Volume 4, No. 10 - September 8, 2010
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Noritake Associates
HITT Contracting Headquarters, by Noritake Associates (more info)
In This Issue

Annual Dinner October 19th

Green Seminar October 1

Pecha Kucha

In Practice...

Featured Project: HITT Contracting
    Corporate Headquarters


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AIA Northern Virginia Annual Dinner will be held at Sea Pearl on October 19th

Please join us for our 35th Annual Meeting and Honors Dinner. During the evening we will honor the service of several colleagues as the Chapter presents its Honor Awards and we will vote for our 2011 Chapter officers and directors.

This year's event will be held at Sea Pearl Restaurant in Merrifield Center, Falls Church. (directions) The event is open to all, and it is critical that we have enough members in attendance to achieve quorum to elect officers for the upcoming year. Join us for cocktails beginning at 6:00p, followed by dinner and the Chapter meeting at 7:00p. Please reserve no later than October 14 by emailing reservations@aianova.org.

Benefits, Costs and Risks of Green Building
3 AIA/CES HSW/SD Learning Units

Friday, October 1, 8:30a-noon. AIA Northern Virginia is offering a 3-hour workshop on sustainable projects, examining timely topics including cost/benefit issues, public and private regulations and markets, and potential legal risks.

The workshop will focus on cost and benefit analysis for project design and construction decisions, including green construction costs, costs associated with LEED® certification, potential financial benefits to owners in terms of operating expenses, and available tax credits. Presenters will provide an overview of the history of the LEED system and a discussion about where things may be heading, both LEED and non-LEED.

Federal and local regulations pertaining to sustainable projects will be analyzed, including the potential log jam of these regulations, the federal executive order relating to sustainability of federal buildings, and the proposed Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) implementing these requirements. The speakers will discuss the government's impact on the marketplace of green building and the vagaries of working through a remote voluntary third party rating system.

Legal risks, exposure, and mitigation of those risks will be analyzed in the virtually undefined arena of green building litigation. For example, what happens if a project misses a specific rating required to obtain a GSA tenant, what potential damages flow from that; what lessons can be learned from the recent decertification fight over a school in Wisconsin; what are the potential impacts of minimum project requirements; and where does all this appear to be heading in terms of codes and regulations?

The presenters include:

  • Timothy R. Hughes, LEED® AP with Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C.
  • Hope Lane and Maral Nakashian with Aronson & Company
  • Robert J. Kobet, AIA, LEED Faculty with The Kobet Collaborative
For additional information and speaker biographies, click here.

The workshop offers 3 AIA/CES HSW/SD learning units and will be held at Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., 2300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington 22201; near Court House Metro. There is a $30 registration fee (includes Continental breakfast) and pre-paid reservations are required. Registration and payment information may be found here.

Thinking and Drinking

Following the tremendous success of our April event, Pecha Kucha returns on September 21. The evening will be a fun and informal gathering at the Light Horse Restaurant & Bar in Alexandria.

Presenters will share their passion for design or exploration, culture or creativity with only 20 images and 20 seconds per image. Mixed with some food and drink, the creativity and fast pace of the presentations create an engaging evening.

The event is free and reservations are not required. Please join us. Click here for all the details.

In Practice...

AIA Northern Virginia Committee on the Environment (COTE) Planning Meeting

Tuesday, September 28, at the Chapter House, 6:00p. You are encouraged to come and bring ideas of how this committee can best serve our membership. There is a lot of well intentioned competition, including the USGBC NRC, dcCOTE, VSBN and many others that provide great programs and networks, but we need to find how best to serve our members now (in these economic times) and into the future. Our local Chapter strives to provide our members value and relevance, and you are an integral part of that.

To see what some other organizations are doing (a way to benchmark the industry) check out these links, obviously not all inclusive: AIA|DC COTE, USGBC National Capital Region, and Virginia Sustainable Building Network. If you need more information or cannot attend the meeting, but would like to share your thoughts, contact our COTE Chair, Bill Brown.

Make a Difference!

Teach 3rd Graders about Greek and Roman Architecture. Architecture in the Schools is a rewarding program that brings design professionals into the classroom for one hour a week for eight weeks. We are looking for volunteers to teach 3rd graders at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington. For more information, please contact Beth Judy, Washington Architectural Foundation, via email or call (202) 667-5444.

BrickStainable Design Competition

Potomac Valley Brick (PVB) recently launched their 2nd annual BrickStainable Design Competition. This international competition is raising the bar for sustainable design in masonry construction by exploring the potential of brick construction in the creation of an energy efficient building. This year's building challenge is to design a hypothetical Net Zero energy building using brick as the primary material. Cash prizes will be awarded. The deadline to register is November 15, with submittals due on December 15. Winners will be announced on February 15 and the awards ceremony will be held at the National Building Museum on March 31. For more about BrickStainable please visit, www.BrickStainable.com.

