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Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment in Falls Church, VA

There's no way around it: Getting diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease can be both scary and disheartening for patients and their loved ones. The cognitive impairment, memory loss, and eventual cognitive decline can seem like a grim prognosis. Unfortunately, the standard reductionist approach seeking to identify a single silver bullet cure doesn't account for the multifactorial nature of Alzheimer's disease.

That's why treating Alzheimer's disease requires a multifaceted response from functional medicine. While there is no single drug that can cure Alzheimer's, protocols addressing the nuanced factors contributing to the disease can make a difference. That's where Proactive Wellness Centers and Bredesen protocol treatment in Falls Church, VA comes into play.

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The Proactive Wellness Approach to Brain Health

At Proactive Wellness, we firmly believe that brain health is an essential part of your overall well-being. However, despite the emergence of new research, there has been limited understanding of how to promote brain health effectively. This includes reducing the risk of dementia/Alzheimer's and stabilizing cognitive decline in patients with early symptoms. Dr. Lawson, an esteemed Bredesen Protocol practitioner and ReCode 2.0 Certified with 17 years of experience in functional medicine can identify and address the root cause of cognitive decline in you or your loved one.

Dr. Lawson's goal isn't to replace the role of family physicians. Rather, we collaborate with primary care physicians, internists, and other medical professionals to provide a comprehensive approach to care. We believe that every individual is unique from a physiological perspective, and therefore, we avoid a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, our programs focus on a customized approach, addressing risk factors that, if avoided or modified, could have beneficial effects for men and women who have dementia.

Our programs have a strong emphasis on slowing down and reversing the aging process, preventing diseases, and treating chronically ill patients. To achieve this, we employ a three-pronged approach:

  • We empower patients with the knowledge they need to manage their health and attain optimal well-being.
  • We prioritize disease prevention by conducting a thorough evaluation with the help of comprehensive diagnostics and the patient's health history form.
  • We collaborate with patients to implement a rejuvenation program that includes various science-based treatments, like our Brain Health Optimization Program (BHOP) for people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's

One of the most popular and effective programs we offer includes Bredesen protocol treatment in Falls Church VA. This revolutionary approach to dementia has provided hope and improved cognitive function for countless people in the US. But to understand the importance of the Bredesen protocol, it's important that you first understand dementia, Alzheimer's, and its effect on people across the world.

The Wide-Reaching Effects of

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

There are currently more than 5.8 million individuals in the United States who are living with Alzheimer's disease. It is predicted that the number of individuals with Alzheimer's disease will more than double by 2050.

Dementia is a type of cognitive decline that affects mental abilities. There are many different causes and complex layers involved. Cognitive impairment is characterized by abnormal results on tests measuring memory, speech, critical thinking, and other cognitive abilities, but individuals with this diagnosis are still capable of performing daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. Without proper treatment, Alzheimer's disease is likely to follow within a few years. Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent form of dementia, and it is diagnosed through neuro-imaging and analysis of cerebrospinal fluid.

In the past, being diagnosed with Alzheimer's was often worse than receiving a death sentence. It was dehumanizing and stripped individuals of their memories, thinking abilities, and independence. However, after three decades of research, we now have a greater understanding of this devastating illness and even solutions like Bredesen protocol treatment in Falls Church, VA that can help patients deal with dementia.

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What Causes Dementia?

Dementia is caused by a normal and healthy brain process that malfunctions due to a toxic environment, inflammation, and a lack of necessary nutrients and hormones. The brain's defense mechanism produces amyloid plaques, which serve as a protective helmet around the brain. Unfortunately, these plaques destroy connections between nerve cells, ultimately affecting comprehension, recollection, and clarity.

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Dementia by the Numbers

It's important to understand the impact of Alzheimer's disease (AD) around the world. According to the CDC, AD is present in 50% of patients in nursing homes and causes more than 110,000 deaths annually in the US. It was the 6th leading cause of death in 2015. More than 5 million people in the US are affected by AD, and recent data indicates that the problem is getting worse.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 47 million people around the world are currently living with dementia, and this number is expected to rise to 75 million by 2030 and 132 million by 2050. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases.

