A new planned urban development known as The Carlyle, on the western edge of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, includes a number of prominent buildings. Cooper Carry's contribution to the development is The Westin Alexandria and Jamieson Condominiums, a 16-story mixed-use building consisting of a 315-key hotel, 79 condo units, a feature restaurant, and ground-level retail. I served as the primary design team contact on the project from the beginning to the end of its construction, a three-year undertaking. During this time I responded to RFIs, reviewed submittals, performed weekly site visits, coordinated our consultants' efforts, and closed out the project. The work was instructive in that it required consistency, patience, and creativity in the midst of a process that was often complicated and fraught with conflict. I developed a deep appreciation for the enormity of effort needed to produce a satisfying end product.