The new two-story, 310,000-square-foot high school was constructed in Prince William County to serve continued growth in student population. As an update to the existing high school prototype previously constructed four times, the plan was revised to introduce more natural light.
The building features an axial design in which CAPACITY2,000COST PER SQ FT$230.33FEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio main public and student spaces are situated off three primary axes. Upon entering the main public entrance, one of the two student commons and the gymnasium entrance are along this main entry axis. A parallel axis organizes the second student commons and the entrance to the auditorium. These student commons spaces, separated by a shared kitchen, serve as the dining areas, as well as overflow lobbies for the gymnasium and auditorium. The third perpendicular main student axis organizes the two main student commons, art rooms, media center and two interior courtyards that provide natural light to interior academic spaces.
Clerestory windows above the entry, student commons, gymnasium and second-floor academic corridors provide natural lighting to spaces below.