Volume 12, No. 10 - October 30, 2018
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Cooper Carry
The Mill & Bottling House, by Cooper Carry (more info)
In This Issue

Chapter Honors Awardees

AIA Virginia PAC Competition

ELA Nomination Requests due 11/5

Awards + Opportunities

Featured Project: The Mill & Bottling House


Visit the AIA Northern Virginia Website

 This issue of BLAST is sponsored by CADD Microsystems

Autumn Social Features Honor Awards & Elections

Members and guests filled Chadwick’s on October 16 for our Autumn Social. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of our Chapter Honor Awards. Congratulations to:
  • William T. Brown, AIA - Award of Honor
  • Anna M. Barbour, AIA; William E. Conkey, AIA; and Braden L. Field, AIA - Outstanding Achievement
  • Theresa del Ninno, AIA - Distinguished Leadership
  • Lorin B. Boswell; Robyne Hamilton, Associate AIA; and Joseph B. McCoy, AIA - Service to the Chapter
  • Mark Sentner, Mosaic Express - AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Award
During the evening, we congratulated our newly licensed members, recognized the recipient of our ARE Scholarship, Valerie Long, Associate AIA, and elected our 2019 leaders.
  • President - T.J. Meehan, AIA
  • President Elect/1st VP - Joseph B. McCoy, AIA
  • Treasurer - Manoj V. Dalaya, AIA
  • Secretary - Sonia R. Jarboe, AIA
  • Past President - Theresa P. del Ninno, AIA
Special thanks to our Annual Meeting Sponsors: Lighting Environments, The Garland Company, E.E. Reed Construction - East Coast, LLC, Tarkett; Kulinski Group Architects, Mosaic Express Printing, Potomac Valley Brick, and Stantec.

Complete election results and sponsor information are available here. Details and photos from the event will be published in the November/December issue of AIA Northern Virginia News.

AIA Virginia PAC Competition
by Eliza Engle, AIA, AIA Virginia Director

PELLA / KC CompanyRemember the hair product advertisement, "...and they'll tell two friends, and they'll tell two friends..." well, we need your help spreading the word. AIA Northern Virginia is in a statewide competition for PAC donations. Our PAC represents Virginia architects at the state level. We have no allegiance to Democrats or Republicans; our allegiance is to support architects and architecture. Our goal is to increase participation in the PAC - a donation of $10, the cost of lunch, from all our members would give our PAC a seat at the table. Compared to our GC counterparts (see p.10 in our March/April newsletter) our PAC is underfunded, but we are working to change that. Please donate today!

ELA Nomination Requests due November 5

AIA Virginia's Emerging Leaders in Architecture is a year-long leadership program offering presentations, discussions, and collaborative activities at locations across the state. Applications for the 2019 ELA Class are now being accepted. In addition, AIA Northern Virginia has the opportunity to nominate a member to the ELA, offering a confirmed place in the program and a financial commitment to cover up to 50% of the selected candidate's ELA tuition. If you are interested in seeking Chapter nomination please apply by November 5.

2015 International Energy Conservation Code Essentials

The City of Alexandria Department of Code Administration is sponsoring free technical training on the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code Essentials with instructor Jim Quigley on November 9. The training provides 6 hours of AIA, ICC, and DHCD continuing education units and will take place at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, in Alexandria. [Learn More]

AIA Membership Incentives

AIA will once again offer a special rate for new members who join before December 31. The 15 for 12 promotion gives new members the rest of this year free of charge and membership through 2019. New members also enjoy complementary A'19 conference registration. Also, recent graduates with a professional degree in architecture may be eligible for up to 18 months of free membership upon graduation. [Learn More]

Highlights from Canstruction Build-Out

Look for a complete gallery with winning projects in the upcoming AIA Northern Virginia News.
Photography © John A. Burns, FAIA

Quick Notes...     

