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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: August 2009

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on the long-range planning retreat, AIA Director appointment, 2009 Fall Workshop, Director-At-Large candidate opportunity , Associate Representative appointment, Golden Award nominations, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

Program & Event Update

August 18 | Fitchburg
AIA SW WI Lunch Meeting | Maximizing Geothermal Systems for Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings

August 18 | Madison
AIA SW WI | Architect's Sketch Hour

August 19 | Green Bay
AIA NE WI Learning Lunch | Chapter Update!

August 19 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE | ARE Study Session 6: Structural Systems

August 19 | Madison
AIA SW WI Webinar | ARE Study Session 6: Structural Systems

August 20 | Sheboygan
AIA NE WI Learning Lunch | Chapter Update!

August 20 | De Pere
AIA NE WI Tour | St. Norbert College Mirian B. and James J. Mulva Library

August 21 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE COTE: Tour - Solar Decathlon Construction Site

August 29 | Genesee Depot
AIA MKE Tour | History & Glamour: Ten Chimneys Estate Tour & Hawk's Inn


Long-Range Planning Retreat

For over 20 years, AIA leaders in Wisconsin have gathered in an old log lodge on Mirror Lake to participate in a long-range planning session. This year, 31 members participated in the two-day retreat chaired by AIA Wisconsin Vice President/President-Elect Jim Otto, AIA, Hubertus. Participants included students to seasoned AIA members and everything in between.

Topics at the retreat focused on the celebration of our 100th anniversary in 2011, promotion of the profession and support for our members in these challenging economic times. In addition, members got to kick the tires of the draft AIA strategic plan.

Group Photo

Diversity & Gateway Commitment

Following up on resolution approved at the national AIA Convention this spring in San Francisco, members of the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors have signed on to the "Gateway Commitment" to develop a profession that reflects the diversity of the communities, users and clients served by AIA members. Find out more about the AIA's diversity initiative.

AIA Regional Director

AIA Wisconsin member Thomas R. Cox, AIA, Appleton, has been selected serve as the next AIA Director for the North Central States region on the national Board of Directors of The American Institute of Architects. The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors approved the appointment at its meeting earlier this month. When his three-year term begins in December, Cox will join Kevin J. Connolly, AIA, Wauwatosa, in representing 3,700 members in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. Cox recently was named vice president of MSA Integrated Project Delivery in Beaver Dam. He served as the 2000 President of AIA Northeast Wisconsin and the 2003 President of AIA Wisconsin. He also has chaired or co-chaired several successful AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshops and currently is the immediate Past President of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance. AIA Wisconsin will have the opportunity to appoint the AIA Regional Director again for the term beginning in December 2013.

Fall Workshop

Raising Your Sustainable Design Baseline

Reserve Friday, October 23, for the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop at the Heidel House Resort in Green Lake. This year's full-day workshop will help you raise your sustainable design baseline by focusing on what sustainability means for your firm, your clients and your community. Fall Workshop chair Ron Mastalski, AIA, Waterloo, and his hard-working planning committee are assembling an outstanding program that will provide you with tools you can use on your projects as well as to inspire clients and improve our communities. Watch your inbox for more details and registration materials.

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 2010. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter. For further information, contact the AIA Wisconsin office.

Associate Representative

The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors may appoint two Associate AIA members to a two-year term as an Associate Representative. The terms are staggered, so one Associate Representative is appointed by the Board of Directors each year. If you are an Associate AIA member interested in reviewing and shaping AIA Wisconsin policies and programs for the benefit of fellow members, please submit a letter of interest and a brief resume to: James Otto, AIA, Vice President, AIA Wisconsin, 321 S. Hamilton St., Madison, WI 53703.

2010 AIA Wisconsin Leadership Team

At its meeting in August, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors approved the appointment of Thomas Hirsch, AIA, Madison, as 2010 Vice President/President-Elect and Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, as 2010 Secretary/Treasurer. Hirsch and Kosarzycki will join 2010 President Jim Otto, AIA, Hubertus, and immediate Past President Josh Johnson, AIA, Middleton, on the 2010 Executive Committee for AIA Wisconsin.

Local Chapter Leaders

If you have ever thought about volunteering to help develop local AIA Chapter programs, this is a good time to contact Chapter officers to discuss the opportunities. To find out more, please contact the AIA Wisconsin office . . . or the President of your local AIA Chapter: AIA Milwaukee – Dan Kabara, AIA, (414) 944-9000; Southwest – Ron Mastalski, AIA, (920) 988-5922; Northeast – Jim Putman, AIA, (920) 235-3310; and Northwest – Chris LaShorne, AIA, (608) 785-2626.

