Following the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell appointed the Task Force on School and Campus Safety. The charge to the task force included the formation of recommendations addressing the safety and security needs faced by Virginia’s public schools. The Task Force convened a Public Safety Work Group and from that effort a School Design Sub-Group was constituted.
The School Design Sub-Group was comprised of leading state officials who have the responsibility for the creation and implementation of various design codes, local and state law enforcement officials, higher education representatives, K-12 representatives, and private sector school design professionals. The group was co-chaired by Henrico County VA Police Chief Douglas A. Middleton and Moseley Architects President Stewart D. Roberson. Moseley Architects was also represented on the group by Douglas A. Westmoreland, AIA, a leading school architect in Virginia.
The School Design Sub-Group offered several recommendations to the Task Force on July 31, 2013. Among them, the group addressed infrastructure, communications, and building code issues, concerns, and opportunities. The recommendations may be found by following this link: School Design Sub-Group Final Report 20130701