You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The real estate developers behind the Potomac Shores luxury community understand the importance of first impressions better than anyone. The five-star community in Dumfries, Virginia needed a sales center that mirrored the aesthetic of the luxury homes and resort facilities on the property. However, the quaint waterfront living enclave had to comply with local building requirements established by Prince William County officials. These regulations specified that a sales welcome center needed to be temporary. The county wanted the building taken down and removed upon completion of the community.
Potomac Shores turned to Williams Scotsman to construct a sales welcome center with exceptional curb appeal. Working with the customer’s design concept, Williams Scotsman constructed the sales welcome center using three 12' x 36' modular units. These units were specifically designed to allow site installation of pre-fabricated scissor trusses and a clerestory dormer-style roof system including porch roofs on three sides. Water, waste and electrical systems were all factory constructed and ready for finishing on site. Williams Scotsman provided Potomac Shores with full design drawings and engineering for the foundation, building, MEP systems, site installed roof system and all the materials and labor for site-constructed components.
The Welcome Center received rave reviews from the customer as well as community residents and potential buyers. The new building has a white picket fence perimeter on all three sides with an 885 square foot covered porch, adding to the buildings southern charm. Indistinguishable from a traditionally constructed facility, this upscale blueprint called for open space with cathedral ceilings, eight feet tall interior doorways, a cozy fireplace and entry doorways with transolm and side windows.
The sales welcome center includes a reception area, restrooms, and a mini café/kitchen with bar seating that creates a coffee shop atmosphere. The space has an abundance of natural daylight. The building’s exterior and interior features compliment the surrounding upscale style of the luxury homes on site.
In this example, modular building was the only viable option for the project. Although temporary, the sales welcome center boasts design elements most commonly seen in traditionally constructed buildings. You can explore more of the building’s interior here.