Virginia CUSD #64 Addition
Virginia CUSD# 64 is a rural K-12 district that serves 600 students in Central Illinois. The original school structure was a three-story masonry building constructed in 1912; additions were built in 1938, 1971 and 1981. After an involved planning process, the district decided to demolish the 1912 and 1938 structures. Those structures were mostly surrounded by the portion COST PER SQ FT$230.00FEATURED IN2015 Architectural Portfolio the building that was to remain, but the complex demolition was carried out successfully.
The new single-story addition is a 65,000-square-foot steel structure with masonry-bearing walls, brick veneer and a single-ply membrane roof system. The addition contains classrooms for grades 3 to 12, a junior high gymnasium, a two-story library/media center, an expanded cafeteria and a large entry/commons area that serves as the school’s focal point. There, the original 1912 limestone entrance element was reconstructed and serves as a display for the schools’ historical artifacts obtained from time capsules recovered from the demolished portions of the school.
The addition incorporates impressive energy conservation features including daylighting in all classrooms, variable refrigerant flow mechanical systems and LED lighting throughout.