The Sauer Center

HG Design Studio has balanced historical sensitivity with modern convenience while master planning and designing The Sauer Center, a 40-acre mixed-use city infill project anchored by a new Whole Foods store. HG Design Studio worked with the client to provide multiple planning options for the urban site, including a chic 125-unit apartment complex with posh amenities. Several office buildings, such as a historic renovation of the C.F Sauer Company headquarters, were also part of HG’s planning for the site. CF Sauer Company’s 100-year-old spice and food manufacturing facility will remain onsite, but it’s many historic features will be restored, bringing it up to current design building code standards. The loading dock area in the rear will be redesigned to accommodate modern day trucks.

A new Whole Foods grocery store will be built in the location of the former Pleasants Hardware incorporating the historic Kaufman building into the design. In this design, there will be outdoor dining under roof provided on two levels along West Broad Street. The new Whole Foods building will maintain the street’s existing façade continuity along the right of way with parking to the west side in urban fashion, and will not be set back from the road in suburban style. It will still be a state of the art facility incorporating electric charging stations in the parking lot for customer use and solar panels on the building roof tops.

HG has worked with the developers to maintain an urban look and improve walkability at The Sauer Center. Our team planned and designed a pedestrian plaza with green space between the apartment complex and the historic Putney building, and pedestrian corridors throughout the site. An additional pedestrian gathering area/courtyard hardscape space will lead out to a plaza along Hermitage Road with low polished granite seat walls and flag poles. The vacant land to the west will be converted to surface parking, part of which will be used for a ‘farmers market’ during the warm months of the year. Car ports with solar panels are being proposed to cover many of the parking spaces, providing shade and electric power for the development. In fact, solar panels are being proposed on all the roofs of the buildings where possible.

The plan also includes a GRTC Pulse station, streetscaping along Broad Street, and a parking deck servicing the apartment complex and the Putney building. 
Richmond, VA
Sauer Properties
Start: 2015
Completion: In Design
Master Planning
Landscape Architecture
David Gerstenmaier, PLA
Rick Gorrell, PLA