South County Secondary School

A Public Private Partnership Success
Clark's project team remained positive, with a 'can do' attitude when faced with new challenges. They [Clark] exceeded our expectations.
Charles E. Bolen, AIA, Design Coordinator and Construction Manager, South County Secondary School Project
Location: 
Lorton, Virginia
Client: 
Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools
Architect: 
Moseley Architects
Additional collaborations with Moseley Architects:
Contract Value: 
$56,250,000
Size: 
386,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
2005

The result of a public private partnership, South County Secondary School is a 386,000 square-foot school housing both middle and high school programs. The building features a two-story media center, classrooms, and a gymnasium that seats 2,500 spectators.

A key to success for this project was the public-private structure. It allowed South County Secondary School to be built three years ahead of schedule without delaying or diverting resources from other school projects that were budgeted in Fairfax County Public School's Capital Improvement Program. 

The development proposal called for the monetization of unused Fairfax County land assets, thereby lowering the overall net cost of the school project to the County. Another component of the proposal was the accelerated development by three to five years of a senior housing community and a public golf course on contiguous land parcels.

Public Private Partnership

This public-private venture received extensive praise from Fairfax County Supervisors and Fairfax County School Board members for its imaginative approach, achievement of design, record-time of permit approval, and cost/time savings in comparison to conventional design-bid-build projects.

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