Business in brief
Marc Highfill, of EXIT First Realty in Glen Allen, recently was named to EXIT Realty Corp. International’s list of Top 100 real estate professionals for both closed transaction sides and gross closed commissions earned for 2011. The list is compiled from thousands of professionals across North America and represents the “best of the best.”
The Mid-Atlantic Region of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) recently awarded its Design-Build Merit Award for Transportation to the Richmond Airport Connector Road, a turnkey design-build project. Dewberry, as engineer-of-record, teamed with the contractor, American Infrastructure-VA, Inc., on the design of the roadway leading directly into Richmond International Airport and reducing travel time to the airport by about 10 minutes. Prior to the construction of the connector road, access to the airport from the south was limited to small country and urban roads. This project was designed to improve traffic flow between Virginia State Route 895, known as Pocahontas 895, and the airport. The 1.6-mile four-lane divided toll road, which includes a trumpet-style interchange, provides motorists with direct access to Richmond International Airport from Pocahontas 895.
Charles S. Luck IV, president and chief executive officer of Luck Companies, will be the guest at a C-Suite Conversation March 22 at University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. C-Suite Conversations are unscripted interviews with business decision makers in central Virginia. The series highlights challenges and opportunities of high-level executives and provides insight about balancing leadership obligations with the needs of stakeholders. Richard Coughlan, Robins School senior associate dean, will interview Luck, who is the third generation family member to lead the 88 year-old privately held and family-owned organization. The hour-long program will be held at Queally Hall, Ukrop Auditorium, at 8 a.m., following a networking breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but online registration is required at http://robins.richmond.edu/speaker-series/c-suite-conversations.html .
Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Love of Jesus-East, Inc. – renewed its lease of 16,929 square feet in Fairfield Shoppers World at 5176-5206 Nine Mile Rd.; Cuts & Styles Hair Studio, LLC – renewed its lease of 1,250 square feet in Brook Road Retail Shops at 6000 Brook Rd.; Zorba’s Pizza – renewed its lease of 1,125 square feet at 4206 MacArthur Ave.; The Sherwin-Williams Company – renewed its lease of 6,000 square feet at 4918 W. Broad St.; Uptime Solutions PSG – renewed its lease of 5,002 square feet in Gaskins Centre Building 1 at 3801-3827 Gaskins Rd.; Friendly Advanced Software Technology – leased 4,212 square feet in Highwoods VIII at 4470 Cox Rd.; Central Virginia Waste Management Authority – renewed its lease of 3,826 square feet in Interstate Center at 2100 W. Laburnum Ave.; Gurkin Plumbing, Heating and A/C Co. – leased 2,796 square feet in Hermitage Industrial Park at 8447 Glazebrook Dr.; Appendix R Solutions – leased 1,874 square feet in North Park at 4701 Cox Rd.; and Spanish Soul Restaurant LLC – leased 1,575 square feet at 1412 Starling Dr.
WellAWARE Systems, the developer of breakthrough technology that enables proactive and preventive senior care, recently announced a new partnership with premiere technology services provider, Zigmo. Zigmo, headquartered in Glen Allen, will provide installation, on-site support and installation training services for WellAWARE customers across the U.S. WellAWARE’s advanced “smart sensor” solution supports caregivers by providing insightful, actionable data about resident wellness and overall health. By proactively responding to data trends that may indicate emerging health conditions, caregivers can significantly improve health related outcomes. WellAWARE also helps providers drive operational efficiencies by reducing emergency room visits and preventable hospital readmissions, stabilizing occupancy and creating a tangible marketing differentiator.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 11/24/2013
Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.
Members of Triangle II, a community service club at Hermitage High School, braved the elements Nov. 16 to serve as a spirit team at the Richmond Marathon, providing half-marathoners with cheers, motivational signs and shouts of encouragement as they ran through Bryan Park. > Read more.
The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.
“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.
American Tap Room’s new Willow Lawn location offers breath-taking atmosphere, but average dishes
On a rare warm night in late November, the newly opened American Tap Room was, to my surprise, bright and packed with guests – many eating outside.
I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this unheard-of restaurant in an unexpected spot – right in the heart of Willow Lawn. I came to learn it’s not unheard of; it’s a restaurant chain out of Northern Virginia.
“It definitely improves the look of Willow Lawn,” said my friend, who ventured to the new spot with me on a Monday night for dinner one week after the restaurant opened. > Read more.
Free Birds offers some giggles, but more eye-rolling
Thanksgiving season is upon us – a time for friends, family, and recklessly indulgent overeating. As we settle into our annual turkey-induced food coma, there’s no better time to take in a festive holiday film. And Free Birds, for better or worse, has the distinguished honor of being one of the only Thanksgiving-themed movies currently on the market.
The film stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as Reggie and Jake, two turkeys who can’t stand the Thanksgiving tradition of watching their neighbors be plucked and served for dinner. > Read more.
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