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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: December 2006

Golden Award

Cherie K. Claussen, AIA, Wauwatosa, has been selected by the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors to receive the 2007 Golden Award. The award will be presented at a special awards luncheon on May 16 at the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo in Madison. The Golden Award is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow upon a member architect. It is awarded in recognition of distinguished leadership and service to AIA Wisconsin and the profession over an extended period of time.

Design Awards

The Design Awards Committee invites your participation in the 2007 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The deadline for entering your projects is January 19. Entry binders are due by no later than February 15. The 2007 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on May 16 at Monona Terrace in Madison .

Proposed Building Code Revisions

The Wisconsin Department of Commerce has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, December 21, in Madison on proposed revisions to the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code and Fire Prevention Code. The proposed state code package would adopt by reference the 2006 editions of the ICC suite of building codes (IBC, IECC, IMC and IFGC) and the NFPA fire prevention code (NFPA 1), resulting in fewer Wisconsin modifications or "Wisconsinisms" to the model codes. Commerce also is proposing to incorporate the 2006 edition of the International Existing Building Code (IEBC) as part of the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code, which also would replace current historic building code provisions. The proposed revisions to the sprinkler requirements for multifamily dwellings have generated the most controversy.

Code Comments & Recommendations

AIA Wisconsin members are encouraged to review the proposed state building code updates, evaluate how the proposed revisions may affect your projects and provide feedback on the positive and the not-so-positive code changes. Written comments on the proposed code revisions may be submitted until January 5, 2007 , to: James Quast, Wisconsin Department of Commerce, PO Box 2689, Madison, WI 53701-2689.

Building Code Councils

AIA Wisconsin members have been appointed by the Governor and the Department of Commerce to serve on a number of important code advisory councils that help develop recommendations for updating and improving state building codes. AIA Wisconsin representatives and members include: Commercial Building Code Council and Elevator Code Council – Joseph Jurkiewicz, AIA, Grafton, (414) 290-3775; Multifamily Dwelling Code Council – James Klett, AIA, Whitefish Bay, (414) 291-8164; Uniform Dwelling Code Council – David Dolan-Wallace, AIA, Green Bay, (920) 432-2442; Historic Building Code Council and Alteration and Change of Use Advisory Council – Charles Quagliana, AIA, Madison, (608) 294-0206; Means of Egress and Accessibility Code Advisory Council – Lawrence Earll, AIA, Poynette, (608) 266-1290; Joseph Jurkiewicz, AIA, Grafton, (414) 290-3775; Edward Solner , AIA, Madison, (608) 233-4881; Energy Conservation Code Council – Timothy Kritter, AIA, Madison, (608) 257-1090 ; Structural Commercial Building Code Advisory Council – David Hyzer , AIA, Middleton, (608) 276-9201; Michael West, AIA, Fox Point, (414) 351-5588; Commercial Buildings Fire Protection Systems Council and Commercial Buildings Fire Safety Council – John Eagon, AIA, Oregon, (608) 873-3748.

AIA150 – Blueprint for America

As part of the celebration of the AIA's 150 th anniversary in 2007, members across the country are giving something back to their communities and demonstrating the difference that architecture makes in our lives. Here in Wisconsin, AIA Southwest Wisconsin members collaborated this fall with Allied Drive residents and city officials to develop three concepts to revitalize this troubled Madison neighborhood . . . and AIA Milwaukee members are collaborating with UWM SARUP faculty and students, city officials in Milwaukee and Racine, and nonprofit organizations to reweave the neighborhood fabric with affordable housing. AIA150 "Champions" Kelly Thompson-Frater, AIA, Madison, John Holz, AIA, Bayside, and Marty Sell, AIA, Juneau, have been invited to present a seminar on these "Blueprint for America " projects at the national AIA Convention in San Antonio in May.

Reserve May 16 & 17 for the 2007 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, Palimpsest , at Monona Terrace in Madison. An outstanding program of keynote presentations, seminar sessions, product and service displays and other special events is being assembled by this year's Convention Committee, which is chaired by Rob Wheat, AIA, Monroe. Keynote speakers include Tod Williams, FAIA, and James Timberlake, FAIA. Watch your inbox and mailbox for Convention & Expo program details and registration materials.

WAF Silent Auction

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF) will host an "Art by Architects & Friends" silent auction as a fund-raising event at the 2007 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo in May. Your donated art and architectural books will help support the WAF in building a better Wisconsin through architectural education. To donate one or more pieces, please contact WAF Board members Ralph Jackson, AIA, Cross Plains, at (608) 232-1272 or Pat Conway, AIA, Mt. Horeb, at (800) 464-0988. Thank you for your support!

Membership Satisfaction Survey

Last July, a total of 265 AIA Wisconsin members responded to a web-based membership satisfaction survey. That represents 18% of the total membership. Thank you for the positive response. The results were compiled for use by state and local AIA leaders at the annual long-range planning session in August and will help guide the development of programs and events. View summary of the survey results prepared by 2006 Membership Committee Chair Lee Connellee, AIA, Appleton.

On the Move?

It's hard to keep track of 1,500 members sometimes; particularly when members seem to be constantly on the move. If you are moving or changing employment, we want to make sure that you don't miss information on AIA programs and events during your transition. Visit our contact form and submit your updated contact information. Thank you!

People and Places

Dawn M. Baudhuin, AIA, Green Bay, has joined Performa Higher Education. James F. Brown Jr., AIA, Madison, and Gregg L. Steevens, AIA, Milwaukee , have joined Engberg Anderson Design Partnership Inc. Nathan F. Heuss, AIA, Antigo, has joined Mudrovich Architects. Randall A. Page, AIA, Madison , has joined Mead & Hunt Inc. Paul R. Raisleger, AIA, Middleton, and Matthew Baumler, Assoc. AIA, Madison , have joined Flad & Associates Inc. Christopher H. Romney, AIA, Madison, has joined Dimension IV - Madison, LLC. Martinson Architects Inc. has moved to 405 Cardinal Ln , Green Bay . The Zimmerman Design Group has updated its name to Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Inc. AIA Wisconsin Director-At-Large Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, has agreed to serve as the chair of the national AIA Code & Standards Committee.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between November 11 and December 19, 2006: Christopher Bennett, Student, Madison (SW); William F. Dagnon, Student, Baraboo (SW); Clint Doberstein, Student, Madison (SW); Joseph W. Ostafi IV, AIA, Madison (SW); Eric Peterson, AIA, Minneapolis (NW); Marlea Schlimgen, Student, Barneveld (SW); Rebecca L. Thayer, Student, Madison (SW); Vu T-T. Tran, Assoc. AIA, Green Bay (NE); Casey Voigt, Student, Madison (SW); Lisa M. Vorburger, Student, Oregon (SW); Joel N. Webster, Student, Monona (SW) and Jeffrey P. Worthen, Student, Madison (SW).

Season Greetings

The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors and staff would like to extend their best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

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