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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: March 2005

2005 Legislative Agenda

AIA Wisconsin's 2005 " Legislative Agenda " outlines positions on various issues that may be addressed during the current session of the Wisconsin Legislature. Issues include proposals to expand the sales tax to help balance the state budget (oppose), adequate funding for the state building program and preservation of the State Capitol (support), sales tax exemption for materials used in construction of public projects (support), architect involvement in state building code development (support), pre-construction lien law (support), continuing education for license renewal (support) and more. To find out who your state legislators are, request information on legislative proposals, review Wisconsin law and more, visit the Wisconsin Legislature Web site.

State Budget

The Governor's 2005-07 state budget proposal, Assembly Bill 100 , currently is being reviewed by the Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance. The co-chairs of this powerful committee are Rep. Dean Kaufert (R-Neenah) and Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau). Sen. Fitzgerald met with the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors in January. The good news is that proposed state budget does not include expanding the sales to architectural and other services to help eliminate a projected $1.6 billion deficit. (3/18/2005)

State Capital Budget

The State Building Commission met March 18 and approved its 2005-07 capital budget recommendations. The "all funds" capital budget totals $1.07 billion. Recommended projects supported by general fund borrowing total $430 million, with the majority (52%) of the funding for repair and maintenance projects. AIA Wisconsin encouraged Building Commission members to support the recommended capital budget. (3/18/2005)

Architect & Engineer Selection

Over the past year, AIA Wisconsin members on the AIA/DSF Liaison Committee have been working with representatives of the Division of State Facilities and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Wisconsin to update and improve state administrative rules, Adm 20, that govern the selection of architects and engineers for state building projects. Proposed amendments would increase various dollar thresholds and update the rules to reflect current statutory requirements and business practices. The good news is that the administrative rules, as drafted, maintain the state's qualification-based selection (QBS) process. The proposed rule package must be reviewed by the Secretary of the Department of Administration and the Legislature before it becomes effective, which is expected to be in late summer or early fall. (3/18/2005)

Sales Tax Exemption for Construction Materials

The Assembly Ways & Means Committee has scheduled a hearing on Assembly Bill 126 for March 30 at the State Capitol. AIA Wisconsin supports this proposed legislation that would provide a sales and use tax exemption for building materials used in the construction of facilities for local governments and nonprofit organizations. If one of the following members of the Assembly Ways & Means Committee is your State Representative, please encourage them to support AB 126: Jeff Wood, Chair (R-Chippewa Falls), Steve Nass (R-Palmyra), Samantha Kerkman (R-Burlington), Don Pridemore (R-Hartford), Eugene Hahn (R-Cambria), Suzanne Jeskewitz (R-Menomonee Falls), Tom Lothian (R-Williams Bay), Pat Strachota (R-West Bend), Bob Ziegelbauer (D-Manitowoc), Terese Berceau (D-Madison), Barbara Toles (D-Milwaukee), Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie) and Jason Fields (D-Milwaukee). (3/18/2005)

Reverse Auction Bidding

Proposed legislation, Assembly Bill 161 , has been introduced that would allow reverse auctions for local government building projects. As drafted, there is nothing in the legislation to prohibit local governments from using reverse auction bidding to select architects and engineers for their projects. Reverse auction bidding is a computer-assisted method of procuring a commodity by starting with a set price and then having bidders compete with each other to provide the auctioneer with the lowest price. AIA Wisconsin and other allied design and construction industry organizations are working with the bill's co-sponsors, Rep. Sheryl Albers (R-Reedsburg) and Sen. Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse), to make sure that the legislation, if adopted, would not apply to architectural, engineering and construction services. If you know Rep. Albers and Sen. Kapanke, lease express your concern about including the procurement of architectural services in this legislation. (3/18/2005)

Hospital Construction

Earlier this month, the Senate Committee on Health, Children, Families, Aging and Long Term Care held an informational hearing on the impact of inpatient hospital construction and duplication of services on the cost of health care. Committee Chair Carol Roessler (R-Oshkosh) asked individuals testifying to address a number of questions, including whether a two-year moratorium on the construction of new inpatient hospitals would help reduce health care costs. No consensus emerged from the hearing; and legislative proposals for a construction moratorium, certificate of need and similar initiatives are not considered likely. (3/18/2005)

Madison Lobbying Ordinance

Are you working on projects in the city of Madison? If so, be prepared to comply with the city's lobbying ordinance. Later this month, the common council is expected to consider revisions to the lobbying ordinance that, among other things, would clarify that architects and attorneys are not exempt from the reporting requirements. AIA Southwest Wisconsin representatives met with the City Attorney in 2001 after the original ordinance was adopted. Architects representing clients in discussions with city officials and department heads and in appearances before city committees and commissions need to understand the lobbying ordinance and advise your clients accordingly. (3/18/2005)WSA/PAC

WSA/PAC

The Wisconsin Society of Architects/Political Action Committee (WSA/PAC), established in 1978, is an independent, voluntary and bipartisan group of individual architects and allied professionals interested in improving government by encouraging the active participation and involvement of architects in the political process. With your support, the WSA/PAC helps elect candidates for state office who share the goals of the architectural profession. WSA/PAC funds cannot be used for lobbying or other government affairs activities. Please support the future of your profession by sending a personal non-deductible contribution to: WSA/PAC, 321 S. Hamilton Street , Madison, WI 53703-4000. Thank you for your support! (3/18/2005)

