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Tax Information Architects Should Know - Part 2 A follow-up from our last issue discussing the basics of a Section 179D tax deduction for architects of energy efficient, publically owned commercial buildings. by James Zahn, Esq., FALA, FAIA


It’s Not the Tough Codes, But the Weak Architects Important tips on working with code officials. by Kelly P. Reynolds, ALA Code Consultant

14 Monday is Washday Accessible laundry equipment in Type A and Type B dwelling units. by Kimberly Paarlberg, ICC Senior Staff Architect, Codes and Standards

16 Managing Moisture Helps Minimize Mold To maintain a healthy indoor environment, it is important to mitigate and prevent mold growth. by Robert Ek, Technical Services Manager of American Gypsum Company

17 Joint Venture Projects Many firms are teaming up with other professionals through joint venture agreements. by Tom Harkins, Vice President of Willis A & E Group

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Tax Information Architects Should Know -

by James K. Zahn, Esq., FALA, FAIA

Part 2 This article is a follow up to my previous article "Tax Information Architects Should Know" in which I discussed the basics of a Section 179D tax deduction for architects of energy efficient publically owned commercial buildings. A Section 179D deduction can be confusing to the architect attempting to obtain it. I asked Chuck Pinkerton and Julio Gonzalez, IRS "qualified" individuals with Engineered Tax Services, to help me in the preparation of this article to clarify how the process of obtaining the tax deduction works. I believe this information may be of substantial financial benefit to architects designing publically owned energy efficient commercial buildings. Private building owners regularly claim the Section 179D deduction for themselves, with the architect obtaining no tax benefit from the deduction under that circumstance. This article applies only to publically owned energy efficient commercial buildings. Public Buildings & Tax Deductions? Public entities pay no income taxes, therefore the energy tax deduction allowed for under Section 179D cannot really benefit them. For energy efficient commercial building expenditures made by a public entity, the Secretary of the Treasury promulgated regulations that allows the energy tax deduction to be allocated to the "person primarily" responsible for designing the property in lieu of the public entity. This allocation constitutes a substantial benefit to the architect, the "person primarily" responsible for designing the project. How EPAct works in Government Projects: EPAct contains a tax provision intended specifically to help the govern-

ment sector save energy. The law provides an incentive to designers to incorporate today's energy efficient products into their designs for government buildings. In the beginning, the architectural and engineering community had a hard time grasping this incentive because it is the first buildingdesign tax incentive ever offered in the Internal Revenue Code. As designers have learned about the incentive they have become eager to use it. "Government" includes federal, state and local governments, including K-12 public schools. Although virtually all government building categories have benefitted from this incentive, the most frequent uses are for K12 public schools, state universities and

colleges, and parking garages. Other common categories include post offices, military bases, libraries, courthouses, hospitals and airports. ( International Parking Institute, September 2008). Basic Process to Obtain A Section 179D Deduction: My previous article addressed various steps necessary to obtain the tax deduction. After the architect receives the energy tax allocation from the public owner as the designer of the energy efficient commercial building, the architect can then retain an independent energy tax consultant, qualified by the IRS. Specific government approved software programs will be used to compute the energy-efficiency of (1) the building (continued on page 8)



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envelope, (2) the lighting system, and (3) the HVAC and hot water plumbing systems, to determine if the project’s energy efficiencies entitle the Architect to any of the three categories of tax deductions. The listing of government approved software programs is contained in Section 4, Internal Revenue Bulletin 2008-14, Notice 2008-40, April 7, 2008 and states the following: SECTION 4. LIST OF APPROVED SOFTWARE PROGRAMS .01 In General. The Department of Energy creates and maintains a public list of software that may be used to calculate energy and power consumption and costs for purposes of providing a certification under section 4 of Notice 2006-52. This public list appears at http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/info/tax_incentives.html. SECTION 4. CERTIFICATION (Notice 2006-52, June 26, 2006) Before a taxpayer may claim the §179D deduction with respect to property installed on or in a commercial building, the taxpayer must obtain a certification with respect to the property. The certification must be provided by an independent licensed qualified individual and satisfy the requirements of §179D(c)(1). A taxpayer is not required to attach the certification to the return on which the deduction is taken. However, §1.6001-1(a) of the Income Tax Regulations requires that taxpayers maintain such books and records as are sufficient to establish the entitlement to, and amount of, any deduction claimed by the taxpayer. Accordingly, a taxpayer claiming a deduction under §179D should retain the certification as part of the taxpayer’s records for purposes of §1.6001-1(a) of the Income Tax Regulations. A certification will be treated as satisfying the requirements of §179D(c)(1) if the certification contains all of the following: .01 The name, address, and telephone number of the qualified individual. .02 The address of the building to whichthe certification applies. .03 One of the following statements by the qualified individual: (1) Statement for energy efficient commercial building property: The interior lighting systems, heating, cooling, ventila-


tion and hot water systems, and building envelope that have been, or are planned to be, incorporated into the building will reduce the total annual energy and power costs with respect to combined usage of the building’s heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water, and interior lighting systems by 50 percent or more as compared to a Reference Building that meets the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2001. (2) Statement for energy efficient lighting property that satisfies the requirements of the permanent rule of section 2.03(1)(a) of this notice: The interior lighting systems that have been, or are planned to be, incorporated into the building will reduce the total annual energy and power costs with respect to combined usage of the building’s heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water, and interior lighting systems by 162/3 percent or more as compared to a Reference Building that meets the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2001. (3) Statement for energy efficient lighting property that satisfies the requirements of the interim rule of section 2.03(1)(b) of this notice: The interior lighting systems that have been, or are planned to be, incorporated into the building satisfy the requirements of the interim rule of section 2.03(1)(b) of Notice 2006-52. (4) Statement for energy efficient heating, cooling, ventilation, and hot water property: The heating, cooling, ventilation, and hot water systems that have been, or are planned to be incorporated into the building will reduce the total annual energy and power costs with respect to com-bined usage of the building’s heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water, and interior lighting systems by 16-2/3 percent or more as compared to a Reference Building that meets the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2001. (5) Statement for energy efficient building envelope property: The building envelope that has been, or is planned to be, incorporated into the building will reduce the total annual energy and power costs with respect to combined usage of the building’s heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water, and interior lighting systems by 16-2/3 percent or more as compared to a Reference Building that meets the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2001. .04 A statement by the qualified


individual that the amount of such reduction has been determined under the rules of Notice 2006-52. .05 A statement by the qualified individual that field inspections of the building performed by a qualified individual after the property has been placed in service have confirmed that the building has met, or will meet, the energy-saving targets contained in the design plans and specifications. It also confirms that the field inspections were performed in accordance with any inspection and testing procedures that (1) have been prescribed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as Energy Savings Modeling and Inspection Guidelines for Commercial Building Federal Tax Deductions and (2) are in effect at the time the certification is given. .06 A statement that the building owner has received an explanation of the energy efficiency features of the building and its projected annual energy costs. .07 A statement that qualified computer software was used to calculate energy and power consumption and costs and identification of the qualified computer software used (see section 6 of this notice). .08 A list identifying the components of the interior lighting systems, heating, cooling, ventilation, and hot water systems, and building envelope installed on or in the building, the energy efficiency features of the building, and its projected annual energy costs. .09 A declaration, applicable to the certification and any accompanying documents, signed by the qualified individual, in the following form: "Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this certification, including accompanying documents, and to the best of my knowledge and belief, the facts presented in support of this certification are true, correct, and complete." What is the magnitude of the benefit? As I mentioned in my previous article, Architects are eligible for a Federal tax benefit of up to $1.80 per square foot for the design of energy efficient public buildings placed into service after January 1, 2006. The benefits have been extended through December 31, 2013. After reading the above, you may be asking yourself if it is worth all of the effort it will take to obtain

LEGALISSUES the total tax deduction. That’s a decision you will have to make for yourself. Is the design of your building project really energy efficient? If not, don’t waste your time going through this effort. On the other hand, most buildings designed by architects today are energy efficient. If that’s the case, why would you ignore the possibility of a substantial tax deduction? Any money you don’t have to pay in income taxes is money you keep. I asked Chuck Pinkerton to specifically comment on tax benefit statistics, awareness of these tax benefits, and case studies of the energy tax benefits some of his clients have received to date. He responds as follows: Why is the energy tax benefit not used? • Less than 2% of eligible taxpayers have filed for their energy tax benefits with the IRS. • Millions of taxpayers may be due significant refunds. Why are taxpayers missing significant energy tax benefits and incentives? • Low Awareness - No one was previously interested during the "good" economic times. • Requires Qualified Independent Licensed Engineer with Qualified Software. • Requires Paperwork-179 D Deduction. Goal: Energy Use, In the US alone, buildings account for: • 72% of electricity consumption • 39% of energy use • 38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions

James K. Zahn, FALA, Esq. SABO & ZAHN Attorneys at Law 401 North Michigan Avenue Suite 2050 Chicago, Illinois 60611 Phone: (312) 655-8620 Fax: (312) 655-8622 Website: www.sabozahn.com Email: jzahn@sabozahn.com

• 40% of raw materials • 30% of waste output • 14% of potable water consumption A few examples of Architect benefits: Government Office Building (South East) - 57,222 sf. Architect Tax Benefit, @$1.80 sf = $103,000 Middle School (Mid-Atlantic) - 54,637 sf. Architect Tax Benefit, @$1.10 sf = $60,010 High School (Mid-Atlantic) - 183,676 sf. Architect Tax Benefit, @$0.90 sf = $165,308 High School (Mid-Atlantic) - 127,440 sf Architect Tax Benefit, @$0.40 sf = $50,976 Middle / High School (Midwest) 143,000 sf Architect Tax Benefit, @$1.20 sf = $171,600 Elementary School (Midwest) - 110,707 sf Architect Tax Benefit, @$1.00 sf = $110,707 Middle School (Midwest) - 98,862 sf Architect Tax Benefit, @$0.90 sf = $88,976 (NOTE: MR. PINKERTON USED GENERIC, NOT THE ACTUAL, SCHOOL NAMES TO PROTECT THE ARCHITECT'S PRIVACY.) Ideal Project Candidates For An Allocated Energy Tax Deduction to the Architect, Schools, Government Buildings, Office Buildings, Retail, Commercial Buildings, Hospitality, Apartments, (four or more stories, for lease).

