The fourth of five total Neighborhood Centers to be built at Fort Belvoir, the Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center incorporates innovative, eco-friendly design to achieve the first-ever LEED Platinum certification on a military installation. The project promotes environmental awareness through a unique educational tour program and outreach initiatives. In addition, Clark encouraged pedestrian travel by connecting the project site to jogging and bike trails to create a walkable destination for families within Fairfax Village and surrounding neighborhoods.
Building Green at Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center
The Fairfax Neighborhood Center at Fort Belvoir boasts a LEED-NC Platinum rating for its innovative, environmentally-friendly features and use of sustainable building materials. The center’s numerous “green” characteristics include rooftop solar panels for energy generation, 60[%] potable water use reduction, 70[%] recycled porcelain flooring, sunflower husk cabinets, and countertops made from plastic bottles. These features lead to over 59[%] in total by-cost energy savings. In addition to the structure’s unique building materials and high energy savings, environmental stewardship extends to the surrounding landscape which features native plants and pervious pavement, making the Neighborhood Center’s design sustainable inside and out.