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Old Dominion Boat Club receives AIA Northern Virginia Award of Merit

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.

Winstanley Architects & Planners is an architecture, planning, and interior design firm located in a renovated warehouse in Old Town, Alexandria. Recent assignments include the Rosewood Hotel in Georgetown, the restoration work at Union Station in Washington, DC, and the Stone Ridge School Field and Entrance in Bethesda, Maryland.
The firm is also a registered small business enterprise.
Further information on the firm can be found at the company’s website www.winstanleyarchitects.com or by contacting Geri Houston at 703-519-8081 or gch@winstanleyarchitects.com.

2019 Virginia by Design Award for Potomac River Water Transportation Framework Plan

We are pleased to announce that on Saturday April 27, 2019 Michael Winstanley AIA AICP accepted the Virginia by Design  2019 Prize for Public Interest Design at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design‘s Bunch at The Branch. Virginia By Design recognizes the best efforts of designers or visionaries in Virginia who, by profession or avocation, have made creating, preserving, and enhancing design in Virginia a notable endeavor, which elevates the power of design. The prize is for a creative project that has transformed its surroundings, whether a setting, neighborhood, or community. It is for an individual or entity responsible for shepherding the project within Virginia.

The Potomac River Transportation Framework Plan is a comprehensive master plan outlining a water-based transportation network on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, for commuters, tourists, and the federal government. This plan outlines an enormous opportunity to expand the regional transportation network at a fraction of the cost (both in dollars and environmental impact) of other transportation modes.

One of the most important components to a successful water-based transportation system is the integration with existing public transportation networks. The Master Plan identifies over 30 landings in the metropolitan region including a new landing at Reagan National Airport. An intermodal station prototype was also designed to transfer riders from watercraft to rubber wheeled trolleys or buses. Integral to this transfer is to provide as much cover for riders from sun and rain and to bring the ships and trolleys as close together as possible, minimizing the time and inconvenience of transfers.

This work was initiated and funded by Winstanley Architects & Planners, and its purpose was to raise awareness of the feasibility of such a plan and to stimulate public discussion about the importance of increasing public transportation alternatives. Michael Winstanley AIA AICP has lectured widely on the Master Plan including at Design DC and the Greater Washington Board of Trade 2018 Outlook Conference.

Winstanley Architects & Planners is an architecture, planning, and interior design firm located in a renovated warehouse in Old Town, Alexandria. Recent assignments include the Rosewood Hotel in Georgetown, the restoration work at Union Station in Washington, DC, and the Stone Ridge School Field and Entrance in Bethesda, Maryland.
The firm is also a registered small business enterprise.
Further information on the firm can be found at the company’s website www.winstanleyarchitects.com or by contacting Geri Houston at 703-519-8081 or gch@winstanleyarchitects.com.

The Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation names Winstanley Architects & Planners as Executive Architect

We are pleased to announce that Winstanley Architects & Planners has been named as the Executive Architect for The Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation. Winstanley Architects & Planners will be providing guidance for the planning and development of the memorial as well as manage and oversee a 24-step process required by the National Capital Planning Commission and National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission.

“Significant commemorative work such as this memorial require a well-laid roadmap to capture the purpose and vision of the project as well as move through necessary government approval processes,” said Michael Winstanley AIA AICP. “Utilizing our multidisciplinary approach and drawing on our many years of experience working in Washington, D.C., we look forward to collaborating with the GWOT Memorial Foundation to guide the planning and development of this unique and historic memorial.”

Since choosing Winstanley Architects & Planners as the Executive Architect, the GWOT Memorial Foundation has been focused on advocating for land within the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The WA&P and the GWOT Memorial Foundation has been collaborating to gather input from the veteran community and the public to ensure the memorial pays proper tribute to GWOT veterans as well as their friends and familes – and is truly a reflection of the American people.

Once a site is selected and approved, the GWOT Memorial Foundation will host a design competition, where artists from around the country can submit designs that evoke the themes discovered, including those of endurance and sacrifice on a global and multi-cultural scale in America’s longest war.

Winstanley Architects & Planners is an architecture, planning and interior design firm located in a renovated warehouse in Old Town, Alexandria. Recent assignments include the Rosewood Hotel in Georgetown, the restoration work at Union Station in Washington, DC and the Stone Ridge School Field and Entrance in Bethesda, Maryland.

The firm is also a registered small business enterprise.

Further information on the firm can be found at the company’s website www.winstanleyarchitects.com or by contacting Geri Houston at 703 519 8081 or gch@winstanleyarchitects.com.

2019 Prize for Public Interest Design for Potomac River Water Transportation Framework Plan

We are pleased to announce that Michael Winstanley AIA AICP is has been award the 2019 Prize for Public Interest Design by The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design for the Potomac River Water Transportation Framework Plan. The prize is for a creative project that has transformed its surroundings, whether a setting, neighborhood, or community. It is for an individual or entity responsible for shepherding the project within Virginia.

The Potomac River Transportation Framework Plan is a comprehensive master plan outlining a water-based transportation network on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, for commuters, tourists and the federal government. This plan outlines an enormous opportunity to expand the regional transportation network at a fraction of the cost (both in dollars and environmental impact) of other transportation modes.

One of the most important components to a successful water-based transportation system is the integration with existing public transportation networks. The Master Plan identifies over 30 landings in the metropolitan region including a new landing at Reagan National Airport. An intermodal station prototype was also designed to transfer riders from watercraft to rubber wheeled trolleys or buses. Integral to this transfer is to provide as much cover for riders from sun and rain and to bring the ships and trolleys as close together as possible, minimizing the time and inconvenience of transfers.

This work was initiated and funded by Winstanley Architects & Planners, and its purpose was to raise awareness of the feasibility of such a plan and to stimulate public discussion about the importance of increasing public transportation alternatives. Michael Winstanley AIA AICP has lectured widely on the Master Plan including at Design DC and the Greater Washington Board of Trade 2018 Outlook Conference.

Winstanley Architects & Planners is an architecture, planning, and interior design firm located in a renovated warehouse in Old Town, Alexandria. Recent assignments include the Rosewood Hotel in Georgetown, the restoration work at Union Station in Washington, DC, and the Stone Ridge School Field and Entrance in Bethesda, Maryland.
The firm is also a registered small business enterprise.
Further information on the firm can be found at the company’s website www.winstanleyarchitects.com or by contacting Geri Houston at 703-519-8081 or gch@winstanleyarchitects.com.

