McLean School

The McLean School is a K–12 college preparatory school located in Potomac, MD. Forrester was selected for the renovation of the campus and to build a second story addition. The work was completed while the school remained fully occupied and operational.

The second-floor addition was built over the existing facility and provided the school with new hallways, classrooms, and a student lounge. The new classrooms include a soundproof music room and recording studio, a large dividable presentation room, and a laboratory for the school’s STEM program. A new entry vestibule was also built with large windows to let in natural light and a dynamic staircase to connect the second floor to the existing main entry.

Existing spaces on the first floor were renovated to accommodate a new steel structure and support columns that run below the second-floor addition. New HVAC, sprinkler systems, and fire systems were also modified. In addition to the support systems, the existing library received updated carpets, benches were built in the hallways, and two live plant walls were installed in the main entrance.

Project Location:

Potomac, MD


Quinn Evans Architects


20,650 SF


13 months