West Hagel Plaza Rehabilitation

Location: Richmond

Project Type:

Size: 1 acre

Partners: U.S. General Services Administration


When the on-podium waterproofing had to be retrofitted at the Frank Hagel Social Security Building, PGAdesign was commissioned to redesign the affected spaces. The design included a series of outdoor plazas, along with adjacent perimeter plantings. A contemporary paving pattern that jogs around existing elements unifies the space.  Bands of wide circular planters are located in all the plazas as a means of softening the spaces. Flexible in its maintenance, the pavers are dry-laid and are easy to replace and move around. Updated seating options were included to allow flexibility with groups using the space for work breaks.  The entire site experienced an overhaul in planting from what was once water consumptive to an almost all-native, drought-resistant plant palette.

Location: Richmond

Project Type: Commercial

Size: 1 acre

When the on-podium waterproofing had to be retrofitted at the Frank Hagel Social Security Building, PGAdesign was commissioned to redesign the affected spaces. The design included a series of outdoor plazas, along with adjacent perimeter plantings. A contemporary paving pattern that jogs around existing elements unifies the space.  Bands of wide circular planters are located in all the plazas as a means of softening the spaces. Flexible in its maintenance, the pavers are dry-laid and are easy to replace and move around. Updated seating options were included to allow flexibility with groups using the space for work breaks.  The entire site experienced an overhaul in planting from what was once water consumptive to an almost all-native, drought-resistant plant palette.

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