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E-News: March 2014

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on registering for the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, architects visiting the State Capitol and Capitol Hill, this year’s Wisconsin Architects Foundation raffle, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

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State Capitol Day
Last week, state and local AIA Wisconsin leaders visited the State Capitol in Madison with ideas on how their state legislators could help build Wisconsin’s future. These AIA members outlined legislative initiatives to protect our investment in state buildings, streamline building plan review and permitting, stimulate creative economic development, and encourage redevelopment of local communities. In support of the state building program, they noted the backlog of over $1.2 billion in maintenance and repair projects and that a $10 million state building project generates $19.2 million in economic activity and creates 170 jobs. They encouraged support for proposed legislation, Senate Bill 617 and Assembly Bill 782, that would help create a more “uniform” state commercial building code as well as a state resource for information on more restrictive local ordinances. State legislators also were asked to support bipartisan legislation, Senate Bill 568 and Assembly Bill 760, that would provide grants to promote creative industries, job creation and economic development. AIA Wisconsin leaders also thanked their legislators for supporting the increased state historic tax credits contained in 2013 Wisconsin Act 62. You can help advocate for the profession by developing relationships with your state legislators. To find out who is representing you, visit the Wisconsin State Legislature website.

Uniform Commercial Building Code
Earlier this month, AIA Wisconsin Vice President Melissa Destree, AIA, Oregon, and Executive Director William Babcock, Hon. AIA, attended legislative hearings to support proposals, Assembly Bill 782 and Senate Bill 617, that would create a more “uniform” state commercial building code. The legislation also would require the state to maintain information on existing local ordinances that are more restrictive than the state building code. In their testimony, AIA Wisconsin representatives recommended that the legislation could be improved by adoption of a simple amendment making it clear that at least one member of the proposed “building code council” be an architect. The proposed legislation is expected to be taken up on March 18 by both the Assembly and Senate.

State Building Projects – Single-Prime Contracting
The 2013-15 Wisconsin State Budget (2013 Wisconsin Act 20) significantly altered the bidding and contracting processes for state building projects. Effective January 1, all state building projects over $185,000 will be bid using a new single-prime contacting delivery process. Here is link to information on the Department of Administration website.

DSPS Emergency Rules – UDC Wall Bracing
The Department of Safety & Professional Services had promulgated emergency rules related to the state’s Uniform Dwelling Code requirements for wall bracing for one- and two-family dwellings. The purpose of the emergency rules is to clarify and simplify the prescriptive methods in chapter SPS 321 for designing wall bracing to adequately withstand wind loads. David Dolan-Wallace, AIA, Green Bay, is the architect member of the Dwelling Code Council, which provided input on the emergency rules. Here is link to more information on the DSPS website.

Grassroots Advocacy – Capitol Hill Visits
This week, state and local AIA leaders from Wisconsin will be joining their counterparts from across the country for the AIA Grassroots Leadership & Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. AIA Wisconsin leaders will be visiting Capitol Hill to meet with members of the state’s congressional delegation. The AIA advocacy agenda includes initiatives to extend important federal tax incentives to encourage greater energy efficiency in commercial buildings, invest in public buildings by improving the federal project delivery process, and support the next generation of architects with student debt relief through community service. Please contact the AIA Wisconsin office to share real-life examples from your practice that illustrate the value of these initiatives. For example, let us know if you have helped a client use the 179D federal tax deduction to improve the energy efficiency of their commercial building or if the federal design-build procurement process has discouraged you from pursuing these projects.

Deep Energy Retrofit Workshop – April 4
A half-day “Deep Energy Retrofit Workshop” is scheduled for 1 – 5pm on Friday, April 4, at UWM SARUP. It will explore the components of successful projects as well as available resource tools and financing options. Over 600 individuals registered nationwide for a recent Deep Energy Retrofit webinar hosted by the Energy Center of Wisconsin in partnership with AIA Wisconsin. This follow-up workshop will share more information about this emerging business opportunity for architects. Here’s link to information about deep energy retrofits.

Emerging Professionals Design Competition – Call for Entries
March 31 is the deadline for entering the third annual AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals Design Competition. The title of this year’s competition is “Menomonee Valley Gateway.” The competition now has two entry categories. One is open to any students, graduates and architects licensed up to one year. The second category is for architects licensed for less than ten year.  More information

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo – Registration Open
Registration is open for the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, R/Evolution, on May 7 & 8 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. It features an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information, and other special events. Keynote speakers include Aaron Betsky, Jon Pickard, FAIA, and Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA. The Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon feature presentations by 2015 AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA. Seminar sessions focus on emerging design, practice and sustainability issues. Special events include the presentation of AIA Wisconsin Design Awards as well as workshops and activities for emerging professionals.
Register early and save! Register Today!

AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo – 2014
When a product representative or consultant contacts you, encourage them to exhibit in the AIA Wisconsin Building Products Exposition on May 7 & 8, at Monona Terrace. The Expo offers them the unique opportunity to showcase their products and services to hundreds of architects and allied design and construction industry leaders from across Wisconsin. They will be joining other leading manufacturers and suppliers of products and services for Wisconsin's design and construction industry. More Information

Exhibitors & Sponsors
The 2014 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo is made possible by your participation and the support received by the companies and organizations that exhibit in the Building Products Expo and sponsor keynote speakers, seminar presentations and special events. Sponsors that will be formally recognized at the Awards Luncheon at Monona Terrace include: Platinum Sponsors: The Boldt Company, Immel Construction, J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc. and Wisconsin Masonry Alliance. Gold Sponsors: IIDA Wisconsin Chapter, MasterGraphics, Inc., Ken Saiki Design, Inc. and Wisconsin Architects Foundation. Silver Sponsors: AIA Contract Documents and Balestrieri Environmental & Development, Inc. Visit to view the growing list of exhibitors and sponsors. 





Annual Meetings & Awards Luncheon
Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin leaders will present reports and highlight upcoming programs during the Annual Meetings on May 7. Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, 2014 First Vice President/President-Elect of the American Institute of Architects, will speak on repositioning today's profession for tomorrow's success. The Awards Luncheon features the presentation of the 2014 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award to Thomas Hirsch, FAIA, Madison. In her luncheon remarks, Chu Richter will address the importance of shaping a public culture for design excellence.

AIA Wisconsin Convention Hotel
If you are planning to stay at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace for the AIA Wisconsin Convention, you need to make your reservation by April 6 to benefit from a reduced Convention room rate of $165 per night (excluding taxes). Make your reservations online or call the Hilton at (866) 403-8838 or (414) 935-5941 [Use Group Code: AIA].

WAF Raffle
Support the Wisconsin Architects Foundation by purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three prizes! Prizes include a destination prize, architectural Lego® set and an Apple gift certificate. You can purchase your raffle ticket from WAF Board members [$10 each or five for $40]. The prize drawing is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. on May 8, in conjunction with the AIA Wisconsin Convention.

WAF Wisconsin Student Out-of-State Study Scholarships
The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships of $1,000 or more to outstanding Wisconsin students who are pursuing accredited architectural degrees at schools located outside of Wisconsin. May 15 is the deadline for applying for a WAF Wisconsin Student Out-of-State Study Scholarship. To be eligible, the student must have received his/her diploma from a Wisconsin high school and be currently attending or planning to attend an NAAB-accredited school of architecture with a first professional degree or post-graduate degree program. Here is link to information about this WAF scholarship you can forward on to eligible Wisconsin architecture students that you know

Wisconsin Architects Foundation
The WAF Board of Directors is dedicated to improving the quality of the built environment through research and education. It needs your help to achieve this goal. Generous contributions received from friends and members like you enable the Wisconsin Architects Foundation to continue its advocacy for education and outreach. The WAF Board asks you to consider increasing your tax-deductible contribution to the WAF this year. Your support is a vital investment in Wisconsin's future. To donate, please make your contribution payable to the “Wisconsin Architects Foundation” and mail it to: Wisconsin Architects Foundation, 321 S. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703. You also can contribute to the WAF online.

State Continuing Education Requirements
When you renew your Wisconsin license by July 31, 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 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. To review state license renewal requirements, go to: Wisconsin Continuing Education Requirements

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AIA Convention Delegates – Chicago
If you're going to Chicago for the AIA Convention on June 26–28, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local chapter.

People & Places
We are sad to report that James G. Plunkett AIA, Milwaukee, has passed away.

Membership Action
The following new members have joined in the last month: Michael I. Ford, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Malorie Y. Hepner, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Dustin Imholte, Professional Affiliate, New Brighton (NW); Wesley T. Reynolds, AIA, Madison (SW); Brett Rottinghaus, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Chrystina D. Shearer, AIA, LaCrosse (NW); and Grant Strom, Professional Affiliate, Edina (NW). Welcome!

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