Arlington, VA

By: Jamestown, LP

September 13, 2019

Jamestown, a leading real estate investment and management firm, announced that 4201 Wilson Boulevard, a 595,000-square-foot office building at Ballston Exchange in Arlington, VA, has earned LEED Silver certification, making it the first office building in the state of Virginia to certify using the LEED v4 Building Design + Construction green building rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building constitutes one half of the 776,000-square-foot Ballston Exchange development, Jamestown’s first venture in Arlington. The designation also marks the latest recognition under the brand’s sustainability vertical ‘Jamestown Green,’ created to integrate sustainability efforts throughout Jamestown’s property, portfolio and corporate levels.

“Sustainability is part of our DNA, it embodies everything from design and construction to connectivity with community parks and transportation,” said Michael Phillips, President of Jamestown. “We look forward to continuing our work with the USGBC to integrate green initiatives across our portfolio.”

“Jamestown’s LEED certification for Ballston Exchange demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “LEED was created to make the world a better place and revolutionize the built environment by providing everyone with a healthy, green and high performing building. Ballston Exchange is a prime example of how the innovative work of project teams can create local solutions that contribute to making a global difference.”

As part of 4201 Wilson Boulevard’s recent renovation, the structure was amended with a two-story retail addition on the Southwest corner of the property. With design efforts led by STUDIOS Architecture and building efforts led by James G. Davis Construction Corporation and LEED consultant GHT Limited, Jamestown successfully fulfilled the necessary Arlington County Floor Area Ratio (FAR) requirements, earning a 0.25 FAR bonus. In addition to the benefit of additional density, the project achieved a variety of key metrics within the following areas, contributing to its LEED Silver certification:

  • Location and Transportation: Ballston Exchange is well served by transit with a direct connection to the metro
  • Open Space: Jamestown installed a green roof at the building and added greenery to the ground-floor public open space
  • Tenant Design and Construction: Tenant guidelines were created to encourage sustainable building practices throughout the property
  • Energy Performance: Systems were implemented for optimal energy efficiency
  • Materials and Resources: Jamestown reused over 90% of building surface area and diverted over 93% of construction waste from the landfill
  • Indoor Environmental Quality: Materials were selected for optimal air quality to promote health, wellness, and productivity

As part of Jamestown’s sustainability commitment, the firm set a variety of reduction targets to achieve by 2024, including a 20% reduction in energy, greenhouse gas and water, and a waste diversion rate of40-75%.

Earlier this year, the company was honored as a Gold Level Green Lease Leader by the Institute for Market Transformation and the Department of Energy, recognizing the firm’s innovative practices to modernize assets to spur action on energy efficiency and sustainability.

Situated in the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor, Ballston Exchange is one of Arlington, VA’s newest mixed-use projects, reimagining the area’s streetscape by introducing a variety of retail, commercial, and public open spaces to support the thriving neighborhood. Offering over 776,000 square feet of new storefronts, restaurants, office space, and amenities, Ballston Exchange boasts access to the Metro and a full-service conference facility. Once home to the National Science Foundation, current tenants include Industrious, Booz Allen Hamilton, Philz Coffee, CAVA, Shake Shack, CorePower Yoga, We the Pizza, El Rey, and more.

Ballston Exchange marks the latest effort by Jamestown to create unique urban communities complete with innovative lifestyle offerings for the modern professional. Jamestown is an industry leader in creating one-of-a-kind commercial, retail, and residential destinations with a portfolio that includes iconic destinations such as Industry City in New York City, Ponce City Market in Atlanta, and Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, and The Innovation and Design Building in Boston.

For more information on Ballston Exchange, visit http://www.ballstonexchange.com

By: Attorney General Mark Herring

September 11, 2019

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring has filed suit against members of the Sackler Family, owners of Purdue Pharma, for their role in creating and perpetuating the opioid crisis, and for fraudulently taking billions of dollars from Purdue Pharma in an attempt to put money beyond the reach of the Commonwealth of Virginia and other parties who may be entitled to damages.

