County Honored at NAIOP Awards
Nov. 28, 2012
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Fairfax County Honored for 'Focus on Excellence' at Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Awards
The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) was among 23 recipients of the NAIOP Northern Virginia Awards of Excellence, at the group’s annual awards gala in Tysons Corner. Honors were received for the Mid County Human Services Center and the I-66 Transfer Station Operations Center in the categories of “Best Real Estate Transaction” and “Best Buildings,” respectively.
Best Real Estate Transaction – Sale:
The Mid County Human Services Center
Team: DPWES, Inova Health Services, Noritake Associates and Manhattan Construction
The property transaction between Fairfax County and Inova Health Services, Inc. provided the land, infrastructure, and significant savings in project financing for the county’s development of the Mid County Human Services Center to replace the existing Woodburn Mental Health Center. The agreement also provides Inova with the acquisition of 21.88 acres to address the critically needed long-term development capacity for healthcare services at the Inova Fairfax Hospital complex.
The Mid County Human Services Center development will provide a 200,000-square-foot office building, including a 40,000-square-foot area to be leased by Inova, and a 690-space parking structure, to consolidate the programs of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and provide additional space for meeting the demands of existing services. The development of this facility presents the county with significant cost savings in project financing and consolidation of services. The facility is currently under construction managed by DPWES.
Best Building – Institutional Facility Under $20
The I-66 Transfer Station Operations Center
Team: DPWES, Ritter Architects and Falls Church Construction Corporation
Completed in March of 2011, the I-66 Transfer Station Operations Center houses locker rooms and showers, training rooms, lunchroom and office space. The 10,700-square-foot facility was constructed to replace an aging work center consisting of four trailers in deteriorating condition.
The facility is built above a portion of the closed I-66 Landfill that contains compacted trash and soil. The decomposition of the waste also produces methane and other gases directly beneath the building. The design required a special foundation system to prevent excessive settling of the building and included a system to receive processed landfill gas for the mechanical systems. The building also contains a comprehensive methane detection and evacuation system integrated into and below the building.
In compliance with the county’s Green Building Policy, the facility was designed and constructed to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s silver certification standards under the Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design Program. Several green design features include the use of recycled and rapidly-renewable building materials, energy efficient appliances, maximizing the use of natural light in 95 percent of occupied spaces and the use of low-flow plumbing fixtures.
NAIOP Northern Virginia is a chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and it comprises over 825 members serving the local Northern Virginia market.
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