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E-News : July 2011

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the AIA Wisconsin updated website, update on state building code, proposed uniform commercial building code legislation, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

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New Website

AIA Wisconsin is pleased to announce the release of our new website.  The site has been redesigned with a fresh new look and updated navigation. Additionally, our new site will provide support and information for members as well as offer easy-to-use tools for potential clients. Browse the site

State Budget & Architects

With the message that when architects work the state builds, AIA Wisconsin supported state budget initiatives that encouraged economic growth such as adequate funding for the state building program. Last month, the Governor signed into law the 2011-13 state budget that includes $66 billion in spending for the biennium. The new state budget includes over $1 billion for the state building program, with an emphasis on maintaining and repairing state and university facilities. The budget eliminates the Department of Commerce while creating a new Economic Development Authority. AIA Wisconsin worked with other members of the Alliance for Regulatory Coordination to support moving the Division of Safety & Buildings to a new Department of Safety & Professional Services, which replaces the former Department of Regulation & Licensing. Among its many other provisions, the budget also transfers housing programs to the Department of Administration, deletes funding for the Percent for Art program, and allows the UW System greater flexibility in managing building projects of less than $500,000 funded entirely by gifts and grants.

State Building Code Update - September 1

The new state commercial building code update package, which moves Wisconsin to the 2009 ICC codes, has cleared legislative review and will become effective on September 1, 2011. An amendment to Comm 61.40 recommended by AIA Wisconsin to clarify that a project may have more than one supervising professional was included as part of the update package. A special state code council group, which includes AIA Wisconsin representatives on the Commercial Building and Multifamily Dwelling Code Councils, is scheduled to begin review of the 2012 ICC codes for the next state code update package.

Special Inspections & City of Milwaukee

City of Milwaukee building officials have let it be known they plan to recommend that the City of Milwaukee require special inspections by municipal ordinance. The special inspections provisions would be similar to those contained in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code [IBC]. City officials outlined the benefits of such code provisions related to structural tests and special inspections at the state code refresher earlier this year. AIA Wisconsin representatives have discussed the proposal with city building officials and representatives of the Wisconsin chapter of the Structural Engineers Association. City of Milwaukee officials would like any new special inspections requirements to become effective as of September 1 to correspond with the updated state commercial building code. There will be opportunity for public input.

Proposed Uniform Commercial Building Code Legislation

Proposed legislation, 2011 Senate Bill 32, has been introduced that would prohibit municipalities from enacting or enforcing local ordinances related to minimum building standards that do not conform to state commercial building code requirements. Wisconsin currently has uniform minimum/maximum state building code requirements for one- and two-family dwellings and for multifamily dwellings. The proposal has been topic for discussion at Alliance for Regulatory Coordination meetings, with representatives of various organizations and interest groups outlining the benefits of greater uniformity as well as the arguments for maintaining local control.


AIA/DSF Liaison Committee

AIA Wisconsin members meet regularly with representatives of the Division of State Facilities [DSF] and the American Council of Engineering Companies [ACEC] to discuss state building program issues of mutual interest. At the most recent DSF/AIA/ACEC “partnering” meeting, two new task forces were established to develop recommendations to address change orders and fee guidelines for state building projects. In addition, DSF provided updates on various items, including: implementation of new front-end documents is on hold, a sustainability module will be added to WisBuild to streamline paperwork, a SharePoint site has been added to share documents, adjustment to state awards program is being evaluated, selection of architects and engineers for ten large projects is likely to happen within next six months, DOA Secretary has not delegated authority for AE selection, and dispute between vendors will delay implementation of e-bidding program for selecting contractors.

Qualifications-Based Selection

AIA Wisconsin is working with ACEC of Wisconsin on state legislation to require local governments to select architects and engineers for their projects on the basis of qualifications. QBS legislation has been introduced the past two legislative sessions, but has failed to clear both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature. The plan is to introduce new QBS legislation this fall.

Contracts from Hell

AIA Wisconsin members report encountering more owner-generated contract agreements with onerous provisions. Of particular concern are contracts with broad indemnification clauses and other provisions that may not be covered by professional liability insurance policies. As a full-service distributor of AIA contact documents, AIA Wisconsin constantly promotes the use of standard AIA agreements. Ultimately, the decision to sign a contract to provide professional services is a business decision; and architects should seek the advice of their legal and insurance counsel prior to entering into any agreement.

AIA Wisconsin Committees

The success of state and local AIA programs and activities is the result of the active involvement of many AIA Wisconsin members on a host of committees. The following are a few examples and opportunities. AIA Southwest Wisconsin President Tate Walker, AIA, Madison, has stepped up to chair the 2012 Convention Committee. Director-At-Large Melissa Destree, AIA, Oregon, is developing the program for the 2011 Fall Workshop. Chapter officers and Board members Janine Glaeser, AIA, Madison, and Greg Granlund, AIA, Eau Claire, have been researching and developing recommendations related to creating a Disaster Preparedness Committee, which is very timely in light of the devastating loss of life and extensive property damage from recent natural disasters around the country. Arlan Kay, AIA, Oregon, has volunteered to co-chair the Architects in Schools Committee with Josh Johnson, AIA, Middleton. The Executive Committee is looking for a member who has been licensed ten years or less to chair the Young Architects Forum and help develop programs of interest to emerging professionals.