“For decades, the Sackler Family has made a fortune from the sales of drugs that they knew were dangerous, deadly, and addictive,” said Attorney General Herring. “While the Sackler Family has lived a life of unimaginable wealth and comfort, families across Virginia and around the country have been devastated by an opioid crisis that was fueled by lies and deceit by Purdue Pharma and the Sacklers. To make matters worse, we believe the Sacklers siphoned billions from the company as part of a scheme to ensure they got to keep their profits. The Sackler Family must be held accountable for their role in the heartbreak and loss of life they and their company and products have caused.”

Attorney General Herring has filed an amended complaint in Tazewell County Circuit Court as part of his ongoing lawsuit against Purdue Pharma that specifically names Richard, Jonathan, Kathe, and Mortimer Sackler as defendants. The suit states that, despite the fact that “the Sacklers were unquestionably on notice as to the risks associated with opioids and the prior problems with Purdue’s opioid sales and marketing practices,” the family nevertheless “oversaw, directed, and were informed in great detail about Purdue’s opioid sales and marketing, with Richard Sackler taking a particularly active and aggressive role in directing, controlling, and participating in those functions and activities.”

The complaint includes a new claim of an individual violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act by Richard Sackler, who served Purdue in various capacities from 1990 to 2018, including on its board of directors, as its board co-chair, as its president, and as its head of research and development. The complaint states that “Richard Sackler acted willfully in directing, controlling, approving, or participating in” the allegedly unlawful acts committed by the company, including violations of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.

Attorney General Herring also cites Richard Sackler’s victim-blaming response to the opioid crises, stating that “Richard Sackler frequently expressed contempt for addicts in derisive, callous, and insulting comments promoting false misconceptions about addiction. He believed that addicts alone were solely to blame for their addiction and for the growing opioid epidemic, that they wanted to be addicted, that they deserved their plight, and that they merited no sympathy or treatment, just harsh condemnation and punishment.”

The complaint also adds a new claim of “fraudulent conveyance” against the company and Richard, Jonathan, Kathe, and Mortimer Sackler. The complaint states that between 2008 and 2018, the Sackler family transferred at least $4 billion from Purdue to themselves. The complaint states that “in authorizing these transfers, the Sacklers sought to drain Purdue of cash and to place these funds beyond the reach of Purdue’s creditors and claimants to whom Purdue faced liabilities due to its deceptive and misleading opioid sales and marketing practices.” It further states that “the Sacklers authorized these transfers with fraudulent intent, for no consideration, and for the purpose of rendering the funds inaccessible to the Commonwealth and other parties with valid claims against Purdue.”

The lawsuit against the Sacklers and Purdue Pharma asks the court to put an end to lies by Purdue and the Sackler family about their opioids, to order appropriate monetary relief, to reverse any unlawful transactions that were made in an attempt to shield money, and to ensure that such funds remain accessible to the Commonwealth and plaintiffs who may be entitled to damages.

Since 2007, 8,000 Virginians have died from an opioid overdose, including 5,000 from a prescription opioid overdose. Between 2008 and 2017, Purdue promoted and sold an estimated $18.7 billion in opioids resulting in 2,157,959 prescriptions filled in Virginia and 149,658,236 pills and patches making their way into communities across the Commonwealth. For the majority of this ten-year period, the number of pills and patches was nearly double the population of the state.

In June 2018, Attorney General Herring filed suit against Purdue Pharma for its role in creating and prolonging the opioid crisis through false claims about the purported safety, efficacy, and benefits of its opioids, including OxyContin. The suit details the scale of the operation, the lies Purdue Pharma told about the dangers of their drugs, and the sales and marketing tactics used by Purdue to push as many opioid prescriptions as possible.

The heroin and prescription opioid epidemic has been a top priority for Attorney General Herring. He and his team continue to attack the problem with a multifaceted approach that includes enforcement, education, prevention, and legislation to encourage reporting of overdoses in progress, expand the availability of naloxone, and expand access to the Prescription Monitoring Program. He has supported federal efforts to improve the availability of treatment and recovery resources and made prescription drug disposal kits available across the Commonwealth. Attorney General Herring recently outlined his recommended next steps for combating the crisis, focusing on law enforcement initiatives, support from the medical community, and recovery, treatment, prevention and education. He and his team also continue to participate in a multistate investigation into the practices of additional drug manufacturers and distributors to determine what role they may have played in creating or prolonging the crisis and what accountability they should face.

