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Construction Tour: Old Dominion Boat Club

Image Courtesy of Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners

Join AIA|DC and Michael Winstanley Architects & Planners for a tour of the first project being built as part of the Old Town Waterfront Master Plan.

The design of the Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) is meant to reflect the narrative of a significant and treasured past, present, and future of this location now highlighted by the ODBC’s own impressive history. In the early years this site was, in fact, in the river. The piers and decking for the front of the building illustrates 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 its legacy. And 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 purpose.

The tour will consist of showing the structural framing of the building (including MEP rough-ins) with exterior finishes mock ups. The framing will highlight the design negotiation of the retaining the historic structure of the Beachcombers' structure and the new addition. The exterior finishes mock-up will highlight the materiality of a 'boat' within the historic waterfront site context.


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how the new design reflects the history of the site;
  • Summarize how the Old Dominion Boat Club fits into the Old Town Waterfront Master Plan;
  • List the materials used in the design and describe their symbolic significance; and
  • Describe how the historic structure was saved from destruction in the new design.