While reading those statistics can be disheartening, there's reason to be hopeful. New therapies and treatments offered at Proactive Wellness - like Bredesen protocol treatment - can help patients deal with dementia and cognitive decline.

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The Power of

Bredesen Protocol Treatment in Falls Church, VA

The Bredesen Protocol is a highly personalized treatment program that aims to reverse cognitive decline and improve brain function in patients. Dr. Bredesen has designed the protocol to be adaptable and customizable, tailored to the specific symptoms and needs of each patient.

The program is centered around lifestyle changes, medication, and nutritional adjustments, all of which are tailored to address the unique symptoms and environmental factors that may be contributing to cognitive decline. This approach, referred to as ReCODE, helps patients to combat brain fog and prevent the onset of dementia.

It has also helped patients improve cognitive function significantly, reverse symptoms, and even return to work. The ReCODE program comprises lifestyle interventions, therapeutic diets, and targeted nutrients. Proactive Wellness Centers is thrilled to offer this promising treatment modality for Alzheimer's disease to benefit our patients.

It all starts with a baseline Bredesen evaluation at our wellness clinic in Falls Church, VA.

Baseline Bredesen Evaluation from

Proactive Wellness Centers

At Proactive Wellness Centers, we have two ways to help patients who are in search of Bredesen protocol treatment in Falls Church, VA. The first option is our Baseline Bredesen Evaluation, which is best suited for asymptomatic patients - that is, individuals who do not exhibit any significant cognitive decline beyond what is expected with age. Dr. Bredesen classifies such patients as "PreCode."

This evaluation serves as a starting point for PreCode patients, as well as those who are unsure of their cognitive status and potential risk factors. Our baseline evaluation includes the following:

The first step involves conducting a comprehensive set of baseline labs to evaluate your overall health, closely following the Bredesen protocol. This step goes beyond standard labs that you might have for a physical. It includes tests for magnesium, zinc, and selenium levels, B6, B12, and folate levels, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid levels.

It also includes

  • Pre-Diabetes Evaluation
  • Hormone Level Evaluation
  • Thyroid Level Evaluation
  • Specific Immune Marker Evaluation such as TH1, TH2, IL6, and TNF.

Our goal with this assessment is to establish a starting point and compare your cognitive function against what is typical for your age group. We have chosen to use the CNS Vital Signs cognitive assessment, which is widely recognized as one of the best in the industry. Additionally, we will be conducting the standard MoCA test as part of the evaluation.

A DNA test is performed to identify the specific APOE genotype present in your DNA. APOE e4 has been shown to be associated with an increased chance of late-onset Alzheimer's disease, which occurs after a person is 65 years old.

This step covers your lab results and includes a detailed plan of action to address areas of improvement as identified in your baseline evaluation.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment Falls Church, VA

What are the Early Signs of

Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease?

As we grow older, it can be difficult to distinguish between normal changes in our cognitive abilities and the initial signs of dementia. The issue with preventing chronic illnesses is that we often believe we are healthy as long as we don't experience any symptoms, but this is not entirely accurate. Symptoms are typically the last indicator of a disease, meaning it has already progressed by the time they appear.

While it's always best to catch diseases before you notice symptoms, taking proactive measures at the first sign of cognitive changes can greatly impact the aging of your brain and body. It's crucial to act immediately if you're experiencing the following symptoms of Mild Cognitive Impairment. That way, ,you have a better chance of preventing the development of Alzheimer's.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment Falls Church, VA

Roughly 10% of individuals with MCI progress to Alzheimer's annually.

Fortunately, Bredesen protocol treatment in Falls Church, VA may provide you with a chance to delay or even reverse these symptoms

Memory Issues

Memory Issues

You have a hard time remembering events that happened recently, such as appointments or important conversations with loved ones. You may also have trouble remembering important information.

Language Issues

Language Issues

You have trouble finding relevant words when you're talking with other people. You may also have problems following along with complex or complicated discussions.

