Centerbrook planned the conversion of the legendary Lorton Prison Workhouse into an arts center to serve Fairfax County and the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. Phase I included the demolition of several unusable structures, the renovation of five dormitories into artist studios and galleries, the adaptive reuse of the former gymnasium into a theater development of an open market area, renovation of buildings for use as a visitor's center and an events center as well as selected site improvements.

Phase II comprised the renovation of 60,000 square feet including three additional studio buildings, the music center, various administrative buildings and the remainder of the site improvements. The final phase will include renovation of 35,000 square feet into a performing arts center and new construction for artists housings.

The design for the 40-acre site saves the character generating prison structures and creates out of them a memorable and functional complex for the arts, including the theater department of nearby George Mason University.