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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: January 2009

AIA/CES & Sustainable Design

In 2008, the AIA Board of Directors voted to modify annual AIA/CES requirements to include a minimum four hours of continuing education in sustainable design (SD). Effective January 2009, four of the 18 annual learning unit hours required of AIA Architect members must focus on sustainable design. Learning units that qualify for sustainable design will also apply to the annual health, safety, and welfare (HSW) requirement. The AIA/CES team is working with AIA Continuing Education System (CES) Registered Providers to offer members more education opportunities to fulfill this new requirement. You may also report programs offered by non-AIA/CES providers that meet the sustainable design qualifying criteria through the Structured Self-Report Program. Remember, however, that self-designed educational activities do not qualify for either SD or HSW learning units. Program content qualifies for sustainable design learning units based on the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) "Top Ten Measures of Sustainable Design" and the AIA Sustainable Discussion Group's (SDiG) "50to50" carbon reduction strategies. For additional information about the new sustainable design requirement, visit AIA National.

Distinguished Service

At its most recent meeting the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors voted to award a Citation for Distinguished Service to the following members in recognition of their significant contributions to the organization and the profession: Barry Swedeen, AIA, Madison, for chairing the 2008 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, Marty Sell, AIA, Juneau, and Tom Cox, AIA, Appleton, for co-chairing the 2008 Fall Workshop, Matthew Edwards, AIA, Milwaukee, for coordinating the ARE study sessions and structural seminar, John Cain, AIA, Wauwatosa, for service on the AIA/DSF Liaison Committee, and Bob Greenstreet, Int'l Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee, for increasing the awareness of the value of architects and architecture. These Citations will be presented at the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo on May 20 & 21 at Monona Terrace in Madison.

DHS Preliminary & Courtesy Plan Reviews

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) offers "preliminary" plan reviews for hospital and nursing home projects (or others that are attached to these occupancies) according to HFS 124.29 (1) for code issues that can be resolved during the design process and "courtesy" plan reviews for business and ambulatory occupancies that are not attached to a hospital and nursing home, but receive federal funds because they bill CMS using a hospital provider number. These plan reviews are performed by the DHS at no cost. Depending on the complexity of the project, more than one preliminary plan review is possible. Courtesy plan reviews are dependent on staff availability. These plan review opportunities are the result of a committee of DHS leadership, healthcare facility managers, contractors and architects that has been working to improve the process. For additional details, contact AIA Wisconsin or the DHS Division of Quality Assurance/Bureau of Health Services (DQA/BHS).

Energy Center of Wisconsin

AIA Wisconsin members benefit from a long-time collaborative relationship with the Energy Center of Wisconsin (ECW). The ECW is an award-winning AIA/CES Registered Provider of quality continuing education programs. AIA Wisconsin members are eligible for discount on several upcoming EWC programs which include Demand Control, Optimizing Fans & Pumps, and Understanding & Monitoring Power Quality.

Navigating the Economic Challenges

AIA has gathered resources to assist members in these turbulent economic times. Navigating the Economy has practical tools and tips for personal and professional survival. Closer to home, Navigating Wisconsin's Economy on the AIA Wisconsin website has links, networking opportunities and resources specific to the state.

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo

Reserve May 20 & 21 for the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Convention, Equilibrium, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The Convention Committee, chaired by Don Smith, AIA, Hales Corners, is assembling an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information and other special events for next spring. Keynote speakers are Ron Radziner, FAIA, James Polshek, FAIA, and Jeanne Gang, AIA. Seminar presenters include Randy Brown, FAIA, Michael Hricak, FAIA, John Martine, AIA, Ted Landsmark, Assoc. AIA, and Victoria Beach, AIA. Watch your inbox and mailbox for further details.

2009 State Legislative Agenda

Members of AIA Wisconsin have an interest in numerous public policy issues being addressed by local, state and federal officials. This interest extends beyond proposed legislation and administrative rules that directly affect the profession of architecture to include proposals that impact Wisconsin's design and construction industry, economic climate, quality of life, natural environment, and public health, safety and welfare. AIA Wisconsin's 2009 State Legislative Agenda addresses a variety of issues, including funding for the state building program, expansion of the sales tax to professional services, continuing education requirements for license renewal, ARE timing, and qualifications-based selection of architects. Please contact AIA Wisconsin for a summary.