Maintaining Concentration

Difficulty Maintaining Concentration and Attention

You have noticed a reduced ability to focus and stay honed in on most tasks. You may also not be able to multitask effectively, and it may be harder to keep your attention for long periods of time.

Decline in Executive Functions

Decline in Executive Functions

This symptom involves difficulty with skills like decision-making, planning, problem-solving, and organizing. These difficulties are often most apparent in day-to-day activities.

Visuospatial Awareness

Problems with Visuospatial Awareness

You may have trouble parking your car, judging distances, reading maps, or completing tasks that necessitate spatial orientation.

Impaired Judgement

Impaired Judgement and Reasoning

This may include problems when making judgments or decisions. Examples may consist of difficulties making financial decisions, managing finances, making reasonable and appropriate social decisions, or thinking through risky situations.

Bredesen Protocol Alzheimers Treatment Falls Church, VA

By contrast, some of the most common signs of normal aging can include the following

Experiencing temporary lapses in memory, where recently learned details like names or scheduled events may slip from one's mind but can be remembered later on

  • You occasionally make mistakes, but nothing that stands out as significant or unusual.
  • You have to ask for help putting together or setting up electronic devices or equipment.
  • You sometimes forget what day it is but have the ability to remember the correct date later on.
  • Your vision is getting worse, which is caused by cataracts.
  • You experience shortness of breath or get tired more often when being active.
  • You feel unusual aches and pains, especially during poor weather.
  • You get confused sometimes but don't have an inability to make decisions or multitask.
  • You have a hard time keeping your body temp regulated.
  • You get angry or frustrated when tasks aren't completed in certain ways.

Your Trusted Choice for Bredesen Protocol Treatment in Falls Church, VA

Maintaining a healthy brain is crucial for one's overall well-being, yet there remains a lack of knowledge when it comes to promoting brain health, reducing the likelihood of dementia, or managing symptoms for those exhibiting early warning signs.

That's why we're excited to offer patients the ReCODE program at Proactive Wellness Centers. Developed by Doctor Bredesen, this treatment has shown remarkable success in improving cognitive function and even reversing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. This comprehensive program includes lifestyle changes, dietary interventions, and specialized nutrients, and we are eager to provide this promising treatment option to patients like you.

If you or a loved one are starting to show concerning signs of cognitive decline, contact our office today to learn more about Bredesen protocol therapy. It could be your first step toward reversing mental decline and enjoying life to its fullest.

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When, How To Get Rid Of Live Christmas Trees In Falls Church 2024

For City of Falls Church and Fairfax County collection customers, live Christmas tree collections are coming up.FALLS CHURCH, VA — Once Christmas comes and goes, residents will need to get rid of their live Christmas trees in the coming days. Christmas tree recycling will be provided in the coming days by the City of Falls Church, Fairfax County and private collectors.The time to say farewell to your live Christmas tree will depend on when you got it, what condition it is in, and whether it was properly watered....

For City of Falls Church and Fairfax County collection customers, live Christmas tree collections are coming up.

FALLS CHURCH, VA — Once Christmas comes and goes, residents will need to get rid of their live Christmas trees in the coming days. Christmas tree recycling will be provided in the coming days by the City of Falls Church, Fairfax County and private collectors.

The time to say farewell to your live Christmas tree will depend on when you got it, what condition it is in, and whether it was properly watered.

Live Christmas trees can pose a fire hazard as they dry out, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The organization says Christmas tree fires aren't common but can grow quickly when they occur. Nearly one in three Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical issues, and one in five are due to a heat source too close to the tree.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends getting rid of your live Christmas tree after Christmas or when it is dried out. Once removed, Christmas trees should not be left in homes, garages or leaning against homes.

In the City of Falls Church, Christmas trees will be collected by curbside collection services on Wednesdays in January and February, except on observed city holidays. The first two weeks of January are recommended to ensure quick collection. All decorations and plastic bags must be removed from trees, including rope and tinsel.

Residents who live in apartments and condominiums should take their trees for recycling at the Fairfax County I-66 Transfer Station at 4618 W. Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. The facility closes at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 and remains closed on Monday, Jan. 1 for the New Year's holiday.

