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The International Spy Museum's inverted pyramid-shaped building enclosure, accentuated by neon red lights with fading parallels in perspective, is a sight to behold in the evenings.

The new International Spy Museum at L’Enfant Plaza is an architectural masterpiece, and like the secrets in the artifacts contained within, the building has many of its own secrets. The building façade plays on the hidden in the shadows and viewed in plain sight aspect of the trade and craft. And part of that is truly hidden, in the air tightness and waterproofing system that keeps the elements out, but was also needed for backlighting of the metal façade. HVAC interaction in the Atrium space with the complex glazed atrium façade also introduced challenges that the speakers will cover. Come hear from Erin McNamara of Hickok Cole, the Architect of Record, and Paul Totten of WSP, the Building Enclosure Consultant as they reveal some of the hidden secrets of the building enclosure at Spy.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM. Registration and networking will be from 6:00-6:45pm, followed by dinner. Program concludes by 8:30pm
WHERE: Hilton Arlington - 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia
FEE: Early Registration: $45, Walk-In (pending availability)$55, Life Members $25, Students $10
One (1.0) Professional Development Hour (PDH) will be awarded for attendance.

Paul E. Totten is a Vice President at WSP and leads the Building Enclosures Division. He has over 23 years of experience in the fields of structural engineering, building enclosure design and commissioning, and building science. He has concentrated his expertise on the evaluation and analysis of heat, air, and moisture transfer, and the cumulative effect these elements have on building components and building operation. He is a member of NIBS, ASHRAE and the USGBC EA TAG.
Erin McNamara an Associate with Hickok Cole, which she joined in 2006. Erin served in the role of lead Project Architect for exterior systems as part of the Architect of Record team for the new International Spy Museum. She has extensive experience with design and detailing of interiors and exteriors, and a variety of building types. Her expertise includes work on other notable projects including NPR Headquarters, and several office and multifamily residential buildings in both DC and VA.

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Welcome to the website of the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a professional society for civil engineers.  ASCE was founded in 1852, represents 130,000 members of the civil engineering professional worldwide, and is America's oldest national engineering society.

The National Capital Section was founded in 1916 and currently has more than 3,100 members.  The section is located in Region 2 (link to region 2: The National Capital Section serves the District of Columbia; the counties of Montgomery and Prince Georges in Maryland, except College Park in Prince Georges County; the counties of Fairfax and Arlington, and City of Alexandria in Virginia. The National Capital Section's mission includes:

  • To advance the professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering for our members and those we serve.
  • To advocate for our profession with those whose actions affect us, and to educate those whose actions and responsibilities could benefit from a better understanding of the contributions of civil engineers.
  • To improve our community through effective community outreach programs, local involvement and educational efforts.

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