Wisconsin Architect Magazine
Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: September 2008
Building Enclosure Council - Wisconsin
BEC-WI was created earlier this year to promote and encourage discussion, training, education and exchange of information related to building enclosure issues in Wisconsin. The co-chairs of this new initiative are Joe Schultz, AIA, and Brian Stroik. The kickoff educational program scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, at Boldt Construction in Waukesha features a presentation on masonry flashing systems by Pat Conway, AIA, director of the International Masonry Institute's Wisconsin office. The next BEC-WI program on October 21 will feature a presentation by Lynn Lauersdorf on the importance of and best practices related to air barriers in exterior walls.
The 2008 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop, "The Path to Profitiability," is scheduled for Friday, October 24, at The Heidel House Resort in Green Lake. The full-day workshop will focus on financial management and profitability for architectural firms. You'll learn how your firm can be financially as well as professionally successful by following a set of proven principles of sound financial management. The Fall Workshop peakers who will guide us down this path to profitability are Steve L. Wintner, AIA, founder of Management Consulting Services and past chair of the AIA Practice Management Committee, and Michael Tardif, Assoc. AIA, editorial director of Design Byline and former director of the AIA Center for Technology and Practice Management. Watch you inbox and mailbox for further details and registration information.
Uniform Dwelling Code Changes
A proposed package of changes to Wisconsin's Uniform Dwelling Code (Comm 20 â€" 25) for one- and two-family dwellings has been sent over to the State Capitol for legislative review. David Dolan-Wallace, AIA, Green Bay, is the architect on the Uniform Dwelling Code Council. The changes are focused on housekeeping, updating and adopting standards such as the ACI, some alignment with the IRC, and a number of clarifications to make the code easier to interpret for architects, builders and code officials. Proposed changes of note include: revised wall bracing requirements; energy requirements, including insulation and air flow, to help prevent mold; brick or stone veneer is not permitted below grade unless it is solid and mortared in solid with the flashing and weeps properly placed above grade; automatic sprinklers are not required, but if used must meet NFPA; and heating equipment must be labeled for the proposed use.More details on the proposed UDC rules.
The following members have tossed their hat into the ring as a candidate for Director-At-Large on the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors: Melissa Destree, AIA, Oregon; Jon Jenson, AIA, Madison; John Mills, AIA, Fitchburg; David Peterson, AIA, Eau Claire; and Martin Sell, AIA, Juneau. There are two Director-At-Large positions up for election this fall for two-year terms that begin in January. If you are an AIA Architect member, please keep an eye on your mailbox for an "Director-At-Large" ballot.
The deadline for 2009 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award nominations is November 3 . 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-one AIA Wisconsin members have been recognized since 1986.
High School Design Competition - Mentors Needed
The AIA Wisconsin Architects in Schools Committee currently is recruiting volunteers to be classroom mentors for 9th through 12th grade students competing in a statewide design competition. The competition is planned for the spring 2009 semester.
Sustainability & Energy Efficiency Leadership Conference
This year's SE² Leadership Conference is scheduled for September 17 at the Country Springs Hotel and Convention Center in Waukesha . The Awards Luncheon will feature the presentation of the fifth annual SE² Awards, recognizing leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operationof Wisconsin commercial and some types of multi-family buildings and related systems.
DSF Consultants Conference
If you work with the Division of State Facilities (DSF) on state building projects, or would like to, then reserve Thursday, November 6, 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.
Healthcare Facilities - Enhancing Relationships
In 2006, AIA Wisconsin endorsed an initiative by a group of architects, engineers, contractors and healthcare facility representatives to encourage discussion with the Bureau of Quality Assurance, Department of Health & Family Services, on ideas for improving the design, construction and approval process for healthcare facilities in Wisconsin. This group continues to meet regularly and has made progress on several important initiatives. Please contact AIA Wisconsin if you would like to receive meeting minutes and other materials related to the DHFS Relationship Enhancement Committee.
People & Places
Loren Anderson, AIA, La Crosse, has joined the faculty of Western Technical College as an instructor of architectural technology. Sandra Wiegand, AIA, Milwaukee, has joined Boer Architects as head of project management. Paul F. Martzke, AIA, Green Bay, has joined Howard Immel, Inc., as a project manager II, business development. Congratulations to Gregory J. Uhen, AIA, River Hills, for receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award in the Field of Art and Design from t he UWM Alumni Association. Marshall Erdman & Associates has changed its name to Erdman Company. Chet Wesenberg, AIA, has moved his firm's office to 3265 Casey Trail, Oshkosh, WI; phone: (920) 230-4900 . While it's not quite the cover of Rolling Stone , the Downtown Bar designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Milwaukee, was featured on the cover of this month's issue of Architectural Record magazine. Kudos to Brian Johnsen, AIA, and Sebastian Schmaling, AIA!
Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin since August 16: Nicholas R. Badura, Assoc. AIA, Sun Prairie (SW); Owen J. Glennon, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Jonathon Koskie, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Scott F. Mikrut, Assoc. AIA, Machesney Park (SW); James R. Moser, Assoc. AIA, Glendale (SE) and Brenda Taylor, Assoc. AIA, Stoughton (SW).
The Last Word
"The AIA believes that every project delivery process must address the quality, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability of our built environment. This can best be affected through industry-wide adoption of an integrated approach to project delivery methodologies characterized by early involvement of owners, designers, constructors, fabricators and end user/operators in an environment of effective collaboration and open information sharing. The AIA also believes that an architect is well qualified to serve as a leader on integrated project delivery teams. The AIA further believes that evolving project delivery processes require integration of education and practice in design and construction, both within and across disciplines." [AIA Position Statement on Project Delivery]
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