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Association of Licensed Architects

$6.00 Volume 15, No. 4 Winter 2011

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2011 ALA Design Award Winners ■ Insurance: The Right to Withhold Payments? ■ Continuing Education: Net Zero Energy with Masonry ■ Limiting Liability to Non-Parties to the Architectural Contract ■ 2012 IBC Fire and Life Matrix ■

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COVER Orange Branch Library Delaware, Ohio

Firm: Dewberry/MKC, Inc. Brian Meade, ALA

Photography: Brad Feinknopf The design of this new 33,000sf branch library was conceived to reflect a sense of place and strong local identity for the community members. The dramatic angular roof forms were inspired by the vernacular roof forms found in the area. The inspiration for the rich material palette of stone, wood, metal, and glass also comes from the region.

ARTICLES 7 Limiting Liability to Non-Parties to the Architectural Contract Explore through an Illinois appellate court case to what extent a party on a construction project can be held liable. by Shawn E. Goodman, Sabo & Zahn, Attorneys at Law

12 The Right to Withhold Payments? Learn how to protect your firm from non-negotiable onerous contract language. by Tom Harkins, VP of Willis A&E

13 50th Anniversary of the Accessibility Standard Recognize this milestone and look at the beginnings of the Standard, its influence and where it stands today. by Kimberly Paarlberg, RA and Jay Woodward, RA, Senior Staff Architects, ICCI

16 ALA 2011 Design Awards Congratulations to the 21 winning projects from this year’s Design Award competition.

30 2012 Fire & Life Safety Matrix for the 2012 International Building Code A guide of the 2012 updates. In upcoming issues of Licensed Architect, Kelly will explain various updates to the Code. by Kelly Reynolds, Kelly P. Reynolds & Associates

33 Continuing Education Article: "Net Zero Energy with Brick Masonry". Earn 1.0 LU/HSW while discovering strategies to achieve net zero energy in your buildings. by Brian E. Trimble, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Regional VP, Brick Industry Association

38 Contributed Article: ALA Students Making a Difference Architecture students at IIT have made an impact by providing housing in Mexico. by Michelle Davidson





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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jeffrey N. Budgell, FALA - President James K. Zahn, Esq., FALA, Vice President Mark Van Spann, FALA - Secretary Patrick C. Harris, FALA - Treasurer Joanne Sullivan, Executive Director Steven H. Pate, FALA Past President

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t has certainly been a busy fall season for ALA. That means that Joanne, Lisa and Liz have been working hard to make all the scheduled events a success! First was the annual Golf Outing at The Golf Club of Illinois. It was a beautiful sunny and warm autumn day and the golfing was great. I think it is true that a bad day at the golf course is better than a good day in the office! Next was the ALA Annual Conference and Product Show at Drury Lane in Oakbrook. This year, with nearly eighty venders and over 300 attendees we had our best Conference and Product show yet! Our keynote speaker was William Strauss, an economist and economic advisor to the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank who gave an economic overview and outlook. Additionally, there was a full day’s worth of continuing education combined with the product show. Many thanks to our Vendor and Sponsor partners who made the conference a success! Most recently, on November 11th we had the Design Award Banquet at Medinah Country Club. This annual event is turning into a must attend event! It was a terrific evening of socializing and an opportunity to see all of the designs that were entered. For the fifth year Geoffrey Baer was our

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Emcee, so it was a sure thing to be an interesting and informative evening. Approximately 100 people were in attendance and this year we had 100 entries with firms from eight states with 21 awards. The winning projects are featured in this issue of Licensed Architect so be sure to take a few minutes and review what your peers have been working on. Lastly, mark your calendar for the Annual meeting and Holiday Gathering on December 8th at Jimmy’s Char house in Riverwoods. Yes, it’s an annual meeting so we have to take care of a little business, but if you have any questions for the Board this is the perfect opportunity to ask them. Then, there will be time for some light appetizers, cocktails and socializing. The leaves have fallen. The cold winds are starting to blow. As we slide into the holidays, I would like to take the opportunity on behalf of all Board Members and everyone from the ALA office to wish all of you Happy Holidays and a wonderful and prosperous New Year!

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Any project of any magnitude involves many parties working together, often starting with the architect. While the exact sequence of work can differ from project to project, the work of each party depends on that of one or more previous parties and their compliance with the drawings. To what extent a party on a construction project can be liable to another party was addressed last year by an Illinois appellate court in the case of Rojas Concrete v. Flood Testing Laboratories.1 This case provides some instruction as to what happens when one party fails to do its job and another party is thereby affected. The project involved in Rojas Concrete was the UIC Forum, a large facility on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus including an entertainment center, offices, and classrooms. The plaintiff, Rojas, contracted with one of the contractors hired by the owner, UIC, to install concrete for the stairs, roofs, beams, and decks. Another party, Flood

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Testing Laboratories, Inc. ("FTL") was directly hired by UIC to test and monitor the concrete work to determine compliance with the project design. Importantly, Rojas and FTL did not contract with each other. Rojas sued FTL, alleging that FTL approved of noncompliant concrete. As a result, Rojas was required to remove a substantial amount of its work, and sustained a loss of more than $950,000.00. Rojas’ claim was for negligence, alleging that FTL breached a duty to use reasonable care in its testing of the concrete in order to ensure compliance with the specifications. Rojas further alleged that FTL negligently misrepresented to Rojas that the nonconforming concrete was compliant. FTL filed a motion to dismiss Rojas’ complaint, asserting that FTL owed no duty to Rojas, and that Rojas was seeking economic damages which are not recoverable in tort. The appellate court held that FTL did not owe a duty to Rojas, and dismissed the complaint. The court’s analysis addressed three possible sources of duty. The court began by asking whether FTL’s contract with UIC created a duty running from FTL to Rojas. Because Rojas was not a party to that contract, and because FTL’s contract expressly denied intending to create a duty to any such non-party, the court determined that no duty therefrom arose. The FTLUIC contract specifically provided in pertinent part: "Nothing contained herein shall create a contractual relationship with, or any right in favor of, any third party, including any Subcontractor." Based on this contractual language, the court determined that, while FTL owed obligations to UIC, FTL owed no duty to Rojas to approve, inspect or test the concrete before pouring. The appellate court next addressed whether the relationship between FTL and Rojas was such that a duty could have arisen. Rojas relied on a couple of cases holding that certain unique relationships on a construction project can give rise to a duty. One of those cases, involving a project engineer, ruled: A supervising engineer must be held to know that a general contractor will be involved in a project and will be directly affected by the conduct of the engineer. This relationship of supervising engineer and general contractor gives rise to a duty of care on the part of each party to the other. Such a duty exists even in the absence of a direct contractual relationship.2 The other case cited by Rojas also held that a supervising engineer owed a duty to a general contractor despite the absence of a contract between the two of them.3 The Rojas court, however, distinguished these two cases on the simple basis that Rojas was not a general contractor and FTL was not a supervising engineer.

