Burgundy Farm Country Day School is a Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade independent school located on 23 wooded acres in the Fairfax County section of Alexandria Virginia. Founded in 1946 on the property of a former dairy farm, its unique and historic campus includes renovated barn buildings as well as new academic buildings that have been added over the years. The natural site is critical to the school’s identity and core to their curriculum and mission. In 2012, cox graae + spack architects developed a concept design to develop Phase 2 of their Master Plan implementation, focusing on renewal of the campus center. The project included a new Community Building – housing performing and visual arts – as well as a full re-design of an important adjacent community gathering area referred to as the “blacktop”. The concept reflected an understanding that environmental sustainability and issues of environmental stewardship are fundamental to the school’s program and mission. The building and related site planning emphasized green principles in the physical design, processes and practice and embraced the opportunity to reinforce, integrate and creatively model these aspirations through an innovative design expression.