1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Design and Construction

Discovery Elementary School

on the Williamsburg Middle School Campus


Project Information:school plan

As a result of the recent APS system wide capacity and facilities studies, and through a rigorous feasibility study involving several current APS sites, a new elementary school for the Williamsburg Middle School (WMS) site was proposed and approved by the School Board.

In conjunction with the design for the new ES, Master Planning for the entire WMS campus will also take place. The Master Plan will look at future capacity and space planning for the middle school as well as site issues such as vehicular and pedestrian flow in and around the site and parking for the site.

Approximate square footage for the new ES: 97,000 SF

Approximate construction cost: $35M

Approximate total project cost (including soft costs and community amenities) $46.5M  

Scheduled construction start: March 2014

Scheduled construction completion: Summer 2015

Architect: VMDO Architects

The project is just starting design and will go through a Building Level Planning Committee (BLPC) process designed for community input and consensus, as well as a Public Facilities Review Committee (PFRC) process, designed to insure the project adheres to Arlington County government requirements and goals. Meeting minutes from future BLPC and PFRC meetings will be posted on this site, as well as other information pertinent to the project.



  • February 19, 2014, Community Meeting Presentation pdf
  • December 5, 2013, School Board Final Design Presentation pdf
  • September 21, 2013, County Board Use Permit Presentation pdf
  • September 9, 2013, Planning Commission Presentation pdf
  • September 5, 2013, Transportation Commission Presentation pdf
  • Use Permit Application pdf (drawings available through Arlington County Zoning Dept.)
  • Environmental Assessment pdf
  • May 2, 2013, Schematic Design brochure pdf
  • May 2, 2013, Schematic Design Presentation for School Board, Information Item pdf
  • April 30, 2013, Gallery Walk for Public Review of Work Presentation
  • February 7, 2013, Concept Design Presentation to School Board, Action Item pdf
  • January 24, 2013, Concept Design Presentation for School Board, Information Item pdf
  • Responses to questions/comments on Toole Design Group Transportation Study pdf
  • January 17, 2013, School Board/County Board Joint Work Session APS Staff Presentation  County Staff Presentation
  • January 14, 2013,  Gallery Walk for Public Review of Work Presentation
  • Questions and Answers for 1/9/13 Community Meeting  Presentation
  • December 20, 2012, Update School Board on Building Site Design Monitoring Item Presentation
  • No-build zones proposed by members of Rock Spring Civic Association
  • Tool Design Group Responses to Comments on Transportation Study for New ES#1, 12/18/12 (PDF)
  • Questions and Answers for 10/11/12 Community Meeting (PDF)
  • Community Meeting on Traffic and Parking October 11, 2012  Presentation
  • Neighborhood Meeting Sept. 13, 2012 Presentation
  • Preliminary work - subsurface investigation
 Studies/Examples of K-8 School Models
BLPC and PFRC Meeting Schedule
 September 6, 2012  
 September 12, 2012  
 September 19, 2012  
 October 3, 2012  
 October 10, 2012  
 October 24, 2012    
 October 25, 2012  
Joint School Board / County Board Meeting - Ashlawn ES
 November 7, 2012
 November 14, 2012  


 November 28, 2012


 December 5, 2012
 December 13, 2012  CANCELED  
 January 9, 2013
 January 17, 2013

 January 23, 2013
 February 13, 2013  Presentation  
     February 27, 2013 (TENTATIVE)
 March 19, 2013  Presentation  
      March 20, 2013
 April 3, 2013  Presentation  
 April 17, 2013  
 April 24, 2013  Presentation  
 May 1, 2013    Presentation
 June 26, 2013
 July 24, 2013
   July 31, 2013 CANCELED

   September 11, 2013
 November 20, 2013 Presentation
Last Modified on March 31, 2015