Mary Graydon Center Dining Hall at American University selected for American School & University Magazine Architectural Portfolio

Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that American School and University Magazine (ASU) has chosen American University’s Mary Graydon Center Dining Hall in Washington, DC as the recipient of the Outstanding Design Award in the 2018 American School & University Architectural Portfolio — the premier showcase celebrating the best in education design. This is our second time being selected for an Outstanding Design Award and our fourth award from American School and University Magazine.

The Mary Graydon Center is the main dining hall for students, faculty, and staff at American University. This 1928 building is the location of the 14,750 SF, 675 seat basement dining venue. The design team was faced with the daunting task of improving this basement space which had no windows, no daylight and a “forest” of clumsy columns scattered throughout the floor plate.

Our solution used the forest of columns to create just that: a forest. By using original photography commissioned for the project, the design team mapped non-repeating images of trees on the columns to visually dissipate the solidity of the column mass. Organized along a central spine, the serving stations satisfy the various culinary offerings by the Food Service Provider and allow the diners to meander through the space. The color palette in the spine is designed to reflect more naturalist colors of stone and sky. The balance of the space is finished in wood tones, and the serving stations have off-white counters and stainless-steel fixtures to present a bright and light environment to showcase the food.

Winstanley Architects & Planners is an architecture, planning, and interior design firm located in a renovated warehouse in Old Town, Alexandria. Recent assignments include the Residence Hall and Student Center at Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, VA, the restoration of St. Agnes School in Arlington, VA, and the Stone Ridge School Field and Entrance in Bethesda, Maryland.

 

The firm is also a registered small business enterprise.

 

Photography by Jessica Marcotte Photography.

 

Further information on the firm can be found at the company’s website www.winstanleyarchitects.com or by contacting Geri Houston at 703-519-8081 or gch@winstanleyarchitects.com.

National and Regional Design Awards for The Old Dominion Boat Club

The Old Dominion Boat Club

Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that the Old Dominion Boat Club has received the following awards.

Award of Honor – National Chapter - Society of American Registered Architects

Excellence in Architecture - Alexandria Beautification Commission

Associated General Contractor’s Award

Michael Winstanley AIA AICP received the national award for the Old Dominion Boat Club from the Society of American Registered Architects at a ceremony in Miami, Florida, on October 20, 2018.  The award was presented by SARA’s President Dennis Dong and the award’s juror David Stofcik at the Perez Art Museum in Miami.  This was the fifth national design award the office has received in the last 10 years.

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.

 

Winstanley Architects & Planners is an architecture, planning and interior design firm located in a renovated warehouse in Old Town, Alexandria. Recent assignments include the Rosewood Hotel in Georgetown, the restoration work at Union Station in Washington, DC and the Stone Ridge School Field and Entrance in Bethesda, Maryland.

The firm is also a registered small business enterprise.

Photography by Jessica Marcotte Photography.

Further information on the firm can be found at the company’s website www.winstanleyarchitects.com or by contacting Geri Houston at 703 519 8081 or gch@winstanleyarchitects.com.

National and Regional Design Awards for The Potomac River Transportation Framework Plan

Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that the Potomac River Transportation Framework Plan has received the following awards.
Award of Honor – AIA Maryland Chapter
Presidential Citation for Urban Catalyst – AIA DC Chapter
Finalist – Urban Land Institute Trends Awards
Outstanding Plan Award – GW Chapter of Lambda Alpha International

George Eisenberger AIA and Michael Winstanley AIA AICP were in attendance for the AIA Maryland’s annual awards ceremony at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, to receive an Award of Honor for the Potomac River Transportation Framework Plan. The jury stated that they “appreciated the bold vision of this project.” The regional award was presented by Laurence Frank AIA, President of the Maryland state chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The Potomac River Transportation Framework Plan is a comprehensive master plan outlining a water-based transportation network on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, for commuters, tourists, and the federal government. This plan outlines an enormous opportunity to expand the regional transportation network at a fraction of the cost (both in dollars and environmental impact) of other transportation modes.

One of the most important components to a successful water-based transportation system is the integration with existing public transportation networks. The Master Plan identifies over 30 landings in the metropolitan region, including a new landing at Reagan National Airport. An intermodal station prototype was also designed to transfer riders from water craft to rubber wheeled trolleys or buses. Integral to this transfer is to provide as much cover for riders from sun and rain and to bring the ships and trolleys as close together as possible, minimizing the time and inconvenience to transfers.

Winstanley Architects & Planners is an architecture, planning and interior design firm located in a renovated warehouse in Old Town, Alexandria. Recent assignments include the Rosewood Hotel in Georgetown, the restoration work at Union Station in Washington, DC, and the Stone Ridge School Field and Entrance in Bethesda, Maryland.
The firm is also a registered small business enterprise.
Further information on the firm can be found at the company’s website www.winstanleyarchitects.com or by contacting Geri Houston at 703-519-8081 or gch@winstanleyarchitects.com.

Completion of the New Club House for the Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria, Virginia

The First Project of Alexandria’s New Waterfront Plan

 

Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce the completion of the new clubhouse for the Old Dominion Boat Club located on the waterfront in historic Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. The contemporary wood clad structure is the first project completed in the master plan for the Alexandria waterfront.The demolition of the old clubhouse at the base of King Street will make way for the new Waterfront Plaza.

 

In the summer of 2015 the Old Dominion Boat Club accepted the City of Alexandria’s offer to move to the city-owned Beachcombers Restaurant site at the base of Prince Street. The Beachcombers property was a culturally historic structure with a checkered past and ultimately abandoned. The City wanted to save the building because it represented the first structure built on the waterfront in 1947 that promoted tourism and recreation along the historically industrial waterfront. In fact, the original Beachcombers structure was built on piers and actually positioned over the water for dramatic setting of the new restaurant.

 

The design of the new clubhouse is meant to reflect the narrative of the long history of this location and the Old Dominion Boat Club’s own history.  The exterior of the structure has been designed to reflect 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 1700s and the retention of the Beachcombers original form will assure 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, member’s board room, and a full kitchen. The roof level, much like the Beachcombers, will also be utilized for entertainment purposes.