Historic Resources Committee – Dear Governor

The AIA Wisconsin Historic Resources Committee (HRC) is urging Governor Doyle to direct state agencies to make every effort to preserve the Wisconsin Memorial Hospital at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison. Its demolition previously had been approved by the State Building Commission. Noting that it represents a significant part of a historic district listed on both national and state registries of historic places, Ronald Siggelkow, AIA, Madison, chair of the HRC, wrote that the "short-term and long-term interests of the people of Wisconsin would be served well by a thoughtfully executed rehabilitation of this historic facility."

Golden Award

The deadline for 2010 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award nominations is November 2. The Golden Award is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow upon a member architect. It recognizes distinguished leadership and service to the profession and the AIA. Twenty-two AIA Wisconsin members have been recognized since 1986, with William Wenzler, FAIA, selected to receive this year's Golden Award.

SE 2 2009 | Renewal Starts Here

Renewal of our cities, energy independence and economy starts with improving what we have. Learn about the opportunities and benefits in greening our existing buildings at the 6 th Annual SE 2 Conference presented by the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA) on September 16 at the Italian Community Center, Milwaukee. Don't miss keynote speaker Doug Gatlin, vice president for market development, US Green Building Council.

State BIM Guidelines & Standards

The Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of State Facilities (DSF), has announced the implementation of BIM Guidelines and Standards that will apply to the selection of architects and engineers on or after 7/1/09 for the following state building projects: all construction with total project funding of $5 million or greater, all new construction with total project funding of $2.5 million or greater, and all addition/alteration construction with total project funding of $2.5 million that includes new addition costs of 50% or more of total. Use of the BIM guidelines will be encouraged, but not required, on all other state building projects. According to the DSF announcement, architects and engineers were selected for nearly 700 projects in the 2007-09 biennium; and, applying these criteria, the BIM guidelines would have been required for less than 40 of these projects, but these projects represented 60% of the advertized project budgets. Information on the new BIM guidelines is available on the DSF website.

DSF Consultants Conference

If you work with the Division of State Facilities (DSF) on state building projects, or would like to, then reserve Thursday, October 29, for the "DSF Consultants Conference" sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin. The full-day conference will be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Conference topics include: BIM, sustainability, commissioning and orientation sessions for small and large state building projects.

2010 Membership Dues

At its meeting earlier this month, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors approved keeping state dues for 2010 the same as for this year: AIA Architect – Firm Principal $300, AIA Architect – Employee $215, Associate AIA $80 ($60 for first three years of membership), Professional Affiliate $300, and Student Affiliate $15. AIA Emeritus members have no state dues responsibility. The four local AIA Chapters in Wisconsin do not have membership dues. National AIA dues for 2010 have not yet been established.

Energy Center of Wisconsin

AIA Wisconsin members benefit from a long-time collaborative relationship with the Energy Center of Wisconsin (ECW). The ECW is an award-winning AIA/CES Registered Provider of quality continuing education programs. AIA Wisconsin members are eligible for discount on several upcoming EWC programs which include Building Commissioning, Commercial Solar Thermal Design, Existing Building Energy Performance, and more.

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.

Convention Presentations Online

Thanks to the support and technical capabilities of the Energy Center of Wisconsin, several popular presentations at the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Convention were captured on videotape and are now available online via Energy Center University. You'll want to check out the sessions by Ron Radziner, FAIA, Jeanne Gang, FAIA, James Wasley, AIA, Dan Stephans, AIA, the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center team and McGraw Hill Construction.

People & Places

Philip A. Pricer, AIA, Madison, has been upgraded to AIA architect member status. Congratulations! Jody Andres, AIA, Appleton, has joined Short Elliott Hendrickson as a senior architect. Thomas Cox, AIA, Appleton, has been named vice president of MSA Integrated Project Delivery. AIA Wisconsin Convention speaker and member James Wasley, AIA, Milwaukee, is featured as part of an interview about the carbon neutral design (CND) project on new 15-minute AIA podcast. It is very sad to report the passing of Cherie Claussen, AIA, Wauwatosa. The profession of architecture has lost a great leader and strong advocate. Cherie received the Golden Award in 2007, served as the 2005 President of AIA Wisconsin, and was the 2000 President of AIA Southeast Wisconsin.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin in the past month: Ivo Rozendaal, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW), Mitchell L. Walker, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW) and Randy J. Viau, AIA, Peshtigo (NE).

The Last Word

"In the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong with hope." [Bernie Siegel]

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