James Blair Middle School

Williamsburg, Virginia

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The Design Plan

Williamsburg and James City, Virginia, make up the jointly operated school system of Williamsburg-James City County Public School. Due to an increase in enrollment, their existing James Blair Middle School was at capacity. This influx of students, due to the growing population, led them to realize that they needed a new facility.

Phase 1 of the new middle school encompassed an existing classroom wing of the original structure and repurposed and expanded the remainder. The renovated and newly constructed school reflects an emphasis on 21st century learning, preparing students to become active, successful, and contributing members of society. The design intent focused on creating an environment that stimulates creativity, problem solving, and open communication.

Phase 1 houses 600 students, and a future phase is projected to accommodate 900 additional students.

The Results

James Blair Middle School choose National’s furniture to outfit a myriad of spaces, providing versatile and functional furniture that was durable and accomplished their goals for each space.

They chose Epicenter and WaveWorks workstations with Reno and Marcelo lounge furniture for the media center. Swift benches and Ditto stools can be found in the cafeteria and open lobby spaces. Tag chairs are in the clinic, while Wander task seating is located throughout the building. The principal’s office features Aurora executive task seating and guest chairs, while the Administration offices are outfitted with Timberlane seating. Essay seating is in each of the classrooms and Fringe bistro and Reno lounge create shared collaboration spaces outside of the classrooms.

James Blair Middle School hosted an open house for James City County and the entire Williamsburg community. Students and staff were eager to experience the new solutions and were pleased that the furniture met the ever-changing trends in instruction and learning, while incorporating innovative technology into all learning spaces. Their project-based curriculum promotes individualized and student centered learning, and National’s furniture accommodated the flexibility required for students and faculty. The furniture supports teachers’ needs to switch methodology and recombine students for short periods of time based on their mastery of stated standards.