Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia



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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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Judy Fincham and Daniellle Wynne

October 18, 2018
At a ceremony scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, October 23, 2018, two employees from the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services will receive Fairfax County Environmental Excellence Awards. The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council selected Freshwater Ecologist Danielle Wynne and Wastewater Outreach Coordinator Judy Fincham as two of the three County Employee award recipients.

John Palmer

October 17, 2018
The Fairfax County Tree Commission will honor the late John Palmer with a 2018 Friends of Trees award on October 23 for his contributions to enhancing the natural environment. John’s work on stream restorations, stormwater management and community planting projects will benefit the community for many years to come. John was a Landscape Architect in the Stormwater Planning Division, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, for more than five years. “In addition to being well respected and seen as a go-to person for his extensive knowledge of plants and landscaping,” said Stormwater Planning Director Craig Carinci, “John had an uncanny ability to develop and successfully implement solutions to the amazement and satisfaction of his customers.” Keith Cline, Director, Urban Forest Management Division, nominated John for the award. “It was my privilege to work with John on tree and landscape projects here in the county,” Keith said. “John will be remembered most by his peers, and everyone he came into contact with through his public service, for his humor, smile and friendship. And, John was truly a friend of trees in the county. John helped make our world a better place.” Some of the projects on which John worked are: John worked with the community and homeowners to protect and restore the tree canopy along Dead Run at the McLean Central Park stream restoration project. He was successful in working with property owners to plant trees within their maintained grass lawns adjacent to the stream. His efforts will help protect the stream from future erosion and enhance the water quality and habitat functions of the forested community. John was instrumental in working with the Sisters at the Dominican Retreat in McLean to help acquire a floodplain and storm drainage easement to allow the Dead Run stream restoration project to move forward. The mature forest is protected and the stream corridor restored for the community and future generations to enjoy. John formed many collaborative relationships with nurseries and landscape contractors to improve specifications, design and success of the plants that were installed. He designed and implemented sustainable shoreline restoration plantings for the Pohick Creek restoration projects. John worked directly with the Oakton Library staff and Master Gardeners Club to design and plant the bioretention facility that was installed in collaboration with the library renovation project. John went above and beyond to coordinate with the club, provide tools and used his own time to watch over and water the garden to make sure it would succeed.

Rendering of Liberty

October 9, 2018
On September 26, 2018, Fairfax County and the team of Elm Street Development and The Alexander Company completed the real estate closing on the second phase of the Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse project. The agreement continues the work that began in late 2015 to redevelop the historic core of the former Lorton Reformatory into a vibrant mixed-use community. Phase 2 work includes the adaptive reuse of the penitentiary and guard quarters, the creation of 74 more townhouse lots, and the improvement of Snowden Ashford Road. The addition of new retail buildings and the intersection connection to White Spruce Way will be constructed as part of Phase 2B. Alexander Company will add six more apartment units to their Liberty Crest Apartments, bringing the total to 171. The county is contributing $4,715,000 for new infrastructure, to include storm sewer, stormwater management, sanitary sewer, water, roads and sidewalks, power, phone and cable, landscaping, street lighting, and signs. The real estate closing conveyed a portion of the property to the developer in fee simple for the construction and development of the for-sale residential lots. The closing also included a long term ground lease of the buildings identified in the Phase 2 redevelopment by the county to the developer for the renovation and the adaptive reuse of these buildings. Finally, the closing triggered the start of Phase 2 construction that includes the public infrastructure scoped and renovations for the adaptive reuse of the buildings. Construction for Phase 2 is scheduled to start in October 2018, with substantial completion projected for December 2019. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the master development agreement for the project on July 29, 2014. The estimated $188 million project is a public-private partnership between Fairfax County, The Alexander Company of Madison, Wisconsin, and McLean-based developer Elm Street Development. The county is contributing $12.8 million toward the share of public infrastructure design and construction, and the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services is overseeing the public infrastructure construction activities. The county extended use of the property to the developers by way of a 99-year ground lease for the historic properties and fee-simple transfer for the areas being developed with new construction. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in May 2017, to mark completion of Phase 1, aka Liberty, which consists of 165 multifamily apartments, 83 new townhomes, 24 new single-family homes, community spaces, a clubhouse, swimming pool, fitness center, and 138,000 square feet of commercial space.   The Liberty Green, the prison’s former baseball field, is already being used for community events, such as yoga sessions, a turkey trot, and the Fall Movie Nights series.

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