Volume 10, No. 6 - July 12, 2016
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

The Lukmire Partnership
Olney Library, by Lukmire Partnership, Inc. (more info)
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Women in Architecture Picnic

Call for Proposals Due July 25

Golf Outing Committee Forming

Featured Project: Olney Library


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Five Education Tracks Offered at DesignDC
DesignDC: From the Ground Up, August 24-26, offers five education tracks and continuing education credits, including AIA HSW, AICP, LACES, GBCI and IDCEC units:
  • Design
    Sessions focus on accommodating the needs of the area’s growing population in new construction, reuse and redesign and include great local case studies.
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  • Practice
    Pick up industry tips on the best strategies for how to be a leader in the profession, how your firm can attract and retain talented individuals, how to build your brand and more.
  • Environmental Design
    In environmental design sessions, learn about topics on energy opportunities below grade, resilient cities and DCRA's Residential Code Review.
  • Legal/Regulations
    Attend courses that review reports documenting past projects and how they affects the future, green infrastructure regulations, AIA contract documents for small firms and more.
  • Building Occupant Health, Safety and Welfare
    Participate in building occupant health, safety and welfare sessions on topics like creating a sense of space, authentic public spaces and landscape planning for seniors.
Register for DesignDC here.

Women in Architecture Picnic

Saturday, July 23, noon-6:00p, at the West River Sailing Club in Galesville, Maryland.

WIA members, their families, guests and pets are welcome to join us for a cookout at the West River Sailing Club in Galesville, MD. The event will feature a pot luck lunch with a cash bar available for alcoholic beverages. Relax on the lawn, enjoy the private beach, paddle a club kayak on the creek, visit with colleagues, go for a sail or just sit on the dock and watch the wildlife go by. Shower and changing facilities are available for those who want to swim and indoor seating will be provided for inclement weather. Registration is $5 per person or $10 for a family. [more]

West River Sailing Club

2017 AIA Women's Leadership Summit Call for Proposals Due July 25

AIA Northern Virginia's Women in Architecture Committee is hosting the national AIA Women's Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, September 14-17, 2017. This summit will assemble 400 architectural leaders to discuss concepts, raise issues and develop solutions.

As hosts, we encourage you to submit imaginative and exciting proposals for sessions and presentations reflecting the conference theme Creating Tailwinds. We also ask you to share ideas for potential tours in the metro area. The deadline for full consideration is July 25. Learn more here.

Golf Outing Committee Forming

 Early plans are being made for the Eighth Chapter Golf Outing and 3 to 5 volunteers are needed to assist the committee chair, Baird Smith, FAIA. This would be a modest time commitment, primarily a single lunchtime meeting once a month, beginning in September. Golf experience is not a prerequisite. Please contact Baird at bairdmsmith98@gmail.com to volunteer.

Canstruction® 2016 Kicks off November 10 at Reagan Washington National Airport

Did you know that over 480,000 passengers pass through Reagan Washington National Airport each week?

Our location at Reagan offers us a wonderful opportunity to promote architecture to an incredibly large audience. Showcase your design talent by reserving your space at the airport now! And help us stock the shelves at the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

During the last 12 years we have donated tens of thousands of cans to help our neighbors in need. AFAC is counting on us and we are counting on you to help. Build-out is November 10 and our structures are on display through November 20. Form your team now. Registration will open soon.

CRAN Presentation - Proper Planning for Residential Electronic Systems

Thursday, August 11, 12:00-1:30p, at Sight and Sound Systems, Inc. in Dulles.

As with other rough-in trades (mechanical, electrical and plumbing), electronic systems should be planned well in advance of construction and documented at the construction drawing phase of design. This course describes the processes used by professionals in the project planning, design and installation phases of electronic systems. 1 HSW LU.

Organized by AIA Northern Virginia for the Capital Area CRAN and sponsored by Sight and Sound Systems, Inc., who will provide lunch. Click here for reservations.

Add Some Happiness to Your Summer

Join the Young Architects Forum (YAF) for a Happy Hour on July 28, 6:30-8:30p, at Lake Anne Brew House in Reston. Visit our calendar for details.

Awards and Opportunities

Due Now2016 AIA Membership Renewal
Due July 15AIA Virginia Honor Awards Nominations
Due July 15AIA Architecture Firm Award
Due July 15AIA Gold Medal Submission
Due July 15AIA Convention 2017 Call for Proposals
Due July 21AIA Potomac Valley Design Awards Submittals
Due July 21Montgomery County Planning Department's Design Excellence Award
Due July 25AIA Women's Leadership Summit Call for Proposals
Due August 12AIA Twenty-five Year Award Submission
Due August 12AIA National Awards-Architecture Submission
Due August 12AIA National Awards-Interior Architecture Submission
Due August 12AIA Awards-Regional & Urban Design Submission
Due August 222017 Young Architects Forum & National Associates Committee Nominations
Due August 292016 TAP Innovation Awards Submittals
Due August 31NAIOP Northern Virginia Awards Intent to Enter
Due September 2NAIOP DC|MD Awards of Excellence Due
Due September 30Architecture at Zero 2016 Registration
Due October 14AIA Fellowship Application

Featured Project

Olney Library
Lukmire Partnership, Inc.
Olney, MD

 This 20,000 SF project, dedicated March 15, 2014, is the renovation and addition to a library built in 1982. Olney Library obtained LEED® Gold certification for multiple strategies of reclaimed wood and masonry, energy efficiency, daylighting, removal of impervious pavement for a rain basin and preservation of an existing stand of pines.

The design transformed an uninspired, inwardly focused library into light-filled spaces, and a welcoming gateway to the village of Olney. The design employs glulam beams and structural wood deck, repurposing existing beams and deck, reinterpreting them in a wing over glass that draws the eye from the street to the entrance.

The building's aesthetics are drawn from the structural expression, telling a story about a particular site, and how it has evolved. The design organizes circulation along a tall gallery spine. The Adult area and staff offices occupy the original building, while the curvilinear form of Children's and Young Adults' reorients the building to the street.

The use of wood is a natural expression leading to benefits beyond aesthetics. As a renewable resource which can be locally sourced, using wood as a building material contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gasses. The sequestered carbon of these large wood members will remain so for the building's life.

The community asked for a library visible from the street, one with light and views of landscapes. The library's soaring beams, flying above the glass curtainwalls, achieve that. Olney cherishes its rural roots, and has embraced this newest tradition with enthusiasm.

Photography © Eric Taylor, Associate AIA



23 | Women in Architecture Picnic
     Noon, Galesville, MD. [info]

28 | Young Architects Forum Happy Hour
     6:30p, Reston. [info]


11 | CRAN - Proper Planning for Residential Electronic Systems
     12:00p, Dulles. [info]

24-26 | DesignDC: From the Ground Up
     Washington. [info]

29 | Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  September 10 - YAF Nationals Game
  September 20 - New Chapter Open House
  September 21 - 360 Mentoring Kicks Off
  October 24 - WIA Charity Spa Night

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 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314.