Rojas also cited a case in which a supplier of fire alarm systems was held to owe a duty to a tenant which shared warehouse space with the warehouse owner.4 It was the owner of the warehouse which had contracted with the fire alarm supplier, not the tenant. Nonetheless, the court found that, because it was highly foreseeable that a fire would destroy the entire warehouse, and not merely the part of the warehouse occupied by the owner, a duty running from the alarm company to the tenant arose. The appellate court in Rojas would not consider this foreseeability argument, however, because Rojas had never raised it prior to the appeal. Accordingly, it had been waived. Finally, Rojas tried arguing that, pursuant to the "voluntary undertaking doctrine," a duty of care must be imposed on FTL. This doctrine provides that one who voluntarily agrees to perform certain services may be deemed to have voluntarily assumed a duty to one or more parties even if they have no contract with the "volunteering" party. This argument got Rojas nowhere because Illinois law requires that the harm incurred due to the "volunteer’s" failure to exercise reasonable care must consist of bodily harm. Because Rojas had no such claim for bodily harm, the court concluded that no duty pursuant to the voluntary undertaking doctrine arose. The Rojas opinion certainly underscores the importance of thirdparties, including consultants, architects and engineers, including a provision in their contracts along the lines of that included by FTL when it contracted with UIC. The AIA Document B141 includes, at Article, just such a provision: "Nothing contained in this Agreement shall create a contractual relationship with or a cause of action in favor of a third party against either the Owner or Architect." Regardless of whether or not an AIA contract is utilized, however, language similar to that found in Article should always be included. The failure to do so could expose the design professional to claims from any number of parties who worked on the project but with whom the design professional did not contract.

“Any project of any magnitude involves many parties working together, often starting with the architect.”



941 N.E.2d 940 (1 Dist. 2010) Normoyle-Berg & Assocs. v. Village of Deer Creek, 350 N.E.2d 559 (3d Dist. 1976). 3 W.H. Lyman Constr. Co. v. Village of Gurnee, 403 N.E.2d 1235 (2d Dist. 1980). 4 Scott & Fetzer Co. v. Montgomery Ward & Co., 473 N.E.2d 421 (1 Dist. 1984). 1 2

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The Right to Withhold Payments? by Tom Harkins, VP of Willis A&E Group



The economy added 103,000 jobs in September compared to a revised increase of 57,000 for August. The construction sector gained 26,000 jobs. These are hopefully signs of an improving economy and more projects available. The bad news is we continue to see non-negotiable, onerous contract language. Consider the following story: Fictitious Architects, a Minnesota architecture firm, was awarded a lucrative new warehouse project in Florida for a major pharmaceutical company. During the first year of the project everything was proceeding according to plan. The client was happy because Fictitious Architects had designed a building that was attractive; the

construction started on time, and more importantly, met their tight budget requirements. Fictitious Architects was happy because they were being paid on time according to schedule. During construction, the owner had decided on numerous change orders that increased the construction cost of the project by nearly 20%, and hired an Owners Rep to oversee the project in an effort to cut costs and to bring the project back within budget. Soon thereafter, Fictitious Architects stopped receiving payments for services rendered. After numerous unanswered emails or returned telephone calls, the architect’s project manager finally made contact with their client when their receivable was about 60 days old. The client informed them that they would have to discuss the payment issue with the Owners Rep. Fictitious Architects spoke with the Owners Rep who informed them that they were withholding their fees as a result of design errors which led to almost $1M in increased construction costs. Fictitious Architects was confused as this was the first they heard of any problems on the project so they talked with others hired by the client and learned that they too were being withheld fees. Fictitious Architects was now quite upset as the fees being withheld were substantial. They spoke with the Owners Rep again and threatened to place a lien on the project and bring suit for their fees. The Owners Rep response was, "go right ahead – we will promptly counter sue your firm for $1M." Fictitious Architects realized they could not negotiate their way out of this situation so they consulted with their insurance broker who reported the matter to Fictitious Architects’ professional liability insurance carrier. After reporting the circumstance to the carrier, local counsel was appointed to represent Fictitious Architects. Local counsel called Fictitious Architects and was briefed on the issue by the principal as well

as the project manager. Local counsel asked to see all correspondence regarding the issue at hand as well as their contract with the client. After review of same they would schedule another conference call to discuss their next course of action. During local counsel’s discovery process, it was discovered that Fictitious Architects agreed to the following clause: Right to Withhold Payments. Owner shall have the right, but not the obligation, to withhold from any invoiced amount an appropriate amount based on: Delivery of defective or nonconforming services by architect as determined in the reasonable judgment of the owner; third party claims filed as a result of architect’s failure to comply with its standard of care; failure of architect to pay any of its sub-consultants or subcontractors; failure of architect to submit proper invoices with all required attachments and supporting documents; or failure of architect to comply with any provision of this design services agreement after five (5) days written notice of such noncompliance and the failure to cure or commence and diligently pursue a cure by architect. Local counsel discussed the above unfavorable clause as well as the correspondence from their client and proceeded to explain that at the present time there were probably no recoverable "damages" available under the professional liability policy because the client had only withheld fees alleging negligence vs. suing Fictitious Architects for negligence. The client did not understand and was quite confused over why this claim (a demand for money or services) would not be covered under their policy. According to their insurance policy (this is similar in all professional liability policies), "Damages" are defined as

“Notice must be made to the client the funds cannot be exhausted in other ventures and that the money to pay the outstanding fees is a precondition to settlement. You should be prepared to be in a position to negotiate your fees as you negotiate the damages.”

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50th Anniversary of the Accessibility Standard By Kim Paarlberg, RA and Jay Woodward, RA, Senior Staff Architects, ICCl

Oct. 31, 2011, marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first A117.1 Accessibility Standard. We want to recognize this milestone and look at the standard’s beginnings, its influence during the past 50 years and where it stands today. We can trace the origins of both the standard and "barrier-free design" in the United States to the mid1950s. In 1958, the President’s Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped, assisted by the Veterans Administration, drafted a guide on facilities needed to make public buildings accessible. The U.S. Department of Labor printed this guide and sent copies to state employment agencies. In May 1959, a group of individuals interested and qualified to assist in attacking the problem of environmental barriers met with representatives from the American Standards Association (ASA), in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the President’s Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped. At this meeting, the attendees determined the ASA would accept development of a new standard, with the President’s Committee and the National Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults (now Easter Seals Inc.)