Get Involved!

Are you looking for ways to become more involved in AIA? Start at the local Chapter level! Officers participate in leadership training, program development and have the opportunity to help guide the direction of the professional organization. Contact the AIA Wisconsin office for details.

Citizen Architects

We are attempting to identify AIA Wisconsin members who also are elected or appointed members of state and local government boards or commissions. This information will be used to develop national AIA 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 public office, please let us know the name of your position and when your term expires. Thank you for your civic leadership and help with this AIA survey. Please reply to: AIA Wisconsin.

Continuing Education Requirements

Next summer, when you renew your Wisconsin architect license, 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 Wisconsin Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors approved these administrative rules [Chapter A-E 12] that establish minimum continuing education requirements for architects to renew their state license. The new rules became effective on July 1, 2010, and will first apply when you renew your two-year Wisconsin license by August 2012. 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. [In comparison, AIA Architect members are required to earn 18 learning unit hours per year, including 8 hours related to health, safety and welfare of which 4 hours must be sustainable design.] To review state license renewal requirements, go to: Wisconsin Continuing Education Requirements

2011 AIA Virtual Convention Now Available

AIA’s virtual convention features a rich variety of courses selected from recent national conventions to provide all the credits you need to satisfy your annual AIA continuing education requirements. Take advantage of the special summer discount of only $29.99 per course (normally $34.99 each). Get Started Now

Guide for Sustainable Projects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released AIA Document D503-2011, Guide for Sustainable Projects, including Agreement Amendments and Supplementary Conditions. The Guide is free and was developed to assist users of AIA Contract Documents in understanding contractual considerations unique to sustainable design and construction projects. The Guide also provides model language that can be used to amend or supplement key AIA Contract Documents in the A201 Family for use in these types of projects. Developed by the AIA’s Contract Documents Committee, with input from industry stakeholders, the Guide provides AIA Contract Documents users with a valuable tool for creating versions of AIA standard contract documents for sustainable projects. To download this guide and for more information on other contact documents, go to:

AIA Documents on Demand

The AIA added thirteen new documents to AIA Documents-on-Demand, a web-based service that gives users easy access to download, electronically fill out and print one or more individual forms and agreements from among 48 of the most popular AIA Contract Documents anytime, anywhere. This latest version is particularly well-suited for small practitioners and Mac users. [For paper documents, AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents.] For more information, please contact AIA Wisconsin or visit Documents on Demand


Back in 1911, a small group of Wisconsin architects, with a vision for the future of their profession and state, formally established the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Wisconsin Secretary of State approved its incorporation on November 1, 1911. Alexander C. Eschweiler and Armand D. Koch signed the Articles of Association forming the new AIA chapter. As part of AIA Wisconsin’s centennial celebration, you are invited to share a story about a teacher, mentor, employer, partner, colleague, client, project or AIA event that made a difference in your career. Please send your story to AIA Wisconsin.

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 2012. 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: Henry Kosarzycki, AIA, Vice President, AIA Wisconsin, 321 S. Hamilton St., Madison, WI 53703. For a description of the Associate Representative position, please contact the AIA Wisconsin office.

AIA Milwaukee Emerging Professionals Programs & Plans

AIA MKE EP Committee Chair Andrew Malanowski, Assoc. AIA, introduces himself and updates members on Committee plans for 2011-2012. Read the memo

AIA KnowledgeNet

AIA KnowledgeNet is your online place to connect with architects and allied professionals, discuss topics that interest you and share your expertise. Login. See the FAQ page. Learn how to maximize your time on the site.  Customize your Profile and Preferences. Start a conversation - Post a Message in a discussion forum. Start networking - go to the Directory and Find a Contact.

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.

People & Places

Alan J. Schappe, AIA, Madison, and Cathy O’Hara Weiss, AIA, Madison have upgraded to AIA architect membership. Congratulations! It is sad to report that Harry Van Oudenallen, Milwaukee, and Glenn M. Johnson, Fox Point, have passed away.

Membership Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined in the last month: Cynthia S. Cox, AIA, Middleton (SW); James A. Cox, AIA, Middleton (SW) and Zachary T. Kilgas, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE).

The Last Word

“Increased demand is expected for expertise by architects in areas such as strategic planning, feasibility studies, financial analysis and energy management . . . Opportunities exist for architects to provide leadership throughout all aspects of a building’s useful life. In the future, architects will provide more in-depth services in the areas of facility management, building systems commissioning, operations and maintenance, and building repurposing.” [Stephen Fiskum, AIA, 2011 President, AIA Minnesota]


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