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Newsletter

Potomac Valley Architect - January 15, 2020 

Chapter News


President’s Message

Happy 2020 All! In looking forward to the possibilities of the new year, it's always good to reflect on the past year to consider the challenges we've faced, celebrate our successes, ponder what we could do better and develop new goals to build upon our progress and successes.

The Year 2019 was a challenging one for AIA Potomac Valley, as we began with a sense of loss and bewilderment as our previous Executive Director followed her heart to a new career. Thus, the Chapter Board of Directors' immediate focus changed to seeking a new ED, while also working with Member Services Manager Pam Rich to "keep the trains running on time" for the chapter membership. Through our search, we were so lucky to find a wonderful new Executive Director, Sue Presti. She is truly an amazing source of knowledge in the efficient and productive operations of a professional chapter organization, and continues to develop new and interesting ideas for chapter programming, events and fundraising. Even though she spent the majority of the year learning about AIAPV and our programs, she also led them with success and aplomb. We're delighted to have her as our ED, and we look forward to her continued efforts to guide the chapter and chapter board in developing new opportunities for our membership. Thank you, Sue, for all of your hard work! And thank you, Pam, for your amazing work and support throughout the entire search process and beyond!

Despite the challenge of replacing our ED, the chapter was able to offer a number of new, fulfilling events throughout the year, including a successful Design Awards event with Montgomery County Department of Planning; a special tour of one of the only Living Building Challenge-certified net-zero buildings in the world — the Cafritz Environmental Center in Prince George's County; and a set of events that reinvigorated our outreach efforts with local jurisdictions throughout our chapter's geographic area, including Rockville, Frederick and Hagerstown. Additionally, we reached new heights in our membership numbers, topping 635 members for the first time. We are looking to build on these successes in 2020, and I firmly believe that our best days lie ahead of us. I am excited and honored to be serving as your Chapter President this year, and I look forward to an even more successful year in 2020! 

Jason A. Darling, AIA
2020 AIA Potomac Valley President


UMD Student Perspectives on LEAFHouse

LEAFHouse plays a critical role in AIAPV’s and PVAF’s outreach efforts. Several years ago, the Potomac Valley Architecture Foundation (PVAF) invited the UMD Chapter of the American Ecological Engineering Society to utilize LEAFHouse for a variety of activities. Beginning with occasional potlucks, this has blossomed to include several sustainability-focused organizations, all members of the Sustainability Cooperative (SCoop) at UMD. The following video is a version of one that will be featured on the SCoop website in order to raise awareness about LEAFHouse and the concept of a sustainability park (conceptualized by AIAPV and PVAF), as well as to demonstrate the projects that take place at LEAFHouse and how they benefit the students, the Architecture Foundation and the university. View the video on YouTube

Video courtesy of Annabelle Arnold



      

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For & About Members

DO YOU HAVE NEWS TO SHARE?

All AIAPV members and allied members are invited to share their news or expertise with our readership by completing one of our online forms here, or by submitting press releases to [email protected]. Member news submissions must pertain to AIAPV chapter members and their firms to be considered for publication.


Is Your Firm's Profile Up-to-Date in AIAPV's "Find a Local Architect" Directory?

AIA Potomac Valley has a searchable AIAPV chapter member directory on its website, aiapv.org. Visitors are able to search by name and company as well as by areas of practice and Maryland county through use of the filter options. The new year is a good time to review your firm's information to ensure listed data is accurate for visitors seeking an architect. All firm information is only populated in the profile of the designated firm contact — ideally the principal or owner of the firm. If you are a principal, owner or contact for your firm, we ask you to take 4-5 minutes to complete this brief 9-question survey or forward it to the appropriate person to complete.


Get Involved and Join a Committee!

The new year brings another opportunity to get more involved with AIA Potomac Valley and make a difference! Serving on a committee is a great way to connect with fellow members and help the chapter produce valuable programs of interest to the architectural community. Contact us with any questions or complete the committee interest form to become involved. See AIAPV Committees


The Protocols of Construction – The Written Contract

One local DC-area architect refers to the documents generated during every project as “the protocols of construction.” Adhering to and following those protocols (including, as examples, the protocols established for bids, RFIs, submittals, punch lists, etc.) minimize the risk of challenges on a project. When disputes arise on a project, the records created and maintained as part of the protocols provide a road-map as to who did what, when and why. Often, the protocols reduce disputes.

The first protocol established on most projects is the owner-architect contract. An effective contract should identify the scope of the services to be provided, the responsibilities of each party to the agreement, the amount of compensation to be paid for the services rendered, the remedies available in the event of a breach by one party or another, and the manner in which the parties allocate responsibility and risk. Read more

Guest content courtesy of J. Scott Shannon, Senior Counsel with Lee/Shoemaker PLLC, an Allied Member of AIA Potomac Valley.


AIAPV’s Educational Video Library Resource

AIA Potomac Valley presents dozens of programs each year that are approved for credits through AIA/CES. We record CES programs when possible and make them available online as a resource for those who attended to review a session for learnings they might have missed, and for those who could not attend to have the benefit of the information. Please note that watching these videos DOES NOT confer any AIA continuing education credits but is provided for informational purposes only. Check out the latest additions to the library.