Chuck Pinkerton Director Business Development Engineered Tax Services 2653 Cades Cove Brighton, MI 48114 Phone: (810) 623-0058 Fax: (561) 263-1039 Website: www.engineeredtaxservices.com Email: chuck@engineeredtaxservices.com

Who Qualifies for the deduction? Building owners at the time of building improvements, Architects, Engineers, Contractors on Public Buildings for the taxable year that includes the date the property was placed in service. I would like to thank Mr. Pinkerton and Mr. Gonzalez for their contributions to this article, which I believe will help alert architects who design public projects to the substantial tax benefits that they may be entitled to. I am a firm believer in never looking a gift horse in the mouth. If a tax benefit exists, take it. If you fail to at least investigate this potential benefit to you and your practice, I believe you may be leaving money on the table. Again, as in the first article, please discuss this tax benefit with a knowledgeable accountant and an IRS qualified individual familiar with this type of tax deduction. I asked Mr. Pinkerton and Mr. Gonzalez if they would accept questions from our readers of this article. They have agreed to answer any questions you may have regarding Section 179D Deductions and the process required to obtain it. Engineered Tax Services, which handles over 100 certifications per month, concentrates on working with accountants and architects in analyzing and certifying that buildings, both publicly and privately owned, meet the government criteria for the energy tax credit. The authors of this article can be reached as follows:

Julio Gonzalez CEO Engineered Tax Services 319 Clematis St. Suite 603 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Phone: (561) 253-6640 Fax: (561) 263-1039 Website: www.engineeredtaxservices.com Email: jgonzalez@engineeredtaxservices.com

Note: The preceding article is not legal or accounting advice and should not be relied upon. It is merely the authors’ opinions. It is highly recommended that you consult with your own attorney and accountant regarding any IRS Tax Code issues.



by Kelly P. Reynolds ALA Code Consultant


It’s Not the Tough Codes, But the Weak Architects ecently I had a client who questioned how the occupancy load was calculated due to the excessive number of plumbing fixtures being required by the code official. I advised them that the method used by the code official was incorrect and gave him the accurate load number. Instead of challenging the code official, he "rolled over and played dead" and went with the higher, incorrect number of fixtures given him. Was he just trying to expedite the project, or simply didn’t want to face off with the authority having jurisdiction? Either way, he did a costly injustice to his client. So how do you stop this cycle of wrong code interps and irresolute architects? First, don’t read into the code. What it says is what it says. Second, read the footnotes at the bottom of all tables. Remember, this is a performance document that gives YOU, the designer, options - not the code official.


• Know the codes the town uses. I have heard architects tell the local building inspector that "they didn’t have to this in the adjoining town". Find out what codes and local amendments they have adopted. It is a big mistake to assume that they have the same ordinances as other towns.

• Take all the trade-offs and options available. I have known many architects who have a "0" rated corridor and still put a fire rated door on the janitor’s closet. Better yet, they installed panic hardware on all the exit doors when it was not required. Being overly cautious or just don’t understand the code? • What do you do when the code official demands something that you can’t find in the code? Just ask him to please put the code section in writing so you can have the owner generate a change order. Most of the time this will solve the problem because what is being required is not in the code or mis-interpretation. • The code official demands that you make a change that is not required by code or you don’t get final approval. Now you have hit the motherlode! The liability section of the building code (Section 104.8) states..."the code official shall not be liable in the discharge of their duties required by this code..." Requiring something that is not in the code nullifies their liability protection and sets them up for a Civil Rights lawsuit (Continued on page 38)


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Monday is Washday! Accessible laundry equipment in Type A and Type B dwelling units. by Kimberly Paarlberg, ICC Senior Staff Architect, Codes and Standards

very family has a ‘washday.’ When I was growing up, at our house it was Monday. During college, hauling the laundry down to the communal laundry room was something I dreaded. So when I first started looking for an apartment, having a washer and dryer in the unit was a definite plus. While the provisions in the building code do not require laundry facilities be provided within an apartment, or even within a building, having the convenience is a definite plus for residents. The question discussed here, is with the Type A and Type B accessibility requirement, how do you make the laundry equipment accessible? What are the minimum code requirements, and what might be some additional best design practices?

When laundry equipment is located in a closet, the clear floor space can be located 10 inches (255 mm) back from the face of

Type B dwelling units The following is the specific text in the ICC A117.1 – 2003 edition for Type B units.

the units (per Section 308.3.1), which allows for the wall thickness, but may necessitate either sliding closet doors or no doors so the doors will not block the clear floor space. (see figure 2). However, a common practice at laundry closets is for bi-fold doors, which allows for a better general access to the laundry equipment, especially when moving clothes from the washer to the dryer. The ICC A117.1 does not address whether removal of

• 1004.10 Laundry Equipment. Washing machines and clothes dryers shall comply with Section 1004.10. • 1004.10.1Clear Floor Space. A clear floor space complying with Section 305.3, positioned for parallel approach, shall be provided. The clear floor space shall be centered on the appliance. If provided within a Type B dwelling unit, the washers and dryer must meet the minimal level of accessibility in Section 1004.10.1. These provisions are less than those in a common laundry room where Section 611 would also require accessible operable parts and specify minimum and maximum height of doors on the appliances. When designing the laundry area, several items must be considered. Section 1004.10.1 requires a parallel clear floor space in front of each appliance, centered on that appliance. When laundry equipment is located in a room, turning spaces and maneuvering clearances are not required as they are for a common laundry or Type A unit. A service/laundry sink does not need be accessible; however, it would be better design to provide a parallel or side approach to that sink to allow for use (see Figure 1).




Fig.1 Laundry room plan in a Type B unit

Fig.2: Laundry closet plan in a Type A or Type B unit


the doors could be considered an adaptable feature. However, given that doors are not required inside a dwelling unit, and the premise of Type B is adaptability based on the residents needs, this does seem like a plausible and user friendly solution.

ADAADVICE Type A dwelling units The ICC A117.1 -2003 edition asks for a higher level of accessibility in Type A units. 1003.10 Laundry Equipment. Washing machines and clothes dryers shall comply with Section 611. If provided within a Type A unit, the washers and dryers equipment must meet the same accessibility provisions as in a common laundry room. The provisions in Section 611 for the equipment as well as the accessible route requirements for Type A units call for a more ‘wheelchair friendly’ approach than what is required in Type B units. Laundry facilities present some complex problems of accessibility to the person in a wheelchair. The reach ranges in Section 308 do not include criteria for accessing things that require bending the elbow joint such as reaching over the top of and into the basket of a top loading clothes washing machine or down and into the front of a front loading washer or dryer. Many devices are available to aid the user in reaching into these appliances to retrieve clothes at the bottom of the washer basket or rear of the dryer drum. This standard includes specifics for top and front loading laundry equipment and basically assumes separate pieces of equipment (see Figure 4). Criteria included are clear floor space, height of the door handles and operational requirements for all operable parts (e.g., doors, lint traps) and controls (e.g., time or temperature settings, on/off control). It is not the intent of this standard to prohibit dual use equipment or stacked units if they show equivalent or greater levels of accessibility (see Section 103). At this time, many of the stacking washer/dryers on the market Fig 4: Examples of standard washers and dryers do not meet the upper reach range limit of 48 inches. Front loading washers are becoming more readily available for the home market and may provide a higher level of accessibility. A lower drawer feature can raise the washer and dryer for easier access into the drum [See Figure 5]. When designing the laundry area, several items must be considered. Section 611.2 requires a parallel clear floor space in front of each appliance, centered on that appliance, similar to Type B units, but there are additional requirements. When laundry equipment is placed in a room, Section 1003.3.2 requires a turning space within the room, and Section 1003.5 requires maneuvering clearance at the door. Any work/folding surface in the room and any laundry sinks should have

the level of accessibility previously discussed for Type B units. [See Figure 3]. When laundry equipment is installed in a closet, the appliance clearances and door issues are the same as a Type B unit [See Figure 2]. Update: 2010 edition of ICC A117.1 The next edition of the ICC A117.1 will be available for purchase the summer of 2010. There will be some Fig 5: Example of front loading laundry equipment changes to the laundry requirements. In Type B units, the requirement for the centering of the clear floor space is removed, and an allowance for a front 30” x 48” CLEAR FLOOR SPACE FOR PARALLEL APPROACH TO EACH APPLIANCE PER SECTION 1003.10

Fig.3 Laundry room plan in a Type A unit DOOR MANEUVERING CLEARANCE PER SECTION 1003.5


Fig. 2 Laundry room plan in a Type B unit


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Managing Moisture Helps Minimize Mold By Robert Ek, Technical Services Manager of American Gypsum Company

urveys conducted by the research firm of Ducker Worldwide confirm that mold continues to be a major issue for architects, contractors and building owners alike. Because mold can release VOCs, produce allergens and in general affect a building’s indoor air quality (IAQ), mold development has the potential to impact the health of a building’s occupants. To maintain a healthy indoor environment, it is important to mitigate and prevent mold growth. Yet anyone searching for information about mold in buildings will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of sources – a cursory Internet search reveals more than 40 million references to mold. Given the amount of information available, it can be difficult to gain a clear understanding of what’s important about mold and, equally critical, to discern what’s accurate and what’s not.


