The Design Center provides planning and design assistance to communities and non-profit organizations throughout the Commonwealth that are unable to afford the services of a private consultant, or are not ready to hire a consultant. The underlying philosophy behind our work is Healthy Living by Design which means creating designs that take into consideration factors that help create healthy environments. This includes aspects such as the physical, psychological, and intellectual well-being of users as well as the health of the environment. Project work is focused on planning and design assistance that affords healthy living opportunities such as conceptual open space master plans and greenway designs; creating landscape designs for outdoor learning opportunities; creating rain garden designs that reduce and filter stormwater run-off; and conceptual architectural designs that incorporate aspects of “green” architecture such as green roofs, daylighting, and recommendations for sustainable materials.

The Virginia Department of Forestry has recognized the importance of Healthy Living by Design and has partnered with the Design Center to provide grants to communities seeking urban forestry related planning and design assistance. Many thanks are due for this forwarding thinking partnership that has assisted so many communities throughout the Commonwealth.

Design Center work also embodies a sensitivity to the region’s history, whether regional or local. One example of this is our recent Lost Communities of Virginia publication that highlights a cross-section of once thriving communities from throughout the state.

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  • Honaker, VA: Conceptual Redevelopment Plan for the Slate Building Property Final Report 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth (2020-03-12)
    The purpose of this project was to work with a Stakeholders Committee and the community from the Town of Honaker to create a conceptual redevelopment plan for the Slate building property located on South Railroad Avenue.
  • Sun, VA: Conceptual Redevelopment Plan for the Former Sun Motors Property 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth (2020-09-22)
    The Community Design Assistance Center (CDAC) of Virginia Tech received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Assessment grant to assess and help communities develop conceptual redevelopment plans for ...
  • Smithfield, VA: Windsor Castle Park Longleaf Pine Demonstration Area Conceptual Site Master Plan 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth (2020-08-28)
    The Windsor Castle Park Foundation, in collaboration with Windsor Castle Park and the Town of Smithfield, have been working on the Windsor Castle Park Longleaf Pine Restoration Initiative and identified the need for a ...
  • Stuart, VA: Stuart Rotary Park Conceptual Site Master Plan 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Hulshult, Amelia (2020-08-12)
    The Stuart Rotary Club was founded in 1938. The Rotary club is made up of a diverse group of leaders and active adults from Patrick County that focus their joint energies to bring success to the community. The club raises ...
  • Dante, VA: Conceptual Residential Housing Design Guidelines and Infill Prototypes 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Jones, Kevin; Pickering, Sean; Wirth, Jessica (2020-07-06)
    CDAC assisted Dante with its revitalization efforts with this portion of work focused on residential housing design guidelines and infill prototypes. As revitalization efforts continue, it is important to document the coal ...
  • Dante, VA: Conceptual Redevelopment Plan for the Former Steam Building and Contura Properties 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Tucker, Lisa; Bolander, Madi; Diioia, Katelynn; Rosa, Anthony
    The design provides an overarching vision for the former steam building and Contura properties that connects to surrounding community assets such as the historic African American church. It creates a space that welcomes ...
  • Dante, VA: Where There's A Vision, There's Opportunity 

