Volume 4, No. 6 - May 26, 2010
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Arlington Free Clinic, by Perkins+Will (more info)
In This Issue

Design Awards Gala June 6

What Is Speed Mentoring?

In Practice...

Featured Project: Arlington Free Clinic


Visit the AIANOVA Website

Register Today for the 2010 Design Awards Gala

Graciously hosted by our colleagues at the Boston Society of Architects, the jury session for the 2010 AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Program was held on May 21, 2010, with some surprising results. With our very experienced jury consisting of Peter Kuttner, FAIA, Maryann Thompson, FAIA, Mark Hutker, AIA and Cliff Gayley, AIA LEED® AP, our transition to electronic submissions was not an issue. In fact, the electronic submission format provided definite benefits to the jury process beyond its inherently sustainable aspect by allowing for a more effective use of time before and during the session.

A secure website was established for jurors to login and view submissions prior to the jury session. All of the jurors made the most of this opportunity by spending substantial time with the submissions beforehand, allowing them to become familiar with the entries in a deeper way than the typically cursory initial look through binders. This led to in-depth discussions from the very start of the session focused on the heart of the matter – design. Another benefit of this experienced jury should be realized in our program next year as several excellent suggestions were offered to further improve the process. As always, the jurors were extremely impressed with the quality of work that grows out of our Chapter. Please join us at the Waterview Conference Center in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington on Sunday, June 6, for the announcement of award winners.

AIA Northern Virginia 2010 Design Awards Gala
Sunday, June 6, 5:00p

View all the submitted projects while enjoying music, cocktails and dinner and join us as the winners are revealed. Invitations have been mailed to all members. Additional information and online payment are available on our website here. Please join us. RSVP to reservations@aianova.org.

AIA Northern Virginia's First Speed Mentoring Event

As interns, we are required to have a mentor to review experience reports submitted for the IDP, but that mentor can be so much more than someone who signs off on your Training Units. They can also be a sounding board, a devil's advocate and a trusted advisor to help guide you through the profession.

Are you in search of a mentor? The Young Architects Forum and Schools Connections Committee are hosting a speed mentoring event for architectural students, recent graduates and young architects navigating through their career. Come and meet licensed architects from diverse disciplines and find a potential mentor. Hopefully you will find a friend and an enduring professional relationship that will enhance your career.

If you are interested in being a mentor or a mentee, please let us know you will be attending by emailing us at reservations@aianova.org.

This event will take place Thursday, June 17, 6:00-8:00p at Cannon Design, 1100 Wilson Blvd, Suite 2900, Arlington, within walking distance of Rosslyn Metro. Refreshments provided.

In Practice...
Tour the Arlington Free Clinic, Featured Project in Today's BLAST
We have arranged a tour of the Arlington Free Clinic, designed by Perkins+Will, on Monday, June 28, 6:00-7:00p. 1 AIA/CES HSW/SD learning unit is offered. The tour is free, but limited to 30 participants. To reserve a place, please email reservations@aianova.org. The Clinic is located at 2921 South 11th Street (corner of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive), Arlington. Sponsored by the Chapter's Young Architects Forum and Committee on the Environment.

Join AIA NOVA on Facebook
AIA Northern Virginia is on Facebook, so please join our group. Currently on the Wall: information about the new International Green Construction Code (IGCC). Visit our Facebook group here.

Can't Make It to Miami? - AIA Virtual Convention
The AIA is pleased to announce the AIA Virtual Convention to be held in conjunction with the AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, June 10–12. You can view select convention sessions, including all three keynote presentations and more than 30 seminars through live web streams. CES credits are available and many sessions offer HSW and SD learning units. For a list of the available sessions, click here. Admission to the Virtual Expo, featuring nearly 100 exhibitors is free; convention sessions are available to AIA members for $160 and nonmembers for $275. Click here for complete information.

2011 AIA National Convention Call for Presentations
The theme for 2011 is Innovations in Regional Design: Place‐making in the 21st Century Metropolis. The Call for Presentations is available here. Submission deadline is July 1, 2010.

Featured Project

Arlington Free Clinic
Arlington, VA

Arlington Free Clinic (AFC), the only clinic providing free health care to low‐income uninsured adults in Arlington, is now also the first free clinic in the nation to earn the prestigious LEED® Gold certification under the USGBC evaluation system for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI).

"We knew sustainable design was the right thing to do," said Nancy Sanger Pallesen, Executive Director of Arlington Free Clinic (AFC). "Once we understood it could achieve a 'green' space that was beautiful, functional and cost effective, nothing could have stopped us!"

AFC realized at their first meeting with the architects, Perkins+Will, they had found a design partner equally committed to this goal. Tama Duffy Day, design principal at Perkins+Will said, "We hope the success of this project will educate and encourage many healthcare providers to commit to achieve spaces that truly serve the health and emotion needs of clinic populations while operating more effectively and sustainably."

The project was a labor of love where all project team members focused on one shared vision: to design and construct a clinic through open, honest collaboration that was efficiently planned, completed within a modest budget, utilizing recycled, regional, renewable and non-toxic materials to create a space that inspires healing.

Perkins+Will's approach is that health and sustainability naturally go hand in hand. A key driver for AFC was learning about Evidence Based Design (EBD), a practice that recognizes the built environment does have a positive influence on health. Since Arlington Free Clinic invests daily in human health and wellbeing, they wanted to incorporate systems, materials, lighting and controls to create an indoor environment that would increase patient, staff and visitor wellness and satisfaction.

Water use was reduced through the use of low flow fixtures, flush control values and motion sensor faucets. The HVAC system was designed to increase comfort for occupants by monitoring carbon dioxide levels in high density spaces to reduce the amount of unnecessary cooling when unoccupied. Construction waste was recycled and construction materials, furniture and furnishings were regionally manufactured.

AFC learned that many EBD strategies align directly with designing a facility to meet LEED criteria. In an ongoing program, AFC implemented a Sustainable Building Education Outreach and Signage Program. With over 500 staff and volunteers and thousands of patients, sustainable education is widely visible in the Clinic. AFC also elected to contract with an organization that practices green housekeeping in efforts to bar harmful chemicals from the facility during routine cleaning and maintenance.

The design and engineering team generously donated significant amounts of time and labor to the project. Along with Perkins+Will, the team included Integral Group for mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems as well as LEED commissioning, Washington Workplace for furniture and equipment and Bognet Construction Associates, the General Contractor.

We have arranged a tour of the Arlington Free Clinic on June 28. See the announcement above for information.

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. 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. See the article above for more information. Registration information and online payment are available on our Design Awards webpage here.

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

June 14 - Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30-6:00p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314.

June 15 - Traveling Happy Hour: Leesburg
5:30-7:30p, at Tuscarora Mill, 203 Harrison Street, Leesburg 20157. The Chapter is hosting happy hours throughout the region with the second event in Leesburg. Please join us. For additional information, click here.

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.

June 16 - Women in Architecture Happy Hour
6:00-8:00p. If you would like to receive information, please email WIA at wia@aianova.org.

June 17 - Speed Mentoring
6:00-8:00p, at Cannon Design, 1100 Wilson Blvd, Suite 2900, Arlington, VA 22209. AIA NOVA's first speed mentoring event looks to match mentors with mentees. See the announcement above for additional information.

June 19 - ARE Prep Series - Site Planning + Design
10:00a-2:00p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. Visit the ARE Homepage for additional information and registration.

June 28 - Arlington Free Clinic Tour
6:00-7:00p, at 2921 South 11th Street, Arlington. See Featured Project in this issue and refer to the announcement above for more information

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.