serving as co-sponsors. The Easter Seal Society would provide a majority of the funding. By October 1961, the ASA (now the American National Standards Institute, or ANSI) Standard A117.1, entitled "Making Buildings and Facilities Accessible to and Usable by the Physically Handicapped," was approved. The title of the standard was revised in 1992 and is currently called "Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities." Small Steps, Giant Footprints The impact and influence of the Accessibility Standard has varied throughout the past 50 years. When it was first published, that seemingly simple standard had a rather substantial impact, because there truly was no other document like it. The first chairman of the A117 committee, Leon Chaterlain, Jr., was also chair of the committee that later developed the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS). Dr. Tim Nugent, from the University of Illinois, directed much of the initial technical research, served as the first Secretary for the committee and also served for many years as the chairman. He implemented the accessible building requirements throughout the university, proving they could work. The Accessibility Standard was developed specifically for adoption by the model codes so that buildings could be constructed accessible, rather than retrofitted on a case-by-case basis. Dr. Nugent was a great promoter of the standard and even made several trips to England to help introduce the provisions there, planting the seeds for that country to begin development of its own accessibility provisions. Back in the States, the National Commission on Architectural Barriers prepared a report in 1967, entitled "Design for All Americans." The former U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW), now the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), published the report, which focused on implementing the ANSI Standard and recommended federal legislation. In 1968, Congress passed an important piece of legislation known as Public Law (P.L.) 90-480, or the Architectural Barriers Act. This new federal legislation required standards for design, construction and alteration of publicly owned and federally financed buildings, assuring ready access to and use of these buildings by the "physically handicapped." The 1961 edition of the A117.1 was used in implementing this program. Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Type B provisions were added to the 1998 Standard to (P.L. 93-112 and amendments in P.L. 93-5165) required match Fair Housing Act requirements. Type B units provided a organizations receiving federal grants or financial assistance to more minimal level of accessibility and applied to a broader eliminate discrimination toward disabled individuals related to range of housing. Since all three levels of accessible dwelling employment and the operation of programs and activities. This units (Accessible, Type A and Type B) were deemed to meet or had a major effect on the Accessibility Standard and ultimately led exceed the Fair Housing to even greater adoption and enforcement. “The impact and influence of the Accessibility requirements, the standard has been In 1977, HEW referenced Standard has varied throughout the past 50 granted ‘Safe Harbor’ the 1961 (and reaffirmed status by HUD, and the 1971) edition of the years. When it was first published, that committee continues to Accessibility Standard when seemingly simple standard had a rather work to ensure that it it published regulations substantial impact, because there truly was remains an acceptable implementing Sections 503 design option for the Fair and 504 of the Rehabilitation no other document like it.” Housing Act. Act of 1973. However, it Revolution and Evolution became apparent the 1971 A117.1 Standard would need to be We should not underestimate the overall historical influence extended and updated, particularly in the area of housing, if it of the Accessibility Standard and the importance of including it were to be used as a reference in the U.S. Department of in the building code. The standard is, without question, one of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Minimum Property the most widely referenced documents in federal, state and Standards for implementation of Section 504. local building codes; ordinances; and regulations that mandate HUD and Syracuse University undertook a project to revise the design requirements for individuals with physical disabilities. Accessibility Standard. The goal was to provide the necessary Many consider the application of its design criteria throughout research into the design requirements for disabled persons in the the country to be one of the key factors in making buildings housing environment. This research ultimately led to the housing accessible, as well as raising the awareness of and facilitating design requirements that first were included in the 1980 edition of the equality of rights guaranteed to disabled individuals. the standard. These provisions were for wheelchair-friendly As we stop to celebrate the Accessibility Standard’s 50th housing, reflected in the Accessible and Adaptable (later referred anniversary, it is important to note that it continues to move to as Type A) dwelling unit provisions. forward. The ICC A117.1-2009 Accessible and Usable Publication of the A117.1-1986 not only marked the standard’s Buildings and Facilities will become widely applicable and 25th anniversary, but also represented a key achievement in the enforced when the 2012 IBC is adopted. The A117.1-2009 history of its development and promotion. includes a number of new provisions that will continue the Research findings, adequate field testing and advancements in trend of improving access for individuals. Two of the most technology allowed a number of important revisions to the basic visible new provisions will be requirements for Variable design specifications. Changes in the organization, format and Message Signs (VMS) and a new chapter dealing with quality of graphics significantly improved the standard’s clarity and recreational facilities. usability. In addition to achieving substantial uniformity in the The VMS requirements are truly unique and were developed design requirements among the A117.1-1986, the UFAS and the by a task group of the A117 committee formed to assist people Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board with vision impairments. VMS include signage using any system (ATBCB), all three model building codes at the time began to that allows for the message to be varied or modified. This include references to the complete Accessibility Standard. covers not only the LED scrolling message boards that are so In 1987, it was requested that the Council of American Building Officials (CABO) assume the Secretariat for the standard. 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2011 Design Award Program On September 23rd, 2011 five well-respected architects studied every entry and selected the winning projects for the 2011 ALA Design Award Program. Out of 100 entries, 13 projects were awarded an Award of Merit, 6 projects were awarded a Silver Medal, and 2 projects a Gold Medal, with the top honor being the Don Erickson Presidential Award. Projects were entered in eight categories: Residential I, Residential II, Commercial/Industrial, Interior Architecture, Institutional, Religious, Renovation and Unbuilt Design. Each entry was judged on its own merit based on: Program Solution, Site and Space Planning, Overall Design Solution and Construction System and Details. LeRoy B. Herbst III, FALA of L.B. Herbst & Associates served as jury chairperson. Rich Barnes, ALA of Barnes Architects, Ltd and Matthew Kramer, ALA of MKA Design Studio were assistant chairpersons. ALA would like to thank the Design Award Banquet Sponsors: • Andersen Windows • Chicago Plastering Institute • Marvin Windows and Doors • M.G. Welbel & Associates

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ALA wishes to also thank the following judges for their hours of volunteer time and their dedication to the program and profession. Ellen Bailey Dickson, ALA Ellen Bailey Dickson is founding principal of Bailey Edward, a woman-owned architecture, historic preservation and interior design firm. Ellen holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and studied at the Ecole d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme in Versailles, France. Ellen’s architecture practice focuses exclusively on clients that serve, support and protect the public. Her philosophy encompasses designing for one’s client, not for oneself in a manner that reflects responsiveness, professionalism and creative thinking. For her firm, reacting in an engaging way; communicating clearly and concisely; and, using fresh thinking to create unorthodox solutions are tools instrumental in achieving client goals.

Peter Exley, FAIA Exley, FAIA Advocate for architecture for children, Peter Exley has created a nationally recognized practice, which elevates the standards of design for learning environments through the construction of new paradigms in pedagogy, play and participatory experience. Hailing from Yorkshire, he arrived in Chicago for a year in 1985. He has been there ever since, and founded ArchitectureIsFun on April Fools’ Day 1994. He is an adjunct associate professor of Architecture and Interior Architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the co-host of PechaKucha Night Chicago. Peter is a board member and Vice President of AIA Chicago.

Donald J. Hackl, FAIA Donald Hackl has served as CEO of Loebl Schlossman & Hackl since 1975. Under his leadership, the firm has expanded its services to clients worldwide, and is internationally recognized for the quality of its design. Mr. Hackl has lectured extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, authored numerous monographs, been a frequent guest on radio and television programs, and a contributing architectural expert to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Crain’s Chicago Business and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Hackl received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Juan Gabriel Moreno, ALA, AIA Juan Moreno is an award winning architect and President of JGMA. Juan is a native of Bogota, Colombia and has worked on projects in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and North America. Juan founded JGMA in 2010 and he received critical acclaim for his two winning competition entries, the UNO New Elementary School and the Instituto Health Sciences High School in Chicago, both of which are currently under construction. In addition, his firm is working on the following projects: an extreme sports park for Resort 1080 in New Buffalo, Michigan; a riverfront mixed use development in Michigan City, Indiana; a private residence in Medellin, Colombia; and a city master plan in Naranjal, Ecuador.

David Sain, Architect, LEED AP, Educator David Sain is a licensed architect in four states, BIM modeler, educator, welder and general builder. He teaches Building Technology at the University of Kansas. David has spent his career not only working on building design but also taking a hands-on approach to learning about quality building practices. He joined Rockhill and Associates located in Lecompton, Kansas in 1988, and as a firm they have always been driven by the tectonics of architecture and ways of connecting buildings to their specific place. This has led to a natural focus on sustainability. Their work has been featured in over two hundred publications worldwide and has received numerous awards.



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Don Erickson Presidential Award Orange Branch Library, Delaware, Ohio Category: Institutional Firm: Dewberry/MKC, Inc.; Brian Meade, ALA Contractor: Elford, Inc. The design of this new 33,000sf branch library was conceived to reflect a sense of place and strong local identity for the community members. The dramatic angular roof forms were inspired by the vernacular roof forms found in the area. The inspiration for the rich material palette of stone, wood, metal, and glass also comes from the region.



