The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is responsible for the management of inland fisheries, wildlife, and recreational boating for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The agency also provides educational programs and materials that foster an awareness of and appreciation for Virginia’s fish and wildlife resources. DWR’s region 1 office is located on an environmentally sensitive site adjacent to Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rice Rivers Center in Charles City County, Virginia. The 364-acre property features a 70-acre lake and houses administrative offices, classrooms, and training facilities that support agency biologists, many of whom collaborate with Rice Rivers Center on fisheries and wildlife biology research and management issues.
2RW provided LEED consulting and MEP engineering for sustainable, energy-efficient features such as natural ventilation, proper zoning, efficient environmental conditioning, and lighting control systems. DGIF’s environmentally focused outreach and educational mission drove the scope of the energy-efficient building design.
The LEED Certified building is designed and constructed to protect the adjacent wetlands and preserve the site for future research.
OWNER: Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR)
TIMEFRAME: 2005 – 2007
SIZE: 11,693 SF
COST: $2.2 million