By: Ortho OIC Orthopaedic Immediate Care

September 10, 2019

Ortho OIC Orthopaedic Immediate Care, the area’s first independent orthopaedic specialty urgent care, recently opened its doors in Arlington, VA. The facility is located at 1701 Clarendon Blvd Suite 120, and is a state of the art full service orthopaedic clinic.  Ortho OIC was developed by Dr. Lonnie Davis to address the growing need for qualified orthopaedic care for patients on the go.  Dr. Davis, who has been in private practice in the Washington DC metro for nearly 15 years, saw a significant gap in the current healthcare delivery system.  He started Ortho OIC to address the growing need for cost effective and reliable treatment for acute orthopaedic injuries.  The facility is the ideal solution to the overcrowded conditions at local hospital emergency rooms, offering patients minimal wait times and the highest standard of care for acute orthopedic injuries.

Ortho OIC Orthopaedic Immediate Care is open Monday thru Friday from 11 am to 7 pm and Saturday from Noon to 4 pm.  The office offers online scheduling and walk-in appointments are always welcomed.  The clinic is staffed by orthopaedic specialists, and features onsite digital x-ray and dry lab. Ortho OIC treats adults and children with acute orthopaedic injuries including sprains and strains, sports injuries, fractures, ligament and tendon injuries, back and neck pain and suturing for simple lacerations.  The facility also treats work-related musculoskeletal injuries.  In addition to on site x-ray, the clinic provides casting and bracing services. Ortho OIC accepts most types of insurance and features short wait times.

“I felt that Arlington, VA was the perfect location for the first Ortho OIC facility given the activity level of the community, population density and proximity to Washington, DC,” said Dr. Davis. “Our goal was to offer a unique health care service line – an independent orthopaedic urgent care facility in an urban environment.” Dr. Davis continued, “Based on my experience in private practice, I felt that this was a service that the public sorely needed.  We offer an alternative to the long lines and expense of the ER for most ambulatory orthopaedic injuries.”  Not satisfied with just being available, Dr. Davis emphasizes the commitment of Ortho OIC to delivering high-quality orthopaedic healthcare in a location that is more accessible than the traditional orthopaedic office and at times when patients can schedule around work or school.  As Dr. Davis mentions, the slogan for the new facility is “Treating orthopaedic injuries…at the speed of life.”

Prior to starting Ortho OIC Orthopaedic Immediate Care, Dr. Davis has been in private practice in the Northern Virginia, where he specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He has worked with athletes at all levels from recreational to collegiate and professional.  Dr. Davis earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia and received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.  He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Indiana University and fellowship training in Arlington, Virginia.

Ortho OIC will be holding a grand opening event on September 19th from 11:30 am – 1 pm.  The event is open to the public and will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.  Following the ribbon cutting, the facility will open its doors for tours.

For more information about Ortho OIC Orthopaedic Immediate Care, visit orthooic.com.

By: Penzance

September 10, 2019

Penzance, a leading owner, operator, and developer in the Washington, DC metropolitan region, and Arlington Public Art today announced a new partnership to bring a public art installation to The Highlands, a dynamic mixed-use development project along the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor. The sculpture will be located on the façade of the new Arlington County Fire Station 10 in Rosslyn and will honor the fire department and reflect its long-standing work in the surrounding community while enhancing the public space within The Highlands.

As part of the project, local artists David and Eli Hess were commissioned to develop a site-specific work of public art for the façade of the station. The sculpture is funded by Penzance as part of the site plan process for The Highlands.

“We’re thrilled to work with Arlington Public Art and Fire Station 10 to have David and Eli Hess bringing their talents to our community at The Highlands,” stated John Kusturiss of Penzance. “Bringing in a fantastic piece of public art that not only enriches the space but also pays homage to our brave firefighters will be a key feature of the a culturally-rich, welcoming, and lively urban-style space we are creating here.”

