Volume 4, No. 2 - February 16, 2010
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Perkins Eastman
Glenville School, by Perkins Eastman (more info)
In This Issue

Canstruction® Is Here!

"Tardy Gras"

In Practice...

Featured Project: Glenville School


Visit the AIANOVA Website

Lunch Seminar Cancelled

7th Annual Canstruction® Call for Entries
Over the last six years, AIA Northern Virginia's Canstruction® has become one of the single largest food drives benefiting the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Now, more than ever, the donation we collectively make to AFAC is critically important. While the recent decline of the construction market has touched all of our firms and many of our industry friends, there are others in our communities who are struggling even more.

They are people we can help. AFAC provides supplemental groceries to over 15,000 Arlington residents who cannot afford to purchase all the food they need. But they can't do it alone. Enter your team today to lend what help we can to those who need it most.

Canstruction® 2010 will be held Friday, April 16th, at Ballston Common Mall in Arlington.

Registration information and online payment are available here. National Canstruction® information can be found at www.canstruction.org. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the Chapter House at (703) 549-9747 or aianova@aianova.org. Team registration deadline is March 1.

Make a difference. One Can.


CAN-undrum, by Jacobs
2009 Jurors' Favorite
Kathryn Brown, Photographer

Tardy Gras

Celebrate Mardi Gras a bit late at our Annual Chapter Open House on Tuesday, March 2, from 6:00-8:00p. Rescheduled because of all the snow, we hope this new date will make it easier for everyone to attend. Curbside parking should be easier, Metro should be operating and the free King Street Trolley should once again be cruising King Street.

We'll still serve delicious New Orleans treats, including a traditional King Cake, BBQ and Hurricanes, and offer a great opportunity to network with your colleagues.

This year, help neighbors in need when you come to the Open House. The Chapter will be collecting travel-sized toiletries to donate to the Eleanor Kennedy Homeless Shelter on Richmond Highway. Suggested items include shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, combs, etc.

The Open House, held at the Chapter House at 205 South Patrick Street in Alexandria, is free and reservations are not necessary. For detailed information, please click here.

In Practice...
View past issues of BLAST at our new archive.

2010 ARE Prep Courses Begin February 24
Organized by our Chapter's Young Architects Forum, the 2010 Architect Registration Exam (ARE) Prep Courses begin on February 24 with a roundtable discussion about the exams, featuring a representative from NCARB. The series continues through July with topical seminars, study groups and mock exams covering all sections of the exam. As part of the series, Professor David Thaddeus, AIA will once again conduct his popular Structural Systems Workshop from April 16-18. This year the series includes supplemental courses, offered every Wednesday evening in March, covering topics that appear throughout the exam, including Architectural History, NCARB Software, Green Building, ADA and Historic Preservation. A complete list of classes and registration information is available on our ARE website here. Please note that the Construction Construction Documents and Services 1 seminar has been rescheduled from March 6 to April 3.

Registration for the AIA 2010 National Convention and Design Exposition Is Open
Design for the New Decade will be held from June 10-12 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Everyone knows that if you want to attend the best sessions and tours, you need to register early, so visit the website here.

Super Saver Rates for DesignDC 2010: Insight & Innovation
Mark your calendars for August 3-5 for the sixth annual DesignDC, the only conference and exhibition in Washington, DC that allows you to fulfill your annual continuing education requirements in one place. AIA Members save $100 when registering before March 31.
View Event Summary | View Event Agenda | View Event Fees

2010 AIA Architectural Photography Competition Deadline is March 1
Sponsored by AIA St. Louis, the 27th annual AIA National Photography Competition© is underway. Cash awards are offered plus images for the 2012 Engagement Calendar, published by Rizzoli and Universe, will be selected from all submitted entries. Entries must be postmarked by March 1. To read the guidelines and obtain an entry form, visit www.aia-stlouis.org and click on Features or call (314) 621-3484.

Featured Project

Glenville School
Perkins Eastman
Greenwich, CT

The "like-new," 65,000sf transformation of the existing K-5 elementary school will house 360 students. The new plan provides 20 classrooms clustered in intimate neighborhoods organized by age groups -- Kindergarten and First on the south wing closest to the main entrance, Second and Third grade on the east wing, and Fourth and Fifth on the north-west wing. The sequence of classrooms is organized from the youngest kids to the oldest around the perimeter, so that students can see and understand the natural progression from kindergarten to 5th grade. Central to the classrooms are the public amenities which include a gymatorium, cafeteria and media center with internal courtyards that orient and provide daylighting to the interior of the building.

An overall sense of scale and connections to the outdoors contrasts with the original exterior design, which was an open floor plan providing no access to natural light or views of the surrounding wooded area. Red brick "cubes" now articulate the individual classrooms so students can easily identify where their classroom is located from the playground while contrasting aluminum panels clearly mark all public entrances.

Within the renovated elementary school, scale plays a central role in making spaces scaled appropriate for use, public for all and academic for the students. The public spaces are designed for all: graciously proportioned to welcome students, parents, administrators, guests. As one moves through the building to the academic zone, the scale of the classrooms become more intimate and sized to the elementary school student. In addition to the scale of the spaces, the design strives to incorporate nuances of color and texture within the built environment to both enhance learning and serve as an integral means of way finding. The design also integrates robust energy efficient systems and a sustainable approach to optimize the long-term operating costs of the school.

February 17 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series
This event has been cancelled.

February 24 - ARE Prep Series - Roundtable Discussion & Introduction
6:30-8:30p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. See the article above or visit the ARE Homepage.

March 2 - Tardy Gras: Our Annual Chapter Open House (rescheduled from February 16)
6:00-8:00p, at the Chapter House. Celebrate Mardi Gras and enjoy New Orleans treats. To help our neighbors in need, we will be collecting travel-sized toiletries to donate to the Eleanor Kennedy Homeless Shelter on nearby Richmond Highway. The Open House is free and reservations are not necessary. For more information, click here.

March 3 - ARE Prep Series - Architectural History
6:30-8:30p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. See the article above or visit the ARE Homepage.

March 6 - ARE Prep Series - Construction Documents + Services 1 - Legal
This seminar has been rescheduled for April 3
10:00a-2:00p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. See the article above or visit the ARE Homepage.

March 8 - Northern Virginia Board Meeting + Firm Tour of Geier Brown Renfrow Architects, LLC
4:30p Board Meeting; 6:00p Firm Tour, at Geier Brown Renfrow Architects, LLC, 1029 North Royal Street, Suite 200, Alexandria 22314. Rescheduled from February 8. Members are invited to participate in the board meeting and tour or just the tour. One hour of AIA/CES credit is available for the tour and discussion. Reservations are not necessary.

March 10 - ARE Prep Series - NCARB Software
6:30-8:30p, at CADD Microsystems, 6359 Walker Lane, Suite 110, Alexandria 22310. See the article above or visit the ARE Homepage.

March 10 - Women in Architecture Happy Hour
In Alexandria. If you would like to receive information, please email WIA at wia@aianova.org.

March 17 - ARE Prep Series - Green Building
6:30-8:30p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. See the article above or visit the ARE Homepage.

March 19 + 20 - Design Forum IX: An Architecture of Necessity
In Richmond. Organized by Virginia Society AIA. The 9th biannual event will address the social agency of design in a symposium entitled An Architecture of Necessity. 7.5 AIA/CES LUs. Registration required. $145 before February 20; $195 after. For a list of speakers and registration, click here.

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 22314.