Volume 2, No. 12 - September 25, 2008
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Architecture Inc.
NVCC Laboratory / Classroom Building, by Architecture Incorporated (more info)
In This Issue

New Bylaws + Annual Dinner

Architecture Exchange East

About Architecture

Hickok Cole Art Night

Building Envelope Seminar

Featured Project: NVCC Woodbridge
  Campus Lab / Classroom Building


Visit the AIA Northern Virginia Website

Annual Chapter Dinner, Honors Celebration, Elections + Bylaws Approval

The 33rd Annual Chapter Dinner will be held at the Crystal City Sports Pub, Thursday, October 30, beginning at 6:30p. Please join us for a fun evening with fellow Chapter members. Enjoy dinner, playing some pool and watching a football game. During the evening we will honor the service of several colleagues as the Chapter presents its Honor Awards. We will also hold a brief annual meeting to approve new bylaws and vote for our 2009 Chapter officers and directors.

The Chapter is in the process of adopting new bylaws based on the National AIA's model bylaws. This will guarantee we are in compliance with state laws, coordinate with the National AIA bylaws and reflect current Chapter practices. The proposed bylaws will be available for initial review and comment on the Chapter website from September 22 until October 5, and then the final version from October 13 until October 16. The proposed bylaws will then be voted on at the dinner. Please take a few minutes to review the bylaws and e-mail any comments you may have to Chapter President Valerie Hassett, AIA at valerie@aianova.org.

Additional information on the Chapter elections, including the slate of candidates, is available in the September/October newsletter.

Invitations will be mailed to members. Guests are welcome to attend. Dinner is $30 (half the cost of last year's dinner) and includes appetizers, dinner buffet and non-alcoholic drinks. There will be a cash bar available. Pre-paid reservations are required by October 27. Additional information and registration are available here.

Your attendance at the dinner is important to the election and governing process of the Chapter. Please join us on October 30.

ArchEx Now Open for Registration
Oslo Opera HouseThe 21st annual Architecture Exchange East is approaching fast! November 12-14, 2008, in the Greater Richmond Convention Center. This year's ArchEx will be better than ever, featuring keynote speaker Craig Dykers of Norway's Snøhetta, architects of the Oslo Opera House and the Alexandria Library (http://www.snoarc.no). More than 70 educational seminars will be offered ranging from historical preservation to the latest technologies. In the exhibit hall, more than 150 exhibitors will display the Oslo Opera House Interior latest products and services. Sign up before September 30 at http://www.archex.net to get the lowest rates for the Mid-Atlantic’s premier conference and expo for the architecture profession.
ArchEx 2008: Make Your Mark.

About Architecture - What is Green Remodeling?

REGREEN, LEED® for Homes, National Green Building Standard, and ENERGY STAR. What do these terms mean for residents in the DC region and what role does residential architecture and construction play in creating a "green" future?

Making your home a greener place is a commitment – to yourself, your family, your community and the world. But more than that, it is a learning process. As exciting new technologies, products and scientific breakthroughs constantly emerge, staying educated on the hows – as well as the whys – of maintaining a green home is the best way to ensure your efforts are as effective and beneficial as possible. (From the US Green Building Council).

About ArchitectureOn October 7, 2008, the City of Alexandria Lyceum and the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter will host the third of our new quarterly forums called About Architecture. William Brown, AIA, LEED® AP, Chair of the AIA Northern Virginia Committee on the Environment, will introduce a presentation by Doug Horgan, Vice President of BOWA Builders, Inc. Doug has worked in residential remodeling for 19 years, and holds several green building designations. Doug serves on the DC AIA Committee on the Environment and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry Metro DC Green Building Committee, and is an instructor for the NARI Green Remodeling class.

The presentation begins at 7:00p, October 7th at the Alexandria Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. 1 AIA/CES HSW LU. The event is free and reservations are not necessary. Refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact the Chapter at aianova@aianova.org or call (703) 549-9747.

The About Architecture series is designed to engage the public, as well as architects and students, in an ongoing dialogue about architecture, architects and urban design issues.

Art Night 2008

Each year Hickok Cole Architects teams with the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) to put on a world-class juried art show.

Art Night originated in 1998 as an in-house event for staff, their families and friends of the firm. Over the years it has grown into one of the primary fundraisers for Washington Project for the Arts. Open to the public by invitation and reserved tours, this year's show hopes to attract 1,500 attendees. Art Night's Curator Anne Surak, director of Project 4 Gallery, has selected works created by local, contemporary artists including Margaret Boozer, Heidi Fowler, Jason Gubbiotti, Laurel Lukaszewski, Noelle Tan, Rene Trevino and many others. All proceeds from the sale of artwork flow back into the Washington, DC art community, furthering WPA's mission – to promote and present experimental exhibitions, programs and performances that benefit local residents.

This year's event in on October 16, from 6:00p–9:00p at Hickok Cole Architects, 1023 31st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007. The exhibition will run from October 16 until October 31. Visitors wishing to see the show and purchase artwork can call (202) 667-9776 to schedule a tour. For additional information, contact: Marilynn Deane Mendell at mmendell@hickokcole.com or (540) 207-4045.

Sustainable + Energy Efficient Building Envelope Design + Construction
AIA Northern Virginia is organizing a day-long workshop focused on designing and constructing sustainable building envelopes. The workshop offers four presentations:
  • Insulated Wall Claddings for Sustainable + Energy Efficient Design
  • Greenroofs: Achieving Sustainable Results
  • Masonry Walls + Concrete Floors in Sustainable Design
  • Steel Thermal Efficient Panels for Sustainable Design
The workshop, which provides 5 AIA/CES HSW Learning Units, is on October 16 from 9:30a–3:45p, at the Charles E. Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304. Registration is currently open with discounted rates through October 6 ($65 AIA members; $75 non-members). Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

For additional information on the topics to be covered in each presentation and registration information, visit the Chapter website. For questions, please contact AIA Northern Virginia at (703) 549-9745 or aianova@aianova.org.

Featured Project

Northern Virginia Community College, Classroom / Laboratory Building
Woodbridge, VA
Architecture, Incorporated

The design program called for a twelve thousand square foot laboratory/classroom building to train workforce technicians in Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning repair and installation. The project site was prominent on the Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge campus and would influence future development on that campus. The owner suggested a new two story education building contiguous to an existing structure used by the department. By re-thinking the original concept, a single story plan offered more flexibility and accessibility to additional academic departments.

In the final design, the building was moved closer to the street and existing bookstore creating a plaza bounded by the two buildings and a future building site. This plaza will become a central hub for students on campus with continuity to the bookstore, adjacent academic buildings, a campus bus stop, and primary student parking.

The five thousand square foot HVAC laboratory was located to the rear of the new one story building and near the existing storage building. The lab building will house fully functioning HVAC equipment for training. This conveniently serves the existing workforce training department students and faculty. The five new classrooms, brought down to grade, were moved forward to front on the street and new plaza.

Particular care was taken to provide natural light to all spaces. The building corridor was flanked with red stucco walls establishing a backbone for the building and benchmarking classroom locations on this "main street." Classrooms were positioned to provide flexible space accommodating multiple users at various times of the day. Multiple entrances were also added to allow for dissimilar activities to occur at the same time of day without interruption. The building systems were exposed to become a working model to the HVAC students. Simple building components and structural elements were expressed as well to further act as a visual example of construction to the students.


October 7 - About Architecture - What is Green Remodeling?
7:00p, at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, Alexandria 22314. Our public lecture series, About Architecture, continues with a presentation on Green Remodeling. Please join us for what we hope will be lively discussions about current issues affecting all of us in Northern Virginia and the DC metropolitan area. See article above for additional information.

October 14 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30p-6:00p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314. For additional information, contact the Chapter House at aianova@aianova.org or (703) 549-9747.

October 17 - Small Firms Roundtable : The Local Economy
Noon–1:00p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314. The Small Firms Roundtable will be joined by John McClain, a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. The CRA studies economic development in the National Capital region and publishes a variety of reports for the general population, for institutional clients, government, and private industry. Earlier this month, the CRA published their most recent edition of The Washington Area and Northern Virginia Economic Outlook. In June, Mr. McClain authored a study entitled Foreclosures in the Washington Metropolitan Region.

With John McClain visiting the next Small Firms Roundtable meeting, our discussion will focus on our local economy. Our conversation will benefit from the insight and expertise offered by Mr. McClain whose background includes economic forecasts, demographic studies, and real estate research for the Washington Council of Governments and the Washington Board of Trade. With so much uncertainty in the national economy, Mr. McClain will help us understand the ramifications for our local and regional economy. 1 AIA/CES LU. $5 for lunch (pizza + drinks) will be collected on site. Registration required by sending an e-mail to reservations@aianova.org. Members who have questions or suggestions for the Small Firms Roundtable are invited to contact Matt Guenther by telephone (703) 276-2274 or e-mail.

October 16 - Sustainable + Energy Efficient Building Envelope Workshop
Please see the article above.

October 22 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series
Noon-1:00p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314. Vapor Barriers: Nuisance or Necessity? New EPA regulations, ACI recommendations, and ASTM standards have increased the importance of updating education on the topic of below slab moisture protection. Presentation will cover applicable information from those organizations and will address issues that can arise when using recycled plastics (poly/visqueen) beneath a concrete slab. Forensic analyses point to a number of problems caused by below slab water vapor migration, regardless of the climate in which the project is located. Session will cover everything from the science of below slab moisture migration, to a briefing on slab design debates, to installation standards, and finally how to specify this often overlooked area of the building envelope by clarifying the correct reference standards and performance characteristics. Presented by Mark Prosser of Stego® Industries, LLC. 1 AIA/CES HSW LU. Free, but registration is required. Please e-mail your registration request to reservations@aianova.org.

October 30 - 33rd Annual Chapter Dinner + Honors Celebration
See the article above or view the event listing on the Chapter website.