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Gold Award Green Wall, Chicago, IL Category: Renovation Firm: Morgante Wilson Architects, Ltd.; Kettelkamp & Kettelkamp Landscape Architect Contractor: LG Development Group This integrated architecture design solution includes: a living vertical green wall to enhance an existing split face block wall; an ornamental iron trellis to connect the sunroom addition and side yard. The finished project contributes to the neighborhoods’ urban fabric and provides an intimate environment for the family to enjoy.



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Gold Award Northeast Iowa Community College Industrial Technologies Building, Peosta, Iowa Category: Institutional Firm: INVISION Architecture; Michael Bechtel Contractor: Larson Construction Deriving its character from the rural vernacular of the area, the refined building juxtaposes industrial materials with delicate detailing. The lower level of the building is lodged into the hillside and houses automotive and diesel shops, while the upper level consists of classrooms, offices, and a student lounge.



Silver Award CougarPlex, East Peoria, IL Category: Institutional Firm: PSA-Dewberry; Christopher Frye Contractor: Leander ICC has embarked on a path few community colleges have done. As the campus is striving to provide more amenities to the growing population of on-campus students, the new CougarPlex Athletic and Recreation Center has become the center piece for the improvement to student life, with sustainability held in the forefront of design, targeting a LEED Silver rating.

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Silver Award Farmhouse Retooled, Harbert, Michigan Category: Residential 1 Firm: Fangmann Gehsburg Harting Architects Contractor: Rosemark Homes Inspiration for this Michigan residence was the typical "L" and "T" configured farm houses found throughout the countryside in the Midwest. The simplicity of these structures was revisited but interpreted in a more modern and updated form. Unexpected appointments include classic elements and unique use of architectural materials and detailing.



Silver Award INVISION Des Moines Office, Des Moines, Iowa Category: Commercial Firm: INVISION Architecture, Ltd.; Mark Nevenhoven and Tom Feldmann Contractor: INVISION Architecture, Ltd. Flooded by light from three sides, the open plan of the office utilizes reclaimed and repurposed materials from the renovation. The heavy patina of the concrete floor and overhead structure is revealed and serves as a counterpoint to the minimalistic insertions of white volumes clad in glass and steel.

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Silver Award Roche - Bobois, Chicago, IL Category: Interior Firm: Hirsch Associates LLC Howard M. Hirsch, ALA Contractor: Urban Innovations This new showroom’s design is the result of a synergy between architecture, product design and marketing. Architectural design elements, such as double glass walls, floating ceilings, floor openings, steel stairs and wall graphics, display furniture lines, light fixtures, and wall fabrics as well as define space, traffic flows and views.

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Silver Award Tolleson Police and Court Center, Tolleson, AZ Category: Institutional Firm: Dewberry/HDA Architects; Brian Meade, ALA Contractor: Core Construction This anticipated LEED Silver building design fulfills the project’s function & goal to bring the police department and municipal court together under one iconic roof form while creating an inspiring new image for the community that residents can be proud of. The materials of this new civic gateway building also reinforce the cultural heritage of the area.

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Merit Award 833 N. Hermitage, Chicago, IL Category: Residential 2 Firm: Hanna Architects; T. Sokolowski Contractor: Halcyon Open unencumbered cantilever terraces on the street façade create neighborhood making friendly buildings”. East village 833 Hermitage does this thru an unconventional approach in both plan / elevation using unordinary staggered duplex / triplex floor plates & flying vertical brick walls embracing such terraces.

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Merit Award Waisman Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Madison, WI Category: Renovation Firm: Korb Tredo Architects; Jason Korb, ALA Contractor: Miron Construction The Waisman CIHM is the world’s first translational research facility with a focus on meditation and happiness. The design challenge involved converting an abandoned loading dock and MRI lab into a highly controlled space useable by participants of all ages. Support and office spaces for researchers surround the central, daylit meditation hall. Photo: Amanda Gerken

Merit Award University of Chicago Cobb Gate Accessibility, Chicago, IL Category: Renovation Firm: LCM Architects Contractor: Berglund Construction The University of Chicago - Cobb Gate Project exemplifies work where the architectural goal is to not get noticed. The gracious character and detail of the original structure was maintained while making any changes transparent to users. This renovation creates an accessible path through an iconic and historic gateway.

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Merit Award Corrigan Residence, Stoughton, WI Category: Residential 1 Firm: GMK Architecture, Jim Gempeler, ALA, Principle Dan Wolter, Project Architect Contractor: Rasmussen & Hellenbrand From the street, this home is embedded into the landscape. At the lakeside, amidst trees which transform into structural columns, cantilevered floors position the living areas high above the lagoon and lake below. This home’s artful combination of purpose and site, feature nature as an integral part of the design. Photo: Jim Gempeler

Merit Award Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center, Valparaiso, IN Category: Institutional Firm: Design Organization, Inc. Contractor: Turner Construction The Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center provides an integrated learning environment for students, faculty, staff, visitors and the public, and enhances the already successful programs of the College of Engineering at Valparaiso University. This project added 13,600 square feet of advanced lab and student design space, and renovated an additional 4,300 square feet for Manufacturing Labs and a dedicated Projects Lab.

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Merit Award Mercy Housing at the Johnston Center, Milwaukee, WI Category: Residential 2 Firm: Korb Tredo Architects; Jason Korb, ALA Contractor: Beyer Construction This project includes the renovation of the 1929 Johnston Emergency Hospital into 48 apartments and the construction of a 43 unit addition. The apartments are complemented by a full range of supportive spaces including medical services, career counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, a technology lab and a community center. The project anticipates LEED Gold Certification. Photo: Amanda Gerken

Merit Award New Buffalo Township Memorial Park New Buffalo, Michigan Category: Institutional Firm: McCollum Architects; William McCollum, ALA Contractor: Fiskars/Burkitouder Creating a sense of place for the New Buffalo Township community inspired the design for the new Pavilion and Amphitheater. Unique components include: 90 year old Cypress pilings recycled for columns atop masonry bases, custom metal brackets supporting laminated timbers, strings of festoon lighting, and tiered outside amphitheater with built-in stone seats. Photo: William McCollum



Merit Award Park Boulevard Condominiums, Chicago, IL Category: Residential 2 Firm: Urban Works, Ltd.; Meggan Lux, ALA Contractor: Walsh Construction

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The Park Boulevard Condominiums, a mixed income steel and masonry condominium in Chicago, is designed to reflect the diverse architectural nature of the surrounding Bronzeville neighborhood and IIT campus. Its long facades modulate through a subtly varying palette of materials. Gentle color variations in the ground-floor brick provide pedestrian interest. Metal balconies, canopies, and copings shimmer with both ribbed and smooth articulation.

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Merit Award Phoenix Engine Plant Manufacturing and Office Building, Trenton, Michigan Category: Commercial Firm: Harley Ellis Devereaux; Jack Bullo, AIA, LEED AP Contractor: Walbridge, Inc. Situated on a 40-acre site and spanning over 800,000 SF in Trenton, MI resides Chrysler’s Phoenix Engine Plant. Chrysler’s objective was to implement sustainable strategies for both architecture and manufacturing. The Engine Plant became the first facility nationally to achieve LEED Gold Certification for both building and process loads.



Merit Award Red Frog Events, Chicago, IL Category: Interior Firm: Torchia Associates, Inc. Contractor: Executive Construction, Inc. It’s all about a youthful culture for Red Frog Events. A Chicago loft provides the backdrop for this fun, casual and interactive environment. The design challenge focused on spaces and elements that reflect the essence of their culture and business. And so, "Camp Red Frog" was opened. Work areas and offices are organized to promote open communication. Materials are nonprecious and crafted, supporting the recreational theme.

