Volume 10, No. 10 - November 29, 2016
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Rust | Orling
Alex Renew Environmental Center, by Rust | Orling (more info)
In This Issue

Letter to the Members

Canstruction Awards

'Tis the Season to Give

Choose Your Side(ing)

Featured Project: Alex Renew
    Enterprises Environmental Center


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A Letter to the Members
Last week the Chapter sent a letter to our Members as part of the conversation generated by the election, the AIA's post-election message and the apology that followed. The Chapter's Board of Directors sent the letter to reaffirm that our Chapter is here to support you and the long-standing values of the profession. The letter is also a call for Members to be engaged with the Chapter so we can work together to have a positive impact on our communities. You can read the letter here.

13th Annual Canstruction Award Winners Revealed!

At our Canstruction® Awards Party, teams, sponsors and committee organizers celebrated the donation of over 29,000 cans of food to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Congratulations to our winning teams:

CanstructionBest Design – HGA Architects and Engineers
The Heart of America is Feeding our Families

Structural Ingenuity – Samaha Associates
Gotta Feed 'Em All

Best Use of Labels – MTFA Architecture
Don't be KOI, Grab Hunger by the TAIL

Best Meal – PGAL
Stuffing the Pantry to Parade Away Hunger

Honorable Mention – Little
Lend a Hand ... Give a Can!

People's Choice – HGA Architects and Engineers
The Heart of America is Feeding our Families

Most Cans (6740) – MTFA Architecture
Don’t be KOI, Grab Hunger by the TAIL

We applaud all our hard working teams, who completed their structures in less than 7 hours and achieved their mission of feeding Arlington’s neediest residents: CADD Microsystems, HGA Architects and Engineers, IBI Group Inc., of Virginia, Jacobs B&I, Little, McKinley Elementary School, MTFA Architecture, PGAL and Samaha Associates.

We will feature all structures in our next newsletter.

'Tis the Season to Give
Women in Architecture Dress for Success Clothing Drive

Please donate your gently used professional attire to WIA and help support local women as they interview for job opportunities. All coats, jackets, suits, skirts, dresses, shoes, hats, gloves and scarfs will go to the Hampton Roads affiliate of Dress for Success. The drive runs from November 21 – December 9. You can drop off your donations at nine participating offices in the area. We are also looking for volunteers to help sort and pack the donated items on Saturday morning, December 10, from 9:00a-noon at the Chapter House.

Details and a list of drop-off locations are available here.

Toys for Tots

Toys for TotsAIA Northern Virginia is a drop-off location for Toys for Tots. Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy and deliver it to the Chapter House at 1101 Duke Street, Alexandria, by Friday morning, December 2. For details and a list of other AIA drop-off locations click here.

Choose Your Side(ing) - Siding Materials for Commercial and Residential Projects

Learn about a variety of siding materials for both residential and commercial projects from three courses presented by Lane Durand and Paul Lott of Boral:
  • Brick Fundamentals - This course analyzes the ASTM performance criteria for clay brick and identifies how it offers durability, safety and energy efficiency benefits.
  • Designing Commercial Projects with Manufactured Stone Veneer - This presentation offers a look at design guidelines and product innovations for sustainable manufactured stone veneer buildings.
  • Understanding Poly-Ash Siding and the Other Categories of the Siding Market - This course examines the new Poly-Ash category of exterior siding as it relates to other types of siding, specifically around the areas of installation, maintenance and sustainability.
This event takes place at the Chapter House from 8:30a-noon. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided. Complete details and registration are available here.

2017 ARE Prep Series Begins in January
Our award-winning ARE Prep Series begins on January 11 with our complementary ARE Roundtable with NCARB staff. Learn all the basics, ask all your questions. Based on a survey of our members, most will still be testing in 4.0, so the courses will focus on that division, but will include relevant information for those beginning to test in 5.0. Also, we will again be offering Supplemental Courses on topics found throughout all the exams. New this year, we will offer a General Study Session and a one-day review of 4.0 Vignettes. Most sessions will take place at AECOM in Arlington and remotely at AECOM in Roanoke. Additional information and the full schedule will be published in the next newsletter.

It's Membership Renewal Time – Renew Early and Win!
  • Renew your AIA membership by December 31, 2016 for a chance to win prizes. [info]
  • Enroll in the dues installment plan. [info]
  • Refer a new member and you will be entered into a sweepstakes to win a $100 gift card. [info]
  • Baker's Dozen – offering membership for the rest of 2016 with new 2017 memberships. [info]
  • New members are eligible for free convention registration. [info]
  • Complimentary membership for new grads. [info]

Design News

Awards and Opportunities

Due December 20UIA's Friendly and Inclusive Spaces Awards Submissions
Due January 12, 2017U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale Applications
Due January 18, 2017AIA COTE Top Ten Awards
Due January 25, 2017The Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship
Due January 25, 2017The Diversity Advancement Scholarship
Due March 29, 2017HERE+NOW: A House for the 21st Century Registration

Job Board

As a benefit to our members, we maintain a Job Board of local postings. Pay us a visit for new postings from: KDG Architecture, Huelat Davis Healing Design, Lord Aeck Sargent, Project 308 Design, Purple Cherry Architects and O’Neil Architects.

Featured Project

Alexandria Renew Enterprises Environmental Center
Rust | Orling Architecture
Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria Renew Enterprises, known as AlexRenew, operates their wastewater reclamation facility within walking distance of Old Town Alexandria. In response to new regulations set by the Chesapeake Bay Act, planning began for a new 18 million gallon nutrient management facility and a new administration building / Environmental Center. Armed with a new business strategy and name signifying an increased emphasis on the future, AlexRenew wanted the Environmental Center to be a premier facility to showcase their commitment to their environmental stewardship in the community. Rust | Orling and their design team embraced the challenge in making Alex Renew's vision happen.

Alex RenewAlexRenew wanted the Environmental Center to demonstrate their energy use concerns and be inviting to the community. To do this, the building features increased glazing for maximum natural daylight, a well-insulated building envelope, vertical sun shading devices and trellises to provide shade from the sun, and brick and stone to complement the local architecture. Photovoltaics are located on the south wall incorporated into a continuous awning above ribbon windows and on the mechanical penthouse walls and roof. Natural daylight is used by combining large amounts of glazing on the north elevations with indirect lighting techniques on the east, west and south elevations. The use of natural daylight is further enhanced in the closed offices by the use of full height glazing parallel to the exterior glass walls along with an open office plan. Reclaimed water is used for toilet flushing, heat rejection of the cooling tower, the water canopy at the main entry spilling into the architectural fountain, landscape irrigation and the aquarium housing wildlife native to the Potomac River.

The sustainable design has allowed the Environmental Center to seek LEED® Platinum certification.
Photography © Eric Taylor Photography



5 | Women in Architecture Holiday Party
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

7 | Choose Your Side(ing) – Siding Materials for Commercial and Residential Projects
     8:30a, Alexandria. [info]

9 | Women in Architecture Dress for Success Clothing Drive Ends [info]

10 | Women in Architecture Dress for Success Packing Party
     9:00a, Alexandria. [info]

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  January 11 - ARE Prep Series Begins
  January 15 - AIA Membership Renewals Due
  February 28 - Chapter Open House

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.