Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia



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703-324-5033 | TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 448 Fairfax, VA 22035

James Patteson, Director

Public works and environmental services


The Department of Public Works and Environmental Services builds and maintains safe, reliable infrastructure that improves public health and provides a high quality of life for residents. The department’s four business areas – Solid Waste Management, Capital Facilities, Wastewater Management, and Stormwater Management – work together to create and preserve sustainable communities.

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Public Safety Headquarters front plaza

July 16, 2018
On June 28, 2018, the Fairfax County Public Safety Headquarters located at 12099 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Va., achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Certified buildings are resource efficient and less expensive to heat, cool, and maintain. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects are scored based on points earned in six sustainable design categories: site selection, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation in design, and regional priority credits. With the addition of PSHQ, Fairfax County now has 15 LEED Gold certified and 15 LEED Silver municipal buildings. The nine-story, 274,000 square-foot PSHQ accommodates both Police and Fire and Rescue Department administrative staff to maximize shared resources among first responder agencies that often work together in the field. The project is located on a secure 9.3-acre portion of the Fairfax County Government Center campus, adjacent to the Herrity Building, and includes an 850-stall parking structure. The facility is designed to accommodate more than 700 employees by 2030 and includes space for Police central records, a press room, training rooms, an occupational health center, fire marshal’s offices, exhibit areas, and departmental memorials. The total project budget for the new facility was $142 million. The building is the county’s first large facility to use LED lighting throughout. Sustainable Design Highlights: Green roofs, permeable pavements, and stormwater management features work together to slow down, filter, absorb, and purify rain water as it leaves the site. A 25,000-gallon tank harvests some of the runoff and reuses it for on-site irrigation. Daylight harvesting sensors take advantage of natural lighting and adjust indoor light levels depending on the amount of sunlight available. Low-flow plumbing fixtures Eco-smart environmental controls Permeable pavement Daylight harvesting Bio-filtration areas Recycled materials Use of low VOC emitting materials improves the interior air quality The PSHQ project included improvements to the surrounding area including a new traffic signal, sidewalks, bus shelter, enhanced campus signage, and increased pedestrian safety. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on October 26, 2017. The project team consisted of Department of Public Works and Environmental Services staff; the design consultant team of Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum, P.C. (HOK), architect; William H. Gordon Associates, civil engineer; and the general contractor was Manhattan Construction Company. PSHQ was recently recognized with a Project of the Year Award  (Structures: $75M+ category) by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Public Works Association in May 2018. The awards program highlights the best infrastructure projects in the national capital region. Click to Download  

oil in water in storm drain

June 26, 2018
In Fairfax County and other areas of the country, polluted stormwater runoff is a leading cause of water pollution. The county drainage system is designed to convey stormwater, rain and snowmelt, from the land to lakes, rivers, streams and ponds. Stormwater is not conveyed to a water treatment plant. Stormwater from streets, yards and parking lots may carry chemicals, bacteria and trash into the storm drainage system, to streams and rivers and to the Chesapeake Bay. Working together, we can prevent water pollution that harms fish, wildlife and natural habitats. Here are a few examples of steps anyone can take to prevent water pollution: Secure trash and recycle containers to prevent these items from becoming litter Follow the manufacturers’ instructions to minimize pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers used on lawns Take vehicles to a commercial car washing establishment which prevents dirty, soapy water from entering a storm drain in your street Avoid raking or blowing grass clippings into storm drains Call 703-324-5500, TTY 711 to report items such as paint, fertilizer or other chemicals that are deposited into storm drains Call 911 in an emergency situation where materials are deposited into a storm drain that could result in imminent danger to public health and safety For more information about preventing water pollution, see the Illicit Discharge and Improper Disposal Program web page.

Three Solid Waste staff members standing at National Garbage Man Day 2017 tent.

June 4, 2018
Fairfax County’s Solid Waste Management Program is celebrating the sixth annual National Garbage Man Day during the week of June 17 to 24. Trash collection is hard, physical work and it’s the fifth most dangerous job in the country.   To honor the service of this important labor force, a thank-you event will be held on June 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the I-66 transfer station located at 4618 West Ox Road in Fairfax, Va. Collection workers arriving at the transfer station to empty their trucks will be given water bottles, a custom-designed cooler bag, and a heartfelt thank-you. Most people take for granted that the trash they leave on the curb in the morning will be gone when they return home at the end of the day. Last year more than 1.3 million tons of trash and recyclables were collected from approximately 400,000 households and 116,000 businesses throughout the county. The efforts of these hardworking men and women keep communities clean and safe. “We ask that you stand with us in respecting the work they do and the service they provide, and that you slow down and pass them with care if you must get around them,” said Dennis Batts, emergency operations and safety manager, Solid Waste Management Program. “You can help ensure that they get home safely to their families each night.” Nationally, there are approximately 100,000 trash and recycling collection workers picking up more than 250 million tons of waste each year. Collection workers work on the hottest days of summer, the coldest days of winter, in driving rain and blowing snow, and on highways and streets where other drivers are often distracted or in a hurry. In recent years, the Solid Waste Management Program has stepped up its efforts to protect its workers and to share information with private haulers operating in the Northern Virginia region in the hopes of helping to keep them safe as well. Since its 2016 Slow Down to Get Around event, the county has continued to look for new ways to draw attention to the dangers collection workers face each day and the law that was passed to protect them—including events like Garbage Man Day, and a safety page on the Solid Waste Management Program’s webpage. “Whether it’s a smile and a wave or a thank-you, take a moment to show them a little love and let them know you appreciate the work they do,” Batts said. In this 2017 video, Dennis Batts describes trash collection in Fairfax County and why this work is important – and dangerous.

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