For Fairfax County collection customers in select parts of the county, live Christmas trees will be collected from Jan. 2 to 15. Lights, decorations and stands must be removed before collection. After Jan. 15, county collection customers can schedule a special brush pickup.

If you don't receive curbside collection services from the City of Falls Church or Fairfax County, check collection policies with your private hauler.

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Later Start Time Approved For Falls Church Secondary Schools

FALLS CHURCH, VA — As the end of the term approaches for the current Falls Church School Board, a proposal to adopt later start times at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School and Meridian High School was approved Tuesday.The school board voted 5-2 to move the school start time 20 minutes later at the secondary schools. Starting next school year (2024-2025), school would start at 8:30 a.m. School will end by 3:10 p.m. Currently, the middle and high schools run from 8:05 a.m. to 3 p.m."The gold standard is to start second...

FALLS CHURCH, VA — As the end of the term approaches for the current Falls Church School Board, a proposal to adopt later start times at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School and Meridian High School was approved Tuesday.

The school board voted 5-2 to move the school start time 20 minutes later at the secondary schools. Starting next school year (2024-2025), school would start at 8:30 a.m. School will end by 3:10 p.m. Currently, the middle and high schools run from 8:05 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"The gold standard is to start secondary no earlier than 830 [a.m.] because of teenage sleep patterns and mental health and that sort of thing," said School Board Chair Laura Downs.

The change at secondary schools has an impact on elementary schools. A 9 a.m. start was proposed for Mount Daniel Elementary School and Oak Street Elementary School. Proposed end times were 4 p.m. for Oak Street Elementary and 3:50 p.m. at Mount Daniel Elementary School. The elementary schools currently run from 8:50 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Jessie Thackrey Preschool already starts at 7:45 a.m., as hours were adjusted earlier this school year. Under the new proposal, the end time could be pushed from 2 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Before the vote, School Board members Lori Silverman and David Ortiz voiced opposition to the proposal due to the effect on elementary school start times.

There was more of a split on a following motion to make permanent early release Wednesdays. The School Board approved the measure with a 4-3 vote, but some members raised concerns about the impact on working parents.

"I know that there are parents who find early release Wednesdays difficult and of course, they want to support their teachers, but nonetheless, they do find these difficult in terms of childcare," said Downs.

Silverman brought up an equity concern with the proposal.

"It's a hardship on many working parents and many families," said Silverman. "But the biggest issue to me is the inequity of this current policy in order to have early release Wednesdays, because it really I think exacerbates the disparities between children who have abilities to do extracurriculars and other children who do not have those financial abilities and logistical abilities to do all those extracurriculars."

Superintendent Peter Noonan said FCCPS may be able to provide additional daycare support on Wednesdays if it can provide the staffing. With additional staff, the superintendent aims to provide 30 more daycare slots, both at Mount Daniel Elementary and Oak Street Elementary.

"We currently staffed daycare at 15 to one, so in order to stay in compliance, I think if we could get two more people at each site, that would open 30 more opportunities," said Noonan. "Right now, we serve almost 200 students at both Mount Daniel and Oak Street on Wednesdays already. So I'm not sure exactly what the need is. But it gives us an opportunity to kind of get a sense for what the need is and at least get started thinking about hiring some people."

Noonan believes it will be possible to draw staff from within the system, including parents, clinic employees, and high school seniors who have a last period study hall. FCCPS will also have to assess space for additional daycare.

At Tuesday's meeting, the school board also approved the 2025-2026 school year calendar. The board welcomed new members Amie Murphy and Bethany Henderson along with the returning Jerrod Anderson, who were elected to four-year terms in November. Two other members whose terms end on Dec. 31 were honored— Downs and Susan Dimock.

What Is the Future of Eden Center?

On a Saturday afternoon in July, the popular bubble tea shop TeaDM in Falls Church is bustling with energy: People are chatting over cooling drinks like the signature sea salt coffee, a refreshing Vietnamese brew with sea salt cream. The interior is decked out like a futuristic airplane and sounds like a party, pumping out electronic dance music.The boba shop, one of four TeaDM locations (all in NoVA), sits in ...

