Commonwealth Architects

Virginia Press Association

Glen Allen, VA
Size: 12,000 SF
Services: ArchitectureInterior Design

This 12,000 square foot, single story headquarters building for the Virginia Press Association is intended to serve as both an administrative office and a conference center for an association of local, Virginia-based newspapers.

The building includes a central atrium, which serves as a central gathering place for persons attending meetings in any one of four meeting rooms. This large central lobby also serves as a central spine through the depth of the building, which is open and lit by natural daylight, and helps orient visitors toward the various meeting rooms.

Two of the rooms may be combined to form one large space, through a movable wall. Meeting rooms can accommodate groups ranging from 50 to over 200 persons. The exterior skin is brick and stucco, with a metal standing-seam and single ply roof.

Unlike many suburban office developments, parking is located in the back or the building instead of the front, so the large outdoor terrace located in the front of the building which is accessed from the central lobby, the meeting rooms, and the office wing looks out to a landscaped lawn which separates the building from the street.

Though located in a recently developed area, the building’s style is intended to draw influences from traditional Virginia architectural styles.

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