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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: February 2010

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on important legislative issues, a new Fellow from Wisconsin, AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo, WAF scholarship, upcoming AIA/CES programs and more.

Program & Event Update

Here are a few upcoming AIA/CES programs. Click on program title for additional details.

February 16 | Madison
AIA SW WI Lunch Meeting | Masonry Wall System Selection

February 16 | Statewide
BEC Meeting | Identifying and Solving Roof Leak Issues

February 17 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Opening Doors | Postcards from the Edge: Singapore

February 17 | Statewide
AIA WI Design Awards Submissions Due

February 25 | Madison
Wright Lecture Series-Film| Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

February 25 | Madison
AIA SW WI Emerging Professionals Social at Captain Bill's

March 2 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Building Science Series | Renewable Energy Overview

March 8 | Madison
AIA SW WI & Madison ASHRAE Joint Meeting | Construction Liabilities

March 16 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE | Improving Energy Performance in the Building Envelope

March 24 | Milwaukee
ARE Study Session | Introduction to the ARE/IDP

March 24 | Madison
AIA SW WI Webcast | ARE Study Session | Introduction to the ARE/IDP


State Legislature Update

There has been quite a bit of legislative activity since last month's eNews. The Wisconsin Senate voted 19-14 to approve proposed landscape architecture practice legislation [2009 Assembly Bill 142] and send it on to the Governor for his signature. While members made an effort to contact Senate leaders, an amendment suggested by AIA Wisconsin to provide a clear and unambiguous exemption for architects was not introduced for consideration by the full Senate. Committees in both the Assembly and Senate held public hearings earlier this month on proposed legislation [Assembly Bill 654 and Senate Bill 442] to require municipalities, counties, school districts and other local governments to use a qualifications-based selection [QBS] process when hiring architects, engineers and other design professionals for public building projects of $250,000 or more that are funded in part by the state. QBS Committee members Jon Jenson, AIA, Madison, and Mark Herr, AIA, Brookfield, testified in support of this legislation that AIA Wisconsin has been collaborating on with ACEC of Wisconsin for the past several legislative sessions. Public hearings also are being held on the Governor's proposed "Clean Energy Jobs Act" [Assembly Bill 649 and Senate Bill 450]. Last week, Keith Allen Spruce, AIA, Milwaukee, the AIA Wisconsin representative on the Safety & Buildings Division HVAC Advisory Code Council, testified before the Senate Select Committee on Clean Energy on the code-related energy efficiency provisions contained in this legislation. Please contact AIA Wisconsin if you are interested in learning more about any of these legislative proposals, visit the Wisconsin State Legislature website.

New Fellow

James W. Shields, FAIA, Milwaukee, has been elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Ending a long dry spell, Jim is the first AIA Wisconsin member to be named a Fellow since 1995. The AIA Fellowship program recognizes architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. The Jury of Fellows elevated 134 architects this year. The investiture ceremony will be this June in conjunction with the 2010 AIA Convention in Miami. If you are interested in learning more about the Fellowship nomination process, a special "Future Fellows of Wisconsin" workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 29, at the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Convention at Monona Terrace in Madison.

Catalyst

Reserve April 28 & 29 for the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Convention, Catalyst, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. The Convention Committee, chaired by Daryl Dean, AIA, Rhinelander, has assembled an outstanding program of keynote presentations, professional development seminars, product and service information and other special events for this spring. Keynote speakers are Joshua Prince-Ramus, David Miller, FAIA, and Julie Snow, FAIA. Seminar presenters include Jennifer Siegal, Assoc. AIA, Andrew Metter, FAIA, Ann Beha, FAIA, Eileen Jones, Matthys Levy, Grant Simpson, FAIA, James Atkins, FAIA, Rebecca Ellis, Leith Sharp, and Abby Vogen Horn. Watch your inbox and mailbox for further details.

Building Products Expo

Start planning your trip through the AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo on April 28 & 29. The Expo is your opportunity to find answers to all of your questions from representatives of the region's leading manufacturers and suppliers of design and construction industry products and services. Gather valuable product information, speak to company reps and enjoy visiting with friends. Start making your check list of "must see" exhibitors by visiting the growing list of Vendors participating in the Expo

Building Enclosure Program

On March 16, AIA Milwaukee is offering a full-day workshop on sustainable and energy efficient building envelope design and construction at the Italian Community Center.