On a Saturday afternoon in July, the popular bubble tea shop TeaDM in Falls Church is bustling with energy: People are chatting over cooling drinks like the signature sea salt coffee, a refreshing Vietnamese brew with sea salt cream. The interior is decked out like a futuristic airplane and sounds like a party, pumping out electronic dance music.

The boba shop, one of four TeaDM locations (all in NoVA), sits in Eden Center, the historic Vietnamese shopping center on Wilson Boulevard in Falls Church that’s home to around 115 restaurants, shops, and markets. The owner, Jay Tran, 36, opened this location in 2016; he moved to the U.S. from Vietnam in 2006.

Even though Tran’s company is expanding and enjoying steady business, he says it’s a challenge to stand out and stay afloat at Eden Center — particularly with a monthly rent of around $15,000 that goes up by 3 percent each year.

“There’s always competition around. I have a bubble tea shop, but there’s like 10 or 15 bubble tea shops around,” Tran says.

Like many of Eden Center’s business owners, Tran has been tuned in to recent city plans to make changes to the site of the shopping center and is eager to learn how they would affect business, parking, and more. On June 26, after a year and a half of deliberation, the City of Falls Church unanimously approved the East End Small Area Plan, a proposal for redevelopment and reinvestment of a 10-block zone that includes Eden Center and part of Seven Corners. Since the plan’s inception, quite a few small-business owners and their advocates have been worried about being priced out of this beacon of Vietnamese culture.

The 161-page document reads like an urban planner’s fantasy. If implemented, the plan would make the area much more pedestrian friendly, break up long blocks into shorter ones, add bike lanes, build indoor parking to reduce the current sprawl, make space for plenty of outdoor dining, establish a true public gathering space (currently, Eden Center holds various festivals in the parking lot), create “pocket parks” with Wi-Fi, and construct play spaces for children.

There’s also a suggestion of a “themed boutique hotel” for the many out-of-town visitors who make Eden Center their destination. There are nods to Vietnamese culture, including establishing a cultural center with language classes, erecting murals and other public art, and night markets. Overall, the plan imagines an “international town center,” rather than the current uninspiring strip mall area, with residences mixed in among businesses.

A walkable zone that replaces unsightly suburban sprawl, green space, art that honors the community — it all sounds pretty appealing on first glance. But some business owners and community members see different writing on the wall: All those upgrades could lead to higher rents, which could then lead to displacement — not tomorrow, but years down the road. The concerns aren’t unfounded. This is exactly what happened in the early 1980s, when many Vietnamese businesses were forced to leave an area of Clarendon then known as “Little Saigon” as Metro construction began and property values rose. Many relocated to what’s now known as Eden Center.

“I have a lot of customers coming here … but adding more business means competition,” says Tran. “That’s definitely a worry for not only me, but many other businesses in here. Eden Center is a very special shopping center. I think everyone should be heard because a lot of businesses, not all of us are doing well. Many of us are struggling.”

City officials stress that the plan is hardly binding — it’s simply a guide. “I think early on, there was an unfortunate use of the word ‘redevelopment,’” says Falls Church Vice Mayor Letty Hardi. “That created lots of consternation and for the right reasons, because we all want the Eden Center to be preserved. But there really are no bulldozers coming for the Eden Center. And I think a lot of the concerns were unfounded.”

Alan Frank, general counsel and senior vice president of Capital Commercial Properties, which owns the entire property, says, “Eden Center is a special place, and we plan to keep it that way,” adding that there’s “no pending or planned redevelopment.”

The project has come a long way since the city originally began discussing it in November 2021. Early in the process, many of the business owners, particularly those who speak primarily Vietnamese, weren’t aware of the plans. But thanks to an advocacy group called Viet Place Collective that’s made up primarily of second- and third-generation Vietnamese Americans, a series of pop-up meetings was held at Eden Center to let business owners be heard.

“Immigrant communities, especially folks whose English is limited, face barriers to civic participation; our organizing aims to break down those barriers by translating, building trust, offering multiple ways to take action, and empowering folks to speak up about what concerns them,” a statement from the collective reads.

