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E-News: September 2012

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop, state building code update cycle, draft BIM guidelines for state projects, ARE study sessions, Golden Award nominations, leadership opportunities, valuable educational programs and more.

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Fall Workshop – October 19 at Lambeau Field
This year’s AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop, “Lambeau Field Upgrades – The Wall of Sound,” is scheduled for Friday, October 19, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Chaired by Greg Douglas, AIA, Green Bay, the full-day workshop will focus on the planning, design and construction of the significant improvements underway at the legendary stadium. Architect Leonard Getz, with Elkus Mandfredi Architects, Boston, will examine the innovative architectural design solutions created to enhance the fan experience. George Bastien, with Miron Construction Co., Inc., Neenah, will demonstrate the virtual construction techniques used effectively for visualization, scheduling, collaboration, coordination and design reviews. The Fall Workshop also will feature a unique behind-the-scenes tour of the project led by members of the design and construction team. Participants will be able to earn up to 6.0 AIA/CES learning unit hours, including 4.5 hours related to health, safety and welfare [HSW] topics. Fall Workshop registration fee has been reduced, with an additional discount for Associate AIA members. Register by October 10 and save. Program and Registration Information

Building Code News – Update Cycle, E-Plans & SBD-118 Note
AIA Wisconsin representative met earlier this month with the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services [DSPS] to discuss topics of interest to architects, including the state building code development process, expedited permitting, electronic plan submittal and responsibilities of supervising professionals. Secretary Ross reported that the department had decided not to move forward in updating the state building codes to reference the 2012 ICC codes and will wait until after the next ICC code update in 2015. The DSPS Secretary expressed support for an expedited permitting process and delegating authority to municipalities. He also reported that the DSPS expects to be able to accept electronic plan submittals in the near future. Following up on concerns outlined by AIA Wisconsin, a note related to building supervising professionals also being responsible for the supervision of fire suppression/alarm installation has been removed from the SBD-118 form.

President’s Report – Expedited Permitting
For his President’s Report this month, Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, shares his op-ed article on achieving successful projects through collaborative review, permitting and inspection. The article outlines the findings of a recent AIA study on the positive economic benefits of accelerating the building permitting process.  

AIA/DFD Liaison Committee – Draft BIM Guidelines
AIA Wisconsin Liaison Committee members meet regularly with representatives of the Division of Facilities Development [DFD] to discuss issues related to the state building program, including architect selection, fee guidelines, quality of documents, change orders and project closeout. At the most recent “partnering” meeting, the DFD encouraged architects and consulting engineers to review the latest draft BIM Guidelines and Standards for state projects and to provide feedback and questions. Here is link to the draft guidelines, which include details on contributing input.

Director-At-Large Candidates
The following members have announced their candidacy for Director-At-Large on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors: Daryl J. Dean, AIA, Rhinelander; Chad M. Ulman, AIA, Appleton; Robert S. Wheat, AIA, Monroe; and Walter L. Wilson, FAIA, Glendale. There are two Director-At-Large positions up for election this fall for a two-year term that begins in January. AIA and Associate AIA members will receive an official ballot in the mail. Ballots will need to be completed and returned by 5:00 p.m. on October 5.

Associate Representative – Leadership Opportunity
The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors may appoint two Associate AIA members to a two-year term as an Associate Representative. The terms are staggered, so one Associate Representative is appointed by the Board of Directors each year. For a description of the Associate Representative position, please contact the AIA Wisconsin office. If you are an Associate AIA member interested in reviewing and shaping AIA Wisconsin policies and programs for the benefit of fellow members, please submit a letter of interest and a brief resume to: David Peterson, AIA, Vice President, AIA Wisconsin, 321 S. Hamilton St., Madison, WI 53703; or AIA Wisconsin

