Back in 2010, there was a time of financial stress in Rockville, MD. At the height of the recession, between 2008 and 2010, Montgomery County had lost 15,920 jobs. The economic recession stalled residential and commercial development activity. And many local businesses “closed doors.”
But on the first quarter of 2011 things started to look promising…
On March 10 the U.S. General Services Administration announced a 15-year lease that would house four government offices in Parklawn building. This 18-story structure was over 45 years old. Therefore, this undertaking implied major renovation that would spark the economic development of the Twinbrook Metro station area.
The news filled county officials with delight. The renovation would allow Montgomery County to retain thousands of federal workers. In reference to the projected 3,000 employees who would work in the building, Nancy M. Floreen, County Councilwoman, reported for Patch Network:
“[They] are really important to Montgomery County, particularly in this time of financial stress.”
This year, 2016, marked the official opening of the newly remodeled Parklawn Building at 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD. And VIKA celebrates its role in this undertaking.
Due to the remarkable transformation, the facility received a LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. In this renovation, VIKA provided comprehensive civil engineering, surveying and landscape architecture services.
The building now provides first-class office space for approximately 75% of federal workers in the zone. More than what was projected. Clearly, it represents a significant benefit to the county’s sustainable development.
As reported by Montgomery Community Media (MCM), County Executive Ike Legget highlighted how vital this renovation was for the transformation of the area. Legget emphasized how the property contributes to job stability and ongoing development in Rockville:
“As you can see around… it has spurred additional development throughout the area,” said Leggett to MCM.
The area is now becoming a center of urban development. Recent developments include high-quality public spaces, pedestrian-friendly street crossings and connections to Metro’s Red Line, retail outlets, restaurants, technology-oriented businesses, and urban parks.
VIKA’s vision to establish mutually beneficial relationships with all our clients and partners enables us to share a vision, shape it into a plan, and create a tangible outcome.
Just recently, this project received two prestigious awards:
- Best Sustainable Project — 2016 NAIOP Award of Excellence
- Best Project for Renovation/Restoration — 2016 ENR Mid-Atlantic’s Best Projects
VIKA is proud to have contributed to this success and what it meant to the community. And commends all who provided strategic thinking and sustainable design development in this effort.
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