Volume 9, No. 1 - January 30, 2015
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Davis, Carter, Scott Ltd.
Arlington Mill Community Center, by Davis, Carter, Scott Ltd. (more info)
In This Issue

Annual Open House

Women in Architecture Lectures

ARE Prep Underway

Schools Connections Committee

Featured Project: Arlington Mill
    Community Center


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 Join the Fun...

Our Annual Open House is Tuesday, February 17, from 6:00-8:00p. So mark your calendar and celebrate Mardi Gras with Cajun food, a King Cake straight from New Orleans and our famous Hurricanes. We will offer tours of the new incubator spaces on the second floor of the Chapter House. This event is free and reservations are not necessary. Additional information available here.
Women in Architecture Lecture Series
Celebrating its 3rd year, this lecture series is designed to engage, empower and encourage women in the architectural profession. This year’s theme, Architects Saving the World, explores how architects can save the world both locally and globally. The lectures will take place at SmithGroupJJR in Washington DC on three consecutive Thursdays in March:
March 5 – Re-Defining the Passion
March 12 – Building Communities
March 19 – Women Architects Saving the World

Information and registration is available here.

ARE Prep Sessions in Full Swing
Registration is now open for Building Systems, with advance registration available to Northern Virginia members only through January 31. We are pleased to again host Professor Michael Ermann for his Building Systems workshop March 7-9 and, for the 10th year in a row, Professor David Thaddeus, AIA for his renowned Structural Systems workshop May 1-3.

We have four supplemental classes remaining in February: Green Building, Accessibility and Architectural History I and II. Also in February our Saturday review sessions focus on Construction Documents II (Documents) and Site Planning + Design. Our ARE Prep Series continues through May and all classes offer HSW credits. Check our ARE Prep page for details.

Schools Connections Committee Seeks Volunteers + Offers a Tour of National Cathedral
National CathedralIf you're interested in interacting with our local university students, please attend the first Schools Connections Committee meeting of 2015 on February 10, 6:00-8:00p at the Chapter House. The SCC plans events for local architecture students, including the Interschool Design Competition, Meet the Architects Forum and an annual portfolio review. More information can be found here.

The SCC is also planning a construction tour of the Washington National Cathedral on March 6 at 3:00p. As a result of the 2011 earthquake, the Cathedral experienced significant damage and is undergoing extensive repairs. Hosted by the Washington National Cathedral in conjunction with Wiss, Janney, Elstner & Associates, the architectural and engineering firm that was tasked with the repair drawings, the tour will look at work being performed on the interior and exterior and include an in depth discussion of the repair strategies implemented. Watch for registration to open soon.
Small Firms Roundtable - DCRA Energy Verification Sheet Training
Beginning February 1, 2015, a majority of projects submitted for a new building permit application in the District of Columbia will be required to have an Energy Verification Sheet (EVS) in their plan sets, per the 2013 DC Energy Conservation Code.

The AIA Northern Virginia Small Firms Roundtable will host staff from the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) to explain the implementation and use of the new EVS. The training is scheduled for February 20, Noon-1:30p, at the Chapter House. 1.5 HSW LUs. Additional information and registration are available here.
Participate in the AIA Compensation Survey
Need up-to-date salary information? It has been almost two years since the AIA published the 2013 AIA Compensation Survey Report – an industry standard and the most comprehensive national survey on architect compensation. The 2015 survey will provide compensation data for 40 positions at architecture firms in all nine regions of the country, plus many states and metro areas. If you received an invitation to participate, please respond as your reply is vital for the success of this study. If you are a firm leader who has not received an invitation and would like to participate, please email compensationsurvey@aia.org. Participants receive a complimentary PDF copy of the complete survey report when it is released.
Awards and Opportunities

Register by February 6UNC-Charlotte School of Architecture CareerEXPO2015
Due February 9Justice Facilities Review Awards Program
Due February 23AIA|DC Unbuilt Awards
Due March 9AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Awards
Due April 12015 AIA National Photography Competition
Due May 1Re-Defining Home: A Design Challenge

Featured Project

Arlington Mill Community Center
Davis, Carter, Scott Ltd.
Arlington, VA

 The goals of the Arlington Mill project were to create an iconic and highly visible civic presence on the western end of Columbia Pike while working within and respecting the design intent established by the Form Based Code. To be successful, the project needed to serve as a focus of civic pride while meeting the recreational and service needs of the community in a cost effective manner. The design also required flexibility to allow for future programmatic changes and the development of on-site affordable housing in such a manner that accommodated the scheduled opening of the Community Center.

These goals were achieved by using the inherent challenges posed by the site's topography and geometry to create additional drama and functionality within both the building envelope and the overall site design. This resulted in a dramatic, multi-tiered public space along Columbia Pike. Integration of the interior and exterior was accomplished through the use of similar materials and color palettes and through the extensive use of glass, especially in the gymnasium.

Sustainability was embraced as a core value from the beginning of the design process so that the building could serve as both a teaching tool and an excellent example of environmentally responsible civic design. The project received LEED® Gold certification on Earth Day 2014.

Photography © Eric Taylor


2 | Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
     6:00p, Falls Church. [info]

4 | Green Building - ARE Supplemental Course
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

7 | ARE: Construction Documents + Services – Documents
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

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

10 | Schools Connections Committee Kick-Off Meeting
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

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

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

18 | 360 Mentoring General Session
     6:15p, Alexandria. [info]

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

20 | Small Firms Roundtable: DCRA Energy Verification Sheet Training
     Noon, Alexandria. [info]

21 | ARE: Site Planning + Design + Vignettes
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

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

26 | Young Architects Forum Planning Meeting
     5:00p, Arlington. [info]

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  March 2 - WIA Committee Meeting
  March 4 - WIA Book Club
  March 5 - WIA Lecture Series: Re-Defining the Passion
  March 6 - SCC Washington National Cathedral Tour
  March 7-9 - ARE: Building Systems
  March 9 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
  March 12 - WIA Lecture Series: Building Communities
  March 19 - WIA Lecture Series: Women Architects Saving the World
  March 26 - YAF Happy Hour

AIA Northern Virginia Calendar  |  AIA|DC Calendar  |  AIA Potomac Valley 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.