More Talk, A Lot More Action

Dominion Energy knew what it wanted in a new state-of-the-art office building and fleet warehouse — and got it by choosing an integrated team approach.

Dominion Energy has a rich legacy of serving more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers. But to continue its 119-year history of serving and strengthening local communities, the 60-year-old building no longer fit the need. What the company needed was a modern, upgraded solution. 

On the 40-plus acre development site will be a 30,000-square-foot office building and adjacent 20,000-square-foot fleet warehouse, the first phase of development for Dominion Energy’s new district headquarters in Petersburg, Virginia. 

“Our Transmission & Distribution Group has worked with Dominion Energy for more than a decade, but this is the first time we’ve assisted on the commercial side,” says Joel Jacobsen, architectural director at Burns & McDonnell. “Far from a cookie-cutter office building, the customized solution was truly born out of collaborative design sessions with the client to meet the needs of today while providing flexibility for future growth.” 

Choosing an integrated design-build delivery method, Dominion Energy was involved in every step of the design process. It helped revise design plans, enlarge the project's scope, and seek input from construction leaders upfront to determine the most cost-effective, efficient and custom solutions possible. 

“Based on past experience, we have data that shows using a design-build model provides several advantages,” says Jason Meidinger, PE, MEM, manager of facilities management at Dominion Energy. “It minimizes miscommunication and errors between the design team and construction team, allowing fewer change orders and redesign for a more seamless transition from concept to finished project.”

The final design of the building, which will be under construction starting February 2018, combines a modern aesthetic with energy-efficient mechanical systems, plumbing and lighting fixtures, as well as other sustainable design strategies to meet the client's target of achieving LEED Silver certification on all new construction facilities. Daylight will stream into the building through large clerestory windows. Innovative office designs that are open and collaborative will give the company the perfect backdrop to cohesively tackle any challenge it faces. And, to accommodate large team meetings, the new building also will include a 150-seat conference room.

Read more about the need for a new office — and the challenges associated with it.

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