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Dominion Resources: New High-rise Building Planned for Downtown

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34 minutes ago, eandslee said:

 

They have been planning for at least 6 months for this project so it must involve a significant amount of money and planning(which hopefully means it will be tall:rolleyes:). If they don't come out with plans by the end of the month, it could mean that the project was postponed or they will wait to release the plans after they finish demolishing the current Richmond Plaza building.

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Demolition of Plaza Building will start this summer, construction later in the year.  Tower will be ready in summer 2019. Hourigan/Clayco to construct.  Packard Chilton will be arch. design.  PDR Corp interior design.  Timmons Group and Kendall/Heaton also part of the project team.  Looking forward to it!

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On 11/4/2015 at 2:28 PM, blopp1234 said:

 

Ignore above as the reply function seems to hang up on me...

I do not see much beyond suburban-ish projects from Hourigan, with exception of Altria's downtown lab, but Clayco and Pickard Chilton's portfolios show some potential.  Looking foward to seeing what they come up with.

http://www.claycorp.com/our-projects/current-projects/

http://archinect.com/pickardchilton http://pickardchilton.com/

http://www.houriganconstruction.com/projects/

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10 hours ago, Icetera said:

Ignore above as the reply function seems to hang up on me...

I do not see much beyond suburban-ish projects from Hourigan, with exception of Altria's downtown lab, but Clayco and Pickard Chilton's portfolios show some potential.  Looking foward to seeing what they come up with.

http://www.claycorp.com/our-projects/current-projects/

http://archinect.com/pickardchilton http://pickardchilton.com/

http://www.houriganconstruction.com/projects/

Picard chilton has a really nice portfolio including multiple other signature towers. Hopefully they stick with what they've been doing and add a beautiful tower to downtowns skyline.

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9 hours ago, meegwell said:

Demolition of Plaza Building will start this summer, construction later in the year.  Tower will be ready in summer 2019. Hourigan/Clayco to construct.  Packard Chilton will be arch. design.  PDR Corp interior design.  Timmons Group and Kendall/Heaton also part of the project team.  Looking forward to it!

Where did you get this information?  Was there a public announcement that I missed?  Pleased with what I hear so far!

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Well to make matters more interesting I have known Hourigan got the job for over a good solid month and a half now. My cousin who works for Circle S Branding in Manchester which is a marketing firm in downtown richmond told me hourigan got it over the holidays in december. Hourigan construction is one of there clients. Very excited for the ball to get rolling on this project. This better not be a disappointment as far as height goes and architectural appeal. Oh and plus I told eandslee about it over a week ago and I know he was definitely pumped to hear that. I just didn't want to give the word out until I saw someone else at least give it out or until there was news on it.

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FWIW and as far as I understand the information on the schedule and the firms involved in a previous post was a mass email to employees with no request/designation/expectation of any type of confidentiality.  More updates "as available".

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Since the employees of Dominion were involved in deciding what design would be appropriate for this building(s), I wonder what was discussed and what the design consensus was?  Anyone know any Dominion employees involved?  I hope the consensus was modern and tall!  It needs to make a statement in the skyline and would love for it to be the prominent structure, one which would also gain the notoriety of being Virginia's new tallest!

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23 hours ago, meegwell said:

FWIW and as far as I understand the information on the schedule and the firms involved in a previous post was a mass email to employees with no request/designation/expectation of any type of confidentiality.  More updates "as available".

Hi Meegwell.  My mention of the non-disclosure with Dominion was mentioned to describe their process  - I didn't mean to imply that any information on the boards was confidential, just thought that the non-disclosure process that surrounds their culture is an interesting hurdle that everyone has to deal with when working with them.

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Interesting comment made on r/rva Reddit today.  I like where this is going!

 

P.S., word on the street is that there is a lot of work and a team already organized to make sure the Dominion tower is quite a unique project for Richmond...or for Virginia. Anyhow, shhhh...http://pickardchilton.com/ just for thoughts. It's gonna be good.

