Kenmore Middle School

Arlington, VA Completed 2005
Project Highlights
  • Arlington Public Schools
  • 206,000 sf, 850 students
  • New Construction
  • 2006 Outstanding Design Award, VSBA Exhibition of School Architecture
  • 2006 Merit Award for Interior Architecture, VEFP
  • 2006 Outstanding Distinction for Interiors, CEFPI Northeast

Artistic immersion.

Kenmore Middle School, with its focus on an arts and technology curriculum, is a community-focused facility. The school seeks to not only educate its students in the mastery of their craft, but also hopes that they will be inspired by the visiting groups, such as the Arlington Symphony and the Bowen-McCauley Dance Group, that use the state-of-the-art spaces for their performances. The school is passionately dedicated to student exploration of arts and communications and the synergistic relationships with the core middle school academic program.

The school is organized into three zones. The circular core and adjacent Main Street house the academic public spaces, such as the business suite, media center, administration and guidance. This central core, full of interior glazing, serves as the heart of the school, providing access to all other curriculum components. The “Core” zone houses the classrooms and teacher planning centers. This space also provides ample room to display student work, fostering student pride and ownership of the space. The “Encore” zone includes an auditorium, black box theater, dance studio, music rooms and art labs, all of which are open for community use.

Notably, during the Design Development phase, the schedule was modified to request that the project open a full year ahead of schedule, getting the students into school sooner. G+P adjusted the design schedule to overlap with the construction, making the accelerated timeline a reality.