The Merrifield Center – CSB, located in Fairfax, is a full-service behavioral health center with selected supportive/human service programs. This 234,000-SF building, with a 700+ car parking structure, was designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification and represents a joint venture between Fairfax County and INOVA Health Systems.

VIKA provided complete civil engineering and land surveying services to the Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, through the architect, for master planning and professional design services for the development of the County’s new health center.

The Merrifield Center – CSB is a consolidation and centralization of 13 of Fairfax/Falls Church Community Services Board’s (CSB) treatment programs into one facility. It offers community-based services and support to help people with behavioral health challenges integrate successfully into the community. CSB service recipients provided input into the building design, aimed at promoting wellness, recovery, and health management in a secured, yet welcoming, environment. The new facility houses the CSB’s emergency services and outpatient services, and supports an array of functions including:

  • Intensive case management
  • Psychiatric services
  • Medication management
  • Wellness and health promotion services.

The facility also includes:

  • Primary health care clinic
  • Pharmacy
  • Consumer resource center
  • Childcare center for women receiving treatment for substance use disorder.

The design of the facility and adjacent parking garage promotes the environmentally responsible tenets of “green” development while also providing a therapeutic environment. The 4.6-acre site provides green spaces and park-like settings along the approaches to the three building entrances. Native and indigenous species of plants, planted along the winding pathways, reduce the need for irrigation. There are also shaded outdoor seating areas to accommodate individual and group therapy sessions. Rain gardens throughout the site, along with a stormwater management pond adjacent to the site, all control stormwater runoff.

The project broke ground in the spring of 2012, and was completed in 2015.  The project won the 2015 National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Award of Excellence in the category for Best Build-to-Suit Institutional Facility ($20 million +).   It also received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter Project of the Year — Honorable Mention in the “Structures More than $75 Million” category.

VIKA’s services included:

  • Conceptual and Schematic Design and Grading Plan
  • Boundary Survey and Topographic Survey Update
  • Final Site Plan
  • Private road and sanitary sewer plans and profiles
  • Site stormwater drainage study and adequate outfall analysis
  • Erosion Control Plan
  • Final earthwork analysis and calculations
  • Tree inventory survey and condition analysis
  • Coordination of tree preservation requirements
  • Minimum Landscape Plan
  • Sight distance profile
  • Geotechnical Plan coordination
  • Value engineering and cost estimate coordination
  • Utility coordination
  • Onsite and Dry Utility Plats
  • Final architectural/MEP and LEED coordination
  • Specifications
  • Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) coordination
  • Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) permit
  • Bidding coordination
  • Construction administration
  • Tree preservation monitoring
  • As-built
  • Bond release processing.