Volume 10, No. 1 - February 8, 2016
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Cole & Denny Architects
Brault Building Expansion, by Cole & Denny Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Our Newest Fellow

Open House Tomorrow!

Floodplain Design

Thin Porcelain

Featured Project: Elk Run Ridge


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Congratulations to our New Fellow - Ann R. Kosmal, FAIA
Ann is a nationally recognized leader in climate adaptation for sites and facilities. As a public servant and visionary, she leads this effort for the largest civilian real estate portfolio, that of the U.S. General Services Administration. Watch for detailed information in our March/April newsletter.

 Join Us for Tomorrow Night's Open House

This Tuesday, February 9, 6:00-8:00p, at the Chapter House, 205 S Patrick Street. Join the fun and celebrate Mardi Gras with us at our annual Open House, featuring food from Southside, King Cake and our Chapter House Hurricanes.

This event is free and reservations are not necessary. Snow date, if necessary, is February 16. Additional information is available from the website here.

Editor's Note: The invitation and previous articles always referred to "Debbie's Famous Hurricanes," but I have come to learn that Debbie and Lorin make them together, and that in fact this year they are being made by Lorin alone!

Small Firms Roundtable Hosts Floodplain Design, Construction and Impacts on Flood Insurance

February 19, 12:00-1:00p, at the Chapter House. This course, presented by Smart Vent Products, Inc., analyzes the role of building compliance in lowering flood insurance rates and what mitigation solutions are available to existing structures. This event is free to attend and offers 1 HSW LU and a pizza lunch. Additional information and reservations are available here.

Capital Area CRAN - Thin Porcelain
 February 24, 6:00-8:00p, at Mosaic Tile – Home Interiors Design Center, 821 South Pickett Street, Alexandria, VA 22304. Organized by AIA Northern Virginia CRAN, this session will provide in depth information required for successfully specifying Thin Porcelain as a material finish, including information on current codes and regulations. 1 HSW LU. Refreshments provided by Mosaic Tile. Free to attend, but reservations are required here.

ARE Prep Series Continues
ARE review sessions continue, with continuing education credits offered for all classes. We are again organizing weekend review sessions for Building Systems, with Michael Ermann, and Structural Systems with David Thaddeus, AIA. These popular sessions fill quickly, so be sure to register soon.

Remaining ARE classes include:
February 17 - Supplemental Course: Architectural History I
February 20 - Programming, Planning + Practice + Vignette
February 24 - Supplemental Course: Architectural History II
March 2 - Supplemental Course: Acoustics
March 11-13 – Building Systems
March 19 - Site Planning + Design + Vignettes
April 2 - Building Design + Construction Systems + Vignette
April 8-10 – Structural Systems
April 30 - Schematic Design + Vignettes
May 4 - Life After Exams: Licensing + Professional Development

New Research Unveils the Work and Lives of Early Women of Architecture in Maryland
Women in Maryland have been practicing architecture for over 80 years, yet little is known about their lives or their contributions to the profession. The Women in Architecture Committee of AIABaltimore, in collaboration with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Morgan State University,  embarked on a project to assemble the stories of these early women, which are now showcased in a travelling exhibit called Early Women of Architecture in Maryland, currently on view at the Kibel Gallery at the University of Maryland in College Park until May 22.

Upcoming related programs:
Panel Discussion: "Ms. Mod" - Women's Mid-Century Modernism in Maryland [register]
February 17, 5:00-6:30p, at the School of Architecture Lecture Hall, University of Maryland.

Presentation The Making of an Exhibit – Early Women of Architecture in Maryland [register]
March 3, 6:30-8:00p, at the Kibel Gallery, School of Architecture, University of Maryland.

Design Forum XII Registration Open - Transformation: The Turning Point - April 1-2 in Norfolk
 This year's Design Forum focuses on how the locale, diverse community and geography present a compelling opportunity to explore Design Transformation - how design itself is transformed in the wake of a changing climate and, equally important, how meaningful changes are enacted by design. 7.5 HSW LUs. Save money by registering before Friday, 5:00p, February 26.

AIA Convention 2016 - May 19-21 in Philadelphia
Convention 2016There are more than 500 career-changing workshops, seminars, tours and events led by visionaries, industry leaders, grassroots champions and rising stars.

  • Early bird rates through March 23
  • Free registration for new AIA members
  • Young professionals save an additional 30%
  • Students get in for $25
Registration Now Open

Awards and Opportunities

Due February 12AIA Small Project Practitioners Pop-Up Project: "Tactical Urbanism - Creating Place"
Due February 16DesignDC 2016: From the Ground Up
Due November 22AIA|DC Unbuilt Awards
Due March 14Academy of Architecture for Health Healthcare Design Awards
Register by March 30Preservation as Provocation Design Competition for Farnsworth House Visitor Center.
   Submissions due May 11.
AIA Digital Transformation Features and Functionality Tester Survey

Featured Project

Brault Building Expansion and Renovation
Cole & Denny Architects
Annandale, VA

 Cole & Denny Architects designed the renovation and expansion of the administrative headquarters of Northern Virginia Community College - the second largest community college in the country.

First built in 1982, the original three-story, 29,000sf masonry building no longer adequately served the needs of the rapidly growing institution. A 21,000sf addition, coupled with complete renovation of the original building, provides contemporary, executive work space, as well as expanded meeting facilities and parking.  The 50,000sf building is home to the college's president, senior vice presidents, the administrative staff and conference and executive operations centers utilized by all campuses.

The design employs an extensive glass curtain wall, which converts the original masonry building into a welcoming symbol of transparency and accessibility. A trellis supporting climbing vines marks the new front entrance, which reorients the transformed facility toward the academic center of the campus.

The project is designed to achieve LEED®-Silver certification.

Photography © Boris Feldblyum



9 | Annual Chapter Open House
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

10 | Accessibility - ARE Supplemental Course
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

12 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
     Noon, Alexandria. [info]

16 | DesignDC Proposals Due [info]

17 | 360 Mentoring General Session
     6:15p, Arlington. [info]

17 | Women in Architetcture Happy Hour
     6:30p, Location TBD. [info]

17 | Architectural History I - ARE Supplemental Course
     6:30p, DC. [info]

18 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Alexandria. [info]

19 | Floodplain Design, Construction, and Impacts on Flood Insurance
     noon, Alexandria. [info]

20 | ARE - Programming, Planning + Practice + Vignette
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

24 | Architectural History II - ARE Supplemental Course
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

24 | Thin Porcelain - Capital Area CRAN
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

25 | Young Architects Forum Happy Hour
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  March 2 - Acoustics - ARE Supplemental Course
  March 3 - Young Architects Forum Planning Meeting
  March 7 - Women in Architecture Committee Meeting

AIA Northern Virginia Calendar  |  AIA|DC Calendar  |  AIA Potomac Valley Calendar  |  AIA Virginia Calendar  |  Branch Museum Calendar

For additional information on any of these events, please contact the Chapter House at (703) 549-9747 or aianova@aianova.org. The Chapter House is located at 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314.