Timmons Group (Civil Engineer and Landscape Architect) and 3North (Architect) led the design team in programming, site selection and master planning for this sports and medical facility. The project was on a very fast schedule, and went from site selection to final construction by Hourigan Construction in less than eight months. The design team listened to requirements from owners, reviewers, and the community to design a facility for a wide variety of uses, which also serves as an important catalyst in the continuing and expanded revitalization of Richmond’s North Boulevard and Broad Street corridors.
The project included design and construction of a 38,000 sq two-story field house structure, which houses a primary care physician’s office, administrative space, educational/outreach areas, a physical therapy/training area, and a locker room area with related support space. At the center of the site are two side-by-side, full-sized NFL specification football fields and one 120’ x 200’ drill field each with natural Bermuda grass turf, gentle crown, and full under-drain system.The design incorporated the usage of an excess area of land at the west end of the property as an area to serve the fans of the Redskins during the training camp period while also offering recreation usage to the community—including a walking trail and exercise course (VITA Trail), open space, chimes for child entertainment and the amphitheater.
This project involved a public-private initiative, started by Governor Bob McDonnell, the Washington Redskins and Richmond’s Mayor Dwight Jones, that brought the Washington Redskins Training Camp to Richmond for a minimum 8-year stay. The project was developed and administered by the Richmond Economic Development Authority (EDA) in close partnership with the City of Richmond, the Bon Secours Virginia Health System and the Washington Redskins.