Gilbane Building Company, Stantec, and Quinn Evans Architects to design and build state-of-the-art facility planned for LEED Gold certification and Net Zero Energy ready

After a selection process that began in November 2017, the Falls Church City School Board unanimously selected the design-build team of Gilbane, Stantec, and Quinn Evans Architects (QEA) for the new $108 million George Mason High School in Falls Church, VA. Falls Church City Schools’ Superintendent Peter Noonan noted, “The design put forth by the Gilbane team is nothing short of brilliant. It is everything the community has asked for and more. I'm very excited as we now move into the home stretch with engagement between the architects and the community beginning in earnest.” 
 
The selection of the design-build team comes after the Falls Church community approved a Referendum to build the new high school in November 2017, after 10 years of document reviews, community meetings, and feasibility studies. The construction of the new building will be the final milestone in the process. The team’s design was selected because it not only addressed the community’s top priorities, but also incorporated sustainable elements, flexible and collaborative learning spaces, community accessibility, robust safety and security measures, and compatibility with the upcoming adjacent 10-acre private development site planned as a vibrant mixed-use community.  
 
The proposed exterior design of the new George Mason High School combines modern materials with traditional brick for a contemporary aesthetic that will stand the test of time. Interiors are also designed with an eye toward tomorrow with flexible floorplans that provide security, efficiency, and adaptability to support programs and educational needs as they evolve. Students and teachers are offered a variety of spaces — informed by the priorities of flexibility, visual transparency, and natural daylighting — to create an academic setting that encourages creative thought, community building, and individual growth. 
 
“The design pushes the boundaries of current 21st Century academic design thinking to create spaces that are highly adaptable and differentiated to support changes in instructional programs and approaches over time,” said Derk Jeffrey, Senior Principal at Stantec, which is leading the project design. “Our team is proud to support the community’s vision for the future of this campus and the dynamic mixed-use development to come.”  
 

The design put forth by the Gilbane team is nothing short of brilliant. It is everything the community has asked for and more. I'm very excited as we now move into the home stretch with engagement between the architects and the community beginning in earnest.

Peter Noonan 
Falls Church City Schools' Superintendent

Gilbane, Stantec, and QEA bring expert knowledge in the design and construction of academic facilities. In 2018, Gilbane Building Company and Stantec ranked as the nation’s #1 K-12 Builder and #1 K-12 Designer, respectively, by Building Design + Construction, a respected industry publication. Gilbane, Stantec, and QEA each bring local K-12 expertise with award-winning portfolios of urban school projects in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Notable projects include Dunbar Senior High School, The New School at the Wilson Site, Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center, McKinley Middle School, and Academies of Loudoun. 
 
“We are excited to collaborate with the Falls Church community and our design-build partners to deliver a modern learning environment that’s flexible as education needs shift in the future,” said Jennifer Macks, Senior Project Executive at Gilbane Building Company. “Our team has spent a lot of time understanding the educational and community needs and desires of Falls Church to develop an approach that will serve these needs today and in the future. We are fully committed to building a high school that the community loves.”