The Fort Monroe Authority has hired Sasaki Associates Inc. to provide land planning and real estate advisory services for the newly named national historic landmark in Hampton. Sasaki, located in Waterton, Mass., has done thousands of master plans for public, private and institutional clients through the U.S. and internationally.
“We’re extremely excited about having Sasaki help us develop a plan that respects the history and puts the property back in the stream of commerce for the city of Hampton and the region,” Glenn Oder, the authority’s executive director said in a statement.
Sasaki is a national leader in repurposing military bases and has completed reuse master plans for Devens (formerly Ft. Devens) in Massachusetts, the Charleston Naval Shipyard in North Charleston, SC; and Brooks City Base (formerly Brooks AFB) in San Antonio, among others.
In Hampton Roads, Sasaki has conducted master planning projects for Kingsmill on the James, the oceanfront area of the City of Virginia Beach and Norfolk State University. Other Virginia planning and design projects include work at Reston Town Center and the University of Virginia.
Fred Merrill, the Sasaki principal in charge of the Fort Monroe project, said the master plan will preserve the historic property, while telling the former military reservation’s story through cultural programming, public events and new facilities such as a visitor center. The firm also will identify economically viable reuse opportunities for the historic buildings and property. The plan will take about a year to develop.
The Fort Monroe Authority also has asked Sasaki Associates to determine the best location for the Virginia STEAM Academy in the master plan. The Virginia STEAM Academy Steering Committee recently named Fort Monroe as its first choice for a potential campus. The proposed academy would be a public, residential academy for 1,000 9th through 12th grade Virginia students.
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