 

The Old Dominion Boat Club is the longest in continuous use along the city’s waterfront; and with this move, the club will have been in three locations.  In August of 1880, thirty-six young men gathered at the Mansion House to form a club dedicated to water sports – sailing, rowing, canoeing and swimming.  They called their new association the “Old Dominion Boat Club of Alexandria.” The members built their first clubhouse on the Strand near the foot of Duke Street, and by 1891 the club had acquired two four-oared shells, two double outriggers, and a 60’ barge.  In 1923 the members built a new clubhouse at 1 King Street.  

 

Winstanley Architects & Planners is an architecture, planning and interior design firm located in a renovated warehouse in Old Town, Alexandria. Recent assignments include the Capella Hotel (now the Rosewood Hotel) in Georgetown, the restoration work at Union Station in Washington, and the Potomac River Transportation Framework Plan for the Washington metropolitan area.

 

 

The firm is a registered small business enterprise.

 

Further information on the firm can be found at the company’s website www.winstanleyarchitects.com or by contacting Geri Houston at 703 519 8081 or gch@winstanleyarchitects.com.

 

Presidential Citation for Urban Catalyst – DC Chapter

Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that their project Potomac River Transportation Framework Plan has been awarded a Presidential Citation – Urban Catalyst from the American Institute of Architects, DC Chapter. The award was formally presented last September and is once again recognized in the Chapter’s 2017 Awards Show currently on display at the AIA/DC headquarters.

The Potomac River Transportation Framework Plan is a comprehensive master plan outlining a water based transportation network on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, for commuters, tourists and the federal government. This plan outlines an enormous opportunity to expand the regional transportation network at a fraction of the cost (both in dollars and environmental impact) of other transportation modes.

One of the most important components to a successful water-based transportation system is the integration with existing public transportation networks. The Master Plan identifies over 30 landings in the metropolitan region including a new landing at Reagan National Airport. An intermodal station prototype was also designed to transfer riders from water craft to rubber wheeled trolleys or buses. Integral to this transfer is to provide as much cover for riders from sun and rain and to bring the ships and trolleys as close together as possible, minimizing the time and inconvenience of transfers.

This work was initiated and funded by Winstanley Architects & Planners, and its purpose was to raise awareness of the feasibility of such a plan and to stimulate public discussion about the importance of increasing public transportation alternatives. Michael Winstanley AIA AICP has lectured widely on the Master Plan including at Design DC and the Greater Washington Board of Trade 2018 Outlook Conference.

Winstanley Architects & Planners is an architecture, planning and interior design firm located in a renovated warehouse in Old Town, Alexandria. Recent assignments include the Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria, VA; the restoration work at Union Station in Washington, and the Poplar Point Master Plan in Anacostia, DC.

The firm is also a registered small business enterprise.

Further information on the firm can be found at the company’s website www.winstanleyarchitects.com or by contacting Geri Houston at 703 519 8081 or gch@winstanleyarchitects.com.

National Design Award for Poplar Point Master Plan

Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that it has won a national design award from the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) for their Poplar Point Master Plan in Washington, DC. This award represents the third national award MWAP has received in the last three years. The Design Award of Honor was presented formerly at the SARA National Convention at the New Museum in New York City.

 

This master plan was prepared for Washington, DC, developer Redbrick LMD who is currently a major land owner on Poplar Point. The purpose of the plan was to illustrate the incredible potential that exists for the District after the agreement between the District of Columbia and the National Park Service, giving the District control of the redevelopment of 110 acres along the Anacostia River. The master plan proposes a livable and meaningful mixed use development in an area of Anacostia that currently has no context. The design solution focused on the creation of a new arts district anchored on the water by a private modern art museum and a public exhibition building. As per the agreement, the plan assumes development of 40 acres from the total 110 acres.

 

The core framework of the plan is established by the bookends of the Anacostia Metro station and a new modern art museum on the shore of the Anacostia River. The main street (an extension of New Jersey Avenue to establish a connection to the L’Enfant plan) runs from the intermodal water taxi station through a spine of curated retail creating “Gallery Row” leading to an open triangular space called “Gallery Square” where arts fairs and other outdoor events can occur. The open space that sits adjacent to the water would be designed to accommodate a world class sculpture park with the most prominent location reserved for a future memorial as stated in the Memorials and Museums Master Plan created by the National Capital Planning Commission.

 

The program includes predominantly office space and multifamily residential both rental and for sale. Sites are reserved for hotels as well. Additional uses include an artist work-live building and a reserve for academic institutions. The project includes additional public spaces including Metro Plaza outside the metro station. Part of the transportation network of the project includes a water taxi stop with a multimodal facility on the water.

 

The Society of American Registered Architects was formed in 1956 in Atlanta Georgia by Wilfred J. Gregson as is open to anyone who carries an architectural license. The Credo for the organization is “Architect Helping Architect”.

 

Winstanley Architects & Planners is an architecture, planning and interior design firm located in a renovated warehouse in Old Town, Alexandria. Recent assignments include the Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria, VA; the restoration work at Union Station in Washington, and the Potomac River Transportation Framework Plan for the Washington metropolitan area.

 

The firm is also a registered small business enterprise.

Fairfax Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves Kings Crossing

Alexandria, Virginia – Winstanley Architects & Planners (MWAP)  are pleased to announce that their multifamily apartment project, Kings Crossing, was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors at the July 25th Planning Commission.  Working with Novus Property Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Cafritz Interests, MWAP designed a 350-unit mixed use development that was praised by County staff, stating that the project provides “high-quality architectural character and details to set a trend for future development”.  The project offers 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units targeting a segment of the Mount Vernon Community.  The parcel is 5.29 acres and located at the intersection of Richmond Highway (Route 1) and Fairview Drive, minutes from the Huntington Metro Station.

 

The project was designed within the framework of the County’s new Embark Plan that looks to replace the Route 1 urban fabric of pad sites with open surface parking lots with clearly designated lots established by a grid of streets, sidewalks and structured parking.  The project also accommodated the future alignment for the new dedicated lanes for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).  The architectural character of the project evolved from an extensive analysis of the local architectural styles and discussions with the community with the goal to establish a language that is repeatable and establishes a strong sense of place.  Images of both Mt. Vernon and Old Town Alexandria were central to the discussions with the community.

 

“This development is crucial to the future revitalization of Richmond Highway,” Supervisor Dan Storck, D-Mount Vernon, said of the project. “This site as it is now visually reminds you of the Richmond Highway of the past. It’s the 21st century. That’s what this development is about.”

