Powhatan State Park Development Phase 1A – Powhatan County, Virginia

Draper Aden Associates managed the development of the first phase of the newest state park in the Virginia State Park system, Powhatan State Park.  The 1,600 acre park is located on the James River, approximately 20 minutes west of Richmond. The first phase of development provides basic infrastructure to allow public access, including roads, buildings, river access, and water and sewer while carefully protecting existing environmental and historic features.

Powhatan State Park Phase 1a 1

Prior to design, Draper Aden Associates directed the archeological investigation and performed the topographic survey, wetlands delineation, stream assessments, Environmental Impact Report (EIR), geotechnical investigation, and environmental permitting for the site.


During the design effort, Draper Aden Associates directed the work of the sub-consultants, including architects and engineers, and directly performed site design, structural engineering, and building and site permitting for the park entrance on a state road, approximately 2.5 miles of new road, contact station, park office, ranger residences, storage buildings, restroom buildings, picnic shelters, playground, parking areas, a maintenance area, a well-based water system, canoe launches, and a canoe-in campground with composting toilet. The design duration was reduced by utilizing prototype designs for many of the 15 buildings.