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The Avant in Reston, VA Wins Prominent Award for Excellence in Construction

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VIENNA, VA, August 07, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Architecture and planning firm, Lessard Design, is proud to announce The Avant apartment complex in Reston, VA has won the Excellence in Construction Award competition for the Residential Multi-High Rise Construction category. This prominent award by Associated Builders and Contractors recognizes outstanding construction projects across the nation.

The construction of The Avant consisted primarily of cast in place concrete with post tensioned (PT) concrete slabs. The use of PT slabs enabled the design of the units as well as common spaces to be more open while maximizing window space, particularly for the two upper levels. The PT slabs also allowed for high ceilings within many of the spaces.

Lessard's Construction Administration Manager, Scott Clyde explains, "By using the concrete frame, the 15 residential stories were able to be constructed within an aggressive schedule allowing many trades to begin work on the lower levels prior to having the structure closed in and weather tight. This was invaluable in allowing certain trades to focus on the interior while other trades were focusing on the buildings envelope."

Clyde also described how "the building's facade consisted primarily of cast stone, brick veneers and aluminum windows and panels. One advantage was having all the aluminum for the entire building fabricated and installed by one source. This allowed for intricate details throughout being fully coordinated ahead of time."

"One and a half levels of parking below the building is used primarily for public use while an additional 6 story garage was constructed directly behind. The garage was also done with cast in place concrete," said Clyde.

The sleek, modern, and balanced edifice features 359 units of luxury living right in the heart of Reston's Town Center with the surrounding streets filled with top dining and shopping options. The building also houses 28,000 square feet of retail and is less than a quarter mile from the new Silver Line Metro stop.

The Avant's innovative design and construction offer an unparalleled living experience with luxurious amenities such as spacious units, high-end appliances, granite counter tops, walk-in closets, and community spaces including a club room, pool, fitness center, cyber cafe and more.

The Avant, like many projects, had its share of challenges, but the collaborative effort which included a desire from the owner, a vision from the architect, and a willingness to meet and deliver expectations from the contractor made this project a winning success story.

About Lessard Design Inc.
Lessard Design Inc. is an international architecture and planning firm committed to creating environments that inspire connection, collaboration, community and commerce. Headquartered in metropolitan Washington, DC, the firm also has offices in New York, Chicago, and Ahmedabad, India. Lessard Design's projects have been featured in several national publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Urban Land Magazine.

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