High School & West Falls Church Economic Development Projects

Map of the Middle School, High School, and Potential West Falls Church Economic Development Site
Website Button for the George Mason High School Construction Project
Website Button for the West Falls Church Economic Development Project
  1. Posted: Draft RFPs for High School Project, West Falls Church Project

    Read the latest drafts of two documents: the School Board's Draft Request for Detailed Proposals and the City Council's Draft Request for Conceptual Proposals. Read on...
  2. Information for Developers

    The City's Economic Development Office has created a project page for developers. Follow the link for more. Choose Falls Church: West Falls Church Project
  3. Video Posted of Jan. 28 Town Hall Meeting

    Watch video of the meeting via Granicus (with slideshow PDF) or via YouTube. Read on...
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Upcoming and Past Events and Meetings

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Project History

Over the past four years, the City Council and School Board have taken an extensive look at the possibilities, considering options for a new school that include full gut renovation and addition; partial renovation and addition; phased building over 10 years; and new building. In November 2017, a referendum passed, approving the issuance of bonds to pay for the construction of a new high school. In January 2018, a Campus Coordinating Committee was established so that the two projects -- high school construction and economic development -- could coordinate on design decisions, scheduling decisions, and financial decisions.

(Related: Read the detailed history of the high school in Superintendent Peter Noonan's memo. You can also find archived materials from the past four years as well as videos of meetings throughout the process.)

Feasibility Studies

Falls Church City Public Schools conducted a facilities feasibility study that concluded the best option was a five-story high school aside 10 acres of commercial development.

The City of Falls Church government conducted an economic feasibility study where consultants estimated that as much as $45 million could be earned by the City’s long-term lease or sale of the 10 acres.

Because of limited space on the site, the new school would need to be built before the existing building can be taken down for commercial development. As a result, the City will need to issue bonds for the full cost of the school before the commercial development revenue from the sale or lease of the property is available.

Project Milestones and Timeline

Month & Year
High School Project
Economic Development Project
December 2017
Issue Request for
Conceptual Proposals
January 2018
  Adopt Comprehensive
Plan Amendment
February 2018
Issue Request for
Detailed Proposals
March 2018
  Issue Request for
Developer Qualifications (RFQ)
May 2018
  Adopt Site Zoning

June 2018
Select School Design
and Construction Team
Issue Request for
Development Proposals (RFP)
October 2018
  Select Top-Ranked
Respondent to RFP
May 2019
Finalize School Plans
and Cost (GMP)
Finalize Land Lease or
Sale Agreement and Conceptual
Development Plan
June 2019
Issue Construction Bonds

July 2019
Construction Economic Development
Site Plan and Building Permits
Summer 2021
School Opens

Fall 2021
  Economic Development
Construction Begins