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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: May 2011

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on the 2011 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards, state building code update, AIA Presidential Citation, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

Program & Event Update

Here are a few upcoming AIA/CES programs. Click on program title for additional details.

May 17 | Fitchburg
AIA SW WI Lunch | "Building Green with Fiber Cement"

May 17 | Webinar
BEC Wisconsin | Building Enclosure Commissioning

May 18 | Green Bay
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | Using Natural Stone Building Panels, Aggregates and Landscaping Stone

May 19 | Sheboygan
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | Enhancing Your Project with Western Red Cedar

May 25 | Appleton
AIA NE WI Lunch Program | Focus On Energy Programs

June 7 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Building Science Series | Reducing Embodied Energy In Masonry Construction

June 14 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Blood Drive | Architects Roll Up Your Sleeves

June 14 | Madison
AIA SW WI Emerging Professionals | Union South Tour

June 23 | Eden
AIA NE WI Annual Networking Event | Cedar Ridge Wind Farm Tour

June 28 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Building Science Series | Opening Doors to Design Opportunities with the Model Building

July 12 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Building Science Series | Stone Wool Insulation: Sustainable Solutions for Thermal & Fire

July 19 | Fitchburg
AIA SW WI Chapter Lunch | EPS Water Absorption Facts


Design Awards

Eleven building projects have been recognized for excellence in architectural design by the 2011 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. This year's celebration of design excellence was held on May 4 in conjunction with the Convention & Expo. It began with a special video during Architecture Night, included a special keynote address by Ned Cramer and was followed by the formal presentation of awards to the architects, owners and contractors responsible for the award-winning projects. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel slideshow of Design Award winners is available online

Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Update

The Department of Commerce has sent its proposed state commercial building code update package to the Wisconsin Legislature for review. The code package [Comm 61-66] would move Wisconsin to the 2009 editions of the ICC suite of codes – IBC, IECC, IEBC, IFGC and IMC. Various code advisory councils have been working on this update package for several years. AIA Wisconsin members serve on most of these advisory councils, including Joseph Jurkiewicz, AIA, Grafton, on the Commercial Building Code Council and James Klett, AIA, Whitefish Bay, on the Multifamily Dwelling Code Council. The code update package has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Housing, chaired by Rep. John Murtha [R-Baldwin], and the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce and Government Operations, chaired by Sen. Rich Zipperer [R-Pewaukee]. Depending on the length of the legislative review, the updated code provisions could become effective this summer or fall. An AIA Wisconsin recommendation to amend Comm 61.40 to clarify that there may be more than one supervising professional is included in the update package. Find out more information and details on the proposed state code changes..

Convention Kudos!

Congratulations to the Convention Committee volunteers, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and hundreds of members like you who made the 2011 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo a great success! If you attended and haven't done so already, please complete and mail your AIA/CES report form and evaluation as soon as possible to AIA Wisconsin, 321 S. Hamilton St., Madison, WI 53703-4000. Contact AIA Wisconsin if you'd like to join the fun and excitement of planning next year's Convention & Expo program, scheduled for May 2 & 3, 2012.

Convention Sponsors

AIA Wisconsin is fortunate that a number of companies and organizations step forward to underwrite speakers and sponsor other special events at the annual Convention. The sponsors of the 2011 Convention & Expo were formally recognized at the Awards Luncheon at Monona Terrace. Their generous support contributed significantly to the success of this year's conference. Sponsors: The Boldt Company, CalStar Products, Mitsubishi HVAC Systems\Auer Steel and Wisconsin Masonry Alliance. Gold Sponsors: AGC of Wisconsin, Energy Center of Wisconsin, IIDA Wisconsin Chapter, MasterGraphics, Inc., Ken Saiki Design, Inc., CG Schmidt, Inc. and Wisconsin Architects Foundation. Silver Sponsors: AIA Contract Documents and Focus on Energy.

WAF Annual Meeting

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation held its Annual Meeting on May 4. WAF President Jim Gersich, AIA, Fitchburg, presented a report on WAF scholarship and grant programs and also accepted special contributions from County Materials Corporation and the Wisconsin Masonry Alliance. WAF members elected Whitney Gould, Milwaukee, Jeff Niesen, Madison, and Paula Verboomen, AIA, Milwaukee, to three-year terms on the WAF Board of Directors.

Building Products Expo Booth Award-Winners

Congratulations to the 2011 AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo Booth Award-winners!

1st Place:

  • Amerhart Ltd.


2nd Place:

  • North Star Surfaces


3rd Place:

  • Miron Construction Co.


Honorable Mention:

  • AVI Systems
  • County Materials Corporation
  • Foundation Supportworks of WI
  • Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
  • J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.
  • Timberweld Manufacturing/
  • Red Built
  • TOTO USA

AIA Presidential Citation

Last week at the national AIA Convention in New Orleans, AIA President Clark Manus, FAIA, recognized AIA Wisconsin for celebrating "one hundred years of leadership in creating better places to live, work, and play through design and advocacy." The Presidential Citation goes on to state: "As a respected steward of the state's architectural heritage, a partner in the classroom where students are introduced to the ways in which design affects our lives, a trusted voice that informs public debate about sustainability, and a force that has consistently advanced the highest standards of professionalism, they have elevated design's power to drive positive change." AIA Wisconsin President Thomas Hirsch, FAIA, Madison, Vice President Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, Past President James Otto, AIA, Hubertus, and Executive Director William Babcock, Hon. AIA, accepted the Citation on behalf of the membership during the AIA Annual Business Meeting.

Sustainability | Energy Efficiency Leadership Award

June 3 is the application deadline for the 2011 Wisconsin Sustainability | Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Award program. Entry materials are due by 7/22/11. AIA Wisconsin is partnering with other organizations to support this awards program that recognizes leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operation of Wisconsin commercial buildings and related systems. For more information and to download an application, visit the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance website.

Guide for Sustainable Projects

Earlier this month, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released AIA Document D503-2011, Guide for Sustainable Projects, including Agreement Amendments and Supplementary Conditions. The Guide is free and was developed to assist users of AIA Contract Documents in understanding contractual considerations unique to sustainable design and construction projects. The Guide also provides model language that can be used to amend or supplement key AIA Contract Documents in the A201 Family for use in these types of projects. Developed by the AIA's Contract Documents Committee, with input from industry stakeholders, the Guide provides AIA Contract Documents users with a valuable tool for creating versions of AIA standard contract documents for sustainable projects. To download this guide and for more information on other contact documents, go to 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 the AIA Contract Documents page.

People & Places

Devin Little, Assoc. AIA, Fitchburg, has been selected to receive a 2011 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship, which provides study guides for and covers the cost of the Architect Registration Exam.

Membership Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined in the last month: Catherine M. Compton, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Robert Delcore, Student, New Franken (NE); Charles S. Garnett, AIA, Cross Plains (SW); Matt Grimm, Professional Affiliate, Madison (SW); Carley Hoffman, Assoc. AIA (SE); David Holten, Professional Affiliate, DePere (NE); Jeremy Nyklewicz, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Thomas Quick, Assoc. AIA, Oconomowoc (SE); Patrick A. Reffert, AIA, Oregon (SW) and Laura Shagalov, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW).

The Last Word

"Green is the new red, white and blue . . . Change your leaders, not your light bulbs." [Thomas L. Friedman, author of Hot, Flat, and Crowded, 2011 AIA Convention Keynote]

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