VHB is working alongside GreenCity Partners, LLC, to transform a 204-acre, abandoned corporate campus in Henrico County, Virginia into a sustainable community called GreenCity. VHB partnered with the owners to prepare the master development plan and provided recommendations for future infrastructure in support of the creation of a dynamic mixed-use “ecodistrict” that will utilize sustainable development practices to limit the impact on the environment and promote social equity and economic development.
The first phase of the project will renovate and repurpose the three-story Best Products headquarters, targeting sustainable companies committed to climate change and creating a green campus. VHB evaluated the site’s infrastructure, utilities, transportation, traffic, and environmental constraints, and developed a framework for the new infrastructure, including roads and utilities to support the build out of the community. Additional development plans for GreenCity include offering mixed-income housing, forested areas and parks, buildings designed to specifically interact with the environment, and a multi-modal transportation network designed for walkability and connectivity. A 17,000-seat arena with flexible seating configurations for large events or sports teams will anchor the development and be constructed using green best practices.