Volume 12, No. 5 - May 29, 2018
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Cunningham | Quill Architects
Safeway Lifestyle Store, by Cunningham | Quill Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Canstruction Flies to Dulles

DA18 Celebration June 14

Golf Tournament

Quick Notes

Featured Project: Safeway Lifestyle Store


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 This issue of BLAST is sponsored by
Arch Resources and ECS Mid-Atlantic
Dulles International Airport to Host our Canstruction Competition

PELLA / KC CompanyFor many years we have enjoyed holding our Canstruction® event at Reagan National Airport, but due to an ongoing construction project, we are unable to build there this year. We are so thankful that Dulles Airport has generously offered to host our 15th annual competition.

On a typical day, more than 60,000 passengers pass through Dulles, making this is an ideal location to draw attention to supporting our neighbors and showcasing the design talents of local architects. The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a non-profit organization providing supplemental groceries to families in need, is counting on us and we are counting on you to help.

Build-out night is Friday, October 26 and our structures are on display until de-Canstruction on Sunday, November 4. Be creative, inspire teamwork, help your community and have fun!

Register your team now!!

Design Awards Celebration - June 14

DA18AIA Northern Virginia's Design Awards Committee is pleased to present our Design Awards Celebration, where we will applaud great architecture and enjoy the chapter’s premier event of the year. Our gala takes place on the top floor of the new Reston Station office building designed by renowned architect Helmut Jahn, FAIA, principal at JAHN, based in Chicago. We are happy to be able to offer building tours to our guests.

Ticket information is available here.

Thank you to this year's jury from AIA Phoenix for their thoughtful deliberations.

Jury I – Residential Architecture, Historic Architecture and the Herlong Associates Award: Clarisa del Castillo, AIA, co-founder of Merge Architectural Group; Thamarit Suchart, AIA, principal and co-founder of Chen+Suchart Studio LLC; and Douglas Sydnor, FAIA, founding principal at SYDNOR.

Jury II – Institutional Architecture, Commercial Architecture, Commercial Interiors, and Conceptual/Unbuilt Architecture: Melissa M. Farling, FAIA, principal at Gould Evans, P.A.; Rob Gaspard, AIA, co-founder of Worksbureau; and Sue Gray, AIA, principal at BWS Architects. Image courtesy Comstock Partners

NOVA's 9th Annual Golf Tournament - Early Bird Discounts End June 1

Join us on July 23 for our 9th annual golf outing at the Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria. We are happy to team with the Society for Marketing Professional Services – Washington, DC (SMPS DC) to bring you 18 holes of summer golf, lunches on the course, a barbecue buffet, great prizes, and an exciting opportunity to network with local AEC professionals! Proceeds from the tournament support AIA Northern Virginia scholarships for local architecture students and ARE candidates. [Learn More]

Early Bird discounts available HERE

Quick Notes...     

Two Upcoming CRAN seminars…  are being presented. May 31: Wall Panel Rainscreen Design for the Contemporary Home [More] and June 19: Backdoor Revolution: Accessory Dwelling Units [More]...   

A free Architecture Symposium on June 8+9...   titled "Designing in Alexandria: 2018" promotes public discussion about contemporary architecture and design with a panel discussion and bus tours. [More]...   

Bauhaus and Beyond Tour...  allows you to experience the legendary Bauhaus in September with Architectural Adventures, led by tour expert Martin Moeller. [More]...  

Awards and Opportunities

A'18Due June 1World Architecture Day UIA Poster Competition Submittals
Due June 1Alexandria Beautification Awards Submissions
Due June 12Design in Public and AIA Seattle's Displaced: Design for Inclusive Cities Submissions
Due June 14AIA Virginia's Awards for Excellence in Architecture Submittals
Due June 15Fairfax County James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards Submissions (formerly the Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards)
Due July 11Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship Applications
Due July 13AIA Virginia Honors Nominations
Due September 1AIA Upjohn Research Grant Submissions
AIA Digital Transformation Focus Group Participation
Architecture Billings Index Panel Opportunity for Firm Leaders

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: Sanchez Palmer Architects; John Milner Associates Preservation; KGA Studio at Kerns Group Architects; Erin May, Architect; Helbing Lipp Recny Architects; Cole & Denny Architects; HLR Architects; Stantec; Randall Mars Architects; Project 308 Design; George Mason University; S2R Architects; Loudoun County Government; GBR Architects, LLC; MTFA Architecture; and O’Brien & Keane.

Featured Project

Safeway Lifestyle Store
Cunningham | Quill Architects
Alexandria, Virginia

 The new, urban model, Safeway 'Lifestyle Store' is located on King Street, a major corridor into the city of Alexandria, and replaces a former suburban model smaller Safeway store surrounded by a large surface parking lot and built in the early 1980s.

The design team worked closely with the community and city to transform this western entry passageway, currently dominated by car-oriented strip development, into an urban and pedestrian friendly multi-way boulevard.  The new Safeway store and adjoining retail pavilion create a streetscape of buildings that engages King Street, screens and encapsulates automobile parking, and provides a pedestrian plaza as well as connections to nearby residential, institutional and retail properties. The project is intended to act as a catalyst for expanding a revitalized pedestrian-oriented multi-way boulevard and urbanization of future redevelopment in the area.

The store rises at its most visually prominent eastern orientation to form a glazed prow delineating the main entrance and central pedestrian space. The prow provides a focal point from both the exterior and interior and brings natural light into the store’s lounge area. A cantilevered balcony over the main entrance accommodates outdoor seating next to an indoor cafe. The store’s façade materials include regional brick, European fiber-cement panels, and Brazilian slate.

In order to meet sustainability goals of Safeway, the design team and the city, storm water management is addressed with on-site collection and filtration. The landscape design includes multiple rain gardens and plantings to capture, slow and filter water. Public art is also incorporated into the building and site design with the use of curved COR-TEN steel landscape screen walls, articulated stainless steel mesh sculptural screens along the pedestrian path from the south and colorful painted scrims.

Photography © Dan Cunningham



May 31 | Wall Panel Rainscreen Design for the Contemporary Home
     6:00p, McLean. [info]

June 2 | Scrap City - ARHA Youth Arts Festival
     1:00p, Alexandria. [info]

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

7 | Women in Architecture Pop-Up Lunches
     12:00p, Multiple Locations. [info]

8+9 | Designing in Alexandria: 2018 Architecture Symposium
     Alexandria. [info]

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

14 | Design Awards Celebration
     6:00p, Reston. [info]

15 | AIA Virginia Virtual Membership Meeting
     12:00p. [info]

19 | CRAN: Backdoor Revolution: Accessory Dwelling Units
     6:00p, Washington, DC. [info]

20-23 | AIA Conference on Architecture
     New York City. [info]

23 | ARE Exam Series: Construction and Evaluation
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  July 23 - AIA Northern Virginia Golf Tournament
  July 26 - YAF Happy Hour

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.