WAF Wisconsin Students Out-of-State Study Scholarships

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is pleased to offer up to five scholarships of $1,000 each to outstanding Wisconsin students who are pursuing accredited architectural degrees at schools located outside of Wisconsin. May 15 is the scholarship application deadline. To be eligible, the student must have received his/her high school 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.

Wisconsin Architects Visit Capitol Hill

Earlier this month, AIA leaders from across the state visited the offices of Wisconsin's congressional delegation as part of Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. State and local leaders outlined AIA's agenda to create jobs that rebuild and renew America. It includes proposals to help struggling communities rebuild, unfreeze credit to get America building again, encourage commercial developments to build green, provide relief for small businesses, and invest in our children with 21st Century schools. AIA

Grassroots delegates from Wisconsin included: Jim Otto, AIA, Richfield; Thomas Hirsch, AIA, Madison, Randy Morrison, AIA, Milwaukee; Kurt Zimmerman, AIA, Hartland; Rob Wheat, AIA, Monroe; Tate Walker, AIA, Madison; Greg Granlund, AIA, Eau Claire; Lisa Davenport; Assoc. AIA, Madison; Devin Little, Assoc. AIA, Madison; Kevin Connolly, AIA, Wauwatosa and Tom Cox, AIA, Appleton.

State Government Network

The AIA State Government Network met in Washington, DC, earlier this month. AIA Wisconsin President Jim Otto, AIA, Richfield, joined this group of state AIA government affairs advocates to participate in the discussion on the legislative opportunities and challenges facing the architecture profession in each state.

AIA Documents on Demand

The AIA re-launched 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 16 of the most popular AIA Contract Documents anytime, anywhere. This latest version is particularly well-suited for small practitioners and Mac users.

AIA Photo Competition

AIA St. Louis is coordinating the 2010 AIA Photography Competition. The top 14 entries will be exhibited at the 2010 AIA National Convention in Miami. Images for the 2012 calendar will be selected from submitted entries, which are due by March 1.

AIA Wisconsin Convention Hotel

If you are planning to stay at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace during the AIA Wisconsin Convention, you need to make your reservation by March 28 to benefit from a reduced Convention room rate of $155 per night (excluding taxes). Call the Hilton at (608) 255-5100 | (866) 403-8838 to make your reservation.

Annual Meetings

The joint Annual Meetings of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation (WAF) and AIA Wisconsin are scheduled for 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28, at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison. Please plan to attend for updates and reports by WAF and AIA leaders.

Recycle Architectural Record

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation is collecting "ready to be recycled" issues of Architectural Record magazine for distribution to middle and high school students. Please no magazines older than 5 years.

Energy Center Calculator

Energy engineers at the Energy Center of Wisconsin have developed the "Back-of-the-Envelope Calculator" to provide greater initial insight into the energy usage and environmental impacts of a proposed commercial building project. The calculator is available for free download and lets you see real-time energy connections among building components, isolate the effects of a change to a single energy parameter or produce concept-level energy estimates.

Continuing Education & License Renewal

The proposed continuing education rules being considered by the Architects Section of the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors would require architects to have 24 hours, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare issues, every two years for license renewal. AIA/CES transcripts would be acceptable documentation. The proposed rules, which require legislative review, would become effective beginning with license renewal in August 2012.

People and Places

Mark J. Debrauske, AIA, Milwaukee, David C. Dudek, AIA, Cottage Grove, and Jeffrey N. Spruill, AIA, Madison, have upgraded to AIA architect status. Congratulations! Matthew Aro, AIA, Monona, is running for the City Council in Monona. Nathan Elliott, AIA, Milwaukee, joined American Design Inc.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin in the past month: Adam N. Anderson, Assoc. AIA, Hartford (SE); Glenn Banks, Student, Milwaukee (SE); Lindsey M. Kampmeier, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Ned Landan, Professional Affiliate, Hartland (SE); Archie Landreman, Professional Affiliate, Racine (SE); Scott Lousier, AIA , South Milwaukee (SE); Brian McCall, Student, Green Bay (NE); Donald Murray, Professional Affiliate, Butler (NE); Amir Nouri, Student, Green Bay (NE) and Shawn Wilson, Student, Green Bay (NE).

The Last Word

"America's architects stand ready to help our communities rebuild and renew through common-sense policies that not only create jobs, but lay the foundation for long-term prosperity. Architects employ more than a quarter of a million people and are the leading edge of a design and construction industry that accounts for nearly one in nine dollars of U.S. GDP. Every $1 million invested in construction creates 28 full-time jobs." [The AIA Blueprint for Economic Recovery, February 2010]

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