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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: December 2008

Golden Award

William P. Wenzler, FAIA, Milwaukee, has been selected by the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors to receive the 2009 Golden Award. His significant contributions to the profession will be honored during a special Awards Luncheon on May 20 at the AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo in Madison. Wenzler will be the 22nd recipient of the Golden Award, which is the highest honor that AIA Wisconsin can bestow on a member architect. The award recognizes an individual architect who has performed most distinguished leadership and service to AIA Wisconsin over an extended period of time and by such leadership advanced the cause of the profession and provided inspiration to his/her fellow practitioners.

2009 State Legislative Agenda

Members of AIA Wisconsin have an interest in numerous public policy issues being addressed by local, state and federal officials. This interest extends beyond proposed legislation and administrative rules that directly affect the profession of architecture to include proposals that impact Wisconsin's design and construction industry, economic climate, quality of life, natural environment, and public health, safety and welfare. AIA Wisconsin's 2009 State Legislative Agenda addresses a variety of issues, including funding for the state building program, expansion of the sales tax to professional services, continuing education requirements for license renewal, ARE timing, and qualifications-based selection of architects. Please contact AIA Wisconsin for a summary.

State Building Program

The governor and state legislators face many difficult choices as they develop state budget recommendations for the 2009-11 biennium. Because of a projected deficit of over $5 billion, an open and deliberate budget development process will be important to balance many competing demands on limited resources. AIA Wisconsin supports a capital budget for the biennium that provides adequate funding for the state building program, including repairs, maintenance, remodeling and new construction. Investing in the state building program and other necessary infrastructure improvements provides a direct stimulus to Wisconsin's economy, with each dollar of construction spending estimated to generate $2.20 in economic activity. The state is the largest building owner in Wisconsin, with over 6,200 buildings and an estimated backlog of building maintenance needs of over $1.2 billion, including UW System facilities. To protect this significant investment, reduce energy costs in the future and help stimulate additional economic activity, it is important to not only adequately fund, but also accelerate the state building program.

Sales Tax Expansion

AIA Wisconsin is opposed to state budget proposals that would expand the sales tax to architectural and other professional services because they would adversely affect attempts to turn around the state's economy. Such a state tax increase would place Wisconsin architectural firms at a competitive disadvantage, impede economic activity by increasing front-end development costs, hit small businesses the hardest, and create significant administrative and compliance problems. AIA Wisconsin is part of a coalition of like-minded professional organizations fighting sales tax expansion initiatives.

Pre-Planning Small State Projects

The Department of Administration, Division of State Facilities, is requesting the release of $500,000 in building trust funds to engage architects and engineers to provide planning services for about $40 million in small state "all agency" maintenance and repair projects. The planning services would assist state agencies in arriving at preliminary designs and budget estimates prior to seeking State Building Commission approval to construct the projects. Architects will need to be ready to hit the ground running on these projects. Several similar projects may be bundled up by region. Watch for announcements on WisBuild for information on how to express your firm's interest in these projects.

2009 Chapter Officers

Wisconsin is fortunate to have AIA members who volunteer to lead the four local AIA Chapters and coordinate programs and events of value to members in each quadrant of the state. Chapter officers for 2009 are: AIA Milwaukee — Daniel Kabara, AIA, New Berlin, President; Randy Morrison, AIA, Milwaukee, Vice President; Kurt Zimmerman, AIA, Wauwatosa, Treasurer; and Matthew Edwards, AIA, Shorewood, Secretary. AIA Southwest Wisconsin — Ronald Mastalski, AIA, Waterloo, President; Rob Wheat, AIA, Monroe, Vice President; and Taylor "Tate" Walker, AIA, Madison, Secretary/Treasurer. AIA Northeast Wisconsin — James Putman, AIA, Neenah, President; Jody Andres, AIA, Appleton, Vice President; and Jonathan Brinkley, AIA, Fond du Lac, Secretary/Treasurer. AIA Northwest Wisconsin — Chris LaShorne, AIA, La Crosse, President; Mark Piquette, AIA, Weston, Vice President; and Gregory Granlund, AIA, Eau Claire, Secretary/Treasurer. You are encouraged to participate in local AIA programs and offer suggestions for future initiatives.

Governance Task Group

The 2008 AIA Wisconsin long-range planning retreat included a discussion on the relationship between member services and the structure of the organization. A Governance Task Group (GTG) was established to examine incorporation, bylaws and other component structural issues in relation to member services provided by the state society and the four local all-volunteer chapters. The GTG is chaired by Secretary/Treasurer James Otto, AIA, Hubertus, and includes officers of the four local chapters. The task group has not suggested any major structural changes and has been working to file articles of incorporation for each of the four local chapters, draft proposed amendments to current local bylaws adopted in 1976, and prepare an application to the IRS for a group exemption letter. The GTG welcomes member input as it continues to work on near-term and long-term objectives to maximize member services and benefits. Its next meeting is scheduled for January 8. Please contact AIA Wisconsin with any questions, comments or suggestions.

Design Awards

The Design Awards Committee invites your participation in the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The deadline for entering your projects is January 16 . Entry binders are due by no later than February 18. The 2009 Design Awards will be announced and presented at a special awards celebration on May 20 at Monona Terrace in Madison.

