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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: May 2005

Sales Tax on Construction Materials

The Wisconsin Legislature's powerful Joint Committee on Finance may consider a proposed state budget amendment that would simplify the process used by local governments, school districts and nonprofit organizations to avoid paying sales taxes on building materials for their projects. AIA Wisconsin contacted the 16 members of the Joint Finance Committee to encourage them to support the proposal . . . and sent an email alert to over 300 members who are represented by these state legislators. For more information about this legislative initiative, please contact AIA Wisconsin. (5/27/05)

RiverSplash LEGO Kids Day

Lego models of Milwaukee County landmarks featured in recent Lego Landmarks contest will be on display at the Milwaukee County Historical Center from June 3& 5. Admission is FREE. (5/27/05)

AIA 150

The American Institute of Architects will be celebrating its 150 th Anniversary in 2007. Planning is underway for a sesquicentennial initiative to encourage AIA members to collaborate with local lected officials, community leaders, planning departments, allied organizations and citizens to improve their communities. Please start thinking about ideas for activities you'd like to help coordinate in your community during "Architecture Week" scheduled for April 13-20, 2007. (5/27/05)


AIA Wisconsin has renewed its agreement with Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq. and LegaLine. This unique service 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. Contact the AIA Wisconsin office for information on how you can tap into this membership service. (5/27/05)

AIA Convention Delegates

If you're going to Las Vegas for the AIA Convention on May 19-21, you ought to contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local Chapter. For details, call 1-800-ARCHITECT. (5/13/05)

Convention Kudos!

Kudos to volunteers on the Convention Committee chaired by David Oberbeck, AIA, Wausau, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and hundreds of members like you who made the 2005 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo a great success! If you attended and haven't already done so, please complete and return your AIA/CES report form and feedback sheet as soon as possible. The AIA Wisconsin fax number is (608) 257-0242. Contact AIA Wisconsin if you're interested in volunteering for the fun, excitement and glamour of planning next year's Convention & Expo program, which is scheduled for May 10 & 11, 2006. (5/13/05)

2005 Design Awards

Last week at Monona Terrace, the architects, owners and contractors involved in ten building projects selected to receive 2005 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards were recognized for excellence in architectural design. The award winners reflect a diverse mix of projects. The common thread is that they were all designed by AIA Architect members of AIA Wisconsin.

Distinguished Service

At last week's Annual Meeting, AIA Wisconsin President Cherie Claussen, AIA, Wauwatosa , presented a Citation for Distinguished Service to five individuals in recognition of their significant contributions to the profession of architecture. Citation recipients included: Paul Grzeszczak, AIA, Pewaukee, for coordinating the annual AIA Southwest Wisconsin High School Design Competition; William Danuser, Assoc. AIA, Madison, for serving as the Regional Associate Director on the National Associates Committee; Josh Johnson, AIA, Middleton, for chairing the successful 2004 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo; and Christine Ahl-Ludwig, Waukesha, and James Miller, FAIA, Madison, for their leadership on the WAF Board of Directors. (5/13/05)

Emerging Professionals

At the recent "Emerging Professionals Workshop," State IDP Coordinator Russ LaFrombois, AIA, Whitefish Bay, outlined the education, experience and exam requirements for becoming licensed as an architect in Wisconsin. He also reviewed resources available to help interns through the process, including the new Emerging Professionals Companion (EPC). (5/13/05)

WAF Annual Meeting

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF) held its Annual Meeting in conjunction with the AIA Wisconsin Convention. WAF President James Shields, AIA, Milwaukee , presented a report on successful WAF scholarship and grant programs, encouraged architects and allied professionals to contribute generously, announced the election of A. James Gersich, AIA, Fitchburg, Devon Miller, West Bend, and Lawrence Schnuck, AIA, Whitefish Bay, to the WAF Board of Directors, accepted a $1,000 contribution from County Materials Corporation and recognized WAF scholarship recipients attending UWM SARUP. Since 1954, the WAF has been building a better Wisconsin through architectural education and public awareness. (5/13/05)

State Capitol

At its April meeting, the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board (SCERB) unanimously approved a motion that directs the Division of State Facilities to prepare a ten-year capital maintenance plan for the State Capitol, including a capital budget and update every biennium. This initiative to help insure the long-term maintenance and preservation of the State Capitol was proposed by architect and SCERB member Arlan Kay, AIA, Oregon, and supported by AIA Wisconsin. (5/13/05)

Capitol Fixtures

Talking about the State Capitol . . . if you're looking for something interesting to do tomorrow, vintage fixtures remaining after the renovation of the Wisconsin State Capitol will be available for purchase between 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the UW-Madison SWAP (Surplus with a Purpose) Shop at 2105 Wright Street.

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