Adapted from a Virginia Theological Seminary announcement

The Washington Building Congress has given two Craftsmanship Awards to the new Immanuel Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary: one for architectural millwork and the other for plaster finishes.

“These are awards that are actually given to the men and women who do the actual hard work of getting the plaster right or the millwork right,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of VTS. “We are proud of what has emerged; we are grateful to all those who did the day-to-day work on the project.”

The WBC Craftsmanship Awards recognize the outstanding skill and achievement of individual craftsmen in the local construction community. The jury reviewed 286 nominations in ten categories.

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Robert A.M. Stern Architects partners Robert A.M. Stern and Grant Marani led the design. Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. of Greenbelt, Maryland, led construction.

Immanuel Chapel replaces the historic 1881 Chapel, which served the VTS community and the City of Alexandria for 129 years, until it was destroyed in a fire in October 2010. The new chapel will be a flexible worship space that serves as a backdrop to a diverse range of liturgical purposes, from large-scale celebrations to intimate services, all supporting the seminary’s educational mission. The opening liturgy in the Immanuel Chapel is scheduled for February 12 and the consecration is set for October 13.

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