The renovation/addition work was phased over a two year period to allow full occupation to be maintained during the construction process.

In 2013, VMDO Architects was selected to design the renovation and expansion of North Springfield Elementary School, a mid-1950’s two-story school in Fairfax County, Virginia.

The new 12,300 SF music, art, and library wing redefines and expands the existing learning courtyard and acts as a connector between primary circulation axes. Furthermore, the design integrates an outdoor classroom amphitheater into the site, complementing grade level gardens. The north facing library anchors the addition with soaring windows and a reading terrace that offer views to the fields and woodland border. Abundant natural day lighting can be found in all learning spaces. Major renovations include a new entry canopy, kindergarten classroom extensions leading to a renovated administrative suite, and a re-envisioned cafeteria that exposes the original vaulted structure and clerestory windows.

The renovation/addition work was phased over a two year period to allow full occupation to be maintained during the construction process. VMDO’s Doug Gehley, Kelly Callahan, and Jon Shealy; North Springfield Elementary Principal Chad McRae; and the FCPS staff worked together closely to ensure safe, secure, and quality educational spaces and circulation routes during each consecutive phase of construction.

In 2013, VMDO Architects was selected to design the renovation and expansion of North Springfield Elementary School, a mid-1950’s two-story school in Fairfax County, Virginia.

The new 12,300 SF music, art, and library wing redefines and expands the existing learning courtyard and acts as a connector between primary circulation axes. Furthermore, the design integrates an outdoor classroom amphitheater into the site, complementing grade level gardens. The north facing library anchors the addition with soaring windows and a reading terrace that offer views to the fields and woodland border. Abundant natural day lighting can be found in all learning spaces. Major renovations include a new entry canopy, kindergarten classroom extensions leading to a renovated administrative suite, and a re-envisioned cafeteria that exposes the original vaulted structure and clerestory windows.

The renovation/addition work was phased over a two year period to allow full occupation to be maintained during the construction process. VMDO’s Doug Gehley, Kelly Callahan, and Jon Shealy; North Springfield Elementary Principal Chad McRae; and the FCPS staff worked together closely to ensure safe, secure, and quality educational spaces and circulation routes during each consecutive phase of construction.

The new 12,300 SF music, art, and library wing redefines and expands the existing learning courtyard and acts as a connector between primary circulation axes.
The new 12,300 SF music, art, and library wing redefines and expands the existing learning courtyard and acts as a connector between primary circulation axes.
The new 12,300 SF music, art, and library wing redefines and expands the existing learning courtyard and acts as a connector between primary circulation axes.
Outdoor Classroom at North Springfield Elementary School
Outdoor Classroom at North Springfield Elementary School

Client: Fairfax County Public Schools

Location: Springfield, VA

Discipline: Primary & Elementary Schools

Completion: 2017

Size: 12,300 SF New Construction and 70,800 SF Renovation