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Hensel Phelps, Metro, and Virginia Officials Celebrate Grand Opening of New WMATA Virginia Headquarters

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Hensel Phelps, Metro, and Virginia officials recently celebrated the grand opening of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Virginia Headquarters building in Alexandria, Virginia. The 430,000-square-foot, 14-story office building will serve 1,400 WMATA employees.

Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Randy Clarke, Metro Board Chair Paul C. Smedberg, Congressman Don Beyer, Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson, Department of Rail and Public Transportation Director Jennifer DeBruhl, and other Virginia officials attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new WMATA Virginia Headquarters Building is located in Alexandria’s Eisenhower Corridor and serves as a home to the new Metro Integrated Control and Communications Center (MICC) that brings together rail, bus, security, and maintenance operations with customer communications teams in one place for the first time. The project also includes a 15,000-square-foot, 1.5 MW data center.

“The MICC is a world-class control center that brings our rail, bus, security, and maintenance operations together in one place for the first time [with] our customer communications teams," said Randy Clarke, Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer. "Instead of managing service from separate control centers, we can coordinate together in real-time, working as a unified team to provide customers with clear, consistent messaging.”

The new building consolidates several departments, including the authority’s Technology and Engineering groups. The office building includes multi-level structured parking, an amenity penthouse level space with a kitchen and green roof, a fitness center, and an innovation lab. The building is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.

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