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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: March 2009

State Budget & Joint Finance Committee

Governor Doyle's proposed state budget, Assembly Bill 75, is now being reviewed by the Legislature's powerful 16-member Joint Committee on Finance. The committee has scheduled hearings around the state for public input. AIA Wisconsin supports adequate funding for the state building program and is working with a coalition of other organizations to oppose any proposed budget amendments that would expand the sales tax to architectural and other professional services. Now is the time to introduce yourself to members of the Joint Finance Committee and to offer your help and expertise on design and construction issues.

Annual Meetings

The joint Annual Meetings of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF) and AIA Wisconsin are scheduled for 8:00-9:30 a.m. on May 20 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. In addition to updates and reports by WAF and AIA leaders, Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, managing director of component relations for the American Institute of Architects, will talk about " Architects as Leaders of Communities" and demonstrate how design does make a difference in the livability of our communities and why it is more important than ever for architects, as stewards of design, to be leaders of their communities.

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, has assembled an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information and other special events. 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.

Emerging Professionals & Future Fellows

The 2009 AIA Wisconsin Convention program features two special FREE workshops. The workshop on May 20, designed for emerging professionals and mentors, features a presentation by Rachel Kros, AIA, with NCARB, on upcoming changes in Intern Development Program (IDP) and Architect Registration Exam (ARE) requirements. The special workshop on May 21 features a presentation by Craig Rafferty, FAIA, and Ray Greco, FAIA, regional representatives for the College of Fellows, that will help demystify the Fellowship nomination process.

Architecture . . . Not Just for Grownups

Have you ever been asked to speak to a school group about architecture? Are you looking for opportunities to contribute to your community? The Architects in Schools Committee will be hosting an interactive Saturday morning session in Madison to help you create your own outreach program. Arlan Kay, AIA, Oregon, has taught children as young as in kindergarten about architecture. The children learn about architecture, engineering and the art of it all while having a wonderful time. Josh Johnson, AIA, Middleton, conducts a program based on the history of architecture. Both of these Architects in Schools volunteers have enthusiastically agreed to teach you and your children. Bring the family and have a wonderful time. Also remember, if you can teach five-year olds, you are prepared for any corporate board presentation! Interns are encouraged to volunteer in schools as part of your required community service hours. When: March 28, 9:00 am -11:30 am, Where: 222 W. Washington Ave., Madison, RSVP: AIA Wisconsin or 608-257-8477.

WAF & IMI Program

On April 2, in New Berlin, the International Masonry Institute (IMI) is offering a two-part program that includes a seminar exploring new masonry wall technologies plus hands-on demonstrations of masonry systems. The IMI is donating the proceeds to the Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF).

WAF Scholarships

For the 2008-09 fiscal year, the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF) has approved a budget that includes $46,200 for scholarships and grants. These scholarships are made possible by the contributions received from architects and allied design and construction industry professionals. WAF scholarships and grants help support architecture students at UWM SARUP, student chapters around the state, ARE preparatory programs, a new "Design Your School" program for high school students and a special scholarship program for Wisconsin students pursuing accredited architectural degrees at schools outside the state. This year, the WAF is pleased to offer up to five $1,000 out-of-state-study scholarships for Wisconsin students. The deadline for applying for this WAF scholarship is May 15.

UWM AIAS Freedom by Design

Freedom by Design is a student-run non-profit volunteer community service program of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). It assists families who are elderly or have disabilities make minor changes in their homes to enhance independence and accessibility. The AIAS Chapter at UWM is holding a "Charity Art Auction" to raise funds for a project for a family in Oak Creek during the annual Beaux Arts Ball on April 18 at the Astor Ballroom. You can help by donating a piece of artwork for the silent auction. For information, please contact Nicole Hill at 414-704-9216 or Katie Vondrasek at 608-438-9079.

Building Contractor Registration

Effective July 1, 2009, building contractor businesses in Wisconsin will need to be registered with the Department of Commerce, Safety & Building Division. The four-year, $25 per year Building Contractor Registration (BCR) applies to contractors regulated under any of the department's codes affecting commercial buildings, places of employment, one- and two-family dwellings, and public swimming pools. Information is available at: .

