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MGAC Managing Delivery of Capital Area Food Bank Northern Virginia Facility Expansion


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The complete buildout will now feature 43,286 square feet of occupiable space

LORTON, VA (May 15, 2023) – Leading project management and owners’ representation firm MGAC is managing the design and construction of the Capital Area Food Bank’s new warehouse, office, and parking expansion in Lorton, Virginia. The 43,286-square foot facility will include 9,000 square feet of administrative and volunteer training space. The project is expected to break ground in May 2023 and to reach completion in late Summer 2024.

Designed to meet the complex needs of its operations, while providing a welcoming environment for staff and volunteers, the non-profit is responsible for sourcing and distributing more than 45 million meals annually. To meet the significant needs of its operations, the organization will rescale its Northern Virginia facility from 14,000 square feet to 43,286 square feet.

“The Capital Area Food Bank’s impactful operation outgrew its current space,” said Lisa Kline, Senior Project Manager, MGAC. “Through an early site analysis and feasibility study conducted by MGAC, we found that the best option was to rebuild the facility to fit the needs of the community and the organization.”

Striving for LEED Silver certification for the facility, MGAC will coordinate a design and building process that carefully balances functionality and cost, with ample space for warehousing to meet community needs, including dry storage, refrigeration, and freezer spaces. Project features also include a donor wall and a dedicated breakroom with enclosed restrooms and a locker room. The second level will feature private offices, a spacious conference room, and an adjacent outdoor terrace for hosting fundraising activities.

“Food insecurity significantly increased in northern Virginia and the greater D.C. area during the pandemic,” said Cynthia Singiser, Senior Director, Capital Area Food Bank. “To meet this challenge head on, we had to expand our space and align it with today and tomorrow’s needs. We are grateful to develop a facility that allows us to continue our mission on a scale that achieves an even greater impact.”

To ensure a seamless project, MGAC engaged in an extensive procurement process, including selecting Davis Construction as the general contractor, Davis Carter Scott as the architect, CPJ & Associates as the civil engineer, Allen + Shariff as the M/E/P engineer, GPI as the structural engineer, and Phase Shift as the low-voltage designer. As part of the feasibility study, Clark Construction provided pro bono preconstruction services to the food bank and assisted in establishing a budget. Fairfax County accepted this project into their Non-profit Project Management Program and has greatly assisted in streamlining the permitting process.

If you are interested in making a donation to support the Capital Area Food Bank, please click the link provided here.

Learn more about Capital Area Food Banks new northern Virginia facility in the press.

Commercial Observer, Capital Area Food Bank’s Virginia Facility to Get Major Upgrade
Bisnow, This Week’s D.C. Deal Sheet

Credit: DCS Design
Credit: DCS Design
Credit: DCS Design

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