The James B. Massey Jr. Leadership Center won two awards at the annual meeting of the state chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Center won a leadership award for Innovative Design, New Construction, K-12 Schools and was in a surprising three-way tie for the People's Choice Award. It shared the People's Choice with New Cabell Hall at University of Virginia and the Consolidated Science Research Facility at Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS).
The meeting was a virtual event with representatives tuning in from across Virginia to offer brief acceptance remarks on behalf of their institutions.
In accepting the award for Norfolk Academy, Headmaster Dennis Manning noted the school's founding in 1728, which makes it the oldest school in Virginia, although the school moved to its current campus in 1966. The Massey Center, which is named for the headmaster who led the school from 1950-1978, has given the school a “remarkable example of contemporary work." Mr. Manning thanked the architects, Rob Reis and Jane Rathbone of Norfolk-based Hanbury, and Whiting Turner, the construction firm.
He said his acceptance of the award honored the memory of Mr. Stewart Howard, who served as Norfolk Academy's director of buildings and grounds and in that role, was a tireless project manager, organizing each stage so that construction could proceed safely and on schedule, even as school continued without interruption. Mr. Howard passed away in February 2019.
The Massey Center, a bustling hub at the heart of the campus, is home to the school's Batten Leadership Program, and it features an array of flexible spaces for studying and learning. It is a net zero building, powered by 1,950 solar panels installed on rooftops across campus, and it has an array of less visible features that reflect an emphasis on sustainable design.