Accreditation Update – Terry Humphrey is working on a grant application for up to $15,000 to help our state go through the accreditation process. We have reviewed several other states’ applications, and the thought is to use those as a basis for our application. I also watched a new webinar on this process that was distributed this past week. It had some interesting ideas in it that other states are using. For instance, it seems to be a common problem filling offices at all of the different sections and complying with the required bylaws and corporate filings. So instead, some states are only under the State Chapter with different components in charge of whatever they are already doing well, such as continuing education, advocacy, governance, etc. The grant application deadline is April 15. Following that, I imagine the State Chapter and sections will go through a review process.
AIA Kansas Communication Task Force is preparing a request for proposals for a new website. This committee has produced a fairly comprehensive list of wants and needs. The thought is to get the needs taken care of right away and to add some of the other options after the site is up and running. We are expecting the bids prior to the upcoming board meeting. Everyone should thank Katie Nichols for her leadership of this group.
Government Affairs Committee
Legislative efforts continue on a variety of bills of concern to architects. President-elect Tony Rangel has been very busy working with Terry Humphrey on the Government Affairs Committee (GAC). That group has had some interesting issues.
Everyone is still meeting and things are coming together. We are finally about to have completed contracts on Kan-Struct. Most speakers have been discussed with a few having been agreed to and others still in the works. The schedule is getting close to being finalized.
Volunteers: New this month
David Dunfield and Matt Cortez are serving on the Kan-Struct joint design award(s) committee. This will be a new award that the AGC, AIA and ACEC will be awarding separate from the AIA Kansas design awards or the AGC awards.
Gary Nevius has agreed to serve on a procurement committee requested by the board of regents.
AIA Kansas Design Awards
It’s getting to be that time again! The AIA Kansas Excellence in Architecture Design Awards call for entries will be coming soon. Categories are Excellence in Architecture, Interiors, Renovation/Restoration, Student architecture and, back again this year, Excellence in Residential Architecture. Even though everything you do is of award-winning caliber, choose the best of your best to share with your fellow architects. Also watch for a New Mega Award coming in conjunction with “Kan-Struct,” the September conference held in conjunction with AGC and ACEC. Watch for more details in our e-news and on the website.
Save the Date!
AIA Kansas/AGC/ACEC Joint Conference
Kan-Struct 2015 Building Tomorrow’s Kansas Together
16-18 September 2015
|AIA National Convention in Atlanta
Join President Tim Clark, Executive Director Terry Humphrey, 800 exhibitors and thousands of your closest architect and designer friends at AIA National Convention, May 14-16 in Atlanta. LU’s, speakers, tours, new technology and fun await you in hospitable Atlanta. Registration is still open and hotel rooms are available. Don’t be left out!
Flint Hills AIA Board Meeting Highlights
By Dan Crouch, AIA
Flint Hills AIA had their first executive board meeting and first Learn @ Lunch meeting on March 12. ITW Building Components Group, Inc. and TrusSteel Division presented information on Steel Truss design in buildings and the impacts that using steel truss fabrication can have on saving materials in the environment by not using wood and using recycled metal, the versatility of fabricated forms and shapes, the shipping and on-site erection of steel trusses, and the fire rating support that is offered by the industry to make them usable in many situations. Tim Clark, AIA Kansas president, was also on hand to talk about the accreditation process and current developments. Twelve of the section members showed up for the presentation.
Flint Hills AIA is hosting their next Learn @ Lunch on April 9th (as this enews is being prepared). Sponsors Kalwall and Claco Supply will present “Daylighting and Sustainable Design” and discuss the origins of translucent daylighting with the structural sandwich panel, consideration in design, enhancement of daylighting techniques, real energy conservation, and all the systems available.
Future Learn @ Lunch events include Windows by Pella Windows of Kansas on May 7 and Precast Concrete by Enterprise Precast Concrete, Inc. on June 11. The meetings are open to any interested members. RSVP to Dan Crouch or Dana Williamson
AIA Wichita has a lot of new energy with the addition of several new board members and committee chairs serving this year’s section membership. Our 2015 calendar of events is filling in nicely and includes a fun variety of tours, general membership meetings, CANstruction, Honor Awards, and our annual golf tournament. Starting this month, we will be hosting a continuing education “SOS” session for members who need a quick dose of CEU’s. This will be a half-day learning event that includes 4 CEU HSW credits followed by a social hour. The event will be held at GLMV Architecture on Thursday, April 23 starting at noon. The event is free for members to attend. Be sure to check out all the happenings on Facebook www.facebook.com/AIAWichita or join our conversation on Twitter @AIAWichita.