 

Kings Crossing comes with a selection of amenities that will enhance the lives of the residents as well, offering a business center, a dog spa, music practice rooms, a gym, a pool, climbing art walls and a bicycle repair room.  A one-half acre park along the north side along with the extensive streetscape plantings on the other three sides is at once unusual and well received  by the local community.  The overall design will improve the visual appeal of the area and set a standard along this stretch of historic Route 1 for future developments, replacing several small stand-alone buildings.

Second Award for Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners (MWAP) is pleased to announce that American School and University Magazine (ASU) has chosen the Stone Ridge Field and Entrance at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, MD, as the recipient of the Outstanding Design Award in their Architecture Portfolio, the premier showcase celebrating the best in national education design. This is the second award for this project, and our third award from American School and University Magazine.

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, founded in 1923 was moved to its current 35-acre site in 1947, after the land and estate known as “Stone Ridge” was purchased from Mr. and Mrs. George Hamilton. Over the years, the campus was built to support the growth of the school, and the master plan, prepared by MWAP, continues to guide these modifications.

Ranked as one of the most academically challenging schools in the DC Metropolitan area, one hundred percent of Stone Ridge graduates go to college, with alumnae attending schools such as the Georgetown University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, and Bucknell University. Notable alumni include Katie Ledecky, Cokie Roberts, Maria Shriver, Joanna Sturm, and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

The Stone Ridge Field and Entrance project is the first project in the MWAP master plan to be realized. It encompasses a multipurpose field (officially Gator Field at St. Madeleine Sophie Pavilion) and new campus entrance along with the extension of a loop road which will facilitate additional improvements to the campus circulation. Designed to support soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, and general recreation and ceremonial activities, the cork filled synthetic field will provide a lasting and durable venue for the 750+ K through 12 student body and its faculty. Ancillary to the field are bleachers for 200 spectators, bathrooms, a storage facility, and a concession stand. The stonework surrounding Gator Field is also an award-winning piece of this project, having received the Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award in the Masonry category for Exterior Stone in 2015.

The project will be featured along with other awards recipients in the November issue of American School & University magazine.

Mullins Complex Recognized By AIA Kentucky, And ASU

Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners (MWAP) is pleased to announce the recognition by two leading organizations of the renovation of the James Gamble Rogers Mullins Hall Complex at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville, Kentucky. The awards include an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Kentucky Chapter Merit Award for Excellence in Architectural Design, a Citation for Residence Halls from American School and University Magazine (ASU) in their 2015 School Portfolio and a Special Citation from ASU for their 2015 Educational Interiors Showcase. The AIA award was announced at the annual AIA Ohio Valley Region Awards Luncheon on October 12, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. The American School & University Special Citation was announced in the August issue of the American School & University Magazine, and the School Portfolio Citation will be published in the November issue.

Mullins Complex is home to the new residences and administrative space for Boyce College, a feeder school for the SBTS. The project is the first phase of the SBTS master plan. It spans approximately 125,000 square feet and was one of the original buildings on the Rogers and Olmsted designed campus. The completion of the project creates a “Residential College” nested in the predominantly Graduate-level seminary.

The final building houses 350 beds in a quadruple suite arrangement, allowing for both doubles and singles adjacent to common space. There are student lounges scattered throughout the building. A student recreation center was also created which includes a lounge, an amphitheater, a recording studio, a climbing wall and two student kitchen/dining areas. In the building wings and facing the main quadrangle, the Boyce College administration is located in two suites.

MWAP recently completed the new campus master plan for the seminary, and Mullins Hall Complex is one of several buildings by James Gamble Rogers on the Olmsted designed campus. Other plans for improvement on the campus include the creation of a new loop road, the renovation of the Centennial Library, and future expansion of Boyce College into a new western quadrangle.

ALMOST COMPLETE – Union Station Update

Since 2011, Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners (MWAP) has been working on the restoration and modernization of the iconic Union Station in Washington, DC. While the scaffolding in the Main Hall is a visible indication of work being performed, what is not apparent are our efforts behind the scenes out of public view. We thought you would like to get an update on the progress to date.

In the Main Hall, the scaffolding is now in the 5th bay and the gold leaf and plaster ceiling is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Additional work includes the refurbishment of the East Hall clerestory windows, repairs to the West Hall skylight and the retail concourse arched windows. The east side esplanade and below grade repairs are also nearing completion. In addition, new lighting, signage, and miscellaneous maintenance improvements in the Parking Garage Escalator Pavilion have been underway since Spring and will also be completed by year’s end.

MWAP was initially engaged to prepare a full building and engineering assessment review of the historic train station, which was designed by Daniel Burnham and constructed in 1907. As the original building assessment was nearing completion in August of 2011, a rare 5.8 earthquake in the Piedmont are of Virginia rattled Washington, DC, resulting in damage to the historic vaulted ceiling in the Main Hall. Protective netting and scaffolding were installed to protect the public while the damage was assessed and a course of action for repair and future sustainment was determined. Restoration began in 2013, involving master plasterers, painters and gilders. An entirely new above-ceiling, serviceable HVAC System was simultaneously installed with support from the MWAP Team.

The program is being led by the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation and the resident building management firm, Jones Lang LaSalle. Their joint leadership and vision has been instrumental in implementing such a complex multi-year assignment.

Bay Harbour Master Plan Wins National Design Award

Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that it has won a national design award from the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) for the Bay Harbour Waterfront Community Master Plan in Provincetown, Massachusetts. This award represents the third national award MWAP has received in the last three years. The Design Award of Honor will be formerly announced on October 16th at SARA’s Annual National Conference in Miami, Florida.

The concept for the Bay Harbour Community Master Plan was to create a unique luxury development at the site of a former beach hotel located on the east side of the Provincetown harbor. The community was to be developed by the establishment of a uniform plan implemented by both the developer and the individual property owners.. Sited on approximately 7 acres, the 10 homeowners are part of a newly formed association that would be required to maintain and enforce the qualify environment established in the original master plan.

To assure a uniform plan development, design guidelines were prepared for both the landscape design and the building architecture. The landscape guidelines were based on the simple principle of reflecting the natural environment of the site context. Similarly, the architecture guidelines were prepared to reflect and promote the regional aesthetic and scale.

The Society of American Registered Architects was formed in 1956 in Atlanta Georgia by Wilfred J. Gregson as is open to anyone who carries an architectural license. The Credo for the organization is “Architect Helping Architect”.

