Arlington County, VA


Community Recreation Master Plan, Detailed Architectural Programming, And Business Planning

The city of Arlington needed a master plan to maximize the use of the largest contiguous park in the county. On the plus side, the park was adjacent to the airport, the Pentagon, and the Potomac River, and had a great view of the monumental core of the District of Columbia. On the minus side, there were transportation easements, height limitations, and environmental concerns. B&D was brought into the master planning process and asked to program an appropriate indoor facility for the park. We conducted a market analysis for an indoor aquatic and recreational facility, developed an outline architectural program, generated a model for developmental and operational finances, and helped identify potential partners for the development and operation of the facility. Our plan was approved in spring of 2004 after which time the county retained us to provide a more detailed program of architectural needs which served as the basis for the design of both the site and the indoor facility. We were retained in 2006 to develop a detailed business plan for the operations of the park and the indoor recreation center. In 2009 we developed a comprehensive financial model that compared the fiscal impact associated with varying program scenarios. In 2011, Arlington County completed the first phase of Long Bridge Park. The following month, we were retained to refine operating scenarios and the project’s phasing strategy. Later, we were tasked with developing an updated business and operations plan. Completed in 2015, this $50 million park includes lighted multipurpose athletic fields, a health and fitness facility, an Olympic-sized pool concession stands, picnic areas, a rain garden, an esplanade, and a public plaza.