Mold Misperceptions There are many misperceptions about mold, but one of the most common is that the presence of paper, wood, and similar organic materials increases the likelihood of mold growth in a building. In reality, mold can grow on almost any surface where dust, dirt, or organic films can accumulate. This includes wood, paper, carpet, glass, fiberglass, and even steel. It is not the presence of paper or other organic materials that causes mold problems, but rather the improper management of moisture and humidity in the building that can lead to a variety of problems – one of which is mold growth. Mold needs three things to grow: mold spores, which are present in the air; moisture; and a food source, which can be as simple as household dust. Mold spores are ubiquitous; they always are present in the air and in the environment. Likewise,

buildings are constructed and furnished using a wide variety of organic materials, a natural requisite for comfortable habitation. Consequently, the only effective strategy to control mold is to control moisture. To minimize the likelihood of condensation that might lead to mold growth in occupied structures, maintain the indoor relative humidity between 30 and 60 percent. Make sure to vent bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside, as well as employ air conditioners and dehumidifiers. Although insulating the exterior walls, roof, duct, and pipes is essential to energy efficiency, these surfaces can develop mold if precautions aren’t taken during installation. To reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces, it is important to include a well-sealed air barrier and a vapor retarder on the warm side to block the intrusion of airborne moisture. In the event of a water intrusion, clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 48 hours to prevent mold growth. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, then dry the surfaces completely. Absorbent materials such as carpet and padding that become moldy may need to be replaced. Mold-Resistant Products There has been a great deal of interest in mold-resistant products in the past few years. Although there are many excellent mold-resistant products available, these products should not be considered a miracle cure that will prevent mold in all circumstances. Mold-resistant products such as USG’s SHEETROCK® Mold Tough™ Gypsum Panels, National Gypsum’s Gold Bond® Brand XP® Gypsum Board and American Gypsum’s M-Bloc® Mold and Moisture Resistant Wallboard provide added

robustness to help when the unexpected happens and unwanted moisture enters the building. This added level of protection in the event of water intrusion, minor flood, or spillage ultimately will fail if the products are continually wetted. Think of them as an insurance policy, rather than a primary line of defense. They are not a substitute for suitable moisture management design, proper building practices and good maintenance. Only "clean room" technologies, which are too expensive and highly impractical for the vast majority of buildings, can completely eliminate mold spores from a room. Clean rooms are typically used in high-tech manufacturing and scientific research facilities for highly specialized applications such as manufacturing microchips for electronics. They tightly control the level of pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles and chemical vapors that might otherwise contaminate the product or process housed in the room. These environments are too expensive and highly im-practical for the vast majority of buildings in which people live and work. Therefore, the primary defense against mold growth in a building is to control the amount of water that enters the building. Other Potential Problems Unfortunately, moisture intrusion represents more than the threat of a mold outbreak in a building. A damp environment also fosters the growth of dust mites and bacteria, which can also affect IAQ, as well as attracts insects, rodents, and other pests. Moisture eventually will damage finishes, make the building less valuable, and shorten its useful life. That’s why it is important to treat excessive water with the same sense of urgency as one would a smoldering fire. Immediately identify where the water is coming from, (Continued on page 38)




Joint Venture Projects By Tom Harkins, Vice President of Willis A & E Group


n response to the shortage of work available to architects, engineers and land surveyors, firms are looking to public projects in an attempt to fill the void. Because of this, pre-bid meetings are now overflowing into the halls with design firms competing over the same projects. Many of these firms, at the suggestion of the client as well as an effort to increase their likelihood of being awarded a public project, are teaming up with other professionals through joint venture agreements. Sounds great, but what are the risk management and insurance issues specific to joint ventures? Before we can begin our discussions on risk management and insurance issues, we need to discuss the two methods of setting up a joint venture; either through a joint venture or a LLC. Joint Venture The legal definition of a joint venture is an association of two or more individuals or companies engaged in a solitary business enterprise for profit without actual partnership or incorporation; also called a joint adventure. Simply put, a joint venture is a contractual business agreement between two or more parties. It is similar to a business partnership, with one primary difference: a partnership generally involves an ongoing, long-term business relationship, whereas a joint venture is based on a single business

transaction. Individuals or companies choose to enter joint ventures in order to share strengths, minimize risks, and increase competitive advantages in the marketplace. One of the first steps in forming a joint venture, after consulting with your insurance broker and attorney, is to draft a contract that specifies each party’s mutual responsibilities and goals. This drafted document should be forwarded, by your insurance broker, to the insurance company’s underwriter for consideration to ensure no coverage issues arise later. The contract is essential for circumventing potential problems later; the parties must be specific about the intent of their joint venture as well as aware of its limitations. All joint ventures involve certain rights and duties not necessarily typical to the average design-bid-build or design build projects the design firm has historically encountered. The parties have a mutual right to control the enterprise, a right to share in the profits, and a duty to share in any losses incurred. Each joint venturer has a fiduciary responsibility (an obligation to act for another's benefit), owes a standard of care to the other members, and has the duty to act in good faith in matters that concern their common interest. From a cost perspective, forming a joint venture Vs a LLC is advantageous. Under a joint venture arrangement each individual joint venturer may have coverage through their current insurance policies (business owners/general liability, auto liability, professional liability and sometimes workers compensation) to protect their firm in the event of a claim. Unless there is a need to increase policy limits to meet the client’s requirements, no additional insurance is required by the joint venturers. For example, if your firm is insured through a carrier that specializes in architects, engineers and land surveyors that The A&E Group of Willis represents, their liability enhancement gives back coverage for the liability due to the insured’s conduct of the business of any current or past partnership or joint venture that is not named in the declarations and as long as all the co-ventures are architects, engineers or survey firms. The coverage is excess over any policy that the joint venture might have separate. However, under a standard general liability/business owners policy there is exclusionary language which reads- "no person or organization is an insured with respect to the conduct of any current or past partnership, joint venture or LLC that is not shown as a named insured in the declarations." Not all companies are going to give back the un-named Partnership/joint venture coverage so be sure to seek the advice or your insurance broker. (Continued on page 18)



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From a risk management perspective however, a joint venture arrangement opens your firm up to "Joint and several liability" which is a form of liability that is used in civil cases where two or more people are found liable for damages. The winning plaintiff in such a case may collect the entire judgment from any one of the parties or from any and all of the parties in various amounts until the judgment is paid in full. In other words, if any of the defendants do not have enough money or assets to pay an equal share of the award, the other defendants must make up the difference. Limited Liability Company (LLC) The legal definition of a Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a non-corporate business whose owners actively participate in the organization's management and are protected against personal liability for the organization's debts and obligations. In short, a limited liability company (LLC) is a legal entity that has the characteristics of both a corporation and of a partnership. An LLC provides its owners with corporate-like protection against personal liability. From a risk management perspective, there are many advantages. First, an LLC provides its owners with protection against personal liability. Second, since the LLC is a separate entity it would require insurance policies specific to the LLC (business owners/general liability, auto liability, professional liability and workers compensation) for the LLC’s benefit only. This means that your firm’s policies are not exposed to other team members. Third, because the LLC has a dedicated professional liability policy, the fees your firm earns associated with this project are entirely deducted from your firm’s gross billings. Some carriers will allow your practice policy to act as an excess policy. In this instance, your firm does not get total credit for these billings. Lastly, if there is a claim alleging an error or omission relative to your professional services rendered on this project, your practice policy is not adversely affected. However, care should be exercised in relying on this protection. If your LLC is based on a completely integrated team, then it may be more difficult to show a segregation of the responsibilities of the parties involved in the LLC. The net result is that the Court may find "questions of fact" and allow the plaintiff the opportunity to continue its cause of action against the nonnegligent members of the LLC. From a cost perspective, an LLC is more expensive relative to insurance that needs to be



purchased for the new entity. The largest portion of the expense is the LLC’s professional liability policy. Because the LLC is established for just one project, the only type of professional liability insurance policy available is a project policy. The problem is that very few carriers offer project policies, and they are somewhat expensive (typically _ of 1% of the construction value). That said, if you look at the typical increased limits required for these larger projects, and the subsequent increase in annual premiums, multiplied by the number of years you are required to maintain these limits (typically 6 or 7), the benefits can outweigh the increased costs. Another benefit to the project insurance policy, from a client’s perspective, is that your client now has dedicated limits specific to his project Vs sharing your policy limits with hundreds of other clients. Another issue when considering joint venture vs. LLC is which will be more palatable to the client/owner. With a highly competitive project with multiple teams, the preference may be the joint venture with its joint and several liability status. With a less competitive bidding process, an LLC may be preferable from a risk management perspective. That small issue could be the difference between being called back for a second round of the selection process and being sent to a remote outpost on the edge of known space. With the shortage of work available to architects, engineers and land surveyors, teaming up with other professionals with a unique set of expertise through a joint venture makes sense, but before you venture out into the unknown consult with your insurance broker and attorney to discuss the risk management and insurance issues specific to each joint venture option. If you have any questions or comments, please call or email: Tom Harkins, Willis A&E Group, Willis of Illinois, Inc. 847 517 3453 • tom.harkins@willis.com The observations, comments and suggestions we have made in this publication are advisory and are not intended nor should they be taken as legal or financial advice. Please contact your own legal or financial adviser for an analysis of your specific facts and circumstances.

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ith nearly five decades of experience spanning virtually every type of project, Collman & Karsky has the unique ability to truly understand each client’s needs. Our ability to combine function, cost, and schedule into a single project vision allows Collman & Karsky to guide each client through the complex process of design and construction with complete confidence and success. An active member of the U.S. Green Building Council, over 50% of our staff are LEED Accredited Professionals and we have been recognized for design of LEED® Gold Certified TUI Marine Corporate Headquarters and for design of Dunedin’s new 45,000-square-foot community center - Pinellas County’s first LEED® Silver Certified public facility. Our firm was honored with several awards for our innovative "greenbuilding" strategies: a Horizon Award from the Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida; a Future of the Region Award from the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council; and Promising Practice Award from the Council for Sustainable Florida. We are currently working on several other LEED Registered projects for which we anticipate a LEED Silver rating.

