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Arlington Public Schools, New Elementary School at Reed Building

Scheduled to open in September 2021, the New Elementary School at Reed Building will be Net Zero.

new 21st-century learning environment

In 2016 the Arlington Public Schools’ (APS) Board adopted the FY 2017-2026 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). This began the journey to a new elementary school at the Reed Building. The goal is to build a new elementary school that supports students and maximizes program space and community access to recreational fields. APS brought Gilbane onboard at concept design and has been a partner to APS and their designer, VMDO, in the evaluation of multiple concept options for the site.

The community has also been an integral part of the planning process. For instance, the team incorporated their feedback into the design and the site logistics and utilization plan. The final concept for the new elementary school at Reed Building will nearly double the building’s usable space, from 61,000 SF to 110,000 SF, and is designed to house 725 preK-fifth grade students. The expanded building will serve as a community asset, hosting the APS Extended Day program, community groups during non-school hours and summer enrichment programs, schools and camps.

This $55 million project requires the demolition of a portion of the existing Reed-Westover Building, which is adjacent to the occupied, fully operational Arlington County Westover Library Branch. The current APS programs within the existing Reed-Westover Building will both relocate, while the library will remain open throughout construction.

Client Value

On the New Elementary School at Reed Building project, we conducted a preconstruction phase pull plan with VMDO and APS to determine the design schedule, permitting, and GMP preparation. Given the complexity of the Arlington County permit process, these dates helped to establish important deadlines for submissions and reviews by the various agencies involved.