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Caribou Coffee, a Minneapolis-based company, recently opened its second store in Fairfax County at Fairfax Corner, the new retail development across from the Fairfax Government Center. Like all Caribou locations, the new store offers a selection of coffees, teas and other hot drinks for customers of all ages.

The second annual "Silent Night Auction" took place at Re/Max Allegiance of Burke on Nov. 12. Nearly $5,000 was raised to help the less fortunate in Fairfax County during this holiday season. Contributors to the auction include The Settlement Group, Tower Mortgage, Inc., Interstate Van Lines, Kelly Hull with National City Mortgage, Rosa Mangum with Creative Gift Solutions, Sheila Henry with Interiors by Sheila, State Farm Insurance with Thomas Ridpath and Guardian Plus with Belinda Rankin.

At Interstate Worldwide Relocation's Springfield location, the following four employees were awarded Employee of the Month recognition for November: Mover of the Month, Mike Edwards, an employee since 1986; Helper of the Month, Robert Quansah, an employee since 1998; Packer of the Month, Maggie Shepherd, a 27-year employee; and Administrative Employee of the Month, Aaron Hudson, driver accountant, an employee for just under three years.

The Mid Atlantic Division of Centex Construction Company has been awarded a National 2003 Design-Build Excellence Award in the Private Sector Building over $15 million category. The award comes from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) in recognition of the recently completed project, the National Academy of Sciences, located in Washington, D.C.

The National Academy of Sciences project received the Design-Build Excellence Award for achieving several objectives, including the successful design-build of a new Class A $75 million headquarters; the construction of over 580,000 square feet which initiated the beginning of the center-city master plan rebuilding project; the historic preservation of seven facades and the entire Salvation Army Building dating back to the 1800s; a large, challenging project that complements the existing development in the neighborhood yet expresses the mission of the National Academy of Sciences; and an early delivery and orchestrated move of over 800 employees from four separate facilities into one new headquarters.

Centex Construction Company provides general contracting, at-risk construction management, design-build, preconstruction and turnkey services. Centex Construction Company operates a full-service division in Fairfax.