Rod Collman began his career in architecture in 1968 with a small commercial architectural practice by the name of Fasnacht and Schultz Architects in Dunedin, Florida. In 1980, after 10 years of self-study and apprenticeship, he became a Registered Architect. Just two years later, in 1982, he became a partner in the firm and in 1993 took over the firm after the death of Mel Schultz. At this time the firm had a staff of 4. Rod expanded operations with the purchase of an interior design firm in Tampa in 1995 with a staff of 6. For the next 9 years he oversaw the growth of two office locations. Rod now leads along with partner Bryan Karsky, the firm of Collman & Karsky Architects, an Architectural and Interior Design Practice of 20 professionals in Tampa over 50% of whom are LEED Accredited Professionals. His firm was one of the founding firms that formed the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. He achieved the first LEED "Silver" registered public building design in 2007 for the City of Dunedin – the first for his firm and for the Tampa Bay community. Other sustainable efforts include a 10 story high rise office building, a medical office building, a LEED core and shell project for office space, and research for "off the grid" future developments. For fun Rod enjoys chartering his 40 foot wooden Trawler on the Gulf of Mexico. He lives in Dunedin, Florida near his 3 grown children and 2 grandsons.

Photography: Dorian Photography

TUI MARINE Clearwater, FL

Collman & Karsky Architects designed the building as an environmentally friendly facility, assisting the client in achieving GOLD LEED® Certification. Both the developer and tenant were extremely pleased with the work and have subsequently awarded us additional projects.



Photography: George Cott

Collman & Karsky Architects designed this new multi-tenant corporate office building for Hallmark Development. This new one-story building was the first LEED® Certified Corporate Office Building in Pinelias County. The building functions as corporate headquarters for TUI Marine.

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LARGO LIBRARY Largo, Florida New Largo Library is a 90,300 square foot facility and is a single story facility except for the collection wing. There is a program/meeting room wing with a coffee shop that is designed for public access after library hours. Other wings include the children’s reading room and program rooms, a teen suite and the library administration wing. Largo Library is designed as "pavilions in the park" and is touted as the "living room" of the community. The City of Largo selected our team for our ability to produce a library design of "architectural significance" within their budget.

Photography: George Cott

Photography: George Cott

DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER Largo, Florida AIA AWARD WINNER – This public fine arts center facility was originally designed by Collman & Karsky Architects over 25 years ago. In 1998, the trustees turned to us once again to renovate and expand the existing facility from 9,000 sqft to 19,000 sqft. The addition of art studios, galleries, gift shops and offices were done in phases to avoid any disruption to the Center activities which run throughout the day, evening and weekends.

Photography: George Cott

Photography: George Cott



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ENCORE MASTERPLAN (CENTRAL PARK VILLAGE) Tampa, Florida Collman & Karsky Architects, Inc. provided a master plan for this redevelopment area that covers approximately 12 city blocks on the edge of downtown Tampa. Located in the Central Park district, the mixed use plan calls for 2,000+ affordable and market rate residential units; retail, office, restaurants, hotel and grocery; and redesign of Perry Harvey Park. A new street grid will provide for 10 foot wide sidewalks and pedestrian friendly streetscape. A new linear park will connect Perry Harvey Park to the development and will include the renovation of a historic church to a museum showcasing the musical history of historical Central Park.



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Collman & Karsky Architects designed Dunedin’s new Silver LEED® Certified Community Center to meet the ever-growing needs of the City and the community. Collman & Karsky evaluated other municipal community center/recreation program philosophies, trends and technologies in addition to the overall master plan being developed for Highlander Park to create the most cost-effective and sustainable solution. The center functions as a community gathering place for cultural events, art shows, education, meetings, and recreational activities. Collman & Karsky Architects worked with the City of Dunedin to achieve Silver LEED Certification with a total of 33 points for national recognition in "Leadership in Environmental, and Energy Design," making it the first public facility in Pinellas County to receive this honor. Key environmental and cost savings realized through this design effort included optimizing energy performance with glass, insulation and sun control for an annual savings of at least $35,000 per year, reducing water usage by over 20%, achieving zero light pollution, complete remediation of this former brownfield site, recycling over 70% of the construction waste, and utilizing recycled building materials.



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Architecture + Design Founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 1992

Helix Architecture + Design is a premier design firm recognized for work of outstanding quality, superior client service and leadership in the community. We provide architectural and interior design services on projects where an impact can be made and for clients who want to make a difference. Helix emphasizes the "process and appropriateness" of our solutions as the instruments for achieving successful design results. Our purpose is to create meaningful, impactful design solutions that make a difference to our clients, their community and to us. Helix was founded on the belief that there is a better way to practice architecture and design. We discovered the fundamental essence of creating compelling human connections begins with understanding how people experience a space from a human point of view. This belief in people, the Human Element, is what we attribute to our success.

Mainstreet Theatre Helix renovated the historic Mainstreet Theatre, a famous vaudeville venue originally designed by the renowned Chicago architectural firm of Rapp and Rapp, transforming it into AMC’s flagship facility. The Mainstreet Theatre had been a showplace in every sense of the word to Kansas City since the time of its opening in 1921 until the doors closed in 1985. The theatre has been restored to its original condition, paying special attention to the trademark green terra cotta dome which was painted gold in the 1960s. The renovated theater has been dubbed AMC’s "Theatre of the Future" as it is the company’s first fully digital, from inception, theatre world-wide. The theater includes six screens boasting technology’s latest sound and picture quality; three of which offer an upgraded guest experience called Cinema Suites, where guests enjoy luxurious reclining seats as well as in-theatre dining and beverage service. As an anchor of the new Power and Light entertainment district, the Mainstreet Theatre is bringing a surge of new activity to downtown Kansas City.

Photography by Michael Robinson



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Truman Library Addition Helix was commissioned by the Truman Library Institute to design a new exhibit space highlighting the late President’s working office. Truman penned much of his memoirs in this room following his term in the White House and received several dignitaries including President Lyndon Johnson who came to present Harry and Bess Truman the first two Medicare cards ever issued. Museum officials challenged Helix to create a new exhibit experience allowing visitors to view the historic office "just as Truman left it." Patrons enter the new addition from an outdoor courtyard within the existing museum complex. Walking into an environmentally controlled viewing corridor, eyes transition from the bright outdoors to a dimly lit interior space where you can peer into this important room as if looking through a picture window. The design solution provides important ultraviolet and climate protection for Truman’s personal artifacts.

Photography by Helix

Photography by Helix & Michael Sinclair

Bolling Federal Building Originally constructed in 1962, the Richard Bolling Federal Building has become a recognizable landmark on the Kansas City skyline. Helix is providing architectural, design, engineering, abatement and construction management services for the $250 million modernization of this 18-story office building, including a new south entrance. The project is designed under GSA’s "Design Excellence Program" with emphasis on improving the workplace environment for the building’s 4,000 occupants. The modernization of this government office building is also in design compliance with the US Green Building Council’s LEED Silver certification requirements. Environmental improvements to air, light and work space have positively effected the quality of life for all employees. Helix is systematically renovating the building without displacing any of its tenants. The logistical precision of the work on this project has received acknowledgement by the government as a standard against which all other projects of its size are to be measured. This project was awarded a national GSA Design Award for Modernization in 2008.



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Photography by Michael Robinson

Andrews McMeel Universal Andrews McMeel Universal, an international media and entertainment company, purchased the historically significant Boley building in the heart of Kansas City’s downtown for its new corporate headquarters. Needing additional space for its 200 plus employees, AMU incorporated the abandoned post-modern food court in the adjacent Town Center office building. The two opposing architectural environments became the challenge and inspiration for the design, modern with a twist. Helix developed a solution reflective of the whimsical and creative nature of AMU’s employees as well as the significant contributions the company has made to our culture through representation of such icons as Doonesbury, Ziggy and Cathy. Designed to stimulate synergy and inspire creativity, the contemporary, light-filled volume with its multi-story grand stair, expansive skylights and ground floor café, resonates with the energy of a company looking to the future while respecting its past. Andrews McMeel Universal was awarded the Capstone Award by the Kansas City Business Journal in 2009.

KCP&L Bridge Unlike many bridges designed to convey people or vehicular traffic, this is a bridge for power. The design challenge was to visually enhance the appearance of the utilitarian bridge from the interstate below and the adjacent $850 million Kansas City Power & Light entertainment district.

Photography by Helix

The structure was clad in dark zinc metal panels that exaggerate the bridges length while giving it an object quality hovering over the highway. To soften its appearance the metal panels have round perforations of various sizes and they are stamped with a texture of varying depths. The perforations, texture and undulating skin was based on a series of electrical "sine waves" representing the power within. To add visual interest at night, it is internally illuminated with a series of programmable LED’s that animate the structure with a sense of energy and power with deep blue pulsating light running the length of the bridge.



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Missouri Bank – Crossroads Branch When Missouri Bank approached Helix to design its branch facility in the center of Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, the primary objective was to be the "unbank" of Kansas City. Instead of focusing on the traditional functions and processes of a bank, they wanted to provide a community gathering place for the unique entrepreneurial clientele that works and lives in the surrounding area; an environment more like a sidewalk café or a farmers market than a branch bank. Typical banking elements were combined, rethought or eliminated as banking services were secondary to their vision of a banking destination. "We represent a community of people and ideas. Our customers are more important than our brand or our banking functions." Missouri Bank purchased an abandoned automotive garage that was originally built in the 1920s, and it was important to them that this simple building be retained and transformed. The front of the building was opened up with large expanses of glass, welcoming the community into the bank. Billboards that had dominated the site for many years now serve as art boards, showing the work of local artists. The craftsmen and artisans are local to the community and many are customers of the bank. The building receive a LEED Gold rating from the US Green Building Council, and features a number of unique green features. The glass walls of the building are set in frames made of cypress wood that was reclaimed from old vinegar vats. The wood for the floors was reclaimed from area barns, replacement roof joists came from demolished area buildings, and a large sliding door within the building was reclaimed from an area post office. The building has a green roof, low flow plumbing fixtures, efficient lighting and lighting controls, as well as an efficient mechanical system and energy management controls.

