Welcome to the Department of General Services
Our mission is to provide exceptional management of the City's real estate, property and other support services for all our customers, internal and external. The Department of General Services staff strive to provide our customers with unmatched services by proactively managing the City's assets to support the delivery of services to the City of Alexandria, responding to service requests in a timely manner, listening to our customers, and ensuring that our customers are satisfied with the resolution. We invite you to look through our website to learn more about our services and programs. We hope that you are satisfied with the quality of services we provide and we value your input and suggestions.
Mission Statement - The Department of General Services supports a thriving and environmentally sustainable Alexandria through safe, effective, and exceptional real estate and property management, and support services.
Vision Statement - "The Department of General Services exemplifies excellence by fostering a culture of leadership and teamwork, continuous improvement, quality customer services and management, responsible investment, innovative solutions, and sustainability."
The City of Alexandria has officially completed the replacement project for Fire Station 203, which was originally built in 1948. The new station is a two-story structure measuring approximately 15,000 square feet. The construction project began in spring 2019, and first responders returned to the facility in March 2021.The up-to-date facility provides better support for modern fire/EMS apparatus, equipment and operations. Watch the video tour below for more information:
Fire Station 203, located in the Beverly Hills area, was built in 1948 and is 71 years old. The station's 5,900 square foot, two bay house does not support the growing need for increased staffing and modern fire and EMS apparatus. This project will demolish the current station and build a new 15,400 square foot, three bay fire station on the same site. A temporary fire station will be constructed adjacent to current Fire Station 203 to ensure the continued safety of the community during construction.
Witter Wheeler Feasibility and Campus Master Plan
The City of Alexandria’s goal for the Witter Wheeler Feasibility and Campus Master Plan Process is to ascertain how the spatial needs of the City Services Departments which currently reside on the campus can be more effectively met. Optimal location, reuse, or re-purpose of the existing facilities and/or examination of the potential for new facilities will be examined. Analysis will also include the balancing of departmental needs with available City resources in order provide better services to Alexandria residents.
The boundary of the 54.7-acre City-owned property for the Witter Wheeler Campus can be seen in the attached diagram and generally extends from Wheeler Avenue on the west to the eastern edge of Witter fields on the east. The southern border of the site is the right-of-way adjacent to Business Center Drive. The northern border of the site extends to Duke Street at the west end but shifts south along the south side of businesses that front on Colvin Street. No privately-owned property is within the boundary of the Witter Wheeler Campus study area.
The City Departments that currently reside on the Witter Wheeler Campus are: Transportation and Environmental Services, the Alexandria Police, Alexandria Fire Department, Recreation Parks and Cultural Activities, Alexandria City Public Schools, Department of General Services, DASH and the fuel island as well as public services including the recycling center, and multiple sport and recreational areas.
Market Square has been the center of civic activity for Alexandrians since the City’s founding in 1749. The current City Hall, built in 1871, is a great source of community pride and serves as a workplace for more than 300 City employees. After many years of service, major updates are needed throughout City Hall to repair aging building components, improve operating systems, optimize space utilization, improve building circulation and wayfinding, and enhance security.
The City Hall Renovation Project will provide a revitalized safe, and sustainable environment to better serve City staff, Alexandria residents, and visitors well into the future. The City of Alexandria is committed to maintaining City Hall as the seat of government for many years to come.
An initial community meeting was held in City Hall on Wednesday, July 31, 2019:
A second community meeting event is planned for September in City Hall:
Monday, September 30, 2019 – 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Alexandria City Hall, 301 King Street
Sister Cities Conference Room 1101
Alexandrians and City staff are welcome to attend, and:
- Learn about the City Hall Visioning Study and future City Hall renovation
- View gallery displays and hear about City Hall initiatives
- Discover City Hall history and take a brief tour
- Ask questions and share ideas about the future uses of City Hall
The City of Alexandria invites interested parties to browse for surplus real estate property that is currently available. The Department of General Services is responsible for public disposal of all City-owned real estate that has been designated as surplus by the Alexandria City Council. All real estate is offered "As-Is," with no warranties or guarantees, expressed or implied, as to kind, character or its fitness for any use, purpose or its ability to be developed for any use or purpose.
King Street Properties Request for Proposals (RFP)
On Monday, April 3, 2017, the City of Alexandria issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the disposition, sale and redevelopment of City-owned surplus real estate located at 912, 916, 920 King Street and 116 South Henry Street. The City was seeking developers that have a proven combination of experience and expertise in the design, development and construction of urban properties. Their expertise could include public-private partnerships, federal tax credit funding mechanisms, multi-family construction, commercial development involving both office and retail and historic district redevelopment. This RFP was issued for a period of 120 days and closed on July 24, 2017. If you have any questions regarding this solicitation please contact Alfred Coleman, Deputy Director of General Services at 703.746.4770.
Provides administrative oversight of all functional areas within the Department including: reporting for the departmental strategic plan, negotiating and managing building leases, space planning, Animal Shelter contract, City Surplus Real Estate program, Print & Mail services, and the Market Square Farmers Market.
The Office of Energy Management is responsible for delivering community energy programs and leading climate change action to ensure the fiscal strength of the City government and achievement of results that the Alexandria community values. The City’s energy management program is responsible for managing and reducing the City’s energy use, utility costs, and greenhouse gas emissions from City facilities and vehicle fleet. Energy Management delivers the following services to the Alexandria community: community energy programs; City operations energy management; utility acquisition and management; facility engineering; energy assurance and reliability; and utility regulatory and policy affairs. To learn more about each of these services, click here.
The Facilities operation is responsible for maintaining the 2.4 million square feet of public buildings owned by the City of Alexandria. Facilities is also responsible for planning and managing all building renovations and new city building construction projects, and providing special event set-up and staffing support.
Event Planning and Support Services
Special Events are managed through a consortium of city departments. The Department of General Services is responsible for scheduling the use of City Hall, Market Square, Old Town Farmers' Market, and the Market Square Vendor Cart Pilot Program.
Print and Mail Services
The Print and Mail Services Division of General Services is responsible for mail services and internal and outsourced printing and copying for the City. Services are provided to all City departments. Most City Departments receive their USPS mail via General Services' courier. Mail is delivered both to City Hall and satellite buildings. Most print and copy requests can be completed by the Mailroom; however more complex printing or higher volume printing or copying may require your job to be sent to one of our highly qualified vendors. In addition, the Mailroom carries a variety of paper stocks your department may use.