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Merritt Wins Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award

“Focus on Excellence” was the theme of the Best of National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Northern Virginia Awards, which were held on November 15, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner. The awards gala was an opportunity to celebrate significant new and renovated contributions to Northern Virginia by the commercial, industrial and mixed-use real estate community. Thirty-one awards were presented in the following categories: Interiors, Membership, Transactions and Buildings.

In the Buildings category, Merritt Properties and Merritt Construction Services received an Award of Merit for Merritt’s I-66 Business Park, Building 6. This light industrial building is located 32 miles west of Washington, D.C. in Prince William County, Virginia’s second-largest and fourth-fastest growing county.

Building 6, a 137,350-square-foot light industrial building, was the first constructed due to road accessibility and the ability to deliver the quickest pad grading. Construction on this building started in December 2017 and was completed in March 2018.

The site contained a large area of dense rock, so 8-10 drills were utilized over a three-month period. In addition, 540,000 pounds of explosives were used to blast and crush the rock and three crushing machines were also mobilized to generate rock of various sizes. The crushed rock turned into 285,310 cubic yards of useable material to level and raise the site, as well as construct access roads, paving areas and a retaining wall.

The building features 32’ clear heights, which are 4-8’ higher than standard industrial buildings, filling a void in the market, providing flexibility for future customers and offering extra storage for tenants requiring a smaller footprint. The site accommodates parking for up to 30 trucks with 50’ bays, which are 10-20’ wider than usual, attracting large users who need convenient dock and drive-in capabilities.

To provide additional protection and flexibility, early suppression, fast response (ESFR) ceiling-mounted sprinklers were installed to protect high-piled storage. This solution allows for the rearrangement of storage racks without costly reconfiguration of in-rack sprinkler piping.

Semi-reflective and smooth surfaces were designed throughout to provide a state-of-the-art, clean and industrial aesthetic. Finishes include brushed aluminum/metal trim, 7’ high interior glass partitions, exposed natural polished concrete/stone flooring, and engineered wood flooring. 

When complete, Merritt I-66 Business Park will consist of six warehouse buildings totaling 596,000 square feet. Click here to learn more. 

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NAIOP Northern Virginia is a chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and it comprises nearly 950 members serving the local Northern Virginia market. NAIOP is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed-use real estate, with 15,000 members in North America. NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy. For more information, visit www.naiopva.org.