The new two-story, 312,000-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 COST PER SQ FT$232.00FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas main public and student spaces are situated off three primary axes. At the main public entrance, one of the two student commons and the gymnasium entrance, which are along this main entry axis, appear straight ahead. This entry sets the tone for the interior aesthetics and uses clerestories in a unique elliptical plan to bring natural light into a building with a large footprint. The space serves as the main entry and provides a security checkpoint for the school; it is the only entry that remains open after the start of the school day.
The design provides the security necessary for a contemporary high school, and the natural light, exposed steel structure and exterior materials pulled into the lobby enable the space to have an open and welcoming feeling.