Davis Carter Scott LTD.
1676 International Drive, #500, McLean, VA 22102
Total Square Feet: 171,809
Construction Period: May 2000 to Feb 2001
General Contractor: Signet Construction Company, LLC - Hamaker Court, #201, Fairfax, VA 22031
Structural Engineer: Fernandez & Associates - 101 Park Washington Court, Falls Church, VA 22046
Electrical Engineer: Tower Electric - 11170 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
Mechanical Engineer: M.R. Engineering - 9302-E Old Keene Mill Road, Burke, VA 22015
Landscape Architect: Lewis Scully Gionet - 8230 Old Courthouse Road, #120, Vienna, VA 22182
Located along the fast-growing Dulles Airport Corridor, Netplex Plaza is at home in the edge city of Reston, Virginia. The site lies immediately adjacent to Sunset Hills Road which bounds its northern edge. The location assures a strong presence along Sunset Hills Road, not withstanding its visibility from the Dulles Airport access road.
Initiated in early 1999, the masterplan developed for this speculative office development, includes 90,000 square feet of office space and an adjacent 60,000 square feet for parking.
Contextualism plays a large role in designing buildings in the planned community of Reston. Netplex Plaza seeks to coexist with the countless low-rise commercial office buildings nearby, while re-composing the traditional elements of these buildings to create an aesthetic more in tune with this high-tech, fast-moving environment. The choice of masonry construction afforded the opportunity to design a building that has the economical leasing efficiency of a rectangular floorplate, without the visual brutality of a typical rectangular office building. Interior appointments include stone flooring, pendant and wall scone light fixtures, and stainless steel to complete the contemporary look of the building.
A long and narrow site with a strong slope along its shortest length provided the first of many challenges. Because of the slope, Netplex Plaza appears to be six stories as viewed from the west and five stories as viewed from the east. The road leading into the development provides direct access to a pedestrian drop-off at the building#s main entrance, one floor up from the entrance that serves on-grade parking on the other side. The main entrance also serves those coming from the level of structured parking to the south of the building. Fitting adequate landscaping and parking to the site was a challenge due to its narrowness and the proximity of numerous utility lines running through it and along its boundaries.
DIV 07: Built-Up: Tamko; Metal: Petersen
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts, Metal Windows, Curtainwall: YKK AP America, Inc.; Metal Doors & Frames: Curries; Wood & Plastic Doors: Marshfield DoorSystems, Inc.
DIV 09: Resilient Flooring: Armstrong; Acoustical Treatment:
Armstrong; Gypsum Board: United States Gypsum.
DIV 14: Elevators: Otis.