AIA Northern Virginia
Women in Architecture
The Commodore: Follow-up Construction Tour
March 8

Hosted by AIA NoVA's Women In Architecture committee (WIA) in collaboration with Cooper Carry

Mar. 8, 3:30-5:00pm

Location: 2055 15th Street North, Arlington, VA  22201
Cost: $15 - AIA member; $20 Non-member 


Participants will tour the recently completed, The Commodore, a 20-story, 423-unit apartment building for Greystar Development, designed by Cooper Carry and being built by John Moriarty and Associates, that is primarily new construction yet also incorporates facades of two historically important buildings. The development is pursuing LEED Platinum and is situated adjacent to Arlington Virginia’s Courthouse Complex. It is the tallest building in the area capturing sweeping views from downtown DC to the National Monument, National Cathedral, Tysons Corner, Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon via the occupied roof deck. This architect-led tour will do a deep-dive into how the building systems had to be designed and constructed to meet the challenges of the metro tunnels running directly underneath the development’s 3-story, below-grade parking area and ground floor retail spaces. In addition, they will experience how lower floors of residential buildings can be designed to provide over 33,000 sf of amenity space for the residents including outdoor terraces and a pool.


Learning Objectives: 

- Discuss and experience the different MEP systems and their effect on the safety, health and wellbeing of the building occupants.

- Review the process, systems, materials and designs used in the pursuit of a LEED Platinum Certification while discussing its potential benefits to the occupants as well as the environment.

- Observe robotic-transformable furniture and their benefits in small living units while analyzing applicable codes requirements and their implications for the occupant’s welfare.

- Explore the building’s design and installation of different skin systems; curtain wall, window wall, metal panel and masonry and how they are applied to maximize sustainability, meet code, and enhance occupant experience.


Provider NameAIA Northern Virginia
Provider #: A058
Course #:   NOVA2024-010, Session 1