City of Alexandria Approves New Old Dominion Boat Club

The Project Represents the First of Many for Alexandria’s New Waterfront Plan

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that the Alexandria City Council approved the Special Use Permit that clears the way for the construction of a new clubhouse for the Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC). The project is expected to be under construction by this summer, with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2016.

The approval for the new club represents an end to years of acrimony between the City and the ODBC. Over last summer, the club formally agreed to accept Alexandria’s offer to move to the city-owned Beachcombers site at the base of Prince Street. The Beachcombers property is bordered by Prince Street to the north, the Potomac River to the east, Strand Street to the west and an asphalt parking lot to the south.

The new clubhouse also represents the first project to be implemented in the City’s proposed waterfront plan that includes a new twenty foot wide promenade along the water, new parks, and the creation of Fitzgerald Square at the base of King Street, the current location of the ODBC.

“This is a truly watershed moment in the history of Alexandria.” says Tom Hulfish III, Chairman of the ODBC Building Committee and whose father built the Beachcombers building in 1947. “I am so pleased the design of the new club will represent both the history of the waterfront and the history of the ODBC”.

The proposed new clubhouse will be 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 will be an entry lobby with historic artifacts on display, storage, lockers and showers, and loading/service areas. The first floor will feature a large open hall for member meetings and banquet rentals, administrative offices, a prep kitchen and outdoor patio. The second floor is to include a ballroom, member’s board room, and a full kitchen. The roof level, much like the Beachcombers, will also be utilized for entertainment purposes.

The design of the ODBC is meant to reflect the narrative of a long history of this location and the Old Dominion Boat Club’s own history. In the early years, this site was, in fact, in the water. The piers and decking for the front of the building illustrate the history of the waterfront dating back to the 1700s. The Beachcombers was built in the late 1940s, and the retention of this structure will assure this legacy. Lastly, the addition to the Beachcombers building has been designed to reflect the history of the boat club by using materials and detailing similar to what a boat builder would propose.

The Old Dominion Boat Club is the longest continuous use along the city’s waterfront; and with this move, the club will have been in three locations. In August of 1880, thirty-six young men gathered at the Mansion House to form a club dedicated to water sports – sailing, rowing, canoeing and swimming. They called their new association the “Old Dominion Boat Club of Alexandria.” The members built their first clubhouse on the Strand near the foot of Duke Street, and by 1891 the club had acquired two four-oared shells, two double outriggers, and a 60’ barge. In 1923 the members built a new clubhouse at its current location, 1 King Street.

Cardinal Wuerl Blesses New Athletic Field

New Turf Field Launches the Campus Enhancement Project

BETHESDA, MD – Michael Winstanley Architects and Planners (MWAP) is pleased to announce the completion of a new multipurpose field at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. The field was officially dedicated with the blessing by His Eminence Donald Cardinal Weurl on March 23, 2015, following an all-school mass held in the school’s gym. The new field will be named after Sacred Heart founder St. Madeleine Sophie.

The new turf field and new entrance improvements are part of a larger Campus Enhancement project. MWAP was instrumental in the design and construction of the project, serving first as the master planner for the campus and later as the Architect of Record for the field and entrance improvements project.

“After 8 years master planning and programming, it’s a real pleasure to see Stone Ridge move forward with this project.” says Leejung Hong, Team Leader for MWAP. “The new field and entrance completely transformed and modernized the 70 year old campus.”

The Bethesda campus was first inaugurated in 1947 by the Society of the Sacred Heart and was the former estate of George Ernest Hamilton, a two-term dean of Georgetown School of Law. The 35 acre parcel was fondly known as the “Stone Ridge” in the rural landscape of the day. Today, the campus is much more urban, surrounded by two of the largest government institutions in the country: the National Institutes of Health and the National Naval Medical Center.

The goal of this Campus Enhancement project is to provide a first-rate turf field for their growing athletic program. It will serve primarily Stone Ridge’s field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse programs as well as the physical education program of all Stone Ridge students. Equally important to the growth of the campus, this project will improve the main entrance to the school, flow of traffic on and off the campus with strategically placed roadways and parking areas, and it will accommodate the State Highway Administration’s changes to our neighboring roads.

Master Plan Presentation to Bahamian Prime Minister

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners (MWAP) in association with Hargreaves Associates (HA) is pleased to announce that Yves Springuel, AIA, Principal with MWAP, presented a master plan for the Coral Harbour Marina and Resort to the Prime Minister of the Bahamas on December 12, 2014.  The purpose of the presentation was to introduce the project to the Bahamian government and begin the process of securing entitlements for the ambitious development.

Coral Harbour Marina and Resort is approximately 5 million square feet and is the largest project ever proposed on New Providence Island, which is the location of two other large resorts: Atlantis and the newly constructed Baha Mar Development.  The Coral Harbour development is comprised of two main components that span almost 400 acres.  The first is Marina City with a main focus of the 300 slip marina, including 12 slips for ‘mega yachts’ (ships over 250’ in length), 900 condominiums, 48 bungalows and an international banking center of approximately 750,000 square feet in four towers, with the largest tower achieving 30 stories in height.  The second component is the Coral Harbour resort which includes 2,500 hotel rooms spread out through six hotel structures, a 40,000 square foot casino, a 60,000 square foot convention center, an 18-hole championship golf course, waterpark, and a 40 acre artificial marine preserve with a new Bahamian Oceanographic Research Center to monitor the preserve.

“The Prime Minister was very enthusiastic about our proposal,” says Yves Springuel AIA, Principal-in-Charge for MWAP. “For the Bahamian government, this project represents the last large land assemblage that can support such a project, and they were delighted with the idea of the marine preserve and coral reef rehabilitation program for the oceanographic institute, which are critical issues to the Bahamian economy.” The owner of the project is Beirut-based Bahamas Leisure & Resort Limited.  The company owns approximately 1,000 acres in the Coral Harbour region of New Providence Island. The project is still in a concept phase and the presentation officially launched a potential two-year entitlement process before the start of construction.  The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Ongoing Restoration and Renovation of Union Station

WASHINGTON, DC – For the past three years, Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners (MWAP) has provided consulting services to Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) and is pleased to provide this update on the work progressing at Union Station.

