That was ONE Amazing Celebration!

In case you missed it, we celebrated the opening of One Loudoun’s Welcome Center over Veterans Day weekend. And it certainly was one amazing celebration.

We started kicking things off on Friday with Private Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, and in the words of Potomac Development, One Loudoun’s retail venture partner, “We are open for business!”

A huge crowd listened closely as our speakers – who didn’t skip a beat – painted a beautiful picture of One Loudoun’s promising future.

Come Saturday, the community turned out by the hundreds for the Welcome Center grand opening.

Upon entering the tent, guests were greeted by an iPad giveaway, a mime, a caricature artist, a face painter, a One Loudoun photobooth, a DJ, Main Event Caterers’ out-of-this world mac n’ cheese, and The Chocolate Chick’s candy bar that was its own work of art.

Community renderings lined the pathway to tables from Cassidy Turley commercial real estate, retail broker Potomac Development Group and One Loudoun’s home builders, Camberley Homes and http://www.nvhomes.com/.

Make your way through the big tent and you arrive at One Loudoun’s Welcome Center, where guests learned their way around One Loudoun with our official site map and got a sense for the One Loudoun community with our virtual tour.

Missed the big weekend? The One Loudoun Welcome Center is ready and waiting for you to stop by and see for yourself. Open every day from 11 am – 5 pm.

So about those stacks of wood..

We’ve been teasing you over on Facebook with some pictures that look like this..

Pretty sure at this point you are wondering “What’s with the stacks of wood?” and, perhaps more importantly, ”What could this have to do with One Loudoun?”

Well, it all started when Miller & Smith’s Bill May found a barn, and with help of Allen Cochran, owner of Cochran’s Stone Masonry and Timberframing, put a plan into place.

So, what’s the big idea?

This beautiful, late 1800’s historic barn will become the center point and backdrop for One Loudoun’s Amphitheater – the perfect community gathering place in One Loudoun for concerts, open-air markets, special events, wine tastings, etc. Old Loudoun meets new Loudoun.

Here’s the crazy part: The barn actually has been disassembled (hence the stacks of wood) and will be reassembled at One Loudoun using all of the methods and materials of the original time period in which it was first built. That’s where Cochran’s Stone Masonry and Timberframing comes in.. he is one of only three historical restoration companies in the country. As Allen Cochran says, “not every old building is significant, we treat them as if they were.” Allen Cochran shares our value of historical treasures and green and sustainable building, and through his historically correct craftsman techniques and materials, he is helping us to bring these values to the center of One Loudoun.

Below is Allen Cochran and the model for the reconstructed barn.

With the help of Cochran’s Stone Masonry and Timberframing, architect Pat Barry, and structural engineer Rob Fling, we anticipate the Amphitheater at One Loudoun will be complete for spring/summer 2012. Stay tuned for pictures as the building process and this exciting story progresses.