With a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 26, our newest government building – the Public Safety Headquarters – is now open and several services will be available to the public in the coming months.
A staged move-in process is now underway and will take several months. When it is done, it will consolidate public safety functions that have been scattered around the county. The new headquarters has been built to meet the fire and police departments’ needs in 2030, accommodating up to 700 employees.
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The first three floors are open to the public and will include in the coming months:
- Central Records (for residents in need of copies of police reports, fingerprinting, criminal record checks and expungement requests)
- False Alarm Reduction Unit (to register residential and non-residential alarm systems)
- Occupational Health Center (a medical facility that provides screenings for public safety applicants, incumbent personnel and volunteers)
- Fire Marshall’s Office
There are also shared recruiting, interview and testing areas; multi-purpose and training rooms; a press room wired for news conferences and media events; and a police museum containing many artifacts and historical memorabilia.
The new site is also home to police and fire memorials. They are prominently displayed in front of the building to honor the men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. The memorials signify the unity and brotherhood with our public safety partners.
Designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, the building is the county’s first large facility to use energy-efficient LED lighting throughout. The green roofs and permeable pavements, in addition to other stormwater bio filter treatment, will have an impact that goes all the way to the Chesapeake Bay by slowing down, filtering, absorbing and purifying rain water as it leaves the site.
A 25,000-gallon tank harvests some of the runoff and reuses it for the plantings in front of the site. Daylight harvesting sensors gauge the amount of sunlight entering the office building as part of a system that adjusts the indoor light to take advantage of natural lighting. Low-flow plumbing fixtures and eco-smart environmental controls add to the building’s environmental sustainability and stewardship.
Most of the police and fire staff are currently located in the Massey Building in the City of Fairfax. Built in the 1960s as the main government center, Massey has outlived its useful life with leaking pipes, broken air conditioners and recurring power outages. The building will be demolished as part of an eight-month process starting in Fall 2018 and ending in 2019.