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Fairfax County Public Safety Headquarters

Fairfax, Virginia

This new public safety headquarters consolidates police and fire operations in a state-of-the-art facility that gives both agencies room to grow.

The eight-story building sits atop a five-level parking garage with 850 stalls. Its curved, glass facade complements the adjacent glass buildings that make up the Fairfax County Government Center campus while also communicating its public transparency.

The building’s first three floors serve publicly-accessible functions, including recruiting and testing, records, occupational health, training, and public information and education. Secure functions of the Fire and Rescue Department occur on levels 4–5, with the Police Department occupying floors 6–8.

Collocating the police and fire operations created many efficiencies with shared resources including a recruiting and testing facility, media room and health clinic. This also enabled the two departments to coordinate messages about their shared mission in a museum display located in the light-filled public lobby and in memorials that flank the public entry.

Sustainable design strategies for the LEED Gold facility include a daylight harvesting system with sensors that adjust indoor light levels, LED lighting throughout, eco-smart environmental controls, green roofs and a 25,000-gallon tank that harvests stormwater runoff and reuses it for on-site irrigation.

274,000 sq. ft. / 25,455 sq. m.
Fairfax County James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards Merit Award
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