Providence Community Center
On Sept., 7, Providence District Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth was joined by Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly and a host of county officials and honored guests to break ground for the construction of the Providence Community Center. The 32,000-square-foot facility — a component of the MetroWest development—will host numerous programs offered by the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and serve as the office of the Providence District Supervisor.
The center will include a full-sized gymnasium, activity rooms, classrooms, a commercial kitchen and a sensory room for individuals with disabilities. Each of these rooms and amenities will be available for community use during non-programming times. The building will also serve as a polling place for the local precinct.
The Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) will offer a wide variety of activities for participants of all ages (youth to older adults) and abilities including:
- After-school programs and summer camps
- Health, wellness and fitness activities
- Programs and activities for older adults
- Recreational programs for participants with disabilities
- Technology programs and access to the internet
- Volunteer opportunities
NCS is actively seeking citizen input as we plan our activities to meet the community needs. We are also looking to partner with local organizations to enhance our program offerings. To provide input on the program design or to partner with us, please attend one of the upcoming community meetings or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The facility has been designed with the goal of achieving the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard issued by the U.S. Green Building Council – in accordance with the county’s Green Building Policy. The facility’s green features will include:
- Energy efficient mechanical systems
- Water- and energy-conserving fixtures and appliances
- Use of regional and recycled content materials
- Vegetated roof and native landscaping
Construction of the facility is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013 with project completion and occupancy by early 2015.
As a part of the MetroWest Development, Pulte Homes has proffered to provide the land and design and construct the Providence Community Center. Pulte’s funding contribution toward the total project cost, in addition to the land, is $7.94 million. The balance of the funding is provided through Fairfax County Economic Development Authority Bonds.
For additional information on the construction of the facility, please contact Capital Facilities at 703-324-5800, TTY 711.