In-progress today are earthquake related repairs and Near Term Capital Building Program improvements as well as upgrades to the escalator pavilion accessing the parking garage from the train concourse. Repairs and betterments to the historic vaulted plaster ceiling midway through a 30-month phased construction timeline of the main hall are nearing completion.  The current schedule plans for the scaffolding moving from Bay 2 to Bay 3 in the latter part of this summer.   The Near Term Capital Building Program for 2014, including exterior repairs to the East Hall, West Hall, Retail Concourse and East Esplanade will be issued for bid within the next two weeks.   This work will be completed by the end of the year. This bid package represents just the first installment of a budgeted five-year capital construction plan.  In addition, the escalator pavilion work is nearing bid and is scheduled for completion prior to the winter holiday season.

MWAP started working at Union Station in the beginning of 2011, by participating in a full Building and Engineering Assessment Review of the historic train station, designed by Daniel Burnham and constructed in 1907.  The station has been through several transformations, none more radical than the major redevelopment efforts of the mid-1980s when retail shops took over the former Train Concourse. More recently, intercity buses have moved into the connected parking garage, joining Amtrak, MARC and Metrorail to make it a true multi-modal hub and gateway.

As the original building assessment was nearing completion in August of 2011, a rare earthquake hit the Washington region, resulting in damage to the historic, vaulted ceiling in the Main Hall. Protective netting and scaffolding was installed to protect the public while the damage was assessed and a course of action for repair and future sustainment was determined.  In 2013 restoration work began, involving master plasterers, painters and gilders, with design direction by John Bowie Associates, a firm specializing in historic architecture, and supported by the MWAP Team.

The work program is being led by the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation and the resident building management firm, Jones Lang LaSalle.  Their joint leadership and vision has been instrumental in implementing such a complex multi-year assignment.  The entire team of design services consultants includes the following firms and roles:  John Bowie Associates – Historic Preservation Architect; Syska Hennessy Group – Mechanical, Engineering, Plumbing and Fire Consultant; McMullan & Associates – Structural Engineer; LJB, Inc. – Fall Protection Consultant; and Horton Lees Brogden – Lighting Design Consultant (escalator pavilion only).

AIA Selects MWAP Studio for Promotional Video

Award-winning space represents “quintessential” architect’s office.

Alexandria, VAMichael Winstanley Architects & Planners (MWAP) was honored that the American Institutes of Architects (AIA) selected their office as the location to film a promotional video launching a new AIA Contract Documents online service named ACD5. The video features the firm’s office and employees in a realtime context and highlights the office’s open-plan day-lit studio. Architectural models, photographs, and presentation drawings provide for a rich backdrop in the video.

Click here to view the video.

MWAP’s studio is located in historic Old Town, Alexandria, VA, in a renovated warehouse that has already won two design awards. The first was a 2010 NAIOP Best Renovation Project and the second, and more recent, was a 2011 National Design Award from the Society of American Registered Architects.

The renovation of the semi-abandoned warehouse was designed to accommodate the architecture and planning firm along with a commercial photography studio. The 4,500 sf structure has a 20 foot high ceiling and a 40 foot clear span internally. The sustainable restoration of the once industrial structure included adding new finishes, windows, skylights, insulation and all new MEP systems

“MWAP’s office was a perfect location to shoot part of our video,” says Deborah DeBernard, AIA, Vice President and General Manager for Contract Documents at the AIA. “Their office is terrific. It’s light filled, open, and is really the quintessential architect’s office. We were very pleased that they let us shoot the video during office hours, which gave the video footage a real sense of the working environment.”

The AIA’s new product is ACD5, a powerful new online contract document service that offers anytime, anywhere access to more than 180 AIA Contract Documents forms and agreements. ACD5 enables users to create, access, edit, share and store contract documents instantly from any computer, delivering exceptional accessibility and flexibility. The new platform also offers upgraded document management features and more custom purchase options while delivering the comprehensive protection for which AIA Contract Documents is known.

Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is an architecture, planning and interior design firm located in the metropolitan Washington area. Current assignments include the restoration work at Union Station in Washington, DC; the interiors for the National Business Aviation Association headquarters in Washington, DC; and master planning for the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, MD.

The firm is a registered small business enterprise.

Further information on the firm can be found at the company’s website www.michaelwinstanley.com or by contacting Geri Turner at 703 519 8081 or gct@michaelwinstanley.com.

Capella Georgetown Receives Three Design Awards

WASHINGTON, DC – Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that the Capella Georgetown has garnered three design awards in the last two months from three leading industry associations: American Institute of Architects – DC Chapter (AIA DC), NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association – DC/Maryland Chapter (NAIOP – Maryland/DC), and Associated Builders and Contractors – Metro Washington Chapter (ABC-DC). The trio of awards illustrates the overall success of the project as viewed by designers, real estate professionals and contractors.

Working with developer Castleton Holdings, LLC, and Capella Hotels & Resorts MWAP retrofit the existing building on the C & O Canal in the historic Georgetown area of Washington, DC. The hotel is one of the first urban US hotels operated under the six-star “Capella” flag and provides an ultra-luxury hotel product suitable for the top tier of business and leisure travelers, currently a significantly underserved segment in Washington, DC.

“We knew we had a good project when the hotel opened,” said Michael Winstanley AIA AICP “But we had no idea it would be embraced and recognized by so many in the design, real estate and construction industry.”

The AIA DC award was an “Award of Merit” and was selected by three internationally recognized jurors hosted by the Chapter: Inaki Alday, Chairman, Department of Architecture, University of Virginia; Thomas Beeby FAIA, former dean of the Yale School of Architecture, and Jaquelin Roberston FAIA, FAICP founding partner of Cooper, Roberston & Partners and also a former dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

The NAIOP – Maryland/DC award was an “Award of Merit – Best Renovation/Adaptive Re-use.” NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises 15,000 members in North America. NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy.

The ABC Metro Washington Chapter award was also an “Award of Merit.” Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry

Capella Georgetown features 48 guest rooms and suites to include 2 Presidential Suites, 6 Capella Suites, and 4 Georgetown Suites. The Grill Room and The Rye Bar at ground level open to the canal-side dining terrace, and a private rooftop deck featuring a plunge pool and lounge. The rooftop venue offers paramount views of some of Washington DC’s most iconic landmarks including the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center and Watergate Building. An executive boardroom and exclusive spa round out the amenities.

Significant effort was made in working with the National Parks Service to create a landscape which incorporates native plant species and enhances the visual scope of the development. The resulting landscape allows guests on property and passersby a pleasing visual field from the building to the canal.

For more information on this project please visit our website or www.capellahotels.com.

Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is an architecture, planning and interior design firm located in the metropolitan Washington area. Current assignments include the restoration work at Union Station in Washington, DC; a 600-bed residential life project for the University of the District of Columbia; and the Eilan mixed use development project in San Antonio, TX.

The firm is also a registered small business enterprise.

Further information on the firm can be found at the company’s website www.michaelwinstanley.com or by contacting Geri Turner at 703 519 8081 or gct@michaelwinstanley.com.

MWAP Completes Modernization of U S Navy “Top Gun” Test Pilot Facility

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce the completion of the two-year modernization of historic Hangar 110 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Cedar Point, Maryland.

It was one of the largest such structures built in the United States up to that point and is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The complex consists of two aircraft hangar bays flanked by offices and shops that support the Navy’s test pilot school. Still an active naval facility, the Hangar now serves to house an aeronautical menagerie of glider, propeller-driven and jet-powered aircraft of both fixed and rotary wing types. However, the most interesting part of its history are the graduates of the school that include illustrious alumni with “The Right Stuff”: Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and Walter Shirra among others.

Hangar 110 is located in the heart of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and was one of the first structures built at the base. It was built in 1942 with a new and relatively unproven type of construction. The innovative ZD-type concrete hangar was a poured-in-place, thin-shell concrete construction system poured over massive forms that were moved on rails. Based largely on the success of the construction at Pax River, this type of construction was published in a contemporary engineering journal and became a widely accepted construction technique. Construction was fast and the average construction time from beginning to end was just six months, seventeen days.

“Unlike the speed of the original construction, this was a long and complicated assignment; and I am very pleased with the final restoration of Hangar 110,” says George Eisenberger AIA LEED AP. “During the project we often spoke about all the interesting people that have used the hangar over the years.”

Patuxent Naval Air Station was established in 1941 spurred predominantly by events of WWII. A swift consolidation effort replaced farming operations at Cedar Point with flight test operations resulting in the establishment of “The most needed station in the Navy,” according to Rear Admiral John S. McCain then chief of the Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics – a transition that took place within a year of ground-breaking.

Among some of the tasks involved was the reconstruction of the roadside lean-to façade with new historically-correct fenestration that also meets current antiterrorism/force protection requirements; roof replacement; renovations of the interiors of the shops and offices; renovation of the hangar interiors to include new flooring, overhead heating, lighting and fire protection systems; and, most significantly, retrofitting a new trenched foam fire protection system for the high-value aircraft housed within.

Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is an architecture, planning and interior design firm located in the metropolitan Washington area. Current assignments for the firm include the restoration work at Union Station in Washington, DC; a 350-bed residence hall at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY; the new headquarters for the Helicopter Association International in Alexandria, VA; and the firm has just completed the new 6-star Capella Hotel in Georgetown.

The firm is also a registered small business enterprise.
Photos – jessicamarcotte.com
Further information on the firm can be found at the company’s website www.michaelwinstanley.com or by contacting Geri Turner at 703 519 8081 or gct@michaelwinstanley.com.

MWAP Selected to Renovate Historic Mullins Hall Complex by James Gamble Rogers

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will adopt “Residential College” System for Boyce College

Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners was selected as the architect for the first phase of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) master plan in Louisville, Kentucky, including the restoration of the historic Mullins Hall Complex.  Mullins Hall Complex is approximately 125,000 square feet and when completed will create a “Residential College” nested in the predominantly Graduate level Seminary.  The final building will house 350 beds, student lounges, the Boyce College administration, faculty offices and meeting space. The project is expected to be completed by July, 2014.

The historic importance of Mullins Hall is founded in the lineage of this building in the career of James Gamble Rogers.  The building represents one of the purest examples of Roger’s interest in the Collegiate Georgian style which allowed Rogers in the 1920s to connect these emerging large-scale institutional university buildings to the cultural precedent of smaller scale American structures.  The style combined elements of ecclesiastical, industrial, institutional and domestic precedents.  While it maintained the picturesque compositions of its counterpoint style Collegiate Gothic, Roger’s Collegiate Georgian buildings were simpler, modern in appearance with larger repetitive windows.

“The relocation of Boyce College into Mullins Hall will restore both the building fabric and the original use of the building and at the same time creates a building that will facilitate both recruitment and retention for the College,” says Leejung Hong, LEED AP, Team Leader for the project at MWAP. “The simplicity of Rogers’ building has allowed us the flexibility to implement a new modern residential life program to complete the Residential College model.”

MWAP was the master planner for the SBTS which was completed earlier in the year.  Mullins Hall Complex is one of several buildings by James Gamble Rogers on the Olmstead designed campus.  Other plans for improvement on the campus include the creation of a new loop road, the renovation of the Centennial Library and future expansion of Boyce College into a new western quadrangle.

Provincetown Residence Published by Architectural Digest

One of Twelve Residences Worldwide Highlighted in “Ravishing Vacation Rentals” Article

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that their Provincetown Residence has been published by Architectural Digest.  The article “Ravishing Vacation Rentals” highlights twelve residences worldwide that offer “exquisite architecture and interiors.”

The 3,000 sf wood frame residence was designed to evoke the historical memory of Provincetown Harbor, whose shorelines once boasted hundreds of piers jutting into the water, through the expression of the wood pier structure of the house.  The massing on the second floor is set back reminiscent of the industrial fish and storage sheds that sat on top of the piers.  The materials are predominately wood and copper sheet metal with stainless steel cables and couplings that are detailed with a nod toward the boat building industry that so dominated the fishing village at the turn of the century.

“We are very happy that our work was recognized by Architectural Digest,”  says Michael Winstanley AIA AICP.  “It was really a thrill that our residence was included to be part of this group of exceptional properties from around the world.”

The Provincetown Residence won a national design award from the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA).  The Design Award of Honor was announced at SARA’s 55th Annual National Conference in San Diego, CA, late in 2011.

The Provincetown Residence also boasts numerous environmental attributes.  The south façade is predominantly glass and capitalizing on the passive solar gains in the winter while shaded by the second story sunshade in the summer.  Additional energy conservation design considerations include natural daylighting and natural ventilation.  The pier structure, much like its precedent, allows tidal surges, windblown sand and natural vegetation to migrate under and around the house without disturbing the natural ebb and flow of these systems.

