E-News: July 2014
In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on Fall Workshop, State historic tax credit moratorium, WAF scholarships, state building program conference, disaster assistance training, volunteer leadership opportunities, continuing education requirements, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.
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Wisconsin Historic Tax Credits – Moratorium
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation [WEDC] announced in late June that it has instituted a temporary moratorium on the state’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit program. As reported previously, legislation [2013 Wisconsin Act 62] was enacted last December to increase the state supplement to the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit to 20% and expand the tax incentive to include qualified rehabilitation expenses for pre-1936 non-historic properties. AIA Wisconsin supported the legislation because it encourages the rehabilitation of historic buildings and the redevelopment of local communities, creating jobs and economic opportunities. The enhanced state tax incentive was so popular that appears to have fallen victim to its own success. While the fiscal note accompanying the legislation anticipated $4 million in tax credit allocations in the first year, WEDC reported projects of more than $35 million in tax credit eligibility already have been submitted for certification. In informing the Joint Finance Committee of the moratorium to review the impact of the program on state revenues, WEDC noted that, if fully realized, this amount of credit eligibility could result in nearly $180 million in additional economic development in communities across the state. As you visit with state legislative candidates, please encourage them to support this valuable community development tool. For details, see WEDC memo.
> > > UPDATE 12:22 July 14, 2014 - Good news! The governor announced today that the Wisconsin Economic Develop Corporation will lift the moratorium on the state’s historic preservation tax credit. Listed above, WEDC placed a temporary moratorium on the tax credit program on June 23 because its popularity had greatly exceeded budget expectations. After AIA Wisconsin encouraged members to continue talking about the value of the tax credit with legislative candidates, the governor lifted the moratorium.
WAF Scholarship News
The Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF) is a non-profit membership organization of design and construction professionals dedicated to being a catalyst to improve quality of the environment through research and education. Earlier this summer, the WAF Board awarded $1,250 scholarships to four Wisconsin students pursuing accredited degrees at schools of architecture located outside of the state. This Wisconsin Students Out-of-State Study Scholarships program was created in 2008 and reflects a long-standing commitment by the WAF to support Wisconsin students interested in architectural education. The WAF scholarship recipients are: Mary Burke, Hartland, Master of Architecture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Samantha Freson, Verona, Bachelor of Architecture, University of Oregon; Matthew Lohry, Neenah, Master of Architecture, Columbia University; and Michael Nickerson, New Berlin, Master of Architecture, Columbia University. In case you know Wisconsin students pursing architectural studies in other states, here is a link to more information on this valuable WAF scholarship program.
Membership Satisfaction Survey
Over 200 AIA Wisconsin members responded to this year’s survey. Thank you! Your input and feedback on AIA programs and services is being compiled for the long-range planning session later this month.
Disaster Assistance Program – Building Evaluator Training
Nearly 40 AIA members and allied professionals learned how to help their communities when disasters strike by attending a special training course presented earlier this month by AIA Southwest Wisconsin. The course certifies participants as Building Evaluators in the California Safety Assessment Program [SAP], which is the preferred training standard of the AIA Disaster Assistance Program that provides leadership, advocacy and training to architects interested in volunteering their professional skills in times of crisis. The training covers how to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures and the appropriate protocol for coordinating with emergency managers to limit professional liability. The workshop instructors were AIA Wisconsin member Janine Glaeser, AIA, Monona, and Stan Peterson, FAIA, from Kansas.
ACEC WI | DFD Collaborative Conference
The American Council of Engineering Companies [ACEC] of Wisconsin is hosting its annual Division of Facilities Development [DFD] conference on Monday, September 15, at Monona Terrace in Madison. The conference is designed for engineers, architects and contractors interested in working with the DFD on state building projects. AIA Wisconsin members benefit from a discounted registration fee and will be able to earn up to 5 AIA/CES learning unit hours. Register by August 15 and save. For information on the full-day conference and to register online, visit www.acecwi.org.
