PACE West School

Gainesville, Virginia

  • FIRM

    Architecture Inc.


    Prince William County Public Schools

  • AREA

    39,998 sq.ft.





PACE West School is dedicated to the education and development of special-needs students in grades K to 12; its unique design reflects this purpose. The school’s design enables common spaces to serve as meeting areas, as well as a natural division between elementary, middle and high school classes. The shared common areas contain a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY192COST PER SQ FT$192.46FEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized center, "cool down" spaces, science center, multi-use area and combination gym/cafeteria. The ingenuity and functionality of the design optimize the shared spaces. This provides an efficient, space-saving alternative, enabling each grade level direct access to these supporting areas without disturbing the other classes.

Interior spaces are enhanced by natural light cascading through clerestory windows in the corridors, high ceilings and a media center, creating bright, enjoyable learning facilities. Installation of a broad roof overhang around the perimeter of the building shades the large windows of the outer rooms from direct sun, enabling unhindered views. This overhang also provides a sheltered walking area for students as they arrive and leave the school.