Exterior view of 600 Canal Place
Interior view of the 600 Canal Place dining area
Interior view of meeting rooms at 600 Canal Place
Exterior view of the 600 Canal Place Green Roof
600 Canal Place Wins AEI Awards
2020DS09 600 Canal St, Dominion Energy Tower; Richmond Virginia; Architect: Pickard Chilton

Thomas F. Farrell II Building

Richmond, Virginia

Office Space: 780,000 GSF
Garage: 630,000 GSF

Located in downtown Richmond, the Thomas F. Farrell II Building features office space, a fitness center, conference floors, a dining hall, and a 100,000 square-foot green roof with walkable paths. The elegant exterior was modeled after a sail and has a “crown” at the top that was specifically designed to conceal the mechanical equipment on the roof.


  • LEED Gold certified.
  • Lighting systems use less than 50% of the code-allowed lighting power density.
  • An advanced electrical submetering system provides load-specific feedback on IT systems, workstations, lighting, mechanical units, food service equipment, electric vehicle charging, and others on a floor-by-floor, space-by-space basis.
  • HVAC system uses a rare dual path system where the air comes down from the ceiling at the perimeter and rises up from the underfloor system around occupants, allowing for more individual temperature control.
  • Magnetic bearing chillers were used to promote sustainability as they are more efficient and enable “free cooling” when outdoor conditions allow.
  • Building systems are fully integrated with the building management and control system (BMCS). It has the capability for this information to be used to create an energy dashboard for all occupants to view building energy consumption.
  • Because of Richmond’s vulnerability to severe weather, 600 Canal Place was designed with considerable system redundancy so that entire services, systems, and pathways could fail and the building would maintain critical systems.
    • Electrical systems include two levels of redundancy: parallel diesel generators and redundant uninterruptible power supplies.
    • Mechanical systems include two levels of redundancy: chillers supplied by a chilled water loop and a separate glycol loop served by dry chillers on the roof.
  • The green roof integrates fire alarm, security, and water drainage systems so well that there are no visible drains in the space.
  • Winner of the 2021 Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Most Innovative Project Over $100 Million
  • Winner of the 2021 Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Award of Merit – Architectural Engineering Integration
  • Winner of the 2021 Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Award of Merit – Electrical Systems Design
  • Winner of the 2021 Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction Outstanding Alumni Award – Interdisciplinary Category
  • Winner of the 2021 Award of Excellence, Business Architecture Awards, AIA Connecticut
  • Winner of the 2019 Richmond Real Estate Group Impact Award

Photography credit: ©David Sundberg at Esto Photographics

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