The four-year renovation of the City of Fairfax’s largest office complex is nearing completion, and the $2.8 million renovation will culminate in the Class-A office park showcasing stylish energy-efficient upgrades, complete with an Energy Star certification.
The WillowWood Plaza office park, 10300-10306 Eaton Place in Fairfax, is comprised of four five-story buildings totaling 525,000 square feet of space. Two older buildings, numbers 1 and 2, were constructed in 1988 with two newer buildings, numbers 3 and 4, added in 1999.
Liberty Property Trust, based in Malvern Pa., owns the complex.
Vice president Mike Jones said all four buildings were renovated, with the two original buildings receiving the brunt of major improvements.
“As part of the renovation, all four buildings received upgrades to exterior façades,” he said. “In buildings 1 and 2 major improvements were initiated, including enhancements to the entryways, atriums and elevator cabs and the installation of new ceilings and lighting. Each is in process of receiving new furniture and flat screen televisions.” Jones said the entire complex’s parking lot surface was also completely replaced and landscaping was upgraded.
In the near term, the company also plans a refurbishment of the on-site deli and cosmetic upgrades to the fitness center, both located in Building 2. The company earned an Energy Star certification for Buildings 1 and 2 in 2013. The label recognizes the properties for their operating efficiency, potentially saving tenants as much as 30 percent on annual energy expenses.
Jones said Liberty Property Trust acquired WillowWood Plaza in 2006 and that since then the complex has won numerous Fairfax City awards, including a “Superior” rated Community Appearance Award from the City of Fairfax in 2013 and Fairfax City’s “Best Commercial Project” in 2005 and 2006.
Jones said the complex is currently 75 percent occupied but that both large and smaller spaces are available for lease.
“This complex is the largest in Fairfax City and one of the largest in the county – and offers some of the best office space available in both,” said Jones. “Our objective with this capital investment is to maintain the asset’s high quality and provide productive and energy efficient spaces with on-site amenities for many, many years to come.”
The City of Fairfax is also expecting some major new tenants in two of its already-existing big-box retail spaces.
Mayor Scott Silverthorne said supermarket chain Aldi and home-improvement chain Lowes are both planning to take over vacated retail spaces within the city.
Silverthorne said Lowes is currently planning to renovate a space on Jermantown Road that used to house a K-mart store, and that Aldi is eyeing a former Office Depot site in Kamp Washington. He added that Fairfax City’s low unemployment rate of 3.8 percent is a great selling point to help attract new businesses.
“I have promised both Lowes and Aldi that the city government will ensure a smooth application process, and will move quickly to welcome them both into the City of Fairfax business community,” Silverthorne said.