Volume 2, No. 10 - July 24, 2008
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

The Lukmire Partnership, Inc.
Parks, Recreation + Cultural Resources Center, by The Lukmire Partnership, Inc. (more info)
In This Issue

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

WAAC Internship Fair

Building Code Workshop : July 30

AIA Updates

Featured Project:
  Parks, Recreation + Cultural Center


Visit the AIA Northern Virginia Website

August 17 Is AIA Day at the National's Ballpark

Earn continuing education credits and see a ballgame? Bring friends and family to enjoy a day at the new National's Ballpark with fellow AIA members and see the Nats play the defending National League champion Colorado Rockies.

Nationals BallparkMichael Stevens, AICP, Executive Director of the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID) will lead a discussion of the rapidly developing neighborhood surrounding the stadium beginning at noon. We will then tour the area as we walk to the ballpark for the 1:35p game. For more information on the Capitol Riverfront BID, visit their website at www.capitolriverfront.org.

1 AIA/CES LU. Tickets for the game are $35.50 each ($34 tickets with a small credit card processing fee added). Prepaid reservations are required and may be purchased on our website. We will meet at noon at the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District offices at 1100 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20003, across the street from the New Jersey Metro Stop. For questions, please contact the Chapter House at aianova@aianova.org or (703) 549-9747.

Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Consortium Internship Fair 2008
By Beth Barrett and Brian Sykes

Since its inception, the faculty and administration at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Consortium has encouraged its students to go out into the professional community to seek part-time employment while studying at the center. This academic encouragement has been successful as many of the students work part-time during their career at the WAAC. And many of them continue working full-time at those same firms during the summer and upon graduation. As students at WAAC, we are in a unique position to take advantage of the professional opportunities that the Washington DC area can provide.

AIASThis past year, students at the WAAC formed a local chapter of the AIAS. As part of its mission, the AIAS WAAC provides a link between the professional and academic communities. Through activities last year, such as the portfolio review, the AIAS began reaching out to the professional community in ways that benefit students. This coming year, the AIAS plans to continue providing this link to the professional community through an Internship Fair.

We invite local architecture firms to participate in this year’s Internship Fair to be held at the WAAC on September 12, 2008. During this half day event you will have an opportunity to meet with upper-level undergraduate and graduate architecture students from universities such as Virginia Tech, Cal Poly, University of Mendoza in Argentina, and Weimar University in Germany – all of whom are looking for a part-time position for the upcoming academic year. The fee to participate, which goes to support the budget of the AIAS WAAC, is $200 per table. As space is limited, please express your interest as soon as possible.

For additional information or to reserve space, Virginia firms please contact Beth Barrett and DC/Maryland Firms please contact Brian Sykes.

Braced Walls Building Code Workshop Planned for July 30

AIA Northern Virginia and the City of Alexandria are organizing a six-hour hands-on code training workshop designed to teach architects, engineers and building officials the new and extensive regulations concerning wall bracing for residential construction. The material is derived from the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC), Section R 602.10, as amended by the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. Local expert Brian Foley, with the Building Plan Review and Permits Division of the Fairfax County, and Charles Bajnai, Chief of Residential Plan Review for Chesterfield County, will present the workshop.

The workshop in on July 30, from 8:00a – 3:00p at James K. Polk Elementary School, 5000 Polk Avenue, Alexandria 22304. Map and directions here.

Six AIA/CES HSW learning units are offered for those participating. Attendance is free. Participants are welcome to bring their own food and drink. Coffee and bagels will be provided in the morning. There is an option to order a box lunch at a cost of $15. Lunches must be pre-ordered by noon on Monday, July 28. For complete information on lunch selection and ordering, click here.

Advance registration is appreciated. To register, please send an e-mail to reservations@aianova.org and include your name, AIA number (if applicable), company name, address, phone and e-mail.

AIA Updates – From Greenstep to the Shape of America
AIA Launches Greenstep Videos for Architects to Share with Clients
Recently the AIA launched Greenstep, a new series of Webisodes for architects to share with clients who want to plan a new building or renovate an existing one using green building principles. Clients can explore how to conserve water, opt for using renewable energy, optimize eco-friendly daylighting and holistically plan a building. Greenstep is the next step of the AIA's "Walk the Walk" campaign to help clients and the public learn more about sustainable design elements and how architects are providing energy-efficient solutions to help lower our collective and individual carbon footprints. The series will ultimately feature 12 programs, with a new episode appearing biweekly through December 8. View the videos on the Walk the Walk website.

ARE 4.0 Resources
All Architect Registration Exam® (ARE) candidates who had not passed an ARE 3.1 section before May 15th have officially been transitioned to ARE 4.0 at this time. The AIA National Component provides resources to aid test candidates in making this transition on the ARE 4.0 Resources website. For more information call (202) 626-7530 or e-mail the Emerging Professionals Team.

Share Your Contributions to Diversity in Architecture
The AIA Diversity Recognition Program seeks exemplary efforts to diversify the architecture profession. A jury will select up to 12 submissions each year as diversity best practices meriting the following recognition:
  • Profiles in AIArchitect and on the AIA Diversity Web page
  • Inclusion in the AIA Best Practices library on Soloso and aia.org
  • Acknowledgment at AIA National Convention events, including the GLBT Reception, Minority Fellows Reception, and Women in Architecture dinner
  • Commemoration in a Celebration of Diversity in Architecture poster
For complete details, including potential topics, see the Call for Submissions available on the AIA Diversity website. Submissions are due September 15, 2008. Questions? Send an e-mail to diversity@aia.org.

The AIA announces Shape of America (http://www.shapeofamerica.org) – a series of web-based short movies starring some of the 150 structures chosen by the public for the America's Favorite Architecture list created last year. Seven episodes are currently available. In each episode, AIA architects share their opinions, insights and personal stories about architectural masterworks and encourage public discussion of the buildings and their opinion of the architecture.

Featured Project

Parks, Recreation + Cultural Resources Center
Arlington, VA
The Lukmire Partnership, Inc.

Arlington County has been encouraging the use of green building components since it adopted the LEED® Green Building Rating System in 1999. In fact, when it comes to the design and construction of county buildings, achieving Silver LEED® Certification is a requirement.

So when The Lukmire Partnership was awarded the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Center (PRCR) project in 2003, this was a primary goal. The Lukmire Partnership completed the building late 2007 and was recently notified that it has received Silver LEED® Certification.

The first new facility to be constructed in the redeveloped Arlington County Trades Center, the 32,000 sf facility serves as the base of operations for the PRCR administrative and operations staff, who maintain Arlington’s nearly 200 parks and playgrounds.

A two-story L- shaped building, it features administration and training areas on the top floor and shops and common areas on the ground floor. In response to the size and shape of the site, and the fact that all ground floor operations needed truck access, the building is only 40-feet-wide with a clear height in all shops of 16 feet. There are seven individual trade shops on the ground floor, each with their own environmental controls.

The second story is an open flexible space spanned with heavy timber trusses and a clerestory running the length of the floor. The majority of staff are in open workstations, allowing everyone an exterior view and natural light. All windows are operable for natural ventilation. It also has a meeting room that can hold 400 people for county-wide gatherings.

Green features include natural clerestory lighting, auto sensors, certified wood ceilings, natural stone, a green roof, and four cisterns to capture rainwater for watering landscaping throughout the county.

The Lukmire Partnership, headquartered in Arlington, VA, with offices in Annapolis, MD, is committed to sustainable design and has won numerous design and energy awards for its projects.


July 24 - Property Condition Assessments
Noon-1:00p, at ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC, 3859 Centerview Drive, Suite 500, Chantilly. Presentation provides valuable information on the condition of a property for the purpose of purchasing, selling, or refinancing. Items discussed will include requirements noted in ASTM E 2018, Property Condition Assessments, Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process. Presented by ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC. 1 AIA/CES HSW. Lunch provided. Registration required; space limited to 20 participants. Contact mdoyle@ecslimited.com.

July 30 - Braced Walls Building Code Workshop
8:00a-3:00p, at Polk Elementary School, Alexandria. Six-hour course designed to teach architects, engineers and building officials the new and extensive regulations concerning wall bracing for residential construction. See the article above for more information.

August 4 - Metro Directory Firm Profile Form Due
A new form must be completed each year to be included in the Metro Directory of Architecture & Design Firms. Profile forms were mailed in late June. One person from each firm must complete the form and return it to Dawson Publications, not the Chapter House, by August 4. If you have any questions, please e-mail aianova@aianova.org.

August 17 - AIA Day at the Nationals Ballpark
1:35p game time. Bring friends and family to enjoy a day at the new Nationals Ballpark with fellow AIA members from all three metro area Chapters. See the Nationals play the Colorado Rockies. See the article above for more information.

September 13 - How To Work With An Architect Workshop
10:00a, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria. A workshop, aimed at potential clients, offering an overview of the design and construction process for residential projects. Features Randall Mars, AIA, with Randall Mars Architects in McLean. To register, e-mail reservations@aianova.org.

There are several interesting continuing education opportunities coming this fall, including BIMStrom, a Design Build Webinar, a double lunch seminar on Terrazzo and Wall Systems / Air Barriers, and a Sustainable and Energy Efficient Building Envelope Workshop. Registration is already available for all of these events. For additional information, visit the Chapter's continuing education page.