DesignDC 2020 – Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline – 5:00 PM EST on February 11, 2020

Design in the District goes beyond beauty. Meeting the challenges of climate change, a regional housing crisis and safer streets through our buildings, landscapes and communities has never been more urgent. In 2020, DesignDC will give attendees the tools they need to approach comprehensive design strategies that integrate sustainability, equity, wellness, adaptability and more. 

DesignDC 2020 will take place September 21-22 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; September 23 will feature tours out in the field. Classroom presentations are 90 minutes in length, while tours are two hours in length. All speakers will receive complimentary conference registration. Presenters/tour leaders are not required to be members of DesignDC host organizations.

Submit your Proposal


Best Practice – Breaking the Code

Building codes establish a baseline of standards for the safe design and construction of an edifice. This article offers useful information about building codes and the process involved in researching them along with a list of 10 common mistakes found in plan reviews.

Learn more


2020 Project Delivery Knowledge Community Annual Symposium

Registration Deadline – February 28, 2020

The Project Delivery Knowledge Community is hosting their annual Symposium, March 9-10 at AIA National in Washington, DC. It will concentrate on project delivery strategies and their critical place at the nexus of these transformational forces. The goal is to broaden the conversation among owners, architects, engineers, constructors and all parties to the building industry. For the first time, this event (March 10 only) will be live streamed and recorded through the AIAU platform. Attend the Symposium in person or through live streaming.

Register today

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Education & Events

Protecting Concrete Structures Utilizing Crystalline Technology

Wednesday, January 29
12:00 - 1:00 PM | Webinar

(This course replaces previously scheduled “The Evolution of Water-Resistive Air Barriers in Commercial Building Envelope Construction.”)

This presentation explains how the addition of crystalline technology interacts with concrete to produce a structure with a significant increase in durability and service life. It discusses how a deeply embedded network of insoluble crystals makes permeable concrete virtually impervious to water and all harmful water-soluble materials, such as chlorides and sulfates.

It demonstrates how a durable waterproof structure can be designed and built without negatively affecting the placement or performance characteristics of the concrete. The prevention of damage due to corrosion, freeze-thaw, ASR and chemical attack will be analyzed. The ability of the crystalline technology to streamline project costs and fast track construction schedules will be highlighted. Real world applications through examination of projects in various industries will provide the necessary references required.

1 LU

AIAPV has partnered with Torti Gallas + Partners to offer a limited number of slots for live-webinar online-access of the firm's Lunch & Learn CEU events on the last Wednesday of each month.

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CRAN – DESIGN IS PERSONAL, INTERIOR SPACES WITH CABINETRY

Thursday, January 30
12:00 - 1:30 PM | North Bethesda, MD

Understanding Design Ergonomics + Design Thinking = Design Minded Outcome. This course looks at combining form/functionality (cabinetry layout by room) with ergonomics that meets health, safety and welfare for all human beings.

1 LU/HSW

Organized by AIA Potomac Valley CRAN Committee for the Capital Area CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network, an AIA Knowledge Community), a tri-chapter committee founded jointly by AIA|DC, AIA Northern Virginia and AIA Potomac Valley.

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SMALL PRACTICE GROUP'S JANUARY ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION

Friday, January 31
8:15 - 9:30 AM | Kensington, MD

Please join your fellow small practice architects for coffee, pastries and a meaningful discussion about the most pressing needs for the success of their practice, share resources and pertinent issues and requests for upcoming Small Practice Group monthly presentations that meet the needs and address the health, safety and welfare requirements of small practice architects.The Annual January Round Table is the one meeting where we, the attendees, are the speakers!

1 LU/HSW

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CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS FOR TODAY’S CERAMIC TILE AND STONE INSTALLATIONS

Tuesday, February 4
12:00 - 1:00 PM
| Webinar

Ceramic and stone tiles are beautiful and durable surface coverings, but today’s construction environment presents a variety of unique installation challenges. This non-proprietary seminar will look at the history of tile installation and address both traditional methods and new technology. Topics to be covered include tile membrane advancements, movement accommodation and controversial issues such as mold and questionable shower assemblies. TCA Handbook details will be discussed.

1 LU/HSW

AIAPV has partnered with Grimm + Parker Architects to offer a limited number of slots for live-webinar online-access of the firm's Lunch & Learn CEU events on the first Tuesday of each month.

REGISTER 


AIA MARYLAND ADVOCACY DAY AND LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON

Thursday, February 6
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM | Annapolis, MD

AIA Maryland invites members to join us at the Chapter House, steps away from the State House, for lunch (11:30 AM - 1 PM) and informal conversation with legislators about issues affecting the practice of architecture in Maryland. The Legislative Committee will share our legislative priorities and issues of concern for the 2020 Legislative Session as well as provide talking points for you.

