Bringing People Together

By Design

historic urban districts
NEW URBAN CORES

PREMIER URBAN LIFESTYLE COMMUNITY

Summit Pointe

A NEW + REVITALIZED URBAN VISION

Rocketts Landing

NEW URBAN CENTER

Virginia Beach Town Center

FRAMEWORK FOR THE FUTURE

City Center at Oyster Point

A CULTURAL HUB

Barry Art Museum

URBAN REVITALIZATION

Norfolk Redevelopment

S+CA Projects in Design

ON THE BOARD

Innsbrook

Dominion Blvd. Apartments 

VIBE DISTRICT

21st Street Offices

rocketts landing

Block 8 Apartments

THE PROBLEM

When the Greenbrier Commercial District of Chesapeake, VA rezoned 69-acres of industrial property to urban mixed-use in 2010, it was because Dollar Tree knew they needed to provide more than office space for their associates and the community.

The solution

Now, Summit Pointe is Coastal Virginia’s premier urban lifestyle community, singularly focused on quality amenities to attract the world’s top-tier talent.

As a premier business location and community asset, this walkable/bikeable urban setting employs the best, time-tested planning principles in every facet of its design. 

THE VISION

Summit Pointe will become the core of an emerging new downtown. It is reversing the development patterns of Greenbrier from suburban to urban mixed-use, allowing the area to further advance as a social-economic urban center.

Location

chesapeake, va

Area

69-acres

Client

Greenbrier Commercial District 

Project Type

urban mixed-use

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Summit Pointe

PREMIER URBAN LIFESTYLE COMMUNITY

Strategic Master Planning
Community Visioning
Transit-Oriented Development
Infill/ Revitalization
Sustainable Development
Urban Lifestyle Architecture
Open Space/ Greenways
Parking Strategy
Re-zoning
Urban Standards
Workshops/ Public Input
Presentation Materials

Services Rendered

Resurrecting one of the city's oldest and most significant districts required inciting extensive public participation through workshops and socioeconomic visioning, as well as focus groups for environmental remediation. 

Now, exactly 400 years after its discovery, the 54-acre site is providing space once again for people to gather and make history. The $500 million village includes 2,000 residences, 500,000 square feet of office space, 200,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space, a hotel, and a private marina. A canal even flows up to the marina creating a permanent downtown waterfront.

The solution

In colonial times, this land served as a place for commerce, making it an integral part of America's history. Centuries later, it had degenerated into an industrial brownfield. 

THE PROBLEM

$600 Million

Construction Value

6 Decks

Parking Structures

500,000 SF

Office Space

 200,000 SF

Retail/ Dining/ Entertainment Space

2,000 Units

Residential

Richmond, VA

Location

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Rocketts Landing

A NEW + REVITALIZED URBAN VISION

Strategic Master Planning
Community Visioning
Transit-Oriented Development
Sustainable Development
Urban Lifestyle Architecture
Open Space/ Greenways
Parking Strategy
Re-zoning
Urban Standards
Workshops/ Public Input
Presentation Materials

Services Rendered

Town Center, as a modern downtown, could lead future development patterns, making the area a dense urban core for this popular tourist destination.

To create a walkable district, we established a pedestrian-friendly street grid enhanced with streetscapes, "Main Street"-style storefronts, open spaces, and public parking. The vibrant atmosphere of Town Center has provided the local community with a delightful place to gather, dine, shop, live, and work in a unique urban environment.

This $500 million, 17-block public-private endeavor has become a dynamic mixed-use district attracting tenants such as The Westin, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, PF Chang's, and Brooks Brothers. Today, Town Center brings people together in a centralized, community setting to make their own history and experiences.

The solution

The city of Virginia Beach faced several maturation issues including the lack of a true urban center, suburban sprawl, and rapid expansion.

THE PROBLEM

$500 Million

Construction Value

1200 Seats

Performing Arts Center

6 decks

Parking Structures

412 Rooms

Hospitality

800,000 SF

Office Space

832,000 SF

Retail/Dining

600  Units

Residential

Virginia Beach, VA

Location

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Virginia Beach Town Center

NEW URBAN CENTER

Strategic Master Planning
Community Visioning
Sustainable Development
Urban Lifestyle Architecture
Open Space/Greenways
Parking Strategy
Re-Zoning
Urban Standards
Workshop/Public Input
Presentation Materials

Services Rendered

In 1968, the city of Newport News purchased 700 acres of federal land to create the Oyster Point Business Park. The park grew quickly through the 1980s with private business development. City leaders began thinking about ways to further invest in Oyster Point to ensure growth and sustainability. 

The resulting project was City Center which would encompass about 50 undeveloped, publicly-owned acres within Oyster Point.

It was during this period that the City began working with citizens on its first comprehensive plan, Framework for the Future. This citizen-based approach to long-range planning started in 1989. The first plan was adopted in 1993, and two major updates were made in 2001 and 2008. The Oyster Point Business District has been a consistent and fundamental element of all three comprehensive plans.

Much of City Center's development is focused around the prominent 5-acre fountain and surrounding plaza. It is the fountain that sets the stage for the high-quality private development and functions seen in City Center to this day.

City Center is a true live-work-shop-play atmosphere. This atmosphere has been a great draw for new restaurants and businesses wanting to enter the Hampton Roads market.

