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Douglas Macarthur Modernization

Douglas MacArthur Modernization Project

Douglas MacArthur Elementary School modernization project information and updates

A new Douglas MacArthur Elementary School is scheduled to open its doors in August 2023. The original opening was scheduled for 2025, but in April 2019, the School Board voted to use swing space at the former Patrick Henry Elementary School for Douglas MacArthur students beginning in 2020. This decision allowed Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) to move up the timeline for the Douglas MacArthur community.

Visit the SKANSKA project website

Construction Update: July 18, 2022 -  August 1, 2022

Public utilities work is continuing on-site and the public space permit has been extended. The affected sidewalks have been closed, and a temporary crosswalk and alternate pedestrian routes have been established. Once the work is complete and driven fence posts are installed, Skanska will open up the sidewalk for public use. The following activities are ongoing at the site:

Installation of the duct bank along Road and into School
•        Waterline Installation
•        Phase 11 Steel Erection
•        Fireproofing installation
•        Level 2 Area D SOMD MEP Layout and Pour
•        Level 3 Area B SOMD Pour 1
•        Exterior Framing installation
•        Sidewalk and curb installation
•        Construction of the garage ramp retaining wall
•        Gym Masonry - Jamb Details installation.
•        Gym Joists and Decking

Structural steel construction will resume. The crane will be back on-site through the end of July for structural steel erection completion.

Douglas MacArthur Modernization Project Timeline

The new Douglas MacArthur Elementary School building will be built on the same site as the original building. The new building is planned to be 150,000 square feet and three stories. It will accommodate spaces for classrooms, art and music rooms and physical education. The design also includes turf fields and play areas. The building is scheduled to open in August of 2023.

Project Timeline


Community Engagement

Douglas MacArthur modernization included four phases of community engagement: pre-design, design, construction, and occupancy
  • The MacArthur community will be involved in the design and build of the new school in several ways. 

    Communicating with the Douglas MacArthur community is a very important part of this project. In order to ensure community feedback, we have created an Advisory Group of community members as well as a School Advisory Team made up of school administrators, staff and teachers. These groups will provide input to the core project team of ACPS staff and the architect group DLR. 

    Skanska, the project development and construction group hired for this project, also has a site-specific Project Website that provides up-to-date information on site construction, traffic concerns and FAQs. 

    Community-wide meetings will occur every two months to keep the community up-to-date with the process and solicit feedback. Please check the ACPS Calendar (posted soon) for upcoming dates. Community members are also welcome to send comments to the project team at

Advisory Group Members:










Lisa Porter

Clover College Park Civic Association

Bill Pfister

Parent and Community Member

Elliot Rhodeside

Community Member

Kristina Seppala

Douglas MacArthur PTA

Kelly Booz

Taylor Run Civic Association

Mindy Lyle

Alexandria Planning Commission

Margaret Lorber

School Board Member

Randy Gore  Edith S. Hawkins

Campagna Center


Amy Jackson

Alexandria City Council Member

Dana Colors

Alexandria Park & Recreation Commission

Gaynelle Diaz


Jeanette Chuck

Parent and Community Member