Campagna Center

Alexandria, Virginia

Quick Facts: 

Client: The Campagna Center,  Alexandria, Virginia

Market:  Commercial, Academic

Size: 15,500 gsf

Services:  Architecture, Interior Design

Project Team: Winstanley Architects & Planners

The Campagna Center, Alexandria’s leading not-for-profit organization, equips children and families with a comprehensive set of tools they need to thrive and succeed. Since 1945, we have served the community by offering a range of programs that foster a dedication to learning among children, youth, and adults. Over 2,000 children and families take advantage of our services on a daily basis.

The building, constructed in 1888, was once part of the Alexandria City Public Schools system as a school and later as administrative offices. It was converted into office space in 1981 and was purchased by local child education nonprofit Campagna Center in 1993.

The project included renovating the entire interior and restoring the exterior of the historic structure.  The project required the approval of the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) from the City of Alexandria.  A major benefit from the renovation includes raising the first floor by 18” which created a more usable basement level.  Additionally, a new courtyard has been created on the north side of the building and extending the usability of the basement level to include outdoor passive recreation area. The project also included replacing all windows and sills around the building, replacing several brick walls and gates, creating a new accessible entrance at the main doorway on the west side (facing S. Washington Street) and created a new eastern entrance that will bring the building into code compliance.

The first floor will be transformed into a dynamic program space—bringing the signature programs of Campagna Center back under the roof of our South Washington building for the first time in the organization’s history. Private meeting rooms will be available for participants to discuss their needs and learn more about the array of programs we offer. Large and small classrooms will be used by our early childhood education, school age, and adult programs—which serve over 2,000 children and families each year. The second floor will consolidate administrative areas and allow staff to work together to better serve our participants.