Viet Place Collective has urged the city to make anti-displacement a primary goal of the small-area plan, which includes taking steps to preserve legacy businesses; hiring a Vietnamese-speaking community outreach specialist; and providing businesses with services such as pro-bono or discounted legal assistance, construction disruption mitigation, and a neighborhood business incubator. The group has encouraged the city to increase how much parking the center has, as well as to commission Vietnamese artists for any public art and to rename the area Little Saigon East.

“Eden Center is near and dear to us, as young Vietnamese and Asian Americans, as a place where Vietnamese culture is preserved and celebrated,” says the collective. “For those who fled Vietnam due to the Vietnam war, Eden Center reminds them of their home; for those who were born from those immigrants, Eden Center is the setting of many of our childhood memories here. As the center of the Vietnamese community in the DMV, Eden Center keeps alive our culture that is threatened with societal pressures of assimilation.”

Anti-displacement language figures prominently in the final city plan. But nothing will happen unless it’s funded, and it remains to be seen whether the city will fund and pilot anti-displacement efforts. The collective says it plans to hold the city accountable. There will be opportunities to secure funding in the 2025 budget, which the city begins discussing in December, and in the City Council Work Plan after the new council takes office in January 2024.

“This plan is a plan of displacement,” unless the city commits to funding its promises, said Derek Hyra at the Falls Church Planning Commission hearing on June 7. Hyra is a Falls Church city planning commissioner and American University urban policy professor whose research focuses on neighborhood change.

Hyra, while praising the language of the plan, was the only city commissioner to vote against recommending it to the city council. In an interview, he provides a little context on the small-area plan. He explains that recent development in West Falls Church — a big mixed-use project is in the works near the West Falls Church Metro Station, on a site formerly occupied by George Mason High School — spurred planners to see where they could stimulate more economic development on the city’s east side as well. Additionally, he says, there’s a “ring road” project underway to try to improve traffic in Seven Corners, which is certain to spur rezoning and redevelopment.

Hyra stresses that development doesn’t happen in a vacuum — meaning that just because an owner doesn’t plan to redevelop the property doesn’t mean it’s impervious to redevelopment forever, especially once the area is rezoned.

“We change it from commercial to residential, and it instantly becomes more valuable when we make a zoning change to go to higher density … we raise the value of the land even if no redevelopment is done,” Hyra says. “Once the developer knows rezoning has happened and the value of the land goes up, they start getting offers from investors to do development. Also, even if nothing happens at the Eden Center, development is going to happen on the parcels that are adjacent to the Eden Center that are in Fairfax. Well, when the Fairfax properties get redeveloped, it will instantly raise the property value at the Eden Center.”

No matter what might happen, many business owners are concerned about issues such as parking, which is particularly challenging on busy weekends, and upkeep of the aging buildings.

The city hopes to invest in sidewalks, crosswalks, streetlights, and elements like banners that highlight the area as a gateway to Falls Church, says Paul Stoddard, planning director for Falls Church. “I think that’s what we’ll start to do on the public side — try to marshal some public funds to help highlight the area, make it a little safer for people to get around, people to walk,” he says.

Tran, who is younger than many of Eden Center’s other business owners, is trying to stay optimistic about the proposed plans. He says he would welcome more businesses and increased foot traffic if it meant better business for TeaDM. He’s also encouraged by any plans that improve parking, including the building of a garage. He says he has been lobbying the owners for improvements that would help spruce up outdated facades.

Other business owners are not as optimistic about the future. “We have a hard time trusting the city’s words, because in 2008 we had town halls with the city asking for help and assistance,” a business owner who chose to stay anonymous says through Viet Place Collective. “We did town hall meetings, we did city functions, to help with our rent because rent is too high. … Nobody helps us. I remember 34 years ago when … the same thing happened in Clarendon, where they came up with a plan to build apartments and new buildings but preserve the storefronts. They improved the streets — but then the Metro came, and the new buildings came, and we had to find a new place to go.”

