Loudoun County Hires Shockey to Build New Middle School | Leesburg Today

LEESBURG, VA (August 20, 2015) – While the coming Brambleton area middle school still awaits a name, the Loudoun County School Board has hired the company to build the school.

The construction contract for the school referred to as MS-9 has been awarded to Winchester-based Howard Shockey & Sons Inc. for $49.34 million. The board voted Tuesday to award the project to the company, which had the lowest responsible bid, according to board records. Howard Shockey & Sons also built Tuscarora High School, among other Loudoun schools.

Four of the six bids that came in for the project fell within $2.3 million of one another. Construction on the much-needed middle school is expected to start soon and wrap up in time for an August 2017 opening. MS-9 will provide some relief for the county’s most crowded middle schools.

Now, the school just needs a name.  The School Board is expected to adopt a title for the school sometime this fall, after rescinding its initial vote to name it after former Loudouner John F. Ryan. Board members voted unanimously in June 23 to reverse its decision after community members brought to light that Ryan might have ushered in racial segregation laws when he served as speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1894 to 1899, and again from 1901 to 1906.  The board has directed a naming committee to reconvene and propose a new name.

The school was designed by MTFA Architecture.

Source: Diane Nadler / Leesburg Today