Olde Red General Contracting Recognized for Creation of Inviting Community Hub

Luxury homes and river views are certainly selling points at Potomac Shores, a transit-oriented, town center style development in Dumfries, VA.  But it is the community’s 13,000 square-foot recreational complex that is making headlines. Most recently, the project was featured in Builder magazine and “Heavy Timber Structures: Creating Comfort in Public Spaces,” a book highlighting projects where elements such as exposed beams are prominently featured to great effect.  

Outdoor features include nature trails, yoga garden, golf course, competition pool, a recreational pool and a greenhouse. In the center of it all, a Social Barn and Fitness Barn offer residents a wealth of additional amenities.  Developer SunCal brought in Olde Red General Contracting to oversee the project, which sought to connect residents to the beauty of their riverfront community, while also providing inviting indoor gathering spaces and activities.  

“Everyone here at Potomac Shores is very pleased with the Shores Club and the facilities it offers. Olde Red General Contracting carefully executed the Club’s Virginia Tidewater architectural design,” said Potomac Shores Project Manager Andrew Wagner. “The Shores Club regularly hosts for our residents a variety of fitness programs, cooking events, social celebrations and gardening. It’s definitely a popular place to be.”

“Olde Red prides itself on working closely with developers and architects to ensure open communication. This collaboration ensures that the vision for the project is reflected in the final results,” said Olde Red CEO Bill Daffan.  

As part of its “Gathering Spots” story, Builder dedicated a two-page spread to the Shores Club, lauding its design and creation of a community hub, a popular development trend. “Heavy Timbers” noted that the barns, Market Pavilion and Pool Pavilion all contain heavy timber construction, creating a sense of warmth and adding to the indoor/outdoor flow of the buildings.  

Social Barn features include a demonstration kitchen, fireplace and cozy gathering spots with a 1,000 square foot community space that can be used for events or relaxing with neighbors. When residents are feeling more active, they can head to the Fitness Barn for a movement studio, gym, spin bikes and locker rooms.  

“As an attorney for homeowners associations, I have had the opportunity to explore communities throughout this region,” said Sheyna Burt, who recently purchased a home in Potomac Shores. “When the time came to select a neighborhood in which to build my family’s new home, the Shores Club sealed the deal for us. Nothing I have seen compares to the design quality and range of amenities here.”

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