Volume 6, No. 4 - May 3, 2012
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Bing Thom Architects
Mead Center for American Theater, by Bing Thom Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Regional Reception May 16

Convention Around the Corner

ArchEx Call for Presentations

Repositioning Architects

Featured Project: The Mead Center
  for American Theater


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Convene. Connect. Get the Party Started
Kick off the Convention on our side of the river. Enjoy the company of friends and colleagues from around the region, exceptional food and spirits, the cool evening breeze and striking views from Eventide's rooftop lounge. Eventide RestaurantAIA Northern Virginia is pleased to welcome our Region's architects to the 2012 National Convention on May 16, 5:30-8:00p.

Reserve your place on the roof at www.aianova.org: $28 in advance/$35 at the door.

Or take this opportunity to become a patron of the Virginia Center for Architecture. $250 reserves 4 places for your architecture firm and the balance of the proceeds will benefit VCA. Visit www.aianova.org for details. Co-hosted by K.C. Company, Inc./Pella Windows.

AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exposition: Design Connects
AIA National ConventionMay 17-19

Education - Professional Development
Industry Networking - New Products and Technologies
And All So Close!

Shadow an Architect Program Looking for Volunteers During Convention
This program takes place each year during convention and AIA is looking for local architects to volunteer as mentors on Friday, May 18. You can register for the program through the convention website or if you are not attending convention, email Yvette Morris by May 9. Details are available on the AIA website.

Calling All Experts - Architecture Exchange East Call for Presentations
Showcase your strategies, theories, ideas, research and results at Architecture Exchange East in Richmond, November 7-9. To propose a session, please complete the required Presentation Information Form and submit it to the VSAIA by Monday, May 7.

Repositioning Architects and the AIA
Over the next 12 months, the AIA will explore the perceptions, beliefs, attitudes, needs and value of the architect, and they need your input to inform the discussion. To begin, AIA has created a KnowledgeNet discussion forum about this initiative, so you can share your thoughts. Members were also recently sent a survey asking for your insights and opinions. Details were outlined in the April 13 issue of AIArchitect.

Dumfries Architectural Review Board
The Town of Dumfries Architectural Review Board is seeking to fill a vacancy. The position is open to either a town resident or a design professional who can act in an advisory position. Applications are due by May 12. Additional information is available on the AIA NOVA Job Board.

Featured Project

Mead Center for American Theater - Home of Arena Stage
Bing Thom Architects
Washington, DC

 Since opening in October 2010, the Mead Center for American Theater presents a dramatic silhouette to the Washington, DC skyline. The Center has quickly become a cultural destination, and with its soaring cantilevered roof and sweeping expanse of curving glass, it has become one of the preeminent landmarks of the city as well.

Designed by Bing Thom, AIA, of Bing Thom Architects (BTA) in Vancouver, BC, the 200,000 square-foot Mead Center is the largest performing arts center to open in Washington, DC since the Kennedy Center. Incorporating two earlier, historic Arena Stage buildings designed by Harry Weese, BTA added the new Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle and wrapped the three buildings in a 45-foot-high insulated glass skin topped with a cantilevered roof to unify the spaces.

This new enclosure provides critical acoustic improvements by isolating outside noise while still maintaining the integrity of the historic buildings. The glass is held in place by a system of large, heavy timber columns (each one supporting more than 400,000 pounds of load on average) that also support the roof. Made of Parallam, an engineered wood product, the columns have an elliptical shape to reduce their visual impact, and are spaced 36 feet apart so that the building still feels transparent. This is the first heavy timber building structure to be constructed in modern Washington and also the first application of this form of hybrid wood and glass building enclosure in the United States.

Mark your calendar for June 10 and experience this building first hand as we celebrate our Design Awards Gala in the soaring space of the Mead Center and present our awards in the Kogod Cradle, a technically sophisticated oval theater where the floor sits away from the walls on 20 separate pads to ensure acoustic isolation. Additional information will be available shortly on our Design Awards page.

Photography by Nic Lehoux, courtesy of Bing Thom Architects

May 5 -
ARE Prep Series: Building Systems I - Electrical and Plumbing
10:00a, at AECOM, Arlington. CEHs [info]

May 7 - Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
6:00p, at Geier Renfrow Architects, Alexandria. [info]

May 9 - Design Awards Committee Meeting
Noon, at the Chapter House. [info]

May 14 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30p, at the Chapter House. [info]

May 16 - Regional Reception
5:30p, at Eventide, Arlington. [info]

May 16 - Women in Architecture Happy Hour
5:30p, at the Regional Reception, Eventide, Arlington. [info]

May 17 - ARE Prep Series: Building Systems II - Mechanical
10:00a, at AECOM, Arlington. CEHs [info]

May 17-19 - AIA National Convention in Washington, DC CEHs [info]

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

May 31 - 360 Mentoring General Session
6:00p, location to be determined. [info]

June 1 - HITT Headquarters LEED® Gold Tour
4:00p, at HITT Contracting, Falls Church. CEHs [info]

June 6 - InStudio with Jo Anne Murray Levenson, AIA
6:00p, at HDR Inc., Alexandria. CEHs [info]

June 8 - Fairfax County Exceptional Design Award Submittals Due [info]

June 9 - ARE Prep Series: Site Planning + Design
10:00a, at AECOM, Arlington. CEHs [info]

June 10 - AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Gala
6:00p, At the Mead Center for American Theater - Home of Arena Stage. CEHs [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.