James McNeer Hall Earns Sustainability and Innovation Award

School Planning & Management magazine selected Richard Bland College’s James McNeer Hall as one of only eight facilities to earn the Green Judges’ Choice award in 2012. The award program showcases best practices and provides design inspiration to colleges and schools. Projects are judged on sustainability, maintainability, creativity, aesthetics, and cost effectiveness.

McNeer Hall was one of three winners featured as an exemplary project in the Site Selection and Development category, which focuses on health and well-being of students, staff and the broader community. In American School & University’s 2011 Architectural Portfolio, James McNeer Hall earned the coveted Louis I. Kahn Citation, the program’s top honor for post-secondary projects.

McNeer Hall, the first new academic building on Richard Bland’s campus since the college was founded in 1960, earned LEED Gold certification in 2012. Moseley Architects partnered with the college to create a facility that better serves the campus’s growing student population. The building’s design complements the existing architectural style and creates an enclosed outdoor quadrangle. The three-story building incorporates biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics classrooms and laboratories; academic computing facilities; seminar rooms; faculty and administrative offices; and faculty and student lounges. Notable LEED features include a vegetated roof, water efficient fixtures, as well as energy and verification systems.

McNeer Hall joins the firm’s growing list of 43 LEED certified projects ranging from platinum to basic certification. The project is also Moseley Architects’ seventh LEED Gold collegiate project. Others include Blue Ridge Community College’s Advanced Technology Center, the College of William and Mary’s Mason School of Business, James Madison University’s CISAT Campus Dining Hall, Longwood University’s Health and Wellness Center, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Cary Street Recreation Center and Virginia Tech’s Henderson Hall and Theatre 101.