This project consisted of a 90,000-sq.ft. renovation of an abandoned historic high school campus into an 85-unit apartment complex. Originally built in 1930, William Byrd High School was once bustling with students in Vinton, Virginia. Vacated in 2010, the school sat empty aside from surplus school equipment storage. Cornerstone coordinated with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and county code oﬃcials to develop a project approach that satisﬁed requirements for ﬁre safety and historic preservation.
With this project, the challenges included space planning and how to best utilize the existing rooms in a complex building campus into its new use as an apartment complex. Large open rooms remaining from its school use (cafeteria and gymnasium) had to be replanned in a way that allowed for emergency exits and fresh air for the new apartments.