Volume 6, No. 2 - March 6, 2012
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Dewberry + HDR
Alexandria Police Headquarters, by Dewberry + HDR (more info)
In This Issue

ARE Prep Series Underway

Canstruction® Call for Entries

AIA National Convention

Membership Reminder

Featured Project: Alexandria Police


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ARE Prep Series Underway
Organized by our Young Architects Forum, the series features study sessions for all sections of the exam and our very popular Structural Systems review with Professor David Thaddeus, AIA. We have added to our list of Supplemental Courses this year, covering topics found throughout the exams, like architectural history, accessibility and acoustics, and can provide continuing education hours for architects who want to brush up on these subjects. Visit our ARE page for details.

Canstruction® Call for Entries
We encourage you to enter a team in our 9th annual Canstruction design/build competition and help those in need. So form a team at your firm or partner with another firm, download the Call for Entries and join us for a friendly competition to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Build-out night is April 20. Visit our Canstruction page.

AIA National Convention
Just in case you haven't heard yet, the 2012 AIA National Convention will be in Washington, DC May 17-19. Registration is now open here.

And please spread the word that new AIA members are offered free convention registration, a great benefit when the convention is local [details].

To showcase local design excellence, award winning projects from the past decade will be displayed at convention. Instructions have been sent to winning firms and they are encouraged to submit material for Design in the New Millennium by March 15 and for the database by April 1. For questions, please email info@hdphoto.com.

Membership Reminder
If you have not yet renewed your AIA membership for 2012, please do so before your membership lapses at the end of March. And with the convention in DC, you’ll be able to take advantage of the reduced member rates. Renew today!

Featured Project

Alexandria Police Headquarters
Dewberry + HDR
Alexandria, Virginia

 The City of Alexandria recently opened a new four-story police headquarters, designed to consolidate operations from three buildings into an efficient, centralized location. At the November dedication, the facility was called "an iconic building" by Mayor Bill Euille, and a "modern, world-class facility" by Acting City Manager Bruce Johnson.

 The new building accommodates 500 law enforcement and emergency communications personnel. Plans emphasize security and functionality, while encouraging community access. Public meeting space is available adjacent to the atrium lobby, while other levels house the Patrol Operations Bureau, an advanced criminal investigations lab and a new emergency communications center.

Dewberry led architectural design services through schematic design for the base building, and provided complete design services for the lobby and public spaces, as well as civil engineering. HDR served as architect-of-record and provided mechanical/electrical and structural engineering services. Additional team members included Rhodeside & Harwell, landscape architecture, and Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, general contractor.

Photos ©2011 Ron Blunt / Ron Blunt Photography

POSTPONED - ARE Supplemental Course: NCARB Software
Scheduled for March 7, has been postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please watch our ARE page for updates.

March 12 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30p, at the Chapter House. [info]

March 14 - ARE Supplemental Course: Architectural History II
6:30p, at AECOM, Arlington. 1.5 HSW CEHs.[info]

March 14 - Women in Architecture Happy Hour
6:00p, at The Continental, Arlington. [info]

March 15 - Design Awards Committee Meeting
Noon, at the Chapter House. [info]

March 15 - Design Excellence Deadline
Deadline to submit projects to the Design Excellence display at National Convention. [info]

March 16-17 - Virginia Design Forum X: SKINS
In Charlottesville. Organized by the Virginia Society AIA, featuring Keynote Speaker Kim Herforth Nielsen, MAA, RIBA of 3XN in Copenhagen. [info]

March 17 - ARE Prep Series: Construction Documents - Documents
10:00a, at AECOM, Arlington. [info]

March 20 - Young Architects Forum Meeting
6:30p, at the Chapter House. [info]

March 21 - ARE Supplemental Course: Green Building
6:30p, at AECOM, Arlington. 1.5 HSW CEHs. [info]

March 26 - Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
6:00p, at the Chapter House. [info]

March 28 - ARE Supplemental Course: Accessibility
6:30p, at AECOM, Arlington. 1.5 HSW CEHs (pending). [info]

March 28 - COTE Planning Meeting
6:30p, location to be determined. [info]

March 29 - Design Awards Committee Meeting
Noon, at the Chapter House. [info]

March 30 - Small Firm Roundtable: Residential Financing
Noon, at the Chapter House. [info]

March 31 - ARE Prep Series: Building Design & Construction Systems
10:00a, at AECOM, Arlington. [info]

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.