Serving as a consultant to the project architect, MSA provided surveying and civil engineering services for the redevelopment of the 3.75-acre Elizabeth River waterfront property in Downtown Norfolk. Harbor’s Edge serves as an anchor for the revitalization of the former Atlantic City area of Norfolk. The project began in 2003 and is currently in its final phases (River Tower).
The 16-story retirement community offers senior living in an urban context. The facility includes surface parking, two levels of enclosed parking, a landscaped terrace with dining venues overlooking the Elizabeth River, 14 floors of independent living, and 18 luxury penthouse suites. Architectural design features two connected buildings containing 164 independent living apartments, 33 assisted living units, 17 memory support units, and 33 skilled nursing beds. A four-story health care building features a ground level community center with pool and theaters. The assisted living and skilled nursing units are on the upper floors of this building, giving residents easy access to activities.
MSA completed schematic, design development and construction documents and assisted with construction administration. Civil engineering design included dimensional site layout; grading, drainage, and stormwater management (runoff drains to the Elizabeth River); erosion and sedimentation control; water and sewer utilities; and coordination with various reviewing agencies for plan approval.
Physical, topographic, and boundary surveying was provided, including a subdivision plat (with street closures and utility easements) put to record in Norfolk, and an ALTA land title survey. We also worked with the contractor to provide construction phase surveying to stake the improvements for construction. This work also involved specialized surveying to stake piles for the building foundation, and additional surveying to provide as-built surveys of the piles, certain balconies, the landscaped courtyard (landscape designs also completed by MSA), and the overall site, in accordance with City of Norfolk requirements.
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