Master Plan of Historic Campus by James Gamble Rogers and Olmsted Brothers

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to Restore Both Buildings and Campus Landscape

 

Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners (MWAP) is pleased to announce the completion of the master plan for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville, Kentucky.  The final master plan outlines a plan to reconstitute an historic core on the 90-year-old campus focusing on the restoration of the Mullins Hall Complex, the Centennial Library, and a new entrance and quadrangle to the west.

The 73-acre campus is historically significant by its origin as one of the earliest campus plans by James Gamble Rogers and the Olmsted Brothers in the early 1920s.  James Gamble Rogers was the architect of numerous important buildings including the main campus at Yale University and other university structures at Columbia University and Northwestern University.  At SBTS his work includes Norton Hall and Mullins Hall Complex, both collegiate colonial styled buildings that set the direction in American academic planning for the next century and heavily influenced his work at Yale University.

The master plan envisions a reconstituted campus circled by a new campus loop road.  Boyce College, a small college nested in the Seminary, will be relocated into the historic Mullins Hall Complex and create a new living and learning environment reminiscent of the system of residential colleges at prestigious academic institutions.  The Seminary hopes to double the size of the College in the next ten years and will provide additional residence halls for undergraduates in the new western quadrangle.

Additional plans call for the renovation of Centennial Library built in 1959.  The 100,000 square foot facility will shed its collections to remote storage facilities and convert the structure to a new Learning Center that will house student and faculty support space and integrate new technologies with pedagogical approaches and social media communication.  The master plan also included recommendations to restore the Olmsted Brother’s landscape work and implement a tree replacement program to assure the campus historical landscape continuity.

“Our whole approach to this project was to first protect and restore the historic fabric and site and then show the Seminary a path to modernize the campus” says Michael Winstanley AIA AICP, Design Principal for the assignment.  “The Seminary has been a terrific client in recognizing the historic importance of the Rogers and Olmstead plan and the importance of stewardship of this important cultural resource.  We were honored to be a part of the restoration and modernization.”

MWAP was assisted during the master plan process by The Education Alliance of Natick, MA.  The Education Alliance provided strategic academic consulting to the Seminary as part of the master plan development.

Helicopter Association International Headquarters Commences Construction

Original architect for the building guides new building owners in creating international
headquarters offices.

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. George Eisenberger, AIA LEED AP, – Principal at Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners (MWAP) is pleased to announce the completion of design and commencement of construction for the new two-story, 32,000 SF headquarters of the Helicopter Association International (HAI) at 1920 Ballenger Avenue in Alexandria, VA.  Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners has provided full interior design services, including FF&E, for this signature project.  Rand Construction has been selected as the General Contractor.  The project is expected to be completed by March, 2013.

HAI purchased this 4-story building from LCOR earlier in 2012.  Mr. Eisenberger was previously the architect for this base-building design along with a companion building in the heart of the Carlyle Complex, adjacent to the Patent and Trademark Headquarters.  With the current owners, MWAP is continuing this relationship by providing leasing support for the street-level and second floors.

“There are not that many times in one’s career that you get the chance to design the entire building.”  Says George Eisenberger, AIA, LEED AP.   “We are grateful to HAI for their selection of our firm to design their headquarters.  HAI has been a great client with a very clear vision of what they wanted in their new space and the building.  We look forward to working with HAI representing their interests in leasing out the balance of the building.”

Provincetown Residence Wins National Design Award

Residence in Provincetown Evokes Historical Past of Piers and the Town’s Boat Building Past

OLD TOWN, ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that they have won a second national design award from the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) for their Private Residence in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  The Design Award of Honor was announced at SARA’s 55th Annual National Conference in San Diego, CA, late in 2011.  This was the firm’s second award from SARA at the event.  The first award was a Design Award of Recognition for 107 North West Street in Alexandria, VA; the firm’s offices.

The 3,000 sf wood frame residence was designed to evoke the historical memory of Provincetown Harbor, whose shorelines once boasted hundreds of piers jutting into the water, through the expression of the wood pier structure of the house.  The massing on the second floor is set back reminiscent of the industrial fish and storage sheds that sat on top of the piers.  The materials are predominately wood and copper sheet metal with stainless steel cables and couplings that are detailed with a nod toward the boat building industry that so dominated the fishing village at the turn of the century.

“We are very happy to be recognized by SARA with this design award and even happier that it was our second award,” says Michael Winstanley AIA AICP.  “The Provincetown residence was a great platform for us to express our design ideas.”

The Provincetown Residence also boasts numerous environmental attributes.  The south façade is predominantly glass and capitalizing on the passive solar gains in the winter while shaded by the second story sunshade in the summer.  Additional energy conservation design considerations include natural daylighting and natural ventilation.  The pier structure, much like its precedent, allows tidal surges, windblown sand and natural vegetation to migrate under and around the house without disturbing the natural ebb and flow of these systems.

The Society of American Registered Architects was formed in 1956 in Atlanta Georgia by Wilfred J. Gregson and is open to anyone who carries an architectural license.  The Credo for the organization is “Architect Helping Architect.”

 

Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners Studio Wins National Design Award

Design Reflects Firm’s Commitment to Multi-Discipline Methodology

 

Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners is pleased to announce that they have won a national design award from the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) for their studio at 107 N. West Street in Alexandria, Virginia. The Design Award of Recognition was announced at SARA’s 55th Annual National Conference in San Diego, CA, late in 2011. The firm won two awards from SARA at the event. The first award was a Design Award of Recognition for the Provincetown Residence in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The renovation of the semi-abandoned warehouse was designed to accommodate the architecture and design firm along with a commercial photography studio. In addition to being unusually sited on an alley and fire lane, having a footprint of 4,350 SF, 19-foot ceilings and a clear span of approximately 40 feet presented many challenges – poor daylight exposure, lack of insulation, restricted air circulation, and the need for a raised floor over the slab to house data and power sources.

“We are very happy to be recognized by SARA with this design award,” says Michael Winstanley AIA AICP. “The existing building actually lent itself quite well to our vision for both the open architecture studio and the photography studio.”

Our renovation of the building, with its new windows, has improved the neighborhood through its presence – and its “eyes” – on the alley. Neighbors have applauded this improvement and stressed how it has contributed to the safety of the community. The preservation of the building also contributes to the unique, historic fabric of Old Town.

The Society of American Registered Architects was formed in 1956 in Atlanta Georgia by Wilfred J. Gregson as is open to anyone who carries an architectural license. The Credo for the organization is “Architect Helping Architect.”