Plan Excellence Awards Recognize High-Quality Plans for Future Development

November 20, 2017
For Immediate Release

Plan Excellence Awards Recognize High-Quality Plans for Future Development

Fairfax's redevelopment can be seen in every corner of the county, but few see how it all starts: as carefully engineered plans that are reviewed by experts to ensure that the environment and the health and safety of residents are adequately protected. To recognize high-quality development plans submitted to Fairfax County for review, the Engineers & Surveyors Institute (ESI) and Fairfax County's Department of Land Development Services (LDS) have developed the first annual ESI/LDS Plan Excellence Awards.

ESI partners with the county in a variety of ways by bringing public and private sector partners together to promote and improve education, collaboration and design plan quality. County review typically is conducted by many different agencies, but is coordinated by a plan reviewer in LDS's Site Development and Inspections Division. Before a permit to disturb land is issued, staff review such items as erosion and sedimentation controls, drainage and water quality provisions, adequate tree cover and landscaping, and other issues affecting the integration of the proposed development into the surrounding environment. The speed and efficiency of this process is a result of a successful partnership between the applicant and county staff.

The ESI/LDS Plan Excellence Awards highlight plans that were prepared with utmost care and attention to detail, allowing the review process to move quickly to completion. The high-quality plans recognized this year demonstrate the importance of close collaboration between government and the private sector to ensure a bright future for Fairfax County. The winners of the ESI/LDS Plan Excellence Awards will be honored at an event at ESI headquarters in Chantilly, Va.

The 2017 Winners:

Capital One Block C - William H. Gordon Associates
James Williams, Steve Pandish, Chris Freshour, Megan Newberger, Kelsey Ryan, Rob Walker

The site plan for "Capital One Block C" is part of Capital One's 5.2 million-square-foot project, a major development that is key to remaking Tysons into Fairfax County's urban downtown. Once constructed, Capital One Block C will be a mixed-use building including retail, a conference center and a hotel with associated structure parking and related utilities. It is located next to the under-construction 32-story Capital One headquarters and will include a Wegmans grocery store.

The first submission of this project's site plan was detailed and thorough, exhibiting best practices for site plan submission. Specifically, the detailed information about stormwater mitigation was provided, which often does not appear until the second submission. In addition, the engineer ensured that the details and the computations were consistent throughout the plan.

Arrowbrook Centre Landbays B1 and C1 - Pennoni
Brian Swanson, Marco Restivo, Nisha Cheriathundam, Jonathan Bondi, Diana Kincaid, Nadejda Burdiuja

The Arrowbrook Centre Landbays B1 and C1 is part of a larger project located west of Centreville Road and South of the Dulles Toll Road. This section of the project includes multi-family units and a dog park. An innovative strategy to manage stormwater is being provided with the utilization of Jellyfish, Filterras, urban bioretention tree pits and a bioretenton area. The first submission of this plan contained very specific detail that went above and beyond what is seen on a typical site plan. This made the plan review, including waiver review, go smoothly for the many review agencies. Also, the applicant included some "wish list" items that were not required for approval, but were offered as suggestions by the county to improve the design. The Arrowbrook Centre project is one of the first projects to go through Fairfax County's pilot Project Management Program, which assigns a specific project manager to help the applicant navigate the development review process. This plan was truly a collaborative effort between the developer, engineer and county staff.

749 Chain Bridge Road, McLean VA - Land Development Consultants (Infill Plan)
John Manganello and Ron Rice

From January through September 2017, over 700 Infill Grading plans have been reviewed, which are proposals to develop or redevelop a single-family residential lot which is surrounded by land already developed. This particular infill plan was for a residence with a building footprint of approximately 5,000 square feet with a swimming pool and drainfield. This plan is being recognized for its clarity and very easy-to-follow layout. In particular, the outfall analysis and the stormwater design information was clear and comprehensive covering all the requirements in detail.

The Engineers and Surveyors Institute (ESI) is a nonprofit Virginia corporation committed to improving and sustaining public/private partnerships and dedicated to working with the public and private sectors toward submission of high quality engineering plans and improving the processes by which they are approved. ESI is the proud recipient of the prestigious U. S. Senate Productivity Award for Virginia. For more information, visit

Plan Excellence Awards Recognize High-Quality Plans for Future Development

Contact: Anne Cissel, Public Information Officer
Department of Land Development Services
703-324-2743, TTY 711

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