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Marymount Receives 2010 Community Appearance Award for 26th Street Buildings

Friday, March 11, 2011
The Community Appearance Alliance (CAA) of Northern Virginia presented Marymount University’s new 26th Street academic and residential facilities with a 2010 Community Appearance Award for beautifying the neighborhood. The award was presented at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) offices, where CAA is located, on March 10.

The signature architecture and verdant landscaping of Marymount’s 26th Street complex replace a surface parking lot. The complex includes Caruthers Hall, a 52,000-square-foot academic building for the sciences and health sciences, and Rose Benté Lee Ostapenko Hall, a 77,000-square-foot residence hall. The Malek Plaza curves between the buildings, providing an outdoor gathering space. Underground parking beneath the complex helps keep cars off of residential streets, and a pedestrian bridge over Yorktown Boulevard connects the new facilities with the rest of Marymount’s Main Campus.

In designing this project with architects Davis Carter Scott, Marymount sought to create an environmentally friendly urban village – the type of development that Arlington is known for and that Arlington residents have come to expect. The University participated in an extensive community process and worked with a neighborhood advisory group throughout the project’s construction.

Marymount has incorporated sustainable design into this project and is participating in the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The project’s sustainability goal is LEED Silver certification. Green elements of the new complex include energy-efficient heating, cooling, and lighting; water-conserving plumbing fixtures; and, wherever possible, recycled and/or regionally manufactured building materials. In keeping with Arlington’s vision of a more bicycle-friendly and green transit community, bicycle racks, preferred parking spaces for carpools, and University-leased SmartWay Elite vehicles are given priority placement on the site.

Marymount University President James E. Bundshuh states, “We in the Marymount community are excited that our new facilities, which greatly enhance the University’s academic and campus life, also beautify the larger community. We thank our neighbors for working with us through the construction process. Marymount is Arlington’s university, and we are committed to being a good neighbor and serving our city and region.”

1 - Caruthers Hall (from North 26th Street)
2 - Claire Machosky, CAA president, presents the award to architect Ernest Ulibarri of Davis Carter Scott, and Dr. Chris Domes, MU's vice president for Student Development and Enrollment Management
3 - 26th Street complex: Lee Ostapenko Hall (left) and Caruthers Hall, with the Malek Plaza between
4 – view of buildings from far side of the pedestrian bridge over Yorktown Boulevard
5 - view along Old Dominion Drive toward North 26th Street