FCCPS to Break Ground on New High School

New George Mason High School Construction Starts June 17
Posted on 06/11/2019
A year and a half ago, voters in Falls Church City overwhelmingly approved a $120 million referendum to build a new high school on school-owned land directly behind its current location. Now, 18 months later, following more than 100 board meetings, community engagement workshops and sessions, staff meetings, and student engagement activities, the time has arrived to break ground for the new George Mason High School!

Falls Church City Public Schools invite families, staff, students, and the community to celebrate the groundbreaking on June 14, starting at 2 pm at the new site, located behind Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School. Attendees can park in any of the MEH and GM parking lots as the schools will have dismissed for the summer earlier that day. The site is a 5 minute walk from the West Falls Church Metro station.  The ceremony will be web-streamed LIVE at www.fccps.org/live.

Come experience the ceremonial groundbreaking by the Falls Church School Board, City Council, members of the project team and others. A piece of actual construction equipment will be onsite! Students who will be among the first to attend class in the new building will share in the program, along with remarks from Superintendent Peter Noonan, School Board Chair Erin Gill, Mayor Dave Tarter, and George Mason principal Matt Hills.

Adding some Mustang flavor to the ceremony will be the high school mascot Mustang Sally and the GMHS Chorus. Also on site will be leads of the core project team, consisting of the design builder, Gilbane Building Company; the design and architecture team, Stantec and Quinn Evans; the owner’s representatives Brailsford & Dunleavy and Hanscomb Consulting; as well as district staff, administrators, and members of the Falls Church School Board and City Council.

“On behalf of the Falls Church School Board, I want to thank all of our staff, students, families and the community for working so deliberately with us,” said School Board Chair Erin Gill. “Their participation throughout the facilities planning and design process, as well as the strong voter turnout in favor of the referendum, was instrumental in the success of this project,” added Gill.

“There have been over 100 meetings, community forums, and planning sessions since the bond referendum was approved back in 2017. This groundbreaking is a celebration of the collective and collaborative work of our entire community,” said Superintendent Peter Noonan. “At FCCPS, we are committed to building capacity in each of our students and providing this tremendous learning environment as our new high school will truly serve our community for decades to come.”

Information and updates on the design process and construction timeline for the projects are available at www.fccps.org/campusproject.
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