Volume 8, No. 5 - May 30, 2014
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

HGA Architects and Engineers Office Renovation, by HGA (more info)
In This Issue

Design Awards Celebration


YAF Winery Tour

New Codes Coming

Featured Project: HGA Office


Visit the AIANOVA Website

Design Awards Celebration on June 12
 Please join as we celebrate the great design work of our chapter members, catch up with friends and watch the sunset from our lofty site – the 32nd floor of the tallest office building in metro DC, offering 360-degree views of the skyline. Our celebration is on Thursday, June 12 at 1812 North Moore Street in Rosslyn, a 35-story, LEED® certified, glass office building designed by Davis Carter Scott, Ltd. and owned, developed and managed by Monday Properties. Our event will occupy the entire 32nd floor, which is unfinished and awaiting tenant build-out, providing us with this one-time opportunity to experience the pure, raw space. Building tours will be offered and attendees can earn 1.5 AIA HSW credits for the tour and presentations. Reserve your place now.

Photograph © Eric Taylor Photography

AIA Northern Virginia Recognized as AFAC's 2014 Community Partner of the Year!
The Arlington Food Assistance Center has selected our Chapter as their 2014 Community Partner of the Year in appreciation for our decade of support through our annual Canstruction® Competition. We will be formally recognized on June 8 at AFAC's Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.

Please help us continue to support AFAC as we begin the second decade of our Canstruction Competition on November 14 at Reagan Washington National Airport, just in time to stock AFAC's shelves for the holidays. The team registration form is available in the May/June issue of AIA Northern Virginia News and we are holding our first Canstruction Committee Meeting on June 16, 5:00p, at the Chapter House. CAN you pledge to help those in need?

Young Architects Forum - North Gate Winery Tour
Come for the CE presentation. Stay for the wine.

Join us on Sunday, August 24, for a presentation and tour of a LEED® Gold Winery, located in scenic Purcellville, Virginia, offered by project architect Tom O'Neil, AIA, of O'Neil Architects in Leesburg. Enjoy food and refreshments while learning about the challenges of designing a winery. Bring the family or corral your coworkers for a day out in Loudoun County. If you can't join us in August, be sure to visit the North Gate Vineyard. Check the AIA Northern Virginia calendar for additional information and registration coming July 1.

Also, please join YAF at their June 25th Happy Hour at La Tagliatella in Clarendon.

Photograph courtesy O'Neil Architects

Be Prepared for the New Building Code Implementation
The effective date of the 2012 Virginia Codes will be July 14, 2014. Final regulations were published in the April 7 Virginia Register, with additional details available on the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development website. Two upcoming sessions will help prepare you for the changes:

June 202012 International Existing Building Code Fundamentals [info]
Offered by the City of Alexandria Code Administration Department; held in Alexandria; free; 6 HSW LUs. Reservations due June 6.

July 182012 IBC Mixed Occupancies [info]
Offered by Virginia Society; held in Fairfax; $170; 6 HSW LUs. Reservations due by June 30.

Take Advantage of the AIA Northern Virginia Job Board
The AIA Northern Virginia Job Board currently has several postings. You can check it out here. And if you are looking to hire, Chapter members can post opportunities on the job board free of charge.

Conventions and Awards
June 11 - AIA Maryland Design Awards Registration
June 20Fairfax County Design Awards Due
June 26-28AIA Convention 2014, Chicago
  Region of the Virginias events: Virginia Caucus, June 26, 11:15a and Regional Breakfast, June 27, 6:30a.
June 27VSAIA Design Award Call for Entries Due
July 1DesignDC (October 1-3) Super Saver Rate Ends
July 31VSAIA Honors Committee Call for Nominations Due
August 26ArchEx (November 5-7) Registration Opens

Featured Project

HGA Architects and Engineers Office Renovation
HGA Architects and Engineers
Alexandria, VA

 Renewing its 10-year lease, HGA Architects and Engineers applied successful lessons-learned from its client work to design an efficient workspace for its own office. Choosing to expand into adjacent space, the firm reconfigured the 17,600-square-foot, two-level office to reflect firm-wide branding while anticipating staff growth and the need for teaming.

 The entrance lobby sets the tone for design and teamwork. Deep auburn reclaimed wood contrasts with the white solid surface desk, exposed painted ceilings and polished concrete floors. Images of completed work are projected on floating glass panels for visitors to view.

Perpendicular to the lobby is the "Boulevard," a linear circulation spine and Commons used for large meetings, client receptions and informal staff gatherings. Lined with large windows streaming abundant natural light, with unimpeded views of the Potomac River, the Boulevard connects the three main conference rooms to the design studio.

Because collaboration is a priority at HGA, the open office offers a variety of teaming spaces for impromptu meetings along the interior "Street" and "Avenue" circulation cores. Small meeting rooms on the perimeter allow private conversations. Exposed painted ceilings increase height, while floating acoustical ceiling panels absorb sound over the workstations, with lower-height partitions to provide staff views of the river, natural daylight and each other.

 A central staircase links the first floor with the lower level to create a focal point that visually connects the entire office. The lower level mimics the first floor, with the inclusion of a marketing production area and design resource library housing a high-density filing unit and a large custom millwork storage unit that doubles as presentation layout space.

Photography © Jim Tetro

Please join us for a tour of HGA's space on June 9, at 6:00p, immediately following our Chapter board meeting. One hour of continuing education credit is offered for the tour. Reservations are not necessary. HGA is located at 44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 100, Alexandria 22314. For additional information about the firm, visit HGA's website.


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

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

9 | Firm Tour - HGA Architects and Engineers
     6:00p, Alexandria. CE Credit. [info]

11 | Women in Architecture Book Club
     6:00p, Location to be determined. [info]

12 | AIA Northern Virginia Design Awards Celebration
     6:00p, Arlington. HSW Credit. [info]

16 | Canstruction Committee Meeting
     5:00p, Alexandria. [info]

18 | Women in Architecture Happy Hour
     5:00p, Arlington. [info]

20 | 2012 International Existing Building Code Fundamentals
     8:00a, Alexandria. HSW Credit. [info]

20 | Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards Due [info]

25 | Young Architects Forum Happy Hour
     6:00p, Arlington. [info]

26-28 | AIA Convention 2014
     Chicago. CE Credit. [info]

27 | Virginia Society Awards for Excellence in Architecture Due [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  July 1 - DesignDC Super Saver Rates End
  July 14 - Board Meeting
  July 18 - 2012 IBC Mixed Occupancies
  July 31 - VSAIA Honors Nominations Due

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.