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  Twin Oaks I Office Tower, Page 70Twin Oaks I Office Tower
Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering 
6160 Kempsville Circle, #200A, Norfolk, VA 23502

Norfolk, Virginia
Total Square Feet: 89,860
Construction Period: Aug 1998 to May 1999

Construction Team
General Contractor: Hourigan Construction Corp. - 5544 Greenwich Rd., #100, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Structural Engineer: Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering - 6160 Kempsville Circle, #200A, Norfolk, VA 23502
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering - 6160 Kempsville Circle, #200A, Norfolk, VA 23502
Landscape Architect: Siska Aurand - 523 West 24th Street, Norfolk, VA 23517

Together, Clark Nexsen Architecture and Engineering, the City of Norfolk Economic Development Department and the private developer The GEES Group, transformed Norfolk's old Met Baseball Park into a 40-acre upscale executive center. The existing site was an abandoned baseball stadium and parking area that had served for many years as home to the Tidewater Tides (a minor-league, farm-club for the New York Mets.)

After arrangements and designs were completed, the entire construction process took only six months to complete both the infrastructure and the first building. Twin Oaks I is the first of two buildings to be constructed in the office park. It was necessary to complete the construction for occupancy within a 6-month time frame in order to meet the Spring leasing season and to accommodate previously-leased tenants. The building was strategically sited immediately adjacent to I-64 and is in the most discernible location in the Executive Center in order to provide excellent visibility and also establish market awareness. The building includes a 2-story entrance lobby with Italian marble floors and a grand circular staircase. It is constructed with brick veneer, accented with precast concrete elements and aluminum windows over a steel substructure.

Sustainable design features played a key part of the project's design. Because the site was adjacent to the City of Norfolk's supply for water intake, water quality was a primary concern. Stormwater runoff was an absolute design requirement. Retention ponds were included in the executive center's design to manage runoff and to add a pleasant landscape amenity feature.

Energy efficiency was also a major factor in selecting the heating and air conditioning systems for Twin Oaks I. A complete cost analysis was performed and several systems evaluated. The siting of the building and natural lighting from window units were also considered along with landscaping around the building providing shade for the first floor.

One of the more notable energy-saving features of the project was that this existing developed site, which had been abandoned for years, was recycled into a thriving office community by actually incorporating existing items into the new design: old asphalt paving was recycled and used in the site fill under roads and parking areas; existing light poles were refurbished and used throughout the site and along the streets.

Twin Oaks I received a "2000 Merit Award" for Best Office Building in Hampton Roads over 75,000 square feet. Awarded by The Hampton Roads Association of Commercial Real Estate, "HR ACRE."

Exterior Walls - Brick: General Shale; Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer; Glass: Interpane; Lighting: FX Luminaire.
Roof - EPDM: Firestone.
Floors - Carpet: Shaw.
Interior Walls - Doors: Marshfield DoorSystems, Steelcraft; Hardware: Corbin Russwin, Hager, Dorma, Pemko: Ceiling Tile: Armstrong.
Elevators - Schindler.

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