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E-News: May 2014

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the President’s Report at this year’s Annual Meeting plus information on the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

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Annual Meeting – President’s Report
The 2014 AIA Wisconsin Annual Meeting was held on May 7 and included reports by local AIA Chapter Presidents, National Associates Committee Director, AIA Directors and AIA First Vice President. In addition, AIA Wisconsin President Jody Andres, AIA, Neenah, presented his President’s Report that highlighted several important accomplishments and noted that the core responsibility of the Board of Directors is to create opportunities for members to participate in improving the profession of architecture.

AIA Wisconsin Design Awards
Ten building projects have been recognized for excellence in architectural design by the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. This year’s celebration of design excellence was held on May 7 in conjunction with the Convention & Expo. It began with a special keynote address by Jon Pickard, FAIA, and was followed by the presentation of awards to the architects, owners and contractors responsible for the award-winning projects. The five projects selected to receive Honor Awards for overall architectural design excellence were: University of Wisconsin–Madison Biochemical Sciences Complex and Northwestern University Technological Institute Additions, Evanston, Illinois, designed by Flad Architects, Madison; Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee; Redaction House, Oconomowoc, designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee; Elgin Community College Health & Life Sciences Building, Elgin, Illinois, designed by Kahler Slater, Milwaukee. The five projects selected to receive Merit Awards for excellence in particular aspects of architectural design include: Fieldstone House, Richfield, designed by Bruns Architecture, Milwaukee; 88Nine RadioMilwaukee, Milwaukee, and Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, Ownesboro, Kentucky, designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee; Global Water Center, Milwaukee, and Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown, designed by Kahler Slater, Milwaukee. Check out the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article and photo gallery on the award-winning projects.

Convention Kudos!
Congratulations to the Convention Committee volunteers, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and hundreds of members like you who made the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo a great success! If you attended and haven’t done so already, please complete and mail your AIA/CES attendance form and evaluation as soon as possible to AIA Wisconsin, 321 S. Hamilton St., Madison, WI 53703-4000. Contact AIA Wisconsin if you’d like to join the fun and excitement of planning next year’s Convention & Expo program, scheduled for April 22 & 23, 2015. View the Photos

Building Products Expo – Booth Awards
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo Booth Awards! First Place: Miron Construction Co., Inc., Second Place: J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc., Third Place: Allegion, Honorable Mention: Air-Lec Industries, LLC, Armstrong World Industries Inc., Brunsell Lumber & Millwork, County Materials Corporation, E3-Group, Sage Electrochromics, Inc., and ProCast Stone LLC. Information on all the companies and organizations exhibiting at the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo is available online

Convention Sponsors
AIA Wisconsin is fortunate that a number of companies and organizations step forward to underwrite speakers and sponsor other special events at the annual Convention. The sponsors of the 2014 Convention & Expo were formally recognized at the Awards Luncheon at Monona Terrace. Their generous support contributed significantly to the success of this year’s conference. Platinum Sponsors: The Boldt Company, J.H. Findorff & Son Inc., Immel Construction and Wisconsin Masonry Alliance. Gold Sponsors: Focus on Energy Design Assistance Program, IIDA Wisconsin Chapter, MasterGraphics, Inc., Ken Saiki Design, Inc., and Wisconsin Architects Foundation. Silver Sponsors: AIA Contract Documents and Balestrieri Environmental.

WAF Annual Meeting & Raffle
The Wisconsin Architects Foundation held its Annual Meeting on May 7. WAF President John Horky, AIA, Wauwatosa, presented a report on WAF scholarship and grant programs that support architectural education and public awareness. He also accepted special contributions from County Materials Corporation and the Wisconsin Masonry Alliance. WAF members elected Whitney Gould, Hon. AIAW, Milwaukee, Lisa Kennedy, AIA, Milwaukee, and Jeff Niesen, Appleton, to three-year terms on the WAF Board of Directors. The WAF also held a successful raffle in support of its mission to build a better Wisconsin through architectural education. Nearly $3,500 was raised by raffle ticket sales for a chance to win four fabulous prizes, with the drawing held in the Expo on May 8. Grand Prize: two-night stay at Milwaukee Marriott Downtown, gift certificate to Carson’s the Place for Ribs in downtown Milwaukee, two Milwaukee Art Museum passes & parking, Milwaukee Boat Tour hosted by Kahler Slater. Second Prize: Apple Store gift card. Third Prize: LEGO® Architectural Studio set. Bonus Prize: one-night stay Grand Geneva Resort.

