Thomas Edison High School Modernization

Alexandria, Virginia

  • FIRM

    Hughes Group Architects


    Fairfax County Public Schools

  • AREA

    359,470 sq.ft.





Hughes Group Architects' scope includes renovations and additions that reinvented the school's identity and reinvigorated its learning environment. The existing main entry is strengthened with an addition that increases visibility while introducing new materials that blend with the school's existing exterior palette. New glass facades, which contrast the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$146.10FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation masonry, provide a welcoming experience with glimpses of activities within the building while introducing more natural light into the building’s interior. The recycled brick masonry on the building additions adds context and warmth while complementing the existing building.

Hughes Group developed a comprehensive three-year phasing plan to implement the new educational program. A series of additions were constructed adding a new media center, administration suite, performing arts areas, and fitness/weightlifting to the school. As each area was completed, an old area was vacated and refurbished. For example, the media center moved into their new space allowing the former space to become a new suite of art studios, replacing old-style art classrooms. New science labs were created by consolidating parallel internal corridors and classrooms to create new labs that address the current Ed Spec requirements.