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George Mason Elementary Modernization

George Mason Modernization Project Overview

The George Mason Modernization Project is the next step in Alexandria City Public Schools’ (ACPS) capacity modernization plan. ACPS determined that due to the facility conditions, inefficient layout of the school, and district-wide capacity needs, George Mason should be replaced. 

Feasibility Study

In Summer 2019, ACPS brought in architects from Studio27 to lead a multidisciplinary team in the development of a Feasibility Study. A Feasibility Study is an assessment that identifies what is possible on the school site, the challenges on the school site, and the possibilities for configuration, budget, and schedule.

In Fall 2019, the first draft of the study was completed. Preliminary findings were presented to the School Board on Jan. 23, 2020. However, the COVID-19 Pandemic put the Study on hold from January 2019 through March 2021.

On June 3, 2021, the Feasibility Study was presented to the School Board for review.

Swing Space

In September 2021, ACPS entered the due diligence stage for the purchase of the building at 1703 N. Beauregard Street. On Sept. 18, 2021, the City Council appropriated the funding for the purchase, and on Feb. 11, 2022, ACPS officially purchased the building.  

Much like Ferdinand T. Day, the 1703 building is an office building that will be converted into a school. ACPS is pursuing the opportunity to use this building as a Swing Space for both George Mason and Cora Kelly before ultimately using it as a permanent 600-student capacity school.

 

Project Timeline and Updates

January 22, 2024 - Virtual Community Meeting

The Office of Capital Programs, Planning, and Design team held a virtual community meeting to provide an update on the construction and timeline of 1703 N. Beauregard as a swing space for George Mason and Cora Kelly.

June 5, 2023 - PTA Meeting

The Office of Capital Programs, Planning, and Design team joined the George Mason PTA to provide a brief project update.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Community Engagement

Douglas MacArthur modernization included four phases of community engagement: pre-design, design, construction, and occupancy