UDC – Wall Bracing Emergency Rules
The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has promulgated revisions to the Uniform Dwelling Code through emergency rules, which became effective April 1, to clarify and simplify the prescriptive methods in chapter SPS 321 for designing wall bracing for one- and two family homes to adequately withstand wind loads. The Uniform Dwelling Code Council has been meeting regularly to review and develop recommendations for improving the state’s uniform one- and two-family dwelling code. A state law adopted last summer [2013 Wisconsin Act 23] requires the Council to prepare a report on the dwelling code by this July. David Dolan-Wallace, AIA, Green Bay, is the architect on the UDC Council. You can find information on the new wall bracing requirements for one- and two-family dwellings on the DSPS website

New State Law – Licensing Exams
New state statutory provisions adopted as part of 2013 Wisconsin Act 114 prohibit the Department of Safety and Professional Services and its credentialing boards from requiring a person to complete any postsecondary education before being eligible to take a licensing examination. At its meeting last month, the Joint Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors approved a scope statement to allow DSPS attorneys to develop proposed amendments to current state administrative rules related to exams for architects, professional engineers, landscape architects and land surveyors to bring them into compliance with the new state law. Under the new law, persons are eligible to begin taking the ARE and other state-required licensing exams as soon as they graduate from high school. According to existing state administrative rules, in A-E 3.05(2), a candidate is able to apply to begin taking the ARE when they have completed all but one year of the required qualifying architectural experience . . . or upon graduation if they have a NAAB-accredited degree and a NCARB record.

Architect’s Handbook – Selected Chapters
As an AIA member, you now have an exclusive opportunity to purchase selected chapters of the new Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice for your computer or mobile device. Authored by the AIA, this indispensable resource covers all aspects of architectural practice, including legal, financial, marketing, management and administrative issues. Content in the 15th edition is significantly revised to reflect the changing nature of the business of architecture related to the impact of integrated practice. For details visit the AIA Store

AIA Code of Ethics – Attribution of Credit
According to the National Ethics Council, one of the most frequent violations of the AIA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct involves the failure to give appropriate credit and recognition. To increase the understanding of the Ethical Standards that direct AIA members is this area, the NEC has posted “Guidelines for the Attribution of Credit” on the AIA website

AIA Contract Documents – ACD5
AIA contract documents are migrating to a web-based platform. This migration to the cloud offers new flexibility and convenience to users, with online services enhanced to clarify choices and facilitate collaboration. The ACD5 system provides:  access anywhere and anytime through the internet, Mac- and PC-compatibility, simplified sharing and editing, unlimited-use document bundles, pay-as-you-go options, and enhanced security and protection. For more information about AIA contract documents, visit: www.aia.org/contractdocs

Value of Standard Documents
According to recent Victor O. Schinnerer newsletter, the number of private and governmental clients using standard contracts such as AIA contract documents declined during the Great Recession. With this decline came contracts with onerous provisions, uninsured contractual exposures, unknown risk profiles, and ambiguous and muddled duties and responsibilities. The article suggests evaluating contracts based on the following characteristics:  fair allocation of duties, authorities and risks; clear separation of duties and rights; standard text on reasonable expectations; terms defined by custom and courts; coordination between contracts; and clear identification of changes.

State Continuing Education Requirements
When you renew your Wisconsin license by July 31, you will need to have earned at least 24 hours of continuing education during the prior two year period, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare topics. The AIA is listed as an approved provider of continuing education programs; and AIA members can use their AIA/CES transcript to document continuing education hours. To review state license renewal requirements, go to: Wisconsin Continuing Education Requirements

AIA Convention Delegates – Chicago
If you're going to Chicago for the AIA Convention on June 26–28, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local chapter.

People & Places
Lawrence Schnuck, AIA, Whitefish Bay, has been elected as chair and Michael Eberle, AIA, Middleton, as vice chair of the Architects Section of the Wisconsin Joint Examining Board. Tom Cox, AIA, Appleton, and Thomas Hirsch, FAIA, Madison, have been appointed by AIA President Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, to serve on the “Culture Collective” and work with AIA leaders from across the country in advancing the profession through public awareness, advocacy and knowledge sharing. Robert D. Cooper AIA, Greenfield, has retired from Eppstein Uhen Architects in Milwaukee. Congratulations!

Membership Action
The following new members have joined in the last month: Brian M. Athey, Assoc. AIA, Appleton (NE); Christopher Bennett, Professional Affiliate, Madison (SW); Gene Curtis, Professional Affiliate, Middleton (SW); Karen Ganey, AIA, Cedarburg (SE); Thomas P. Ganey, AIA, Cedarburg (SE); Jared J. Gozdowiak, Assoc. AIA; Milwaukee (SE); Jacob J. Himmelman, Assoc. AIA; Madison (SW); Daniel R. Kuehn, Assoc. AIA, Brown Deer (SE); Megan J. Pogue, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Blake Titus, Assoc. AIA, Neenah (NE); Alyssa Tope, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW) and Kathryn Zingg, Assoc. AIA, Middleton (SW). Welcome!      
The Last Word
“Putting the new AIA to work for you . . . We want you to move forward confident that you have the resources, insights, and connections you need to make whatever you want to make happen a reality.” [AIA Progress Report, March 2014]

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