Volume 5, No. 2 - February 4, 2011
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

LaGuardia Airport Control Tower, by Jacobs (more info)
In This Issue


In Practice...

Featured Project: LaGuardia Airport
  Control Tower


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Open House, March 8

Mentoring Event Offered on February 28
by Anna M. Barbour, AIA, Young Architects Forum Chair
Several AIA Northern Virginia committees are joining together to host a speed mentoring session for all members at all stages in their career. Whether you're a recent grad or recently licensed architect, a mentor can help you navigate the next phase of your career. This is an all ages event and a great opportunity to meet peers and leaders in the profession.

Members of the Young Architects Forum, Women in Architecture, Schools Connections Committee and the College of Fellows will be on hand and make themselves available for future mentoring sessions. Meet up to 12 potential mentors and make some lifetime connections!

The event is February 28 from 6:00-8:00p at Cannon Design, 1100 Wilson Blvd., Suite 2900, Arlington, VA 22209. If you are interested in attending as a mentor or mentee, please contact the Chapter House at aianova@aianova.org.

In Practice...
ADA Standards Workshop Offered Free of Charge
AIA Northern Virginia is fortunate to partner with Accessibility Services/United Spinal Association to offer this training program on the new 2010 ADA Standards at no charge. These new design standards update access requirements for a wide range of facilities in the public and private sectors. AIA members will receive 3 AIA/CES HSW learning units. The workshop is February 22, from 8:00-11:00a, at Dewberry in Fairfax. Space is limited and reservations are required. Additional information is available on our website here.

Canstruction® 2011 Coming Soon
Be creative while helping those in need. Each year AIA Northern Virginia partners with the Arlington Food Assistance Center for a very exciting event that challenges architects in a new medium... food! Canstruction is a recipe for fun; one part community service project and one part design/build competition. Check out the Canstruction website, featuring our Chapter's 2010 International winner designed by Samaha Associates, and see what you can build from cans. Last year our Chapter was able to donate 10,801 pounds of food to AFAC. Get your firm together, or even partner with others, and join the fun. Contact committee co-chairs Natalie DiVito Cunneen and Andrew Cunneen at andrew.cunneen@aecom.com to sign up your team or volunteer to help the committee.

Help Keep the Solar Decathlon on the National Mall
The Department of Energy is planning to move the 2011 and subsequent Solar Decathlon competitions away from its current home on the National Mall. Join the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) in petitioning President Obama and congressional members to keep the competition at its home since the competition started in 2002. Following this link will allow you to add your name to the petition and will even generate letters to your representatives at your request. It takes no more than about three minutes to make your voice heard for some of America's most innovative architecture students.

Architectural Registration Exam Preparatory Courses for 2011
Our Chapter’s ARE Prep Series for 2011 will begin on February 16 with a free Roundtable Discussion + Introduction, featuring NCARB staff. In March, the Supplemental Series will occur each Wednesday night, with the Exam Prep Sessions beginning March 5. We are pleased to once again host Professor David Thaddeus' Structures Workshop April 15-17. Registration will open shortly. A complete list of sessions is available on our ARE website.

Rebuilding Together Team Forming
The Chapter is organizing a team of volunteers to work with Rebuilding Together Alexandria on Saturday, April 30. We will help repair homes for low-income and disabled residents. Volunteers may work all day or any part of the day starting from 9:00a to 5:00p. Everyone is welcome to participate, no particular skills or tools required. Share a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in helping a needy neighbor in our community. We hope to not only be able to provide volunteer labor, but raise enough money to purchase the necessary materials for the repair work. So if you can volunteer your time or contribute to purchasing the materials, please contact Sy Samaha, AIA at sss@samaha-arch.com.

Ideas Competition 2011 - Demonstrate Your Commitment to Universal Design
The AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) and the AIA Committee on Design (COD) invites architects, students and allied design professionals to submit sketches to the international 2011 YAF/COD Ideas Competition. In this year’s competition, submitters are asked to explore the concept of Universal Design by creating a master plan for the Olympic Village and a design for a representative mixed-use building. Submissions are due by March 14, 2011. Details may be found on the competition website.

Featured Project

LaGuardia Airport Control Tower
Queens, NY

The FAA and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioned Jacobs of Arlington, Virginia to design a new state-of-the-art airport traffic control tower for LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York to replace the existing tower that was designed by Philip Johnson in 1962. The LaGuardia Airport has been an icon for more than 70 years and the Jacobs team was inspired by Johnson's tower form and by his pavilion tower designed for the 1964 World's Fair located down the street from the airport.

The new $66M, 233-foot tower and 24,000 gsf base building are constructed of reinforced concrete, elements of structural pre-cast concrete, metal composite panels and high-impact
resistant windows. The tower meets the stringent security restrictions while still allowing for a complete view of the entire airport fields and facilities to include all plane landings and takeoffs. The exterior design incorporates a sleek, modern sophistication that reflects the greater city of New York yet is integrated into the airport proper.

Please join the Chapter on Tuesday, February 15 for a tour of Jacobs to learn more about this project, other recent projects and the firm itself. The tour earns participants 1 AIA/CES learning unit. There is no charge to attend and reservations are not necessary. The tour begins at 6:00p, following the AIA Northern Virginia board meeting. Jacobs is located at 1100 North Glebe Road, Suite 500, Arlington 22201. Their office is Metro accessible (Ballston-MU station) and parking is available in the building's garage or the Ballston Public Parking Garage (665 North Glebe Road).

photography by Derrick Steltzer

February 8 - Design Award Committee Meeting
Noon-1:00p, at the Chapter House. For information on the committee, please contact Scott Matties, AIA at smatties@cunninghamquill.com.

February 8 - Interschool Design Competition Meeting
9:00a, at the National Building Museum. For information on the committee, please contact David Prevette, AIA at dprevette@gparch.com.

February 8 - Builders' Ball Kickoff Reception
6:00-8:00p, at the Allsteel Showroom, 1725 I Street, NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20006. All are invited to attend as the organizing committee gets underway planning for the 2011 Builders’ Ball, scheduled for November 19. RSVP to pleasant@agcofdc.org.

February 9 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series
Please note the location change
11:00a-1:15p, at Virginia Tech's Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, 1001 Prince Street, Old Town Alexandria. 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. Have a look at one of Jacob's recent projects here. 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. See the announcement above and click here for additional information on the seminar and registration.

February 24 - Committees Community Network
7:00-9:00p, at the Thomas Jefferson Branch Library, 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church 22042. AIA Northern Virginia will present a special event for all committee leaders, active committee members and anyone interested in becoming more active in Chapter activities. Participants will discuss event planning, leadership training and committee building. For additional information, click here.

February 28 (rescheduled from February 21) - Mentoring Session
At Cannon Design, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 2900, Arlington 22209. See the article above or click here for additional information and registration.

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.