|An illustration of the facade of the renovated Falls Church High School. [Perkins Eastman]|
“Everything is going to be new. Every space will be totally renovated,” says Godson Nwosu, of the facilities department at Fairfax County Public Schools.
Getting the decaying and obsolete school upgraded has been a long-term of the Falls Church PTSA and school board member Sandy Evans. They tried for years to get the school board to revise the FCPS “renovation queue,” which is used to set a schedule for school construction projects.
The 265,000-square-foot school will be expanded with about 160,000 additional square feet.
There will be a brand-new science wing and about 20 new classrooms, Nwosu says.
There will also be new collaboration space for project-based learning; a new, larger gym; a new lecture hall; a new music wing; a new culinary wing in the Career and Technical Education area, which will be relocated; and new administration offices.
The school will have all new windows, ceilings, mechanical systems, and lighting and additional parking spaces.
Construction will take four years, as the work will mainly be done in the summer, Nwosu says. “By the time we’re done, the community will be proud of it.”