Volume 5, No. 9 - September 23, 2011
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Davis Carter Scott Design
1812 N Moore Street, by Davis Carter Scott Design (more info)
In This Issue

36th Annual Chapter Dinner

Alexandria Police HQ Tour

In Practice...

Featured Project: 1812 N Moore Street


Visit the AIANOVA Website

October 18...
36th Annual Chapter Dinner, Honors Celebration + Elections

The dinner, at La Tasca in Arlington, offers a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and features a cocktail hour, a large selection of tapas and, thanks to our Sangria Sponsor GPI / Greeman-Pedersen, Inc., a sampling of traditional red and white sangria during dinner. An important function of this dinner is to elect our 2012 officers and directors and vote on two proposed bylaws changes. Your attendance is important to the election and governing process of the Chapter. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of our Honor Awards recognizing the achievements and service of several Chapter members.

Invitations will be e-mailed shortly and we ask that you RSVP by October 14. Information on the elections and proposed bylaws changes is available in our September/October newsletter and additional information on the event can be found here.

Tour the New Alexandria Police Headquarters Building
 September 29, 6:00-7:00p

AIA Northern Virginia and the City of Alexandria are offering a tour of the new Alexandria Police Headquarters, designed by HDR/PSA-Dewberry. The Construction Manager for the building is the Whiting Turner Contracting Company.

This new 124,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art headquarters will consolidate the services of three facilities into one central location for approximately 500 law enforcement personnel. The four-story building, with spaces arranged around a public atrium, is nearing completion and is targeting LEED® Gold certification. The tour provides 1 AIA/CES HSW/SD learning unit and is offered free of charge. Additional information is available here.
In Practice...
Installment Plan Available for 2012 Dues
As a result of a 2010 Convention resolution, beginning in the 2012 membership year the Membership Dues Installment Program will be open to all Architect, Associate and International Associate members. The program is designed to allow members to pay their dues over a period of up to 6 months from October 2011, when invoices will be sent, through April 2012 to reduce the financial burden of paying dues in one lump sum. Details will be provided with your membership invoice.

New Member Benefit: AIA Discount for USGBC Publications + Webinars
The AIA and USGBC have entered into an agreement giving AIA members a 15% discount on select USGBC publications and webinars. This is in addition to the USGBC member rate, so AIA members who are already USGBC members receive an extra discount on top of their USGBC discount. To claim the discount, members need to enter “AIAGREEN” during webinar registration or bookstore checkout. To view a list of webinars and publications that are eligible for AIA discount, click here.

ELA Program Now Accepting Applications
Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA), an Honors Academy of Virginia Society AIA, started two years ago to help develop future leaders in the profession. Over the course of a year, participants attend seminars focusing on leadership skills and work collaboratively on a class project. The program seeks applicants from three categories: Chapter Nominees, Student Nominees and Open Applications. While the program application deadline is November 10, all those interested in being considered for Chapter Nomination must submit a draft of their application by October 3. Additional information can be found here.

DESIGNArlington'11 Call for Entries
Arlington County announces the DESIGNArlington'11 awards program to recognize and encourage design excellence in Arlington's built environment. Distinctive architectural, public art and landscape projects completed within the past five years may be eligible. The county has transitioned to digital submittals. If you submitted a project to the 2011 AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards and checked the box for the Arlington awards program, your project will be automatically submitted. Program submissions are due October 28, 2011. For complete details, visit the DESIGNArlington webpage.

National Mall Design Competition
The National Mall is our country's most visited national park and the National Park Service's National Mall Plan calls for the space to be restored and improved so that these high levels of use can be perpetuated. So the Trust for the National Mall is organizing the National Mall Design Competition to select the design teams for each of three identified sites: Union Square, the Washington Monument grounds at Sylvan Theater and Constitution Gardens. Competition registration ends October 8. Visit the competition website for complete information.

Featured Project

1812 North Moore Street
Davis Carter Scott Design
Arlington, Virginia

 1812 North Moore, recipient of USGBC National Capital Chapter's 2010 Award of Excellence for Neighborhood Development, is a 580,000 SF office building which incorporates an existing electrical substation. Ground level retail and restaurant space will greatly enliven the Rosslyn streetscape. Parking is provided in 5 below-grade and 4 above-grade levels. The project is being designed to achieve LEED® Platinum Certification. Once completed, it will be one of the largest speculative Platinum Office Buildings in the country.

 In addition to reducing the building's carbon footprint, the community will benefit from the improvements to the Rosslyn Metro Station. The project will move four bus stops to 19th Street in order to reduce congestion on North Moore Street. This will allow the street to be narrowed to two lanes directly outside the metro entrance and provide more sidewalk area for pedestrians and outdoor restaurant seating. A through-block connector between Fort Myer Drive and Moore Street will increase Metro accessibility in the area.

 To provide open public space, Davis Carter Scott collaborated with the architect of the adjacent development on North Moore Street to create a unified streetscape. The joint design features identical street pavers and raised pedestrian crossing to connect the metro entrance to the plaza on Moore Street, tying both sides together.

1812 North Moore, once built, will be a great addition to the Rosslyn skyline statement, will enhance the quality and vitality of the streetscape and will be a notable example of smart growth and sustainable design.

To learn more about this project and other designs by Davis Carter Scott, please join us for a tour of their firm on October 11 at 6:00p. More information is available here.

Please note...

The City of Alexandria's reservation email address for the October 12 Universal Design and Accessible Housing Workshop, published in the latest issue of AIA Northern Virginia News, no longer works. To register, call the City at (703) 746-3079.

The November 17 Strategies for Achieving an Energy Efficient Building Envelope workshop, advertised in the latest issue of AIA Northern Virginia News, has been postponed due to a speaker cancellation and will be rescheduled in 2012.

September 29 - Alexandria Police Headquarters Building Tour
6:00-7:00p, at 3600 Wheeler Avenue, Alexandria 22304. 1 AIA/CES HSW/SD LU. [info]

October 2 - Solar Decathlon Tour
9:45a, meet at the George Mason Memorial in West Potomac Park. Tour the Solar Decathlon with Women in Architecture (all are welcome - males, kids, friends) and join in an option brunch afterwards. Email wia@aianova.org with questions.

October 11 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
at Davis Carter Scott, 1676 International Drive, Suite 500, McLean 22102. A firm tour follows the meeting. [info]

October 11 - Firm Tour: Davis Carter Scott
6:00p, at 1676 International Drive, Suite 500, McLean 22102. 1 AIA/CES LU. [info]

October 12 - Universal Design and Accessible Housing Workshop
1:00-5:00p, at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria 22304. 4 AIA/CES HSW LUs. [info]

October 18 - AIA Northern Virginia Annual Chapter Dinner and Honors Celebration
6:00p cocktails, 7:00p dinner, at La Tasca, 2900 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington 22201. [info]

October 18 - Women in Architecture Happy Hour
6:00-7:00p, at La Tasca. Held in conjunction with the Annual Dinner. [info]

October 24 - Women in Architecture Planning Meeting
6:00-7:00p, at the Chapter House. [info]

October 28 - Residential Elevators
Noon-1:00p, at the Chapter House. Organized by the Small Firms Roundtable. 1 AIA/CES HSW LU. [info]

November 2-4 - Women in Architecture Happy Hour
At the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Features keynote speaker Michelle Kaufmann and a wide selection of sessions. [info]

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.