Department of Planning and Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-324-1380
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 730
Fairfax, VA 22035

Exceptional Design Awards Program,
Department of Planning and Development

2019 James M. Scott Exceptional Design Award Recipients

Honor Awards

George Mason University Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall

GMUARCHITECT: Perkins Eastman

OWNER: George Mason University

CATEGORY: Institutional

YEAR COMPLETED: 2017

PHOTOGRAPHER: Joseph Romeo

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Braddock

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: Considered a flagship for George Mason University, the Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall was designed with an understanding of the impact of this facility on the image of the campus, expressing GMU’s commitment to sustainability, student accommodations, community outreach and visual design.  The building integrates the language of the campus, blends in well, and successfully combines the master plan guidelines.  The strong indoor/outdoor connection provides for intentional social connections, knitting site and pedestrian access to the campus. This environmentally responsible building incorporates green building practices well, accomplishing the University’s mission to promote sustainability and healthy living. The jury would like to encourage this quality of building and awarded it an Honor Award.

Inova Sports Medicine

InovaARCHITECT: Architecture, Incorporated

OWNER: Inova Health System

CATEGORY: Institutional

YEAR COMPLETED: 2019

PHOTOGRAPHER: Paul Burk

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Providence

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: Inova Sports Medicine is a comprehensive sports medicine treatment center committed to holistic patient care. This 25,000 square foot interior build out was organized with a “main street” spine to minimize staff circulation and playful cylindrical spaces that reflect the existing buildings entrance lobby. Bold colors intentionally placed create special moments of interest above and beyond the norm. The jury enjoyed the consistency of iconic themes throughout this creative interior, reflecting exterior themes which are incorporated on the interior forms with a nice use of materials and color. We look forward to completion of Phase II as the updated façade planned is beautifully designed. This amazing transformation earned an Honor Award.

Signature at Reston Town Center

Signature RTCARCHITECT: Shalom Baranes Associates

OWNER: Boston Properties

CATEGORY: Residential (multi-family)

YEAR COMPLETED: 2018

PHOTOGRAPHER: Alan Karchmer

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Hunter Mill

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: Signature at Reston Town Center combines the best of Reston’s 60’s modernism and a new fresh urbanism. The jury found Signature successfully expressed inspiration from the nearby Lake Anne community yet created a unique sophisticated iconology. Clearly organized components handle multiple scales, nicely addressing the street and yet readable from far away. Signature is an excellent reflection of Reston architectural ideals and is well deserving of an Honor Award.

Merit Awards

Caboose Commons

caboose commonsARCHITECT: DBI Architects

OWNER: Caboose Brewing Company

CATEGORY: Adaptive Re-use/Repurposing

YEAR COMPLETED: 2018

PHOTOGRAPHER: Caboose Brewing Company and DBI Architects

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Providence

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: Caboose Commons is a sister to the Caboose Brewing Company with the broader vision of a brew house, eatery and coffeehouse; it provides a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere for the community to gather to see and be seen. The transformed abandoned metal building provides a funky, eclectic aesthetic which uniquely recognizes that something happened here in the past. The building is a good example of successful practice in the preservation and continuity of neighborhood history. The jury awarded this nicely done adaptive re-use a Merit Award. 

Capital One Headquarters

capital oneARCHITECT: HKS Architects; Bonstra | Haresign Architects; Callison RTKL

OWNER: Capital One

CATEGORY: Commercial

YEAR COMPLETED: 2018

PHOTOGRAPHER: Connie Zhou

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Providence

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: Capital One Headquarters is part of a 26 acre urban village plan that is envisioned as an anchor in the new transit-oriented master plan for Tyson. As the tallest occupied structure in the DC Metro area, the jury felt the clean tower successfully addresses both the interstate view yet provides an interesting, complicated streetscape with nice landscape interaction. The Capital One Headquarters is a focal point for a well-executed urban village site plan. Capital One has created truly inspiring experiences both inside and out, driven by their corporate goal that “It’s about People, Community and the Environment”. The jury awarded the project a Merit Award.

Langley High School

langley high schoolARCHITECT: Perkins Eastman

OWNER: Fairfax County Public Schools

CATEGORY: Institutional

YEAR COMPLETED: 2018

PHOTOGRAPHER: Andrew Rugge at Perkins Eastman

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Dranesville

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: The comprehensive modernization and expansion of the 1960’s building provides a centerpiece for the community, a sense of pride. The expansion created a strong sense of identity with a campus-like collection of built-up components that enhance the way the building is used, creating more character and a compelling sense of place. The Jury felt progressive ideas of school planning were well implemented and appreciated the community stair expressed both inside and out. This cohesive creation of a new/better identity earned a Merit Award.

VITA Tysons

Vita TysonsARCHITECT: Shalom Baranes Associates

OWNER: Macerich/Kettler

CATEGORY: Mixed-Use

YEAR COMPLETED: 2015

PHOTOGRAPHER: Alan Karchmer

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Providence

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: VITA Tysons is part of the first phase of a master plan development in the transformation of the Tysons community from a vehicular–centric suburban center into a walkable upscale urban center. The jury felt this building makes an adventurous statement, a cool object that is well-articulated and appropriate for this new urban vision. VITA Tysons is a successful response to a challenging site, earning a Merit Award.

Honorable Mentions

EXO

EXO RestonARCHITECT: R2L:Architects

OWNER: Greystar

CATEGORY: Residential (multi-family)

YEAR COMPLETED: 2018

PHOTOGRAPHER: Allen Russ/Hoachlander Davis Photography, LLC

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Hunter Mill

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: EXO is an intentionally distinct apartment development along the transit-oriented corridor of the new Silver Line. While dynamic and bold in design, the building envelope is a major factor in achieving LEED Gold certification. The jury appreciated that parking was situated underground and the introduction of daylight into the core. The landscape design was seen as a good counter point to the building volumes. The jury awarded the project an Honorable Mention.

Hollin Meadows Elementary School

Hollin MeadowsARCHITECT: MTFA Architecture

OWNER: Fairfax County Public Schools

CATEGORY: Institutional

YEAR COMPLETED: 2018

PHOTOGRAPHER: Braden Field/MTFA Architecture

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Mount Vernon

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS:  Since the original 1963 structure, many additions and annexes have been built at varying times and with varying construction types. The current additions take contextual inspiration from the surrounding mid-century modern community. The new architecture is blended with the past through material choice and a unifying canopy. The jury appreciated the lovely light-filled spaces and awarded the project an Honorable Mention.

John Marshall Library

John MarshallARCHITECT: Bowie Gridley Architects

OWNER: Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services

CATEGORY: Institutional

YEAR COMPLETED: 2018

PHOTOGRAPHER: Paul Burk

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Lee

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: Built in 1975 the John Marshall Library has been renovated to better meet the needs of their current operation. The new design strengthened the original partition while opening up the interior to introduce more natural light and improving organization. The thoughtful upgrade enhances the visitor experience and turned the library into a welcoming community hub for which the jury awarded an Honorable Mention.

The St James Sports and Wellness Complex

St. JamesARCHITECT: HKS Architects

OWNER: The St. James Group

CATEGORY: Recreational

YEAR COMPLETED: 2018

PHOTOGRAPHER: Garrett Rowland

SUPERVISOR DISTRICT: Mason

DESIGN AWARD JURY COMMENTS: The St. James Sports and Wellness Complex reimagines a former industrial site as a destination for sport, wellness, and active entertainment. The unique programmatic requirements for visual connectivity, clarity and simplicity of organization were well-executed. The jury agreed that the public façade is compelling, letting you see what is inside and bringing the outside in. This well-executed solution earned an Honorable Mention.