Cheatham Annex Project Wins HRACRE Awards

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The Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate (HRACRE) presented Cheatham Annex Cottages and Comfort Station with the top design award at the awards ceremony on October 14, 2014. Timmons Group provided site engineering and planning, landscape architecture, and sustainable design services for this project.

The Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate (HRACRE) held its annual Excellence in Development Design Awards ceremony on October 14, 2014 at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Cheatham Annex Cottages and Comfort Station team were presented with the top design award, the Juror’s Award, and an Award of Excellence for Best Recreation/Entertainment/Hospitality Project.

An excerpt from the judges’ comments: “Despite the modest program and building type, the simple yet inventive detailing elevated the project. We love how the buildings are nestled into the wooded setting. The vernacular form and scale are very appropriate for the use and context.”

The Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) facility is a $6.5 million, 20-acre campground at the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown incorporating 16 cottages with views of Cheatham Pond, 50 RV pads, 20 primitive campsites, and support facilities. Considered a prime spot on the east coast for outdoor recreation for active duty, reserve, and retired military and their dependents, care was taken during design to preserve the natural setting of the mature hardwood forest while restoring areas that had previously been used for a firing range and storage yard. The project was designed to meet LEED Silver certification standards. Timmons Group provided site engineering and planning, landscape architecture, and sustainable design services for the project.

“Our design team understands the importance of facilities that develop and encourage biophyllic relationships with nature. We appreciate the judges’ recognition of this extraordinary project," said LuGay Lanier, Landscape Architecture Principal for Timmons Group.

Project team members included:
Owner: National Weapons Station Yorktown/Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation
General Contractor: W.M. Jordan Company
Architect: PMA Architecture
Civil Engineer and Landscape Architect: Timmons Group
Mechanical Engineer: Hickman Ambrose, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Speight, Marshall & Francis, P.C.

“Timmons Group was pleased to be a part of the design-build team and proud to have been a part of such a successful project which provides a place of rest and relaxation for our military families, veterans, surviving spouses, DoD employees, and their guests," said Nicholas Hadiaris, a Site Development Project Manager at Timmons Group. “We congratulate all of the team members on receiving this recognition for a truly outstanding project.”

HRACRE promotes the commercial real estate industry by educating its members on key issues, monitoring and addressing industry-related legislation, and taking the lead in the industry’s evolution within the Hampton Roads region.

About Timmons Group
Timmons Group is a multi-disciplined engineering and technology firm recognized for nearly twenty years as one of Engineering News Record’s (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms in the country. The firm provides economic development, civil engineering, environmental, GIS/geospatial technology, landscape architecture and surveying services to a diverse client base. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Timmons Group has regional offices throughout Virginia and North Carolina. For more information, visit

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