“This is our first opportunity to integrate public art into a fire station, which is a recommendation in Arlington County’s Public Art Master Plan,” said Angela Adams, Director of Arlington Public Art.  “”Partnering with Penzance has allowed us to honor the history of Fire Station 10 through an enriching piece of public art for all to enjoy for years to come.”

“In our site-specific public projects, we often draw attention to the function of a building within the context of a busy urban cityscape. At Arlington County’s Station 10 Engine Company, these firefighters respond to emergencies, using various tools to extinguish fires and keep people and the County from danger. Our sculpture of a fire hose nozzle and its powerful water spray, fabricated from the same bronze as those that the firefighters use. Is designed to be a beacon to highlight the function of the building and the expertise of its occupants,” said artists David and Eli Hess.

The sculpture, expected to be unveiled in summer 2021, will enhance the exterior of Fire Station 10 as a larger-than-life piece of public art. The nozzle of the piece will act as a giant sconce or torch mounted to the side of the building. At night, a light inside the nozzle will illuminate the spray of water above. The water will be made from stainless steel pipe, twisting and bending in a quasi-spiral formation. The entire sculpture will be 26-feet-tall, attached 8 feet above the ground, extending to the top of the station’s façade. The stainless steel and bronze of the sculpture contrast the dark brick of the station, and the stainless water spray will shine at night against the rich red glow of the brick behind.

Situated between Rosslyn and the lively Clarendon and Ballston corridor, The Highlands is set to transform 1555 Wilson Boulevard and the surrounding area into a highly-anticipated, charmingly city residential community with three landmark buildings: Pierce, Aubrey, and Evo.

Alongside Pierce, Evo, and Aubrey will be two community anchors, Arlington Public School and the revitalized Fire Station No. 10. Poised to be pillars of neighborhood activity, they will create a close-knit community in the midst of a busy urban environment. Public amenities at The Highlands will also include a North-South connector street to increase pedestrian permeability and a new enhanced park. At full build out, The Highlands will be comprised of 104 luxurious condos, 780 rental apartments, and more than 50,000 square feet of refined amenity space and 40,000 square feet of carefully-curated retail space between the buildings. Announced ground-floor retail includes a Vida Fitness and a CVS.

The Highlands is scheduled to deliver in 2021. For updates and more information on The Highlands please visit www.thehighlandsva.com.  For more information on Arlington Public Art, please visit arts.arlingtonva.us.  For more information on David and Eli Hess, please visit www.hess.industries.

By: Sen. Tim Kaine

September 10, 2019

On Wednesday, September 11, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine will attend the Arlington County Government’s 9/11 remembrance event to commemorate the lives lost on September 11, 2001. The event will feature a wreath-laying and a moment of silence held at 9:37 a.m., the moment of impact at the Pentagon. County officials and local first responders will be in attendance to express their gratitude for all those who responded to the terrorist attacks and cared for victims that day.

It’s now September and our Hot Sauce Contest is just a few short weeks away. Please share, and promote to help raise much needed funds for the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation!

Such a delicious and fun event – tickets available here.

Come get piggy with us at ROCKLANDS 6th Annual Hot Sauce Contest & Pig Roast!

For $35 (or $40 at the door) taste all the best local hot sauces and get all the barbequed pig, sides and craft beer and wine that you can eat and drink. All funds benefit the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation, which is dedicated to assisting in the recovery and rehabilitation of injured firefighters and burn patients in the DC-metro area.

To enter the Hot Sauce Contest, whip up your best batch of sauce and drop it to Rocklands on Washington Boulevard in Arlington, by September 18th.

Trophies, gift cards and Rocklands swag will be awarded to the winners – there will be a 1st and 2nd place as well as the coveted “People’s Choice” winner, so contestants – bring your friends to vote for you!

