Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW)

Wilmington, NC

This 4-building campus for the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW) supports the school’s core values of high academic expectations, social and emotional development, leadership development, and college preparation for 6-12 grade students. GLOW wanted a school that is “alive with learning,” and the primarily female team of designers created a welcoming, engaging design which maximizes the school’s investment.

The team worked diligently to preserve established design principles while giving the client the most value for the money spent, adapting the design to a pre-engineered structure and value-engineering every component of the building. The resulting design creates an inwardly-focused courtyard which anchors the campus; program spaces include an administrative/cafeteria building, a media center, a classroom building, and a high school building. Maker spaces support hands-on learning and problem solving, and covered outdoor classrooms create a flexible learning environment.