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Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Grandy Village, Norfolk, VA
For this learning and community center located along the Elizabeth River, VIA's Landscape Architect Principal worked collaboratively with the design team to integrate the building and site infrastructure on the environmentally sensitive site while providing accessibility, CBPA compliance, and achieving LEED accreditation. Design strategies included minimizing site disturbance, habitat restoration of the site using native and drought tolerant plants, and opening river views while preserving significant vegetation. Project focus areas included a native wildlfower and grass meadow, kayak launch, wetland mitigation plantings, clamshell paths, a pavilion and floating dock for environmental education.