Diverse projects ranging from the newest, state-of-the-art data center to a cafe utilizing a 200-year-old home have been named winners in the 2018 Signatures of Loudoun architecture awards announced last week by Loudoun Economic Development.
The Signatures of Loudoun award winners are selected by the Loudoun County Design Cabinet, a volunteer group of architects, engineers, planners and designers dedicated to supporting quality design in Loudoun County.
The variety of categories and criteria rewarded projects as large as the newly opened, 245,000-square-foot RagingWire VA3 Data Center in Ashburn to Delirium Cafe, a cozy restaurant nestled on a corner in Leesburg in a home built around 1800.
“Companies showcase their identities in amazing ways in Loudoun,” LED Executive Director Buddy Rizer said. “For example, on their newest data center campus, RagingWire planted 1,000 trees and shrubs, including Red Maples, Honey Locusts and Crepe Myrtles. It’s one of several visually groundbreaking projects that continue to shape Loudoun as a unique environment.”
The Design Cabinet has judged the awards program since 2005. The community is invited to submit nominations each winter, and the projects are voted on by the cabinet and a group of students. This year’s winning projects include:
LEGENDS: The West End Wine Bar and Pub, Purcellville
MAKEOVER: Goodstone Inn and Restaurant Expansion, Middleburg
PUBLIC SPACES: Tippecanoe Lake Public Pollinator Garden, Ashburn Village
DETAILS: Discover the Charm Mural, Leesburg
DETAILS: Notaviva Star Window, Purcellville
FAMILIAR: Delirium Café, Leesburg
PACE SETTER: RagingWire Ashburn VA3 Data Center, Ashburn
INTERIOR: Sterling Library, Sterling
INFRASTRUCTURE: Trap Rock Water Treatment Facility, Leesburg
LIFETIME OF ACHIEVEMENT: Frank Raflo
The VA3 Data Center is RagingWire’s third data center in Ashburn, and the first building on RagingWire’s new Ashburn Data Center Campus. The center was opened in March, and the company welcomed the public last week to an open that included tours or the facility.
“It’s an honor to win this award and to contribute to the architectural beauty of Loudoun County,” RagingWire President and CEO Doug Adams said.
When it is finished, RagingWire’s 78-acre campus will contain seven data centers with a total of 108 megawatts of critical load and more than 1 million square feet of space on a highly secured location. Construction of the new Ashburn VA4 Data Center is underway on the Ashburn Data Center Campus and is expected to be completed in 2019.
“RagingWire’s stunning design for the VA3 Data Center has extended the company’s legacy of excellence in visual design, which we previously saw in its Signature of Loudoun Design award-winning Ashburn VA1 Data Center,” Loudoun County Design Cabinet Chairman Alan Hansen said.
In contrast, the new Sterling Library was recognized for involving the public in the meticulous details of the new site, which opens up space for plans to renovate and expand the Sterling Community Center. The new library incorporated some of their ideas in the form of specially designed maker space, co-working areas, jelly bean pods, Brody lounges, Solatube skylights and programmable LED lighting.
“Companies have two choices when they’re deciding on where to locate their business,” Rizer said. “They can choose a community that looks like a place where the company and their employees will fit in, or they can move into a community where they will blaze new trails. One way they communicate their decision is through architecture and landscaping.”
Frank Raflo, a fixture in Leesburg for decades who died in March, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award. Among his accomplishments, Raflo served as mayor of Leesburg, Chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors chairman and was a historian, retailer and journalist.