Volume 7, No. 10 - November 1, 2013
previous main menu next

BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

SHW Group
UVA Lacy Center (more info)
In This Issue

Canstruction Tonight

ArchEx Next Week

Call for Issues Survey

VT Graduate Studies

Featured Project: Lacy Center


Visit the AIANOVA Website

2013 Canstruction® Build-Out Night is at Reagan National Airport Tonight, on display through November 9
You’re invited to watch, and encourage, our teams as they build fantastic structures entirely of canned food, which ultimately goes to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) in time to stock their shelves for the holidays.

Thank you to our 2013 teams:
  • Geier Brown Renfrow Architects + RAND Construction
  • JACOBS - Global Buildings
  • Lee & McShane, PC
  • The Lukmire Partnership
  • MTFA Architecture
  • Rust | Orling Architecture + LandDesign
  • Samaha Associates, PC
  • Page Southerland Page
We are building in Terminals B+C, Level 1, Baggage Claim Area, from 5:00p-midnight, and the exhibits are on display at the airport through November 9. Visit our Canstruction website for details.

There's Still Time to Attend ArchEx, November 6-8, in Richmond
Organized by the Virginia Society AIA, ArchEx includes educational sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, special events and a lively Exhibit Hall. This year's keynote address features internationally celebrated architect, theorist, author and educator Bernard Tschumi. Register here.

Want to affect change in just five minutes? – 2014 Call for Issues Survey due November 8
You can make sure that your voice is heard when Congress debates policies that affect architects by taking the 2014 Call for Issues survey. We want to hear from you about how the AIA can best continue advocating for the profession before policymakers and the public. Click here to access the survey.

Information Session about Graduate Studies at Virginia Tech
Interested in exploring a graduate degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration or International Affairs? Virginia Tech's School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) is hosting an information session on these programs November 12, beginning at 6:00p, at 1021 Prince Street, Alexandria 22314. The programs feature outstanding faculty, small classes and full- and part-time evening studies. RSVP here.

Architects for Animals – Giving Shelter
Architects for Animals is a fundraising and awareness initiative that supports needy animals. Giving Shelter is a one-night event that benefits the Washington Humane Society. At this event, to be held at AIA Headquarters on December 5, architecture firms build creative winter shelters to provide refuge for DC's homeless cats. These shelters are then donated to the Humane Society. If your firm is interested in participating, contact Leslie Farrell at (646) 620-4431. Guests are invited to attend the event and vote for their favorite structure. Details available here.

Two Useful Resources Available from AIA
2013 AIA Compensation Report – The recently released report offers information on the state of the profession and includes compensation data for 39 architecture firm positions in 28 states, 28 metro areas and 14 cities.

Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice – The 15th edition of this classic, to be released on November 11, features nearly two-thirds new content and covers all aspects of contemporary practice, including business, legal and technical trends.

2014 Small Project Practitioners Call for Entries
Submission Deadline: November 18. This year's theme, Resourcefulness, intends to recognize projects that, through design, turn nothing into something, transform liabilities and constraints into opportunities, and do more with less. Information can be found here.

Beginners Guide to Using AIA Contract Documents and Software - In-Person Presentation
AIA is offering a comprehensive course on contract documents at AIA Headquarters in Washington, DC on December 5, 9:00a-1:30p. This course will cover the importance of having written contracts in place; explore the contractual relationship between the various construction parties and how contracts define the responsibility, authority and expectations of each; and review the key features of commonly-used AIA contract documents. 4 HSW LU. Details and registration available here.

Featured Project

UVA Ann Warrick Lacy Experiential Learning Center
SHW Group
Charlottesville, VA

 SHW Group and Barton Malow began the design-build collaboration of the Ann Warrick Lacy Experiential Learning Center at the University of Virginia in May 2012. The 19,200-square-foot facility opened in September 2013. The building is shared by both the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Facilities Management department.

Located on the two upper levels, the SEAS academic research and fabrication facilities can accommodate a range of project mock-ups and experiments. A central high bay area allows students to build and maneuver tall objects or hoist equipment above the main work area. The building structure is designed to accommodate large pieces of equipment, and the entry bridge and entry are designed to allow students to roll large equipment and vehicles into the building. SHW Group intentionally designed a collaborative work area to be raw, modular, flexible and durable to allow students to reconfigure the space with ease. The main workshop is supported by project rooms, classroom space, equipment storage and offices.

 Facilities Management programs, including the millwork shop, the lock shop, the computer help desk shop and a variety of offices and meeting spaces, are housed on the lower two levels.

To ensure that the four-story building accommodates the unique needs of both user groups, SHW Group took advantage of the sloping site to provide primary frontage entrances for both programs on separate levels. The building also is designed for flexibility and adaptability as programs evolve. Services are located on the east and west ends of the building to maximize useable, flexible, day lit work space. The project demonstrates how a small, utilitarian building can make a significant contribution to the campus by referencing the material palette, form and massing of the traditional campus buildings.

 SHW Group also incorporated sustainable design strategies into the building. Designed to achieve LEED® Gold Certification from the USGBC, the building includes a highly insulated envelope, high-efficiency HVAC, proper orientation, solar shading, daylight harvesting and water efficiency.

Photography © Tom Holdsworth Photography


1 | 2013 Canstruction® Build-Out Night
     5:00p, Reagan National Airport. [info]

2 | Canstruction® Jury and Press Preview
     9:00a, Reagan National Airport. [info]

4 | Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

4 | Canstruction® Awards Celebration
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

6-8 | Architecture Exchange East
     Richmond. [info]

9 | Canstruction® Exhibit Ends
     Reagan National Airport. [info]

14 | Meet the Architects Forum
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

15 | Emerging Leaders in Architecture Applications Due

16 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Retreat
     8:30a, Arlington. [info]

19 | 360 Mentoring Group - Meeting 4
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

20 | AIA Northern Virginia Lunch Series: Window Seminars
     11:00a, Alexandria. [info]

21 | Student Portfolio Reviews
     6:00p, Alexandria. [info]

AIA Northern Virginia Calendar  |  AIA|DC Calendar  |  AIA Potomac Valley Calendar

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.