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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: June 2006

Fall Workshop Member Surveys Statute of Repose & Supreme Court

Here's some good news! Wisconsin's statute of repose for improvements to real property, section 893.89 of the Wisconsin Statutes, protects architects from the long-tail of liability associated with the design and construction of building projects. AIA Wisconsin worked with a coalition of design and construction industry organizations to get the current ten-year statute of repose enacted in 1994. It provides the most basic and fundamental liability protection for architects by barring legal action after ten years from the date of substantial completion. The statute of repose has survived several court challenges over the years; but it was challenged once again in Mair v. Trollhaugen Ski Resort , a case that was appealed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Earlier this year, AIA Wisconsin joined the Wisconsin Builders Association, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin to have Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek file a "friend of the court" brief and appear before the Supreme Court in support of the statute of repose. In an opinion filed on June 6, the Wisconsin Supreme Court concluded unanimously that ten years after a building is substantially completed the state's statute of repose for the design and construction industry bars "safe place" claims resulting from injuries caused by structural defects. According to our attorney, the unambiguous opinion also sends a message to the plaintiffs' bar that further challenges to the constitutionality of the statute of repose will probably fall on deaf ears.

Sustainability | Energy Efficiency Leadership Award

July 7 is the application deadline for the 2006 Wisconsin Sustainability | Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Award program. Entry materials are due by 8/18/06. AIA Wisconsin is partnering with other organizations to support this award that recognizes leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operation of Wisconsin commercial and larger multifamily buildings and related systems.

Regional Associate Director

AIA Wisconsin has the opportunity to appoint the next Regional Associate Director (RAD) on the AIA National Associates Committee (NAC). The RAD for the North Central Region represents over 700 Associate AIA members in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. The appointment is for a two-year term, starting in October. If you are an Associate AIA member interested in serving as the RAD for the North Central Region, please contact AIA Wisconsin for information about the roles and responsibilities of this position and the appointment process. RAD candidates must submit a letter of interest with a resume to the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors by 8/7/06 .

ARE Timing

Representatives at the recent National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) annual meeting approved a resolution to allow candidates to take portions of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) concurrently with the Intern Development Program (IDP). This change will bring NCARB recommended guidelines closer to the AIA's position statement on ARE timing. Walter Wilson, AIA, Milwaukee, chair of the Architects Section of Wisconsin's Joint Examining Board, voted in support of the resolution. In Wisconsin , candidates currently may apply to begin taking the ARE by documenting that they have completed all but the final year of the state's education and experience requirements for licensure as an architect.

Intern Title

According to state administrative rule A-E 3.03(5), which became effective on June 1, 2003, individuals acquiring supervised experience in architectural work to become licensed as an architect in Wisconsin may use the title "architectural intern." Firms and interns are encouraged to make sure that titles used on business cards and in other marketing materials comply with state statutes and related administrative rules. Only registered architects may use the title "architect." Titles for interns other than "architectural intern" that include "architect" or "architectural," such as "intern architect," "architectural designer" or "architectural technician," are prohibited by state law.

Bylaws

At its meeting this month in La Crosse, the AIA Wisconsin Board of Directors unanimously approved a recommendation to revise the format of state bylaws to make them consistent with model AIA bylaws. The format adjustments were recommended by the Bylaws Task Force of Patricia Frost, AIA, Whitefish Bay, and Cherie Claussen, AIA, Wauwatosa . The new and improved state bylaws were adopted subject to review and approval by the Institute Secretary. Please contact the AIA Wisconsin to request a copy of the new bylaws.

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 2007. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter.

Fall Workshop

Reserve Friday, October 20, for the 2006 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva. This year's full-day workshop program will focus on integrated practice. It will explore this new vision for architectural practice that leverages early contributions of knowledge through the use of new technologies, allowing architects to better realize their highest potential as designers and collaborators. Watch your inbox and mailbox for further details.

People & Places

Paul A. Sims, AIA, Onalaska, is now an Architect member of the AIA. Congratulations! Henry A. Kosarzycki, AIA, Greendale, recently served on an AIA Sustainable Design Assistance Team (S/DAT) for Longview, WA. Eugene C. Post, AIA, Middleton, has joined Design Structures, Kevin B. Shumann, AIA, Appleton, has joined Martinson Architects, Inc., Russell Drewery, AIA, Milwaukee, has joined HGA Inc. Plunkett Raysich Architects announced the following promotions: Craig R. Eide, AIA, Bayside, to project manager; Lynn M. Jensen, AIA, Milwaukee, and Ryan J. Thacker, AIA, Milwaukee, to project architect; G. Matthew Fischer, Assoc. AIA, Wauwatosa, to project specialist III; and Nicholas A. Pryor, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee, to project specialist II. Potter Lawson, Madison, received a Dane County Small Business Award. Lawrence L. Barton, AIA, Portage, and Ronald J. Mastalski, AIA, Waterloo, recently presented a program to Madison area businesses on sustainability and green building practices as part of the First Business Seminar Series. Gastrau Fuerer & Associates LLC/FG Architektur, has moved to 309 N. Water St. Ste. 425, Milwaukee.

Two Wisconsin buildings have received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification under the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) standards. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources NE Headquarters in Howard, designed by BSA, Inc., received a LEED-NC Gold certification. This is the first state-owned building to be certified under the LEED program. In addition, HGA, Inc., has been awarded the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Silver certification for its newly renovated office in Milwaukee .

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between May 17 and June 23, 2006: John L. Van Rooy, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Todd Allen, Assoc. AIA, Milwaukee (SE); Xiaojian Yu, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW) and John Schmied, Assoc. AIA, Sun Prairie (SW).

Regional Associate Director

If you are an Associate AIA member interested in serving as the Regional Associate Director (RAD) on the AIA National Associates Committee (NAC), please contact AIA Wisconsin for information about the roles and responsibilities of this position and the appointment process. The RAD for the North Central Region represents over 700 Associate AIA members in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. The appointment is for a two-year term, starting in October. RAD candidates will be asked to submit a letter of interest with a resume to the AIA Wisconsin Board of Director by 6/5/06 .

Everything You Wanted to Know About Contract Docs

The online Knowledge Base for AIA Contract Documents has been expanded to include information about the documents' content as well as how to use AIA Contract Documents software. Available on the AIA Contract Documents page, ( the Knowledge Base now provides you with concise answers to nearly 250 of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about selecting and using the documents.

The Last Word

"The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession and the resource for its members in service to society." [New and improved AIA mission statement - June 2006]

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