New Catholic High School at Cherry Hill

Prince William County, Virginia

  • FIRM

    MTFA Architecture

  • CLIENT

    Catholic Diocese of Arlington

  • AREA

    188,046 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $24,600,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2005

This 188,000-square-foot Catholic high school accommodates 1,000 students with future expansion capabilities to house 1,500 students. The design for the high school takes advantage of the steeply sloping site by organizing an efficient four-story structure around an interconnected “main street” corridor.

Connected to the main street are the building’s four wings, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$130.81FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress are each dedicated to major building functions, including the gymnasium, library, cafeteria and theater. The angle of these wings creates the effect of a welcoming cloistered courtyard in the front, follows natural ridges in the topography and embraces the wooded site in the rear.

The focus of the building is a central chapel that creates a procession from the building’s main entrance courtyard to the tabernacle. The largest challenge to this unique building is that the site area was limited to 40 acres, and the slope across the site exceeded 100 feet. Careful design of the building and play fields was the major design generator.