County of Albemarle
After what began through successfully completing the pre-qualification criteria to be shortlisted for bidding, we were the low bidder of this design-bid-build project. Crozet Elementary School, part of Albemarle County Public Schools, will now offer a much larger building footprint, fresher finishes due to the renovations, and a reshaped landscape after sitework was completed. In terms of addition, we built two separate spaces totaling approximately 35,000 square feet. Within that area, there will be 17 new classrooms, 3 smaller resource classrooms, 2 offices, a faculty workroom, various support spaces, a new exercise room, and expansions to the cafeteria and kitchen in order to support larger student enrollment numbers. Even though the existing structure is two stories tall, the additions will be three. Inside the original school, renovations took place to improve existing classrooms, the stage, and cafeteria, which will include ADA upgrades to compliment the expansion. Renovations did not stop there, though, as we also revamped the administration and support spaces and toilets throughout the facility. Site work included, but was not limited to, outdoor learning areas, a new, expanded bus drop-off, stormwater management systems, additional parking, and a new paved play area with more playground equipment. We also drilled 60 geothermal wells to use the Earth’s subsurface temperature to help heat and cool the entire building. By incorporating a geothermal HVAC system, it allows the school to be more environmentally conscious and run more efficiently. We also were able to remove the underground oil storage tank and relocate some of the utilities, too.