E-Bird Archive

E-Bird news items since July 2015

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The road to revitalization: Efforts to revitalize a stretch of Richmond Highway could bring 13,000 new homes in addition to office buildings and new businesses to the area near George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. Antonio Olivo of the Washington Post reports that investments in road-widening, a bus rapid transit line and a levee, and proposed comprehensive plan changes that would allow for rail and more mixed-use development, are focusing more attention on the eastern side of Fairfax County.

Expanded Access: The Washington Business Journal reports that Access National Bank, headquartered in Reston, will expand its government contracting business. Robert J. Terry writes that Access, which acquired Middleburg Bank in April, is targeting government contractors with $1 million to $100 million in revenue that are looking for acquisition financing, working capital lines of credit or money for daily cash flow management.

Worth Preserve-ing: The Preserve at Westfields is the first to meld an office park with multi-family living within the 1,100-acre Westfields Corporate Center in Chantilly. Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal reports that developer Northwood Ravin is building 312 luxury apartments as well as retail space in addition to the 155 townhomes under construction by Elm Street Development of McLean. With a Wegmans-anchored retail space and major defense contractors already tenants at Westfield Corporate, the mixed-use phenomenon is in full swing.

Minding the GAP: GAP Solutions, a government services company based in Herndon, has been acquired by a System One, a professional staffing firm from Pittsburgh. Robert J. Terry of the Washington Business Journal reports that GAP has 400 employees. System One, with more than 7,000 employees and more than 50 offices, expects GAP to extend its reach into the federal market. The Pittsburgh Business Times reported that System One (which acquired Falls Church-based Team People last year) was one of seven private companies in Pittsburgh to grow by more than $100 million in revenue from 2015 to 2016.

Room to connect: Hilton, headquartered in Tysons Corner, is expected to begin roll out of its "connected rooms" this month. Thanks to a wi-fi-enabled app, Hilton Honors guests will be able to adjust room temperature, turn off flights, change TV channels and save preferences with their phone. Rebecca Cooper of the Washington Business Journal notes that full-service Hilton-brand hotels will be first to get the service, with all brand levels seeing at least some of the service upgrades within three years.

One suite project: Hampton Inn and Suites, a division of Tysons Corner-based Hilton Worldwide, could soon be adding its stamp to a hotel-laden stretch of Route 644 in Springfield. According to Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal, Vienna-based Schupp Companies, which acquired the Springfield Gateway site off Interstate 95 at Backlick Road, is looking to build a 165-room facility and upgrade a nearby strip of businesses.

What's up, Doc? A consumer study by Tysons Corner-based Binary Fountain finds about 75 percent of Americans say online ratings and review sites influence their decisions when selecting physicians and that 95 percent of respondents found online reviews "somewhat" to "very" reliable. According to Virginia Business, the survey of more than 1,000 adults found that 48 percent found "a friendly and caring attitude" to be the most important choice factor and that 48 percent of respondents ages 25 or older say "wait time" is the most frustrating aspect of a doctor's visit.

Not to be out-Foxed: Reston-based comScore announced an agreement with the Fox Networks Group, expanding its existing relationship to include linear TV ratings measurement and comScore's suite of Advanced Audiences segmentation. According to citybizlist, Fox national sports channels FS1 and FS2, along with FOX, FX and the National Geographic channels, will now access comScore's data.

A true salute: The PenFed Foundation, charitable arm of the Tysons Corner-based PenFed Credit Union, announced a donation of $300,000 to Serve Our Willing Warriors. Virginia Business reports the funds will go toward construction of a Virginia countryside home to provide week-long respites for wounded military personnel undergoing long-term treatment. The new home will double the capabilities of SOWW's Warrior Retreat at Bull Run, which currently houses one family at a time.