School Of Education Site Development

The College took the following actions at the SOE site to support reuse, brownfields prevention, consistency with the community plan, and creation and/or preservation of green space/open space for nonprofit purpose:

  • The College removed ~10,000 fluorescent light bulbs. These bulbs were crushed, using an Air Cycle Bulb Eater®, filling ten 55-gallon drums which were then shipped to AERC’s recycling facility.
  • The College recycled twenty-four 55-gallon drums of non-PCB ballasts and two 55-gallon drums of PCB ballasts.
  • The College recycled 17 fire exit signs containing tritium.
  • The College recycled ~325 of mercury-containing thermostats.
  •  The Demolition Contractor collected waste hydraulic oils and recycled them.
  • The Demolition Contractor recaptured 265 lbs of CFCs, R-22, for recycling.
  • The College preserved as much of the landscaping as possible particularly along Monticello and Mt. Vernon avenues. Where planting is needed, they will incorporate native landscaping.
  • The College recycled or reused as much of the materials recovered during the abatement and demolition tasks. For example, scrap metal, to include the lead sheeting installed in the X-ray diagnostic room walls, was collected and recycled. The concrete was crushed and used as backfill at the site. The College commits to properly implementing and maintaining all applicable erosion and stormwater management practices.
  • Particular care is being given to sediment and erosion control measures to protect and preserve the lake. There are two detention ponds using Best Management Practices (BMP) located at the site. These BMPs have been included in the College’s BMP management plan for ongoing maintenance.
  • With regards to the building, the College commits to designing a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
  • The construction of the School of Education will replace a development containing a significant area of impervious surfaces (217,000 gsf hospital building and 482 associated parking spaces) with a development containing a somewhat smaller area of impervious surfaces (109,000 gsf School of Education building and 350 associated parking spaces). Grass paving will be used for facility access roads.
  • The project includes the restoration of a pedestrian trail through the woods between Matoaka Court and Compton Drive. The pedestrian trail connects the project area to the existing campus. The City of Williamsburg will participate in developing a second trail that will connect the site to High Street, a mixed use development offering retail shops, offices, and residential living.
  • Wetlands border the property within the floodplain associated with the two streams that border the site. No jurisdictional wetlands will be disturbed in order to construct the School of Education.