Facilities Recognized for Superior Appearance

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March 26, 2013

Ben Boxer
DPWES - Capital Facilities
703-324-5253, TTY 711 

County Facilities Recognized for Superior Appearance

The Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia honored the Dolley Madison Library and the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Station with their annual Superior Appearance Award. The award honors completed projects or specific efforts that improve the appearance of public spaces in Northern Virginia.

Dolley Madison Library

Dolley Madison Library“[The Dolley Madison Library] is a very poetic addition and a delight to view from the park.”
-Community Appearance Alliance

The original 1967 library located in McLean, Virginia, underwent renovations in order to meet the needs for additional space and for updates to its aging building systems. A key element in the renovation of the library was the floor-to-ceiling exterior wall, composed of a staggered pattern of vertical and horizontal wood components and large window designed to form a strong visual connection with the surrounding woodland of McLean Central Park. This “green” building also serves as an example of environmentally sustainable development and was awarded the LEED® Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council.  



The Great Falls Volunteer Fire Station

Great Falls Fire Station“{The Great Falls Fire Station] is a great improvement on the existing building and a very positive contribution to its community.”
-Community Appearance Alliance

Originally constructed in 1960, the building was in need of significant upgrades to meet updated building codes and to serve the needs of the growing community. The new two-story station, constructed on the site of the original building, was designed to reference the forms of the farmhouses, barns, and silos of the rural history of Great Falls along with the current equestrian community it serves. The result is a facility with a dynamic design and the highest quality construction, with innovative use of materials advanced technological features in the building’s infrastructure. The building was also designed to meet green building standards and was awarded the LEED® Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.


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