Volume 1, No. 13 - October 27, 2007
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Niles Bolton Associates
Rockford Falls, by Niles Bolton Associates (more info)
In This Issue

New AIA Contract Document Info

Annual Dinner + Meeting Results

YAF: Fallingwater Trip

Firestop Systems Workshop

Featured Project:
  Rockford Falls


Visit the AIA Northern Virginia Website

2007 Update to AIA Contract Documents

On November 5th 2007, the AIA will officially release the 2007 Update to AIA Contract Documents. The AIA prepared the 2007 Update, which consists primarily of agreements in the popular A201 family of documents, with input from owners, contractors, attorneys, architects and engineers. The 2007 Update includes nearly 40 contract documents, including new owner/architect agreements.

The AIA, working with the AIA’s Documents Committee, revises the A201 family every ten years to reflect changes in industry trends and practices. In the past, the AIA has sought and received the Associated General Contractors’ endorsement of A201, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction. This year, however, the AGC board of directors voted not to endorse A201–2007. Although the AGC did not provide any reason for not endorsing A201–2007, the AGC launched its own new documents, called ConsensusDocs, on September 28, 2007 that they have intentionally positioned to compete directly with AIA Contract Documents.

The AGC touts their ConsensusDocs as a product of designers, owners, and contractors, but in fact the AIA and the engineering societies, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers, did not participate in the AGC’s new program. Without the involvement of designers, these agreements can hardly be said to reflect "consensus."

While it is unfortunate news that the AGC has allowed current business interests to prevent it from voting to endorse A201–2007, AIA Contract Documents remain the industry standard. More information about AIA contract documents and their updates is available from the National website.

AIA Northern Virginia 32nd Annual Chapter Dinner + Meeting Results

On October 23, the Chapter held its Annual Dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn. Along with the dinner, the evening included the Annual Chapter Meeting, Elections of 2008 Officers and Directors and the presentation of Chapter Honor Awards. Election results and a list of Honors winners follow. For details on this event, please see the illustrated article in the November/December issue of AIA Northern Virginia News, due to be mailed shortly.

2008 AIA Northern Virginia Officers and Directors
 Executive Committee
   President – Valerie Hassett, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
   President Elect – Al Cox, FAIA
   Treasurer – Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA, LEED AP
   Secretary – Brian J. Donnelly, AIA
   Vice Presidents – William T. Brown, AIA, LEED AP; Randall A. Mars, AIA & Jean O’Toole, AIA
   Past President – Marlene Walli Shade, AIA, LEED AP
 Chapter Directors
   Robert E. Beach, AIA
   Eliza Beth Engle, AIA, LEED AP
   Francie K. Fetzer, Associate AIA, LEED AP
   Francisco A. Grimaldi, Associate AIA
   David Jameson, FAIA
   J. Paul Lewis, AIA, SCUP
   John K. Mott, FAIA
   Michael J. Nawrocki, AIA
   Edward D. Weaver, AIA, LEED AP
 VA Society Directors
   William T. Brown, AIA, LEED AP
   Paul R. Erickson, AIA
   Michael T. Foster, FAIA
   Randall A. Mars, AIA.
   Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA, LEED AP

2007 AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Honors Recipients
 Award of Honor – Robert Wilson Mobley, AIA
 Outstanding Achievement – C. Richard Bierce, AIA and John Allen Burns, FAIA
 Service to the Chapter – Aaron E. Gasper, Associate AIA and Valerie Hassett, AIA, IIDA, LEED® AP
 Award of Special Recognition – The Washington Alexandria Architecture Center
 Allied Professional Award – Peter H. Smith, Alexandria BAR
 Craftsmanship Award – John O’Rourke, Master Builder of the Distillery at Mount Vernon
 Distinguished Leadership and Service Award – Marlene Walli Shade, AIA, LEED® AP

Visit Fallingwater this Fall
Organized by the AIA Northern Virginia Young Architects Forum
Sponsored by The K. C. Company, distributor of Pella Windows & Doors
Photos by Matt Shuba
The bus will leave at 7:00a from the Pella Showroom at 7505 D Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. The bus should arrive at Fallingwater at 11:00a. Lunch will be from 11:00a - Noon. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch, although a cafeteria is available at Fallingwater. A group tour of Fallingwater will begin at noon. At the conclusion of the tour, the bus will go to Kentuck Knob for a tour of that house starting at 3:00p. Participants will head home at approximately 4:30p.

