Colonial Downs Racetrack

New Kent County, Virginia

Project Summary

Resource was retained by Colonial Downs to perform the civil, environmental, and surveying services for the development of the Colonial Downs Racetrack on a 345-acre site in New Kent County, Virginia.

The overall project cost was $55,000,000 with the civil infrastructure cost of approximately $10,000,000. As a fast-tracked project, design and construction occurred between September 1996 and August 1997. Over 2,000,000 cubic yards of earth were moved, and over 200,000 tons of select materials were imported to develop the site for a five-story grandstand, 26 buildings; an 80-foot-wide, 1.25-mile dirt track; and a 180-foot-wide, 7/8-mile turf track.

Strategy and Services

Resource provided a full service project team to assist the client in all facets of the project plan from initial planning through construction administration.  Resource worked closely with New Kent County, the Client and the State Thoroughbred Racing Commission and Regulators to facilitate the approval of this high profile economic development project.   

Resource services included:

  • Planning and Zoning
  • Surveying
  • Environmental and Wetlands Permitting
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction support
  • Survey Services

A survey was provided to determine site topography for design of roads, utilities, storm water basins, and to locate the wetland boundaries. Resource also performed all the construction stake out for each aspect of the project, a boundary survey, and an as-built survey.

Design and Construction Services

Resource prepared design documents and construction administration services for site layout, roadway and utilities design, and stormwater management. The drawings included erosion and sediment control structures conforming to the requirements of the County and the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook. The main entrance is a 4,400 linear foot, four-lane road with a divided median and curb and gutter. The track entrance road is a 1,700 linear foot, four-lane road with divided median and curb and gutter. Pavement designs were based on the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) requirements.

Environmental Services

Additional services included wetland delineation and jurisdictional determination.  Resource also prepared a wetland mitigation plan to compensate for wetland areas disturbed by the track construction by the creation of additional wetlands along a stream. Resource also monitored the construction of the wetlands and subsequent monitoring to verify the success of the created wetlands.


To support the project Resource designed a 250,000 GPD wastewater treatment facility expandable to 500,000 GPD and a potable well system with a 250,000-gallon storage tank.