Volume 11, No. 9 - September 22, 2017
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

The Travilah Fire Station, by Dewberry (more info)
In This Issue

Annual Meeting 2017

Newly Licensed Party

Alexandria Renew Tour

Self-Powered Homes

Featured Project: The Travilah
    Fire Station


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42nd Annual Chapter Meeting, Elections and Honors Celebration
October 17, 6:30p
WoodWorksPlease join us for our 42nd annual Chapter Meeting. Besides offering a wonderful opportunity to mingle with friends and enjoy a delicious dinner, this event serves two important functions - voting for 2018 Chapter leadership and honoring the service and achievements of our colleagues as we present our Honor Awards.

We are gathering at Clyde's Willow Creek Farm (Broadlands, Virginia), in the Chandler Bar & Barn. Guests will enjoy a three-course fall feast. Tickets are $75 with a reduced rate of $40 for AIA Northern Virginia Chapter members who are recent graduates, newly licensed architects (within the past 2 years) or are currently candidates for licensure. Please visit our Annual Meeting site for menu selections, directions and reservations.

Election information, including candidate biographies and information on mail-in ballots, will be published in the next issue of AIA Northern Virginia News.

Celebration of Newly Licensed Architects & Firm Tour of Stantec

The Young Architects Forum invites you to a celebration of our newly licensed architects on October 10. Stantec is graciously hosting this event and is offering a tour of their new office space. Please join us in congratulating our new architects. Details and reservations are available here.

Women's Leadership Summit Reception

We welcomed over 400 guests to the Women's Leadership Summit at the opening reception at AIA Headquarters on September 14. Thank you to all the Virginia and Maryland components, staff at AIA and all our sponsors for helping us with this event. Watch for details and more photos in AIA Northern Virginia News.

Photography © Susy Munguia, Associate AIA

Alexandria Renew Enterprises Tour on September 27

You may have visited AlexRenew's Environmental Center for our Design Awards Celebration in June, but this tour not only includes the headquarters building, but the adjacent water resource recovery facility. Designed by Rust | Orling Architecture, the Environmental Center is a sustainable building seeking LEED® Platinum certification and featuring natural daylight, vertical sun shades, photovoltaics and, of course, reclaimed water use. The adjacent advanced water resource recovery facility is a public utility that makes dirty water clean again. Participants will tour this award-winning facility to learn about ongoing improvements to make better water and boost sustainable operations. Reservations required by noon on September 25.

Washington GasTechnology and Design for Self-Powered Homes

Our CRAN Committee has teamed up with Tesla to offer a workshop on the latest design and technology for high efficiency self-powered homes. The workshop will provide detailed information on how to incorporate home energy technologies into the design of both new and existing homes, including electric vehicle charging stations, home energy storage, solar panels and solar roofing tiles, and energy monitoring applications and advanced thermostats. This event takes place on October 12 at the Tesla Showroom in Washington, DC. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Women in Architecture Organize a Session: How to Win Work

Join WIA for an intimate, inspiring and informative conversation with Barbara Mullenex, AIA of Perkins Eastman on How to Win Work. Barbara is an innovative leader known for her contribution to the architecture and interior design profession. From large, complex projects to the most intimately scaled spaces, she brings clarity of vision, consistency of intent and focus on purpose. This evening event takes place on October 18. Reserve your place today.

Young Architects Forum Regional Director (YARD) Applications Open

Ames & GoughAre you an AIA member interested in the issues confronting young architects? Would you like to help the Young Architects Forum (YAF) address these issues? Then, you may be just the person we're looking for.

Every two years, the AIA Region of The Virginias (Virginia and West Virginia) selects an AIA member licensed for less than 10 years to represent the Region as YAF Regional Director (YARD). Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 YARD term. This is a tremendous opportunity to take on a larger leadership role within the AIA and to enjoy a rewarding experience that allows you to actively engage in shaping the future of the profession as well as to grow your network within the AIA locally, state-wide, regionally and nationally. Applications are due October 2.

Alexandria Offers Free Code Training

The Alexandria Department of Code Administration is offering a free training course and is inviting local architects to participate. 2012 IBC Accessibility and Usability for Commercial Buildings will be offered on October 19, from 8:00a-3:30p at the Lee Center Auditorium in Alexandria. While the course is offered free of charge, advance registration is required by October 13. Details are available on our calendar.

Awards and Opportunities

October 2YAF Regional Director (YARD) Applications Open
Due October 6AIA National Honors
Due October 6I Look Up Film Challenge
Due October 9Call for 2018 National Committee Nominations
Due October 13AIA Honors: Fellowship, Honorary Fellowship, and Honorary Membership
Due October 172018 RIBA International Prize
Refer a new AIA member for a chance to win a $100 gift card

Design News
Job Board

As a benefit to our members, we maintain a Job Board of local postings. Pay us a visit for new postings from: HG Architects, RRMM Lukmire Architects, Little, Muse Architects, Arlington County Government, Cunningham | Quill Architects, Clites Architects.

Featured Project

The Travilah Fire Station
Rockville, Maryland

Photography © Eric Taylor Photography

 The Travilah Fire Station is a 26,554 SF, four-bay, single-story building that includes an apparatus bay and support spaces, living and sleeping quarters for the firefighters, and a battalion command suite. The building's exterior form is organized below a sweeping curvilinear wave-shaped roof. Immediately below this large roof structure is a glass curtain wall clerestory which provides natural light to the apparatus bay and the building interior.

Spaces are arranged to provide a functional and efficient layout with appropriate space adjacencies to minimize firefighters' response time to the apparatus bays. Way finding is improved through the use of daylight harvesting techniques which also promote overall well-being of the residents. The sleeping rooms are separated from the apparatus bays and day spaces to minimize noise intrusion. An open plan kitchen and dining space promote ease of circulation and a sense of community. Support areas are in close proximity to the apparatus bays which are designed with an acoustical deck to improve the users’ work environment.

Several sustainable design elements were incorporated towards a green building design and a goal of LEED® Silver Certification, including: environmentally sensitive design to treat and reduce storm water run-off prior to its discharge off-site, a high performance HVAC system, extensive use of clerestory windows to harvest natural light, day lighting controls, an energy efficient building envelope, low-flow plumbing fixtures, non-toxic, low VOC materials, and highly durable materials, manufactured and harvested locally with recycled content. The final design is a high-performing sustainable building that sets the tone for development in the future.



2 | WIA Committee Meeting
     6:00p, Washington [info]

3-5 | DesignDC
     Washington [info]

10 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Arlington. [info]

10 | Celebration of Newly Licensed Architects + Firm Tour of Stantec
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

12 | Technology and Design for Self-Powered Homes
     4:30p, Washington. [info]

17 | Annual Chapter Meeting, Elections and Honors
     6:30p, Broadlands. [info]

18 | How to Win Work
     6:00p, Washington. [info]

18 | DC Sustainability Summit
     8:00a, Tysons. [info]

19 | 2012 IBC Accessibility and Usability for Commercial Buildings
     8:00a, Alexandria. [info]

25 | WIA Happy Hour
     6:00p, Mosaic District. [info]

27 | Canstruction Build-Out Night
     5:00p, National Airport. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  November 1-3 - Architecture Exchange East
  November 14 - WIA Happy Hour
  November 20 - Dress for Success Clothing Drive Begins

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 1101 Duke Street, Alexandria 22314.