As excitement builds for a successful new year, we also take time to reflect on our top stories of 2018. Not surprisingly, the most-read stories are those that highlighted the moments that helped us build the communities where we live, work and play.
We look forward to what’s to come in 2019, and we thank you — our clients, architects, engineers, subcontractors and staff — for helping us generate some great stories in 2018! Here are the top stories of the past year:
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NEW JOINT OPERATIONS CENTER
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Virginia State Police (VSP) broke ground on what will be the Richmond region’s first and only joint, state agency traffic and public safety operations center. The new, state-of-the-art, 85,000-square-foot facility will house several of VDOT’s Richmond District departments, including VDOT’s Richmond Traffic Operations Center and VSP’s Richmond Division Emergency Communications Center.
NORTHSIDE YMCA BEGINS MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS
The Greater Richmond YMCA held a groundbreaking ceremony kicking off a renovation project for its Northside YMCA which has remained largely the same since it was built almost 45 years ago. The renovation totals 19,000 square feet and 2,700 square feet of space will be added to double the size of the fitness center.
PIECING TOGETHER ST. BRIDGET BELL TOWER
Putting together a 320-piece puzzle seems easy enough, except when the pieces are made of limestone with some weighing as much as 1,200 pounds each. That’s just what the project team at St. Bridget Catholic Church is doing. The team is building an ornate 62-foot masonry bell tower with limestone trim and accents.
PETERSBURG YMCA BEGINS MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS
The Greater Richmond YMCA and community leaders joined together for a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of a major construction project for the Petersburg YMCA. The facility is adding 16,000 square feet to include a new entrance lobby, child care area, café, community kitchen, community room, group exercise room and an expanded wellness facility.
BRINGING THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT TO WORK
For six years in a row, KBS staff have participated in a creative way to liven up generous holiday spirits. Named “12 Cans of Christmas,” this company program rewards employees’ foodbank contributions with additional vacation time during the holidays. This year, the program generated $4,500 and two large boxes of food for the Central Virginia Food Bank.