IDP Rolling Clock – Big Change
Recently approved by the NCARB Board of Directors, beginning July 1, individuals are able to earn Intern Development Program [IDP] credit for experiences that occurred up to five years ago. Any experiences beyond the current reporting requirement of six months (plus the two-month grace period) will be valued at 50%. Anything beyond five years will be ineligible for credit. For more information on the updated reporting requirement, click here.
Local Chapter Leaders – Opportunities
Now is a good time to contact local AIA Chapter officers to discuss volunteer leadership opportunities. To find out more, please contact the AIA Wisconsin office . . . or the President of your local AIA Chapter: Milwaukee – Lyssa Olker, (414) 278-3343; Southwest – Rich Lundeen, AIA (608) 273-6380; Northeast – Jennifer Lehrke, AIA, (920) 783-6303; and Northwest – Glendali Rodriguez, AIA, (715) 232-2421.
Golden Award – Nominations Open
The deadline for 2015 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-six AIA Wisconsin members have been recognized since 1986, with Thomas E. Hirsch, AIA, Madison, selected to receive this year's Golden Award. Nomination Material | Golden Award Recipients
New AIA Design-Build Contract Documents
AIA Contract Documents have launched updated Design-Build AIA Contract Documents. The most significant updates include the flexibility to accommodate various ways in which a design-build project can be delivered, the addition of an Owner’s Criteria and updated Insurance and Sustainable Project Exhibits. The AIA has also partnered with the American Bar Association for an in depth webinar around the new documents. AIA members get a $100 discount on the webinar.
Fall Workshop – November 7
Please save the date for the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop . . . Friday, November 7, at the American Club in Kohler. This year’s full-day practice-oriented workshop will focus on water and its impact on architecture.
If you are interested in helping to shape AIA Wisconsin policies and programs, please consider tossing your hat in the ring as a candidate for Director-At-Large. Two Directors-At-Large will be elected by the membership this fall to a two-year term beginning January 2015. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter. For further information, contact the AIA Wisconsin office.
Commercial Building Code Council
In April, legislation was signed into law [2013 Wisconsin Act 270] that creates a ten-member Building Code Council to review the code and make recommendations to the Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services (DSPS) for updating the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code. Council members are appointed for three-year terms and include: “Two members representing architects, engineers, and designers, each of whom is actively engaged in the design or evaluation of public buildings and buildings that are places of employment.” The governor’s office has informed AIA Wisconsin that applications are now being accepted for appointment to the new Commercial Building Code Council. To apply online, here’s link to Governor’s “Apply to Serve Wisconsin” webpage
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 Wisconsin offers learning opportunities throughout the year. Working with AIA/CES providers and local Chapters, events are offered throughout the state. Other opportunities include distance learning [AIA Virtual Convention, aecKnowledge and more].
AIA Foresight Report
The 2014 AIA Foresight Report highlights key trends that are changing the context, business and practice of architecture. The report is free for AIA members and designed to help you evaluate strategies to advance in a rapidly changing economic environment It provides an overview of current research and resources on the economy, firm strategies, professional practice, and designing with a purpose. Download a free copy
ARE Lending Library – Associate AIA Members
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 study guides 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.
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
UWM SARUP & Architects in Schools
To increase engagement with middle and high school students exploring architecture as a career, Erica Chappelear has joined the School of Architecture & Urban Planning at UW-Milwaukee as a Recruiting Advisor. She is interested in connecting and collaborating with AIA Wisconsin members who are visiting schools to talk with teachers and students about architecture. Please let her know about the schools you visit and to request materials about SARUP’s programs and current employment statistics. You can contact Erica by phone or email at 414-229-4148 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great opportunity for AIA Wisconsin members and UWM SARUP to work together for the benefit of the profession.
People & Places
Engberg Anderson, Madison, has moved their office to 305 W Washington Ave.
The following new members have joined in the last month: Kirk J. Biodrowski, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Frances Chen, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Michael S. Davis, AIA, St Francis (SE); Nicole Hill, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); James A. Sisson, AIA, Waukesha (SE); Isaac Wallace, Assoc. AIA, Oregon (SW) and James W. Worker, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW). Welcome!
The Last Word
“We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.” [R. Buckminister Fuller, FAIA]