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E-News: January 2013

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on submitting projects for 2013 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards, AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, new AIA Continuing Education System requirements, valuable educational programs and more.

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AIA Wisconsin Design Awards – Enter by 1/18
The Design Awards Committee invites your participation in the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The deadline for entering your projects is January 18. All completed submissions are due by no later than February 20. The 2013 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on May 8 at Monona Terrace in Madison. Details  | View Previous Winners | View Previous Entries

AIA/CES – 2013 Requirements
Beginning in 2013, AIA members will no longer need to complete the sustainable design requirement to fulfill their AIA continuing education. As a reminder, all active AIA members must successfully complete 18 learning unit [LU] hours each calendar year, with at least 12 of the 18 hours relating to health, safety and welfare [HSW].

Federal Contracting Opportunities – Design & Construction
If you’re interested in growing your firm and diversifying your revenue stream, then reserve the morning of February 14 for “Federal Contracting Opportunities for Design & Construction.” The workshop, scheduled for 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the Milwaukee War Memorial, will provide an introduction to the federal market – a market offering many opportunities for design and construction firms. AIA Wisconsin is collaborating with the Wisconsin Procurement Institute, Emerging Construction Business Incubator, and Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee on this program, with AIA members benefiting from a discounted registration fee. The workshop will review federal agency budgets for design and construction projects, the role of small and disadvantaged businesses, examples of the possible return on investment, and how your firm can get started in this market. AIA members can earn 2.5 AIA/CES learning unit hours. For more information and to register, please go to: Federal Contracting Opportunities Workshop

New Wisconsin Legislature
The Wisconsin Legislature is in session; and there are a lot of new faces at the State Capitol. Now is a great time to renew connections with your State Senator and State Representative and remind them of all the ways architects contribute to the health and vitality of local communities and the overall state economy. The focus for the next six months will be on the state budget for the next biennium. The governor and legislative leaders have indicated their budget priorities include creating jobs, transforming education, developing the workforce, investing in infrastructure and reforming government. To find out who is representing you, visit the Wisconsin State Legislature website.

Joint Finance Committee
Wisconsin's Joint Committee on Finance has been described as the most powerful legislative committee in the country. It certainly will be the center of attention for the next several months as the committee reviews every bill with a fiscal impact, including the state budget for the next biennium. Do you know any of these members of the Joint Finance Committee? Senators – Alberta Darling, co-chair [R-River Hills]; Luther Olsen [R-Ripon]; Sheila Harsdorf [R-River Falls]; Joe Leibham [R-Sheboygan]; Mary Lazich [R-New Berlin]; Glenn Grothman [R-West Bend]; Jennifer Shilling [D-La Crosse]; and Bob Wirch [D-Pleasant Prairie]. Representatives – John Nygren, co-chair [R-Marinette]; Pat Strachota [R-West Bend]; Dale Kooyenga [R-Brookfield]; Dean Knudson [R-Hudson]; Daniel LeMahieu [R-Cascade]; John Klenke [R-Green Bay]; Cory Mason [D-Racine]; and Jon Richards [D-Milwaukee].

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo Foundations
Reserve May 8 & 9 for the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, Foundations, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The Convention Committee, chaired by Jon Sandeman, AIA, Prairie Du Sac, is assembling an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information and other special events. Keynote speakers include Vincent James, FAIA, Larry Speck, FAIA, and Larry Scarpa, FAIA. Watch your inbox and mailbox for program updates and further details. AIA Wisconsin members that renew by January 20 will receive an offer to attend both days of the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Building Products Expo for the price of a one-day registration. AIAW Convention information Foundations  -2013 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo

Annual Meetings & Awards Luncheon
Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin leaders will present reports and updates on upcoming programs during the Annual Meeting on May 8. Mickey Jacob, FAIA, AIA President, will update us on Institute affairs, including the “repositioning” initiative. The Awards Luncheon features the presentation of the 2013 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award to Josh O. Johnson, AIA, Middleton. Mickey Jacob also will join us for lunch and discuss building leaders to shape the future.   

