Buford Engineering Design Academy

Charlottesville City Schools


Science Experiment

This renovation of four middle school science classrooms transformed an out-of-date and dark part of the building into a brighter and healthier educational environment that inspires students and staff while providing the spaces and tools to support the school’s evolving engineering curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards. The design orients permanent fixtures along the classroom perimeters and utilizes rapidly-reconfigurable furnishings for teacher stations and collaborative work areas.

Architect of Record   Steve Davis, with VMDO Architects




9,600 GSF


Completed September 2013

Energy Use: Not sub-metered

Awards and Recognition

Outstanding Project, Learning By Design

Innovation Silver Award, Virginia Educational
Facility Planners

Gold Design Award, Virginia School Boards


“Outstanding Project”, Learning By Design

“Buford Opens New Science Labs,”
Charlottesville Tomorrow

“Fabricating the Future: 3-D Printing Molds New
K-12 STEM Model,” National Science Foundation

“3-D Printing Initiative in U.S. School Attracts
International Visitors,” Education Week

“Manufacturing the Future,” Albemarle Family