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VCU 12th Street Pedestrian Plaza

VCU 12th Street Pedestrian Plaza

HG Design Studio was the prime A/E for this complex street closing and redesign. In that capacity, we coordinated the architectural and engineering (civil, electrical and structural) firms that provided services for the project team. In addition and because of our firm’s unique inter-disciplinary approach to all projects, HG’s civil engineers had the opportunity to manage the project and provide supplementary engineering services in the form of grading, working around existing utilities, general problem solving and quality assurance/control, all for no additional expense to the client.

For this project, HG Design Studio created a site plan for a pedestrian plaza in place of an existing street.  One challenge for the project was that the plaza had to be designed to function whether or not the City of Richmond agreed to close the street and turn it over to the university.  Additionally, a portion of the site is over an existing parking deck, so we worked in close coordination with the structural engineer to develop a paving system that would satisfy the university’s design standards while working in the site constraints.

When BCOM requested a pedestrian phasing plan during construction to allow for movement of pedestrians through a very complicated work zone, HG sat down with the owner and came up with a list of entry points and known pedestrian patterns to create a phasing plan for the contractor to execute.  We considered school schedules, construction phasing and delivery date, and created a phasing plan to accommodate this request.

Design elements of HG’s site plan included pedestrian areas, vehicular paving, vehicular control elements such as specialty paving and bollards, crosswalks, walls, ramps, stairs, site lighting, and site furniture and amenities.  In addition, we created hardscape design and details, planting plans, lighting plans, grading plans, specifications and periodic cost estimates.

LOCATION: Richmond, VA
CLIENT: Virginia Commonwealth University
DATES: Start: 2014, Completion: 2016
DISCIPLINES: Project Management, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering (QA/QC)
TEAM: David Gerstenmaier, PLA, Charlene Harper, PE


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