Volume 6, No. 7 - July 27, 2012
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

Bonstra | Haresign Architects
The Hazel River Cabin, by Bonstra | Haresign Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Mentoring Registration Open

Torpedo Factory RFQ

2013 Institute Honor Awards

Legislator Relationship Survey

Featured Project: Hazel River Cabin


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Speed Mentoring Registration Now Open
Back by popular demand, we will be hosting a Speed Mentoring event on September 27. Speed Mentoring is for members at all stages of their career and offers a great opportunity to meet peers and leaders in the profession. We are looking for both mentors and mentees. This event is organized by our Young Architects Forum, Women in Architecture Committee, School Connections Committee and College of Fellows. Register by emailing reservations@aianova.org and please let us know if you consider yourself a mentor or a mentee, so we can plan accordingly.

Torpedo Factory Art Center Space Design RFQ
Torpedo Factory Art Center Board (TFACB) is requesting proposals from firms experienced in art center design and optimal placement of functions/services to provide an initial concept for the revised interior and exterior of Torpedo Factory Art Center. Finalists will be selected to produce a more comprehensive design plan and from these plans a firm will be selected to provide professional design services for the design and construction administration of the project. Proposals are due by September 17. The complete RFQ can be found here. Questions can be directed to Susan Corrigan, TFACB President, at scorrigan@arttherapy.org.

Reminder: 2013 Institute Honor Awards Submissions Due August 24
For more than 60 years, the AIA Honor Awards have recognized projects of all sizes, budgets, styles and building types - from public to residential, from large firms to sole practitioners. The program is now accepting online entries in four categories: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Regional & Urban Design and the Twenty-five Year Award. Submissions are due prior to 5:00p on August 24. Visit the Institute Honors and Awards site to learn more.

Legislator Relationship Survey
In order to improve advocacy efforts, the AIA Government and Community Relations department is conducting a survey to gauge the degree of political connectivity among the membership and encourage more members to take an active role in public affairs. Strong participation will help give AIA the legislative influence they need to affect positive change in policy governing the profession and the built environment. You can access the brief survey here. Add your input today.

We Want to Publish Your Work!
Both BLAST and AIA Northern Virginia News feature projects designed by Chapter members. We are always searching for projects to publish, whether completed, on-the-boards, unbuilt or theoretical projects. Firms are urged to submit projects, which will generally be run on a first-come, first-served basis. Submissions should include a project description of approximately 150-250 words and two-four images. Please email projects to aianova@aianova.org.

Featured Project

The Hazel River Cabin
Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS
Woodville, VA

Nestled into the western slope of Jobber's Mountain, a 1794 toll keeper's log cabin and its 1856 clapboard addition guard the remnants of the Old Sperryville Pike. At Mount Joy Farm in Howard County, Maryland slave quarters (the "chestnut log cabin"), slated for demolition, was catalogued, dismantled and rebuilt adjacent to the Sperryville toll cabin with a modern glass link to create the new Hazel River Cabin.

  On approach, the cabins retain their original character. Large-scale windows and a new dormer open western views to the river and mountain. Modern additions react to but are distinct from the original log structures, establishing a material hierarchy.

The interiors are reinterpreted for contemporary life. The spatial character is defined by axes focused on the toll cabin's stone fireplace  and the super-scaled chestnut cabin window. Removal of the second floors creates uninterrupted double-height spaces and emphasizes the materiality of the original log structure. Raw steel and refined wood define modern inserts which are carefully joined to and contrasted with rough-hewn original materials.

Wood, stone, hardware and steel fabrication were locally sourced. Over 70% of the wood was reclaimed from the original cabins or nearby structures, including the floorboards from the Madison County Courthouse. Efficient modern systems - super insulated roofing and foundations, lighting, air conditioning, radiant floor heating and state-of-the-art electronics - are integrated without impacting the character of the historic cabins.

Photography by Anice Hoachlander, Hoachlander Davis Photography

August 15 - Women in Architecture Happy Hour
6:00p, at Ping, Shirlington. [info]

August 17 - Golf Committee Meeting
Noon, at Milestone Construction Services, Sterling. [info]

August 27 - Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
6:00p, at the Chapter House. [info]

August 29 - COTE Committee Meeting
6:30p, location to be determined. [info]

September 10 - AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
4:30p, at the Chapter House. [info]

September 19 - AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series
11:00a, location to be determined. 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.