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Merit Award St. Johns Lutheran Church Welcome Center, Milwaukee, WI Category: Religious Firm: Korb Tredo Architects; Jeff Tredo Contractor: Catalyst Construction A beacon to the neighborhood and an exercise in natural resources stewardship, the contemporary addition serves as a community gathering space. The 1896 German gothic style church inspired a repetitive wood roof structure and masonry cladding, while a window wall and natural ventilation bring the outdoors in.



Merit Award United Neighborhood Organization Veteran's Memorial School Complex, Chicago, IL Category: Institutional Firm: Urban Works, Ltd.; Patricia Saldana Natke Contractor: FH Paschen / Denco UNO’s Veteran Memorial Charter School Campus is an 180,000 square foot learning facility transformed from an abandoned warehouse. This adaptive reuse structure will serve more than 1,800 K-12 grade students by fall 2011. The school is not only achieving LEED Gold certification, but also writing a new chapter for education and the environment. Photo: Christopher Barrett

Merit Award University Technology Park at IIT - Incubator South, Chicago, IL Category: Renovation Firm: LCM Architects/ Harboe Architects, Preservation Consultant Contractor: Bulley & Andrews, Phase One - Lend Lease, Phase two This Project was the renovation and adaptive re-use of a historic Mies Van der Rohe building into laboratory and office space for start-up biotech companies. The design intent was to create functional, flexible, and attractive spaces while maintaining the integrity of a historic building. Photo: Hedrich Blessing Photographers






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Net Zero Energy with Brick Masonry by Brian E. Trimble, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Regional VP, Brick Industry Association

Learning Objectives: After reading this article participants will be able to: 1. Explain what net zero is. 2. Assess the impacts of passive cooling and heating on a building. 3. Discuss strategies to get a building to net zero energy. 4. Explore proper methods of insulation.

Why do we care about designing high performance buildings or buildings that are net zero? Because buildings use a lot of energy – in fact more than transportation. The Architecture 2030 challenge is meant to get us to design energy neutral buildings by the year 2030. Can we get there? Sure, but we are going to have to think harder about how we are designing our buildings. When we say net zero, what do we really mean? Believe it or not there are several definitions to this term. We could be referring to: • Net zero site energy, • Net zero source energy, • Net zero energy costs, or • Net zero energy emissions. Net zero site energy is the energy consumed and generated at the site. This could be the energy it takes to heat and cool the building along with ways of making electricity on site with PV panels or wind turbines. When we talk about net zero buildings this is usually the definition we are usually referring to. Net zero source energy is the energy used to extract and deliver power to the site, so this includes the energy used to produce electricity. Net zero energy costs are just that - any costs to pay for power is balanced with money made on generating power. The net cost of energy is zero. The purchase of renewable energy credits (REC) may be taken into account. (Continued on page 34)



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Net zero energy emissions have to do with emissions as a result of running the building. Here we have a building that uses no energy or one that produces emissions or a net effect by using offsets in another area. This has little to do with energy and more to do with the emissions produced to make the energy for the building. So we have a building or home to design that we want to make net zero. What are our typical choices? Photovoltaic (PV) panels? Wind turbines? For most structures you can’t put enough solar panels or wind mills on a building to make it to net zero. You need to do something else in combination with these strategies. Here are some of the strategies we use to make our buildings net zero: • • • • • • •

In most cases we will need to use several of these strategies to make our buildings the most efficient they can be. The guiding principle for net zero design is "Tackle demand first, then supply". In other words reduce all the things that take power first and then look at ways to produce power, not the other way around. When we look at the energy use of a typical building, lighting requires the lion share of the energy in a building. Secondarily, heating and cooling take up a similar amount. So when we have to decide where to put an emphasis on (or our limited monetary resources), these two areas are the ones to start with. Starting with lighting, we look at all the possibilities with daylighting and orientation to take advantage of the sun. Also consider the building envelope and commissioning the HVAC and other systems to check their performance. Which building in Fig. 1 is a high performance building? Actually both are. You don’t need to have fancy active systems on a building for it to be a high performance building. These active systems take energy to run. Let’s not forget passive systems, like mass and orientation that do a lot more to save energy than many of the active systems.

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High-performance envelopes Daylighting and lighting efficiency Sun control and shading devices High-performance glazing Passive solar techniques Natural ventilation Water efficiency


Association of Licensed Architects Continuing Education Let’s concentrate on the building envelope to reduce energy usage. Sometimes we need to get back to the basics to help us decide what to do. The basics of heat transfer. Three methods of heat transfer are: • Conduction – heat flow through materials • Convection – heat flow through air currents • Radiation – heat flow from materials Heat transfer is affected by many things including the wall’s mass, the thermal resistance of the wall materials; the amount of insulation; and finally the glazing area. Effective strategies that we can use to reduce heat transmission is by first keeping the sun off of the building when we don’t want it; secondarily, we use insulation to reduce heat loss; and finally we can use air barriers to reduce air infiltration. When discussing walls and roofs we often use the term R-value which is the ability of a material to prevent heat transfer. This is what we want in insulation, but we shouldn’t talk just about Rvalue because that really just looks at one moment of one part of a day of an entire year. We really want to look at heat transfer over a longer time frame, so that is why we use U-values and look at other dynamic fluctuations. We can create very energy efficient wall systems if we want by increasing the insulation levels within the wall system. Of course there are limits on how much insulation you can put into a wall. On the one hand there is the size of the cavity where the insulation is being placed. The building code dictates that the maximum air space is 4 _" for brick walls. This dimension is somewhat of an arbitrary number, but has been in place for a number of years. You can exceed 4 _" but you have to analyze the wall ties to see if they can take the additional distance. Tension is not affected here, but compression is. In many cases the same wall ties can span a larger distance, sometimes up to 6" or 7" before the spacing needs to be decreased or the diameter of the wire tie has to be larger. The other part of insulation limits has to do with a diminishing point of return. You can make insulation as thick as you want, but you may not be saving any energy. There is an economic point to maximum insulation thickness. And let’s not forget about some wall systems that suffer from thermal bridging. Brick veneer steel stud walls can be a thermal bridge since steel is a great conductor allowing heat to bypass the insulation. While the steel is rather thin, its conductance changes the whole wall R-value. So while you may have R-19 batt insulation, the effective R-value is more like R-7 because of the thermal bridging. ASHRAE 90.1 has a table for the effective Rvalue of stud framed walls. Thermal mass is a passive way to deal with heating and cooling

