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Wisconsin Architect E-News Archive: June 2007

AIA Trust Seminar AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop Building Code Update

The Department of Commerce has sent its package of proposed Wisconsin Commercial Building Code updates over to the State Capitol to begin the required legislative review process. Nobody can predict with certainty when the new code provisions will be approved and become effective. The most controversial component of the code update involves the proposed adoption of the IBC fire sprinkler requirements for multi-family dwellings. Please be aware that the fire department access requirements are not eliminated in the proposed update, but rather moved from the building to the fire prevention code.

Protecting Digital Assets

In today's digital world, the ease of disseminating project correspondence and other documents, with the potential for these documents to be easily modified, has lead to concerns about protection of intellectual property rights and liability for the subsequent misuse of transmitted data. AIA Wisconsin even established a task force earlier this year to discuss similar concerns and to develop a recommended position statement. The AIA recently published two new contract documents to address these concerns: C106™ —2007, Digital Data Licensing Agreement, and E201™ —2007, Digital Data Protocol Exhibit. These documents address ownership rights and allow project participants to establish protocols for the transmission of digital data. For more information on these new AIA contract documents and their key terms and features, please visit the AIA contract documents page. AIA Wisconsin is a full-service distributor of AIA contract documents.

AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop

The 2007 AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop will focus on green buildings and sustainable design. This year, in order to offer the widest array of top-notch workshop sessions possible, AIA Wisconsin is partnering with the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and the Energy Center of Wisconsin on the "Greening The Heartland | SE² Conference" scheduled for September 12 & 13 at Monona Terrace in Madison. Two dozen breakout sessions will feature innovative projects and ideas for a sustainable future, with five of the sessions recommended for the AIA Wisconsin Fall Workshop. The conference will open with keynotes by USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi and by AIA Vice President Norman Strong, FAIA, on the Institute's commitment to sustainable design and the 2030 Challenge. Plus, the GTH2007 Trade Show will showcase products specified in LEED certified buildings and services needed to design and build them. The 4th annual Sustainability & Energy Efficiency (SE²) Leadership Awards will be presented at the luncheon on September 13. AIA Wisconsin members can benefit from reduced registration fees by registering online and using the following discount code: AIAW.

Sustainability Strategies

The AIA Sustainability Discussion Group has identified 50 "principals" to help architects move projects toward the AIA's immediate goal of 50% reduction of project fossil fuel consumption. The group is asking members to help identify the "strategies" underneath these principals. For information on this "50to50" initiative, please go to: http://www.aia.org/fiftytofifty.

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 2007 AIA Wisconsin Convention & Expo were formally recognized at the Awards Luncheon last month at Monona Terrace. Their generous support contributed significantly to the success of this year's conference. A list of sponsors is included with this newsletter. Please join the Convention Committee in thanking them, once again, for their sponsorship.

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 2008. There also are many valuable leadership opportunities with your local AIA Chapter. For further information, contact the AIA Wisconsin office.

Architecture Firm Award

You are invited to participate in the 2008 AIA Wisconsin "Architecture Firm Award" program by submitting a nomination or encouraging others to do so. This award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member-owned firm, will be presented at the AIA Wisconsin Convention next spring. The Architecture Firm Award recognizes a Wisconsin firm for outstanding achievement in the advancement of the architectural profession.

AIA Career Center

The AIA is offering architecture firms the opportunity to post their temporary summer positions on the AIA Career Center free of charge, until July 31. The online Career Center is a great source for finding highly qualified professionals. It also allows firms to quickly post job openings, search résumés from a database of more than 4,000 potential applicants and manage candidates. For more information or to post a position, please go to: http://careercenter.aia.org/post.cfm .

Recognized in San Antonio

A number of AIA Wisconsin members contributed to the success of this year's national AIA Convention . . . and several others were recognized in San Antonio for their contributions to the AIA and the profession. Kelly Thompson-Frater, AIA, Madison , John Holz, AIA, Bayside, Martin Sell, AIA, Juneau, and Tate Walker, AIA, Madison , were invited to present featured continuing education seminars. Barry Swedeen , AIA, Madison , was recognized by an official convention resolution for his service on the Credentials Committee. As part of the AIA Honors & Awards program, Michael Eberle, AIA, Middleton, received the Young Architects Award and the Engberg Anderson Design Partnership, Milwaukee , received an Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design for the Historic Third Ward Riverwalk in Milwaukee . Gary Zimmerman, FAIA, Hartland, received a Certificate of Appreciation from the AIA College of Fellows for his years of service in organizing the Annual Chancellor's Cup.

People & Places

Martin Sell, AIA, Juneau , has joined Durrant as senior vice president and managing principal of the firm's offices in Madison, Milwaukee , Dubuque, Des Moines and St. Louis. Randall Page, AIA, Madison, has been appointed chair of the City of Madison Landmarks Commission. Keith A. Spruce, AIA, Two Rivers, has joined the City of Milwaukee, Department of Neighborhood Services, Construction Inspection Division, as building construction inspector.

Member Action

Please welcome the following new members who joined AIA Wisconsin between May 23 and June 19, 2007: Jason R. Ahrens, Assoc. AIA, Janesville (SW); Gregory A. Granlund, AIA, Eau Claire (NW); Matthew B. Honold, Assoc. AIA, Elkhorn (SW); Maria C. Javornik, Assoc. AIA, Madison (SW); Craig Schaefer, Assoc. AIA, Janesville (SW) and Yifei Wang, Assoc. AIA, Janesville (SW).

The Last Word

The members of the American Institute of Architects create a community to share knowledge and advocate a shared vision to have a positive impact on the direction of the profession, the shape of our neighborhoods and our world. [AIA Covenant]

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