Photography by Michael Sinclair



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SSOE Group is an international EPCM firm ranked eleventh among the largest engineering and architecture firms (Building Design + Construction, 2009). SSOE has also been named one of the "Best AEC Firms to Work For" (Building Design + Construction) and as one of the fastest-growing firms by Inc. Magazine, 2009 and ZweigWhite, Hot List 2009. With 19 offices around the world, SSOE is a leader in providing sustainable and renewable solutions. The company has earned a solid reputation providing architecture, engineering, procurement, and construction management services to the healthcare, automotive, science and technology, energy, alternative energy, biofuels, chemical, food and beverage, glass, and consumer products industries. SSOE has completed projects in more than 30 countries. Visit www.ssoe.com for additional information and career opportunities.

Volkswagen Group of America Automotive Production Facility Chattanooga, Tennessee Having successfully performed design work for more than 50% of all automotive assembly plants built in the United States over the last ten years, Volkswagen called upon SSOE Group to oversee architecture, engineering, and construction management services for their new production facility. The 1,350-acre greenfield site includes conventional steel framed buildings with concrete columns, steel floor / roof structures, metal wall panels, and a single-ply membrane roof. The plant will have the capacity to annually produce 150,000 mid-sized vehicles. The primary manufacturing operations will include weld, paint, and assembly, with other facilities to include outbound logistics, extensive training center, media (utility) center, social hall with cafeteria, technical center, tank farm, and fire station. The A/E services involved are site / civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, fire protection, plumbing, electrical, and wastewater treatment. SSOE also partnered with firms for the environmental permitting process and the facilities construction management.

Aerial photography by Aerial Innovations***



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The University of Toledo North Engineering Lab Upfits Toledo, Ohio SSOE provided planning, programming, and conceptual design for this conversion of an existing facility (previously of an industrial nature) into specialized lab facilities, including a new fuel cell research laboratory, dynamometer facilities, nanopolymer, and environmental laboratories. Phase I, which consisted of fuel cell and instrumentation laboratories, has already been completed. Phase II is currently underway and will include design of flexible laboratory spaces for advanced materials, energy, environmental, biomedical, and biotechnology research. The renovated space will also include instructional areas and spaces for student collaboration. The project necessitated the evaluation and continuation of existing building systems along with chiller capacity expansion and provisions for additional lab expansion within the existing space. SSOE applied its BIM-based, 3D capabilities to create stationary images and a walk-through video of the facility.

Renderings provided by SSOE



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Mercy Health Partners, Mercy Tiffin Hospital New Hospital and Medical Office Building Tiffin, Ohio Aiming to increase patient access to state-of-the-art medical technology and professional healthcare services, Mercy Tiffin Hospital sought SSOE’s expertise to construct a new, fully integrated hospital and medical office building. In approaching the project, SSOE partnered with the construction manager and several key trade contractors—an integrated project delivery collaboration that allowed for unrestrained discussion about cost-saving strategies and methods of accelerating the project schedule. The result of these incorporated efforts is a new, full-service healthcare facility featuring superior technology and expanded accommodations for guests, visitors, and staff members. SSOE created a welcoming and modern hospital environment to maximize patients’ privacy, safety, and comfort during recovery. In addition to increasing patient access to innovative medical equipment, physicians’ offices, and professional health services, the new hospital includes a spacious layout that has vastly improved patient flow. DESIGN To create a consistent and distinctive image for the new Mercy Tiffin, custom interior design elements—including floor patterns, casework, and signage—were carried throughout the hospital. Soothing color palettes and inviting lounge areas provide therapeutic spaces for patients’ family members. A new coffee shop and restaurant-style café complete the amenities. “SSOE Group listened to our concerns and guided the design process to create this "state-of-the-art" facility". - Dale Thornton, President / CEO, Mercy Tiffin Hospital

Interior photos provided by Dennis Greaney and Thomas Franks Exterior image provided by Thomas Ethington



Association of Licensed Architects Continuing Education

Vegetated Green Roofs in Germany and the U.S. by Molly Meyer, M.Sc., GRP, ASLA, LEED Green Associate

Learning Objectives: After taking this course, the reader will: 1. Know the definition and benefits of green roofs 2. Understand green roof design types and installation methods 3. Learn the history of green roofing in Germany 4. Understand how the U.S. can learn from the German green roofing experience

Vegetated Green Roofs and their Benefits A vegetated green roof, also called a vegetated roof, green roof, garden roof, eco roof, or planted roof, among other terms, is a system above a waterproofed structure that supports the long-term growth of plants. Although this is a broad definition of a green roof, there are two critical points. First, a vegetated green roof is a system above a waterproof structure. Primarily, a green roof is a roof. No matter how pretty the plants are, if the building underneath them gets wet or collapses, then a green roof has failed as a roof. Therefore, the structure has to be strong enough to hold the weight of the vegetation system, and the roofing membrane must be waterproof. Second, a vegetated green roof needs to support the long-term growth of plants. The growing media, drainage system, and other components of the green roof must create a long-lasting, lush green space on a rooftop. Green roofs benefit both the environment and building owners and occupants. The environmental benefits include: • Reduction of the urban heat island effect. The urban heat island effect is a phenomenon that occurs in cities in which the air temperature in dense urban centers is several degrees higher than the outlying suburban and rural areas’ air temperatures. The urban heat island effect is a result of many surfaces, like roads, sidewalks, and blacktop roofs, absorbing and radiating heat. Plants naturally cool the surrounding air through transpiration, which is the process by which plants lose water and convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. When buildings and surfaces are covered with greenery, this natural cooling process is employed to lower the ambient air temperature relative to the temperature near unplanted surfaces on a hot day. • Improvement of urban air quality. Vegetation pulls industrial dust and soot out of the air, consumes carbon dioxide, and creates oxygen. • Decrease in noise pollution. When there are many hard surfaces, like concrete and brick, noises bounce off those surfaces and create a loud place to live and work. Covering surfaces with plants dampens sounds.

• Increase in biological diversity and connection of species habitats. Green roofs create a stopping point for migratory species like birds and butterflies. A series of green roofs in a city can create a corridor of habitats, giving species safe harbor and improving their chances of survival. Green roofs also create numerous benefits to building owners and users. These benefits include: • Increase in the lifetime of roofing membranes. Roofing membranes degrade over time due to exposure to extreme temperatures and ultraviolet radiation. Green roofs prevent UV rays from hitting the underlying membranes and limit temperature fluctuations. This helps roofing membranes last longer. Green roofs can remain on the same roofing membrane for up to 50 years or more. • Decrease in building energy use. Studies have shown that air conditioning loads can be decreased as much as 25 percent when a green roof is added to a building. A vegetated roof’s surface temperature is at most 90 degrees on a hot summer day. The surface temperature of a black rooftop can reach 150 degrees or more on the same day, so the HVAC system has to use more energy to cool the 150degree exterior surface temperature to a 70-degree interior air temperature than it would if the building had a green roof. The exact energy savings is different for each roof and each season and depends on many factors including the local climate, the proportion of roof area to total surface area of a building, and the location of the HVAC system air intake. • Mitigation of stormwater runoff. Green roofs act as sponges: absorbing water during rain events and slowly releasing it later on. This decreases the volume spikes in cities’ stormwater runoff systems and prevents combined stormwater overflow. When civil engineers include the stormwater mitigation effects of green roofs in their design calculations, they can often decrease the size of a project’s stormwater retention tank and save the owner money. In some municipalities, buildings with green roofs offer property owners stormwater tax reductions. • Increase in usable outdoor space. Green roofs create a pleasing natural environment, which can be used as entertainment spaces, meditative areas, vegetable gardens, and children’s play spaces. Design Types and Installation Methods of Green Roofs Green roofs come in many different forms. They are classified by design types and by installation methods. There are three different design options for green roofs: extensive (Continued on page 32)



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roofs, intensive roofs, and semi-intensive roofs. There are two different installation options for green roofs: modular systems and built-in-place systems.

requirements. Access is generally limited to maintenance personnel. Semi-intensive roofs are designed for greater plant diversity and greater stormwater retention than extensive roofs. They are often designed to provide a native plant environment or a plant and animal refuge. They are generally not designed with a manicured layout and strict planting plan, which are typical of intensive roofs. [Figure 3.]

Design types: • Extensive roofs have a total system depth of less than six inches, low saturated weight (10-35 lbs/sf), low cost per square foot, and minimal maintenance requirements. They are typically inaccessible, other than for maintenance personnel. Plant diversity is low because plant selection is often limited to sedum (pronounced SEE-dum). Sedum are robust, drought-tolerant plants. [Figure 1.]

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Installation methods: • A modular system is a series of trays that are installed like tiles, one next to the other, until the roof is covered to create a grid of greenery across a roof surface. Tray sizes vary but are most commonly one foot by two feet or two feet by four feet. Trays are often black molded plastic, although there are aluminum and biodegradable versions available. The trays include an internal drainage system and are filled with growing media and planted before they are delivered to the roof. Modular systems are available in system depths between two and six inches, so they can be used for extensive green roofs and some semi-intensive roofs but are not appropriate for intensive roofs. Modular systems, depending on the supplier, can be used on sloped roofs up to 4:12 pitch. [Figure 4.]

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• Intensive roofs have a total system depth of more than six inches, high saturated weight (35-100 lbs/sf or more), high cost per square foot, and high maintenance requirements. Intensive roofs are maintained with equal or greater care as traditional manicured green spaces on the ground. They are usually accessible to building occupants, offering additional usable outdoor space in the form of manicured lawns and gardens, vegetable gardens, meditative spaces, and play areas. Plant diversity is high because a landscape architect, landscape designer or garden enthusiast selects plants and develops a planting plan. [Figure 2.] Figure 2

• Semi-intensive roofs have a total system depth between five and seven inches, moderate saturated weight (35-50 lbs/sf), mid-range cost per square foot, and moderate maintenance



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• A built-in-place system is a green roof that is installed one layer at a time, like a sandwich, rather than like tiles as with a modular system. The components of a built-in-place system vary based on design goals but often include from water-proof structure to planted surface: a protection fabric over the roofing membrane and root barrier, a drainage layer, a filter fabric, growing media, and plants. Built-in-place systems can be designed to meet any green roof goal, including extensive, semi-intensive, and intensive roofs. Built-in-place systems are available for sloped roofs up to 10:12 pitch and can be custom-engineered for steeper roofs. [Figure 5.] [Figure 6.]