    Gilboy, Elizabeth; Proctor, Nicholaus; Morici, Joe; Wallace, Lou (2019-03-19)
    From coal depot to a coffee cafe, the economic future of Dante, VA is bright. Dante's creative approach to utilizing grants opportuntities has brought new life into this former coal camp, deep in the hills of southwest ...
  • Mendota, VA: Conceptual Redevelopment Plan for the Former Bank Building 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Clarke, Brianne (2019-02)
    The purpose of this project was to work with a stakeholders committee, which included the property owner, to identify possible new uses for the former bank building and concrete slab immediately adjacent to the former ...
  • Glade Spring, VA: Conceptual Hemlock Street Trailhead Design 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth (2019-03-15)
    In order to enhance the trail experience in Glade Spring, a new trailhead is envisioned near the corner of Hemlock Street where an old house was recently demolished. The Hemlock Street trailhead is in close proximity to ...
  • Smithfield, VA: St. Luke’s Historic Church & Museum Conceptual Site Master Plan 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Sherman, Danielle; Lathrop, Brandon; Buyer, Lindsey (2019-05)
    St. Luke’s Historic Church & Museum is located within Isle of Wight County just outside of the town limits of the historic town of Smithfield. The town is noted for its historic downtown and 18th and 19th century architecture. ...
  • Abingdon, VA: William King Museum of Art Conceptual Campus Master Plan 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Blackburn, Grayson; Waterman, Holly (2019-08-16)
    The William King Museum of Art (WKMA) sits on approximately 22 acres of land north of Main St. in Abingdon, Virginia. The William King Museum of Art is a premier visual arts facility in the region, offering outstanding ...
  • St. Paul, VA: Conceptual Redevelopment Plan for Riverside Drive 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Harrell, Sara (2019-12-10)
    The purpose of this project is to work with a Stakeholders Committee from the St. Paul community to create a conceptual redevelopment plan for the Riverside Drive corridor. Riverside Drive and several of its properties are ...
  • Saltville, VA: Conceptual Redevelopment Plan for a New Public Works Facility 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Jones, Kevin; Buyer, Lindsey (2019-03-27)
    Saltville, VA: Conceptual Redevelopment Plan for a New Public Works Facility
  • Stanley, VA: Page County Landfill Mountain Bike Park Conceptual Master Plan 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Blackburn, Grayson; Harrell, Sara (2019-10-18)
    Page County owns a former 60-acre capped landfill which is generally bordered by Eldon Yates Drive, Eureka Drive, and Old Mine Road with access via Eldon Yates Drive. The landfill closed in the mid-1990s and has since been ...
  • Mendota, VA: Conceptual Redevelopment Plan for the Benfield Store 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Tucker, Lisa M.; Chance, Alisa; Crouse, Kaitey; Robertson, Nicole (2019-04-17)
    The purpose of this project was to work with a stakeholders committee, which included the property owner, representatives of Mountain Heritage, Inc. and other community members to identify possible new uses for the former ...
  • Mendota, VA: Conceptual Redevelopment Plan for the Mendota Trailhead 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth (2019-04-17)
    The purpose of this project was to work with a stakeholders committee, including individuals representing the interests of Mountain Heritage, Inc. The CDAC team then created a conceptual redevelopment plan for the property ...
  • Marion, VA: Octagon House Barn Complex Conceptual Design 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Tucker, Lisa M.; Twillman, Haley; Nguyen, Stephanie; Rowden, Jennalee; Peterson, Jessica (2019-02)
    The Abijah Thomas House is an octagon house, which was a part of the trend of octagon architecture of 1850s America. The house was completed in 1858 for Abijah Thomas of Smyth County, who was a property, slave owner, and ...
  • St. Paul, VA: Conceptual Redevelopment Plan for the Former Texaco Site 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Jones, Kevin; Tomaselli, Devon; Singh, Shruti; Olotu, Anu; Buyer, Lindsey (2018-11-19)
    The purpose of this project was to work with the property owners and other stakeholders to identify possible new uses for the former Texaco site located at 3051 4th Avenue in St. Paul, and the “pink building” located at ...
  • Dante, VA: Conceptual Redevelopment of the Dante Depot 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Tucker, Lisa M.; Roebuck, Kontessa; Tobias, Meredith; Piotrowski, Samantha; Smith, Victoria (2018-07)
    This project was the third community planning project organized as Dante works to revitalize its community and downtown region. This third phase of work focused on the redevelopment of the Dante Depot. Using community ...
  • Dante, VA: Conceptual Redevelopment of the Arty Lee School Property 

    Proctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Tobias, Meredith; Roebuck, Kontessa (2018-09)
    The Arty Lee School is an important part of the Dante community’s African American history. This final concept proposes an adaptive reuse of the eastern most footprint of the original building. The design turns this ...

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