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From the outset of this research, the initial hypothesis was that “The current infrastructure of Hampton Roads can be retrofitted with sustainable urban drainage systems and various green infrastructure in order to connect the watershed to its larger body of water and protect the town from future hazards while promoting stewardship within the communities surrounding such areas.”

By extending greenspace into the neighborhoods throughout Virginia Beach, people will have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, and travel around the city without coming into contact with the highways. 


Michael Stelfox

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Landscape Architecture Student

Michael is a Fourth Year Landscape Architecture student in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. Outside of the studio, 
he enjoys fishing, kayaking and rock climbing.


This project was sponsored by Clark Nexsen in Virginia Beach, VA. It was completed under the mentorship of Paul Battaglia (Department Head of Architecture), Walt Cole (Department Director of Planning), David Pryor (Director of Waterfront Engineering), and J.C. Douglass (Project Manager of GIS) and David Keith (Design Director). 

Thank you to everyone who informed the research at Clark Nexsen, the Virginia Beach Environment & Sustainability Office, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and Virginia Sea Grant. Thank you as well to all individuals who were personally involved in this research.

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Clark Nexsen is a full-service architecture, engineering, planning and interior design firm with offices in Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington, DC. Founded in 1920, today the firm has 450 employees and a list of projects that covers the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States and 41 countries around the world. The firm has designed major projects for the federal government, state and local governments, as well as major corporations and all markets in the private sector.

4525 Main Street Suite 1400, Virginia Beach, VA 23462   757.455.5800

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