Volume 13, No. 5 - Wednesday, June 5
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Architecture Incorporated
Inova Physical Therapy Clinic, by Architecture Incorporated (more info)
In This Issue

Design Awards Celebration

Womens Leadership Summit

WLS Grant for Rebecca Mezny, AIA

Awards + Opportunities

Featured Project: Inova Sports
    Medicine + Physical Therapy Clinic


Visit the AIA Northern Virginia Website

 This issue of BLAST is sponsored by Arch Resources

Design Awards Celebration - June 13

AIA Northern Virginia's Design Awards Committee is pleased to present our Design Awards Celebration, where we will be applauding great architecture and enjoying the chapter's biggest event of the year. Our gala takes place at Marymount University at Ballston Center, designed by Gensler and recognized with a 2018 Design Award. Reservations are due this Friday, June 7 - www.aianova.org/DA19.

 Thank you to this year's jury from AIA Middle Tennessee for their thoughtful deliberations:

Jury I – Residential Architecture, Historic Architecture and the Herlong Associates Award:
Fuller Hanan, Associate AIA with Pfeffer Torode Architecture; Price E. Harrison, AIA with Price Harrison Architect and Associates; Michael K. Murdock, AIA with EOA Architects; David M. Powell, FAIA with Hastings Architecture Associates; and James L. Thompson, AIA with Centric Architecture.

Jury II – Institutional Architecture, Commercial Architecture, Commercial Interiors, and Conceptual/Unbuilt Architecture:
Ann M. McGauran, AIA, State Architect with the Department of Treasury; David W. Minnigan, AIA with Earl Swensson Associates; Mary Roskilly, AIA with Tuck-Hinton Architects; Kenneth A. Scalf, AIA with the Tennessee Department of Correction; Amanda L. Shadowens, AIA with Hastings Architecture Associates; and Brian Tibbs, AIA with Moody Nolan.

We are very grateful for all the help and support provided by the staff at AIA Middle Tennessee! A special thanks to our breakfast and lunch sponsors: Tim Pedigo at Alley-Cassetty Brick and Renee Shipley at Caesar Ceramics USA.

Photograph © Connie Zhou

Women's Leadership Summit - Reframe. Rethink. Refresh.

 Registration is now open for the AIA's 2019 Women's Leadership Summit, which takes place in Minneapolis, September 12-14. The WLS offers high-value educational sessions, candid conversations, and wellness activities designed to help you refine your leadership skills and accelerate your career growth. Tickets are limited, so make your reservations soon.

Rebecca Mezny, AIA Awarded a Sho-Ping Chin Women's Leadership Summit Grant

 Congratulations to Becca, Co-Chair of our Women in Architecture Committee, (right) on being selected as a grant recipient by the Architects Foundation. This grant supports women by providing both registration and travel to the AIA Women's Leadership Summit in Minneapolis. Becca, an Associate at MTFA Architecture, was selected as a leader within the AIA. In her role as WIA chair, she is helping to expand the diversity of the design profession and encourage women to consider a career in architecture and allied fields. She sees WIA as a way to gather women together to advance their relevant voices to our profession. Important issues like sustainability, firm management, and design excellence are tackled from various perspectives through her leadership of bringing women together. Read more at www.architectsfoundation.org/who-we-are/our-scholars/rebecca-mezny

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Thanks to our Chapter committees, you can easily earn continuing education credits. Two construction tours are offered in June – one of a custom two-family residence, organized by our Capital Area CRAN, and the other of an addition to Bishop Ireton High School, planned jointly by our Women in Architecture Committee and our Young Architects Forum. Then our Small Firms Committee is planning a lunch seminar featuring two geotechnical courses presented by ECS Mid-Atlantic.

June 13, 4:30p – Custom Urban Two-Family Residence: A Construction Tour, 2 LU|HSW
June 20, 6:00p – Bishop Ireton High School Construction Tour, 1.5 LU|HSW
June 21, 11:00a – Permeable Pavements, Geotechnical Engineering Report Interpretation + Practical Applications, 2 LU
We also offer a list of educational opportunities on our continuing education page.

