Dolley Madison Library and Wiehle Garage Project Receive NAIOP Awards

Dec. 14, 2011

Dolley Madison Library Green RoofDrawing of Dolley Madison Library Green RoofWiehle Metro Station Facility

Dolley Madison Library and the Wiehle Avenue Metro Station Facility  project recently received awards from NAIOP Northern Virginia.

The organization awarded the librarywith a 2011 Award of Excellence in the category of Best Building, Institutional Facility Under $20 Million while the Wiehle project received a 2011 Award of Excellence for Best Real Estate Transaction, Lease.

The county’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Capital Facilities Branch managed the design and construction of the library, and it is also overseeing construction of the Wiehle parking garage.

The library, which was recently renovated and expanded, was designed as a green building, and the county is seeking LEED Gold® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. If it achieves this certification, it will become the fifth gold-rated county building, and the third library to attain this status.

Dolley Madison incorporates many green features—but notably, it uses a green roof to cover approximately one-third of the building. It’s the first county library with a green roof. These vegetative coverings produce a number of environmental benefits, including:

  • Reducing the amount of stormwater that runs into streams, rivers and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Absorbing air pollution and carbon dioxide.
  • Reducing the energy needed to cool the building in summer

Because it sits next to an environmentally sensitive area, a Chesapeake Bay Resource Protection Area, the library was renovated to reduce stormwater runoff. This water can contain pollutants that harm the bay, like nitrogen and phosphorous.

The Wiehle Avenue garage will serve the future Reston-Wiehle Avenue Metro station. Of the five stations that make up the first phase of the Dulles Metrorail Project, it is the only station with a parking garage.

Owned and operated by the county, the underground garage will offer 2,300 parking spaces, plus 12 bus bays, 45 kiss-and-ride spaces and bicycle storage. The garage is being built through a public-private partnership with developer Comstock Partners. As part of the partnership, Comstock is leasing the county-owned site above the garage to build a mixed-use, transit-oriented development.

NAIOP gave a team award to Comstock Partners, Fairfax County and others for this public-private partnership.

NAIOP Northern Virginia's awards celebrate significant contributions to commercial, industrial and mixed-use real estate.

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