HESS was the Design-Builder for the new Diocese of Arlington Catholic High School located in Prince William County, Virginia. The new high school is the Diocese’ fourth diocesan high school—the first to be built in over two decades. The school opened in August 2008 and was built to accommodate 1,000 students. HESS worked with the architect and owner in providing creative and innovative solutions for this complex project involving scope, budget and schedule constraints.
The new 187,000 square-foot brick-banded Pope John Paul The Great High School on the Cherry Hill Peninsula of Prince William County houses a library and a high-tech learning resource center equipped with wireless Internet and video-conferencing. Classrooms, science laboratories, as well as a fixed-seat auditorium, gymnasium, administrative offices and support spaces add to the amenities of the building. The entrance central to the building is aligned with the chapel located in the heart of the building. Both elements are dramatically framed with glu-laminated wooden arches.