PWCS Releases New Prototype for 13th High School

| October 15, 2015 | 0 Comments | Education
Prince William County Schools shared this image of the front exterior of the 13th high school, according to the new redesign.

Prince William County Schools shared this image of the front exterior of the 13th high school, according to the new redesign.

Prince William County Schools has released its recommended prototype for the county’s 13th high school to be built in the western end of the district.

According to PWCS’s Dept. of Finance & Support Services, the model described as “the Patriot redesign” would effectively increase capacity” by 504 students. 

The administration is seeking to modify the model used for Patriot High School in Nokesville with changes that will both accommodate more students and simplify the architectural flourishes in order to be cost effective.

According to PWCS, the new design would maintain “the high percentage of classes receiving daylight;” be “modern” and “energy-efficient,” and be able to increase the overall student population. To find savings, the prototype would feature “modified exterior and simplified architecture.”

The images shared by PWCS demonstrate that the 13th High School would not include the rotunda that adorns Patriot.

The Dept. of Finance & Support Services concluded in its online presentation that new design, “reduces cost per student below that of the Battlefield design prototype.” 

Image from above showing the side view of the new high school prototype.

Image from above showing the side view of the new high school prototype.

The school capacity would be 2,557 students compared to 2,053 that could be served by the Battlefield model. The overall cost would be $84.875 million compared with $75 million for the Battlefield prototype. The cost per student in the Patriot hybrid prototype is $33,193 in comparison to $36,532 for the standard Battlefield prototype.

In order to create the new scaled back prototype, the design calls for the reconfiguring of classrooms and the addition of 17 classrooms to be constructed on a floor atop the CTE (Career and Technical Education) area. The plan adds capacity within the same square footage allotted for Patriot.

Brentsville School Board member, Gil Trenum, asked PWCS to propose a design that could accommodate more students and delay future overcrowding. He also hopes the opening of the new school be able to not only alleviate overcrowding at Patriot and Battlefield but at Stonewall Jackson High School as well.

Although Trenum wants more capacity, he also said he is concerned with keeping the cost of new schools being constructed in check. He requested a amended prototype that eliminate some of the “bells and whistles” that accompanied Patriot and Colgan high schools.

Readers can find more details about the prototype for the 13th High School at this link via pwcs.edu.

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