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There are advantages and trade-offs to each green roof installation Intensive No Yes method. When Semi-intensive ”´GHHS Yes selecting a system for Sloped ”SLWFK ”SLWFK a project, it is important to consider the following factors: design goals, budget, roof area, and roof access. Both modular and built-in-place systems are appropriate for extensive and semi-intensive roofs. However, only built-in-place systems can be used for intensive roofs and sloped roofs greater than 4:12 pitch. Both modular and built-in-place systems can be instantly "green", that is have more than 80 percent plant coverage on the day of installation. "Fully-green" modular systems must be grown in a nursery for three to four months before the day of installation, and "fully-green" built-in-place systems must be planted with a vegetated sedum mat, which looks much like a roll of sod. Material costs per square foot for modular systems are higher than for built-in-place systems. In spite of their higher material costs, modular systems can sometimes save on labor expenses, since modular systems are easier to install on small roof areas and on roofs with difficult access. For instance, if necessary, trays could be delivered to a roof by hand with many trips up and down the stairs! Though built-in-place systems’ materials are less expensive per square foot, each layer is installed individually and supplied in bulk, so there must be space for a crane near the

building. Significant surplus can remain from materials supplied in bulk. For example, the smallest roll sizes for filter fabric varies based on supplier from 500 to 4500 square feet. Both the on-going maintenance and the potential removal of green roof materials in the case of a leak in the underlying membrane (called "overburden removal") are often cited as reasons to choose modular or built-in-place systems. But, there is little evidence to support a difference between the systems’ performances in these areas. The amount of maintenance required for a green roof is a function of the planting method used. When an extensive green roof is planted with plugs or cuttings, weeds can compete with the young plants for space, water and nutrients in the largely-uncovered growing media. However, when an extensive roof is planted with either fullygrown trays or vegetated sedum mats, weeds do not have the opportunity to grow in the already-covered growing media. Overburden removal is an enormous task regardless of how the green roof is installed. Both green roof systems cover the roofing membrane, greatly hampering efforts to "chase a leak" if a breach in the membrane is discovered after green roof installation. The best ways to prepare for the unfortunate task of overburden removal are to (1) employ a construction management plan after the membrane has been leak tested, (2) use experienced and conscientious contractors for roofing work and trades after roofing, and (3) install an electronic field vector map (EFVM). EFVM is a series of wires, which are laid on or imbedded within the roofing membrane to detect a membrane breach within inches. Modular Built-in-place Factor EFVM must be installed Extensive Yes Yes at the time of membrane Design options Limited Unlimited installation, before the green roof is placed. Instant green Yes Yes Then, it is permanently Material cost High /sf Low /sf available to identify leaks Roof area Small Large so that only a small Roof access Unlimited Limited section of green roof materials would be Maintenance n/a n/a displaced for roofing Removal n/a n/a repairs. [Figure 7.]

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Development of Green Roofing in Germany In green roof discussions, Germany is bound to come up. Green roofing has been a part of modern building practices in Germany for since the 1980s. One hundred and forty million square feet of green roof area are installed annually in Germany. In North America, 3.2 million square feet is the most green roof area installed in one year. Understanding the historical development of the German green roof market is important because green roof designers, installers, maintenance personnel, and building owners in the United States can learn from the successes and failures that have already been achieved through the experience of German green roofers. (Continued on page 34)



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As early as the 1800s, unintentional green roofs were a part of the building code in Berlin and other German cities. The Berlin building code of the time required standard roofing systems to include tongue-and-groove decking and tar-paper membrane. The membranes were covered with two centimeters of sand and eight centimeters of gravel. The intended result of the covering was to protect the underlying membrane from temperature extremes and to avoid heavy maintenance burden of repairs. Unintentionally, these roofs spontaneously vegetated. Some of these 19th Century green roofs still exist today, although most were destroyed during the First and Second World Wars. During Germany’s reconstruction after WWII, modern roofing membranes were used instead of the 19th Century tar-paper systems, so no more spontaneouslyvegetating green roofs were built. Additionally, there was little attention paid to including green space and plants in the city. The housing demands were so great that city planners and developers neglected to include green spaces. By the 1970s, there was a backlash against the loss of connection to nature in cities since post-WWII reconstruction, and a strong environmental movement began in Germany. The increase in awareness of environmental issues inspired a re-thinking of the building practices since WWII. Experiments in new green building technologies, including green roofing, started during this time. By 1984, the federal government passed legislation that prohibited the unification of water and sewage fees. This meant that property owners had to pay for the water that flowed from their land as well as the water that they used, and it set the groundwork for government-regulated incentives for green roofs in the future. In the 1980s, large-scale green roof projects and green roof experiments were undertaken. These were organized to (1) measure the environmental benefits of green roofs and (2) identify the critical factors in ensuring long-term plant and roof performance. Berlin city Block 103 was one such experimental project. Local residents took over the condemned buildings on Block 103 from the city and renovated them with green roofs, among other environmental measures including solar panels and geothermal wells. In total, more than 13,000 square feet of green roofs were installed on six buildings in Block 103. From experiments and projects like Block 103 in Berlin, the Forschungsgesellschaft Landschaftsentwicklung Landscaftsbau, e.V. (FLL), in English "Landscape Development and Construction Research Association," developed a set of standards for building long-lasting green roofs. FLL first published a set of basic principles for green roofing in 1982. In 1990, FLL published the first green roofing guidelines, accepted as industry best practices and informed by the results of experiments in the 1980s. These guidelines are called "Richtlinie für die Planung, Ausführung und Pflege von Dachbegrüngen," in English "Guidelines for the Planning, Execution, and Upkeep of Green Roof Sites". Based on the FLL green roof guidelines, city governments were able to include green roof performance data in their stormwater



policies. Since 1984, when the federal regulation prohibited the unification of water and sewage fees, property owners were paying taxes for the water they used and for the water that flowed from their land. Green roofs measurably mitigate storm water runoff, and once researchers quantified the amount of mitigation, those values were included in government policies to incentivize, subsidize, or require green roofs. By 1997, 42 percent of German cities had green roof policies. By 2008, 85 percent of German cities had green roof policies. Green roofing evolved from an unintentional by-product of the standard roofing practices in the 1800s to a novel concept for modern buildings in the 1970s to a meaningful tool for stormwater management for individual property owners and entire cities in the 1990s. As green roofs gained traction in stormwater policies in the 1990s, the green roof market grew. By the 2000s, German green roof suppliers standardized systems and products, provided training programs for professional installers, based their systems and processes on the FLL standards, and offered standard warranties. Today, at some German construction companies, crews of 20 employees work full time on green roof installations and maintenance. The German green roof market is now a wellestablished, mature industry. Lessons from the German Green Roofing Experience As relative newcomers to green roofing technology, green roofers in the United States can learn a great deal from the green roofing experience in Germany. First, German green roofing costs are much lower than costs for similar systems in the U.S., and adopting techniques from German green roofing can save costs for U.S. green roofers. Second, German green roofers have had green roof failures. U.S. green roofers can learn from those examples to avoid repeating costly mistakes. Green roof material costs and average green roof installed price in Germany are less than in the U.S. Materials for an extensive green roof in Germany can be purchased for as little as $1.75 per square foot, whereas materials for a similar system in the U.S. are $4.50 per square foot. Average installed price for a basic extensive green roof in Germany is $2.80 per square foot, compared to $11 per square foot in the U.S. Several trends contribute to these cost differences. As mentioned earlier in this article, modular systems are more expensive than built-in-place systems. Modular systems were developed in Germany in the early 1990s. However, after one to two years in the market, they were phased out because they were too expensive. U.S. green roofers are using modular systems because they are standardized and simple to install, even though they are more expensive. As the U.S. green roof market evolves from green roofs as a novelty to a commodity, the market share of modular and built-in-place systems may change. Aluminum edging is an expensive garden edge detail that is almost ubiquitously specified on U.S. projects. On extensive green roofs in Germany, either a thin, low-cost perforated aluminum edge is used, or instead of garden edging, the filter fabric is

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flipped up to separate growing media from gravel edges. This German technique reduces material and labor costs. Planting method also affects average costs. When roofs are planted using plugs and cuttings, they are less expensive to install than planting with vegetated sedum mats. Vegetated mats are used sparingly in German green roofs, whereas they are more commonly found on green roofs in the U.S. The distribution method of growing media also affects costs. In Germany, specialized blower trucks are used to blow growing media from a semi-truck on the ground through tubing onto the roof surface. This allows for rapid distribution of material across large surfaces. In the U.S. these specialized trucks are not available, so installers use supersacks, which are bags containing two cubic yards of growing media that can be suspended from a crane. Installers handle growing media three times when distributing media from supersacks because they first unload the supersacks from the delivery truck, then hoist the supersacks with a crane, and then pour growing media from the supersacks into wheelbarrows to distribute it across the roof surface. The U.S. method of growing media distribution with supersacks greatly increases labor and material costs associated with installation. Systemic differences in the construction industry also influence overall costs. Germany is a small country compared to the U.S. With a land area about the size of Montana, distribution networks and blower truck dispatch can be efficiently managed. Many German contractors have access to cranes. Since German contractors are regularly working on tight job sites, cranes are easier to source and cheaper to use in Germany than in the U.S. Employee turnover is lower in Germany than in the U.S., so training costs are lower. Finally, there is no novelty factor for green roofers in Germany, where green roofing is equal to other trades. In the U.S., most green roofs are a new experience for the general contractor, roofer, and landscaper. Therefore, there are inefficiencies and a perception of greater risk. American preferences also contribute to higher costs in the U.S. Building owners in the U.S. tend to want instantly "green" roofs, with either the simplicity of an extensive modular system or the complexity of an intensive manicured garden. Germans, on the other hand, are satisfied with more natural-looking green roofs with meadow-like appearances and lower installation and maintenance costs. These habits of taste may never change. That said, as more green roofs are built in the U.S., a greater volume of material will be sold and understanding of the technology will spread. Ultimately, volume sales and competition will reduce costs. Beyond costs, U.S. green roofers can learn from German green roofers’ mistakes. Figure 8 shows pictures of green roof failures and lists the problems and the possible solutions. These failed green roofs can be discouraging reminders of expensive mistakes. However, from these lessons and decades of experience, German green roofers have demonstrated how to make beautiful green roofs the rule rather than the exception, through commitment to thoughtful design, careful installation, and on-going maintenance. [Figure 8.]