ArchEx...   takes place November 7-9, but online registration closes November 2 [info]...   2019 AIA Women's Leadership Summit...   will take place in Minneapolis on September 12-14 [info]...  Advanced Florida Building Code Credit...   required of architects licensed in Florida, available online from AIA Florida [info]...  CRAN...   presents Design and VR with BIM 12/5 [info]...

Awards and Opportunities

Due November 8SXSW 2019 Place by Design Applications
Due November 9AIA Housing Awards Program Submissions
Due November 9AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards Submissions
Due November 12AIA Small Project Awards Submissions
Closes December 2Virginia By Design Award Submissions Due
Closes December 5AIA COTE Top Ten for Students Competition Registration
Due August 25, 2019AIA Houston 2020 Visions Exhibition on Resiliency: Request For Visions

Design News
Job Board

As a benefit to our members, we maintain a Job Board of local postings. Pay us a visit for postings from: Hord Coplan Macht; Page; Roche Bobois; George Mason University; A Design Group, LLC; Dewberry; MTFA Architecture; and LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects.

Featured Project

The Mill & Bottling House
Cooper Carry
Alexandria, Virginia

The Mill is an adaptive reuse project that resulted in the creation of 26 residential units (ranging from 450sf to 2,000sf) over four stories with an additional loft level. Built as a cotton factory in 1847 the structure has since functioned as a Civil War prison, bottling plant, spark plug factory, residential apartments, and most recently an office building. The Bottling House annex is a new construction, eight unit boutique condominium building sited adjacent to the historic building.

 The Cooper Carry team sought sustainable solutions to repair and expose as much of the existing historic mill structure as possible. The pre-Civil War mill structure pre-dates the mass production of steel. Its three concrete-filled central columns and 30" deep beams are all cast iron. The 3' brick exterior mass walls were left exposed on the interior face. In the loft level, the original heavy timber roof trusses were left intact. On the eastern façade, the truss top chords which had been previously converted to shed dormers, were altered in-place, making room for a new building amenity room with views over the Potomac River.

The project's design respects and celebrates the historic nature of the structure and site. The Bottling House addition pays homage to historic annex and support buildings once present. The entitlements and approval process involved collaboration with numerous agencies including the Old Town Historic Alexandria Board of Architectural Review and the Historic Preservation arm of the National Park Service.

Alexandria's industrial underpinnings are almost completely gone in today's world. The Mill & Bottling House presented an extremely rare opportunity to take a piece of that rich architectural history, and work with it rather than against it, to breathe new life into a decaying historical site.

Lead Image and Rooftop Amenity above, Photography © Judy Davis / Hoachlander Davis Photography
Interior Image and Roofline, above right, Photography © Josh Meister Photo LLC



3 | Canstruction Exhibit Ends
     Dulles. [info]

4 | Women in Architecture Pop-Up Lunches
     Noon, Multiple locations. [info]

5 | Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
     6:00p, Washington. [info]

5 | ELA AIA Northern Virgnia Nomination Requests Due. [info]

7-9 | Architecture Exchange East. [info]

8 | AIA Virginia Annual Membership Meeting at ArchEx
     12:45p, Richmond. [info]

8 | VWiD Dinner at ArchEx
     7:00p, Richmond . [info]

9 | AIA Leadership Institute
     8:00a, Washington. [info]

9 | 2015 International Energy Conservation Code Essentials
     8:00a, Alexandria. [info]

13 | Women in Architecture Happy Hour
     6:00p, Washington. [info]

16 | ELA Nominations Due to AIA Virginia. [info]

17 | AIA NOVA Board Retreat & Committee Chairs Meeting
     8:30a, Arlington. [info]

27 | Women in Architecture Book Club
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

28 | 360 Mentoring General Session 2: Collaboration
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

29 | Young Architects Forum Happy Hour
     6:30p, Fairfax/Merrifield. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  December 3 - WIA Holiday Party
  December 6 - YAF Holiday Potluck
  December 19 - Joint Board Meeting

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.