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George Mason High School

Falls Church, VA
  • Image credit: Stantec Architecture.
Spaces in this new high school are organized vertically to minimize the building’s footprint on a suburban site that is shared with two occupied schools, athletic fields, and acreage reserved for future commercial development. This project is being completed using a Design-Build project delivery method. It has a LEED Gold certification goal and is also intended to be Net Zero Energy Ready.
  • Image credit: Stantec Architecture.
  • Image credit: Stantec Architecture.
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Designed for a 1,200-person student body, the school will also have the flexibility to accommodate up to 1,500 students. Spaces will include fabrication and robotics labs, two gyms and an indoor track, auditorium and support spaces, a café, and tunnels connecting the below-grade locker rooms to the adjacent athletics fields.

Designed for a 1,200-person student body, the school will also have the flexibility to accommodate up to 1,500 students. Spaces will include fabrication and robotics labs, two gyms and an indoor track, auditorium and support spaces, a café, and tunnels connecting the below-grade locker rooms to the adjacent athletics fields.

The school’s primary structure is a steel frame with composite floor framing supporting concrete on composite steel deck slabs and metal deck roofs. Four 2-story transfer trusses span the 75-100ft open volumes containing the ground-level gyms and auditorium. These spaces are topped by three levels of classrooms supported by large story trusses. In close coordination with the architect, Silman designed steel braced frames that are distributed throughout the building. These frames provide the primary lateral force resisting system and will extend from the foundation to the roof.
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