Photos: Teardown at Terraset Elementary

by Karen Goff July 8, 2014 at 9:30 am 3 Comments

Now that the students are finally off for the summer, the real work can begin at Reston’s Terraset Elementary School.

The school at 11411 Ridge Heights Rd. is undergoing a multimillion renovation. Many classes were moved into temporary classrooms this school year as the interior work began.

Late last week, work began on demolishing the dual pedestrian bridges that lead from the kiss-and-ride area to the school, which is partially built underground.

Terraset, as well as Sunrise Valley Elementary School, will transform from a late-1970s open classroom layout to a more traditional one. The Terraset renovations will increase the school’s capacity by about 300 students.

Also among the changes for Terraset:

  • 3,400-square foot administrative addition to the front entrance.
  • 7,613-square-foot art and music addition
  • 11,100-square-foot media and classroom addition.
  • 3,919-square-foot School Age Child Care addition
  • 7,521-square-foot west classroom addition
  • New kiss-and-ride area
  • New parking areas in various locations
  • Two asphalt play areas and a soccer field at the rear of the school

  • Tom

    What I see is the transformation of a beautiful verdant and unique school surrounded by trees and woods into the traditional structure we use to store our children in for
    most of the day. The cool tree lined parking lot (which seemed quite adequate) is
    losing over half of its mature trees for more asphalt for more cars. (queue Carol
    King’s “Paved Paradise and put up a parking Lot”). In opposition to the Reston culture, It does not seem like the County has any concern for wooded areas near schools – Langston-Hughes MS down the road is prime example of an uninspiring industrial design building with very few trees on its campus. We should be able to do better.

    • Rick Emery

      It’s not unique. They have the exact same school in Burke.

  • Pisces Rising

    Thought I was alone in being appalled at the raw construction site that is Terraset’s current state. So many trees are gone & it is just a mess. What a shame the children will lose in several ways: aesthetically and environmentally (those green areas were habitat for already stressed pollinators), while stormwater runoff will increase exponentially.


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