Volume 11, No. 7 - August 11, 2017
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Architecture Incorporated
Terraset Elementary School, by Architecture Incorporated (more info)
In This Issue

WLS Host Reception 9/14

Canstruction 2017

2311 Wilson Construction Tour

360 Mentoring

Featured Project: Terraset Elementary School


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Potomac Valley Brick This issue of BLAST is sponsored by
Potomac Valley Brick

Annual Meeting + Dinner October 17
You're Invited to the WLS Host Reception September 14
WoodWorksPlease join AIA Northern Virginia and all Virginia and Maryland chapters in welcoming our guests to the biennial AIA Women's Leadership Summit at the Host Reception on Thursday, September 14, 6:30-8:00p, at AIA Headquarters. Enjoy meeting old friends, networking with new colleagues, viewing several exhibits showcasing the work of women architects, shopping in the AIA Bookstore and touring the historic Octagon House. Registration is now open. Thank you to our generous WLS Reception Sponsors: HDR, AIA Virginia, Dewberry, HGA, Grimm and Parker, Anchor Oldcastle and Sherrill + Partners + Architects, Inc.

Be creative, inspire teamwork, help your community and have fun! Join the AIA Northern Virginia Canstruction Competition

Be creative and build a spectacular structure entirely of canned food on October 27 at Reagan National Airport. During the last 13 years we have donated tens of thousands of cans to help our neighbors in need. The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is counting on us and we are counting on you to help. Only a few building sites remain. Visit our Canstruction page for details.

Construction Tour: 2311 Wilson Boulevard on August 30

The Young Architects Forum is organizing this hard hat tour of Courthouse’s newest office building, hosted by MTFA Architecture and Clark Construction.

Designed by MTFA Architecture, this class-A, mixed-use commercial and retail building provides an iconic identity to the Courthouse Metro neighborhood in Arlington. An eight-story, transit-oriented design provides 175,000 SF of leasable space including a day care center, urban park, luxury fitness center, teleconferencing rooms and a roof top deck with views of the Potomac River, Washington Monument and DC Skyline. A model of sustainable development, the building was designed to exceed the standards of USGBC LEED® Gold certification and remain resilient to accommodating change in the evolving workplace. Additional information and registration is available here.

360 Mentoring Begins in September
360 Mentoring is an annual chapter program that provides opportunities to connect, teach and learn for architects at all levels of their careers. It is a year-long program where participants are organized in groups of 4-6 people with a range of experience.

This year's theme will examine relevant issues that inspire, explore and engage advocacy and activism in the profession. The introductory session is on September 27 and three other general sessions are planned between November and April. In addition to these sessions, groups, which are organized by location, are encouraged to meet regularly. Continuing education credits will be available for some of the general sessions. Registration is limited and available here

ARE Scholarship
 AIA Northern Virginia's Young Architects Forum has developed a scholarship program to support testing and defray the costs for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). This scholarship is intended to recognize an Associate AIA member who has made significant contributions to the profession at an early stage in their career and to encourage their pursuit of licensure. Applicants must be an Associate member in good standing of AIA Northern Virginia and have an active record with NCARB. One candidate will be selected to receive financial support to cover the costs of six tests of the ARE. The scholarship will be awarded at the Chapter's Newly Licensed Party in October. Applications are due September 22. Find details here.

Interschool Design Competition on September 17

Washington GasFor over two decades, the three metro area chapters of the AIA, six local schools of architecture, the National Building Museum and the Washington Architectural Foundation have collaborated to organize the annual ISDC. Students enrolled in architecture programs at Catholic University, Howard University, Morgan State University, Virginia Tech's Washington-Alexandria Architectural Center (WAAC), University of Maryland and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) have greatly benefited from participating. Visitors are invited to watch the charrette in progress on September 17 at the National Building Museum from 9:00a-5:00p and join in celebrating the winning teams on September 19. Learn more.

Show Us Your Work!

We are looking for projects and sketches to publish in both BLAST and AIA Northern Virginia News. Each issue of BLAST features a project designed by one of our firms and AIA Northern Virginia News showcases projects ‘On the Boards’ (theoretical, conceptual and unbuilt projects) and sketches drawn by members. Please share your talents and skills! Submissions for a featured project or On the Boards project should include a description of approximately 150-250 words and at least four images at print resolution. Other information to include is the project name, location and photographer credit, where needed. To share your sketches, please send high resolution copies of one to five sketches with brief captions and information on how we should credit you, the artist. We will generally publish work on a first-come, first-served basis. To submit for any of these features, just email all material to aianova@aianova.org

Awards and Opportunities

Due August 21AIA Innovation Awards
Due August 31City of Phoenix and AIA Arizona Sustainable Home Design Competition
Due September 1AIA Upjohn Research Grants Applications
Due September 22AIA Northern Virginia ARE Scholarship
Due October 6AIA National Honors
Due October 13AIA Honors: Fellowship, Honorary Fellowship, and Honorary Membership
Due October 172018 RIBA International Prize
2018 Architectural Adventures Tours Announced

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: Muse Architects, Arlington County Government, Little, Helbing Lipp Recny Architects, ROKK Architecture, Cunningham | Quill Architects, Clites Architects, Moment Engineering + Design, John Milner Associates Preservation/MTFA Architecture and O’Neil Architects.

Featured Project

Terraset Elementary School
Architecture Incorporated
Reston, Virginia

Terraset was designed in 1975 for a 990-student open plan program concept, and was conceived as a completely energy conservative building. The school utilized "earth-cover," a sophisticated heat reclamation mechanical system, and passive and active solar energy to heat and cool the building. The open space above the former entry courtyard originally held a solar panel array. This innovative design received national attention, and Terraset became the flagship of the second wave of US underground school construction.

 To bring Terraset up to date with educational and building standards, as well as increasing demands in capacity, the entire interior of the school was reimagined and expanded. Some exterior walls and the roof remained, while the 70,000 SF interior was modified and reconfigured. Terraset retained its grass roof, with portions of the building extending out the original footprint though 34,000 SF of additions. The entry courtyard was enclosed, and two bridges were replaced with a single pedestrian bridge covered by a canopy that is reminiscent of the original solar panel array. As originally conceived, children are still dropped off and picked up from a lower bus loop while the upper level kiss-and-ride is accessible via the new bridge.

The new portions of the school include an administrative addition to the front entrance, a new library, classrooms, fine arts addition (both art and music), and a School Age Child Care addition. The existing student dining facility was expanded and updated to accommodate the increased student body. Renovations were phased in order for the school to remain functional throughout the process.

Photography © Paul Burk



17 | Canstruction Committee Meeting
     12:00p, Alexandria.[info]

17 | WIA Happy Hour
     6:00p, Alexandria [info]

23 | Canstruction Team Meeting
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

26 | YAF Nationals Baseball Game SOLD OUT
     3:30a, Washington. [info]

28 | WIA Committee Meeting
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

29 | CRAN: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
     6:30p, Washington. [info]

30 | YAF Construction Tour: 2311 Wilson Boulevard
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  September 14 - Women's Leadership Summit Host Reception
  September 14-16 - Women's Leadership Summit
  September 17 - Interschool Design Competition
  September 21 - ARE Scholarship Submissions Due
  September 27 - 360 Mentoring Begins

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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.