a building. Thermal mass is the ability of heavy weight materials to absorb heat and then slowly radiate to the interior, or vice versa. Looking at Fig. 2 we see that for a mass wall the peak indoor temperature will occur about 4 hours after the peak outdoor temperature is reached. The time lag is often estimated to be about 1 hour for each inch of masonry. There is also a dampening effect, but that is not as pronounced as the thermal lag. Thermal mass is taken into account in the building code by requiring less insulation for mass walls. Lower levels of insulation are required for a mass-type wall system than for a light-weight wall. For example, in Climate Zone 5, a steel framed wall requires R-13 batt insulation PLUS continuous insulation of R-7.5 as compared to a mass wall which only requires insulation with an R-value of 13.3. Thus you get the same performance from a mass wall with lower insulation. Or if you maintain the higher level of insulation, you have a more energy efficient envelope with brick masonry. Prescriptive methods of choosing insulation levels is easy, but is severely limiting and requires more insulation than if you were to do an energy analysis. Using prescriptive methods may limit you to continuous insulation when it may not really be necessary. Looking at the building envelope we see large areas of glazing that may cause unwanted heat gain and compromise energy efficiency. Daylighting may require less glazing than you think—a 40% window-to-wall ratio may be more than you need. Glazing closer to the ceiling will have a greater daylight benefit than glazing near the floor—anything below 30 inches is considered to have no daylight benefit. You want to save serious energy and serious money? Easy, use less glass. Windows and curtain walls are the most expensive component in a building and provide the worst energy performance. Limit the glazing on the appropriate facades—and use really good glass and thermally-efficient frames. To increase the energy efficiency of our walls we may also be required to do things we haven’t been used to. Taping the joints in insulation boards is important since the R-value of the board assumes that air does not move around it. When insulation is not adhered to the backing it can move out of place due to air pressures in the cavity. If it falls against the brick outer wythe that creates a moisture bridge. Many times the pintle legs of the eye and pintel tie used in a cavity wall can hold the insulation against the backing. If they are not used then mastic or some other type of material must be used to adhere the rigid board to the backing.

“Prescriptive methods of choosing insulation levels is easy, but is severely limiting and requires more insulation than if you were to do an energy analysis.”

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cooling while also creating excellent indoor comfort levels. This is mostly applied to homes, but can apply to buildings as well. The theory for passive house was "rediscovered" by Dr. Wolfgang Feist early 1990s. It is similar to the super-insulated homes in 1970s, but goes beyond that. Some of the performance characteristics for this system are: • Airtight building shell ≤ 0.6 ACH @ 50 pascal pressure, measured by blower-door test • Annual heat requirement ≤ 4.75 kBtu/sf/year (15 kWh/m2/yr) • Primary Energy ≤ 38.1 kBtu/sf/year (120 kWh/m2/yr)

OK, so insulation is great, but it is still not going to get us to net zero energy, no matter how we define it. There are both active and passive techniques that will help us. • Active techniques - Solar panels - Wind - Geothermal - Others

• Passive techniques - Orientation - Function and form - Passive heating and cooling

Again, you can’t put enough PV panels on a building to get to net zero. People think that passive solar is passé, but in fact these strategies haven’t lost their ability to reduce energy. By locating the structure along an East/West line minimizes space through which thermal energy has to be distributed. We already have been doing things like overhangs or projections to avoid solar gain, but that is part of passive design strategies. Passive solar direct gain systems use mass to store heat and then give it off at a later time. Some heat is reflected by brick, this warms the space in the daytime. The other type of passive solar technique is thermal storage walls. This is an internal masonry wall which absorbs heat and releases it to the surrounding rooms. Shading or venting may be required to avoid overheating even in the winter time. The Weber Center at Judson University in Elgin, IL is a project that is not net zero, but is a low energy building. This building uses passive cooling techniques that require only a minimal amount of cooling during the hottest summer days even in this climate. Analysis from the architect state: "…Passive ventilation with neither heating nor cooling is possible for 29% of occupied hours and for 23% of such hours ventilation pre-heating is required…The consequence of these performance differences is that the predicted annual energy cost is 43-47% less than the standard US building…The mechanical plant is only needed 48% of the occupied hours of the year." As you can see, as compared to a "typical" building, this building uses a lot less energy. Paassive House is another way to design to net zero energy. This type of design dramatically reduces the requirement for space heating and



There are other recommendations for Passive House that vary with climate as well as those listed here. We have to remember other strategies that will help us save energy. The use of air barriers have become prevalent to reduce air leakage. Their use should continue since soon they will be mandatory. We should also assess the air barrier to see if they are working as intended. Blower door tests or other tests to determine performance should be specified. Once you have insulated the wall as much as you can economically, and we’re about to get to that point, we have to look at other areas to see where the thermal envelope is not as efficient. This chart (Fig. 2) demonstrates the effect of considering thermal bridging in our buildings. If we did what we have always done, we will continue to lose energy without realizing it. If we consider where thermal bridging could occur and design for that then we could save quite a bit of wasted energy. Thermal bridges are something that we must consider on every project. Thermal bridges can occur at a variety of locations. Again, some thought must be given to these areas. How about those areas that were intended to have insulation, but during construction the thermal barrier was broken? Post construction testing, such as thermography, would identify these locations. Slab edge construction is popular in some areas, such as New York City. Think about the amount of energy lost through this detail. The same thing can be said of slab edges that are exposed behind a brick veneer wall. Slab edge details should not be allowed. In some cases steel shelf angles that are located in masonry walls are a thermal bridge. To avoid this detail, clip angles can be used to anchor the shelf angle to the structure. The additional cost of the clips can be saved in the smaller size angle that is required. So how do we get to net zero with masonry? Start with passive techniques – orientation, etc. Insulate, insulate, insulate. Include air barriers and eliminate / minimize thermal bridges. Then consider means of generating electricity using PV, wind, etc. ■

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ALA Students Making a Difference by Michelle Davidson

A couple of ALA architecture students at the Illinois Institute of Technology are making an impact through MexicoProject. MexicoProject was founded in 2009 by Mikie Smit and is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve those in need by designing and building structures. When Mikie was in 5th grade his family decided to go down to Mexico for Christmas that year and build a house with his church. This sparked an interest for Mikie and has become his passion ever since. He was exposed to the poverty and hopelessness that people live in. When Mikie started college in fall of 2008 majoring in architecture at IIT, he decided he could do something about this. During his freshman year he organized several students that were interested in poverty relief and learning how to construct buildings. They began meeting and discussing the possibility of building a house for a family in need. The team started designing a home and systems to go along with it. During their Spring break in 2009 they traveled to a small colonia or "slum town" called Flores de Mayo, Mexico. The team worked with Bruce and Paula Hepburn who are permanent missionaries living in Texas and connected in the Mexico community where they were building. Bruce and Paula helped with all communication needs, getting materials, and choosing the family who could benefit most from the project. The trip was extremely successful! The house that was built had a geothermal ground pipe heating and cooling system and its ventilation was powered by solar PV panels. This was the first house to have electricity in the whole community. After this trip the team decided to make the organization official by filing for non-profit organization status. MexicoProject has taken four additional trips since then, all unique projects designed by the students. Each trip consists of compiling a team. The team is usually Architecture students, however students of any major are welcome. The team designs the building from foundation to roof, and all



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the assemblies to be used. Each member of the team is responsible for raising money to cover the cost of materials, transportation and housing. However, we are always on the lookout for donors or sponsors to support us and make the cost to students lower. I became involved in the organization at the beginning of the 2010 school year as Secretary. I helped design the home for the December 2010 trip and spring semester of 2011, I traveled to Mexico. The experience was unlike any other experience I have ever had. We arrived at the community greeted by a tragic and unforgettable mix of poverty and people hoping for our help. We only spend a week with the selected family, however we build a home that stands for hope. The family members are very involved in the building process and spend a lot of time with us. It is an amazing feeling at the end of the week to hand over the keys to a new home that will shelter them and protect them from the outdoors. It’s a home that they can call their own as opposed to a cold, leaky, lean shack they have struggled with before. MexicoProject continues to go back to the community and change the world one family at a time. Today we are currently in the process of transitioning our organization from a non-profit organization to an L3C organization. An L3C is a new organization

structure that is half nonprofit and half for-profit. This allows us to work without the red tape that plagues nonprofit organizations. At the same time, we can be hired for jobs to support our mission, like designing websites or building Family member working furniture or small projects. This new organization is called WorldServe Project. The mission remains the same, but is focused even more globally to have a bigger impact. We serve people in need by designing and building structures, and we also offer students an experience that cannot be taught in the classroom. WorldServe Project focuses on the students that are on the team designing and building. We think it’s very important for architecture students to get hands-on experience and really learn how to design and construct. This is why we are incorporating an educational element to our organization. By going on a trip with WorldServe project, a team member will learn about the climate we are working in, and learn building techniques native to that part of the world. They will get safety and construction training before reaching the job site. And, the team will go through the life changing experience of building a home for a family who needed one. We are a small organization, nonetheless, we have big dreams of making a difference in the world. Where others see despair, desperation, and unsolvable problems, we see hope and opportunity. We think about issues bigger than ourselves. When we design and build, it's to serve. Serve the individual, the community, the World. And whether we're making a project or a product, we take joy in doing it well.■

