Verdant Lawn is a 135-acre property in Albemarle County under conservation easement. The owner engaged NBW in a master planning process to locate a farm center, allow for rotational grazing of an existing herd of cattle and to site a home. The firm designed and sited all farm structures. Because of problems with current and future access into the property over a CSX freight rail line, NBW was asked to find an alternative access to the property. The property is bounded on one side by the rail line, on two sides by a river and on the fourth side by a winding country road, so finding another point of entry was challenging. The final access road and stream crossing fits well into the existing county road context and sets easily into the slope. The bridge was built without the need for Army Corps of Engineers permits and allows the stream to follow its natural course. The bridge abutments are cast in place concrete veneered in local stone and the bridge components are southern yellow pine.
Collaborators: Siska Aurand, JW Townsend, Inc., Grelen Nursery, Draper Aden Associates, Conservation Services, Inc., Brian P Smith PE Civil Engineering, Inc., Trees for Life, LLC, Waynesboro Landscape and Garden Center