Loudoun County Public Schools
Trailside Middle School follows a prototype design previously built in Loudoun County. The school features classrooms, computer classrooms, a media center, gymnasiums, locker rooms, an auditorium, a music suite, and seventh and eighth grade technology labs. The prototype was modified to provide a secure entrance vestibule to allow for supervision of visitors to the school. With support from the school community and administration, the new school follows sustainable operating and maintenance practices, as well as encourage a healthy learning environment. Sustainable goals were approved through a series of meetings between the design team and owner. A comprehensive energy model was developed to optimize energy efficiency, and to serve as a cost-benefit decision-making tool for analyzing the building’s envelope, and insulation, glazing.