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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: September 2007

AIA Trust Seminar

Architect and attorney Charles Heuer, FAIA, Esq., will present a special firm practice seminar that will focus on the proper processes for shop drawing review, change order execution and claims review. Heuer will explain the risks involved and how to manage them while performing in a timely and appropriate manner. The AIA General Conditions (A201) will serve as the point of reference. Sponsored by the AIA Trust, the seminar will be presented on October 10 in Milwaukee and on October 11 in Madison. Register by 10/4/07 for early-bird discount. AIA members can earn 1.5 AIA/CES learning unit hours related to health, safety and welfare (HSW).

ARE Lending Library

AIA Wisconsin has established a lending library of the latest Architect Registration Examination (ARE) study materials from Kaplan AEC Education that cover all sections of the ARE exam. The materials are available to AIA Associate members only 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.

Legislative Update

The state budget remains stalled in conference committee, with funding implications for the state building program, State Arts Board, local comprehensive planning and much more. Senate Committee on Commerce, Utilities and Rail has scheduled a hearing for September 27 on Senate Bill 266, which would prohibit local municipalities from enacting and enforcing ordinances with requirements different than those in state building code. Review of fire sprinkler requirements for multi-family dwellings in proposed Wisconsin Commercial Building Code update package has been referred to the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR). Landscape Architects Section of the Joint Examining Board has voted to support draft legislation that would expand Wisconsin's "title" law to regulate the "practice" of landscape architecture, as well. Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources held hearing on Senate Bill 81, the Wisconsin Safe Climate Act for managing greenhouse gases. Assembly Bill 181, which would enable the Architects Section to establish continuing education requirements for license renewal, has been recommended unanimously for passage by the Assembly Committee on Labor and Industry and is waiting to be placed on the Wisconsin Assembly calendar for a vote.

AIA Knowledge Leadership Assembly

AIA members from around the country will converge in Milwaukee on October 3-5 for the AIA Knowledge Leadership Assembly (KLA). This annual conference for the leaders of the AIA's 20 "Knowledge Communities" is designed to provide an opportunity to share ideas and discuss how best to address the knowledge needs of members in the future. Knowledge Communities (formerly known as Professional Interest Areas) are groups of members who have an interest in a common topic and collaborate to increase their understanding of the topic through ongoing learning and knowledge sharing. Members of the AIA can participate in Knowledge Communities of their choice, with many members joining more than one. AIA Wisconsin and AIA Milwaukee are pleased to host this year's KLA .Find out moe about AIA's Knowledge Communities.

BIM Lecture Series

UWM SARUP will be hosting a lunchtime lecture series and forum, "Computation and Craft," this fall that will address the impact of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on professional practice. The first session, scheduled for 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, in AUP 110, features a panel discussion by members of the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community. SARUP and Eppstein Uhen Architects are sponsoring the lecture series

DSF Consultants Conference

If you work with the Division of State Facilities (DSF) on state building projects, or would like to, then reserve Tuesday, October 23, for this year's annual "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, recycling and commissioning. The conference also features orientation sessions for firms interested in small and large state building projects. AIA members benefit from a reduced registration fee and can earn up to 5.5 AIA/CES learning unit hours.

Architecture Awareness Week—AIA Milwaukee

Last week, AIA Milwaukee coordinated a variety of successful Architecture Awareness week events that helped to celebrate the diversity of the profession. A reception, sponsored by Gilbane Construction, kicked off a week-long exhibition of Latino architecture and art in the atrium of Milwaukee City Hall. Award-winning architect Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta of Mexico City presented a "scintillating" public lecture at the UWM Union on his work, scaled from the design of an espresso cup to a 28-story residential building.

This lecture was sponsored by AI Milwaukee, AIA Wisconsin and the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Design. As a bonus, Gomez-Pimienta presented a passionate talk in Spanish to students at the MPS Advanced Language and Academic Studies High School about his work and the profession of architecture.

AIA Milwaukee Past President Diane Trevarrow Evans, AIA, River Hills, coordinated this year's Architecture Awareness Week activities, with the help of numerous members and other volunteers.

Bernardo Gomez-Pimienta

City Hall

Fall Workshop

Over 700 people, including over 100 AIA members, participated in the "Greening the Heartland | SE² Conference" earlier this month in Madison. AIA Wisconsin partnered with the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and Energy Center of Wisconsin on this regional USGBC conference.

From the opening session featuring presentations by AIA Vice President Norman Strong, FAIA, and USGBC Chair Sandy Wiggins, as well as Wisconsin Lt. Governor Lawton and Madison Mayor Cieslewicz, through the closing session by Jon Foley, Tia Nelson and Eric Lloyd Wright, participants gained a wealth of information on the sustainable design, construction and operation of buildings.

