FCPS engaged First Choice Public-Private Partnership to design and construct a new 1,100 student, approximately 160,000 square foot middle school. The proposed site is on city-owned, approximately 26 acres in the Idlewild neighborhood.
Forward Thinking Design
The building’s core spaces are sized for a future capacity. The site plan consists of outdoor learning spaces both within an enclosed building courtyard and beyond the building footprint, a football field with a 6-lane asphalt track, a soccer/field hockey field, a bus loop, parking for approximately 220 cars, and various strategies for storm water management.
Mapped Out Timeline
With an estimated substantial completion date of August 8, 2025, FCPS and First Choice Public-Private Partnership have begun the project in earnest. Stay tuned to this page for any updates and highlights as the project progresses.
- New middle school for 1,100 student capacity.
- Grades 6-8 getting access to extended learning opportunities.
- 162,000 square feet.
- Administration at the front with secure vestibule and second floor admin suite.
- Centralized courtyard outdoor learning and natural daylight to all classrooms.
- Two story media center.
- Auditoria flexible performance and dining space with outdoor patio.
- Gym, auxiliary gym and outdoor fields with track, basketball and tennis.
- Partitioning of building to secure academic side from public spaces for after hours community use.
- Plans to connect with Downman House historic side adjacent.
"Elected officials, alongside city and school division staff, celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Fredericksburg middle school at 2201 Idlewild Blvd. on [May 5].
As construction vehicles passed busily back and forth over the 26-acre expanse of dirt that will eventually be the home of the 160,000-square-foot school, officials praised the cooperation and community input that led to the groundbreaking.
'The work that was done was a long process, but it was worth every moment,' said Fredericksburg Vice-Mayor Chuck Frye. 'It created more conversations about what the city needed. I’m glad that the School Board and City Council listened to the community, and I can’t wait to see the minds that will be touched in our new school.'
Fredericksburg City Public Schools engaged First Choice, a public-private partnership between Moseley Architects and English Construction, to design and build the middle school, which will have a capacity of 1,100 students."
Photography credited to Suzanne Rossi.
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See exactly where the site will be on Google Maps.