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22 September 2015

HOK Participating in Development Study of Richmond International Raceway in Virginia

HOK and Cushman & Wakefield will conduct a study to determine the “highest and best use” of land at Richmond International Raceway, which sits on 1,000 acres in Henrico County, Richmond, Va.

Richmond_International_Raceway“New development at the site would be a boon not just for Henrico but for the region as a whole, said Jack Berry, president and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. He added, ‘We’re very excited, because they’ve got the best consultants in the industry.’

“The racetrack will mark its 70th year in 2016, and RIR President Dennis Bickmeier said he is focused on what the ‘RIR of the future’ will look like. But he said the studies will not mean a shift away from the auto races that have made the racetrack what it is. He continued, ‘Motorsports will always be our core; that’s what we do. But … we’ve got 1,000-plus acres.’

Nate Appleman, vice president at HOK, added, ‘We’re certainly excited about it and looking forward to the race this weekend to get to know on a more intimate level what sorts of things are happening there now and how we can improve them.’”

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Richmond Times-Dispatch