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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: November 2008

State Awards Program

The Division of State Facilities (DSF) is accepting nominations for its 18th annual Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in the design and construction of state buildings. The deadline for nominations is 12/18/08. For information about the DSF Awards Program, contact Godwin Amegashie at 608-267-7806. Information also is available on the DSF website.

Design Awards

The Design Awards Committee invites your participation in the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The deadline for entering your projects is January 16 . Entry binders are due by no later than February 18. The 2009 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on May 20 at Monona Terrace in Madison.

Wisconsin Architects Foundation

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation Board of Directors is dedicated to improving the quality of the built environment through research and education; and it needs your help to achieve this goal. Generous contributions received from friends and members like you enable the Wisconsin Architects Foundation to continue its advocacy for education and outreach. The WAF Board asks you to consider increasing your tax-deductible contribution to the WAF this year. Your support is a vital investment in Wisconsin's future. Please make your contribution payable to the "Wisconsin Architects Foundation" and mail it to: Wisconsin Architects Foundation, 321 S. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703. Thank you!

AIA/CES & Sustainable Design

Earlier this year, 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). Beginning in 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, please visit AIA National.

Fall Workshop

The 2008 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop last month in Green Lake turned out to be one of the highest rated workshops in recent memory. As one member put it, the program on financial management and profitability "helped me better understand how to integrate financial planning into my firm's ongoing operations." Kudos to workshop co-chairs Tom Cox, AIA, Appleton, and Marty Sell, AIA, Juneau!

Directors-At-Large

AIA Wisconsin President W. Lee Connellee, AIA, Appleton, recently announced the results of the Director-At-Large election. Congratulations are in order for Melissa Destree, AIA, Oregon, and David Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire. Their two-year term begins in January 2009. In addition, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors appointed John Mills, AIA, Fitchburg, to fill a Director-At-Large vacancy for 2009 resulting from the appointment of Thomas Hirsch, AIA, Madison, as 2009 Secretary/Treasurer.

DSF Electronic Plan Distribution

At the recent DSF Consultants Conference, David Kaul announced that, effective for DSF projects to be advertised beginning the week of 11/25/08, architects and engineers will be required to submit one hard copy and one electronic copy (in PDF format) of bidding documents. The current submission deadline of Monday the week prior to the advertisement of the "Invitation to" has not changed.

S&B Commercial Buildings Forms & Fees

The Safety and Buildings Division commercial buildings plan review form (SBD-118) and the Notice of Intent (SBD-10376) form have been updated to reflect December 1, 2008, fee changes. They are available at: http://commerce.wi.gov/SB/SB-DivForms.html#commercial . Many of S&B's forms will be updated during the month of November 2008 to reflect changes in the programs, especially fee changes. It may be worthwhile to check before the end of 2008 for the most current S&B forms that you use.

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. Watch your inbox and mailbox for further details.

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. Thank you for your civic leadership and help with this AIA survey.

AIA Career Center

If you are a member looking to advance your career or a firm trying to find qualified employees, the AIA Career Center is a valuable resource for discovering job opportunities and tapping into a database of candidates.

AIA Contract Documents Podcasts

Interested in learning more about the new AIA Integrated Project Delivery agreements and other AIA contract documents? A complete listing of document podcasts is available through the AIA website and via iTunes.

Federal Tax Deduction Extended

As part of the $700 billion rescue package, the Energy Efficiency Commercial Building Tax Deduction was extended to 2013. The AIA has long advocated for this federal tax incentive for green commercial buildings. If you have questions about this tax deduction, please contact the AIA Government Relations team via e-mail.

People & Places

Ronald D. Hansche, AIA, Oshkosh, Gerald A. Schwoch, AIA, Middleton, and R. E. Mike Vander Werff, AIA, Neenah, have been approved for Emeritus membership in The American Institute of Architects. Lois H. Braun-Oddo, AIA, Madison, Todd T. Cauffman, AIA, Elkhorn, Jeffrey P. Folstad, AIA, Milwaukee, and Amy Zabel Pietz, AIA, Madison, have been upgraded to AIA architect member status. Congratulations! Mark P. Johnson, AIA, Mequon, has joined the architecture and building engineering team at Mead & Hunt as a project manager. James F. Olson, AIA, Wauwatosa, as joined TWP Architecture. Elizabeth "Zibby" Ericson, FAIA, will be receiving the 2008 Women in Design (WID) Award of Excellence at Build Boston on November 18. Earlier this month, emeritus member, Larry H. Kassens, AIA, Neosho, former AIA Southeast Wisconsin president, Richard D. Peeples, AIA, Wauwatosa, and Edward W. Wenzler, AIA, passed away. Each of these members made indelible marks on the profession and the association throughout their careers. PLANNING Design Build in Madison has changed its name to Iconica. Mattes Architects & Designers, LLC, has moved to 2769 S 124 th St, West Allis WI 53227, phone (414) 979-5187 , fax (414) 979-5188.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin since October 14: Justin Anderson, Student, Centuria (NW); Ethan Ash, Student, Woodville (NW); David Asp, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Jon Bauer, Student, Elmwood (NW); Hattie Bollom, Student, Hammond (NW); Alyson Brenholt, Student, Chetek (NW); Naletta J. Burr, Assoc. AIA, Green Bay (NE); Brandon Bush, Student, Weyerhaeuser (NW); Miranda Christianson, Student, Chetek (NW); Ryan Darrow, Student, Chippewa Falls (NW); Jennifer Edmond, Student, Hillsdale (NW); David W. Erickson, AIA, Green Bay (NE); Kelly Evenson, Student, Clear Lake (NW); Kevin Fedie, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Brandon L. Halverson, AIA, Oregon (SW); Gwen Herrboldt, Student, Spring Green (SW); Nick Hessler, Student, Chippewa Falls (NW); Ted Hoeft, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Krissy Klein, Student, Barron (NW);Â Komla Konou, Student, Madison (SW); James J. Krizenesky, AIA, Pickett (NE); Galina A. Liljenberg, Student, Webster (NW); Kristie Link, Student, Ridgeland (NW); Tyrell Nelson, Student, Eleva (NW); Travis Puig, Student, Barron (NW); Matthew R. Ricci, Student, Cumberland (NW); Francis J. Rutz, AIA, Eau Claire (NW); Kevin Schmuecker, Student, Cable (NW); Roger Schregardus, Assoc. AIA, Waupun (SE); Ryan Sedani, Student, Cameron (NW); Kyle Shervey, Student, Chippewa Falls (NW); Alex Shimko, Student, Rice Lake (NW); Andrew Stiles, Student, Chippewa Falls (NW); Brandon Thalacker, Student, New Auburn (NW); Scott Tomczak, Student, Bruce (NW) and Matthew Wiedenhoeft, AIA, Oshkosh (NE).

The Last Word

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." [Henry Ford]

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