For Virginia Department of General Services
Heritage Landscapes served as preservation landscape architect guiding rehabilitation of the 16-acre Capitol Square as part of an interdisciplinary team. After conducting research to inform landscape preservation and integration of new site program, we prepared schematic, design development and construction documents, integrating the underground addition. Our work included:
The landscape work healed excavations within the historic square, met client goals for a more ceremonial and distinguished setting for the Virginia Capitol and achieved a completed project in early 2007 to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Commonwealth of Virginia.WORKS:
Virginia Capitol Restoration and Capital Square Rehabilitation, 2003-2007TEAM:
Heritage Landscapes, Landscape Architect;George Skarmeas, FAIA, PDP Architects, formerly RMJM Hillier, lead; SILMAN Structural Engineers, Draper Aiden Co., BCWH Architects, Loring Engineers,SteffyLighting, URS Corporation.QUOTES:
A true collaborator and the ‘voice of the site,’ the participation of Heritage Landscapes and Patricia O’Donnell’s clarity of thought were the leading contributors to the immensely successful renovated Virginia Capitol Square, one of Richmond’s premier cultural landscapes and shared public resources.” George Skarmeas, PhD, FAIA, PDP Architects
View of Virginia Capitol extension underground with the pen hillside during construction, courtesy PDP Architects.
Virginia Capital Square site plan shows the walks layout reinstating the early 20th century arrangement, with parking and cars removed from Capital Square.
Simulation of new Bank Street entry plaza with vegetated walls, courtesy PDP Architects
Heritage Landscapes dusk photograph of the new Bank Street visitor entry plaza and walls we designed.