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Virginia Beach Parks + Recreation - Administration Building


Commercial, Site Planning, Office, Sustainability, Waterfront Development


AIA Hampton Roads Award of Merit for Architecture

HRACRE Award of Excellence for Best Institutional / Public Building

U.S. Green Building Council Virginia Leadership Award for Virginia Environments

Virginia Beach Planning Commission Design Award for Sustainable Design

The City of Virginia Beach commissioned the design of a new administration building for the Department of Parks and Recreation in order to meet the growing needs of the department. It includes the construction of a new 26,823 SF office building and a separate 5,000 SF storage facility. Location of the new administration building was deliberately selected to maximize existing sightlines from the surrounding approaches and to take advantage of the unique park setting.

The building footprint stretches and protrudes out into the site like fingers from a hand. These “fingers” create pockets and courtyards which provide a number of benefits – they preserve existing trees, provide areas for gardens and outdoor community spaces, increase viewing angles from the interior out to the site, and introduce daylight into the core of the building.

Meeting spaces of differing sizes, openness, and visibility permits flexibility for meetings, not just for various group sizes, but also for required levels of privacy. Additionally, an exercise space and locker rooms have been provided to support a healthy lifestyle for the individuals who work there.

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Main Entrance

Main Entrance And Office Spur

Grand Stair Looking Outside

Work Room

Grand Stair

2nd Floor Patio And Back Garden

Back Garden

Rear Of The Building From Above The Reservoir

Administration Building Viewed From Across The Reservoir

Administration Building Viewed From Above

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