Do­min­ion En­ergy sets date to im­plode 21-story tower in down­town Richmond

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - BUSINESS - BY GRE­GORY J. GIL­LI­GAN ggilli­gan@times­dis­patch.com (804) 649-6379

Do­min­ion En­ergy has set a date to im­plode its va­cant One James River Plaza office tower in down­town Richmond.

The Richmond-based en­ergy gi­ant said it plans to de­mol­ish the 21-story office tower on May 30. A backup date — if it rains or is too windy on the ini­tial date — would be the fol­low­ing day.

“It will be early morn­ing,” Do­min­ion spokesman Ryan Fra­zier said. “There will be some street clo­sures that would be­gin hours be­fore. There will be an ex­clu­sion zone — a cor­doned-off area. The city is aware, as are our neigh­bors.”

The com­pany ap­plied for last sum­mer and re­ceived ap­proval in the fall from the city to de­mol­ish its ag­ing office tower, he said.

The build­ing, com­pleted in 1978, has been va­cant for months.

Last fall, Do­min­ion moved em­ploy­ees and op­er­a­tions out of that build­ing and into 600 Canal Place, a new 20-floor office tower on East Canal Street in down­town Richmond.

The 960,000-square-foot build­ing houses more than 1,200 em­ploy­ees and over­looks the James River and down­town Richmond.

Do­min­ion hasn’t made a fi­nal de­ci­sion on whether to con­struct a sec­ond office tower to be called 700 Canal Place, Fra­zier said. Plans call for that new build­ing to have 17 floors with a sky­bridge con­nect­ing it to the tower that Do­min­ion just com­pleted.

“We are still as­sess­ing our work­force needs for down­town Richmond,” Fra­zier said, not­ing that the com­pany’s fu­ture down­town work­place needs could in­clude a new office tower for that prop­erty.

Be­sides the new 600 Canal Place office tower, Do­min­ion owns the 20-story Eighth & Main build­ing at 705 E. Main St., where more than 1,000 em­ploy­ees work. The com­pany ac­quired that build­ing in Jan­uary 2008, the city’s online prop­erty records show.

The com­pany’s cor­po­rate of­fices are housed in three build­ings along the James River on Tre­de­gar Street, where an­other 500-plus em­ploy­ees work.

The com­pa­nies that built 600 Canal Place — Richmond-based Houri­gan and Chicago-based Clayco — along with North Carolina-based D.H. Grif­fin are han­dling the de­mo­li­tion of One James River Plaza, he said.

GRE­GORY J. GIL­LI­GAN/TIMES-DIS­PATCH

Do­min­ion En­ergy’s new 20-story office tower, 600 Canal Place (left), is next to the com­pany’s One James River Plaza, which has been va­cant for months and is set to be de­mol­ished at the end of May.

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