State Building Program

The governor and state legislators face many difficult choices as they develop state budget recommendations for the 2009-11 biennium. Because of a projected deficit of over $5 billion, an open and deliberate budget development process will be important to balance many competing demands on limited resources. AIA Wisconsin supports a capital budget for the biennium that provides adequate funding for the state building program, including repairs, maintenance, remodeling and new construction. Investing in the state building program and other necessary infrastructure improvements provides a direct stimulus to Wisconsin's economy, with each dollar of construction spending estimated to generate $2.20 in economic activity. The state is the largest building owner in Wisconsin, with over 6,200 buildings and an estimated backlog of building maintenance needs of over $1.2 billion, including UW System facilities. To protect this significant investment, reduce energy costs in the future and help stimulate additional economic activity, it is important to not only adequately fund, but also accelerate the state building program.

Sales Tax Expansion

AIA Wisconsin is opposed to state budget proposals that would expand the sales tax to architectural and other professional services because they would adversely affect attempts to turn around the state's economy. Such a state tax increase would place Wisconsin architectural firms at a competitive disadvantage, impede economic activity by increasing front-end development costs, hit small businesses the hardest, and create significant administrative and compliance problems. AIA Wisconsin is part of a coalition of like-minded professional organizations fighting sales tax expansion initiatives.

Wisconsin Commercial Building Code

A 16-week course on the introduction to the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code is scheduled for January 6 – April 28, 2009, in Kronenwetter, WI (Marathon County). This course, presented by Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, and other staff of the Safety and Buildings Division of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, is to help prepare attendees for administration of the current state building code, with a focus on the Commercial Building Inspector credential exam.

ARE Lending Library – ARE 4.0 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 ARE lending library consists of ARE 3.1 and 4.0 divisions. The materials 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.


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 recently took advantage of the LegaLine service reported that he "found it to be a tremendous help!" Contact the AIA Wisconsin office for more information.

Citizen Architects

The national AIA has asked for our help in identifying AIA Wisconsin members who also are elected or appointed members of state and local government boards or commissions. The idea is to use this information to develop programs that support architects currently in these positions and to encourage other architects interested in these opportunities for civic engagement. If you are an appointed member of a county, city, school district or other local government board or commission, please let the AIA Wisconsin office know the name of the board or commission, who appointed you and when your term expires. Similarly, if you are an elected member of a county board, city council, school board or other elected office, please let us know the name of your position and when your term expires.

AIA Photo Competition

AIA St. Louis is coordinating the 2009 AIA Photography Competition. The top 15 entries will be exhibited at the 2009 AIA National Convention in San Francisco. Images for the 2010 Architectural Engagement Calendar will be selected from all submitted entries and will include the 15 award winners. Entries are due by March 2.

Membership Renewals Due

Just a friendly reminder that your AIA membership renewal was due by January 15. If you haven't taken care of this already, you can access your membership renewal invoice through your Personal URL online [[add your 8-digit AIA member ID number], print your invoice, renew online by logging in at , or mail it with a check. The log-in to access your renewal invoice is your e-mail address. Passwords are generally your last name (capitalized appropriately). AIA Wisconsin Professional Affiliate and Student Affiliate members can renew online on the AIA Wisconsin site, , in the "Join" area.

AIA Contract Documents

AIA Contract Documents, the industry standard for 120 years and the most trusted source for your contract needs, has been updated—but what exactly has changed? Visit the AIA Contract Documents website at to get co mprehensive information on the u pdate, including podcasts, articles, demo software and information on Integrated Project Delivery. AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents . For paper copies of the contract documents, please go to: .

People & Places

Theodore K. Mrochinski, AIA, Menomonee Falls, has been approved for Emeritus membership in The American Institute of Architects. Congratulations! Emeritus members, Verne E Conder, AIA, Madison, and Henry J. Miles, AIA, New London, have passed away. David E. Cameron, AIA, and Jan R. Aslaksen, AIA, have opened a new firm Cameron Aslaksen Architects, LLC at 46 E Main St in Reedsburg, phone (608) 768-3201.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin since December 18, 2008: Charles R. Dare, AIA, Fish Creek (NE); Benjamin M. Erdmann, Assoc. AIA, East Troy (SE); Scott M. Hatton, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Daniel Hoenecke, Professional Affiliate, Wausau (NW); Farrah J. Lemmon, AIA, Hudson (NW); Jeff Lendrum, Professional Affiliate, Appleton (NE); James R. Lynch, AIA, Menasha (NE); Jacob Morrison, AIA, Madison (SW); Robin Ponchaud, Professional Affiliate, Menomonee Falls (SE) and Shivani Seshadri Gbalasai, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW).

Mosaic Project Gallery

Mosaic is a new feature of AIA Wisconsin Architect e-News. Additional projects will be introduced each issue.

Chuch Madison Fire Station #11
Library Serenity House

The Last Word

"We live in a time of extraordinary challenge and opportunity, a time when the influence of our profession will be measured not by celebrity, but by the degree of our relevancy to the most pressing issues before us." [Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA, 85 th President, American Institute of Architects, December 2008]

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