Feature image courtesy Capital Commercial Properties

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HITT Contracting Sets the Stage for a Sustainable Future, Unveiling Visionary Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia

New net-zero-ready headquarters building will create more space and community for HITT team members and a collaborative educational hub for the built environmentFALLS CHURCH, Va., Nov. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- HITT Contracting, a top national commercial construction firm, aspires to redefine the future of construction. With the unveiling of plans for their innovative six-stor...

New net-zero-ready headquarters building will create more space and community for HITT team members and a collaborative educational hub for the built environment

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Nov. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- HITT Contracting, a top national commercial construction firm, aspires to redefine the future of construction. With the unveiling of plans for their innovative six-story, 270,000-square-foot headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia minutes from Washington, D.C., HITT seeks to drive real change through sustainability, research and development (R&D), and partnership.

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Sustainability Takes Center StageHITT's new headquarters, slated for completion in late 2026, is a testament to the company's commitment to sustainable building practices. The site will feature a remarkable 100,000-square-foot photovoltaic solar canopy, generating all energy needed for the building. Sustainability and R&D are paramount to the development, reflecting HITT's dedication to the neighborhood, the building community, and the environment. The planned office relocation to Haycock Road also provides more space within a lively community and better access to mass transit for HITT's 900+ local team members.

"We're ecstatic to continue growing in Fairfax County and aligning with the West Falls Church Metro station. We're thankful to the City of Falls Church, the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Fairfax County for supporting our plans to build this cutting-edge development. We're deeply committed to being good stewards of the local community and the environment. I'm also thrilled that Virginia Tech is committed to maintaining their presence in Falls Church with the launch of the Coalition for Smart Construction – a research lab dedicated to the future of building," said HITT CEO Kim Roy.

Pioneering Education and InnovationHITT's headquarters will be a hub for education and innovation in construction as Virginia Tech has leased ground floor space for a Coalition for Smart Construction. This exciting partnership will enable the next generation of construction professionals and drive groundbreaking research and educational collaborations within the built community. Together, HITT and Virginia Tech envision a nationally recognized innovation hub that will advance building practices and ultimately shape the industry's future.

Thoughtful Design, Exceptional WorkspacesDesigned by Gensler, the headquarters reflects HITT's commitment to the environment and the well-being of its team members. The dynamic office features collaborative work zones, wellness facilities, a sprawling one-acre outdoor terrace with lush landscaping, and other amenities. The ground floor will feature a full-service conference center, café, and access to urban parks. An interconnecting stair leads to the second floor featuring team member amenities, collaboration spaces, and access to the roof deck. Four additional floors of offices offer dynamic workspaces designed with neurodivergence in mind to support a variety of working styles. The greater development will include more than 55,000 square feet of urban parks, including a 1,400-square-foot interactive digital experience pavilion designed to be a nucleus of the community where locals can gather.

Leading the Charge in R&DHITT's dedicated R&D team will focus on innovation by carrying out more than 20 research projects through the new headquarters. Notable ventures already in progress include a newly patented prefabricated building skin that reduces weight, increases speed to market, and creates more efficient buildings. HITT is pioneering the first use of the Caracol Heron AM robotic arm installed in the US for 3D printing, aimed to augment traditional construction methods, and implementing robotics on-site to support an enhanced experience for HITT's field team through technology-enabled workflows. HITT's mission is clear: explore new ways to build and share the findings with the industry.

"Traditionally, less than one percent of the construction industry's revenue is directed at advancing R&D. If we're going to overcome future challenges, we need to start now and work together across the entire industry. HITT is deeply invested in R&D and the new headquarters offers us a real opportunity to test new ideas," shared Megan Lantz, HITT's vice president of research and development. "In 2019, we built Co|Lab, our dedicated R&D hub, which was the first mass timber building in Virginia. It was truly cutting edge at the time, and we learned first-hand about the processes and material. Similarly, we will test emerging materials, methods, and technologies at this new headquarters and share what we learn with the industry."