Focus on Excellence

The Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Awards celebrates significant new contributions by the local commercial, industrial and mixed-use real estate community. Award submissions are due by September 30 and the gala will be held on November 18. Click here for information on awards categories and entry forms.

Featured Project

HITT Contracting Corporate Headquarters
Noritake Associates, Inc.
Falls Church, VA

Designing the headquarters for one of the region's largest general contractors presented several unique design challenges. Aside from the knowledge that it would be visited by many in the design and development community who would scrutinize all levels of design and craftsmanship, HITT Contracting, the client, builder and user of this project, has extensive experience in building design and was not shy about pushing for the best and most appropriate design solutions from the lobby paving to the custom lavatory sinks.

The building consists of three, 40,000 SF floors (plus cellar). The large floors are to encourage interaction between departments and staff and care was taken to create sight lines to windows even from interior offices. Glass encased stairs at the building perimeter provide additional daylighting, views and encourage their use in lieu of elevators.

A central spine splits the building into two wings. Each is offset to allow the building to hug the adjacent pond. The spine contains all common functions like the reception area, cafeteria and conference rooms to further encourage employee interaction. The feature element in the spine is an open monumental stairway that provides a physical and visual connection to all floors.

Designed for LEED®-NC Silver certification, it successfully meets HITT's objective: to showcase their construction and craftsmanship capabilities and to create a warm welcoming environment that doesn’t overshadow the business at hand. HITT recognizes that providing employee services and amenities along with a rewarding work environment is a significant asset to employee recruiting and retention. As quoted by an employee after occupancy: "I can’t wait to come to work each day."

September 13 - Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30-6:00p, at HITT Contracting Inc., 2900 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church 22042. A tour of HITT's new headquarters follows the board meeting.

September 13 - Building Tour : HITT Contracting's New Headquarters
6:00p, at HITT Contracting Inc., 2900 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church 22042. HITT has offered the use of their new headquarters for our Chapter board meeting, followed by a tour of the space. 1 AIA/CES HSW/SD LU is available for the tour. Reservations are not necessary. Check out the Featured Project above to learn more about the building. For additional information, click here.

September 15 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series
11:00a-1:15p, at Dewberry, 8401 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax 22031. The House as a System: Creating a Tight, Efficient and Healthy Home. Presented by George Fritz, COO, Horizon Builders Inc. 2 AIA/CES HSW/SD LUs. Reservations are required. For additional information, click here.

September 19-20 - Inter-School Student Design Competition
Design Charrette September 19, 9:00a-5:00p; Awards Ceremony September 20, 5:00p-6:00p, at the National Building Museum. Students from local architecture schools participate in a design charrette addressing An Architecture of Diplomacy. For additional information, click here.

September 21 - Pecha Kucha 20x20 Night
6:00p doors, presentations 7:00p, location to be determined. 20 images, 20 seconds. The event is free, although attendees will be purchasing their own refreshments. Reservations are not required. For additional information, see the article above.

September 24 - Small Firms Roundtable : Building Permit Process Management and Third Party Building Inspections
Noon-1:00p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314. Representatives from two local firms, McKeever Services Corporation in Fairfax and IBTS in Herndon, will discuss the advantages, time savings and costs associated with using building permit services and third party building inspections in our area. 1 AIA/CES LU. Participants are asked to contribute $7 for lunch (pizza + drinks). Registration is required by emailing reservations@aianova.org.

September 28 - AIA Northern Virginia Committee on the Environment (COTE) Planning Meeting
6:00p, at the Chapter House. For additional information, see article above.

October 1 - Benefits, Costs and Risks of Green Building
8:30a-Noon, at Bean, Kinney & Korman, PC, 2300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington 22201. Three-hour workshop on sustainable projects, examining timely topics including cost/benefit issues, public and private regulations and markets, and potential legal risks. 3 AIA/CES HSW/SD LUs. For additional information, see the article above. For registration, click here.

October 11 - Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30p, at the Chapter House. For additional information, email aianova@aianova.org.

October 19 - AIA Northern Virginia Annual Meeting + Honors Dinner
6:00p cocktails, 7:00p dinner, at Sea Pearl, 8191 Strawberry Lane, Falls Church. Please join us for our 35th annual Chapter Dinner. Reservations are requested by October 14. See announcement above or view the complete listing on our website.

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 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.