When students at Cooper Middle School (977 Balls Hill Road) in McLean eventually do return to their classrooms, they could find their school in the middle of a sweeping overhaul.
At a School Board meeting last week, the Board unanimously approved a contract to make a series of improvements to the school, including a renovation of all systems and spaces in the building.
Some of these changes are technical and behind the scenes, but others are more prominent.
“This includes new HVAC, IT, electrical, plumbing, and life safety systems in their entirety,” said John Torre, executive director of communication and community relations for Fairfax County Public Schools. “Approximately 69,000 [square feet] of new space will be added to the existing building.”
This new space includes:
- new two story classroom addition
- new library space
- new courtyard
- additional classroom space in a new second floor that will be built over a portion of the existing first floor
- new main entrance
- reconfigured administration space
- cafeteria expansion
- main gym expansion
The existing Kiss and Ride circulation outside the building will be improved in the renovations, with parking at the school reconfigured and expanded. A new paved play area will be provided, Torre said.
“This project is currently scheduled to begin in mid-October 2020 with an end date of late summer 2023,” Torre said.
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