James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards Accepting Entries

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, this awards program, (formerly the Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards) is sponsored by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and administered by the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning, in cooperation with the county’s Architectural Review Board and AIA Northern Virginia. Eligible projects submitted to this year’s AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards have already been forwarded to Fairfax County. Submissions are due June 14. For details regarding submission requirements, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-zoning/exceptional-design-awards

Architecture Firm Billings Increase Slightly in April

Following a sizable decrease in demand for design services in March, the April ABI climbed back into positive territory. AIA's ABI score for April showed a small increase in design services at 50.5, up from 47.8 in March. Additionally, business conditions remained strong at firms located in the South. Despite this and the positive overall billings score, most regional and sector indictors continue to display decreasing demand for design services. "In contrast to 2018, conditions throughout the construction sector recently have become more unsettled," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "Though we may not be at a critical inflection point, the next several months of billing data will be indicative of the health of the industry going into 2020." The complete report is available here.

Quick Notes...  

Our ARE Prep Series...   wraps up for 2019 with Construction and Evaluation on June 22 [info]...   AIA Contract Documents...   recently revised AIA Interiors documents are now available [info]...   AIA Academy of Architecture for Health's webinars...   now available online, covering current issues affecting healthcare architectural practice [info]...

Awards and Opportunities

 Due June 14James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards
Due June 17AIA Virginia Awards for Excellence
Due July 11AIA Virginia Honors Awards Call for Nominations
AIA National Awards
    Due June 24 – AIA Architecture Award
    Due June 30 – Religious Art + Architecture Design Awards
    Due July 16 – Design for Aging Review Awards
    Due July 30 – Gold Medal
    Due August 6 – Architecture Firm Award
    Due August 6 – Interior Architecture
    Due August 6 – Regional + Urban Design
    Due August 6 – Twenty-five Year Award
    All: https://www.aia.org/pages/11531-award-submissions
Opportunities to Serve on AIA Panels(Architecture Billings Index, Global ABI, Home Design Trends)

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: U+ Design Partners; LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects; HLR Architects; PGAL; Bowie Gridley Architects; MW Architects LLC; Karl Riedel Architecture, PC; Adaptive Property Solutions; MTFA Architecture; Stroik Lighting Design and West Workshop.

Featured Project

Inova Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy Clinic
Architecture Incorporated
Fairfax, Virginia

 In keeping with the owner's commitment to innovation and excellence, Architecture, Inc. led the design of Inova Health System's new Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy Clinic with Dr. Robin West - the Lead Team Physician for the Washington Nationals and the Head Team Physician for the Washington Redskins. The goal of the integrated facility is to provide comprehensive and personalized care to athletes of all ages and abilities, while serving as a hub for the Sports Medicine Institute.

The 20,000 sf facility, located on the Inova Center for Personalized Health campus, includes a 13,000 sf outpatient clinic, physical therapy, an EXOS performance gym, and an outdoor synthetic turf field for patient evaluation and performance. Utilizing an existing conference and dining center originally designed for Exxon/Mobil, a new dedicated elevator now connects the lower EXOS gym to the upper clinic's waiting area with views over the outdoor sports fields.

By focusing on the mind, body, and spirit; the design emphasizes healing and accomplishment through crisp, contemporary non-clinical spaces punctuated with larger-than-life graphics. Bold features; including 20-foot ceilings, wood patterned floors, and bright colors; reference a sports arena environment. Playful cylindrical forms, reflecting the existing building’s 6,000 sf circular entrance lobby, glow from their colorful glass linings. Additional images can be seen at www.archinc.com/portfolio/inova-sports-medicine.

Photography © Paul Burk



5-8 | A'19 - AIA Conference on Architecture
     Las Vegas. [info]

7 | Region of The Virginias Breakfast at A'19
     7:30a, Las Vegas. [info]

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

11 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
     Noon, Alexandria. [info]

13 | Custom Urban Two-Family Residence: A Construction Tour
     4:30p, Washington. [info]

13 | Design Awards Celebration
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

20 | Bishop Ireton High School Construction Tour
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

21 | Permeable Pavements & Geotechnical Engineering Report Interpretation
     11:00a, Alexandria. [info]

21 | AIA Virginia Virtual Membership Meeting
     11:15a. [info]

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  July 11 - AIA Virginia Honors Nominations Due
  July 16 - Committee Chairs Planning 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.