Fairfax County Judicial Center Parking Structure Wins Award
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010
May 14, 2004
Fairfax County Judicial Center Parking
Structure Wins Award from American Public Works Association
Because of its under-budget cost,
environmentally sensitive design and ahead-of-schedule construction, the
new Fairfax County Judicial Center parking structure has won the Project
of the Year award from the regional chapter of the American Public Works
The association’s Virginia-D.C.-Maryland Chapter recognized the project in the “Structures — More Than $10 Million” category. Given yesterday at the chapter conference in Norfolk, Va., the award was presented to two key members of the project team from the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services: Teresa Lepe, project manager with the Planning and Design Division and Magdi Imbabi, senior project engineer with the Construction Management Division.
Located in Old Town Fairfax, the 1,932-space lot offers parking to employees and citizens who visit the county’s Public Safety Complex. The Department of Public Works and Environmental Services solicited extensive public input to ensure that the structure would fit in with its historic surroundings. Because of concerns voiced at several public meetings, the concrete building gained a ribbon of accenting brick work that wraps around each of its seven levels. Additionally, a brick facade dresses the turret-like stair tower so it blends in with the city’s architecture.
To reduce stormwater runoff, the structure incorporated a half-acre rain garden on the north side and grass pavers on a side-access road. A new park, planted on the eastern side, provides a green buffer between the Public Safety Complex and Old Town.
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services employees trimmed $2 million from the project’s estimated budget, as a result of 40 hours spent on value-engineering analysis. The department’s successful project management pushed construction 35 days ahead of schedule, with no time extensions requested or needed by contractors.
For its fine work on the project, the general contractor, Falls Church Construction Corporation, received the Contractor of the Year award from the APWA at the same conference. Wisnewski Blair and Associates was the project’s architect.
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