Volume 8, No. 4 - April 29, 2014
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

The Lukmire Partnership
North Laurel Park and Recreation Center, The Lukmire Partnership (more info)
In This Issue

Design Awards Celebration

Golf Tournament May 12

Big Week for CES Credits

AIA Convention '14

Featured Project: North Laurel
    Park and Recreation Center


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Best Projects and Best View in Town - Design Awards Celebration June 12
 Imagine the view from the 32nd floor of the tallest office building in metro DC. Now mark your calendars to experience this view on Thursday, June 12.

 We will hold our 2014 Design Awards Celebration at 1812 North Moore Street in the heart of Rosslyn. Designed by Davis Carter Scott, Ltd. and owned, developed and managed by Monday Properties, this 35-story, LEED® certified, glass office building offers 360-degree views of the skyline.

Watch the sunset as you sip wine, catch up with friends and celebrate the great design work of our Chapter members. Look for additional information on the building and the celebration in the May/June Newsletter. Reservations will open soon.

Photographs © Eric Taylor Photography

AIA Northern Virginia Golf Tournament May 12
Do you know what a bogey is? Or a chip shot, mulligan, putter or the nineteenth hole? If you do, you will enjoy playing a round of golf at the Mount Vernon Country Club, site of our 7th Annual Golf Tournament, on Monday, May 12. Proceeds from the tournament support the chapter's scholarship fund for local architecture students. We still have a few spots for both players and sponsors, so register today at www.aianova.org/golf.php

Need CE Credits? – Earn 7 HSW Credits this Week

AIA Convention 2014 – Call for Volunteers
Want to attend the 2014 Convention in Chicago, June 26-28, for free? Sign-up for at least four volunteer time slots and receive free access to the Convention. Signup here!

New Legislation: National Design Services Act
The AIA and the AIAS announce the introduction of the National Design Services Act (NDSA), which will give architecture students the same relief from crushing student loan debt, which is already granted young lawyers, doctors and others in return for community service. The bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4205, was recently introduced. Please contact your congressman today to support the timely passage of this important legislation. [more info]

Contact your Congressmen here

Featured Project

North Laurel Park and Recreation Center
The Lukmire Partnership
Howard County, MD

 The Lukmire Partnership was selected by Howard County to develop a master plan for a 50-acre park and to design all the facilities including a 60,000 sq ft recreation center, skate park, tennis courts, picnic pavilions, recreational fields and a future swimming pool. The site slopes 50 vertical feet from the outer edges and terminates in a wetlands and stream. Therefore, only about a quarter of the park could be developed.

As a result of the topography and in an agreement with adjacent residential owners, the new recreation center is a one-story building – the size of two football fields. The design approach was to divide the facility into zones, with active, acoustically loud functions separated from more passive activities by the front lobby. Included in the active zone are the 14,000 sq ft gymnasium, dance studio, weight room, child care center and locker rooms. Included in the passive side are all of the activity rooms, a multipurpose room, a senior center and health department.

A special feature of the recreation center is a rear courtyard which is accessible from the multipurpose room and activity rooms. It is a transitional space with both an arbor and landscaped area providing an outdoor space for receptions, parties and contemplation and is located away from the parking and noise generated around the Center.

The massing of the Center has also been broken down to decrease the scale of the long building. A series of elements reflecting the module of the activities behind them are projected, sometimes in masonry and sometimes in a metal panel. There are also two entrances, a main entrance used by most patrons and one designed specifically for seniors and those using the health department facilities.

Across from the Center is a large skate park which was designed collaboratively with teens from the neighborhood and a well-known skateboarder from California.

The project received a LEED® Silver rating.

Photographs © Eric Taylor Photography


1 | Radiant Heating/Cooling and Sustainable Building Technologies
     9:30a, Fairfax. HSW Credit. [info]

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

2 | Schools Connections Committee Meeting
     8:00a, McLean. [info]

3 | WIA Tour of the New Jefferson Houston School of the Future
     10:00a, Alexandria. HSW Credit. [info]

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

10 | ARE: Schematic Design
     10:00a, Arlington. HSW Credit. [info]

12 | AIA Northern Virginia Golf Tournament
     9:30a, Alexandria. [info]

12 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     2:00p, Alexandria. [info]

14 | Life After Exams: Licensing + Professional Development
     6:30p, Arlington. [info]

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

21 | Architecture in the Schools Exhibit Opening
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  June 2 - WIA Committee Meeting
  June 9 - Board Meeting and Tour of HGA Architects and Engineers
  June 12 - Design Awards Celebration
  June 26-28 - AIA National Convention

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.