Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax expects to break ground
on the new school in Loudoun County this spring, according to Head of School
Ginny Colwell. “There is no guarantee whether or not the current freshman class
will graduate from the current building,” says Colwell.
The contractor is Whiting Turner. VMDO Architects designed the
new school, which will be located on Braddock Road between Riding Center Drive
and Donerails Chase Drive in South Riding.
The building design maximizes natural light in the three-story
academic wings, located in the north segment, with a performance hall, fine
arts programs, dining commons, a media center, and a chapel, says Colwell. The
central segment will contain a stadium field, locker rooms, two gyms, health
classrooms, training rooms, and coaches’ offices.
There will be a path along the perimeter of the site that can be
used as a cross-country course or nature trail. There are ponds on the east, northeast
and northwest corners.
There will be outdoor seating for lunch and commons to the west
for meals, team meetings and after-school pickup. It may also be used for
performances, community meetings and other large events. In the middle of the
school will be a media center with a library, Campus Ministry offices, and the
chapel, in keeping with the importance Paul VI places on academics and Catholic
virtues, Colwell says.
Nov. 1, 2016, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved
the diocese’s plans for the relocation of Paul VI from Fairfax to Loudoun
County. The site is 68 acres, and the new building will be able to accommodate
1,200 students on opening day with plans for a future phase to expand to 1,500
students. The plan includes athletic fields, 850 parking spaces and a gymnasium
for school Masses.
Addressing Loudoun County’s concern about traffic congestion, the
diocese proposed a parking management plan where school personnel will manage
on-site and off-site traffic for an hour before and after school and for any
special events. Paul VI is willing to provide a bus service at the request of
families, if the need presents itself, says Colwell.