In this unique project, Quinn Evans Architects implemented a new collaborative workplace design and client-focused public service facilities together with a continuing education suite that reflects the County’s values.

To consolidate rental space and realize efficiencies, Arlington County Public Schools co-located administrative offices with an adult education program. The project capitalizes on recognizing joint functions to provide public services including testing and counseling, program development and delivery, as well as continuing education. In the creation of a unified design, Quinn Evans Architects led a programming and planning process to define client populations and workflows. The result is a new collaborative work environment with a focus on the responsive and accessible delivery of services to the public and high performance educational environments.  


  • Workplace transformation for administrative offices
  • New adult continuing education program


To facilitate the change of office space as well as the change of organizational culture envisioned by the project, QEA facilitated an intensive stakeholder engagement process from beginning to end. Through collaborative forums, the team was able to foster consensus and acceptance. Early engagement with administrators and staff during planning identified operational cultures within the organization. These gave cues towards opportunities for consolidation and space allocation. The participatory process continued to foster approval of new workplace standards and enabled a methodical move process.

"The Quinn Evans team participated in a thoughtful and thorough stakeholder engagement process that gave staff members a real voice in programming and design."

John Chadwick, Assistant Superintendent, Facilities & Operations, Arlington Public Schools

Creating Civic Character

The definition of these offices for Arlington Public Schools recognized the need to create a fitting and welcoming place for the public. A commitment to excellence in the character of the space was a project goal. An integrated welcome center is the hub to the space – a welcome desk facilitates access to the spectrum of services, and the waiting area is equipped with computer access, lounge space, and a playroom for small children. Fixed-glass sidelite panels into each of the classrooms and private interview rooms feature imagery of Arlington’s public schools. These provide decorative accents throughout the space while reflecting the civic character of the county schools.

"The team demonstrated a thorough command of twenty-first century workplace concepts by implementing current and emerging trends in workplace design, with particular emphasis on "customer" service, staff collaboration, and accessibility"

John Chadwick, Assistant Superintendent, Facilities & Operations, Arlington Public Schools