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Commonwealth Architects wins Virginia’s highest architecture award

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Commonwealth Architects in Richmond is the 2011 winner of the T. David Fitz-Gibbon award. The highest honor bestowed by the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects to a Virginia-based firm, it recognizes a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. Only one award is bestowed each year. It will be presented at the Virginia AIA’s Visions for Architecture gala at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on November 4.

Commonwealth Architects has built its practice around a mission of “Rebuilding Community.” The firm’s projects range from a high-tech medical research facility (Virginia Commonwealth University’s Molecular Medicine Building) to the transformation of the historic Chamberlin Hotel at Fort Monroe into a continuous-care, senior-living community.

Through the use of state and federal historic investment tax credits for many of its projects, Commonwealth Architects has worked with clients to transform existing buildings throughout the region for new uses. Two award-winning rehabilitation projects in Richmond include the conversion of the former Miller & Rhoads Department Store into a mixed-use project featuring a Hilton Garden Inn and the reuse of a former locomotive manufacturing warehouse into Movieland at Boulevard Square.

In addition to its architecture, the firm also was commended for its commitment to community, with members providing years of service to the city of Richmond on various boards and commissions
Established in 1999, Commonwealth Architects serves clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

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