1/25/19—Listen to MCC Executive Director George Sachs discuss the Center's renovation and reopening with Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs' host Jim Person on "The County Conversation" podcast on January 2, 2019.
MCC Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Mark Completion of Facility Renovation
12/7/18 — The McLean Community Center (MCC) held a Renovation Completion Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5. More than 100 invited guests attended the event, which marked the completion of the 18-month, $8 million project. The center will officially open to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and a free, Community Open House will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
MCC Executive Director George Sachs told the gathering, “I’m very excited today—this day has been a long time coming. I want you to see the differences here and what we have to look forward to.” Sachs extended his thanks to the MCC staff, to the Center’s present and former Governing Board members, Robert Alden, who The Alden Theatre is named after and whose community organizing efforts in the 1960s resulted in the establishment of the center, and Mary Anne Hampton, one of MCC’s first employees when it opened in 1975. Sachs said he also was appreciative of the hard work and contributions of the Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, RRMM Lukmire Architects and Sorensen Gross Construction Services. “This was quite a project and I couldn’t be happier with all the parties involved in making it happen.”
MCC Governing Board Chairman Paul Kohlenberger thanked the former members of the McLean Citizens Association and the MCC Governing Board for their “time, dedication and service, which built the foundation” for the renovation, most specifically former Capital Facilities Committee members Risa Sanders, Chad Quinn and Dennis Findley, an architect whose professional knowledge informed the committee’s decisions. Kohlenberger encouraged residents to continue their support of the Center so that future generations can keep the dreams of those who envisioned it alive.
Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust called MCC “the jewel” of McLean. “And today, the jewel is shining more brightly.” He said the renovation was a smart and good investment for the community as the center is accomplishing its mission of furnishing facilities for civic, cultural, educational, recreational and social activities apportioned fairly to all residents.” He praised Sachs for keeping the Center’s operations going throughout the renovation. “I cannot image anyone doing a better job.”
Improvements to the building include a better storm water management system, an elevated entrance, increased lighting on pathways, additional parking spaces, consolidated administrative offices, an expanded lobby with better visibility of meeting rooms, a new welcome center, two additional meeting rooms and a multipurpose room, which will allow for more programming options. An enclosed courtyard, a unique feature at the center of the building, will be dedicated to Roberto and Gloria Federigan, McLean residents who gave a generous donation to the Center in 2014.
For more detailed information, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.
Photo: Delegate Mark Keam, MCC Governing Board Members Kat Kehoe, Raj Mehra and Alicia Plerhoples, Delegate Kathleen Murphy, MCC Board Chairman Paul Kohlenberger, MCC Executive Director George Sachs, Longtime McLean Resident Robert (Bob) Alden, Delegate Rip Sullivan, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, State Senator Janet Howell and MCC Board Member Lauren Herzberg.
Center’s New, Larger Footprint Springs into Existence
05/14/18—The renovation and expansion project at the McLean Community Center (MCC) is springing into a new phase! Most of the site work is now completed as contractor Sorenson Gross Construction Services has finished the foundation work and poured the concrete slab that will support the additions to the Center.
Glass is being fitted into the new rooms and hallways and the new footprint and look of the center is starting to be defined. Moving forward, much of the work will be focused on the interior of the building. There are currently many trades working simultaneously to connect new plumbing, electric, communications and fire suppression systems to the existing systems in the Center. As some of these trades finish their work, several other trades will follow behind them doing things like hanging drywall and installing ceilings, light fixtures and doors. The latter stages of the project will center on the finishes throughout the building, which include flooring, paint and signage, as well as the finishing touches needed outside of the building, such as landscaping and seating.
Workers are removing excess debris from the site and soon will install pavement in the parking lot. The lot has been reconfigured to maximize the available space. In addition, bollard lighting is being installed along building entrances and exits to improve visibility. The renovation and expansion project remains within budget and on track to finish this calendar year, assuming there are no unforeseen delays. Center staff are planning to resume offering programs in the new facility starting in January 2019.
Stay tuned for more Renovation Updates as they become available.
