New Goochland Elementary School

Construction Project

Draft rendering of new GES from main entrance from bus loop

Possible view of new GES main entrance from bus loop

Draft rendering of new GES front office reception area

Possible view of new GES reception area with transaction window

Draft rendering of new GES cafeteria, view from main entrance

Possible view of new GES cafeteria, view from main entrance

Draft rendering of new GES open library, view from classroom hallway on second floor

Possible view of new GES open library from 2nd floor classroom hallway

The New GES Design Committee produced a Design Vision statement during October 2021 that includes four principles to guide their work: The new school will be flexible and adaptable, collaborative and engaging, student-centered and age-appropriate, and connected to the site and nature.

Our architects (lead by Bill Bradley of Stantec) presented a preliminary Schematic Design of the new GES building at the December 14, 2021 School Board meeting. Unfortunately the cost estimate was too high and there were many options considered, including using a different site, redesigning the building, and using the current GES site. In early March 2022, Stantec was asked to redesign a new, more compact school on the original Bulldog Way site and that schematic design was presented to the School Board on March 29, 2022. The latest design with elevations was presented to the School Board on May 10, 2022. We received design development documentation in July and, after incorporating owner and value engineering comments, Stantec presented complete Construction Drawings for the County's permit review process on September 12, 2022. The challenge continues to be how to fund the significantly higher construction costs that are now the new norm.

Student holding drawing of school

Merritt (6) shows the architect her design of the new GES at the GES Community meeting.

After serving the learning needs of generations of students, Goochland Elementary will be reborn in 2024 as a new school along Bulldog Way!

The new Goochland Elementary School will be home for 650 K-5 students and 50 preschool students. The new school will be designed for today’s teachers and students and will include a gym and an appropriately sized media center. While design discussions are just beginning, the new school will also include modern security and energy efficiency features and have designated car and bus drop-off and pick-up areas.

We will keep this site up-to-date throughout the design and construction process and will provide our community with opportunities to share their thoughts about elements of the new school.

Sign at new Bulldog Way site stating "Future Home of Goochland Elementary School"

Sign installed on Bulldog Way site

GVA Bonds Logo

How will the new school be funded?

In the November 2, 2021 bond referendum, Goochland County voters overwhelmingly decided that the County could fund the new GES with General Obligation Bonds. The County and Schools have also budgeted cash from year-end surplus and proffers for this project. The joint boards are also considering additional funding from bond premium and interest.

Learn more about this fiscally responsible funding option on the GVA Bonds Website

Design Input

We hosted two community meetings to provide opportunities to learn more about the project and give some design input:

September 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Goochland MS/HS

October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Goochland Elementary

Watch the architect interview a GES student during the 10/18/2021 community meeting.

From October 19-25, 2021 we asked the community for additional design input through an online survey and received 62 great responses which were considered during the Design Charette on 10/28/2021.

The overall project budget was $39,049,774 (11/2020 estimate). Current estimate is $53,027,77 (4/11/2022 independent estimate)*.

Budget to Actual/Estimate 4/12/2022

*As is true throughout the country, construction costs have skyrocketed over the last six months.

Project Timeline (revised 5/2022)

Design Timeline

Construction Timeline

Architects: Stantec

Owner Representative/Project Manager: McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc. (MBP)

Goochland County Public Schools Project Executive Team:

  • Jeremy Raley, Superintendent

  • Debbie White, Capital Projects Manager (CFO)

  • Todd Steeley, Director of Maintenance and Facilities

Design Steering Committee:

  • GCPS Project Executive Team

  • Andy Armstrong, Asst. Superintendent Administration

  • Steve Geyer, Asst. Superintendent, Instruction

  • Jennifer Waggener, Exec. Dir., Exceptional Education

  • Tina McCay, Principal, GES

  • Sarah Brown, Preschool Teacher, GES

  • Kelley Taylor, Elementary Teacher, GES

  • Laura Kassner, Community Member

  • Sandra Barkley, Community Member

  • Lorena Maier, GHS student


Second Schematic Design - Stantec Presentation 3/29/2021

Project Update and Alternative Options Considered, Dr. Raley presentation to Joint Boards, March 8, 2022.

First Schematic Design - Stantec Presentation 12/14/2021

Images from the GES Design Charette on October 28, 2021:

Images from the GES Design Community Meeting on October 18, 2021:

September 13, 2021 Community Pre-design Presentation (PDF, Stantec)

Images from the Steering Committee's new school tours on September 8, 2021: