Volume 2, No. 3 - February 27, 2008
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Cannon Design
Camille Kendall Academic Center, by Canon Design (more info)
In This Issue

Open House Tomorrow Night

Code Seminar 2008

Philly's Kimmel Center

New Fellows

2008 Compensation Study

Featured Project:
  Camille Kendall Academic Center


Featured Sponsor: HSMM

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Join AIA Northern Virginia for Our Open House Tomorrow Night!
I invite you to come to the Chapter Open House tomorrow, Thursday, February 28, any time between 6:00 and 8:00p. Enjoy some Indian food, visit with friends, meet your colleagues, talk to our board members and thank our loyal sponsors. This event promises no speeches or presentations, just casual conversation and enticing refreshments. Make an evening of it. Bring a friend or meet your friends here then walk to one of many great restaurants in Old Town for dinner.

You don’t need to make a reservation and the there is no charge to attend, so just come. The Chapter House is located at 205 South Patrick Street, Old Town Alexandria 22314.
- Debbie Burns

Code Seminar 2008 Covers New State and International Codes

AIA Northern Virginia and the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association welcome Chapter members to a conversation with local code officials on March 6 in Alexandria. Subjects include the differences between the 2003 and 2006 IBC, explained by David Conover of the International Code Council, and the pending transition from the 2003 to the 2006 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.

The seminar is March 6, 10:00a to 2:30p at the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library in Alexandria. 4 AIA/CES HSW Learning Units. The cost is $65 for AIA members and $80 for non-members. Lunch will be provided. Additional information is available on the Chapter’s website here.

Volunteers Needed for Schools Connection Committee

Meet the Architects Forum
Projected Date: March
This forum includes three to four architects plus one landscape architect that represent various size firms and styles of practice. The forum focuses on the practice of the architecture rather than the work of the invited architects.

Firm Pin-Up Series
Projected Date: March & April
This program features four architects that pin up a project for students to review and comment on. It is sort of a reverse jury where the tables are turned. Held once a week for four weeks and coordinated with Meet the Architects Forum schedule.

Both events take place at Virginia Tech’s Washington - Alexandria Architecture Center in Alexandria. If you are interested in participating in either of these events, please contact Jennifer Byl.

Northern Virginia Chapter Congratulates New Fellows

Congratulations to Chapter members William P. Lecky, FAIA, Baird M. Smith, FAIA and Michael H. Kang, FAIA, LEED® AP, an unassigned member. We also want to congratulate Mary P. Cox, FAIA, from the Richmond Chapter and Jane C. Wright, FAIA, from the Hampton Roads Chapter.

Fellowship is awarded to members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession. This year, 116 individuals were elevated to the College of Fellows. Out of a national membership of more than 81,000, fewer than 2,600 AIA members are distinguished with Fellowship.

Bill Lecky, FAIA

Bill Lecky, Senior Vice-President of the Lessard Architectural Group, was nominated in the research category for his passion for research, analysis and experimentation as a means of achieving programmatic and technical excellence. His distinguished career includes work on the both the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Bill has applied his understanding of technology and materials to a variety of project types including cultural structures, projects for the mentally and physically disabled, and animal environments. Bill was awarded the Virginia Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 2007.


Baird Smith, Director of Preservation at Quinn Evans Architects, was nominated in the preservation category for his significant contribution to the renewal of some of the nation’s most important historic buildings, including the White House, Old Executive Office Building, Washington Monument and Library of Congress. Baird is a national leader in materials conservation and sustainable design for historic structures and one of only 42 persons internationally to be elected as a Fellow of the Association for Preservation Technology International.

Baird Smith, FAIA
Michael Kang, FAIA

Michael Kang, Vice President at SmithGroup and a member of both AIA Washington, DC and Northern Virginia, was nominated in the practice category for his global design and practice leadership. Michael has advanced the art and technology of healthcare, academic and research architecture, evident in his award-winning designs for the Shuguang Hospital in China and the Postech Library in Korea. Working across the globe from Asia to the United States, Michael has garnered 20 design and competition awards and his projects have been widely published.

The 2008 Fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at Boston’s Old South Church on May 16 during the 2008 AIA National Convention.

Participate in the 2008 AIA Compensation Survey
It has been almost three years since the AIA published the 2005 AIA Compensation Survey Report – an industry standard, and the most comprehensive national survey on architect compensation. The new 2008 survey will provide compensation data for 40 positions at architecture firms, all nine regions of the country, plus many states and metro areas. To thank you for your participation, you will receive a complimentary PDF copy of the complete survey report when it is released. Because only a limited number of firms can be directly contacted, your reply is vital for the success of this study. If you have received an invitation to participate, please be sure to submit your response by the deadline. If you are a firm leader who has not received an invitation and would like to participate, please send an e-mail to Dick Rogers at aiahelp@readexresearch.com. We thank you in advance for your participation.

Featured Project

University System of Maryland, Camille Kendall Academic Center
Rockville, MD
Cannon Design

Cannon Design was commissioned to provide project site analysis, a master plan, and architectural, engineering, interior, and site design services for the 195,000 sf Camille Kendall Academic Center, constructed on the 50-acre Gudelsky Tract, part of the 285-acre Shady Grove Life Sciences Center. Construction and related site improvements include site amenities, surface parking reconfigurations, vehicular/pedestrian circulation, service access, and utility services. The University of Maryland received LEED® Gold certification for the project, making it the largest "green" higher education building in the state of Maryland and one of the first in the university system to receive a Gold rating.

The Camille Kendall Academic Center contains technology-enhanced classrooms, computer classrooms, open class laboratories, and related support spaces; student service, administrative, and faculty offices and support; Learning Resource Center and study facilities; foodservice, bookstore, and lounge; a central computer control center and the telecommunications center for the entire Shady Grove site; and storage.

The scope of this project also includes the conversion of space in Shady Grove Educational Center I and Shady Grove Educational Center II of 7,186 sf and 3,117 sf respectively to meet expanded program needs in nursing, Shady Grove Center facilities support, foodservice support, and study/meeting space.


February 11 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30p-6:00p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria. For additional information, contact the Chapter House at aianova@aianova.org.

February 13 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series: HVAC Architectural Design 101
Noon-1:00p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria. Participants will learn HVAC definitions, how heating and cooling loads are calculated, and the variables that play a role in the calculations. Differences between constant volume and variable air volume systems will be discussed as well as mechanical system selection criteria and options. Participants will also gain an understanding of common engineering challenges and why coordination between the architect and engineer is critical for a successful project. Presented by Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. Vice President and Branch Manager Lew Brode and Vice President and Senior Electrical Engineer Igor Livshin. 1 AIA/CES HSW LU. Free. Registration required. To register, contact the Chapter at reservations@aianova.org or (703) 549-9747.

February 27 - ARE Prep Series: Roundtable
Time and location to be determined. The Young Architects Forum 2008 ARE study seminars begin with the Roundtable featuring Kekku Lehtonen, AIA, Assistant Director for ARE Development at NCARB. Registration information and a more definitive schedule will be available soon.

February 28 - AIA Northern Virginia Open House
6:00p-8:00p, at the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria. Please join us at our annual Chapter Open House. Visit with colleagues, meet the Chapter Board, enjoy some refreshments and learn about upcoming events. The Open House is free and reservations are not necessary.

March 6 - A Conversation with Local Code Officials
10:00a-2:30p, at the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, located at 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria. There is sometimes a perception by architects that one jurisdiction may require more or different information for a building permit submission than another or that a locality interprets a code section differently than elsewhere in Virginia. Resubmitting permits costs the firm and your clients money. Now is your opportunity to sit down with code enforcement representatives from several local jurisdictions and have an open discussion about the permit submission process and to hear about the pending transition from the 2003 to the 2006 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.

The cost is $65 for AIA members and $80 for non-members. Lunch will be provided. Pre-paid registration is required. Attendance is limited and our code seminars typically sell out quickly. AIA members may pay with a credit card through the Chapter’s website or by mailing a check to the Chapter House. Non-members must pay by check, payable to AIA Northern Virginia, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, and include contact information. 4 AIA/CES HSW Learning Units are available for attending the event.

April 17 - Philip Johnson: Architecture as Art, at The Kreeger Museum
6:30p-8:30p, members of AIA and their guests are invited to join Dr. Erich Keel, Head of Education, for a wine and cheese reception, talk and walk-through of the exhibition, Philip Johnson: Architecture as Art, on view at The Kreeger Museum March 15 - July 31, 2008. The museum is 2401 Foxhall Road NW, Washington, DC 20007. The AIA Northern Virginia Chapter is co-sponsoring this event with the Kreeger Museum and offering 1.5 AIA/CES Learning Units. Tickets are $30 and expected to sell out quickly. For reservations, call (202) 338-3552.

Featured Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

HSMM is a full-service architecture/engineering/planning firm with 85 personnel locally and 660 firmwide. Since its opening in 1958, the Washington, DC office has built a solid foundation of notable projects within the National Capital Region: long-term clients include the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Architect of the Capitol. Last year, HSMM merged with AECOM and is now supported by 32,000 personnel worldwide.

Our DC architecture/interiors studio includes 19 architects, interns, interior designers and support personnel organized into distinct studios and led by studio leads. Recent boosts to our architectural practice include the hire of Robert Allen, AIA, who will head up our higher education practice, and Jeff Cannon, who will lead the firm’s museum practice. Current and recent work includes design of the Smithsonian’s newest permanent exhibit, "Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution," and for a new 113,000-SF Air Force operations center at Ft. Meade, MD.

Reich + Petch - Galley Designer, and
HSMM - Restoration Architect and Consulting A/E to the Gallery Designer

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