495 EXPRESS LANES OPERATIONS CENTER

This project began as a box, a warehouse in which maps were printed. It is now the operations headquarters for Transurban, an Australian company that won the contract to develop and operate the Express Lanes on I-95 and I-495. This is a public-private partnership: the Virginia Department of Transportation controls the land that the warehouse occupies.

The building provides the high-tech tools needed for the work performed, while adding natural touches to soothe and minimize stress. Use of an existing, developed site provided the most opportunity for sustainability. Over two-thirds of the existing building materials were maintained for the new facility. The warehouse was opened from all sides and windows and were added. The central bay roof was changed to include north facing clear-story that brings light into the two-story control room. The control room features tiered seating and a 20 feet by 9 feet video wall which monitors traffic 24/7, 365 days a year.

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LOCATION
Alexandria, Virginia

SQUARE FOOTAGE
31,500 SF

DATE OF COMPLETION
2011

CLIENT
Capital Beltway Express / Transurban

PARTNERS
Coakley Williams Construction

PHOTOGRAPHER 
© Ron Blunt

AWARDS
2013 Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards, Merit Award
2013 AIA Northern Virginia, Jurors’ Special Citation in Commercial Architecture
2011 NAIOP Northern Virginia, Award of Excellence, Best Building Renovation Adaptive Re-Use

PROJECT LEADERSHIP

Henry Mahns

Manoj Dalaya