Arrive at the Chapter House no later than 9:30 AM to enjoy a tour of the State House before the luncheon. Members will be seated in the gallery for a portion of the morning session (20 - 30 minutes) and be introduced by the Speaker. Next, members will be treated to a tour of the State House (45 minutes) concluding by 11:15 AM so you can be back at the Chapter House before legislators begin to arrive for the luncheon.

If you are unable to join the morning tour, consider a self-guided tour after the luncheon.

NOTE: This event requires a lot of walking and a good amount of stairs.

FREE, but please register.

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CRAN – FROM PHOTOGRAPHY TO PITCH TO PUBLICATION

February 25, 2020
6:30 - 8:00 PM
| Washington, DC

You just finished a great project — now what? Join this informative CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) event to hear a panel of experts discuss the do's and don'ts of getting your project photographed and published.

1.5 LU

Organized by AIA|DC for the Capital Area CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network, an AIA Knowledge Community), a tri-chapter committee founded jointly by AIA|DC, AIA Northern Virginia and AIA Potomac Valley.

REGISTER


GREEN ROOF DESIGN CONCEPTS

Wednesday, February 26
12:00 - 1:00 PM | Webinar

This presentation reviews the design aspects pertaining to a green roof, including benefits of green design, combining plants and PV panels, safety, weight and slope considerations, specifications, types of systems, plant selection, irrigation and long-term maintenance of the green roof.

1 LU/HSW

AIAPV has partnered with Torti Gallas + Partners to offer a limited number of slots for live-webinar online-access of the firm's Lunch & Learn CEU events on the last Wednesday of each month.

REGISTER


AIA POST-DISASTER SAFETY-ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (SAP) TRAINING 2020

Saturday, March 14
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Baltimore, MD

Post-disaster Safety-Assessment Program (SAP) training provides architects, engineers and building inspectors with the knowledge to provide rapid assessments of homes and buildings in the aftermath of a disaster.

This full day, in-person, all-hazards, training course will include the SAP Building Evaluator Manual. Attendees will receive two field manuals from the Applied Technology Council (ATC): ATC-45 Safety Evaluation for Buildings after Windstorms and Flood and ATC-20 Post-earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings.

Learn more about AIA Maryland's Disaster Assistance Program.

6.5 LU/HSW

REGISTER


Check our Calendar for more events. Visit our Job Board for recently posted local openings and visit the AIA Career Center for nationwide listings.

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Submission Deadlines

AIA DIVERSITY RECOGNITION PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Deadline – 5:00 PM EST on January 15, 2020 

The program recognizes architects, AIA components, and others for exemplary commitment and contributions to diversifying the profession and providing opportunities for a greater variety of individuals to become architects.

Learn more & submit


DesignDC 2020: Call for Proposals 

Deadline – 5:00 PM EST on February 11, 2020 

Design in the District goes beyond beauty. Meeting the challenges of climate change, a regional housing crisis and safer streets through our buildings, landscapes and communities has never been more urgent. In 2020, DesignDC will give attendees the tools they need to approach comprehensive design strategies that integrate sustainability, equity, wellness, adaptability and more.

DesignDC 2020 will take place September 21-22 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; September 23 will feature tours out in the field. Classroom presentations are 90 minutes in length, while tours are two hours in length. All speakers will receive complimentary conference registration. Presenters/tour leaders are not required to be members of DesignDC host organizations.

Submit your Proposal


 

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Job Board

Capital Construction Engineer/Architect
Jan. 22, 2020

MSDE - Interagency Comm. on School Construction

CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEER/ARCHITECT IIProject SupervisorFull-Time – Baltimore, MD The Pro...

Registered Architect - School Facilities
Jan. 22, 2020

School Facilities Branch of the Maryland Dept. of Education

ADMINISTRATIVE PROGRAM MANAGER IIISchool Facilities ArchitectFull-Time – Baltimore, MDThis is ...

Architect/Designer
Jan. 3, 2020

Bowie Gridley Architects

Bowie Gridley Architects (BGA) is seeking Architect / Designers with strong design and visualization...

Project Architect
Jan. 3, 2020

Bowie Gridley Architects

Bowie Gridley Architects (BGA) is seeking a Project Architect to serve as project team leader. This ...

 

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NEW PARTNERS AT BATES ARCHITECTS

Bates Architects LLC is pleased to announce that both Ben Bates and Jennifer Litchfield have been added as partners in the firm and promoted to the title of Vice President, effective January, 1st 2020. Marty Bates will remain in same role as President.

01/16/2020 | [email protected] 

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The Protocols of Construction: The Written Contract

One local architect refers to the documents generated during every project as “the protocols of construction.” Adhering to and following those protocols minimize the risk of challenges on a project. Often, the protocols reduce disputes.

01/14/2020 | [email protected] 

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University of Maryland, Engineers Without Borders — Mission: Sierra Leone

On Sunday December 8th, a 12-student UMD team, led by Samantha Falco and student proctor Sung Ho, were trained at the AIAPV/PVAF LEAFHouse to build a hand washing station (for sanitation purposes), for inhabitants of Sierra Leone, Africa.

12/11/2019 | [email protected] 

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