Virtual Construction

DAA Project Profiled by Virginia Business

The East End Theater redevelopment project continues to get noticed! As we’ve mentioned previously on the blog, DAA Virtual Construction took on the renovation of the East End Theater in Richmond’s historical Church Hill neighborhood in 2015. The project utilized cutting-edge scanning and BIM technology and incorporated a number of innovative engineering techniques. Our work was recognized by ACEC Virginia with this year’s Pinnacle Award for the state’s top engineering project! The good news keeps coming as Virginia Business recently profiled the East End Theater redevelopment. The magazine noted that DAA faced a number of challenges on the theater renovation, including designing the second and third floors to be self-supporting, adding new foundational support to the building and incorporating an addition that would connect to the original theater, all while retaining the theatre’s original shell and character. Read the full story from Virginia Business, including insights from the developer and DAA’s Les...

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A Major Award!

The holidays are here and so is award season. We’re pleased to announce we are the winners of an ACEC Virginia 2016 Grand Award and in the running for the national prize! This past year, DAA Virtual Construction took on the renovation of the East End Theater in Richmond’s historical Church Hill neighborhood. The starting condition of the theater was extremely dilapidated, including a missing roof and plants growing throughout. With no documentation on the building, this was the perfect candidate to use scanning and BIM technology provided in-house by DAA. The project has also been recognized by ULI (Urban Land Institute) of Virginia, who gave it their 2015 Vision Award for Best Renovation or Adaptive Reuse. We’re extremely proud of the finished project and to be recognized for its success. We expect our leg lamp in the mail any day now. Read the more at

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3D Laser Scan: Virginia Tech’s Indoor Practice Facility

[metaslider id=3818] Last week, Bob Bonk (DAA-Richmond) performed a complete indoor and outdoor 3D scan of the brand new Virginia Tech Indoor Practice Facility. Using point butt technology, the 3D scan created a true-scale 3D record of the existing conditions of the new facility. This scan will allow Virginia Tech to access 100% accurate data regarding the facility--information that can be used in future planning, creating a 3D model for BIM purposes, and even determining how to move large equipment or materials in and out of the building. In less than 12 months, HKS Architects and WM Jordan, along with Draper Aden Associates, broke ground and completed the soaring, state-of-the-art practice facility. With over 92,000 square feet of turf, and a ceiling more than 100 feet tall, it's the largest practice facility of its kind and is one that will allow not just the Hokies football team to practice in all kinds...

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