Joanne Jorgenson Laboratory Wins Superior Appearance Award


Mar. 15, 2011

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

'Superior Appearance' of County Facility Earns Regional Recognition

Rendering of JoAnne Jorgenson LabNews Highlights:

  • JoAnne Jorgenson Laboratory wins Superior Appearance Award from the Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia.
  • The facility serves as a prime example of an adaptive reuse of an existing building.

The Health Department’s JoAnne Jorgenson Laboratory has been awarded a Superior Appearance Award from the Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia.

The judging panel cited the facility’s benefit to the community by “finding a new use for a blighted public building, by elegantly renovating the structure and site, and by preserving the historic architectural elements of the building.”

The lab is located in the former Belle Willard Elementary School in the city of Fairfax. The renovation project retained 75 percent of the building’s existing walls, floors and roof – preserving a building that the city designated as historic.

The adaptive reuse project cost less than demolishing the facility and building a new building. The renovations also included a variety of green features for which the building received a LEED Gold© rating from the U.S. Green Building Council©.

The lab performs environmental and clinical tests, including for infectious diseases. It is a Biosafety Level 3 facility, which is the next to highest safety certification. This means that the lab can safely handle biological agents that can be spread through the air like tuberculosis.

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