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U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education

Education Rooted in Culture and Context

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U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education

Project Location

Multiple Locations, U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education selected us to design an educational facilities master plan and set a new direction for education in the USVI. The master plan encompasses more than 2.7 million SF of educational space in 45 facilities across St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas. The existing portfolio of aging schools is rapidly deteriorating in the tropical environment and many buildings have been damaged by Category 5 hurricanes over the years, including Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria in 2017.

The four primary components of the master plan address spatial agility, school safety, sustainability, and community partnership. These components are informed by a comprehensive set of guiding principles for learning environments in the UVI established by more than 45 stakeholders including government officials, educational leaders, teachers, students, parents, community, and industry partners.

A New Masterplan for Education

Aerial view of U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education campus plan. Illuminated Sprauve sign on front left building
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Education Facilities Master Plan Completed in U.S. Virgin Islands

July 8, 2020

U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. announced the completion of the Department of Education facilities master plan. We developed the master plan following a community-based process with government officials, stakeholders, patrons, educational leaders, teachers, students, parents, and industry partners.

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K-12 Sector Adjusting to "New Priorities"

October 22, 2020

The K-12 sector has been somewhat less affected by the virus in terms of project delays or postponements, say AEC sources. Senior Principal Jim French, FAIA, believes the pandemic can be a “catalyst for positive change” that leads to showing that “learning can happen anywhere.”

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