Wisconsin Architects Foundation

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation Board of Directors is dedicated to improving the quality of the built environment through research and education; and 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. Please make your contribution payable to the "Wisconsin Architects Foundation" and mail it to: Wisconsin Architects Foundation, 321 S. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703. Thank you!

Recycle Architectural Record

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is collecting "ready to be recycled" issues of Architectural Record magazine for distribution to students involved in the High School Design Competition "Design Your School" and other Wisconsin schools.

AIA/CES & Sustainable Design

Earlier this year, the AIA Board of Directors voted to modify annual AIA/CES requirements to include a minimum four hours of continuing education in sustainable design (SD). Beginning in January 2009, four of the 18 annual learning unit hours required of AIA Architect members must focus on sustainable design. Learning units that qualify for sustainable design will also apply to the annual health, safety, and welfare (HSW) requirement. The AIA/CES team is working with AIA Continuing Education System (CES) Registered Providers to offer members more education opportunities to fulfill this new requirement. You may also report programs offered by non-AIA/CES providers that meet the sustainable design qualifying criteria through the Structured Self-Report Program. Remember, however, that self-designed educational activities do not qualify for either SD or HSW learning units. Program content qualifies for sustainable design learning units based on the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) "Top Ten Measures of Sustainable Design" and the AIA Sustainable Discussion Group's (SDiG) "50to50" carbon reduction strategies. For additional information about the new sustainable design requirement, please visit AIA National.

AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo

Reserve May 20 & 21 for the 2009 AIA Wisconsin Convention, Equilibrium, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The Convention Committee, chaired by Don Smith, AIA, Hales Corners, is assembling an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information and other special events for next spring. Watch your inbox and mailbox for further details.

IDP Outstanding Firm Awards Program

This national AIA awards program honors firms who choose to make nurturing their interns on the path to achieving licensure a priority. The deadline for submissions for the IDP Outstanding Firm Awards program is January 15, 2009. For details on the awards program and submission materials, visit AIA National.

Citizen Architects

The national AIA has asked for our help in identifying AIA Wisconsin members who also are elected or appointed members of state and local government boards or commissions. The idea is to use this information to develop programs that support architects currently in these positions and to encourage other architects interested in these opportunities for civic engagement. If you are an appointed member of a county, city, school district or other local government board or commission, please let the AIA Wisconsin office know the name of the board or commission, who appointed you and when your term expires. Similarly, if you are an elected member of a county board, city council, school board or other elected office, please let us know the name of your position and when your term expires.

AIA Renewal Dues

Your 2009 AIA membership renewal invoice have been sent. Instead of mailing your dues renewal this year, you can take advantage of AIA's convenient sustainable online option by visiting our Member's Area.

S&B Commercial Buildings Forms & Fees

The Safety and Buildings Division commercial buildings plan review form (SBD-118) and the Notice of Intent (SBD-10376) form have been updated to reflect December 1, 2008, fee changes. They are available online. Many of S&B's forms will be updated during the month of November 2008 to reflect changes in the programs, especially fee changes. It may be worthwhile to check before the end of 2008 for the most current S&B forms that you use.

JA Volunteers Needed

AIA Wisconsin works with Junior Achievement (JA) to enroll volunteers to visit classrooms to educate our children for success in the global economy preparing them for their roles as consumers, workers and citizens. Last year, JA reached 3,800 students in Dane County. This year JA has requests for nearly 300 classrooms or after-school sites and expects to reach 6,000 Dane County students. JA is looking for volunteers to visit classrooms in DeForest, Lake Mills, Madison, McFarland, Middleton, Oregon, Sun Prairie, Verona and Waunakee. JA provides you with tools to teach and training to successfully facilitate the hands on activities that are fun and interactive. Want to see JA in action in a couple classrooms? To volunteer, email Beth Tomscak, program manager.

People & Places

E. Mitchell Spencer, AIA, Eau Claire, and James H. Bell, AIA, Verona, have been approved for Emeritus membership in The American Institute of Architects. Congratulations! John F. Funck, AIA, Cudahy, has joined Yaggy Colby Associates. Emeritus member Grayson L. Schroeder, AIA, Milwaukee, passed away earlier this month.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin since November 17: Tate A. Boho, AIA, Colgate (SE), Anthony Chitwood, Student, La Crosse (NW), Joshua J. Forseth, Assoc. AIA, Waukesha (SE), Melissa Dagendesh, Student, La Crosse (NW), Matthew Dahl, Student, La Crosse (NW), Andrew Freng, Student, La Crosse (NW), Jeremy Geier, Student, Cashton (NW), Rebecca Jacque, Student, La Crosse (NW), Ryan Krause, Student, La Crosse (NW), King Krompicha, Student, La Crosse (NW), Jeffrey P. Manzetti, Assoc. AIA, Verona (SW), Ryan Menghe, Associate AIA (SE), Michael J. Pitel, Student, Warrens (NW), Bridget PoKorny, Student, Merrillan (NW), Mikhail Sawyer, Student, Melrose (NW), Kelsey Stocks, Student, Durand (NW), Ben Wuensch, Student, La Crosse (NW), and Camden Yang, Student, La Crosse (NW).

Season Greetings

The AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors and staff extend their best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

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