Volume 8, No. 10 - October 30, 2014
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

FOX Architects
Nuclear Energy Institute, by FOX Architects (more info)
In This Issue

39th Annual Meeting

New Referral Lists


CES Opportunities

Featured Project: Nuclear
    Energy Institute


Visit the AIANOVA Website

Chapter Honor Awards & Elections Featured at 39th Annual Meeting
Members and guests filled Columbia Firehouse in Alexandria for our Annual Chapter Meeting, Elections and Honors Celebration on October 21. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of our Chapter Honor Awards:
  • Award of Honor – Paul R. Erickson, AIA
  • Outstanding Achievement – Randall A. Mars, AIA
  • Distinguished Leadership – Scott S. Matties, AIA
  • AIA Northern Virginia Chapter Award – Ellen Cantor, Hon. VSAIA
  • Service to the Chapter:
    F. Carter Jones, AIA
    Spencer E. Lepler, AIA
    Jo Anne Murray, AIA
  • Craftsmanship Award – New Holland Church Furniture
Elections for 2015 Chapter leaders were also held. For complete election results, click here. Congratulations to all our distinguished award recipients and our new board and directors. Detailed information will be published in our November/December issue of AIA Northern Virginia News.

New Referral List System on www.aianova.org
In the interest of keeping our referral lists as current as possible, we have moved from downloadable PDFs to a sortable web-based interface. This allows us to make changes much more quickly and has the added benefit of allowing users to link directly to firms' websites from aianova.org.

The firm data and practice area selections were taken from responses to the latest directory survey. If you didn't fill one out, or would like to update your information, please send an email to referrals@aianova.org.

Our listings can contain the following fields for each firm: Firm Name, Address, Website, Contact Name, Contact Email, Phone Number, Number of Personnel and up to five practice areas. If you feel your listing is incomplete, just send us an email with your updates, and we will post them as soon as possible.

Canstruction® Build-Out Night is at Reagan National Airport November 14
You’re invited to watch, and encourage, our teams as they build 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 2014 teams:
  • HGA Architects and Engineers/Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Illustrate My Design
  • KGD Architecture
  • The Lukmire Partnership with Bohler Engineering and Branch Daffan
  • MTFA Architecture
  • Rust | Orling Architecture / LandDesign
  • Samaha Associates PC
We are building in Terminals B+C, Level 1, Baggage Claim Area, from 5:00p-midnight, and the exhibit is on display at the airport through November 22. [info]
2013 Jurors' Favorite and Best Meal
"Don't ChickCAN Out, Cluck Up To End Hunger!"
MTFA Architecture

Upcoming Continuing Education Sessions
Architecture Exchange East
November 5-7, Richmond
Organized by VSAIA, ArchEx features nearly 70 educational sessions, behind-the-scenes tours, special events and more than 100 vendors in the Exhibit Hall. [info]

Architectural Acoustics
November 19, 11:00a-1:30p, at the Chapter House, Alexandria
Two presentations – the Architectural Acoustic Design Cookbook and Acoustics for Architects Primer – by Peter D'Antonio of RPG Diffusor Systems, Inc. offering 2 HSW LUs. [info]

Reducing Utility Costs Through Behavior: Maximizing People, Profits & the Planet
December 2, 6:00-7:30p, at Dewberry in Fairfax
This presentation provides guidance on how to develop a customized energy awareness program. Organized by the AIA NOVA COTE and presented by Emmanuel Hales of 2rw Consultants, Inc. [info]

Take Advantage of our Job Board and Resume Library
There are currently numerous job opportunities posted on our online job board. If you are looking to hire, chapter members can post job openings free of charge and if you are job searching, please send us your resume. Firms often contact us when they are hiring and we are happy to share your resume with them. [info]

Awards and Opportunities
ArchEx Volunteer Opportunity / Free Conference Attendance
November 3AIA Small Project Awards Program Submissions Due
November 3IDP Design Competition Registration Due
November 14Emerging Leaders in Architecture Applications Due
November 21AIA Housing Awards Due

Featured Project

Nuclear Energy Institute
FOX Architects
Washington, DC

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry that participates in national and global policy-making processes. For its new headquarters location, NEI saw this as an opportunity to refresh its brand identity for the 21st century and create a space that embodies its vision: Clean Air Energy.

Inspired by a visit to a nuclear reactor facility, the 50,000sf design is a manifestation of energy in the physical environment through dramatic colors and bold finishes. On all floors, natural elements such as wood and stone and formative materials such as metal and glass are used throughout to communicate NEI's relationship between nature and technology. To reinforce staff interaction, the design team used copious amounts of glass to communicate the idea of transparency in an open feature stair connecting staff from all three floors. Constructed of steel, glass and floating terrazzo treads, the back-lit stair is a prominent design element that links all floors to the central NEI-borhood Café. The conference room design incorporates technology components and wireless internet service intended for energy efficiency and ease of use. Highlighting the "Clean Air Energy" brand, color palette transparent window film serves as the backdrop for multimedia.

The space invigorated with NEI's signature blue through accent paint and LED lighting, serves as a unifying element and branding opportunity. Depicting NEI's clean energy vision, branding design concepts wove together the movement of energy, influencing the new logo and multimedia within the space.

Photography © Ron Blunt


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

5-7 | Architecture Exchange East
     Richmond. [info]

13 | Women in Architecture Happy Hour
     6:00p, Washington, DC. [info]

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

14 | Emerging Leaders in Architecture Application Deadline [info]

15 | Canstruction Jury and Press Preview
     10:00a, Reagan National Airport. [info]

19 | 360 Mentoring General Session
     6:15p, Alexandria. [info]

19 | Lunch Seminar: Architectural Acoustics
     11:00a, Alexandria. [info]

22 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Retreat
     8:00a, Arlington. [info]

22 | Canstruction Exhibit Ends
     Reagan National Airport. [info]

23 | De-Canstruction
     Reagan National Airport. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  December 2 - COTE Seminar
  December 3 - WIA Book Club
  December 8 - Board Meeting
  December 9 - WIA Happy Hour and Holiday Party

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.