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New Immanuel Chapel Receives Craftsmanship Awards


Media Contact: Curtis Prather
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Email: cprather@vts.edu 

Alexandria, Va.- Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announced this week that construction on the new Immanuel Chapel has been honored with two Craftsmanship Awards from the Washington Building Congress (WBC): one in the plaster finishes category and one for the project's architectural millwork.

"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, Ph.D., 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. Winners will be honored at an award banquet on Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC. Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) Partners Robert A.M. Stern and Grant Marani led the design. The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. of Greenbelt, Maryland, are leading the construction of the project.

The 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 will serve 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, 2015, with the consecration planned for October 13, 2015.


Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship Seminary of the Episcopal Church. One of our first benefactors was Francis Scott Key whose poem provides the text for our national anthem. In the 191 years since being established, VTS 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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