Hourigan|Clayco – 600 Canal Place

Hourigan pic copyHourigan|Clayco aims to deliver its latest project on time with the help of its partners and innovative technologies.
By Bianca Herron

After more than two decades in the industry, Hourigan Construction has earned a reputation for managing complex projects and delivering them to the highest standards. The key to the Richmond, Va.-based company’s success is its commitment to investing in its people, processes and the technology required to build smart – not only for today, but also the future.

Hourigan Construction’s latest project, 600 Canal Place, is no exception. The company has teamed up with Chicago based Clayco to provide design/build services for Dominion Energy’s new office tower in downtown Richmond.

The 20-story project will be approximately 1 million square feet and occupy a full city block. It will include a high-performance workplace, street-level retail, employee amenities and parking for more than 1,200 employees.

The building is targeting LEED Gold certification and integrates a range of sustainability strategies including a high-performance exterior enclosure, energy-efficient mechanical/electrical systems and an exterior landscaped terrace that captures and utilizes rainwater.  

On Schedule

Hourigan|Clayco broke ground on the project in December 2016 and anticipates completion in early 2019. The 20-story commercial office building will house nearly 1,200 Dominion Energy employees, and is designed not only to promote new ways of working but also enhance productivity and efficiencies.

”The building will include bright, modern office space with expansive downtown views, a fitness center, conference center, a variety of collaboration workspaces, a three-story atrium, and a cafeteria and dining space opening to green rooftop garden and patio,” Hourigan Construction Senior Vice President Brian Butler says.  Hourigan box

He adds that the company has nearly 30 percent of the project complete, which also includes a 400,000 square foot parking garage. “The parking garage is mainly below grade and will be attached to the building and will house approximately 800 vehicles,” Butler notes. “It is cast-in-place concrete, while the tower is a structural steel frame with a concrete core.

“Additionally, its exterior is curtain wall with metal panel accents,” Butler continues. “The tower will also have cooling towers and AHUs on the roof with chillers, emergency generators and electrical switchgear in its lower levels.”

He adds that the building is on track to be certified LEED Gold. “The roof over the parking garage podium area has been designed to be an active terrace will cover a one-acre green rooftop,” Butler says.

Hourigan uses BIM technology for all of its projects. “It has nearly eliminated rework and field interferences, and also helps promote extensive prefabrication,” he explains. “The more we can prefabricate, the higher quality the installation will be.”

Once the project is complete, 600 Canal Place will be the tallest building above sea level in the city of Richmond. “Its design is very unique with large arching exterior walls and an extension above the roofline,” Butler says. “It’s designed to resemble a giant sail.”

The project team includes Kendall Heaton Associates as the record architect, Pickard Chilton is the design architect, PDR Corp is the interior designer and OJB is the landscape architect. Timmons Group is providing civil engineering services, Alvine Engineering is the MEP engineer and Magnusson Klemencic Associates is the structural engineer. Butler says it is Hourigan|Clayco’s first time working with this group of design professionals. “It has been a very good relationship with all parties working together toward a common goal,” he says.

Hourigan Construction has completed several projects for Dominion Energy. “This is a challenging project that is going well,” Butler notes. “Our relationship with Dominion is very good because we align ourselves completely with their program and needs, and act as an extension of their staff. We are not your typical construction manager.”

The project has been successful with the help of numerous employees and subcontractors, Butler adds, noting that on average there are more than 300 construction personnel onsite per day. He anticipates that number to be well over 400 per day by early next year.

“We are trying to maximize the use of local subcontractors, but recognize there are some scopes of work that are beyond the capabilities of the local subcontractor base,” he says. “To date, we have subcontracted 47 percent of the procured work to local subcontractors and suppliers. The new tower will be a proud addition to Richmond’s skyline.”

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