Spring Hill Rec Center

Community Hub

McLean, VA

Project Type

Civic & Cultural, Sports & Recreation


36,200 Square Feet Addition & 15,600 Square Feet Renovation

Design Services

Architecture, Interior Architecture, Site Design, Sustainability

To better serve McLean area residents, Spring Hill Rec Center embarked on a renovation-and-expansion project that added a new gymnasium and amenities, plus expanded a two-story fitness center.

The project more than doubled the facility’s size and created a more exciting, comfortable, and family-friendly recreational environment.

Design Awards

  • NACPRO Park and Recreation Facility Class II Category Award
  • Best of NAIOP – Award of Merit

Project Goals 

The Fairfax County Park Authority wanted to expand the recreational center to meet user demand and provide state-of-the-art fitness facilities.

To better serve the larger McLean community, the recreation center needed to be expanded and modified to create a sustainable space that could accommodate both recreational activities as well as community functions for residents of all ages.

  1. Support members of the community spanning all age groups
  2.  Create a space that accommodates both recreational activities and community functions
  3.  Ensure compliance with the latest ADA regulations
  4.  Utilize sustainable design practices


With both the addition and renovation, the design transforms the center into a multi-functional space, accommodating various community activities. The existing space was elevated to meet and exceed sustainability standards, achieving LEED Silver certification.


Careful consideration was made to ensure a seamless transition from old to new.

The new Fitness Center addition was designed with exterior materials that closely resemble those of the existing building, creating a visual connection between the two structures.


The Spring Hill Rec Center is now a hotspot for the surrounding community.

After the revitalized facility reopened, the Spring Hill Rec Center experienced increased memberships and community use reservations. Moreover, the building has achieved a 27% reduction in energy consumption compared to similar facilities. This was accomplished by implementing energy-efficient HVAC systems, low-emissivity glazing, LED lighting, and enhancing insulation for improved energy efficiency.