Construction has been completed on a new West Plaza designed by Richmond A-E firm Interactive Resources for the Frank Hagel Federal Building in Richmond. The objective of the project was to stop leaks into the 40-year old building's basement from the original plaza, which consisted of concrete pavement over a waterproofing membrane. In order to repair any leaks, the original concrete had to be ripped up and replaced. The new plaza uses sand-set pavers that can be removed and replaced without damage in case the waterproofing has to be accessed in the future.
The project architect was by Interactive Resources founder Tom Butt, FAIA, LEED AP B+C, who also happens to be the elected mayor of Richmond.
The original landscaping, which consisted of invasive exotic English ivy and other non-native species, was replaced by a palette of California native plants in a design by landscape architects PGADesign. Low energy use LED lighting was also added along with new outdoor furnishings, including benches and tables.
Interactive Resources also recently completed the design for similar replacements of plazas and landscaping for the north, east and south portions of the building site.