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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: June 2011

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on state budget bill, commercial building code update, appointments, AIA Guide for Sustainable Projects, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

Program & Event Update

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

June 21 | Fitchburg

AIA SW Lunch Meeting | Post Installed Anchoring Systems

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 | Madison

AIA SW WI Emerging Professionals | UW Porter Boathouse Tour

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

August 16 | Milwaukee

AIA MKE Building Science Series | Modern Concrete Technology

State Budget

The Governor delivered his budget address in March. Earlier this month, the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee completed work on its recommended $66 billion budget for the upcoming biennium [Assembly Substitute Amendment 1 to 2011 Assembly Bill 40]. The Assembly and Senate must pass the budget bill before it is sent back to the Governor for any partial vetoes and his signature. Included among its many provisions, the state budget bill would fund a $1 billion state building program, eliminate the Department of Commerce, move the Division of Safety & Buildings to the Department of Regulation & Licensing, which would become the Department of Safety & Professional Services, and allow the UW System greater flexibility in managing building projects of less than $500,000 funded entirely by gifts and grants. AIA Wisconsin has contacted state legislators to express our support for budget initiatives that encourage economic growth and funding for the state building program. For information on the state budget bill and other legislative matters, please visit the Wisconsin Legislature website.

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. 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. Information and details on the proposed state code changes is online.

Gubernatorial Appointments

Over the years, AIA Wisconsin has worked successfully with the Office of the Governor in recommending AIA architect members for appointment to state boards and commissions, including the Joint Examining Board, State Capitol & Executive Residence Board, Uniform Dwelling Council and Multifamily Dwelling Code Council. The Governor's Office contacted AIA Wisconsin for help in identifying architects for appointment as a professional member of the Architect Section of the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors. The Architect Section has three professional members and two public members who serve three-year terms. The appointments are made by the Governor and confirmed by the Wisconsin Senate. Please contact AIA Wisconsin if you are interested in being considered for appointment to the Architect Section or another state board or commission. Information on state board and commission appointments is available on the Governor's website.

Continuing Education Requirements

Next summer, when you renew your Wisconsin architect license, you will need to have earned at least 24 hours of continuing education during the prior two year period, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare topics. The Wisconsin Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors approved these administrative rules [Chapter A-E 12] that establish minimum continuing education requirements for architects to renew their state license. The new rules became effective on July 1, 2010, and will first apply when you renew your two-year Wisconsin license by August 2012. The AIA is listed as an approved provider of continuing education programs; and AIA members can use their AIA/CES transcript to document continuing education hours. [In comparison, AIA Architect members are required to earn 18 learning unit hours per year, including 8 hours related to health, safety and welfare of which 4 hours must be sustainable design.] To review state license renewal requirements, go to: Wisconsin Continuing Education Requirements.

Guide for Sustainable Projects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has 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, visit the AIA Contract Documents area of our website.

AIA Documents on Demand

The AIA added thirteen new documents to AIA Documents-on-Demand, a web-based service that gives users easy access to download, electronically fill out and print one or more individual forms and agreements from among 48 of the most popular AIA Contract Documents anytime, anywhere. This latest version is particularly well-suited for small practitioners and Mac users. [For paper documents, AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents.] For more information, please contact AIA Wisconsin or visit AIA National.

Design Awards

The 2011 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program recognized eleven building projects for excellence in architectural design. While the award-winning projects are diverse in size and scope, their common thread is that they were designed by AIA Wisconsin member architects. The jury for this year's awards program included Frank Harmon, FAIA, Raleigh; John Cuningham, FAIA, Minneapolis; and Michele Silvetti-Schmitt, AIA, Chicago. Mark Kruser, AIA, Middleton, chairs the AIA Wisconsin Design Awards Committee. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel slideshow of Design Award winners is online.

2011 State Legislative Agenda

The AIA Wisconsin "2011 State Legislative Agenda" provides a summary of positions on various issues expected to be addressed during the 2011-2012 session of the Wisconsin Legislature. Noting that when architects work Wisconsin builds, the agenda supports initiatives to encourage economic growth and development. It also includes positions on state building program, sales tax expansion, architect selection, state building code and sustainable design.


Back in 1911, a small group of Wisconsin architects, with a vision for the future of their profession and state, formally established the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Wisconsin Secretary of State approved its incorporation on November 1, 1911. Alexander C. Eschweiler and Armand D. Koch signed the Articles of Association forming the new AIA chapter. As part of AIA Wisconsin's centennial celebration, you are invited to share a story about a teacher, mentor, employer, partner, colleague, client, project or AIA event that made a difference in your career. Please send your story to us via email.

Director-At-Large Candidates

If you are interested in helping to shape AIA Wisconsin policies and programs, please consider tossing your hat in the ring as a candidate for Director-At-Large. Three Directors-At-Large will be elected by the membership this fall to a two-year term beginning January 2012. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter. For further information, contact the AIA Wisconsin office.

AIA Knowledgenet

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ARE Lending Library

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 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.

E-News – Back Issues

If you think you may have missed something important in a previous AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you can scroll through back issues by clicking on "member news" in the "members area" of the AIA Wisconsin website. Try it and you may be surprised by what else you discover. Go to Archive

People & Places

Jeffrey A Davis, AIA, Janesville, Christopher D. Travanty, AIA, Milwaukee, and Evan S Weir, AIA, Middleton, have upgraded to AIA architect membership. Congratulations!

Membership Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined in the last month: Jeremy T. Braunschweig, AIA, Madison (SW); Kurt D. Peeters, Assoc. AIA, Menasha (NE) and Randi J. Smith, AIA, Madison (SW).

The Last Word

"Society needs a good image of itself. That is the job of the architect." [Walter Gropius]


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