AIA Wisconsin Convention Hotel
If you are planning to stay at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace during the AIA Wisconsin Convention, you need to make your reservation by April 7 to benefit from a reduced Convention room rate of $165 per night [excluding taxes]. Call the Hilton at (866) 403-8838 or (414) 935-5941 to make your reservation [Use Group Code: AIA].

AIA Contract Documents Update – New Documents & Prices
The AIA publishes more than 100 contracts and administrative forms that are recognized throughout the design and construction industry as the benchmark documents for managing transactions and relationships involved in construction projects. The AIA Contract Documents paper, software license and Documents on Demand prices have increased for 2013. For paper documents, AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents.

Contract Documents Reference Material – Download Free
Did you know that the AIA website contains an array of contract document reference material including FAQs, guides, articles, synopses, comparisons, commentaries and documents to download free of charge.

LegaLine – AIA Trust
Do you have legal questions about contracts, intellectual property law and other practice issues? AIA Wisconsin has an agreement with Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq., and LegaLine that allows members a one-time opportunity to talk with an attorney knowledgeable about design and construction law for free. This unique service is offered through the AIA Trust. An AIA Wisconsin member recently took advantage of this opportunity and “was extremely pleased with the experience.” When an attorney for a client wanted to make significant amendments to the standard AIA owner-architect agreement, the member contacted AIA Wisconsin for help. After reviewing the proposed contract changes point by point with Heuer over the phone, the architect reported back that: “Thanks to Chuck, I had an understanding of the impact the requested changes would have . . .  [and] information to intelligently discuss the proposed changes with the owner’s attorney.” Contact the AIA Wisconsin for more information about LegaLine.

Weigh in on Proposed NAAB Changes
The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) invites AIA members to comment on a proposed amendment to increase the maximum term of program accreditation from six years to eight years. Comments may be sent to NAAB email. Deadline February 23, 2013

AIA Photo Competition
AIA St. Louis is coordinating the 2013 AIA Photography Competition. The top 14 entries will be exhibited at the 2013 AIA National Convention in Washington DC. Images for the 2015 calendar will be selected from submitted entries, which are due by March 1. Details

Architecture Exhibit Competition
The Architecture Commission of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) has announced a competition for young designers to create and install an exhibit to display award-winning architecture projects at its March conference in Milwaukee. January 25 is the deadline for submitting a “notice of interest” to the competition chairs. For details on the design competition, visit: Design competition details 

AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo – 2013
Invite vendors to participate in the 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. Expo Information

UW System Projects – Proposed A/E Selection Schedule
In order to better plan and schedule the selection of architects for upcoming projects, the University of Wisconsin System Administration – Office of Capital Planning and Budget has posted a “UWSA 2012-13 Proposed A/E Selection Schedule” on its website. The schedule will be updated monthly. It is a valuable resource for AIA Wisconsin members interested in being considered for upcoming UW System building projects. View the selection schedule.

People & Places
Conlynn Goetsch, AIA, Madison, has elevated to AIA. Jason Ekstrom, Assoc.  AIA, Evansville, has joined Destree Design Architects. Matthew Long, AIA, Chippewa Falls, has been promoted to manager of architectural services at Ayres Associates. Charles R. Opferman, AIA, Wauwatosa, has joined the Division of Energy services for the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration. Congratulations!

Membership Action
The following new members have joined in the last month: Thomas Barg, Assoc. AIA, Sheboygan (NE); Steven Gussert, Student, De Pere (NE); Kelly N. Hensler, Assoc. AIA, Verona (SW); Sarah L. Muehlbauer, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Nathan Schieve, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Grishma M. Sheth, AIA, Madison (SW) and Robert Short, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE).

The Last Word
“ . . . we’ve been spending most of our time trying to explain the value of pro bono work to architects, but we need to explain the value of architects to the rest of the world . . . I almost see public interest architecture as a secret weapon . . . “ [Cameron Sinclair, Founder, Architecture for Humanity]

 

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