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Capital One Headquarters Site Selection and Development
Richmond, Virginia

As part of a multidisciplinary team, VHB helped Capital One find a suitable site for its 8,000 executive employees, and in 2000, a 300-acre wooded tract of land in Goochland County, 20 miles west of Richmond, was selected.

VHB’s land-planning and due-diligence services led Capital One to select the firm to provide civil engineering for the campus’ construction. The project required coordination between Capital One, its contractors, public and private utilities, and adjacent landowners. It also required collaboration with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

The “West Creek Campus” plans include 1.5 million square feet of office space, expandable to 2.2 million square feet. When completed, it will include eight 160,000 square-foot buildings; three miles of roads; a ramp connection to a new interchange; three traffic roundabouts; collaborative amenity spaces; wetland mitigation; two miles of sewer, and three miles of waterline; stormwater-management features; parking garages; and outdoor recreation areas.

VHB’s collaborative approach to the project was instrumental in the successful delivery of the site-development package. Several low-impact design techniques were integrated into the site, as well as an innovative stormwater-management technique, using timber from the site to construct “weir walls” in the woods, minimizing disturbance to the woodlands. VHB survey, civil and environmental staff collaborated with the campus landscape architects to create trails through the site that afforded Capital One associates the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the campus.

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Project Highlights
Prepared comprehensive plan for consolidated corporate campus
Secured complex wetlands permit in 75 days instead of typical 180-270
Developed a permitting strategy that is touted by regulators as a model for other sustainable developments to emulate
Helped negotiate more than $70 million in state incentives
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