Progress Continues as a New Year Begins
01/31/18—As we start the second month of the new year, work on the McLean Community Center’s renovation and expansion project continues with easily visible progress being made on the additions. The project remains on schedule and within budget. If all goes as planned, the project may be completed within the new year.
Contractor Sorenson Gross has started to finish much of the site work and recently completed extensive work on the building’s foundation. Reaching this milestone has allowed the construction team to move on to erecting steel beams for the additional meeting rooms and enclosed courtyard, which will be located at the rear of the original building. The layout of the new multi-purpose rooms, extended lobby area and new conference rooms are now visible and allows one to get a sense of what the renovated building will look like looking north from the intersection of Oak Ridge Ave. and Ingleside Ave.
Upon completion of the placement of the steel girders, the contractor will slowly start enclosing the structures and focusing their work on the inside of the building. Interior projects include extending fire protection into the new areas of the building, running electricity and the IT infrastructure to support the new meeting rooms and extending necessary plumbing to the new restrooms.
Stay tuned for more Renovation Updates as they become available.
Renovation Moves Ahead on All Fronts
09/27/17—As we officially enter the fall season, work continues at a steady pace on the McLean Community Center’s Ingleside Avenue facility. The good news? The renovation project remains on time and within budget!
The beautiful weather we experienced this summer allowed contractor Sorensen Gross Construction Services to perform extensive work on the building’s exterior, clearing the landscape and installing elements of the new, more efficient storm water management system. A County arborist continues to monitor the health of the trees and shrubs on the property and will arrange for any needed treatments, prunings or removals.
Demolition of the interior also advanced further with the exterior lobby wall being opened to what will be the new enclosed courtyard. A Geopier® ground improvement system has been mobilized to the courtyard area and is working to help establish the foundation for the additional meeting rooms. The first step in this process was having Virginia Dominion Power relocate the Center’s large, green transformer to its new home at the rear of the Community Hall. Ultimately, the current transformer will be replaced by a newer version that will support the newly expanded center.
An evaluation of the new Center’s information technology (IT) infrastructure needs also has begun. A state-of-the-art, center-wide public address system, security cameras and access keypads will all play a role in the planning.
For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.
McLean Community Center Renovation Update
07/26/17—As you can see in this collage of construction photos, the demolition phase of the project is well under way. Crews have worked to remove some interior wall, ceiling and flooring and have cleared some of the existing landscaping, while working to improve the storm water management system in the area. The building and parking lot are now completely enclosed by a chain link fence and inaccessible to the public.
McLean Community Center Breaks Ground on Ingleside Avenue Renovation
3/22/17 --- The McLean Community Center (MCC) held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the renovation of its 1234 Ingleside Avenue facility at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22. Attendees included Virginia’s 34th District Delegate Kathleen J. Murphy, Virginia’s 48th District Delegate Rip Sullivan, Fairfax County Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, McLean community leaders Robert (Bob) Alden and Carole Herrick and a number of past and present members of the MCC staff and Governing Board.
Speakers, MCC Executive Director George Sachs, MCC Governing Board Chair Laurelie Wallace and Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust, detailed the six-year-long process it took to successfully secure the project, acknowledging former Board members, the Friends of McLean Community Center organization, the McLean Project for the Arts, donors Roberto and Gloria Federigan, the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, architects The Lukemire Partnership and residents of the Dranesville district.
Foust called it “a very, very good morning,” and said that the center was “the jewel of McLean.” He noted the foresight of district residents, who 50 years ago voted to pay a real estate surcharge in order to establish and operate the Center. “We owe you a debt of gratitude,” he said. Sachs said the renovation will allow the Center to consolidate its administrative offices, address ADA and fire compliance issues, add additional class and meeting room spaces, update its technology and modernize the look of the facility’s lights, walls and flooring. “I can’t wait to present this newly renovated building to the community,” he said. Wallace thanked Sachs for his tenacity and his determination to get the project done, as well as the MCC staff for “rolling with the punches” over the years. She also thanked members of the Board’s Capital Facilities Committee, who were tasked with the job of developing the project.
