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Bicentennial Hall Lighting Design Recognized for Exceptional Construction and Display

Media Contact: Curtis Prather  
Tel: 703-461-1782  
Email: cprather@vts.edu 

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is honored to announce that the newly-renovated Bicentennial Hall was awarded Commendable Achievement at the 17th annual AL Light and Architecture Design Awards. Ten designs from the United States and the United Kingdom were recognized for their extraordinary conception and execution. 

“To come in and relight something that’s from 1855 and not intended to be internally illuminated this way is a difficult challenge,” said juror Dawn Hollingsworth.  

The interior lighting design team, which included Stroik Lighting Design, Bowie Gridley Architects, and RAM Design Studio, worked to enhance the historic, aesthetic, and functional aspects of Bicentennial Hall. Stroik developed a noninvasive lighting approach, using indirect light sources while providing uniform horizontal illumination. An integrated, building-wide dimming control system has enabled the space to have multiple lighting scenarios and occupancy sensors. Preset lighting schemes minimize energy use and keep the space user-friendly. The lighting design also highlights two panel carvings (one a reproduction) from the palace of Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II.  

“Bicentennial Hall has become an architectural and design marvel," said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president. “It is exciting to see this recognition for this remarkable space.” 

VTS’ Bicentennial Hall can be found on the VTS campus at 3737 Seminary Road in Alexandria, VA.  
Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at www.vts.edu. 
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