By: Smile Makers

September 3, 2019

FALLS CHURCH – Aug. 30, 2019 – Smile Makers Dental Center, a Northern Virginia based multi-specialty dental center with three locations, acquired the well-established dental practice of Dr. Michael F. Rubin, DMD. Dr. Rubin has been successful in serving the community of Arlington, VA for over 27 years and will continue to do so as he joins Smile Makers Dental Center in Falls Church. With a great patient following, the opportunity to continue Dr. Rubin’s service to his patients is gratifying.

“The addition of this acquisition helps further institute Smile Makers Dental Center’s growing presence in Northern Virginia,” said Dr. Geith Kallas, Smile Makers Dental Center’s founder and CEO. “The experience our General Dentists and Dental Specialists have, combined with their knowledge of advanced technology and skills, establish our reputation as a leader in our field, especially in a competitive market such as Falls Church, VA.”

Expanding services within Falls Church, VA and surrounding areas in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC is truly a rewarding milestone. The acquisition is the first of many, as Smile Makers Dental Center continues to pursue expansion opportunities.

Headquartered in Tysons Corner, VA, Smile Makers Dental Center provides patients with multi-specialty, comfortable and convenient dentistry for the entire family – while utilizing the most recent dental technology. “Our mission is to provide our community with the best dental care possible – with genuine enthusiasm, great compassion, warmth, and a commitment to quality. It is our goal to maintain a caring environment that is respectful and gracious to all,” said Dr. Geith Kallas.

About Smile Makers Dental Center

Founded in 1993, Smile Makers Dental Center has three locations in Northern Virginia: Falls Church, Tysons Corner and Fairfax. With experience rich in patient care, the full service dental team is comprised of highly skilled dentists, experienced dental hygienists and dental assistants and business and marketing professionals who together help make the centers a  home to many patients, of whom have become dear friends and family.  For more information, visit www.smilemakerscenter.com.

By: Cuisine Solutions

August 27, 2019

Cuisine Solutions and its sister company CREA, The Culinary Research and Education Academy, are pleased to announce that their innovative Café + Teria program, which launched in 2017 to provide high school students with a healthy, balanced, customized lunch, is expanding into four Virginia districts for the 2019-2020 school year. The program is also launching in South Carolina at four Pickens County high schools. At each Café +Teria, students select ingredients in four steps to build a nutritious meal. They pick a base of grain, salad or a wrap; a protein: antibiotic-free chicken, ground beef, or Paneer cheese; a topping of vegetables, cheese and sauces, and a dressing. Café + Teria features popular international cuisine types including Mexican, Asian, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Italian designed to address menu fatigue, along with a new BBQ bowl being introduced this fall.

In 2017, Café + Teria was originally introduced to high school students attending Arlington, Virginia’s three public high schools, Wakefield, Yorktown and Washington-Lee. Due to the success at these schools in Arlington it will also expand to The Heights (the new home of H-B Woodlawn) and the Arlington School Career Center on September 3.

The concept for this innovative school lunch program is designed around using Cuisine Solutions’ proteins. Café + Teria resembles a franchise for schools, which can be replicated at any school district in the country. Cuisine Solutions provides the school partners with the recipes, standard operating procedures, name brand and marketing materials to support the program. For example, every Café +Teria in the participating Virginia and South Carolina schools has a serving line with bold graphics that invite exploration, designed with a distinctive, modern look to help attract students to these healthy meal options.

Café + Teria’s protein choices are all prepared with the sous-vide method, which fully cooks and pasteurizes the food. Sous-vide is French for “under vacuum” which describes a cooking technique in which food is vacuum-sealed, then slow cooked in hot water. Cuisine Solutions’ chefs and its Café + Teria team continue to source product selections with recipe creations that will appeal to students and provide healthy, quality, delicious options with pleasing combinations, incorporating local produce from area farms for the toppings. The recipes are also low in sodium, fat and sugar. CREA, the global leader in culinary research, education & consulting, and the sister company to Cuisine Solutions, has been integral in the development of this lunch program.

CREA Executive Chef A.J. Schaller advises, The Culinary Research and Education Academy (CREA) develops base menu ingredients, spice blends and dressings for Café-Teria. Along with Bill Stablein, the chefs and engineers at CREA enjoy working on this passion project to provide a healthy and tasty option for school lunches.”  

