After 18 months of extremely hard work, which included moving 250,000 cy of earthwork and laying 46,000 lf of pipe, we have reached the first major milestone of development at the Laurel Hill project in Lorton, VA. With challenges both known and unknown before first stepping foot onto the site in 2015, we were eager to be presented with the opportunity to work on this project. Not only was this a flagship project for the county, who remained heavily involved throughout the process, but it was a signature project for the entire William A. Hazel team.
Originally established as the Lorton Reformatory in the 1920s and renamed Laurel Hill in 2002, this site was proposed for restructuring as a master planned community and approved as such in 2010. The unique n
ature of the project goes hand in hand with the history of the original structures and the integrity that needed to be maintained as a registered property on the National Register of Historic Places. When complete, the Liberty developm
ent will feature residential apartments, townhouses, single-family homes, and both office and retail space.
To be a part of a project of such magnitude presented many added challenges that mostly stemmed from working in and around the existing infrastructure in some parts of the site. Additional challenges not only included being aware of the safety for all crews involved, but also maintaining strict scheduling coordination with everyone on site at the time. With a shared goal, open communication and teamwork were critical in the safety and success of the project.
As one of the largest and highest profile projects that we completed this year, our involvement included working both on the multifamily subsection, repurposing original structures for residential use, and the residential subsection where there was mostly new development. Our work in the first phase of development for Liberty was critical as the project took off. We performed extensive building and tunnel demo, worked on 11 bio-retention facilities, and 3 underground storage facilities during our time on site. Substantial work for the project was completed in June of this year. In addition to the earthwork and pipework, our crews also handled 18,000 lf of curb and gutter work and 22,000 tons of stone and asphalt throughout the duration of the project.
The performance and efforts of our team were impressive to say the least. If an obstacle arose, the immediate response from every indi
vidual was to get involved and roll up their sleeves. The challenges of completing this project were motivating and ultimately extremely rewarding. Not only was it an honor to work on this project, but also, it was certainly a pleasure to work with and alongside other notable companies and organizations including the Alexander Company, Elm Street Development, SmartSite, and many others.
Additionally, we would like to thank our teams and crew members who worked on this project:
Project Manager – Doug Palatt
Project Superintendent – Kevin Ramey
Project Analyst – Kim Robertson
Clearing – Jesse Stringfellow
Earthwork – Darryl Franklin, Mike Wolf
Pipe – Gary Traynham, Jeff Welch, Doug Vandyke, Jose Gonzales
Stone – Ronnie Baker, Kelly Poston
Concrete – Welford Boone, Mike Kidd
Punch – Tommy Childress, Alan Lanham
004 Operators – Eddie Franklin, Charlie Walters, James Smith
If you would like to learn more about the history of Laurel Hill and future plans of the Liberty community, check out the media coverage from Urbanland and Fox5 DC. Thank you to our incredible team and congratulations on all of your hard work.