Richmond's skyline is changing, but that's the sub-headline

Photo by Paula C. Squires  (Above) PDR Principals  Jackie Wheat  and  Larry Lander  (3rd & 4th from Right) 

Photo by Paula C. Squires

(Above) PDR Principals Jackie Wheat and Larry Lander (3rd & 4th from Right) 

On Monday, December 12, 2016 a crowd of about 100 people gathered for a historical day in Richmond, VA.  A groundbreaking ceremony was held for what will soon be Richmond’s newest and tallest building and one that will forever change its skyline.  However, the changing skyline wasn’t the breaking headline.

Tom Farrell, Dominion’s chairman, president and CEO, emphasized a process that PDR has helped lead for nearly two years and that has helped define Dominion’s workplace needs.  That process has addressed key questions:

  • How can we make our work spaces both more productive and collaborative?

  • How can we attract and retain an excellent workforce?

  • How can we accommodate future growth?

  • How can we provide more onsite parking for our employees?

  • What steps can we take to be more energy-efficient in our office buildings? And

  • How can Dominion retain its presence downtown as a committed corporate citizen?

“. . . and we came to the conclusion that a new, cost-effective, efficient facility with more parking and ample meeting space would best meet our employees’ needs – and give Dominion the flexibility it needs – more so than renovations or purchases could,” says Farrell. 

The headline is that physical change will ensure the betterment of both the employees and the organization as a whole. The new workplace, designed by PDR, will create an environment that the employees will be proud to call home.

PDR is part of team of world-class design and execution team lead by a joint venture of Richmond-based Hourigan Construction and Clayco of Chicago.  Kendall Heaton Associates is the record architect, Pickard Chilton is the design architect and OJB is the landscape architect. Timmons Group is providing civil engineering services, Alvine Engineering is the MEP engineer and Magnusson Klemencic Associates is the structural engineer.

The one million-square-foot building will rise twenty stories, measure just over 417-feet-tall, and will house 5,000 square feet of retail space. Located on the block bounded by 6th, 7th, Cary and Canal in downtown Richmond, it is expected to be ready by late 2018.  Farrell noted, “It will produce millions of dollars in additional tax revenue for the city.” 

The building will have a landscaped, one-acre, rooftop garden, charging stations for electric cars and bike racks, and it will be “an energy-efficient marvel,” according to Mark Hourigan of Hourigan Construction.  Dominion also plans to seek LEED certification for the project. PDR is proud to have an impact on Dominion, its employees and the City of Richmond.  When the new tower is finished, Dominion will employ 2,500 workers in six downtown buildings.

Additional coverage on Dominion's Groundbreaking Ceremony can be found at the following links:

Richmond Times-Dispatch