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News » US » Design-build contract awarded for $108m Virginia school » published 31 Jul 2018

Design-build contract awarded for $108m Virginia school

The design-build team has been chosen for a US$108m Virginia school that is targeting LEED Gold certification and Net Zero Energy operation.

Gilbane Building Company, Stantec, and Quinn Evans Architects will design and build George Mason High School in Falls Church following a selection process that began in November 2017.

Falls Church City Schools’ superintendent Peter Noonan said: “The design put forth by the Gilbane team is nothing short of brilliant. It is everything the community has asked for and more. I'm very excited as we now move into the home stretch with engagement between the architects and the community beginning in earnest.”

The selection of the design-build team comes after the Falls Church community approved a referendum to build the new high school, following 10 years of document reviews, community meetings, and feasibility studies.

The client said that the team’s design was selected because it not only addressed the community’s top priorities, but also incorporated sustainable elements, flexible and collaborative learning spaces, community accessibility, robust safety and security measures. The design was also felt to be compatible with an upcoming adjacent 10-acre private site, where a mixed-use community development will be built.

The proposed exterior design of the new George Mason High School combines modern materials with traditional brick for a contemporary aesthetic. Interiors have been designed with flexible floorplans that provide security, efficiency, and adaptability to support programs and educational needs as they evolve.

“The design pushes the boundaries of current 21st century academic design thinking to create spaces that are highly adaptable and differentiated to support changes in instructional programs and approaches over time,” said Derk Jeffrey, senior principal at Stantec, which is leading the project design. “Our team is proud to support the community’s vision for the future of this campus and the dynamic mixed-use development to come.”

“We are excited to collaborate with the Falls Church community and our design-build partners to deliver a modern learning environment that’s flexible as education needs shift in the future,” said Jennifer Macks, senior project executive at Gilbane Building Company. “Our team has spent a lot of time understanding the educational and community needs and desires of Falls Church to develop an approach that will serve these needs today and in the future. We are fully committed to building a high school that the community loves.”


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This article was published on 31 Jul 2018 (last updated on 31 Jul 2018).

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