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Failure: Too little water Evidence: Plants are sparse and reddish in color, which indicates stress. Growing media is thin and low in organics. Drainage layer is dimpled foam board with no waterholding capacity. Solution: (1) Use drainage layer with some water-holding capacity; (2) install more growing media; (3) select growing media with more organic content; and (4) consider irrigation system. Caution: too much water can also cause failure. Failure: Water erosion Evidence: There are patches bare of plants and growing media, patWHUQVRIZDWHUÀRZGRZQVORSHDQG thin plant coverage. Solution: (1) Install growing media retention system to hold media onto slope; and (2) install more growing media to provide plants with deeper rooting zone. Failure: Wind erosion Evidence: There is no growing media on the roof. Moss, rather than VHGXPLVJURZLQJXVLQJWKH¿OWHU fabric as a substrate. Solution: (1) Use FLL-tested growing media; (2) analyze site’s wind exposure before design; and (3) plant using a vegetated mat or cover plants with an erosion-prevention blanket during establishment period.

Failure: Unwanted plant growth Evidence: A tree is growing out of the parapet on the green roof. The FDUHWDNHUSUREDEO\FDXVHGWKHĂ€DVKing damage when carelessly pulling weeds with substantial root growth. Solution: Follow a regular maintenance plan, approved by the supplier and designer, with a minimum of semi-annual inspections.

This is not a comprehensive list. Membrane and structural failures are among possible failures not shown.

Molly Meyer, M.Sc., GRP, ASLA, LEED Green Associate, owns and manages three companies: Molly Meyer, LLC, Rooftop Green Works, LLC, and EcoKnowledge Nexus, LLC. Molly Meyer, LLC is a green roof design and consulting firm. Rooftop Green Works, LLC is a contracting company specializing in the installation and maintenance of vegetated green roofs. EcoKnowledge Nexus, LLC provides on-going education on green building topics to professionals in the green building industry. In 2007, she received a fellowship from the Robert Bosch Foundation to work in the vegetated green roofing industry in Germany. She installed all varieties of green roofs (including sloped, single-course extensive, multi-course extensive, intensive, and inverted roofs), analyzed existing green roofs for maintenance issues, and designed green roof systems including wind uplift, drainage, irrigation, and sloped applications. She is bringing her unique and rich experience in the mature green roofing industry in Germany to the young green roofing industry in the U.S. Molly's construction work began in 2005 when she was an apprentice carpenter for general contractor Edifice Construction in Seattle. She earned her B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems, with a focus in soil research, from Stanford University. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois and is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana.



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ALA Voted Two Members into the College of Fellows At the ALA Annual Banquet held at Medinah Country Club on November 13, 2009, ALA advanced two members into the ALA College of Fellows. Jeffrey Budgell, FALA, AIA, NCARB, LEED-AP Jeff is President of Architect’s Studio and has over 20 years of experience in family and multifamily residential projects as well as retail, office, mixed-use and commercial/industrial projects. He has been a member of ALA since 1998, a director on the ALA National Board for 3 years and is Chairman of the National Education Committee. Jeff is a board member who is always willing to work and responds well to our requests. Jeff received a Bachelor of Architecture in Building Technology from the University of Illinois Chicago Circle in 1985, his Illinois architecture license in 1990 and his real estate broker license in 1992. In 2008 he became LEED accredited. Jeff is a member of numerous organizations including: NCARB, AIA, Urban Land Institute, USGBC (United States Green Building Council), Association of Realtors and the Elmhurst City Centre Board where he was a Director for 4 years and President for 2 years. Fred H. Prather, FALA Fred received a B.C. degree in Architecture in 1940 and has had a stellar architectural career for 69 years. He is still a practicing architect in Port Charlotte, Florida. His professional career began as a draftsman in Washington D.C. with the U.S. Navy and in 1947 became partner with his father in Chicago. In 1950, he founded his own firm "Fred H. Prather, Architect" and is well known for his exceptional multi-family, commercial and institutional projects. Fred has been a member and elected officer of several organizations including AIA, Illinois Society of Architects (President 1993-1995), Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) where he was a Fellow, President (1983-1984), winner of the Jean P. Boulanger award and that earned him their distinguished Presidential Citation. Fred has been member of ALA since 1999.

Jeff Whyte, ALA Service Award Recipient Jeff Whyte, ALA received the ALA Service Award at the Annual Banquet held at Medinah Country Club on November 13, 2009. Jeff is President of Jeff Whyte & Associates, Inc. and has been a member of ALA since 2002. He immediately became involved with the Association by starting to work on the Technology committee and with his enthusiasm and dedication brought new life into the organization. In 2006, Jeff became a member of the National Board and Chairman of the Technology Committee where he has worked tirelessly to get our new website up and running. In addition, he managed to get the ALA short form agreements and contracts in electronic form. ALA truly appreciates all his volunteer services and accomplishments.



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2010 ALA Design Awards Program Categories

Purpose To give professional recognition, to excellence in Design by selecting award recipients whose work exhibits the creative and aesthetic characteristics deemed relevant by their peers and associates and to foster adoption of this quality by the general public.

Eligibility All submittals must be completed works designed by ALA members. Design awards are to be in the name of the firm, if a member of the firm is a member of ALA and a Principal of the firm. Otherwise, the award shall be given in the name of the Architect responsible for the design with the name of the members firm also shown. No entry may be submitted which has previously won an ALA or ICARA Design Award.

Awards Entries will be judged on their own merits based on: • • • •

Program Solution Site and Space Planning Overall Design Solution Construction System and Details

Certificates will be presented in order that the Firm, Owner, Contractor and Developer may be recipients. The following awards will be issued: - Presidential Award (1) - Gold Medal Award - Silver Medal Award - Award of Merit

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Residential I - Single Family Homes Residential II - Multi Family Homes, Apts Commercial/Industrial Renovation Institutional Religious Unbuilt Design Interior Architecture

Jury/Judging The jury panel of five jurors will be composed of architects and other design professionals such as college professors, journalists, interior designers, etc. It will meet shortly after the submission deadline to evaluate and select the building projects to receive awards. Decisions of the jury shall be final. None of the jury members may submit entries for judging or be associated with a firm submitting entries.

Submittals 1. Submit no less than one (1) or more than two (2) 20” X 20” boards, the composition of which shall be at the discretion of the entrant. 2. After Declaration of Intent, each participant will receive a detailed description of entry requirements by August 5th, 2010 to guide in the preparation of the boards. Minimum

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requirements will be enumerated along with accompanying information. 3. Boards and accompanying material must be received at ALA Headquarters by close of business on September 11th, 2010.

Award Winning Entries Award recipients will be requested to furnish additional photos or electronic versions for press releases and to display their boards at the Awards Banquet.

Presentation of Awards Certificates will be presented to applicants at the 2010 Awards Presentation Dinner on Friday, November 12, 2010 at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois. Clients are invited to attend along with entrants and guests. Additional certificates will be made available at the applicant’s request, for a nominal fee of $35.00 each.

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ALAFLORIDA Florida February Meeting ALA welcomed Florida architects in grand style at its first all-day Architecture Conference at the Hilton Carillon in St Petersburg, Florida on February 25th. Attendees were extremely pleased with the program and four master speakers who shared their knowledge and experience on the "Legalities and Realities of Risk Management and Building Carbon Neutral."

implications of this are also important since the legislation, already in full effect, does not provide meaningful protocols or procedures necessary for implementa-tion or enforcement and that poses a risk for all seeking to comply.

AM Seminar: Blueprint for Successful Risk Management Mark Blankenship, CPCU, AIC, LEED AP from Liberty International Underwriters gave an analysis of claims data by professional liability insurers that identified seven steps architects can take to substantially reduce their odds of being involved in a claim. Mark gave specific recommendations regarding risk identification and evaluation, documentation of project planning and execution, allocation of risks by contract, management of sub-consultants, collaboration and constructability reviews, quality assurance/quality control, and construction contract administration. Edward Savitz, Esq. from Bush Ross, P. A. Attorneys at Law presented a related case study that included a brief factual pattern based on several actual claims made against architects in the context of the principles for risk management presented by Mark Blankenship. Each participant was asked to review a fact presentation and the group then discussed ways to deal with the scenario which addressed several risk settings including: contractual language intended to obligate designers to a higher standard of care than is imposed by the "reasonable architect" standard; responsibility for geotechnical reports; reuse of the work of other designers. The discussion resulted in the sharing of collective experiences of attendees, counsel and risk management professionals.

