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You know what I was thinking about if this building ends up being tall enough we could possibly have the tallest building on the east coast from charlotte all the way to as far Philadelphia. It wouldn't take much to do it either. Because the tallest building in Baltimore is only 529 feet tall and the pnc plaza in Raleigh is only 534 feet tall. How cool would it be if Richmond made this a 600-650 foot tall building and make one of of the taller buildings between the cities i mentioned above. Trust me I know no way ever would we ever have a taller building than the tallest in philly or Charlotte as the tallest is a 1000 footer in philly currently under construction. I really think Richmond should strive to make it happen and go taller than any building between philly and Charlotte because Baltimore and Raleigh doesn't have really all that tall of a skyline.

Hi, I have been following Richmond development for about a year but have just joined urban planet. I don't think Richmond will ever pass Charlotte or philly, but this tower could easily be the tallest tower from Philly to Charlotte.

 

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Hi, I have been following Richmond development for about a year but have just joined urban planet. I don't think Richmond will ever pass Charlotte or philly, but this tower could easily be the tallest tower from Philly to Charlotte.

 

Welcome to the forum Blopp!  I certainly hope you two are right.  The only thing is that I don't think Dominion will building anything too extreme because something extremely taller than the current downtown buildings might stick out like a sore thumb (I don't have a problem with it, but others might).  I want it to be tall and tastefully done, but definitely want this to be Richmond's signature tower!  I'm also hoping to hear something soon on this project.  I'm hoping demo starts in January of the Richmond Plaza.  If that's the case, surely they'll have a plan by then, right?  Even if it's conceptual, I want to see something - I want to know what they're thinking as far as scope for this project.

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I mean the James Monroe is around 439 feet or along those lines so I mean a 500 footer or even a 600 footer wouldn't stick out to much I would think. I definitely want it to be at the very least 550 feet. So we can at least have the tallest building between the distance mentioned above. Would be cool to have that and as well be the states tallest again. Also I wouldn't think the elevation would be all that high since the richmond plaza is along canal street going downhill . Even if it was 600 feet the elevation of the land to me wouldn't seem like it would make it stick out as much.

 

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I have also heard that after the new building is completed, dominion will move their employees to the new Richmond plaza site and rebuild one James river plaza. Idk if that will happen, but it would be nice to have two new towers in the skyline.

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Dominion is pretty conservative - seem to be comfortable being who they are without too much attention being drawn to themselves - so should be interesting to see what they come up with.

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Was looking at the calendar and went back to one of the original articles (Free Press linked previously) which wrote - "The company hopes to begin demolition in 2016 and start construction by 2017".  2016 is getting close, my hope is early 2016.  If so, a sneak peek may happen in conjunction with the demo?  Massive - I heard this word used - tried to get more info. but got no more....

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They should be coming out with some preview or rendering in the next couple weeks seeing how it's been about 6 months since they first announced it. Love how they used "massive" to describe it though. 

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They should be coming out with some preview or rendering in the next couple weeks seeing how it's been about 6 months since they first announced it. Love how they used "massive" to describe it though. 

I believe the figure that was getting floated around was 40-50 storeys, so yeah, this should be pretty big. Hopefully it looks good, too ;)

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Idk if dominion vacates their current building, then the tower could go up to about 40 stories. If not it will probably be about 35.

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If anyone has any idea of how tall this project will get will be someone who works for Dominion as I think leadership is soliciting input from Dominion employees on the design of this building(s).  Any of you work for Dominion?  If rumors of a 40-50 story building are going around, there might be some validity to the rumors (could be as tall as 40-50 stories, but may only end up being 35)...who knows.  I do know that I'm waiting with bated breath to find out the details. If it's anything less than Virginia's new tallest, I will be disappointed. At any rate, I certainly hope the details come out soon as 2016 is just around the corner!  Surely, there is someone somewhere who has some leaked preliminary information...right?  Anyone?

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A couple of questions about their new headquarters that I wonder about; would they entertain any retail, food, etc. on the ground floor or is there too much security concern and this will just be offered in house only. Also,will they go above ground or below ground parking - which would effect the height. I would think that their current headquarters and offices are behind in technology or have been crippled together enough with old and new that they are having to move, not to just consolidate but to get better, current technology in place that has been designed and integrated into their new building.  Having to do this in old buildings, etc is never as good.  I could see the interior costs and the technology cost being a large portion of their budget, which makes me wonder about the shell cost and how much they'd be willing to spend on that. I can visualize a simple all glass shell where the glass looks monolithic - costs less - less statement with a heavy focus and cost on whats inside. Probably wrong but it's fun to guess... 

 

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Massive can mean many things.  This thing will be less than 30 floors. 

I hope you are just psyching yourself out. I hope you are very wrong...come on, positive thoughts, tall thoughts....

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I know nothing of the height, but I think jbjust is probably closer to reality. Dominion has never been a flashy company and I don't expect that to change. Not good PR to build a trophy to yourself when you are a monopoly... will seem like people are being overcharged. By massive, my guess (and this is literally a guess) is that there will be a massive parking structure below/adjacent to the office portion of the tower, and the area per floor will probably be north of 25,000 s.f. to achieve greater efficiency. I don't envision residential or hospitality as part of the new tower. Throw in some street level retail space and that about does it.

Anyways, if a new building was 30 floors, I would guess the height would be somewhere around 450' without height from some type of spire element on the roof. That would make it Richmond's new tallest and it may sit at a higher elevation than Suntrust or James Monroe.

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I don't think it will be that short due to the fact that dominion is the largest energy provider in the mid Atlantic, so I don't think that it will be 450, however I don' t think with all the information that has been put on here that the tower will reach 600 ft. 35 stories and 550 ft sounds more realistic.

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wrldcoupe4 - I totally agree about the trophy to yourself and monopoly thought - that seems dead on.  Would hope it could higher than the Monroe Building. Is there any chance they'd be moving from Innsbrook - even though they say they aren't?

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General office admin roughly estimates around 162 SF/person. This wouldn't include conference rooms, private offices, mechanical space, reception, bathrooms, etc (maybe 30 percent additional space?). 

(# of office building workers x 162 SF) + 30% = My rough estimate of the building size. If this were 2,500 employees moving in...that equates to about 525,000 SF of new office. Over 600,000 SF if there were 3,000 moving in.

The height would depend on the area per floor of the building. James Monroe building is over 400,000 SF but has a small area per floor. The Federal Reserve is 700,000 SF with three levels below ground.

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Why is everyone assuming a single tower? 

You're absolutely right that there is a possibility of multiple buildings, I think it's us on UP, who are hoping for a single, tall tower.  I think the block where this will be built could definitely accommodate at least a building, or multiple buildings, with large floor plans making the height of this thing a lot shorter.  But, we all like to dream.  "Massive" could also mean a big, chunk of a building that is short.  I hope the employee feedback is such that there is a push to make the building tall and not short.  We'll have to see, but I love the conversation going on right now.  Let's think of all the possibilities - one of us will get it right when the plans are released and will have some serious bragging rights!

Are there any examples of any public utility companies out there that built a tall building that you can think of?

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I think dominion could build a taller tower if they built it taller than needed so they could always grow Into the space. Until then, they could lease out the unused space to smaller companies which could add some extra stories to the tower or towers.

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