Meridian High School

Falls Church, Virginia




Falls Church City Public Schools


43,055 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


For 10 years, Falls Church City envisioned a new school—one that was part of a larger vision for change and growth in the community. An innovative planning process created a compact and bold seven-story school design meant to inspire and support the community, while also enhancing the legacy for the next generation. From the moment students enter the lobby, they are greeted with two graphics, one that honors the past and another featuring the International Baccalaureate program pillars.

Meridian was designed as a community hub, much like a college campus. Connecting to the existing middle school, the footprint expanded to serve as a comprehensive secondary campus. To provide security, the public spaces occur on the lower level, 1st floor, and 2nd floor; the student-focused academic areas are on the upper floors. The innovation commons and learning stair serve as the gateway to student life. The re-imagined academic floors highlight multiple collaborative learning environments beyond the conventional classroom setting. Students can now learn and engage anywhere in the building with staff supervision.

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Associated Firm

Gilbane, Quinn Evans Architects

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Crow Island School Citation

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