AIA Convention

The national AIA Convention, The Power of Architecture: Imagine, Create, Transform , is scheduled for May 19-21 in Las Vegas. For more information, contact AIA Information Central at (800) 242-3837. If you are planning to attend and would like to be an official delegate, please contact AIA Wisconsin. (2/18/2005)

Paradigm

An outstanding program of speakers, exhibits and special events has been developed for the 2005 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo on May 4 & 5 at Monona Terrace in Madison. Please reserve the dates and plan to attend Paradigm | A Framework of Thought. Convention keynote presentations will feature Cameron Sinclair, the founder of Architecture for Humanity, and John Eberhard, FAIA, executive director of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture. Professional development seminars include some of the top-rated seminars from last year's national AIA Convention in Chicago. The design seminars will feature presentations by award-winning architects John Patkau, AIA, Vancouver; Brian MacKay-Lyons, Hon. FAIA, Halifax; and Wisconsin's own James Shields, AIA, and James Vander Heiden, AIA, with HGA. The practice seminars include presentations by Cliff Brewis with McGraw-Hill on the economic outlook for the design and construction industry, Ava Abramowitz, Hon. AIA, on negotiating fees and John Peter Barie, AIA, on profitable project management. The environment/technology seminars include a panel of Wisconsin architects and contractors sharing the lessons they learned on three award-winning sustainable projects, a session by Michael Chambers, FAIA, on specifications for designers and a presentation by Larry Schneider, AIA, on accessible design. (3/18/2005)

Expo & Special Events

The Building Products Expo will feature displays of the latest products and services available to Wisconsin's design and construction industry. Exhibitors also will be presenting valuable educational programs on new technology and research. Other special events include the presentation of the 2005 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award and Design Awards. . . plus the ARE/IDP Workshop and a tour of the State Capitol. You also will want to attend the popular Construction Industry Reception in the Expo and the annual WCMA Awards Breakfast. (3/18/2005)

Dinner with Governor

Last month, AIA Wisconsin President Cherie Claussen, AIA, Wauwatosa, was invited to join a small group of Wisconsin design and construction industry leaders for dinner with Governor Doyle at the Executive Residence in Madison. The Governor thanked his guests for helping Wisconsin grow by designing and building the state's most valued projects and asked for support for his efforts to maintain a consistent level of funding for the state building program. The State Building Commission will be considering capital budget recommendations for the next biennium at its March 18 meeting. (3/4/2005)

Convention Seminars

This year's professional development seminars will focus on emerging design, practice, technology and environmental issues. They include some of the top-rated seminars from last year's national AIA Convention in Chicago. The design seminars will feature presentations by award-winning architects John Patkau, AIA, Vancouver; Brian MacKay-Lyons, Hon. AIA, Halifax; and Wisconsin's own James Shields , AIA, and James Vander Heiden, AIA, with HGA. The practice seminars include presentations by Cliff Brewis with McGraw-Hill on the economic outlook for the design and construction industry, Ava Abramowitz, Hon. AIA, on negotiating fees and John Peter Barie, AIA, on profitable project management. If that isn't enough, the environment/technology seminars include a panel of Wisconsin architects and contractors sharing the lessons they learned on three award-winning sustainable projects, a session by Michael Chambers, FAIA, on specifications for designers and a presentation by Larry Schneider, AIA, on accessible design. (3/4/2005)

Expo & Special Events

The Building Products Expo will feature displays of the latest products and services available to Wisconsin 's design and construction industry. Exhibitors also will be presenting valuable educational programs on new technology and research. Other special events include the presentation of the 2005 AIA Wisconsin Golden Award and Design Awards . . . plus the ARE/IDP Workshop and a tour of the State Capitol. You also will want to attend the popular Construction Industry Reception in the Expo and the annual WCMA Awards Breakfast. (3/4/2005)

Annual Meetings

he Annual Meetings of the Wisconsin Architects Foundation and AIA Wisconsin are scheduled for 8 : 00 - 9 : 30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at Monona Terrace in Madison. These meetings will kick off the 2005 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo program. Milwaukee Department of City Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux will help jump start the program with a fast-paced review of development initiatives. (3/4/2005)

Consultants, Contractors & Manufacturers Directory

Teaming and working collaboratively with outside sources of expertise helps architects provide their clients with successful projects. Now available online, this Directory was developed to aid architecture firms, clients and the public. (3/4/2005)

AIA Career Center

If you are looking to advance your career, the AIA Career Center is a valuable resource for finding jobs advertised by the leading architecture firms in the country. To find qualified employees, tap the Career Center 's database of candidates. The AIA Career Center is the most cost-effective way to attract job candidates with precisely the skill sets your firm needs.

New AIA Contract Documents

The AIA Contract Documents program provides proven, consistent and effective standard form contract documents for the building design and construction industry. The AIA recently released a fully re-written design-build family of documents, six new scope of architect's services documents and a Request for Information form. Contact the AIA Wisconsin office for details. AIA Wisconsin is the state's only full-service distributor of AIA contract documents . . . and members benefit from a 25% discount on all paper contract documents. (3/4/2005)

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