On Thursday, June 13, The Northern Virginia Chapter of The American Institute of Architects held its annual Design Awards Celebration at the new Marymount University Ballston Center designed by Gensler. The event was a delightful celebration of outstanding architecture, where Winstanley Architects & Planners was presented with the Award of Merit for the Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria, VA.
The design of the new club house is meant to reflect the narrative of the long history of this location as well as the Old Dominion Boat Club’s own history. The exterior of the structure has been designed to echo the image of boat building by using materials and detailing similar to what a boat builder would propose. The piers and decking for the front of the building illustrate the history of the waterfront dating back to the 1700’s and the retention of the Beachcombers original form will ensure its legacy.
The new clubhouse is a three-story structure, approximately 13,800 square feet, with a 45-car parking lot on the south side of the structure. On the ground level is an entry lobby with historic artifacts on display, storage, lockers and showers, and loading/service areas. The first floor features a large open hall for member meetings and banquet rentals, administrative offices, a special events kitchen, and outdoor patio. The second floor includes the main bar and dining room, members’ board room, and a full kitchen. The roof level, much like the Beachcombers, will also be utilized for entertainment purposes.