Volume 7, No. 11 - November 25, 2013
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

HGA Architects + Engineers
Patriot Ridge (more info)
In This Issue

DC Zoning Process

CRAN Cocktail Party

Resolution 2014

Speed Mentoring

Featured Project: Patriot Ridge


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DC Zoning Administrators Discuss the City's Zoning Review Process
On December 6, DC Zoning Administrator, Matt LeGrant, and Deputy Administrator, Kathleen Beeton, are offering a presentation and dialogue on the process of submitting project plans for zoning review with the DC Building Permit Department. They will discuss critical requirements and typical pitfalls plans often face. Organized by the AIA Northern Virginia Small Firms Committee, this event is open to all.

2 HSW LU. Friday, December 6, 11:00a-1:00p, at the Chapter House. Registration is required here.

Capital Area CRAN Cocktail Party
Please come celebrate the inaugural year of the Capital Area CRAN, the newest chapter of AIA's Custom Residential Architects Network, at a year-end Cocktail Party on Wednesday, December 4, 6:00p, at Merritt Gallery in Chevy Chase. Home & Design Magazine is inviting their readers to join us to meet residential architects from the DC metro area. The Capital Area CRAN is jointly organized by all three metro area chapters. Additional information is available here.

New Year's Resolution 2014: ARE's – Get it done!
The 2014 ARE Prep Series starts January 8 with a complementary session featuring NCARB representatives to discuss IDP completion and the exam process. Organized by our Chapter's Young Architects Forum, the series includes supplemental courses covering topics found throughout the exams, four-hour Saturday sessions on exam topics and weekend review sessions by David Thaddeus on Structural Systems and Michael Ermann on Building Systems. AIA continuing education credits are available for all sessions and members are welcome to attend for a great review of essential topics. Information and registration (available soon) can be found on our ARE website.

Speed Mentoring on December 18
Hosted by AIA|DC, AIA Northern Virginia and AIA Potomac Valley, speed mentoring encourages architects of all ages and practice areas to share their experience. This event takes place on Wednesday, December 11, beginning at 6:15p, at the District Architecture Center. Space is limited, so please RSVP by December 11. Additional information is available here.

What's Your Favorite Building in Virginia?
As the Virginia Society AIA begins to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2014, you can help select Virginia's favorite buildings for an exhibit of the top 100 at the Virginia Center for Architecture in April. Choose your favorites from among 250 structures – buildings, bridges, monuments and memorials – that were nominated by architects to represent Virginia's rich architectural heritage. Voting runs through December 20 so vote now. http://vacelebrates.org/.

Upcoming Award Programs
DESIGNArlington Awards due December 2 – This biennial awards program, organized by the Arlington County Center for Urban Design & Research, recognizes excellent design in Arlington County.

2014 COTE Top Ten Green Projects due January 24 – Organized by the AIA Committee on the Environment, this program seeks to identify and recognize the benefits of sustainable design.

2014 TAP BIM Awards due December 16 – The AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community is hosting its Building Information Modeling (BIM) Awards competition, seeking projects that exhibit exemplary use of integrated and interoperable building information modeling.

Opportunity to Serve on the Stafford County Architectural Review Board
In 1983, Stafford County adopted a historic preservation ordinance to maintain the unique character of its historic areas. The purpose of the Stafford County Architectural Review Board is to maintain the historic and architectural integrity of locally designated historic places. The ARB expects to have two vacancies to fill in 2014 and they are looking for interested and qualified candidates. Please note that the ordinance does not require ARB members to be Stafford County residents. Additional information on the ARB is available here. For information, contact Kathy Baker of the Stafford County Planning & Zoning Department at 540-658-8668.

Virginia Tech Offers Graduate Certificate in Critical Design Thinking
Critical Design Thinking has long been a major component of design education and is now being embraced by the corporate world as a major facilitation tool of innovation. This graduate level certificate program helps teams of working professionals to prepare for the challenges of the workplace and to assume positions of leadership in multi-disciplinary teams. Classes are scheduled for weekends to accommodate working professionals. This program was co-developed and is co-taught by the Virginia Tech Industrial Design Program and Luma Institute of Pittsburgh, and will be coming to the National Capital Region for the spring semester beginning January 24. Please contact Professor Ron Kemnitzer or click here for more information.

Featured Project

Patriot Ridge
HGA Architects and Engineers
Springfield, VA

 Patriot Ridge is the first phase of a master-planned, one million square foot Class ‘A’ office campus adjacent to I-95 in Springfield. The eight-story building rises prominently over the neighboring lower structures giving it great visibility from both directions of the highway. The majority of the parking is consolidated in a 2,400 vehicle parking structure that  facilitated the creation of a two-acre pedestrian plaza that organizes the rest of the campus and arranges the placement of future office buildings. The plaza was conceived as a holistic work of art that offers views from the higher floors that are a subtle allusion to satellite mapping and imagery. A metal sculpture resembling a cluster of satellite dishes, surrounded by a variety of illuminated seating walls and outdoor tables, fosters impromptu gatherings and dining.

The office precast panels were designed as narrow as technically possible to confer the notion of subtleness and stature. The highly reflective glass allows the building to transform itself with the changing weather and sun exposure. Thicker, more robust precast panels are found along the first level to visually ground the structure. The main entrance to the building is highlighted by a canopy that is expressed as a strong horizontal element that counter balances the verticality of the precast panels of the floors above.

Photography © EricTaylorPhoto.com


4 | CRAN Celebration
     6:00p, Chevy Chase, MD. [info]

4 | From Advocacy to Implementation: Making TOD Happen
     6:30p, Washington, DC. [info]

5 | Beginners Guide to Using AIA Contract Documents and Software
     9:00a, Washington, DC. [info]

6 | Zoning Review Process in Washington, DC
     11:00a, Alexandria. [info]

9 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Alexandria. [info]

18 | AIA Repositioning Town Hall
     1:00p, conference call. [info]

18 | Speed Mentoring
     6:15p, Washington, DC. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  January 6 - Women in Architecture Committee Meeting
  January 8 - ARE Prep Series Begins
  January 8 - Architecture in the Schools Exhibit
  March 4 - AIA Northern Virginia Open House

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.