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...and, not sure if this is just speculation, rumor, a guess, or if there is any basis for it, but I just noticed on this website (not sure who maintains it - it is Wiki after all) that under proposed Richmond towers, it shows the Dominion tower is estimated at 45-50 stories.  That would be very nice, but I'm not believing it...yet. 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Richmond,_Virginia

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I recently reformatted the 'Tallest Buildings in Richmond' wiki page to make it more attractive and added the Gateway Plaza to our list; so I am probably the main person who edits that page. I added the Locks at 321 to the approved/proposed section earlier today, but I did not put the 45-50 stories estimate. Hopefully someone in the know did so. 

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Well, that's good to know that it wasn't you. If not you, then who was it (muh ha ha ha)?!  Yeah, hopefully you're right...maybe the guy that wrote that is in the know. 

After methodically reading the announcement from last year, a 45-50 story tower does not seem out of the realm of possibility.  Reid said, "part of recruiting and getting people to Richmond is making Richmond an attractive city."  She further noted that part of the aim is to "enhance" the Richmond's skyline.  If the aim is to enhance the skyline, it would stand to reason that this tower would have be a tall or significant enough to be seen from a distance and make a significant difference to the current skyline.  One way to do that is to build taller than anything we currently have or design it in a way that is so different from what you currently see downtown that it sticks out (in a positive way).

Also, Reid said that the company plans a "distinctive and energy efficient design."

"Distinctive" is the key word here.  Distinctive as in something like you see on http://pickardchilton.com?  Quite possibly.

Also, we are talking about putting upwards of 800-1000 Dominion personnel in this tower, which could (it's possible) also include mixed use (a hotel and or condos/apartments).  If the height of the new Suntrust Center (with 200 personnel and 187 apartments) is any indication, the Domonion tower could easily be twice as tall.  Just my analysis based on the "clues" revealed in the announcement last May.

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Dominion's consolidation could include as many as 2,000 employees, and that excludes the riverfront campus and Innsbrook. They may have 2 full city blocks to work with over time - I don't anticipate that their tower would be mixed use other than including parking and street level commercial space. However, their overall project could be mixed use. I think about what Capital One is doing in Tyson's Corner...

http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2015/12/capital-one-expands-plans-for-tysons-hq-campus.html

I doubt we'll ever get that much density, but something to think about. Hopefully we get a peek behind the curtain soon.

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Okay, I can buy your mixed use argument.  You are probably right in that regard. Still, only 2 city blocks and 2000 people to house, with parking and street-level commercial space (maybe some outdoor park space) is still not insignificant.  Depending on the design (how the development is laid out, etc.) could still mean significant heights.  I just read a lot of naysayer comments out there from time to time that say that Dominion will never build anything taller than maybe 25-30 stories. I tend to disagree, but I'm throwing my thought processes at you guys to keep myself in check (some of you, like you G, are more knowledgeable about this stuff than I am).  A lot of my obsession on this is based on emotion and you guys are my professional, more rational thought on what is reality.  Thanks for sharing the link on the Capital One development. I drive by it from time to time. I like what they are planning.  With a more condensed location of 2 city blocks, things can't be spread out so much...I'm thinking that's where the height comes into play if Dominion were to do something similar. 

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Most of this has been mentioned, does have a schedule here, this is part of the article from the RTD today in reference to "More offices planned for Downtown; can the city absorb it all?"

Dominion Resources Inc. is getting ready to demolish a six-story office building, the Richmond Plaza office building on Cary Street, across Seventh Street from Dominion’s 21-story One James River Plaza office tower, and put a high-rise in its place.

Demolition will begin by midyear, and the new building is targeted for completion by summer 2019, said Ryan Frazier, spokesman for the Richmond-based energy company.

The scope of the tower has not yet been decided, he said, nor have decisions been made about existing Dominion buildings in downtown Richmond

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I believe this project will be the tallest, though like most, I just really want that to happen.

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I think the 3+ year build timetable is very encouraging for a tall tower. Anybody else have thoughts on what could take so long if it wasn't going to be much taller than these recent buildings we've seen go up in <2 years? Also, I just added the estimated completion time to Richmond's Tallest Buildings wiki page.

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