The Project

$290 million, $425 million projected at build-out

Construction Value

4 decks (4,700 spaces)

Public Parking

400 units

Hospitality

1,000,000 SF

Office space

250,000 SF

Retail/Dining/Entertainment

600 units

Residential

52-acre development

Area

Newport News, VA

Location

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City Center at Oyster Point

FRAMEWORK FOR THE FUTURE

THE PROject

Located at 43rd Street and Hampton Boulevard, Barry Art Museum is a 24,000-square-foot building erected at the southern gateway to the Old Dominion University campus. Here, the understanding of art in its many diverse forms is advanced through collection, display, interpretation, and research.

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Barry Art Museum

A CULTURAL HUB

Strategic Master Planning
Community Visioning
Transit-Oriented Development
Infill/Revitalization
Urban Lifestyle Architecture
Open Space/Greenways
Presentation Materials

Services Rendered

In the past decades, the City of Norfolk has launched a massive initiative focusing on infill and urban revitalization. Together with our clients, our firm’s principals have been privileged to be an active participant in this effort to re-engage the community with its historic downtown. 

Burrell Saunders and John Crouse served as architect and planner for one of the most notable downtown developments, Heritage at Freemason Harbour, ultimately helping to pioneer the resurgence of the downtown developments. 

Since then, the firm has provided master planning, architectural design, and streetscape and landscape design on a variety of infill components such as the Dominion Enterprises Corporate Headquarters, 150 West Main Tower, One Bank Street Tower, PierPointe Condominiums, 388 Boush Street, the NorVa Theater, Harbor Heights, and a number of mixed-used and adaptive reuse projects along Granby Street.

The success of these projects has helped pave the way for a renewed Downtown Norfolk, resulting in an economic resurgence, a rising demand for housing, a booming tourism trade, and a vibrant downtown district. 

The Project

1,500 Capacity

Concert Venue

3 Decks

Parking Structures

578,00 SF

Office Space

56,000 SF

Retail/Dining

530 Units

Residential

Norfolk, VA

Location

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Downtown Norfolk

URBAN REVITALIZATION

Our Work Also Includes

Downtown Norfolk
Dominion Enterprises
388 Boush Street Condos
Heritage at Freemason Apartments
Harbor Heights
Pierpointe Condos
The NorVa Theater
150 West Main Street Office Building
One Bank Street Tower
Historic adaptive reuse projects on Granby Street

The Bridges in Roanoke
Jefferson Street Apartments
The Trolley Barn Historic Adaptation
The Stables Building Historic Adaptation
The Master Plan for the Bridges Historic Area

Rocketts Landing in Richmond
Cedar Works Condos, An Historic Adaptation
Brown Greer Office Building, an Historic Adaptation
Historic Adaptation of the Power Plant as a restaurant
New Townhomes 
Block 17 Apartments
Block 8 Apartments



projects include:

Virginia Beach Town Center
Oyster Pointe City Center
Summit Pointe in Chesapeake
Olde Town Fairfax
Culpepper Landing
St. Charles Town Center
Stafford County
Pembroke SGA 4 Master Plan
Galveston Downtown Master Plan
Patton Crossing Master Plan
Route 10 Master Plan for Chesterfield County

projects include:

Courtyard by Marriott – University of Delaware
Courtyard by Marriott - Oceanfront North
Courtyard by Marriott – Carolina Beach
Hilton Garden Inn – Virginia Beach Town Center
Fairfield Inn Oceanfront
Lake Wright Hotel Complex
Courtyard by Marriott – Charlottesville
Staybridge Suites Chesapeake
Hampton Inn – Innsbrook
Chesapeake Marriott Hotel
Marriott at the City Center by Oyster Pointe
Sheraton Oceanfront Inn Renovations
Hilton Garden Inn – Oceanfront
Holiday Inn Oceanfront Renovation
Marriott Manor Club
Sonoma Wine Bar
Courtyard by Marriott - Oceanfront South
Guadalajara Restaurant and Bar
Residence Inn - Virginia Beach Town Center
Courtyard By Marriott - Charlottesville
Double Tree Renovation - Virginia Beach

projects include:

Midtown Condominiums, Reston, Va
210 Rock Apartments
Pierpointe Condominiums
388 Boush Street Condominiums
Heritage at Freemason
Heritage at Settler’s Landing
Cosmopolitan Apartments
East Beach Condominiums
East Beach Club House
Salt Meadow Bay Apartments
Nolde Bakery Lofts
Park Place Apartments
Cedar Works 
The Pointe Apartments
The Crossings at Red Mill
Old Beach Lofts
Potomac Club Apartments

projects include:

Harbor Heights Mixed-Use Project
Summit Pointe Block 1
Summit Pointe Block 3
Block 4 Virginia Beach Town Center (VBTC)

projects include:

So when we roll up our sleeves and join your team, we’ll do more than create a sustainable design, we’ll help resolve any issues you may face and serve as an advocate for your vision to both stakeholders and the community. See the proof of our success in each project for yourself. 

if experience has taught us anything, it’s that the secret to creating successful urban districts is collaboration. 

Facing a lack of community support, staying within tight budgets, meeting seemingly impossible deadlines, and overcoming governmental red tape are all aspects of planning that can be daunting to others.

The unique challenges urban developers face.

We understand