Volume 11, No. 11 - November 28, 2017
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Lord Aeck Sargent
4501 Ford Avenue e-lofts, by Lord Aeck Sargent (more info)
In This Issue

2018 ARE Schedule

Dress for Success

Tax Reform

Small Firms Roundtable

Featured Project: 4501 Ford
    Avenue e-lofts


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 This issue of BLAST is sponsored by
Ames & Gough

ARE Prep Series Begins January 17
Jensen HughesAIA Northern Virginia’s award-winning ARE Prep Series will begin on January 17, 2018. Our Young Architects Forum is busy planning for our transition to ARE 5.0.

The first session will feature a roundtable discussion with staff from NCARB covering the overall process of licensure through the AXP and ARE and will include non-content specific aspects of testing under 5.0. There will be time for questions, so this is an excellent opportunity to get all the information you need to plan for testing.

2018 ARE Prep Schedule:
  • January 17 – ARE Roundtable, 6:30-8:00p
  • January 27 – Practice Management, 10:00a-3:00p
  • February 24 – Project Management, 10:00a-3:00p
  • March 24 – Programming and Analysis, 10:00a-3:00p
  • April 21 – Project Planning and Design, 10:00a-3:00p
  • May 19 – Project Development and Documentation, 10:00a-3:00p
  • June 23 – Construction and Evaluation, 10:00a-3:00p
AECOM has graciously invited us to once again hold our sessions in their Arlington office. This is a tentative schedule. We will open registration in December.

Dress for Success Clothing Drive through December 8

 Please donate your gently used professional attire to help support local women as they interview for job opportunities. All coats, jackets, suits, skirts, dresses, shoes, hats, gloves and scarfs will go to Dress for Success. Gently used in-season clothing on hangers is preferred.

Women in Architecture is again organizing this annual collection. Several drop-off locations make delivery easy.

Tax Reform

Washington GasAs the US House and Senate continue to debate reforms to the federal tax code, AIA is working to make sure the bill Congress passes reflects architects' core values. AIA is not taking a position on the Tax Reform package as a whole, but is focusing on three issues that directly impact architects across the profession: the historic preservation tax credit, the energy efficiency tax credit (179D), and the S-Corp pass-through reduced tax rate.

Members are encouraged to tell their representatives how they feel. AIA has provided links to make it easy to send a letter to your members of Congress urging them to protect the Historic Tax Credit and the 179D green building tax incentive, as well as to ensure tax rate fairness for architecture firms. Please take a moment to contact your representative.

Small Firms Roundtable Offers Sessions on Historic and Contemporary Windows

Join us for lunch and two continuing education presentations, offered by Marvin Windows and Doors, on December 1, beginning at 11:00a, at the Chapter House in Alexandria.
  • Windows and Historic Rehabilitation
This presentation looks at historic renovation projects. Research, planning, window assessment, standards, and historic tax credits are reviewed. A broad range of window rehabilitation solutions are shown through case studies of historic projects.
  • Fenestration in Contemporary Residential Application
This course presents information about windows and doors in contemporary designs characterized by large openings and envelope treatment that blurs the border between the interior and exterior. It will cover design considerations, performance standards and building methods related to the use of large expanses of glass. Register here.

December 2 Construction Tour - The Signature at Reston Town Center

Designed by Shalom Baranes Associates (SBA), The Signature is part of the final block of Reston Town Center to be developed, completing the original plan. Composed of an elegant mix of high- and low-rise structures that respond to the surrounding scale, it will be anchored by an engaging streetscape with ground-level retail, open-air social spaces, and gardens. These features will expand on the established landscaping and outdoor amenities of the town center and activate the park along Reston Parkway. The project is targeting LEED® Silver Certification.

Organized by the Young Architect's Forum and led by Gina Volpicelli, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, this tour takes place on December 2, from 10:00a-12:00p. Register here.

Videos Added to Design Award Gallery

Hear what the jury had to say about each winning project. Videos are now available on the gallery. Thanks to J. Paul Lewis, AIA for making the videos and to SmithGroupJJR for processing the videos.

It's Time to Renew...

Finally, don't forget it's membership renewal time – it's fast and easy to renew your membership online at https://app.aia.org/. Membership incentives this year include free A'18 registration, a dues installment plan, free membership for new graduates, and 'join now for 2018 and get the rest of 2017 for free.'

Awards and Opportunities

Due December 1Royal Architectural Institute of Canada 2018 Governor General's Medals in Architecture Competition
Due December 15The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design's Virginia By Design Awards
Due December 15Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission Submittal
Due January 17Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship Application
Due January 17Diversity Advancement Scholarship Application
AIA Center for Emerging Professionals – Survey for Recently Licensed Architects
Refer a new AIA member for a chance to win a $100 gift card

Design News
Job Board

As a benefit to our members, we maintain a Job Board of local postings. Pay us a visit for new postings from: MTFA, Lord Aeck Sargent, ROKK Architecture, George Mason University, Helbing Lipp Recny Architects, Davis Partnership Architects, RNL (now part of Stantec), Little, Paralyzed Veterans of America, VIA design architects, Muse Architects, Maginniss + del Ninno Architects, MODE4 Architecture, O'Neil Architects, HG Architects, and Kerns Group Architects.

Featured Project

4501 Ford Avenue e-lofts
Lord Aeck Sargent
Alexandria, Virginia

As the line between work and home continues to blur, work-home integration manifests itself in e-lofts – flexible lofts for living, work or both. e-lofts targets acquisition of vacant office buildings that contain tall ceilings, large windows, open floor plans and traditional office parking and converts them into highly amenitized loft-style spaces that function equally for home or office use. This 1987 office building was renovated into 200 live-work units, as a hybrid residential/commercial concept.

 The building offers 1 and 2 room units from 650 sf to 1,200 sf. An industrial “loft” look comes from concrete ceilings and exposed structural columns, large windows and 10-foot ceilings with infrastructure provided to support businesses. All of the live-work lofts incorporate a galley kitchen, European cabinetry, stainless-steel appliances, quartz countertops, washer/dryer and walk-in closet.  The closet is supplied with shelving and a high speed, fiber optic backbone so it can house a computer server, printer, copier and fax machine.

The ground floor is filled with many free amenities including meeting spaces, conference rooms, fitness center, music studios, pet spa and entertainment lounge with banquette seating and fully equipped kitchen to entertain guests or host client meetings. Concierge service is also provided. Outdoor amenities include a 30,000 sf courtyard and terraces designed for individual and group activities with hammocks, ping-pong tables and seating areas. A grassy area with benches provides a setting for movies during warm months.
Photography © David Madison



29 | 360 Mentoring General Session
     6:15p, Arlington. [info]

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


1 | Historic and Contemporary Windows
     11:00a, Alexandria. [info]

2 | Construction Tour - The Signature at Reston Town Center
     10:00a, Reston. [info]

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

7 | Young Architects Forum Planning Meeting + Holiday Gathering
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

8 | Dress for Success Clothing Drive Ends [info]

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

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  January 17 - ARE Roundtable
  February 13 - 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.