New North County Governmental Center Achieves LEED Silver

New North County Governmental Center Achieves LEED Silver

The North County Governmental Center (1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston), which includes the Reston Police Station and Hunter Mill District Supervisor's office, has achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects are scored based on points earned in sustainable design categories. LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient and are less expensive to heat, cool, and maintain.

LEED Silver Highlights:

  • Development density and community connectivity
  • Alternative transportation
  • Water efficient landscaping (no irrigation)
  • Energy cost savings
  • Enhanced refrigerant management
  • Outdoor air delivery monitoring
  • Thermal comfort design
  • Reduced water consumption through the use of low-flow water closets and other water-efficient plumbing fixtures
  • Building materials and furnishings with recycled content and from renewable sources. More than 90% construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills

The $18 million project replaced the former police station and supervisor's office on the same site, increasing the square footage from 16,000 to 37,000. Sidewalks, benches, landscaping, and trees populate the curved edge of the site, creating a walkable environment. A county fueling station; utility, site, and parking improvements; and stormwater management features were also included in the project's scope.

The architectural design - one building comprised of two masses under a curving roof - and selection of exterior materials positions the building as a landmark in the community. The board of supervisors and community room and public lobby are light and transparent, characterized by glass and metal panels. These spaces are inviting, welcoming, and open. The police department projects a protective characteristic - heavy, sturdy and strong - characterized by masonry materials and accents of perforations.

The facility is arranged as two sections with a public lobby separating them. The two-story police station includes locker rooms, exercise room, roll call room, equipment and armory rooms, interview rooms, vehicle preparation, and two vehicle bays. Both levels of the station can be accessed through entry points within a secured zone. The supervisor's office includes a reception area/lobby, staff offices, conference room, and a large community room.

The project also includes an art sculpture titled "Mutual Understanding/Mutual Respect" located conspicuously in front of the building. This art comprises two hands reaching out for each other in a welcoming gesture of peaceful greeting, respect and shared objective. The sculpture was selected in coordination with the Initiative for Public Arts, Reston (IPAR) and is a graceful reminder that county officials and staff work together with the community in mutual understanding and mutual respect.

The biggest challenge faced by the team was the project's location on an existing site. Operations at the existing facility had to be maintained throughout all phases of construction. The team also had to meet the provision for increased parking and meet open space requirements.

The North County Governmental Center was completed in March 2016, and an official ceremony was held in June to celebrate its opening. (Watch the video.) The project was funded by the citizen-approved fall 2006 public safety facility bond referendum. AECOM was the architect and Dustin Construction was the contractor. The county's project manager was Deepak Bhinge and the project engineer was Nikolai Dubynin.

New North County Governmental Center Achieves LEED Silver


New North County Governmental Center Achieves LEED Silver

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