2722 Merrilee Drive, In the Works

Fairfax, VA

MV+A Architects is kicking off the design of 2722 Merrilee Drive – a 239-unit, seven level mixed-use building adjacent to the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro station in Fairfax, VA. Designing and planning for our client, Elm Street Development, MV+A worked with VIKA, Studio 39 Landscape Architecture, and McGuireWoods to lead the rezoning effort for the site approved earlier this year, paving the way for the project to move forward.

2722 Merrilee will extend the exciting development occurring adjacent to the Dunn-Loring Metro further down Merrilee Drive, which connects to the urban shopping district, Mosaic District, to the south. The added development will create an excellent terminus to Halstead Square Road and the Halstead mixed-use development to the east, along with a new private road to the south of the site acting as an extension of Halstead Square Road. In the future, this road can expand and continue all the way through to Dorr Avenue.

This is MV+A’s first project with Elm Street Development, but we are currently working on additional projects with the developer as well. We look forward to the beginning of construction on this project and others to come. Construction on 2722 Merrilee Drive is anticipated to begin in 2022.

January 2021
NEWS   |  January 26, 2021

Washington, DC

AIA Washington, DC | CANstruction

CANstruction D.C. voting is LIVE! Due to COVID-19, CANstruction unfortunately could not be held in person this year to build sculptures consisting of canned food. However, participating architecture and design firms were still able to submit their designs for judges and the public to view and vote on. Follow the link here to view all submissions and vote for MV+A to win the People’s Choice Award!  One dollar = one vote, and all donations go to The Capital Area Food Bank to continue providing millions of meals to people in communities across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

This year’s CANstruction theme was “Children’s Books,” and the fifteen local participating firms purchased 18,610 cans – that is 22,000 meals donated to those in need. This is MV+A’s ninth year participating in CANstruction, and we were fortunate enough to still be able to participate in 2020. Our firm chose the popular children’s book, The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor, written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen. Made popular by the animated 90’s TV series, The Magic School Bus and Ms. Frizzle educated children through crazy scientific and historical adventures. Here are MV+A’s can renderings, along with a pun-filled description, submitted to CANstruction’s 2020 competition:

Magic School Bus

Hop on the Magic School Bus with MV+A! With propeller and periscope, the ocean we CAN explore on our field trip to the sea. Look to your right, CAN you see the purple octopus swimming towards us? SCAN the ocean floor – so many BUSy ocean beings – casts of CANtankerous crabs CANnoodling in CANyons of seagrass, reefs of mollusCANs hiding their secret treasures from galaxies of starfish prowling for a meal. With Ms. Frizzle at the wheel of our magic hunger-BUSting BUS, we CANtrived to BUSt through with our blockBUSter magic inCANtation:

“We can BUSt hunger! 1, 2, 3, a roBUSt meal it CAN be! 4, 5, 6, CANs make the fix! 8, 9, 10 MV+A does it again! You never know what you CAN find on our field trips!”

Magic School Bus

Thank you again to The Washington Architectural Foundation and The Capital Area Food Bank for organizing this yearly competition. Don’t forget to donate and vote for MV+A!


East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA
East Liberty | Pittsburgh, PA

DESIGN BRIEF | January 2021

Washington, DC

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