The approximately $5 million construction project has been awarded to Sorensen Gross Construction Services. Construction will begin on April 3. The center’s administrative offices will move to 6631 Old Dominion Dr., in the McLean Square Shopping Center. The class program and the registration office also will relocate to 6645 Old Dominion Dr. which is also in McLean Square. Dance classes will be held at 1374 Chain Bridge Road, next to Color Wheel, in the Langley Shopping Center.
Renovation & Expansion Project: Here's What's In It For You
The McLean Community Center, which opened in October 1975, has undergone a number of enhancements over the years and is sound and wellmaintained. However, the Ingleside Avenue facility is also in great need of updating in order to better meet the needs of its current and future patrons.
The renovation and expansion project is estimated to cost approximately $8 million and is fully funded. The input of Small District 1A-Dranesville residents has been sought and responded to throughout the planning process through surveys and public meetings.
There will be some big changes and adjustments for MCC patrons in the coming months, these short-term inconveniences will result in many, long-term benefits for district residents and other patrons once the renovation has been completed.
The renovation and expansion project will:
- Increase the size of the lobby and improve the flow of traffic throughout the building.
- Refurbish existing meeting rooms and add additional multi-purpose rooms.
- Bring the Center into compliance with current ADA and building code regulations.
- Modernize the look of the Center with new wall, ceiling and floor treatments.
- Upgrade the technology (energy-efficient appliances, state-of-the-art mechanics).
- Improve and enhance the storm water management system, while saving as many trees on the property as possible.
- Centralize front desk operations and improve patrons’ access to customer service.
- Include a courtyard with seating and landscaping.
- Improve visibility and access to the second floor for the McLean Project for the Arts and The Alden balcony entrance.
- Re-grade and resurface the existing parking lot, add additional parking spaces and improve walkway lighting.
- Consolidate the Center’s administrative offices into one, cohesive area.
These enhancements will allow the Center to provide its programs and services more efficiently and in a more cost-effective manner for many years to come—and that benefits everyone.
Visit this page often for updates on the project.
MCC on the Move!
MCC Renovation & Expansion Project Begins April 1, 2017
Center Will Use Local Venues to Continue Programs
In April 2017, work to renovate the McLean Community Center’s (MCC) Ingleside Avenue facility is scheduled to begin. To ensure the Center’s programs and services will continue uninterrupted, MCC Executive Director George Sachs has worked with Fairfax County’s Facilities Management Department to find and secure rental properties for a 22-month period, beginning as early as March 2017.
“We will relocate and occupy these spaces in March with hopes of moving back to the newly renovated community center by the fall of 2018. We want to continue to meet the needs of the community throughout this period of transition and we feel fortunate to have found locations that will allow us to do just that,” said Sachs.
MCC has secured the use of a nearby property in order to continue to offer a variety of classes. The majority of the Center’s classes will be held at 6645 Old Dominion Dr., in the McLean Square Shopping Center. Currently, the Center offers more than 100 classes each session. The new location includes four classrooms, which will be scheduled for maximum use. The space will also house the Center’s registration office.
During the construction period of the renovation, MCC’s administrative offices will be located in the same shopping center as the new classroom space, at 6631 Old Dominion Dr., on the first floor of the Century 21 New Millennium building. This space will house the executive director, finance, facilities and public information offices of the Center.
The large, outdoor community events produced by the Center also will continue to be offered. The Spring and Fall Community Garage Sales will be held at the parking garage at 1420 Beverly Rd.; McLean Day 2017 will be held at Lewinsville Park and the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration will be return to Churchill Road School for a second year.
Jammin’ Juniors, the free, preschool concerts offered by The Alden will be held in local parks, while other performances will be presented in community-based venues. MCC is continuing to identify additional spaces for the dance program, indoor special events and performing arts programs.
The McLean Projects for the Arts, currently located on the second floor of MCC, will be relocating to their temporary location in the Giant Shopping Center. The storefront is located between CVS and Kazan’s Restaurant. Their official address will be 1446 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22101. MCC will continue to handle registration for MPA-sponsored art classes, which will be held at their studio.
For more information, call the Center at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.