By: VDOT

August 23, 2019

Motorists are advised that lane closures will continue on the general purpose lanes along northbound I-395 this weekend, Aug. 23-25, from King Street (Exit 5) to S. Washington Boulevard (Exit 8A) for bridge rehabilitation work. The HOV lanes will also close to accommodate this bridge work starting Friday night and through the weekend. The HOV lanes will reopen in the northbound direction in time for Monday morning’s commute.

Drivers traveling to D.C. this weekend are urged to use alternative routes. Local traffic may still use the general purpose lanes, but should expect closures. All drivers should expect delays and plan extra travel time.

What Drivers Should Expect:

  • Access to the HOV lanes will close beginning at 11 p.m. on Friday and reopen in the northbound direction on Monday at 4:30 a.m.
  • A single general purpose lane on I-395 North will close from 7 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.
  • Alternating single lane closures will occur in each direction on Glebe Road beneath the I-395 overpass throughout the weekend.
  • Weekly updates with specific closure information will be available at:ExpressLanes.com and VDOT’s 395 Express Lanes Web Page.

The reversible 95 Express Lanes, from near Edsall Road to past Garrisonville Road in Stafford, will operate according to their normal schedule.

The 395 Express Lanes, an eight-mile extension of the 95 Express Lanes to the Washington D.C. line, are scheduled to open this fall. Learn how Express Lanes work and how to get an E-ZPass at www.ExpressLanes.com.

By: Marymount University

August 21, 2019

The Office of Campus and Residential Services (OCRS) at Marymount University is welcoming new students as they move into residence halls on campus during 2019 Move-In Day on Wednesday.

An estimated 230 first-year students are arriving on this day, and checking in from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Butler Hall, Ostapenko Hall and Rowley Hall on Marymount’s main campus. Orientation check-in is scheduled from 12:30 to 5 p.m., with a Welcome Dinner to follow from 5 to 7 p.m. in front of The Lodge near the university’s main entrance from North Glebe Road.

About 120 Marymount student leaders and athletes are teaming up with OCRS staff to assist new students and parents during the move-in process. The volunteers are helping direct traffic on campus, welcoming new students and their parents, checking them in to orientation and assisting them as they move into their new residence halls.

Nearly 290 new students overall have already moved in or will be moving in throughout the week, leading up to the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester on Monday, Aug. 26. Returning Marymount students will be moving back to campus on Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25.

Marymount’s Class of 2023 has a projected total of 427 students. The group has demonstrated a commitment to academic success prior to their enrollment, with an average high school GPA of 3.3. It is also the most geographically diverse Marymount class in the past five years, consisting of students from 30 states and 31 countries.

Undergraduate New Student Orientation is scheduled from Wednesday to Saturday, Aug. 24. New students develop a meaningful connection with the campus community, identify campus services and resources, learn about the values and mission of Marymount and demonstrate their commitment to service, inclusion and diversity. An International Student Session is also being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday to address their own unique needs at Marymount, and to allow them to meet other international and American students before the semester begins.

TYSONS, Va., Aug. 8, 2019 – Long & Foster Real Estate announced today that local business, Bond’s Escape Room, has opened a second location at Market Common Clarendon in Arlington, Virginia. They were represented byJennifer Burke, commercial real estate associate of Long & Foster Commercial Division in Tysons, Virginia.

Bond’s Escape Room is now open in Clarendon Commons. Located just above Sephora, it offers six escape room games with a wide variety of themes. This is a second location opened by local business owner, Egor Bondarev.Their first location in Fairfax is now the largest Escape Room on the East Coast with five-star ratings on every customer feedback site.

Bondarev and his team’s vision was to provide a second location that would have the same community hub feel for local families, college students, and businesses. The Clarendon Commons location has unique options for team-building events. Companies can arrange specific trainings that teach employees valuable skills in phone sales and time management training, now just footsteps away from their office.

“Working with local companies year over year is rewarding, as I see the companies, their teams, and the communities develop,” said Burke. “Working for these operators on their visions and figuring out how and where they can expand has become my passion.”

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