WGBA President Tom Cox, AIA, Appleton, did a masterful job coordinating this valuable continuing education program. A number of AIA Wisconsin members presented seminar sessions, including: Tom Kubala, AIA, Cedarburg; Tate Walker, AIA, Madison; Bill Rattunde, AIA, Madison, Eric Truelove, Assoc. AIA, Madison; and Professional Affiliate Representative Abby Vogen Horn, Oconomowoc.


SE² Leadership Awards

The fourth annual Sustainability Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Awards were presented during a special luncheon at the "Greening the Heartland" conference. Eight Wisconsin building projects were recognized for leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operation. An "Award for Excellence" was presented to the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, designed by The Kubala Washatko Architects, Cedarburg, and to the HGA office in Milwaukee, designed by HGA. An "Award of Merit" was presented to Tri-North Builders Corporate Headquarters in Madison, designed by Plunkett Raysich Architects, Milwaukee, and to Northland Pines High School in Eagle River, designed by Hoffman, Appleton . "Special Citations" were received by the Rosemary Garfoot Library in Cross Plains, designed by Berners-Schober Associates, Green Bay, and the 245 Plaza in Brookfield, designed by Stephen Perry Smith Architects, Menomonee Falls. The SE² Leadership Awards program was created by AIA Wisconsin, Energy Center of Wisconsin, ASHRAE – Wisconsin Section, Focus on Energy, IES – Milwaukee , IFMA – Wisconsin Section, and Wisconsin Green Building Alliance.

Architecture Firm Award

You are invited to participate in the AIA Wisconsin "Architecture Firm Award" program by submitting a nomination or encouraging others to do so. This award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member-owned firm, will be presented at the AIA Wisconsin Convention next spring. The Architecture Firm Award recognizes a Wisconsin firm for outstanding achievement in the advancement of the architectural profession. Five firms have received the award: Kahler Slater (1998), Flad & Associates (1999), the Zimmerman Design Group (2000), Potter Lawson (2002) and The Kubala Washatko Architects (2006). The deadline for nominations is October 31, 2007.

Golden Award

The deadline for 2008 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award nominations is November 1. 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 AIA Wisconsin members have been recognized since 1986, with Cherie Claussen, AIA, Wauwatosa, selected to receive this year's Golden Award. Contact AIA Wisconsin to request nomination materials.

Director-At-Large Candidates

Thomas Hirsch, AIA, Madison; Daniel Sisel, AIA, Milwaukee; and Len Witke, AIA, Columbus, have agreed to toss their hats into the ring as a candidate for Director-At-Large. AIA Architect members . . . watch your mailbox for the Director-At-Large "official ballot."

Consultants, Contractors & Manufacturers Directory

Collaborating with experts helps architects provide their clients with successful projects. The Consultants, Contractors & Manufacturers Directory was developed to aid architecture firms, clients and the public. Encourage one of your consultants to list.

New AIA Contract Documents

The AIA Contract Documents program provides proven, consistent and effective standard form contract documents for the building design and construction industry. This fall, the AIA will be releasing close to 50 new or revised contract documents. The last major release of the AIA's flagship documents occurred in 1997. Watch your inbox for more details. AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents.

People & Places

Dirk von Below, AIA, Madison, and Clinton J. Selle, AIA, Milwaukee , have upgraded to AIA Architect members. Congratulations! Arthur C. Chadek, AIA, Wauwatosa , has joined Welman Architects Inc. Steven M. Connor, Assoc. AIA, Cottage Grove , has joined Bouril Design Studio as a project manager. Barry C. Yang, AIA, Whitefish Bay , has joined AG Architecture, Inc. Steven E. Wille, AIA, Menasha, has joined Performa Architects & Engineers as vice president. Karen A. Wolfert-Georgeson, AIA, Milwaukee, has joined Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Inc. Long-time member Russell R. Sprengle Jr., AIA, Madison, recently passed away. Vetter Denk Architecture has moved to 161 S. First Street , Milwaukee. Schroeder & Holt Architects Ltd. has moved to 311 E Chicago St. Ste 410 , Milwaukee. Timothy G. Carlson, AIA, Appleton , has established his own firm, True North Design LLC, 1632 W. Cloverdale Dr. , Appleton, phone: (920) 560-3171.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between August 16 and September 17, 2007: Nathan Currier-Groh, Student, Milwaukee (SE); David R. DeVos, AIA, Prairie View (SE); Michael A. Hacker, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Eric J. Koffler, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Kenneth J. Koziczkowski, AIA, Sherwood (NE); Seth P. Morrison, AIA, Madison (SW) and Brandon Spoehr, Student, Lake Mills (SE).

The Last Word

"The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas." [Dr. Linus Pauling]

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