Lighting Plans Review

Over the years, the Safety and Buildings Division of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce has been flexible about requesting submittal and approval of lighting design plans and calculations. Beginning March 2, 2009, submittal of general lighting plans and emergency lighting plans will be required for plan reviews for new buildings, additions to buildings and initial tenant build-outs. Go to Safety and Buildings website for current code requirements and submittal information.

Member Resources

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 Career Center

The AIA Career Center has added some robust new online features and tools to help job seekers elevate their professional presentations to potential employers and look for work more efficiently. Features include: r ésumé builder, automated profile functions, searchable portfolio, previewable job applications and tighter security. All Career Center services are free to job seekers.

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 Contract Documents

Contract documents are a critical component of any successful design and construction project. They define the contractual relationships in the design and construction industry. AIA Contract Documents have been recognized as the industry standard for more than 120 years. For FAQs about contract documents and software updates as well as a list of all the documents that are retired/replaced, visit AIA National. AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents. To order paper copies of the contract documents, please visit our AIA Contract Documents page.

Membership Renewals Due

Just a friendly reminder that if you haven't already renewed your AIA membership that 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.

State Building Commission Awards

One of the highlights of last month's State Building Commission meeting was the formal presentation of the 2008 Design & Construction Awards. Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Inc. was recognized for "Excellence in Architectural Design" for the UW-Madison Grainger Hall Addition.

The first ever "Lifetime Service Award" was presented to William Wenzler & Associates-Architects, Inc. Congratulations!

Say Hey . . . to the AIA!

Featured in recent AIArchitect . . . Kevin Connolly, AIA , Wauwatosa, was recognized for coordinating a free intensive training session on BIM for unemployed architects.

Award Winners

AIA Director

The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors has the opportunity to appoint the next AIA Director for the North Central States region on the national AIA Board of Directors. The AIA Director will be appointed to a three-year term that begins in December 2009 to represent members in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. Please start thinking about tossing your hat into the ring. Further details about the appointment to follow.

People & Places

John T. Ford, AIA, Madison has been upgraded to AIA architect member status. Congratulations! AIA Director Kevin Connolly, AIA, Wauwatosa, has been appointed to serve on the Integrated Practice Discussion Group (IPDiG) established by the national AIA Board of Directors to focus on developing a position statement supporting and advancing software interoperability. Michael Whaley, AIA, Oregon, has been appointed to serve on the Integrated Practice/Integrated Project Delivery Discussion Group established by the national AIA Board of Directors. Bill Babcock, Hon. AIA, Madison, the CACE Director on the national AIA Board of Directors has been appointed to the Secretary's Advisory Committee for 2009. Aaron M. Ebent, AIA, Menomonee Falls, has been promoted to design architect on the business environment team at Kahler Slater. Duane D. Stegall, Assoc. AIA, Fitchburg, has joined Bouril Design Studio LLC. Kevin Wall, AIA, Wauwatosa has joined Partners In Design Architects Inc. Steve L. Wolters, AIA, Verona, has been appointed the vice president of inpatient project delivery at Erdman, a Cogdell Spencer company. Paula M. Verboomen, AIA, Milwaukee has been promoted to associate vice president at HGA. Zimmerman Architectural Studios has promoted the following: Curtis G. Baer, AIA, Rockford IL, to vice president, Mark Wershay, Assoc. AIA, Oconomowoc, and Justin M. Arndt, Assoc. AIA, Wauwatosa, to senior associate and Edwin Ernst, Assoc. AIA, New Berlin, to associate.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin in the past month: Michael L. Borski, AIA, Winneconne (NE); Rita Melone Schmid, Assoc. AIA, Middleton (SW); Douglas L. Pahl, Assoc. AIA, Monona (SW) and Robert R. Stensberg, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE).

Mosaic Project Gallery

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

Chuch St. Gabriel Catholic Church
Library Verona Public Library

The Last Word

"Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time." [Theodore Roosevelt]

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