Monday October 16th was the grand opening celebration of the South Crater Road Gateway at Interstate 95’s exit 45. Chroma Design’s spires of blue glass and stainless steel are the main visual attraction. The project was part of The Cameron Foundation’s Southside VA community gateways initiative, the brainchild of foundation president Todd Graham. Cameron financed the design phase of the project and shared the construction costs 50/50 with the county. The gateway and connecting streetscape are a public improvement effort to help rejuvenate this commercial hospitality zone by attracting visitors and improving the area’s image. For local news coverage of the event, click here (opens in new tab in your browser).
Wednesday October 18th was the construction kickoff meeting for a new public demonstration garden on the Town Hall campus. CoCal Landscape has been contracted to build Chroma Design’s “xeriscape garden.” The garden will be the second phase of improvements to the campus. It is designed to showcase a water saving approach to landscape design while offering a new public destination to enjoy in all seasons. Junoworks will fabricate the sculptural central feature, an arbor made from painted steel rebar in the form of a Sego Lily flower.
Bids are in for the West Randolph Road community gateway and a contract will soon be awarded. The project will provide significant improvements to the gateway’s landscape and the base for a 50-foot tall stainless steel sculpture designed by artist Ralph Helmick. Construction is scheduled to begin this Fall and installation of the sculpture and surrounding landscape will be completed in the Spring of 2018.