Wakefield High School

One of four public high schools in Arlington County, VA, Wakefield High School has been ranked among the top one-half percent of schools nationwide. For this project Forrester built a new 380,000 SF, four-level high school capable of accommodating 1,400 students. The project replaced the school’s aging 70 year-old facility which was demolished once occupancy was achieved.

The state-of-the-art educational facility includes classrooms, science labs, music and art rooms, administrative and counseling offices, a cafeteria with a full commercial kitchen, a media center, an auditorium, multiple gymnasiums, two large outdoor courtyards and two indoor pools. The project also involved construction of two athletic fields, a staff parking lot and bus loop.

Wakefield High School was originally designed to meet LEED™ Silver standards, but will earn Gold certification. Sustainable features include a solar panel array, a geothermal well system, grey water recycling and an emphasis on natural lighting.

Project Location:

Arlington, VA


Bowie Gridley Architects


380,000 SF


24 months


LEED™ Gold

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