ARE Study Sessions – Starting September 19
The AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals Committee, chaired by Andy Malanowski, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee, is coordinating monthly ARE Study Sessions, starting on September 19 and concluding on March 20. The study sessions are scheduled for 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Eppstein Uhen Architects in Milwaukee. In addition, the study sessions will be webcast to satellite sites at Erdman in Madison, Community Living Solutions in Appleton and Western Technical College in La Crosse. While these ARE Study Sessions are free, participants should pre-register prior to each session so appropriate arrangements can be made at each site. Program and Registration Information

ARE Lending Library – 2012 Edition Available
AIA Wisconsin has established a lending library of Architect Registration Examination (ARE) study materials from Kaplan AEC Education that cover all sections of the ARE exam. The 2012 and 2010 (4.0) editions are available to Associate AIA members and can be checked out of the office for a period of 14 days. For details, read the ARE Lending Library Policies. Contact AIA Wisconsin to confirm availability.

Golden Award – Nominations Open
The deadline for 2013 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award nominations is November 1. The Golden Award is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow upon a member architect. It recognizes distinguished leadership and service to the profession and the AIA. Twenty-four AIA Wisconsin members have been recognized since 1986, with Thomas R. Cox, Appleton, selected to receive this year's Golden Award. Nomination Material | Golden Award Recipients

WAF Raffle
Support the Wisconsin Architects Foundation by purchasing a Raffle Ticket for a chance to win one of six prizes! You can purchase your raffle ticket from WAF Board members and at local Chapter events. The prize drawing is November 30.  View the details

Upcoming Conferences - SE² & DFD Consultants
The annual Wisconsin Green Building Alliance [WGBA] SE² Sustainability and Energy Efficiency conference, “A New Focus on Green,” is scheduled for Friday, September 28, at UW-Milwaukee. AIA members will be able to earn AIA/CES learning unit hours related to health, safety and welfare [HSW] and sustainable design [SD] as well as GBCI credits. Program and Registration Information. Later this fall, the American Council of Engineering Companies [ACEC] of Wisconsin is hosting its annual Division of Facilities Development [DFD] Consultants Conference, “Exceeding Client Expectations,” on Thursday, November 8, in Madison. The conference is designed for architects and engineers who work on state building projects or would like to. AIA Wisconsin members benefit from a discounted registration fee. Program and Registration Information

Energy Center University – AIA Wisconsin Member Discounts
Powered by the Energy Center of Wisconsin, an award-winning AIA/CES registered provider, Energy Center University offers live and online continuing education programs designed for architects and allied professionals. Look for upcoming Energy Center University programs on the AIA Wisconsin Events Calendar and benefit from special discount code often offered to AIA Wisconsin members.

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – 2013
Invite vendors to participate in the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Exposition on May 8 & 9 at Monona Terrace. It is the one trade show that attracts architects and allied design and construction industry leaders from across Wisconsin. The Building Products Expo will feature over 170 displays by the leading manufacturers and suppliers of products and services for Wisconsin's design and construction industry. More Information

AIA Trust LegaLine
AIA Wisconsin has an agreement with Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq., and LegaLine. This unique service offered through the AIA Trust allows members a one-time opportunity to talk with an attorney for "free" about issues related to contracts, intellectual property law and other practice issues. One AIA Wisconsin member who took advantage of the LegaLine service reported that he "found it to be a tremendous help!" Contact the AIA Wisconsin office for more information.

AIA Contract Documents – Education Portal
AIA Contract Documents launched a new education portal complete with videos, guides, podcasts and webinars about AIA documents and software. For paper documents, AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents.

People & Places
Cameron Aslaksen Architects, LLC, has moved to 146 Railroad Street, Suite 200, in Reedsburg; phone and fax numbers remain the same. The following members have been elevated to AIA: Jennifer L. Cieslak, AIA, Monona (SW); Miranda E. Mote, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); and Margaret A. Hogan Skaug, AIA, Milwaukee (SE). Congratulations! Lester J. Niehoff, AIA, Oconomowoc, has passed away.

Membership Action
The following members have joined in the last month: Leigh Allen, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Nicholas E. Gates, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Darrell J. Menzer, AIA, Sheboygan (NE); and Chad Zuberbuhler, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW).

The Last Word
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