Cost Comparison: GMHS Campus Project to Other Local Projects

Comparing New and Renovation projects in our area
Posted on 10/23/2017
Artist rendering of the George Mason High School Community School plan

Recently there has been speculation over the estimated cost of the George Mason High School campus project and how that compares to other projects in the area and around the state. To help clarify the issue, below is a look at the current GMHS campus project cost, and costs of similar projects underway in Northern Virginia.

Important note: Fairfax County and Alexandria City Schools do not include "Soft Costs" (Architect, Permitting, etc.) in published CIP project costs. Soft Costs average an additional 20% on top of the Construction Cost listed. We have included that estimated cost below where applicable.

George Mason High School - "Community School Project"

Construction Cost $110.0 M
"Soft" Costs (Architect, Permitting, etc.)    13.8 M
30% of listed reductions      6.5 M
Financing Cost ‚Äč     2.7 M
$120.0 M



NoVA School Divisions Building New 

Alexandria City Schools

Alexandria City Schools Capital Improvement Plan for 2018-2027 includes a plan for a new high school which is set to open 2021, the same year a George Mason High School is proposed to open. 
Construction Cost Only: $118,528,536 - 1600 students
Construction + est. Soft Cost: $142,234,423

Arlington County Schools

Arlington County School Capital Improvement Plan for 2017-2026 (Page 23) includes:

Wilson High School - Currently under construction and scheduled to open 2019.
Total Project Cost: $100,800,000 - 775 students

Nova School Divisions Renovations

Arlington County Schools

Arlington County School Capital Improvement Plan for 2017-2026 (Page 29) includes:

High School Seats Location(s) to be determined. The project(s) to be completed in August, 2022
Total Project Cost: $146,710,000 - 1,300+ students

Fairfax County Schools

Fairfax County Schools Capital Improvement Plan for 2018-2022 (page 31) includes three high school renovation projects currently under construction:

  • Herndon High School
    Construction Cost Only: $105,076,464
    Construction + est. Soft Cost: $126,091,756

  • Oakton High School
    Construction Cost Only: $107,511,092 
    Construction + est. Soft Cost: $129,013,310

  • Falls Church High School
    Construction Cost Only: $101,760,271
    Construction + est. Soft Cost: $122,112,325
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