Pickard Chilton-designed Thomas F. Farrell II Building in Richmond, Virginia Receives 2022 Green GOOD DESIGN® Award
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(New Haven, Conn. ) – Pickard Chilton, an award-winning architecture studio best known for its innovative and cutting-edge design of corporate headquarters and high performance office towers, announces that Dominion Energy’s new corporate office tower, the Thomas F. Farrell II Building at 600 E. Canal Street in Richmond, Virginia has been recognized with a 2022 Green GOOD DESIGN® Award from The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
GOOD DESIGN® was founded in Chicago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames to promote and foster a greater public understanding and acceptance for modern design. A joint program, Green GOOD DESIGN®, was founded in 2008 by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. The awards identify the world’s most important manufacturers and design firms carrying forth new examples of sustainable design.
Completed in 2020, the 20-story, 1 million gsf building serves as Dominion Energy’s new corporate headquarters. The office tower, formerly known as 600 Canal Place, was renamed the Thomas F. Farrell II building in honor of Dominion’s former CEO. A high-performance workspace for more than 1,000 professionals, the Farrell Building was designed to enhance productivity through new ways of working that will benefit Dominion Energy employees and customers.
Acknowledging the city’s historical connection to the James River, – the building offers dramatic views of the James River and downtown Richmond – its curved exterior enclosure is inspired by the shape of the full sails of the ships that historically navigated the river. Stainless steel diagonal rods that articulate the sweeping facades further emphasize the sail metaphor. Culminating in a crisp tower top, the billowing sail of the Farrell Building reflects the city, river, and sky.
“We are incredibly proud of this remarkable project and what it means both for Dominion Energy and the city of Richmond at large,” said William D. Chilton, Principal of Pickard Chilton. “Our exceptional team of professionals imagined a thoughtful and comprehensive design that is incredibly sustainable and mindful of the surrounding urban fabric, while providing a blueprint for what the future of office space can be.”
Awarded LEED-NC Gold certification, the Farrell Building is designed for the comfort, health, and wellbeing of its occupants. High-performance glazing, energy-efficient mechanical systems, including under-floor air and occupancy sensors, reduce energy costs while providing improved air quality and individual thermal comfort control. The sweeping curved form of the glass enclosure ushers natural light deep into each floor. The building includes street-level retail, employee amenities, and parking. In 2021, the Farrell Building was awarded a Business Architecture Excellence Award and a Merit Design Award from AIA Connecticut
This is the eleventh Pickard Chilton-designed project since 2010 to receive a Green GOOD DESIGN® Award. In 2019, four office projects the firm designed for Hines – 609 Main at Texas in Houston, TX., River Point in Chicago, Ill., Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons in Milwaukee, Wis., and ATCO Commercial Centre in Calgary, Alberta – were recognized.
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Pickard Chilton is an international architectural practice noted for its expertise in the design of large, complex, and often high-profile buildings including corporate headquarters, high-rise commercial office and multi-family towers, hotels, and academic and life science facilities. The firm’s layered perspective informs all of its work, presenting clients with a sophisticated, knowledge-based approach that emphasizes design vision, placemaking, integrity, a focus on client objectives, and exceptional service. Headquartered in New Haven, Conn., the firm’s recent completed projects include: Norfolk Southern’s new headquarters in Atlanta Ga.; Akamai’s new headquarters in Cambridge, Ma.; River Point in Chicago; Northwestern Mutual’s headquarters in Milwaukee; and, 2+U in Seattle, Wash. Current projects include CoStar Group’s Corporate Campus in Richmond, Va.; 325 Main, Google’s new headquarters in Cambridge, Ma.; the Tokyo Midtown Yaesu Project and Global Gateway Shinagawa development, both in Tokyo, Japan; as well as commercial and residential developments in Austin, Atlanta, , Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, San Francisco, Washington, DC, as well as in Düsseldorf and Stuttgart, Germany. Please visit www.pickardchilton.com for more information.