HITT's longstanding partnership with Virginia Tech and the university's commitment to advancing smart construction led to the vision for an innovation hub, a true investment in the future of the built environment. The Virginia Tech Coalition for Smart Construction will lease and occupy 40,000 square feet on the building's ground floor.

"As we continue to grow our presence in the greater D.C. metro area, creating innovative industry partnerships will enable the future of smart construction," said Julie Ross, the Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering at Virginia Tech. "The partnership with HITT Contracting will provide our students and faculty with a state-of-the-art facility built for collaboration. We're excited to see what we can do together."

HITT Co-Chairman Brett Hitt said, "One of the last big innovations in construction was post-tension concrete more than 50 years ago. As an industry, we have to do better to tackle the challenges of rising costs, labor shortages, and our environmental footprint. I believe that Virginia Tech will push the boundaries of construction by bringing its brilliant students to a space where they can work alongside our industry's brightest minds. Bringing industry and academia together under one roof will help us effect real change,"

For more information on HITT's groundbreaking new headquarters and the firm's journey to shape a brighter future through sustainability, R&D, education, and technology, visit hitt.com, or follow HITT's LinkedIn for further updates.

ABOUT HITT CONTRACTINGHITT Contracting provides a wide range of construction services across the nation, from complex core and shell buildings and renovations to interior fit-outs and routine service work. No matter the project size or type, HITT delivers a premium construction experience on every project it builds. With 2022 revenues of $5.41 billion and 1,600+ team members in 14 office locations nationwide, HITT is ranked as one of the top 20 largest general contractors in the U.S. For more than 85 years, the Washington, D.C. area-headquartered company has been elevating the business of building nationwide through innovation, research and development, sustainability, and by working tirelessly and intentionally to earn clients' trust by making every building experience exceptional. Learn more about HITT's general contracting capabilities at hitt.com

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HITT Contracting’s new Falls Church HQ will have huge solar canopy and research hub

HITT Contracting, whose portfolio includes some of the most high-profile building and redevelopment projects in the D.C. area, will move to a new Falls Church, Virginia, headquarters in late 2026. The campus will be focused on sustainability and next-generation construction technology.HITT will move from its longtime Falls Church headquarters at 2900 Fairview Park Drive to the new campus on Haycock Road, near the West Falls Church Metro.Virginia Tech has leased...

HITT Contracting, whose portfolio includes some of the most high-profile building and redevelopment projects in the D.C. area, will move to a new Falls Church, Virginia, headquarters in late 2026. The campus will be focused on sustainability and next-generation construction technology.

HITT will move from its longtime Falls Church headquarters at 2900 Fairview Park Drive to the new campus on Haycock Road, near the West Falls Church Metro.

Virginia Tech has leased 40,000 square feet on the ground floor for a new Coalition for Smart Construction research lab dedicated to the future of building, which will become a nationally recognized innovation hub for advancing building practices.

Virginia Tech already has a satellite campus at the site.

The six-story, 270,000-square-foot building will have a 100,000-square-foot photovoltaic solar canopy, which will generate enough energy to power the entire building. The 900-plus employees at the HQ will have access to wellness facilities, a conference center, cafe, collaboration spaces and a roof deck.

There will also be a one-acre outdoor terrace. In all, the campus will include more than 55,000 square feet of urban parks, including an interactive digital pavilion.

The headquarters was designed by D.C.-based architectural firm Gensler.

HITT will expand its research projects with the new space. Among research already underway is a newly patented, prefabricated building skin that reduces weight. HITT is pioneering the first use of the Caracol Heron AM robotic arm, installed in the U.S. for 3D printing.

HITT said only about 1% of the construction industry’s revenue is spent on research and development.

“If we’re going to overcome future challenges, we need to start now and work together across the entire industry. HITT is deeply invested in R&D and the new headquarters offers us a real opportunity to test new ideas,” said Megan Lantz, HITT’s vice president of research and development.

The headquarters will be part of a larger mixed-use development on Haycock Road by the West Falls Church Metro that HITT and Rushmark Properties are developing, which will also include residential and retail.

HITT, founded in 1937, is one of the largest general contractors in the nation, with offices in more than a dozen cities across the country.

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