Author, Michelle Davidson is currently in her 4th year of a 5 year Professional Architecture curriculum at IIT. She volunteers her time to ALA and looks forward to work in the profession of Architecture. Contact her at Michelle@worldserveproject.org . Her father, Bob Davidson, is past president of ALA Illinois. Check out the web site at www.worldserveproject.org

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compensatory monetary amounts for which you may be held legally liable including judgment (inclusive of any pre- or postjudgment interest), awards, or settlements negotiated with our approval. "Damages" do not include any return, withdrawal or reduction of professional fees, profits or other charges, or fines, sanctions, taxes, penalties or awards deemed uninsurable pursuant to applicable law. "Damages" include punitive or exemplary damages or the multiple portion of any multiplied damage award unless such "damages" are uninsurable pursuant to applicable law. After many conference calls to discuss the issue and with growing frustrations, Fictitious Architects discussed the issue with a friend that also happened to be a lawyer. The lawyer friend suggested that he would prepare a settlement agreement for Fictitious Architects to present to their client. This settlement agreement would be drafted with language that when

presented to Fictitious Architects’ professional liability carrier, the "damages" would be payable under their policy. Unfortunately, this did not help the situation since the carrier was not involved in the settlement process. What should Fictitious Architects have done? The most effective method of handling this matter is to have as part of your agreement a clause stating fee and claim issues are separate. In these difficult times such a clause may be difficult to obtain however. Therefore, it may be more effective if you approached the client indicating the claim will be handled in such a way that it will be evaluated by the carrier as if no money is withheld. When it is time to negotiate a settlement, there will be no discussion of "fresh money" or money in excess of the amounts already withheld. When settlement is reached, both sides will come to the table with an amount equal to the negotiated settlement for both damages and fees. An exchange of checks is performed at the time the Releases are signed. This may be difficult with public projects. Notice must be made to the client the funds cannot be exhausted in other ventures and that the money to pay the outstanding fees is a precondition to settlement. You should be prepared to be in a position to negotiate your fees as you negotiate the damages. An insurance policy is a contract between the insurer and the insured that has many basic contract principles. The policy is also considered a conditional contract because the insured has certain conditions they must meet before the insurer is required to pay any benefit. Please consult with your insurance broker on all claims/circumstances.■

“Fictitious Architects realized they could not negotiate their way out of this situation so they consulted with their insurance broker who reported the matter to Fictitious Architects’ professional liability insurance carrier.”

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common, but also the use of monitors/TV screens at transportation facilities so travelers can be aware of arrival, departure and gate information. The provisions will address such features as character height, spacing, contrast, rate of change, etc., that makes VMS different from general visual character signage. The recreational requirements were added as a part of the coordination effort with the federal accessibility regulation in the 2010 ADA Standard for Accessible Design. While these requirements were developed by the U.S. Access Board and adopted first by the federal laws, it shows the Accessibility Standard continues to evolve. When the standard was first developed, the primary focus was eliminating building designs that limited people from fully participating in society, and therefore isolated them or forced them to be dependent on others. But the heart of the issue was independent living for disabled individuals and their families that would allow them to participate as fully as possible in society through free use of the built environment. Including recreation requirements shows how broad the integration of disabled people has become in our society. We now recognize the economic, social and personal potential of these individuals and see even 50 years later how we still are learning what designs can limit disabled people from doing tasks of which they are capable, thereby limiting their options and potential. The A117 committee soon will begin the process of creating the next edition of the standard. One important aspect will be reviewing the technical information and work done by Dr. Ed

Steinfeld for the U.S. Access Board. Dr. Steinfeld’s involvement with the A117 committee goes back several decades, including serving as the Secretary for the 1980 Standard. Dr. Steinfeld’s research and proposals were the principal reason the committee started a task group to look at the size and space requirements for wheeled mobility. We would encourage all of you to look at where the standard started 50 years ago, what it has influenced and accomplished during that time and what we can do in the future to continue improving the standard and, thus, millions of lives. Happy 50th anniversary to the Accessibility Standard. It has truly made an important contribution to our society. Most of the historical information in this article was taken from a presentation, titled "The Evolution of Barrier-Free Design," by Edward H. Matthei for "On the Cutting Edge, a Symposium on Accessible Design for the 1990s", held May 24, 1989, in Amherst, New York. Mr. Matthei served as the Chairman for the ANSI A117.1-1986 Standard and for a number of years as a representative on the A117 committee for the National Easter Seal Society. In the Fall 2011 edition Licensed Architect, in the article titled "User Friendly Hotels" there is an error in the last paragraph. The ADA information phone number in the last paragraph is 800-9494232, not 900-949-4232. I apologize for the error.



2011 Architecture Conference and Product Show Over seventy exhibitors and manufacturers were on-hand to show their latest in architectural products and services and answer questions in a relaxed and educational environment n Tuesday, October 18, ALA hosted the 13th Annual Chicago Architecture Conference and Product Show at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. This allday event was kicked off with the Keynote Address by Mr. William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Mr. Strauss gave an insightful overview of market trends looking at key economic sectors and indicators from both a global and regional perspective. Seminar sessions ran throughout the day on topics ranging from the new federal accessibility requirements, to net-zero energy buildings, to what we need to do to save our profession. Attendees could earn up to 6.0 learning units through twelve

diverse seminars presented by the leaders of their industry. Seventy-two exhibitors and manufacturers were on-hand to show the latest in architectural products and services and answer questions in a relaxed and educational environment. As attendees visited the booths, they collected signatures from company representatives to qualify for the popular raffle drawing held at the end of the day. We want to thank all of our sponsors for their support and contributions to making the conference such a success. Plans are already underway for next year’s conference which will be held on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at Drury Lane. Be sure to save the date and join us for another successful day of education and fellowship.

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The Conference offered a full day of education and meeting with exhibitors.

Thank You to our 2011 Exhibitors Access Elevator Advanced Building Products Airfloor, Inc. Alcoa Architectural Products Amerimix Ameristar Fence Products Andersen Windows, Inc. ARC Imaging Resources Architectural Products Association of Licensed Architects Boise Cascade Engineered Wood Products Burnham Nationwide, Inc. The Code Group CertainTeed Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Cook County Lumber Cornell Communications County Materials Corporation CPI Daylighting, Inc. Energy Center of Wisconsin Graphisoft Hamill-Mullan Group HB Fuller Hollaender Manufacturing

Holzkraft Custom Wood Doors Huber Engineered Woods IKO Illinois Brick Company IMAGINiT Technologies Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies InPro Corporation InterSource Specialities J.N. Lucas & Associates, Inc. Kone, Inc. Long Creek Timber Framers, Inc. M.G. Welbel & Associates Major Industries, Inc. Marvin Windows and Doors MasterGraphics Mats, Inc. Metal Design Systems/Arcspec Metropolitan Architectural Brick, Inc. Northfield Division of Oldcastle Océ North America, Inc. Ozinga Architectural Products Passive House Alliance Chicago Pella Windows and Doors PerMar, Ltd. Petersen Aluminum Corp.

