Alexandria, VA


Complete 2009


22,000 SF + 64 apartment units

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The Station at Potomac Yard

LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects was retained by the City of Alexandria to work with Rust/Orling Architecture for the design of the new Station at Potomac Yard No. 209.

The Station at Potomac Yard (Fire Station No. 209) is the first new fire station built in Alexandria in 40 years. The new 21,953 s.f. four-bay station incorporates offices, day spaces, operational support spaces, including HAZMAT response, private bunkrooms with pass-through lockers for 15 fire fighters, on-site training features, and 20 reserved parking spaces in the below grade parking garage. The Station is LEED Certified.

Seizing a unique opportunity, the building design also provides work force housing with 64 apartments located on four floors above the station. Of the 64 units, 44 units serve households with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income and 20 units serve “workforce” households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income. The one, two and three bedroom units range in size from 700-1300 square feet. Shared spaces include two community meeting rooms, a rooftop terrace, two full levels of underground parking and a ground floor retail space to complete this innovative mixed-use municipal project.

The fire station was allocated $6.6 million of the total $28 million project budget. This mixed-use project is an excellent example of Smart Growth practices.


  • Gold Award / Brick in Architecture Awards 2010
  • Achievement Award / Housing Association of Non-Profit Developers 2010
  • Municipal Excellence Award Finalist / National League of Cities 2010
  • Award of Honor (Gold) / F.I.E.R.O. Fire Station Design Awards 2009
  • Bronze Award, Shared Facilities / Fire Chief Magazine Station Style Awards 2009
  • Excellence in Public-Private Partnership Award / U.S. Conference of Mayors 2007


This station is a model for the future….We’ve been excited about this from day one. Every aspect of this station has been carefully thought out. LeMay Erickson Willcox has done a fantastic job.

John North, Battalion Chief Alexandria Fire Department, Virginia

The Station at Potomac Yard is a highly successful project for Whiting-Turner Contracting, thanks in part to the cooperation and team approach of LeMay Erickson Wilcox. From the early design process, through the final days of construction, LeMay Erickson Wilcox and Whiting- Turner worked extremely well together as a team to construct a complex project that will provide the City of Alexandria with an outstanding new facility.

Bryan Embrey, Project Manager The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company