Consulting Engineering

Fairfax County Community Center

Fairfax County GovernmentFairfax, Virginia

CMTA was selected as consultant engineer for the comprehensive renovations, historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the historic Original Mount Vernon High School (OMVHS) facility and associated sitework. The existing structure, built in 1939 with additions in the 1950s and renovations in the 1980s, is a classic example of Colonial Revival Architecture and sits on land that was once part of the estate of President George Washington. The property is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is in the Virginia Landmarks Register. The buildings primarily consist of administrative offices, classrooms, a kitchen and cafeteria, library, gymnasium, lockers, locker rooms, auditorium, storage areas, and other core and support spaces.   

The scope of work for the proposed project includes the comprehensive renovation, historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the existing historic buildings, including replacement of roofing, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, fire protection and security systems, HazMAT remediation, ADA compliance, potential demolition of non-historic buildings, and associated sitework and infrastructure improvements/replacement, including trails. The uses being considered for the renovated OMVHS buildings include childcare and childhood education programs, theater, gymnasium, food service, and innovative community and incubation spaces for multiple uses.  

CMTA will strive to achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification to comply with Fairfax county’s Sustainable Development policy. Other sustainability initiatives will also be examined as appropriate within the historic preservation requirements.