Volume 7, No. 4 - April 29, 2013
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

FOX Architects
Washington Region Natural Gas Utility, by FOX Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Design Awards Jury Announced

Residential Architects Network

EPSON Expo 2013

10 Buildings That Changed America

Featured Project: Washington Region
    Natural Gas Utility


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Design Awards Jury Announced
The Design Awards Committee is pleased to announce that Atlanta is the site for our jury, actually two juries, this year - one for residential projects and one for all our other categories.

Jury I will review the Commercial, Institutional, Commercial Interiors, Historic and Conceptual/Unbuilt categories, as well as the Herlong Award for Associate members:

William Joseph Carpenter, FAIA, Ph.D, LEED® AP
Bill is the founder and president of Lightroom and a professor at Southern Polytechnic State University in the School of Architecture. He is a nationally recognized architect, educator and author, having received the National Young Architects Citation and the National ACSA/AIAS Educator of the Year Award.

Vance S. Cheatham, AIA, LEED® AP
Vance, a design principal at Perkins+Will, contributes to this team with a broad range of experience designing education, healthcare, non-profit community projects, housing, judicial, commercial and military facilities.

Lee Ann R. Gamble, AIA
Lee Ann is a Principal of G+G Architects, an award winning firm recognized by AIA Georgia, AIA Atlanta and the Southeastern Brick Institute. The firm won first place in the 2006 Sustainable House Competition and was awarded the AIA Emerging Voices Award.

Jury II will review the Single-Family Residential category:

James E. Choate, III, AIA
Jim, a Principal at SBCH Architects, maintains a focus on quality design solutions with an emphasis on creating architectural imagery that is unique and innovative, but appropriate to its context. His projects include academic facilities, golf and country clubs, recreational facilities, medical facilities and private residences.

Michael Gamble, Architect & Professor
Michael, a registered architect and a Principal at G+G Architects, is interested in intelligent, site responsive design at all scales with a special focus on the creation of healthy environments. The firm's design research and creative work has been featured in many exhibits and numerous publications.

James E. Winer, AIA, LEED® AP
Jim, a Principal at Make3, has worked as a project architect and lead designer on athletic, educational, religious, institutional and custom residential projects. His experience includes design, programming, planning, new construction, historic restoration, adaptive reuse and interiors.

This year's Design Awards Celebration will be held at the Old Town Theater on Thursday, June 6. Additional information on the jury and celebration can be found on our Design Award website.

Local Custom Residential Architects Network Begins
The newly organized DC metro area Tri-Chapter CRAN Group invites architects specializing in custom residential design to hear editors of local print and online publications and a renowned architectural photographer discuss what makes a project stand out and what they look for to publish. "How To Get Published: A Panel Discussion" will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 6:30p, at the District Architecture Center (DAC). The event offers 1.5 LUs and pre-paid reservations are required. Click here for details.

EPSON Integrator Certification + Expo 2013 on May 8
Learn about the newest ProAV systems at this informal expo on May 8 at the Tysons Corner Marriott, organized by EPSON, one of our Chapter's Platinum Sponsors. Epson is offering a first look at their new professional installation projector and revolutionary new meeting room solution. This event provides an excellent opportunity to catch up with the latest technologies while networking with your colleagues. Click here for details and registration or contact Michael Cho for more information.

10 Buildings That Changed America – 20% are in Virginia!
PBS will broadcast the documentary “10 Buildings That Changed America” on Sunday, May 12 at 10:00p. The show is sure to raise some eyebrows among architects, although few Virginia architects will quibble with the fact that two of the ten are in Virginia. One - Dulles International Airport - is within our chapter. No other state had two buildings selected. The show was produced by PBS-affiliate WTTW in Chicago in partnership with the Society of Architectural Historians. Make your own list, then click here to see if any of your choices match the other nine selected for the program.

In honor of Dulles Airport, AIA|DC is hosting a preview of the show and a panel discussion on Monday, May 6, at the District Architecture Center. Click here for information.

Featured Project

Washington Region Natural Gas Utility
FOX Architects
Springfield, Virginia

 As a leader in sustainable energy solutions, Washington Gas sought to provide a facility that pays homage to its rich history, supports today's sustainability practices and is flexible to provide for future contraction or expansion. The design had to support the need to consolidate three regional offices into a single energy efficient, modern campus. Additionally, Washington Gas desired a facility that better supported their workforce and provided an improved work environment for their people – both corporate and industrial employees.

As the base building architect and interior designer, FOX took an inside-out, outside-in approach to the project, with nearly every design feature playing a role in the emphasis on sustainable energy. The office building utilizes precast concrete and linear windows for its north façade and a glass curtain wall system on the southern side, maximizing natural daylight. In addition to the fuel cell technology and strategic campus design, the buildings feature reflective roofing and LED lights, as well as automated shades that adjust to the sun's changing position, maximizing the building's energy efficiency and keeping excess energy consumption to a minimum.

Unifying the industrial building with the interior design of the office proved to be successful for the overall aesthetic as well as the functionality of the two spaces. The juxtaposition of raw and refined features in both buildings creates a coordinated appearance that also softens the austere industrial setting so that a pleasant corporate campus can emerge.

 This 20-acre site includes plans for a 168,000-gross-square-foot office building, a 68,000-gross-square-foot industrial building, structured parking for 530 vehicles, surface parking for 275 vehicles and a central, landscaped amenity. This project also included master planning and programming. Washington Gas is LEED® CI Gold Pending.

An office tour of FOX Architects will be offered at 6:00p on May 13, following our Chapter Board Meeting. All are welcome to attend. Continuing education credits will be offered and refreshments will be served. See the calendar below for details.

Photography © Jeff Goldberg / Esto


1 | Architecture in the Schools Exhibit Opening
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

1 | How To Get Published: A Panel Discussion
     6:30p, DC. CEHs [info]

3 | VSAIA Prize for Design Research + Scholarship Registration Due
     Submissions due May 30. [info]

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

7 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
     Noon, Alexandria. [info]

8 | EPSON Integrator Certification + Expo 2013
     9:00a, Tysons Corner. [info]

10 | ARE: Building Systems
     7:30a, Arlington. CEHs [info]

13 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, McLean. [info]

13 | Firm Tour - FOX Architects
     6:00p, McLean. CEHs [info]

15 | Micro Units: The Future or Faux Fad?
     4:00p, Arlington. CEHs (pending) [info]

16 | Women in Architecture Happy Hour
     6:00p, Reston. [info]

21 | Design Awards Committee Meeting
     Noon, Alexandria. [info]

22 | ADA Update: Is Your Building (still) Compliant?
     8:30a, Alexandria. CEHs (pending) [info]

23 | An Architect's Experience in Post-Disaster Haiti
     Noon, Alexandria. CEHs (pending) [info]

23 | Happy Hour with the Design + Construction Network
     5:30p, Arlington. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  June 4 - ARE Trivia Night
  June 6 - AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Celebration
  June 12 - 360 Mentoring Group, Meeting Two
  June 20-22 - AIA National Convention

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.