Falls Church, VA - HITT Contracting Inc. recently completed the construction of the new five-story, 64,000 s.f., Arlington Mill Community Center. The complex is adjacent to Four Mile Run at the intersection of Columbia Pike and S. Dinwiddie Street and includes a two-level underground parking garage that boasts 279 spaces, 138 of which are dedicated to a residential building that sits atop the garage podium. Construction began in September 2011 and was delivered to the county in August 2013. Located in one of the most diverse areas of Arlington, the new facility is part of the County’s overarching effort to elevate Columbia Pike into a sustainable and walkable urban-style environment.
Designed by Davis, Carter, Scott Ltd, the community center features a façade comprised of metal panel, curtain wall glazing and high pressure wood laminate; a modern juxtaposition to the existing regional landscape that surrounds Four Mile Run. The mostly glass façade, of the facility’s 8,000 s.f. gymnasium, brings an abundance of natural light to the core. Bringing the outside in and inside out, the multi-purpose gymnasium has the flexibility to open up to the adjacent outdoor plaza and playground for hosting special events and community festivals. The project, which is targeted to achieve LEED® Gold certification for New Construction, features a 36,500 gallon rain harvesting cistern, green roof and low flow fixtures. Beyond aesthetics and sustainability, infrastructure improvements included upgrading the in-ground utilities, installing a new permanent street signal and expanding services for paving to increase pedestrian accessibility.
From early childhood development to senior citizen programs, Arlington Mill Community Center was built to provide recreational, social and learning opportunities for all Arlington residents but specifically those in most need of community services. Interior construction included the build-out of a diverse mix of public amenities such as a cardio fitness room, multi-purpose class rooms, game room and a full-size training kitchen.
“The construction of Arlington Mill Community Center was really a passion project for me,” said Amanda Logsdon, project manager, HITT Contracting Inc. “As an Arlington County resident, it was a humbling experience to help serve the community where I live and work. The entire project was a collaborative process from start to finish. We worked with various County stakeholders during construction to build a truly mixed use facility that supports traditional and future public programs. Our team was delighted to help be a part of Arlington County’s goal to achieve long-term engagement with the community.”
While HITT Contracting’s history can be traced to its first location out of Warren and Myrtle Hitt’s home in Arlington, the Arlington Mill Community Center represents the future of the county by providing a space and place for residents to live, work, learn and play. The Arlington Mill Community Center ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for September 21, 2013 at 5:00PM with an open house to follow on December 6 and 7.
The project team included: Arlington County Department of Environmental Services (Owner); Davis, Carter, Scott Ltd. (Architect); O’Donnell & Naccarato (Structural Engineer); Jordan & Skala Engineers, Inc. (MEP Engineer); Lewis Scully Gionet (Landscape Architect); VIKA Inc. (Civil Engineer); Schnabel Engineering Consultants, Inc. (Geotechnical Engineer); and AECOM (Commissioning Agent).
About HITT Contracting Inc.
Founded in 1937, HITT Contracting has grown to be ranked among today's 100 Largest General Contractors nationwide, with offices in Washington, DC, Atlanta, Baltimore, Charleston, Denver and South Florida. Our client-focused teams fulfill any program need from a doorknob change to base building shells and complete tenant/owner fit-outs. Company-wide, HITT maintains more than 700 employees, including a skilled in-house field force available 24/7 to support clients long after initial occupancy. The HITT Way for quality and excellence defines the core of our mission and how we are structured. Teams are organized into expert market sectors, specializing in corporate base building and interiors, government, healthcare, hospitality, institutional, law firms, major projects, paint and service and technology. Complementing these market sector teams are the preconstruction, sustainable construction and subcontractor relations divisions. For more information, please visit www.hitt-gc.com. Follow us @twHITTr.
HITT Base Building is one of 10 market sectors within HITT Contracting Inc. HITT Base Building’s capabilities encompass new construction of core and shell, complete development of land parcels, and full build-to-suits. Other experience includes horizontal and vertical additions to existing structures, underpinning, façade preservations and historic renovations. HITT Base Building is also organized to partner with other HITT market sectors, offering clients complete turnkey service.