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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: May 2010

In this issue of the AIA Wisconsin e-newsletter, you'll find information on new continuing education requirements, new legislation, the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards and more.

Program & Event Update

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

May 18 | Webinar
BEC Webinar | HVAC Impact by Fenestration

May 19 | Milwaukee
Flooring Challenges in Construction: A Focus on Solutions

May 19 | Milwaukee & Madison
ARE Study Session | Construction Documents & Services
AIA SW WI Webcast | ARE Study Session | Construction Documents & Services

May 25 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Construction Tour | Cambridge Commons – UW-Milwaukee

June 1 | Milwaukee
AIA MKE Building Science Series | Fighting the Super Bugs

June 8 | Madison
AIA SW WI Emerging Professionals | Building Tour | Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

June 10-12 | Miami

AIA National Convention

June 15 | Milwaukee
5th Annual AIA MKE Blood Drive | Architects Roll Up Their Sleeves

June 23 | Milwaukee & Madison

ARE Study Session: Programming Planning & Practice
AIA SW WI Webcast: ARE Study Session: Programming Planning & Practice

Continuing Education Requirements

Last month, the Wisconsin Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors approved new administrative rules [Chapter A-E 12] that establish minimum continuing education requirements for architects to renew their state license. When the new continuing education rules for architects go into effect July 1, Wisconsin will become the 40th state [plus the District of Columbia] to require continuing education for license renewal. The new rules will first apply when architects renew their next two-year Wisconsin license by August 2012. Architects will need 24 hours of continuing education, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare topics, every two years. The AIA is listed as an approved provider of continuing education programs; and architects can use the AIA/CES transcript to document their continuing education hours. The rules include definitions and provisions related to specific requirements, standards for approval, proof of attendance, recordkeeping, exemptions and reciprocity. AIA Wisconsin worked with the Joint Examining Board and organizations representing other design professionals for the adoption of enabling legislation, 2007 Wisconsin Act 47. The Architect Section of the Joint Examining Board developed the new rules implementing the requirements for architects. Review the new requirements.

Design Awards

Ten building projects were recognized for excellence in architectural design by the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Design Awards program. The celebration began with a special video during Architecture Night, included a special keynote address by Julie Snow, FAIA, and was followed by the formal presentation of awards to the architects, owners and contractors responsible for the award-winning projects. Go to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Slideshow of Design Award Winners.

High Performance Green Building Bill

As a local newspaper proclaimed, it was "chaos at Capitol" as hundreds of bills faced an uncertain future as the regular session of the Wisconsin Legislature came to a close last month. AIA Wisconsin was monitoring about 30 bills with implications for architects and the state's design and construction industry. Most died in committee at the end of the session. However, the so-called Wisconsin High Performance Green Building Bill [Senate Substitute Amendment 1 to 2009 Senate Bill 616] was approved by both houses in the final week and awaits the Governor's signature to become law. For certain state and local government buildings, this legislation establishes minimum standards related to building performance [LEED silver], energy efficiency, construction waste recycling, ventilation, indoor air quality and water use. The Division of State Facilities is required to certify that plans and specifications for certain larger state projects conform to these standards. The bill also sets increasingly stringent standards so that by January 2030 state buildings must achieve zero net energy level performance. AIA Wisconsin attempted to amend the legislation to include reference to the International Green Construction Code [IGCC], an exception for projects for which there is no practical way to achieve a particular building rating system standard, liability protection for architects attempting in good faith to achieve the required building rating system standard, and an advisory committee with broad representation to assist Safety & Buildings in developing related building code requirements. The adopted legislation includes a reference to the IGCC. For information on this bill and other legislation, go to the Wisconsin Legislature website.

ARE Timing

he Joint Examining Board also approved amending A-E 3.05 (2) to allow candidates with an accredited architecture degree and an IDP record with NCARB to be eligible to start taking the Architect Registration Exam [ARE] upon graduation. The new ARE timing rules are consistent with national AIA policy. A.R.E. Timing Rules (PDF)

IDP Six-Month Rule

On July 1, 2010, the so-called "Six-Month Rule" will apply to all interns with NCARB Intern Development Program [IDP] records. Interns must submit their experience in reporting periods of no longer than six months and within two months of completion of each reporting period. For additional information, visit the NCARB Web site.

Convention Kudos!

Congratulations to the Convention Committee volunteers, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and hundreds of members like you who made the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo a great success! If you attended and haven't done so already, please complete and return your AIA/CES report form and evaluation as soon as possible. Contact AIA Wisconsin if you'd like to join the fun and excitement of planning next year's Convention & Expo program, scheduled for May 4 & 5, 2011.

