Virginia Educational Facility Planners
2015 Mid-Year Conference

NEW DATE! Due to the pending inclement weather, the Virginia Mid-Year Conference has been rescheduled to November 6, 2015. Same time, same place!

On Friday, November 6, 2015, the CEFPI Virginia Chapter will host its membership and other public and private sector educational facility planners at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, VA to learn about Learning Trends in 21st Century School Design.


    VEFP Mid-Year ConferenceDate:         Friday, November 6, 2015

    Time:         9:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Location:  Kellam High School
    2665 W. Neck Road
    Virginia Beach, VA 23456


    Click here to register online for the mid-year conference.

    CEFPI Member FREE
    Non-member FREE
    Lunch will be included

    2015 AIA/CES Program Completion Form
    AIA/CES for Continuing Professional Education

    AIA / CEU credit available


    The Founders Inn
    5641 Indian River Road
    Virginia Beach, VA 23464

    For lodging in Virginia Beach, the Founders Inn will provide attendees with a room rate of $79 plus taxes. To register click here, or call 757.366.5700 and inform the desk that you are part of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International Virginia Chapter group.


    Click here to register online for sponsorship opportunities.

    $1,000 & $500 sponsorship opportunities are available!

    Thank you to this year's sponsors!


     Kellam High School is a new prototype for 21st century learning. HBA Architecture and Virginia Beach City Public Schools established three clear objectives that would define success for this project:

    1. Involve full spectrum of stakeholders in collaborative planning and design processes to maximize the value of design-thinking across diverse networks and also to achieve both user and community “buy-in”.

    2. Design a high school facility that will facilitate and support the implementation of a new curriculum and assessment model founded on the principals of student-centered challenge-based learning and focused on developing skills in critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and community service.

    3. Create challenge-based learning opportunities for Kellam HS students that are integrated into the planning and design process for the new school though a collaborative effort between the design team and school faculty. In addition, incorporate sustainable design strategies and themes into the school facility that will become embedded in the curriculum and that will encourage students to become engaged as lifelong-learners and sustainable-citizens.


    • Student-Centered Learning: How could spaces be shaped to support student choice and encourage teacher facilitation?
    • Challenged-Based Learning: How can students be engaged in authentic, real-world projects that have more than one approach or solution?
    • Environmental Literacy: How can sustainable design features be integrated as part of the curriculum?


    9:00 am Registration
    9:30 am Welcome
    Al Ciarochi, President, CEFPI Virginia Chapter
    9:35 am Introduction
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    Dr. Aaron Spence assumed the leadership of Virginia Beach City Public Schools June 23, 2014. As Superintendent, he oversees the operation of 86 schools (serving almost 69,000 students) as well as all administrative support functions for the school division. Dr. Spence is a proud graduate of Green Run High School in Virginia Beach. He returned to Virginia from having served most recently as Superintendent of Moore County Public Schools in North Carolina. During his tenure there, he launched a division-wide digital learning initiative designed to put a digital device, such as a laptop or tablet, in the hands of every student and teacher. He and his staff worked strategically to improve the school district’s End of Grade Proficiency Scores. They were successful on that front, moving up Moore County Public Schools 20 places in state rankings.
    9:45 am – 10:30 am Keynote: A Collaborative Process for Creating 21st Century Learning Environments
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    C. Michael Ross, AIA, REFP is a principal of HBA Architecture & Interior Design and has three decades of experience establishing himself as a leader in the field of Educational Facility Planning and Design. He approaches educational planning from the learner’s perspective by asking questions such as: “What skills do our young people need to have when they graduate to be successful contributors in today’s global society? What habits do our young people need to develop to become life-long learners? How do we get students engaged in their own learning experience so that they become self-motivated? These types of questions form the basis of Mike’s philosophical approach to planning school facilities, and determining each community’s unique answers to these questions leads to the design of exceptional learning environments that truly meet the needs of both the learners and the community.
    10:30 am – 11:15 am Keynote: Creating Spaces for Innovative Learning
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    Tracy Richter is CEO of DeJONG-RICHTER, a nationally recognized educational facility-planning firm. Tracy has a combined 20 years of educational experience as a teacher and planner. He has coordinated and directed facility planning and educational specifications for school districts of all sizes throughout the United States. He knows firsthand that the educational planning process must be driven by a motivated team of knowledgeable problem solvers who demonstrate expertise, guidance, and direction that come from working many years in the industry.

    Tracy and the DeJONG-RICHTER team have helped more than 1,000 school districts develop outstanding learning environments through a systematic process that combines key data analysis with community participation and feedback. The resulting facility plans are not only strategic, but also include long-term goals to build a strong vision and future for the communities involved.

    11:15 am – 12:45 pm School Tour with Student Active Learning Examples and Demonstrations
    (4 tour groups of 25)
    12:45 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch
    1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Keynote: Engaging Students in Authentic, Challenge-based Learning and Integrating Sustainable Design Strategies into the Curriculum
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    Christopher Freeman teaches Advanced Placement Environmental Science in Virginia Beach and has been teaching science at Kellam High School for over a decade. He developed the first apiary and bee research site at a public school in the state of Virginia and helped develop an afterschool Sustainable and Renewable Technologies Course for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Chris’s Environmental Science Classes worked with HBA Architectural Firm to design a sustainable outdoor learning environment for the school. His students partner with the local Dam Neck Farmers Market, volunteering and selling produce grown at Kellam High School. Chris has published an article in the journal Perspectives on Language and Literacy and an article in The Science Teacher. Chris received the 2013 Center for Green Schools Trailblazing Teacher Award.
    2:00 pm Closing Remarks
    Al Ciarochi, President, CEFPI Virginia Chapter

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    View of School Entry Lobby
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    View of Gathering Garden from Bridge

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