Consultants/Contractors Recognized for Excellent Performance on Projects

public works letterheadDec. 7, 2012

Ben Boxer
DPWES – Capital Facilities
703-324-5880, TTY 711

County Recognizes Consultants/Contractors for Excellent Performance on Capital Projects

The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services’ Division of Building Design and Construction presents annual Awards of Excellence to recognize consultant and contractor teams for their work on capital construction projects. This year’s awards honored teams and individuals contributing to capital projects completed in 2012:

Ritter Architects
I-66 Transfer Station Operations Center

I-66 Transfer Station Operations CenterRitter Architects is recognized for the outstanding design of the I-66 Transfer Station Operations Center and the excellent customer service provided to Fairfax County throughout the planning, design and construction of the project. The building design has achieved programmatic relationships while overcoming significant site constraints, providing numerous amenities, ample natural lighting, and attractive interiors.

Located on the site of the former I-66 landfill, the I-66 Transfer Station Operations Center is a two-story, 10,000-square-foot building which serves on-site managers and staff who operate the I-66 Transfer Station complex. The facility was structurally designed to sit upon a 40’ thick layer of compacted trash, while mitigating the effect of gases generated below.

The new building uses a composition of materials and colors which identify it as part of the overall county campus, yet give it a distinct authority and presence.  Metal panels and exposed structural steel create an industrial appearance, but the rotated upper level and the entrance details identify the facility as a focal point for operations. The interior architecture brings clerestory light into the central corridor, and the building includes a contrast of materials such as curved wooden walls, ornamental railings for the second floor overlooks, and a finished concrete floor which passes from the interior to the exterior of the building. This facility is a candidate to receive a LEED ® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

HITT Contracting, Inc.
Jennings Courtroom Renovations

Courtroom 5FHITT Contracting, Inc. is recognized for their excellence in the renovation of Jennings Courtroom 5F. The 2,400-square-foot courtroom required the demolition and replacement of existing floor, walls and ceiling finishes. The project also included the demolition and modification of existing mechanical, electrical and security systems as well as the new millwork benches and the restoration of spectator seats. 

The excellent work on the part of HITT Contracting, Inc. through their construction practice and responsiveness contributed greatly to the success of this project. The successful partnership with HITT Contracting, Inc. aided in overcoming unforeseen obstacles in a timely and efficient manner and the project was completed in a timely fashion and within the budget established.




Culbertson Company of Virginia
Fairfax County Courthouse Exterior Façade Repairs

Fairfax County CourthouseThe excellent efforts in construction practice and documentation by the Culbertson Company of Virginia (CCV), coupled with their exemplary responsiveness and partnering with the county have contributed to an extraordinarily successful project that fully achieved its intended outcome. The project consisted of extensive repairs to the exterior brick façade at the courthouse expansion facility. The repairs included the removal of existing brick façade from numerous locations on the north face of the building where extensive moisture behind the façade had damaged the brick. Additional interior courtyard façade repairs at the ceremonial staircase were added to the scope of work. All work had to be staged, executed, and tested during normal working hours and while maintaining full-time public access to the building.  

Although many unforeseen conditions were encountered during the course of the work, CCV remained responsive and provided valuable assistance to the county in developing solutions. As a result of their commitment and dedication, the project goals of quality, timeliness, and budget were met or exceeded in the construction of this challenging and important project.



Nathan Jennings
Dominion Virginia Power

VDOT and Virginia State Police building
Nathan Jennings is recognized for his excellence in providing exemplary customer service to Fairfax County on multiple projects including the Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police Administration Building (pictured above)and the Fair Oaks Police and Fire and Rescue Station. Mr. Jennings and Dominion Virginia Power provided a new or upgraded electrical service on these projects.

Both projects presented unique challenges and design criteria due to the nature of their site, architectural design and construction timelines. Each project required a creative approach to the electrical service design as well as the distribution pathways that service the facilities.

Mr. Jennings provided a high level of customer support throughout the design and construction solutions in support of the client’s needs and project goals. The professionalism and technical expertise he brought to these projects contributed greatly to their success.

Fair Oaks Police and Fire Station










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