Volume 4, No. 5 - May 7, 2010
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Perkins Eastman
Hebrew SeniorLife, by Perkins Eastman (more info)
In This Issue

Suffragist Memorial Design

Architecture in the Schools

In Practice...

Featured Project: Hebrew SeniorLife


Visit the AIANOVA Website

Robert Beach, AIA To Debut Suffragist Memorial Design at Reception Next Wednesday

AIA Northern Virginia Member Bob Beach has been working with the Design Committee for the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial to develop a memorial for the Historic Lorton District. Architect Robert E. Beach, AIAPlans call for the memorial to be located at Occoquan Regional Park in the grassy area behind the brick plaza, benches and wayside markers. Members of the Committee hope to create a memorial that will reflect the strength of the women involved in the movement and the significance of their struggle. According to the Memorial website, "architect Beach's vision is to transform a grassy area in Occoquan Regional Park into a garden with walking paths, interactive stations, a bridge and a water feature."

Beach will debut the initial design concept at the annual Silent Sentinel Award Reception, which this year honors legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas. The event, May 12, will be held at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna.

Wine and tapas will be served. For more information on the event or to register online, click here. Tickets are $75, and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Architecture in the Schools Exhibit Opens May 11

Architecture in the Schools matches design professionals with classroom teachers to enrich the learning experience of students and sharpen math skills. This semester students are learning about sustainable communities, monuments and memorials, Roman architecture and Chinese palaces. The exhibit will be a chance for the students and their families, teachers and volunteers to celebrate the work of the semester.
Schools exhibiting their work are:

  • Barcroft Elementary School, Arlington, volunteers from Cannon Design
  • Fort Hunt Elementary School, Alexandria, volunteers from HDR
  • Hollin Meadows Elementary School, Alexandria, volunteers from Barnes Vanze Architects
  • Hoffman Boston Elementary School, Arlington, volunteers from Perkins Eastman
  • London Towne Elementary School, Centreville, volunteers from SF Design Group
  • Louise Archer Elementary School, Vienna, volunteer Justine Kingham, AIA
  • Mark Twain Middle School, Alexandria, volunteer Don Lipscomb, AIA

The exhibit is on display at the Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington 22206. The opening exhibit is from 6:30-8:00p on May 11 and the projects will remain on display through June 1. The AIS program is organized by AIA Northern Virginia, AIA|DC and the Washington Architectural Foundation.

In Practice...
Perkins Eastman Firm Tour on Monday
Get to know your colleagues. Tours of several Chapter architecture firms are planned this year, scheduled to coincide with our Chapter Board Meetings. Members are invited to participate in the board meeting at 4:30p and tour at 6:00p or just the tour. One hour of AIA/CES credit is available for the tour and discussion. Reservations are not necessary. Perkins Eastman designed this issue's Featured Project and is located at 4245 Fairfax Drive, Suite 650, Arlington 22203.

Traveling Happy Hours Continue in Leesburg
June 15, 5:30-7:30p, at Tuscarora Mill, 203 Harrison Street, Leesburg. The Chapter is planning quarterly Happy Hours across our area in order to connect with those who are located a little farther away from the Chapter House. Members of the Chapter Board, Committee Chairs, and NOVA representatives to Virginia Society will attend to listen to you, to find out what's going on and see how you're doing, and for you to learn about things that are happening in the Chapter. This is a great opportunity to give feedback about the programs you want to see, to find out about upcoming programs and to engage and network. It is also a great opportunity for the Board to hear about the things that are important to you, to help us represent the Chapter more accurately and advocate for you on a state and national level.

Featured Project

Hebrew SeniorLife: NewBridge on the Charles
Perkins Eastman
Dedham, MA

Hebrew SeniorLife wanted to create one of the most comprehensive, thoughtful and sustainably-designed campuses in the nation, based on their research and understanding of how to best preserve the dignity of aging adults. This vision focused on a community where seniors have abundant choices in residential care environments, meaningful activities, dining venues, and supportive and medical services; where children bring vitality to everyday life; and where a healthy environment plays a key role in an individual's overall wellbeing. Designed collaboratively by Perkins Eastman, Chan Krieger, and Stantec, NewBridge on the Charles provides housing for 750 aging adults in a variety of residential care settings and offers a K-8 educational environment for 450 students in the Rashi School.

The buildings fit harmoniously into a beautifully wooded, 162-acre site along the Charles River. The site design protects environmentally sensitive areas, controls stormwater, minimizes irrigation, maintains native landscape materials, captures rainwater for irrigation, and integrates the Northeast's largest geothermal system to serve more than 1,000,000sf of enclosed conditioned space. This system utilizes 400 heat transfer wells with projected gas savings of 50% and a 34% CO2 emissions reduction equating to about 18,000,000 lbs per year.

May 10 - Northern Virginia Board Meeting + Firm Tour
4:30p, at Perkins Eastman, 4245 Fairfax Drive, Suite 650, Arlington 22203. Members are invited to participate in the board meeting and tour or just the tour. The board meetings begin at 4:30p, followed at 6:00p by a tour of our host firm. 1 AIA/CES credit is available for the tour and discussion. Reservations are not necessary. See the announcement above for additional information.

May 11 - Architecture in the Schools Exhibit
6:30-8:00p, at the Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington 22206. See the announcement above. Exhibit runs through June 1.

May 13 - Code Seminar : Significant Changes to the IBC
4:30p, at Dewberry, 8401 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax 22031. Presented by Virginia Society AIA. Enrollment for this seminar is full.

May 14 - Small Firm Roundtable Planning Meeting
Noon, at the Chapter House, 205 S Patrick Street, Old Town. With a variety of new programs being planned, Committee members are needed to assist with the organization and promotion of several events. Anyone with an idea is invited to attend the meeting and, presumably, begin work on developing the program. Pizza lunch will be provided. If you are interested in attending, please email Matt Guenther

May 15 - ARE Prep Series - Building Systems II
10:00a-2:00p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs. Visit the ARE Homepage for additional information and registration.

June 1 - DesignDC Early Bird Registration Ends
The conference, Insight & Innovation, will be held August 3-5 at the Washington Convention Center. For a schedule of sessions and registration information, click here.

June 5 - ARE Prep Series - Programming, Planning + Practice
10:00a-2:00p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs. Visit the ARE Homepage for additional information and registration.

June 6 - AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Gala
5:00-9:00p, at the Corporate Executive Board - Waterview Conference Center, 1919 North Lynn Street, Arlington. Invitations will be mailed to all members, and updated information may be found on our Design Awards webpage here.

June 10-12 - AIA National Convention
In Miami. For additional information, click here.

June 15 - Traveling Happy Hour: Leesburg
5:30p, at Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg. For details, view In Practice... above.

June 16 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series
11:00a-1:15p, at Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), 1001 Prince Street, Alexandria 22314. Two presentations: Brick Revisited - Just How Green is it? and Combinations of Materials, both presented by the Brick Industry Association. Each presentation offers 1 AIA/CES HSW learning unit. Reservations are required by emailing reservations@aianova.org. For additional information, 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.