3.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs. Cost is $30 per person, which will cover the cost of admission to both locations. Registration and pre-payment required. To register, send an e-mail to reservations@aianova.org.To pay, mail a check to AIA Northern Virginia, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
For additional information and directions to the Pella Showroom, visit the Chapter website. Questions? Call Francisco Grimaldi at (703) 908-4526 or via email at fgrimaldi@littleonline.com.

Firestop Systems Workshop
The City of Alexandria Code Enforcement Bureau, in partnership with VBCOA Region V, is pleased to invite members of the Building and Design Community to attend a free workshop on the design, installation and inspection of Firestop Systems offered by the International Firestop Council. Topics will include containment in construction, code requirements, how firestop systems are tested and proper inspection techniques.

The event is being presented on Thursday, November 15 at the Nannie Lee Center Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria from 8:00a to noon.

Please register in advance by sending your name, company and telephone number to Pete.Mensinger@Alexandriava.gov. Participants registered by November 1 will receive an IFC Firestop Inspection Manual Pocket Guide, a comprehensive pocket reference.

The International Firestop Council (IFC) is a non-profit organization of industry experts committed to making buildings safer through compartmentalization. This presentation is a generic, non-product specific, presentation given by the experts from the IFC membership. To learn more about the IFC, please visit www.firestop.org.

Featured Project

Rockford Falls
Wilmington, DE
Niles Bolton Associates

The Rockford Falls project is the redevelopment of a brownfield industrial site in Wilmington, Delaware. When complete, the project will include 23 new residential buildings, encompassing three distinct product types and 448 housing units. The oldest industrial building on site will be retained as a community center.

The former Wilmington Piece Dye site is located along the Brandywine Creek, and directly across from Alapocas Run State Park. On the site of the former Mill, apartment buildings will recall the architecture of 19th and 20th century industrial buildings. Much of the existing bluestone will be retained along the creek-front facades. Further uphill, individual townhome and stacked-townhome units also feature views across to the state park and natural rock formations.

The Alexandria, VA office of Niles Bolton Associates is the lead architect, with consulting architect Sereduke Design. The client is Brandywine Partners, LLC.


November 6 - IDP from the Inside Out - The Intern Development Program
6:30p, at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria. Learn about the IDP process. Presented by Robert Rosenfeld, Associate AIA, President, R. Rosenfeld Consultation Services, LLC and former Director of Intern and Record Services at NCARB. Organized by the Washington Alexandria Architecture Consortium (WAAC) and the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter. Free. Register at reservations@aianova.org. For additional information, visit the Chapter website

November 7 - Architecture Exchange East
Join your colleagues at Architecture Exchange East, November 7-9, in Richmond, and earn up to 18 AIA/CES Learning Units. Visit the Architecture Exchange East webpage for details.

November 9 - Visions for Architecture
Organized by the Virginia Center for Architecture during Architecture Exchange East, this gala event will be held at the newly restored Virginia State Capitol and New Visitors Center in Richmond. Individual tickets and patron tables are available. For information, contact Blair Guncheon at (804) 237-1764.

November 12 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30p-6:00p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria. For additional information, contact the Chapter House at aianova@aianova.org.

November 14 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series: Movable Walls
Noon - 1:00p, At the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria. The presentation will provide an overview of emerging trends and issues relating to movable walls. Topics include sustainable qualities, acoustic properties, low life-cycle costs, aesthetics, and flexibility of movable walls. Presented by Christian Gillette of KI – The Hinman Group. 1 AIA/CES LU. Free. Registration required; e-mail reservations@aianova.org.

November 15 - Firestop Systems Workshop
8:00a-12:00p, At the Nannie Lee Center – Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria. See the article above for information on the workshop.

November 17 - Trip to Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob
Bus trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, organized by the Young Architects Forum. Sponsored by the KC Company, distributors of Pella Windows and Doors. See the article above for information on the trip.

November 30 - Small Firms Roundtable
12:00p - 1:00p, At the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria. The October meeting of the Small Firms Roundtable will feature Drew Lindsay, Features Editor of Washingtonian magazine, speaking about the process that guides production, including editorial objectives, writing style and selection criteria. 1 AIA/CES LU. $5 collected on site for lunch. Registration required; e-mail reservations@aianova.org. For additional information, visit the Chapter website. For questions or suggestions for the Small Firms Roundtable, contact Matt Guenther at (703) 276-2274 or mguenther@gc-a.com.