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Animal Wellness Campus – Veterinary Hospital, Nutrition and Visitor Education Centers

The Project : This $4.25 million healthcare construction facility not only cares for over 500 animals that inhabit the Virginia Zoological Park but also serves as a visitor education/learning destination. The Wellness Center Campus houses a new 8,000 square foot Veterinary Hospital, a 3,000 square foot Nutrition Center and outdoor learning experience area with a theater/stage for presentations.

Edgewater’s extensive healthcare construction experience and certifications were essential for the successful construction of state of the art surgical and treatment suites, laboratory and pharmacy. The surgical and treatment suites, and the food preparation area in the Nutrition Center feature large viewing windows so visitors can observe treatments and food prep in progress.

The building structure is composed of 100% recycled materials, the outer panels are recycled plastic and wood resin. Skylights throughout the facility reduce electrical needs, and provide natural sunrise and sunset cycles for hospital guests.

The Challenge: The Wellness Center involved highly specialized healthcare construction requiring added safety and environmental measures to protect visitors and the zoo’s animal population during construction.

Value Added: Edgewater’s hard-earned Healthcare Construction Certificate and specialized experience gained at some of the busiest Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers proved to be a necessary tool to effectively address surgical, lab and treatment design construction as well as the demands of maintaining an environment that was safe for staff, visitors and the animals.

Client :  The City of Norfolk
Location: Norfolk, VA

James Collins, P.E., LEED GA
President

Email:

jcollins@edgewaterconst.com

Phone:

757.410.3166

Joined the Edgewater Team:

Jim is the President of Edgewater and started the company in 2006.

Background:

Jim Collins, a licensed civil engineer, has over 25 years of experience. Active duty in the US Navy prepared Jim to excel in vertical construction operations, estimating, project management, and contract administration around world for the Seabees and the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. Jim retired from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) where he gained construction experience from an owners’ point of view as a contracting officer. His vast experience prepared him to drive military construction projects through conceptual, design, and construction phases.

Education/Training:
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA - Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Virginia Tech Blacksburg VA - Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering
Affiliations:
  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Certified LEED Green
  • Society of American Military Engineers
  • U.S. Green Building Council
Richard Marano
Vice President

Email:

rmarano@edgewaterconst.com

Phone:

757.410.3166

Joined the Edgewater Team:

Vice President of Edgewater Construction Services in 2006.

Background:

Rich Marano is a civil engineering graduate of the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology who combined his degree in construction technology and took a different path, moving directly into the construction field. His career has upwardly traversed from assistant project manager to project manager to Vice President of Edgewater Construction Services in 2006. Rich’s resume shows achievements in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont in design-bid-build, design-build, construction management and general contracting. His experience in facility renovations and additions and new construction reached its highest point when Rich was assigned as Senior Project Manager for the Armada Hoffler Tower in Virginia Beach. This $86M project spanned 2 years and 13 floors (255,000 sq. ft.) of Class A office space, 300,000 sq. ft. of retail space and an adjoining a 22 floor 9 level cast-in-place parking garage with 1871 stalls.

Education/Training:
  • Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester NY – Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering
  • Suffolk County Community College Long Island NY - Associates in Construction Technology