Building Products Expo Booth Award-Winners

Congratulations to the 2010 AIA Wisconsin Building Products Expo Booth Award-winners! First Place: County Materials; Second Place: Spancrete Industries; Third Place: Childcrest Tile & Stone; Honorable Mention: Architectural Testing, Becher-Hoppe Associates Inc., Graphisoft, Miron Construction, OCE North America, Parrett Windows and PPG Industries Inc.

Convention Sponsors

AIA Wisconsin is fortunate that a number of companies and organizations step forward to underwrite speakers and sponsor other special events at the annual Convention. The sponsors of the 2010 Convention & Expo were formally recognized at the Awards Luncheon at Monona Terrace. Their generous support contributed significantly to the success of this year's conference. Sponsors: The Boldt Company, CalStar Products and Wisconsin Concrete Masonry Association. Gold Sponsors: Arnold & O'Sheridan, Inc., Henneman Engineering Inc., IIDA Wisconsin Chapter, MasterGraphics, Inc., Ken Saiki Design, Inc., CG Schmidt, Inc. and Wisconsin Architects Foundation. Silver Sponsors: Bradley Corporation, Mule-Hide Products Co., Inc., Marvin Windows, AIA Contract Documents and Wisconsin Architect Magazine.

Convention Presentations Online

Thanks to the Energy Center of Wisconsin, popular 2010 AIA Wisconsin Convention presentations by David Miller, FAIA, Rebecca Ellis and Leith Sharp are available online via Energy Center University.

WAF Annual Meeting

The Wisconsin Architects Foundation held its Annual Meeting on April 28. WAF President Ralph Jackson, FAIA, Cross Plains, presented a report on WAF scholarship and grant programs and also accepted special contributions from County Materials Corporation and the Wisconsin Concrete Masonry Association. WAF members elected Ronald Burns, AIA, Racine, Gary Gust, AIA, Menomonie, and Thomas Raley, AIA, Monona, to three-year terms on the WAF Board of Directors.

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.

Sustainability | Energy Efficiency Leadership Award

June 1 is the application deadline for the 2010 Wisconsin Sustainability | Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Award program. Entry materials are due by 7/16/10. AIA Wisconsin is partnering with other organizations to support this awards program that recognizes leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operation of Wisconsin commercial buildings and related systems.

AIA Convention Delegates

If you're going to Miami for the AIA Convention on June 10-12, please contact AIA Wisconsin about being an official delegate for your local Chapter.

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. Two Directors-At-Large will be elected by the membership this fall to a two-year term beginning January 2011. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter. For further information, contact the AIA Wisconsin office.

People & Places

Steven T. Datka, AIA, Middleton, has upgraded to Architect. Congratulations!


The profession of architecture has lost the following AIA Wisconsin members in the past year: Cherie K. Claussen, AIA, Wauwatosa; Mark L Derr, AIA, Monona; Rolf N Irgens, AIA, Hartland; Theodore Irion, AIA, Oshkosh; James R. Kennedy, AIA, Madison; Dale H. Nelsen, AIA, Appleton; Harry A. Schroeder, AIA, La Crosse; Richard C. Thern, AIA, Naples, FL; and R. E. Mike Vander Werff, AIA, Neenah.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who have joined AIA Wisconsin in the past two months: Michael F. Allaire, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Daniel L. Blumer, AIA, West Salem (NW); Travis M. Campbell, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Jason Fenendael, Student, Suring (NE); Theresa Flewell, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Marley A. Gast, AIA, Appleton (NE); Roald Gundersen, AIA, Stoddard (NW); James Magee, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Andrew Malonowski, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Lyssa Castonguay Olker, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Felipe J. Ornelas, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Jeffery A. Patterson, Student, La Crosse (NW); Daniel Schindhelm, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Sar V. Schnucker, AIA, Madison (SW); Paul T. Sherwood, Assoc. AIA, Glendale (SE); Jeffrey P. Smith, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Jeremy J. Spurgin, AIA, Milwaukee (SE); James H. Stojke, Assoc. AIA, Appleton (NE); Daniel Swanson, Assoc. AIA, Janesville (SW); Thomas R. Witte, AIA, Wauwatosa (SE) and Timothy M. Wolosz, Assoc. AIA, Franklin (SE).

The Last Word

"Just when you think you've graduated from the school of experience, someone thinks up a new course." [Mary H. Waldrip]

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