Pilkington North America Pipe In Pipe, USA Pittco Architectural Metals, Inc. Pittsburgh Corning-Foamglas Building PPG Industries QUIKRETE Chicago/ SPEC MIX Rauch Clay Sales Corporation Scranton Products Shaffner Heany Associates Sherwin Williams Sika Sarnafil Sternberg Lighting, Inc. Tapco International Tate Access Floors Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies Tesko Custom Metal To The Top Home Elevators USG Water Furnace International Weyerhaeuser Willis A&E Wojan Window & Door Corporation WoodWorks




SUMMER COOK-OUT MEETING On August 25th, a warm sunny Tuesday evening, twenty Wisconsin ALA members gathered under the tent at the South Shore Yacht Club along the Milwaukee shore of Lake Michigan for a typical Wisconsin brat’n’beer cook-out buffet dinner. Mr. Chris Rute, AIA, Development Center Manager for the City of Milwaukee, delivered a presentation and discussion to explain the functions of the City’s goals and mission along with the current state of the agency and the challenges it faces in a

ALA group enjoying the cook-out.

time of resource limitations. In addition, the discussion identified the key areas of concern from the agency’s perspective and offered some ideas as to what steps the design professional and their clients can take to ensure a smooth review, approval, and permitting process. A ALA-WI President and cook presenting lively question and Mr. Rute with a personal invitation to join ALA. answer session followed regarding several current and new development projects. Following the program, Capt’n Doug Gallus took several ALAWI members on a nighttime sailboat cruise through the inner harbor waterways to see some of the docks and workings of the port facilities, rarely seen by the public, and Milwaukee river developments.

2012 WISCONSIN EVENT HIGHLIGHTS February • ALA-Wisconsin Annual Meeting and membership promotion event. March • Two-day, all expense paid flight trip to Warroad, MN to tour the Marvin Windows and Door factory and facilities. Sponsored by Weather-Tek Design Center. Limited to the first 12 reservations. April • Tour and program at the new Discovery World Museum and tour of the adjacent Milwaukee Art Museum designed by Santiago Calatrava along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. May • Tour of the Wright Administration Building, Fortaleza Hall and Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit at SC Johnson, Racine, WI. June • Wisconsin Expo and Trade Show. Full day with seminars (6.0 CEU) and vendor exhibits. NOTE! Wisconsin Architects will be required to have 24 CEU at the end of July 2012 in order to renew their license.


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1. Architecture Dinner Cruise: Geoffrey Baer was our docent for a special evening on the Chicago River to view the city’s spectacular architecture ending with a display of fireworks.

2. Thank you to our Dinner Cruise sponsors: Laurie Randolph, Hinshaw & Culberson; Bruce Thorne, Océ; Kel Dillon, Andersen Windows and Doors and Grace Winston of WTTW.

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2011 ALA Golf Outing hat a fabulous day for golf! On Friday, August 26, over 60 golfers enjoyed a relaxing and fun summer afternoon on the links at the Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin. First stop was the putting green for the Putting Contest sponsored by IMAGINiT Technologies. The greens were slick but no challenge to Steve Jaskowiak who ended up only 3 inches from the cup! (Watch out for Steve – next year he will be competing for a three-peat!) Ed Niemiec came in a close second, and we had a tie for third place between Howard Hirsch and Terry Kane. After a barbeque lunch sponsored by the Chicago Plastering Institute, all teams assembled in their carts for a 1:00 shot gun start. Along the course players could also test their metal with a game of bags, shoot for prizes at 3 holes-in-one, drive marshmallows, or just take pleasure in a cold beverage and cigar (cigars kindly provided by our Eagle Sponsor – Night Light, Inc.). Jamie Putnam proved that not only can he drive a golf ball, but he can deliver quite a wallop to a marshmallow as well winning both Men’s Longest Drive and the Marshmallow Contest. Closest to the Pin went to Tom Mulcahy driving with surgical precision, and Lisa Brooks edged out the Women’s Longest Drive. But wait – the entertainment did not stop there! After a 19th-Hole refresher, everyone dined on a buffet complete with a prime rib carving station. After dinner, tensions mounted as raffle numbers were called out to win the abundance of prizes on display. Raffle items included Chicago sports team’s items and technological gadgets for all abilities. Jeff Budgell can now be seen at the United Center in his new Chicago Bulls jersey, Andy Swedrowski will be tailgating at Soldier Field with his Chicago Bear’s Cooler, and Scott Hezner will be keeping his Weber in mint condition with a White Sox grill cover. All the while, Kelly Harris will be watching the Sox, Bears, Bulls, Cubs and Hawks at home with his new Dynex 40" Screen LCD/HD TV. While those winners are supporting the sports, Tom McCabe will be reading the latest novels on a Wi-Fi Kindle and Mike Welsch will be hard at work (or play) on his HP 350 Laptop!

Thank You to Our Sponsors: Putting Sponsor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IMAGINiT Technologies Lunch Sponsor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chicago Plastering Institute Eagle Sponsor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Night Light, Inc. Thank you to Arc Imaging for the Hole Signs & Sponsor Banner 1st Place Putting Steve Jaskowiak

Plumber’s Putter Winners Rick, Andy, Darryl & Mike

Men’s Longest Drive & Marshmallow Drive Winner Jamie Putnam

3rd Place Putting: Howard Hirsch, Terry Kane

Winning Foursome: Nick Edward, Chuck Cook, Tiffany Money, Deanna Hendrey

2nd Place Putting Ed Niemiec

A Special Thank You goes to Pat Harris, FALA for chairing the event and Kim Aldana, of Harris Architects, for the logistics and prizes.



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Golf Prizes were awarded to: Putting Contest Winners: 1st Prize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$100.00 – Steve Jaskowiak, West Studio 2nd Prize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$75.00 – Ed Niemiec, Sun Mechanical Systems 3rd Prize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$50.00 – Howard Hirsch, Hirsch Associates & Terry Kane, ARC Imaging Resources Marshmallow Drive - $100.00 Cash Jamie Putnam, Jacob & Hefner Associates Closest to the Pin - $75.00 Gift Certificate - Dick’s Sporting Goods Tom Mulcahy, Schuyler, Roche & Crisham Longest Drive Men’s - $75.00 Gift Certificate - Dick’s Sporting Goods Jamie Putnam, Jacob & Hefner Associates Longest Drive Women’s - $75.00 Gift Certificate - Dicks Sporting Goods Lisa Brooks, ALA Lowest Scoring Foursome - $100.00 Gift Certificate Each - Best Buy Tiffany Money, Chuck Cook, IMAGINiT Technologies Nick Edwards, Deanna Hendrey, Harris Architects Worst Foursome - Highest Score - Plumbers Putter Traveling Trophy Rick Harris, Darryl Mayo, Andy Swedrowski, Harris Architects Mike Welsch, Welsch Engineering



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WInter 2011  

Professional magazine for architects

WInter 2011  

Professional magazine for architects