600 Canal Place Wins AEI Awards

We are honored and thrilled to announce that our team has been awarded the 2021 AEI Professional Project Award Winner in the “Best Overall Project Over $100 Million” category for our work on 600 Canal Place! Our team also brought home the 2021 AEI Award of Merit in both “Architectural Engineering Building Integration” and “Electrical Systems Design” for the project.

600 Canal Place is a 780,000 GSF corporate high-rise structure for Dominion Energy that includes amenities such as a fitness center, dining facility, conference center, office space, and a 630,000 GSF parking garage featuring a walkable green roof. Located in Richmond, Virginia, building designers needed to accommodate an aging city infrastructure and the threat of severe weather from the remnants of hurricanes. Because the building owner serves critical needs for nearly 7 million customers across 16 states, they cannot afford to have critical business operations and customer-dependent communication systems go down for any length of time. For this reason, resiliency and redundancy were of the utmost importance from the structure to the building systems.

600 Canal Place Wins AEI Awards
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600 Canal Place Wins AEI Awards
600 Canal Place Wins AEI Awards

One thing that really set this project experience apart was embracing the future right from the beginning with the design-assist delivery method. Working closely with one another, the design team and contractors were able to solve potential issues on paper, rather than after materials had been purchased and construction begun. The design-assist delivery method not only allowed the project team to streamline the construction documents and construction process overall, saving the building owner money, but to provide innovative, integrated solutions. The additional communication and collaboration enabled all disciplines to share ideas on how more systems and elements could be seamlessly integrated.

Earlier this year, 600 Canal Place also won the interdisciplinary project category for The Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction Outstanding Alumni Award! This is the second time in two years that Alvine Engineering has brought home this award.

Check out an interview below with 600 Canal Place lead electrical engineer, Kyle Weber, and lead mechanical engineer, Chris Coffey, about the project experience, our work, and the future of the space!

For the full list of 2021 AEI award winners, click the link here!

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