Volume 8, No. 1 - January 30, 2014
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

O'Neil Architects
North Gate Vineyard, by O'Neil Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Chapter Open House

ARE Prep

Contract Docs Online

Renewals Overdue

Featured Project: North Gate Vineyard


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Save the date...
 Our Annual Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, 6:00-8:00p. So mark your calendar and celebrate Mardi Gras with Cajun food, a King Cake straight from New Orleans and our famous Hurricanes.

Design Awards Featured in AIArchitect
The January 24 issue of AIArchitect featured our Chapter's Design Award winners. Scroll down to see the article, which links to our Design Award Gallery on our website.

ARE Prep Sessions in Full Swing
 Registration is now open for both Building Systems and Structural Systems, as well as all the remaining ARE prep classes.

We are pleased to again host Professor Michael Ermann for his Building Systems workshop March 8-10 and, for the ninth year in a row, Professor David Thaddeus, AIA for his renowned Structural Systems workshop April 4-6 (please note the new date). Spaces are filling quickly for both workshops, so please register soon to guarantee your place.

We have four supplemental classes remaining in February: Green Building, Accessibility and Architectural History I and II. Also in February our Saturday review sessions focus on Construction Documents I (Legal) and II (Documents), as well as Site Planning + Design. All offer HSW credits and can serve as excellent review classes for all members. Visit our ARE page for complete information and registration.

AIA Contract Documents Now Web-Based
ACD5, the new AIA Contract Documents® online service, launched on January 21. With this new service, Contract Documents are now completely web-based. This migration from PC-based software to the cloud offers access to documents anywhere, anytime with simplified sharing and editing. The previous desktop software relied on users sharing documents via email, with each collaborator drafting separate responses. ACD5 offers users a more integrated collaboration process where a user can invite reviewers to comment using editing tools embedded in the shared document. With ACD5, every customer – from purchasers of a single document to someone who owns an unlimited license – will be able to purchase documents one-at-a-time and edit nearly every word in an agreement using AIA Documents-on-Demand® Plus.

AIA Contract Documents is making the transition from the software version to the online service as easy as possible with a migration tool to pull existing documents from the desktop software into the ACD5 platform, training programs and support. The desktop software will eventually be phased out, but the shortest period an existing customer will have to make the transition will be a full year. Learn more on the AIA Contract Documents website.

Membership Renewals Now Past Due
2014 AIA Membership Renewals were due January 15. Members are offered a grace period to renew through March 31, so renew today.

Professional Development and Award Opportunities
The Value of Design: Design and Health Summit – Due February 12
The AIA, with the AIA Foundation and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, are seeking abstracts of projects that demonstrate design's value in improving health.

Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition – Due February 18
The AIA Center for Emerging Professionals sponsors an annual exhibition of architectural work, art and designs of emerging architectural professionals, displayed at the AIA Headquarters each spring.

Sustainable Cities Design Academy 2014 Call for Applications – Due February 21
The American Architectural Foundation (AAF) encourages public-private partnership project teams to apply. Successful applicants will attend design workshops in Washington, DC in May and October.

2014 Washington Unbuilt Awards – Due February 27
The program recognizes excellence in unbuilt projects both theoretical and commissioned. Winners will be featured in an exhibition at the District Architecture Center.

NAAB Call for Applications – Due February 28
Every year, AIA nominates members to serve as representatives on NAAB school accreditation visits. The representatives serve a four-year term beginning January 1, 2015.

AIA Small Project Practitioners Design Competition - The Pop-Up Project – Due March 21
Submitters are asked to re-imagine the standard farmer’s market booth. Winners will build their winning design at the 2014 AIA Convention in Chicago and donated it to a local charity.

Featured Project

North Gate Vineyard
O'Neil Architects
Purcellville, VA

 North Gate Vineyard is the first winery in Loudoun County to achieve LEED® Gold certification and the second in all of Virginia to earn certification. The award was granted for the entire project consisting of the winery, production facility and tasting room which totals a combined 5656 square feet on 26 acres in Purcellville, Virginia.

 North Gate used an all-local team to complete the project. The architect on the project was O'Neil Architects in Leesburg, Comfort Design of Winchester was the consulting MEP engineer and Brickstone Homes in Leesburg was the General Contractor. The LEED commissioning agent was Gretchen Coleman Commissioning Group in Roanoke.

North Gate Vineyard's state-of-the-art facilities were designed for the energy efficient production of wines. LEED certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:

  • A solar array on the south facing roof that produces 22kw of electricity comprised of 96 photo voltaic panels. The building is 100% solar powered and uses net metering to sell the excess electricity back to the grid for credits.
  • 2×8 advanced wall framing techniques and building dimensions based on common material sizes to minimize material waste.
  • A standing seam metal roof with a highly reflective surface to reduce heat gain.
  • Local, reclaimed, recycled, low VOC and sustainable building materials and décor.
  • High efficiency heat pumps for the HVAC systems and energy recovery ventilators (ERVs).
  • CO2 monitors in both the winery (for fermentation) and tasting room.
  • Plenty of natural daylight and operable windows and doors.
  • Extensive use of LED lighting in the tasting room.
  • Sustainable landscaping using native plants, designed by the Loudoun Master Gardeners.
  • A highly insulated building envelope with R39 walls and R51 in the ceiling and attic spaces, a fully insulated floor slab and a continuous exterior insulated wall sheathing system.
  • Motion sensor controls for lighting in the restrooms and office space.
  • Motion sensor faucets and high efficiency toilets.
  • Over 85% of the construction waste diverted from the local landfill and recycled.
Photography courtesy of O'Neil Architects


1 | ARE: Construction Documents + Services - Legal
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

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

5 | Green Building - ARE Supplemental Course
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

8 | ARE: Construction Documents + Services - Documents and Vignette
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

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

12 | Accessibility - ARE Supplemental Course
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

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

18 | Architectural History I: Egypt to the Renaissance - ARE Supplemental Course
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

19 | Women in Architecture Happy Hour
     6:00p, TBD. [info]

21 | 2012 IBC Accessibility + Usability for Commercial Buildings
     8:15a, Fairfax. [info]

22 | ARE: Site Planning + Design and 2 Vignettes
     10:00a, Arlington. [info]

25 | Architectural History II: Development of the Modern Movement - ARE Supplemental Course
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

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

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  March 4 - Annual Chapter Open House
  March 6 - Women in Architecture Seminar Series
  March 8-10 - ARE Building Systems Workshop

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.