The recently completed Glen Allen High School is located off Staples Mill Road, south of I-295, and serves the growing high school student population in the northwest area of the County. The 95-acre site was designed to incorporate a future career and technical education center into this campus. Timmons Group provided all site/civil engineering, survey, landscape architecture, environmental and construction administration services for the project. A transportation study was also performed for the 95-acre site and surrounding roadway system.
The new high school building encompasses 255,942 square feet and is two stories (the academic building portion) to accommodate 1,700 students. It has received LEED® Gold certification. The campus includes a bus loop; approximately 800 parking spaces; four competition fields including a stadium with a synthetic track; four practice fields; off-site utility and road improvements and an outdoor art classroom plaza area. Additional areas adjacent to the high school also function as outdoor classroom areas. The hardscape and landscape of the site’s center courtyard area has been designed to utilize functional and low maintenance materials.
Timmons Group provided survey and wetland delineation and permitting services for the site. From a design and permitting perspective, our team initiated design of the campus in 2007 and prepared an Advanced Sitework Package that allowed the contractor to begin work on the project prior to the August 2008 building package bid date in order to meet the County’s aggressive schedule for opening of the high school. The site contains approximately 9.6 acres of wetlands. Design accomplished the preservation of significant wetlands, only impacting less than .5 acre for site access; erosion and sediment control features and six stormwater management ponds located throughout the site. Utility improvements included a sewer connection at the rear of the property and extension of a waterline across the frontage of the property on Staples Mill Road. The design was prepared to obtain LEED accreditation points for the efficient irrigation system which includes a weather station and moisture sensors; reserved parking spaces to encourage alternative fuel use; cisterns to gather roof rainfall runoff for reuse.