West Ox Complex Groundbreaking


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Nov. 21, 2005

Groundbreaking Held for West Ox Complex

A Unique County, Commonwealth and Regional Partnership

Chairman Gerald E. Connolly and other members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors officially broke ground today, Monday, Nov. 21, for the development of the West Ox Complex, a partnership among Fairfax County, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The West Ox Complex encompasses approximately 130 acres on West Ox Road between Route 29 and Route 66 in the Springfield District of Fairfax County. It is located on the former “Camp 30” state correctional facility.

The complex will provide critical infrastructure to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of both public safety and transportation services in the county and Northern Virginia. Representatives from the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia State Police and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority also participated in the groundbreaking event.

“In the post-9/11 era there is no such thing as being too prepared,” said Connolly. “Today’s groundbreaking assures the residents of Fairfax County that we will be able to meet any emergency — man-made or natural.”

The project will transform the former state correctional facility to a multipurpose, multiagency complex featuring the county’s Department of Public Safety Communications (9-1-1 call center), Office of Emergency Management, Police Department Forensics and a bus operations/maintenance facility in partnership with WMATA. The West Ox Complex also will contain the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Northern Virginia Regional Operations, Area 04 Clifton Area Maintenance Headquarters and State Forces Construction for the Fairfax area, as well as the Virginia State Police Division 7 call-takers and dispatchers.

Development of the West Ox Complex will take place in phases. There are plans for growth through 2025, with additional expansion capabilities.

Phase one at the West Ox Complex will be the Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center — PSTOC. Construction of the building will be completed by November 2007. The estimated cost for PSTOC is $122.5 million, which includes $102.5 million for the county functions and $20 million for the Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Transportation functions.

PSTOC will include:

  • Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications (9-1-1 call center)
  • Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management
  • Fairfax County Emergency Operations Center
  • Virginia State Police Division 7 call-takers and dispatchers
  • Virginia Department of Transportation Smart Traffic Center

The Fairfax County areas in the PSTOC facility will total approximately 93,000 square feet. The Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Transportation areas in PSTOC will total approximately 21,000 square feet.

The Fairfax County Police Department Forensics Facility, approximately 33,000 square feet, will be collocated with the PSTOC facility. The estimated cost for the forensics facility is $13 million.

For more information and project updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/westox.

 

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