Volume 5, No. 1 - January 6, 2011
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

The Lukmire Partnership
England Run Library, by The Lukmire Partnership (more info)
In This Issue

Disaster Assistance Webinars

In Practice...

Featured Project: England Run Library


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Virginia Department of Emergency Management Offers Disaster Assistance Webinars
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR), in conjunction with the Virginia Society AIA Disaster Assistance Initiative, have developed a program to train architectural and engineering professionals to do volunteer damage assessment under the oversight of VDEM during statewide disasters.

VDEM will present two free online webinar training classes in damage assessment on January 26 (Part 1) and January 27 (Part 2), from 3:00-5:00p.

Completion of the damage assessment training webinars will qualify participants to serve in a volunteer capacity assisting VDEM during statewide emergencies. Typical volunteer duty might include a one or two day commitment, with expenses and lodging covered.

AIA members are able to self-report participation in the webinars for HSW credits. To learn more about volunteering or to enroll in the webinar training sessions, contact George A. Salinas, AIA, Volunteer VSAIA Coordinator for Disaster Assistance, at (804) 212-1792 or salinas_central@verizon.net.

In Practice...
2011 AIA Membership Dues due January 15
You are able to pay your dues online, by fax, by mail or by phone. Specific instructions are included with your invoice and additional information is available on the AIA website. If you are experiencing financial hardship, you can pay your dues in installments. Complete information about the dues payment plan may be found here.

2011 Top Ten Green Projects - Submittal deadline is January 24
Sponsored by the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), the awards program recognizes the benefits of sustainable design and acknowledges architects as leaders in the creation of environmentally responsible design solutions. Information is available here.

Help Increase Participation in the 2011 AIA Compensation Survey
In January 2011, AIA member-owned firms will be invited to participate in the 2011 AIA Compensation Survey. The data become more reliable as the number of respondents increases. AIA is only able to report states and metro areas for which they receive at least five responses, so every response counts. Help ensure that they receive as many responses as possible by participating in the survey.

Reasons to Hire a Residential Architect
For an interesting discussion about Reasons to Hire a Residential Architect, check out the discussion on AIA KnowledgeNet. This site is a good place to connect with colleagues, discuss topics that interest you and share your expertise.

Featured Project

England Run Library
The Lukmire Partnership
Fredericksburg, VA

The new England Run Library, a 30,000-square-foot contemporary structure, is the fourth project completed by The Lukmire Partnership for the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system, which serves the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia as well as Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland Counties. The firm, which is noted for its library expertise, was awarded the contract to design the new library in May of 2009.

Located on a 6.2 acre site in Stafford County, Virginia, the England Run Library is constructed of glass, brick and stone. The facility, which will eventually house more than 100,000 books and DVDs, combines the traditional elements of library service, such as large book collections and reference services, with the new trends in public libraries, emphasizing customer service, displays, new media formats, and comfortable browsing and seating areas.

It features a fireplace in the periodical area, a children's "beehive" program room, electronic monitors corresponding to collection areas, dispersed service desks, a café and bookstore-style media and popular reading area.

Other projects designed by The Lukmire Partnership for the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system include the Salem Church Library, the John Porter Memorial Library and the renovation of the library system's headquarters.

photography by Eric Taylor

January 7 - Architecture in the Schools Exhibit
6:30-8:00p, at Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center, 1001 Prince Street, Alexandria 22314. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend to see the creative work done by local elementary, middle and high school students. For additional information, contact the Chapter at aianova@aianova.org.

January 10 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30p, at the Chapter House, 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria 22314. For additional information, email aianova@aianova.org.

January 18 - Schools Connections Committee Meeting
Noon, at the Chapter House. For information on this committee, please contact committee chair David Prevette at dprevette@gparch.com.

January 20 - Design Awards Committee Meeting
Noon, at the Chapter House. Anyone interested in serving on the Design Awards Committee is invited to attend. Please RSVP to chair Scott Matties, AIA at smatties@cunninghamquill.com.

January 20 - Historic Resources Committee Meeting
5:00p, at the office of Stephen Smith, SASApc, 5901 Kingstowne Village Pkwy, Suite 205, Kingstowne (Alexandria). Everyone interested in Historic Resources is invited to attend. Please RSVP to chair Stephen Smith, AIA at sasa1821@aol.com.

January 24 - Women in Architecture Planning Meeting
6:00-7:00p, at the Chapter House. The committee will be planning events for 2011. For questions or to be added to the WIA email list, contact Sonia R. Jarboe, Assoc. AIA at sjarboe@gbrarch.com.

February 2-5 - AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference
In Washington, DC. Chapter leaders will visit Capitol Hill to discuss advocacy issues for the profession. For additional information, contact the Chapter House at (703) 549-9747 or aianova@aianova.org.

February 9 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series
11:00a-1:15p, at the Chapter House. Session 1: Tall Wall Design Using Engineered Wood Products and Session 2: Fire-Rated Cementitious Coated OSB in Wall and Roof Sheathing Applications. Presented by Louisiana-Pacific Building Products. Each session provides 1 AIA/CES HSW LU and the second session also qualifies for Sustainable Design Credit. For additional information, click here.

February 9 - Women in Architecture Happy Hour
6:00-8:00p, at Co Co Sala, 929 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004. For additional information on the Happy Hour or on the WIA Committee, contact WIA Chair, Sonia Jarboe, Associate AIA, at sjarboe@gbrarch.com.

February 15 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30-6:00p, at Jacobs, 1100 North Glebe Road, Suite 500, Arlington 22201. A tour of Jacobs will follow the board meeting. For additional information, email aianova@aianova.org.

February 15 - Firm Tour of Jacobs
6:00p, at Jacobs, 1100 North Glebe Road, Suite 500, Arlington 22201. Tours of several Chapter architecture firms are planned this year. They are scheduled to coincide with our Chapter Board Meetings. 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, including a discussion about the firm and its recent projects. 1 AIA/CES LU. Reservations are not necessary.

February 16 - ARE Prep Series: Roundtable Discussion + Introduction
6:30-8:30p, at AECOM Design, 3101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 900, Arlington 22201. The roundtable will feature staff from NCARB to help answer any IDP or exam registration questions. Free. Registration requested by emailing reservations@aianova.org. Dates for upcoming ARE Prep sessions can be found online on the ARE Prep webpage.

February 22 - The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
8:00-11:00a, at Dewberry, 8401 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax 22031. AIA Northern Virginia and Accessibility Services/United Spinal Association are partnering to bring you an accessibility training program on the new 2010 ADA Standards. This program will help you become familiar with the changes in the new design guidelines. Presented by Jennifer Perry, Compliance Specialist with Accessibility Services. 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs. This class is offered free of charge, but since space is limited, reservations are required by emailing your name, AIA number (if applicable) and phone number to reservations@aianova.org. Additional information may be found on our website here.

February 28 (rescheduled from February 21) - Mentoring Session
At Canon Design, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 2900, Arlington. Several AIA Northern Virginia committees are joining together to host a mentoring session for members at all career stages. This is an 'all ages' event and a great opportunity to meet peers and leaders in the profession. If you are interested in attending as a mentor or mentee, please email us at aianova@aianova.org. Additional information is available 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.