Macon and Joan Brock Classroom at Brock Environmental Center
Speight Marshall Francis played a pivotal role as the Structural Engineer of Record and Agent 1 Special Inspector for the construction of the LEED 4.0 Platinum classroom addition to the Brock Environmental Center.
This innovative project, initiated by Virginia Beach City Public Schools, resulted in the creation of the Macon & Joan Brock Classroom. The primary objective of this facility is to serve as a dedicated learning space for the VBCPS Environmental Studies Program and also provide a venue for meetings and events hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Importantly, the design of the Macon & Joan Brock Classroom aims to have a positive impact on its surrounding natural systems.
The newly added structure encompasses various elements, including a classroom, office, two restrooms, a mezzanine, operable windows, and walls, along with an exterior deck that wraps around the front of the learning space. One notable feature is its seamless integration with the outdoors, fostering a strong connection with nature. Additionally, the construction incorporates sustainable practices by utilizing reusable materials, such as a 1950s porthole and a gym floor sourced from a public school.
A key aspect of the Macon & Joan Brock Classroom is its resilience to anticipated challenges, including extensive sea level rise and environmental changes. This forward-looking approach ensures that the facility will endure for years to come, aligning with the profound sustainable design principles established by the Brock Environmental Center.
Photos courtesy of Tymoff+Moss Architects.