Volume 8, No. 9 - September 30, 2014
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BLAST - News and Notes from AIA Northern Virginia

LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
Fontaine Avenue Station, by LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects (more info)
In This Issue

Annual Meeting

Firm Tour + Celebration

WIA Spa Night

AIAU: LUs at Your Fingertips

Featured Project: Fontaine Avenue
    Station and Training Center No. 10


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Annual Chapter Meeting, Elections and Honors Celebration
Annual Dinner 2013Our 39th Annual Chapter Meeting is on Tuesday, October 21, 6:30p, at Columbia Firehouse in Alexandria. Built in 1883, this firehouse is now a classic brasserie where we will be feasting on house-made charcuterie, farmstead cheeses, burger sliders and more.

We will also be presenting the Chapter's Honor Awards and voting for our 2015 officers and directors. Election information is available in the September/October issue of AIA Northern Virginia News. Tickets are $45 and guests are welcome to attend. Reservations are available here.

Celebration of Newly Licensed Architects & Firm Tour of LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
The Young Architects Forum invites you to a celebration of our newly licensed architects on Tuesday, October 14. LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects, in Reston, is graciously hosting this celebration and is offering a tour of their firm and discussion about their recent projects, including the Fontaine Avenue Station and Training Center No. 10, featured in this issue of BLAST. The celebration and tour begin at 6:00p, immediately following the AIA Northern Virginia Board meeting, also at LEW. Continuing education credit is available for the tour and discussion. This event is offered free of charge, but reservations are requested here.

Thank you to LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects for their support of this celebration. For additional information on the firm and their projects, visit their website.

Women in Architecture Spa Night
WIA and Circe of Alexandria will again host our popular Spa Night on October 27. Enjoy an evening of networking and indulge in mini spa treatments stationed throughout the salon and spa. Profits from the event will be donated to the National Breast Center. The $25 entry fee includes six mini spa treatments and refreshments. Last year this event raised over $1000 for the Center. Reservations are available here.

AIAU: LUs at Your Fingertips
AIAU, launched on September 15, offers online continuing education courses on current topics that affect your practice, from Fundamentals of NetZero Residential Construction to Supporting Workstyles for Greater Organizational Success. You can learn on your own time and even start a course and come back to complete it later. Once you finish a course, the credit will automatically update your AIA member transcript. Courses are organized in three tracks – Design, Practice and Building Science – and offer HSW, GBCI and RIBA credits. With the focus on quality, AIAU content is peer reviewed by architects, rated by users and not vendor driven. Courses, offered to AIA members for $25 each, will be continually added to the AIAU catalog.

15 for 12 – That's 15 Months of Membership for the Cost of 12
AIA will once again offer a special rate for new members who join between October 1 and December 31. The 15 for 12 promotion gives new members the rest of this year free of charge plus membership through 2015. New members also enjoy free registration for the 2015 AIA Convention in Atlanta. So encourage your colleagues to take advantage of this special offer. Information will be available at www.aia.org/join after October 1.

Featured Project

Fontaine Avenue Station and Training Center No. 10
LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
Charlottesville, VA

 The new 40,200 sf Fontaine Avenue Fire Station is squeezed onto a restricted 1.25 acre site bisected by a 30' deep ravine. The design solution unlocks this challenging corner site by placing below grade parking for 33 vehicles directly into the ravine with four drive-through apparatus bays serving both grade level streets above. A tall brick wall orders the angled geometry of the site by splaying public spaces in front of the wall along Fontaine Avenue and organizing operational spaces in an efficient, orthogonal manner behind. The parti elevates the building's civic nature by using public spaces to mask the private utilitarian spaces from public view.

Targeting LEED® Platinum, the building's "marquee" is a three story transparent glass public entry facing Fontaine Avenue, one of Charlottesville's designated "entry corridors."

 Dynamically suspended within the lobby, a tortured steel box column salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks serves as an emblem of the fire service by recreating a moment of freefall during the building's collapse. Anchored with stainless steel fasteners to contrast with the rusted structural steel, the artifact can be closely examined from below (first floor), in mid-air (second floor balcony) or from above (third floor). Each position provides fresh perspectives to the four FDNY markings, each honoring a fallen firefighter found in the immediate vicinity of the artifact.

Rising above conventional thinking, the new station becomes a training center by utilizing sectional opportunities to integrate on-site training features for ladder; confined space and rope drills, including a four-story training tower and rappelling wall on the rear; below grade vaults in the garage, and training mezzanines on both sides of the apparatus bays.

Photography © Joe Rice, Communications Coordinator, City of Charlottesville


1-3 | DesignDC - Smart Synergies [info]

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

10 | CRAN Tour of Glenstone Museum
     3:00p, Potomac, MD. [info]

14 | AIA Northern Virginia Board Meeting
     4:30p, Reston. [info]

14 | LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects Tour + Celebration of Newly Licensed Architects
     6:00p, Reston. [info]

17 | AIA Fellowship Submissions Due [info]

21 | Chapter Meeting, Elections + Honors Celebration
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

27 | Women in Architecture Spa Night
     6:30p, Alexandria. [info]

28 | 10x5: Meet the Fellows
     6:30p, Washington, DC. [info]

29 | Designing Together: New Forms of Collaboration
     10:00a, Baltimore. [info]

Upcoming Dates to Note:
  November 5-7 - ArchEx
  November 14 - Canstruction Build-Out Night
  November 14-22 - Canstruction Exhibit

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.