For PVI's new building, VMDO’s goal was to create state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, media and fine arts centers, great athletic facilities and a collegiate dining experience -- and create a place where learning happens everywhere. It is in these in-between spaces where students and teachers can gather for small group discussions or one-on-one meetings where some of the best conversations take place and learning is stimulated.
Every floor of each academic wing will have a teachers’ lounge and a comfortable, attractive commons area with soft seating that can be used for individual or group study.
Learning corridors will have benches or café seating. Outdoor patios will encourage students to take their lunch outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the campus.
The heart of the academic building, facing south, contains three important centers of the school.
The chapel will sit prominently in the central courtyard, able to be seen from almost anywhere on site. It pulls gently away from the main structure, but is still connected to Campus Ministry, to create a prominent focus as a place of repose and prayer.
The chapel also creates an edge to a landscaped courtyard to the west. This central courtyard is an exterior extension of the dining commons, a two-story atrium where students will gather for meals, team meetings, morning class prep, and after school parent pick-up.
The extension of the commons in front of the performance hall allows this space to be used as a pre-function space for performances, community meetings and large events. The heart of the school, Campus Ministry, sits prominently overlooking the commons, accessible from every main artery of the school.
The third element at the core of the school is the media center, which contains not just library stacks but the latest audio-visual and information technology equipment required to prepare students for college, and soft, quiet seating areas for research and study.