Construction Starts for Lightridge High School in Loudoun County

ALDIE, Va. – General contractor Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. started construction on Loudoun County’s new Lightridge High School (HS-9) in early July.

The new 305,000-square-foot building will serve students in 9th through 12th grades, and will help relieve overcrowding in the Dulles South area of Loudoun County (the fastest-growing county in Virginia).

The high school will be built using the Loudoun County Public Schools’ (LCPS) new two-story high school design prototype. Lightridge’s stunning design features a mix of masonry and glass, which add visual appeal and help modulate the overall mass of the building.

Sustainable systems include high-efficiency condensing water heaters, low-flow fixtures, and natural and LED lighting with daylight sensors.

With an anticipated program capacity of 1,800 students, Lightridge will include classrooms, a media center, a cafeteria, an auditorium/theater, greenhouse, main and auxiliary gyms, lighted stadium, baseball and softball fields, lighted tennis courts, as well as practice and physical education fields and track and field facilities.

Key project team members include:

  • Owner: Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS)
  • Contractor: Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc.
  • Architect: MTFA
  • Civil Engineer: Urban Ltd.
  • MEP Engineer: 2RW

Lightridge High School is located on Collaboration Drive in Aldie, near Braddock Road and Northstar Boulevard. In accordance with county zoning requirements, 50% of the 151-acre site will be preserved as open space.

The project received funding in fiscal year 2018, and will open at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year.