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PM Seminar "Wrestling with the Green Beast: Architecture and Land Development" Ujjval K. Vyas, Ph.D., J.D., from the Alberti Group discussed the Meeting co-sponsor: implications of green development, design, construction and operation requirements that are increasingly becoming entangled with legal issues. This poses an unusual risk for design professionals since they are often the first to provide counsel to owners and others regarding the advisability of green options and process. Recent changes in the USGBC’s LEED program, the upcoming changes to the Energy Star requirements as well as numerous additional rating or voluntary standard products entering the market make this area even more confusing and risk-laden. Given the KELLY P. REYNOLDS & ASSOCIATES, INC. current state of the economy, sophisticated owners and design BUILDING CODE CONSULTANTS professionals are examining more closely how to deliver real value by adopting green options without additional or new risks. NATIONWIDE Paul D’Arelli, Esq., LEED AP from Berger Singerman concentrated his presentation on the recent important legislative change enacted by the Florida Legislature - HB 697. This law has far-reaching implications for the design and planning community in Florida. It necessitates that all development in Florida must now begin to consider and account for CO2 emissions and energy conservation. The

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December 2009 Program: (all photos L to R) 1. Sponsors from KONE Brian Cave and Jon Boyd with presenter Jeff Peterson, KONE. 2. Fred Gleave, ALA-Illinois Director; Judy Brill, ALA-Illinois Vice President; and Jeff Whyte, ALA National, Director. January 2010 Chicago Permit Meeting: Over 150 attendees enjoyed dinner and presentation at Mission Hills Country Club. 3. Tom Hofmaier, ALA, Ingeni with Ken Truelson, ALA and Les Okunowski, ALA both of SSOE. 4. Presenters Hal Hutchinson, ALA and Jerry Pascazio of the Chicago Department of Building. February 23 - Joint ALA/CSI Special Event: 5. Panelists Len Anastasi, President of the Air Barrier Assoc.; Elizabeth Ordner, Wiss, Janney, Elstner; Moderator Nolan Day, CSI, CertainTeed; Russ Brown, Munters Corp. 6. Attendees enjoy a continental breakfast while speaking with program sponsors. Thank you to our meeting sponsors: Anderson Windows, BASF, CertainTeed, DuPont Tyvek, Johns Manville and REX Electric.

Upcoming ALA-Illinois Programs: Wednesday. April 7: "It’s Easy Being Green" by Cheryl Ciecko of WoodWorks 5:30 - 8:30 PM at The Carlisle, Lombard (1.5 LU/HSW/SD) Wednesday, May 12: "You Turn Me On... I’m an LED" by Mark Sills and Gwen Grossman of Charter Sills 5:30 – 8:30 PM at Meridian Banquets, Rolling Meadows (1.5 LU/HSW) Tuesday, May 25: "Gypsum 101" and Tour (space is limited) 11:30 – 1:30 at the National Gypsum Plant, Waukegan (2.0 LU/HSW) For more information or registration to these events, call 847-382-0630 or go to ALAtoday.org.

ALA / CSI 12th Annual Chicago Architecture Conference & Product Show

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Drury Lane Conference Center , Oakbrook Terrace, IL 16 Seminars • 6.0 LU’s • Over 100 Exhibitors Early bird Exhibitor rate until May 31. Call us at 847-382-0630 for more information.

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ALAWISCONSIN “ALA Electronic Contracts” On January 12th, Jeff Whyte, ALA’s Technical Committee Chairman, introduced the Short Form ALA electronic contracts to an enthusiastic group of Wisconsin architects at its dinner meeting. This hands-on presentation showed how these contracts available on the new website, ALAtoday.org, will enable architects to navigate the website to prepare, use, edit, modify and customize the contracts for a specific project. Jeff demonstrated several versions of the on-line contracts including the ability to personalize them with the architect’s logo. The members present were impressed by the presentation and anxious to begin using this valuable new system.

Future ALA-Wisconsin Programs May, 2010 – Dinner meeting. "Continuing Education for Architects in Wisconsin" – 1.5 LU Lawrence Schnuck – Wisconsin Dept. of Regulation & Licensing Pier Wisconsin/Discovery World - $30.00 July or August - Program TBA Summer Cookout meeting South Shore Yacht Club - $20.00 For more information or to register for these programs, please contact: Douglas A. Gallus, FALA Architect President, ALA-WI GALLUS ARCHITECTS • 214 N. 76th Street Milwaukee, WI 53213-3532 • Phone (414) 259-9555 Fax (414) 259-9561 • email: dgallus@sbcglobal.net

ALAMINNESOTA ALA MN started off the year strong with a presentation about Building Information Modeling (BIM) by Robert Anderson of Nemetschek North America. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 1st. We are excited to have Sheri Brezinka, the Executive Director of the US Green

Building Council, as a guest. She will be speaking about LEEP AP and why architects should consider this credential. Other upcoming events include an ALA MN board election and a continuing education credit lunch in June. Contact Darrel Lebarron at (612) 623-1800 for more information.

ALAMISSOURI "No Architect Left Behind" Series Meetings are held at the Masonry Institute from 12:00 – 2:00 with attendees earning 2.0 LU’s. For more information, contact Stewart W. MacGregor at 636-536-7004. May 11: Tour-ific" - Tour New Town in St. Charles and understand the current Urban Planning concepts fro a more sustainable community. (On site) July 13: "Codification II" – Introduction to the most recent changes i n the Building Code and how it relates to project design and cost.

ALAOHIO ALA-Ohio is pleased to announce high powered educational seminars for the “Architects Fundamental Knowledge Series 2010”. Final dates to be announced. April - “Habitat for Insanity” - How to improve and enjoy life in the office for fun and profit. May - “Construction Lingo as a Second Language” - “Footers”, “lids”, “dry-in”, “slab prep” and dozens of other terms that will immediately improve every architect’s on-site communications, image and understanding of the construction process from site clearing to final occupancy. June - MEP 101 - Fundamentals on Mechanical, Electrical, Electrical and Plumbing every architect must know.



Changes in the International Building Code The renowned Kelly Reynolds will give an effective oneday seminar workshop that explains in detail the use, intent, rationale and interpretation of the 2009 International Building Code along with the differences from the 2003 and 2006 editions. Attendees will earn 6 LU’S - HSW plus receive a ‘Principles of the International Building Code Workbook’ and a ‘Plan Review Form’ that has a simple checklist for future projects

Workshop dates and locations May 19 . . . . . . . . . . .Chicago, IL May 21 . . . . . .Grand Rapids, MI May 25 . . . . . . . . . . . .Ames, IA May 27 . . . . . .Minneapolis, MN June 8 . . . . . . . . .St Louis, MO June 10 . . . . . . . .Milwaukee, WI More information will be available on alatoday.org

ALA Awards Banquet Friday, November 13, 2009 inety-five architects, building professionals, clients and guests attended ALA’s formal banquet at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, IL on Friday, November 13th to honor the 2009 Design Award Winners. The elegant Medinah Country Club with its history of architectural style and grace provided a spectacular setting for this special evening. Attendees were treated to a gourmet dinner, tasteful background harpist music and participation in the recognition of architectural excellence and outstanding contributions to the profession. Prior to the dinner, the attendees viewed the boards of all eighty-five entries at a cocktail reception generously hosted by: Chicago Plastering Institute, IMAGINiT Technologies, Marvin Windows and Doors, Masonry Advisory Council, M.G. Welbel & Associates, Willis and WoodWorks. ALA President, Steven Pate, FALA introduced this year’s Master of Ceremonies, Geoffrey Baer, Emmy Award-

winning producer for WTTW Channel 11. Mr. Baer is best known for the popular "TV Tours" he writes and hosts for WTTW. These programs highlight the architecture and history of the Chicago area. His architectural insights and humor were enjoyed throughout the evening. Mr. Baer opened the program by introducing the ALA 2009 Board of Directors and Executive Director, Peg McLean who recapped ALA’s impressive and record breaking accomplishments of the year. After dinner, the 2009 Design Award Program winners were recognized. The Gold Medal, Silver Medal and Merit certificates as well as the Don Erickson Presidential Award were awarded to sixteen Illinois architects, two Indiana architects, two Minnesota architects and two Wisconsin architects along with their contractors and owners. Their winning projects were displayed on a large screen for the audience to appreciate.

ALA thanked the distinguished and discriminating panel of judges who gave of their time and expertise in selecting the winners. The 2009 judges were: Robert Greenstreet, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Diane Legge Kemp, FAIA, ASLA, DLK Civic Design, Patrick W. Manley, RA, AIAA, ALA, Manley Architecture Group/MAG, Tim Sheridan, ALA, sheridanarchitecture, and William D. Sturm, AIA, ALA, LEED AP, Serena Sturm Architects. It was an evening to be remembered for how far the Association of Licensed Architects has come and how far they will continue to go with the support and participation of all its members.

A special thanks goes to the Design Award Committee: Jury Chairperson LeRoy Herbst, FALA; Assistant Jury Chairperson; Richard Barnes, ALA; Steve Pate, FALA; Peg McLean, and Kay Rennels.

Guests enjoyed a wonderful reception



Gold Award Winners Winner of Gold & Presidential Awards

Cheu Hsiao, SMNG-A Architects Todd Niemiec, SMNG-A Architects

Stephen Bruns, ALA, Bruns Architecture Darren Howell, Bruns Architecture

Marcy Schulte, Conway + Schulte William Conway, ALA, Conway + Schulte

Insung Chu, DeStefano Partners Duane Sohl, DeStefano Partners Presidential and Gold Merit Winner

Silver Award Winners Alphonso Peluso, ALA, Vertex Architects, LLC Michelle Peluso, Vertex Architects, LLC

Howard Hirsch, ALA Hirsch Associates LLC



Joseph Zimmer, ALA Joseph Zimmer, Architect

The Very Rev. John Canary, Archdiocese of Chicago Lynne Allen, Archdiocese of Chicago Robert Nickola, ALA, Jaeger, Nickola+ Associates, Ltd. David Kuhlman, Jaeger, Nickola+ Associates, Ltd.

Paul Harding, FAIA, ALA Harding Partners

Merit Award Winners

John Hanna, ALA, Hanna Architects, Inc.

Jeffrey Goulette Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson, Ltd.

John Holz, ALA, AIA, LEED AP Devin Kack, LEED AP Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP

Enrique Suarez Harley Ellis Devereaux

Karin Neubauer and Mark Kluemper, Myefski Architects, Inc. John Myefski, ALA, Myefski Architects, Inc.

Mark Kluemper, Myefski Architects, Inc. John Myefski, ALA, Myefski Architects, Inc.

Christopher Kyer Eisland Builders, Inc.

Damon Luke Wilson PSA-Dewberry

Dave Troszak Harley Ellis Devereaux

Damon Luke Wilson PSA-Dewberry

John Hanna, ALA Hanna Architects, Inc.

David Steele Muller & Muller Architects



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