetated roof / art courtyard, courtyard benches made of site-reclaimed hardwood trees, reforestation buffer between KHS site and Victoria Park, bicycle storage, recycled content materials used, bamboo wood floor in gym, low VOC emitting materials, cool roof to minimize solar heat gain, facilities planned for community use, provisions for recycling, water-use reduction with low-flow fixtures, energy saving HVAC system with geothermal wells, HVAC system commissioning, indoor air quality building flush, light pollution reduction, daylight harvesting, and construction waste management.

Architect: HBA Architecture & Interior Design 













Final photos taken by Speight, Marshall & Francis, P.C.



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