Beech Tree Elementary

Location: Falls Church, Va.

Project type: elementary school

Client: Fairfax County Public Schools


  • new and orienting entry
  • media center library
  • classrooms
  • art and music facilities
  • special education programs
  • commercial kitchen and cafeteria
  • administration

This complete renewal of an elementary school along with targeted additions addresses student enrollment growth and academic program needs. The design relies on a series of additions around the existing building to add roughly 20,000 square feet of new space while reorganizing and consolidating the various academic programs.

Beech Tree Elementary School is a neighborhood school located in an established residential neighborhood in Fairfax County. The school was originally built in the 1960s and sits on a tight site limiting the possibilities for expansion. The design was developed to allow phasing of the project over the course of two and a half years while the school was occupied and fully functional.

Along the front of the building is a new and more prominent entrance with better visibility for supervision and security in addition to a new secondary entrance to serve the public media center and gymnasium spaces. These additions provide the school with a new facade that unifies the school and ties it together with an updated modern appearance. The kindergarten, art and music additions are located at the rear of the building and were designed to be in accord to the existing school facades.