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Association of Licensed Architects

$6.00 Volume 16, No. 2 Summer 2012

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ALA 2012 Buyer’s Guide ■■ Continuing Education Article ■■ Copyright Issues Raised by BIM ■■ ALA’s New Electronic Documents ■■ ALA Conference and Product Show ■■ Changes to the 2012 International Building Code ■■

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This project began as a renovation of an existing 1970’s ski house located outside of Vail. As investigation of the existing house revealed significant structural deficiencies, the project progressed to all new construction having a similar parti to the original. James Dayton Design worked closely with the clients to create an appropriate environment for their family and friends, as well as for their extensive contemporar y ar t collection. The house is a composition of masses rendered in cor-ten steel, cedar siding, fiber cement panels and stone all carefully situated on the site to capture views while maintaining privacy.

ARTICLES 7 Copyright Issues Raised by Building Information Modeling With the collaborative approach of using BIM, learn how design professionals can make sure their intellectual property rights are protected. by Shawn E. Goodman, Sabo & Zahn, Attorneys at Law

12 Contracts at 10,000 Feet Three basic arguments a design professional should impress upon their clients during the negotiation process. by Tom Harkins, Willis A&E

16 ALA’s New Electronic Documents The ALA online contracts are free to Professional members. This article offers helpful advice on their content and tips for downloading and editing on your computer. by James K. Zahn and Robert Soos

23 The 2012 ALA Buyer’s Guide Be sure to save this convenient pull-out reference of architectural manufacturers and service providers for your studio.

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38 Last One in the Pool..... Learn several different options of providing safe access into the water for people with mobility impairments. by Kimberly Paarlberg, RA, ICC Senior Staff Architect

36 Major Changes to The 2012 International Building Code - (Part 2) ALA code consultant Kelly Reynolds continues to explain important changes to the 2012 IBC. by Kelly P. Reynolds, Kelly P. Reynolds & Associates, Inc.





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ALA 2012 Design Awards


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ell, we are closing in on the halfway point of 2012! That means that the 2012 Conference and Trade Show is right around the corner on Tuesday, October 16. ALA National Board and staff are excited to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be renowned Architect and Educator Stanley Tigerman. A Chicago native and internationally known Architect, Stanley Tigerman has been at the cutting edge of our profession for decades. Principal at Tigerman-McCurry Architects, Mr. Tigerman has had a storied career filed with award winning projects from a wide variety of building types. Known never to be dull, this should be a very interesting as well as informative Keynote! This issue of "Licensed Architect" contains the first Annual Buyer’s Guide which lists all of the ALA Affiliates and their products and services in one convenient location. This annual Guide will be a valued studio reference and will be updated each year in the summer addition of "Licensed Architect". Whenever possible, please patronize our Affiliate Members who are so important to our organization. Also featured in this issue are the residential projects (Single & Multi-family) of three firms located in three different states. Take the time to review these projects. Since the completion of the recent reorganization, ALA National has announced

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Design and construction professionals are increasingly making use of Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM, an integrated process for design which promotes greater and more efficient collaboration on projects, has also served to blend the roles of the various parties involved in a project. In fact, many unlicensed, non-design professionals, if you will, may be working on the design. BIM carries with it problems and challenges for those making use of it, in addition to its many advantages, especially in the area of intellectual property or copyright. With many parties making contributions to the design, the question of who actually owns the model is likely to arise. BIM involves the use of a digital database, integrating the work of the various project team members, to generate two- and threedimensional plans, models and reports. Fourth and fifth dimensions, cost and scheduling, respectively, may be added. BIM facilitates collaborative effort, and should serve to avoid errors and conflicts in the design. With BIM, design is a group undertaking.

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by Shawn E. Goodman, Sabo & Zahn, Attorneys at Law



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In lieu of each party, e.g., engineer, architect, subcontractor, the various players. fabricator, etc., preparing their own separate and distinct Most basically, BIM represents digital design and plans, BIM allows the team to all contribute their respective construction. It provides a database of information, linked with plans and specifications information to one computer model. a model-based technology. With BIM, the data and information With BIM technology, it is possible both to coordinate the inherently is neither controlled nor retained by any one party, various component building designs, and also to analyze the thus making unclear just who is the “author” for purposes of impact of design changes on timing and cost. Change one copyright ownership. component of the design, and BIM will automatically alter the Building design, as set out in drawings, plans, databases or remaining building components as well, and also set forth the other instruments, is subject to copyright protection under schedule and economic federal law. Under the impacts, respectively, Copyright Act, a copyright in a “BIM involves the use of a digital resulting from the change, at contribution to a “collective least in theory. database, integrating the work of the work” is distinguished from a BIM holds forth the promise copyright in the collective various project team members, of time and money savings, as work as a whole. Obviously, well as increased quality to generate two- and three-dimensional then, the multiple-party, performance and, hopefully, collaborative work involved plans, models and reports.” reduction in claims. It also with BIM raises new, serious allows for improved intellectual property issues. coordination amongst the various disciplines, and increased Traditionally, the architect and engineer owned the copyright delivery speed. BIM enhances collaboration by providing an in their respective plans and specifications; and the architect integrated database of information coordinated among the and engineer enjoyed protection from the copying, distributing various contributors. It provides a digital building or preparing of derivative works. The owner and contractor, on representation which can be utilized to make design decisions, the other hand, were typically granted a limited license to use produce contract documents, and more. With BIM, the the drawings and specifications in order to build the project. In information is kept up to date and is easily accessible to all of the alternative, the engineer or architect could assign or transfer the copyright to the owner. Yet another alternative was to have joint copyright ownership. With potentially many parties contributing to the design under BIM, determining who exactly owns the copyright obviously can be a challenge. It is ironic, but the more collaborative the process becomes by virtue of BIM, the more difficult to answer becomes the question of design ownership. Precisely because the BIM model is collaborative, the various team members may well argue that the design belongs to those same, various team members. Arguably, each collaborator has an interest arising out of its contribution. However, owners may want some measure of ownership as well; and the team members may well want to restrict the owner’s ability to use the model on future projects. These copyright issues need to be addressed up front by the parties, and provided for by way of specific contract provisions. Those provisions should serve, at least in part, to protect the copyrights of the architect and other contributors. AIA Document E202-2008, Building Information Modeling Protocol Exhibit, does this by extending copyright protection to the architect and other contributors to the model: “Model Element Author does not convey anyownership right in the content provided” to the model. Similarly, with the ConsensusDOCS 301, BIM Addendum, Section 6.1, each party owns the copyrights in that party’s contributions to the model, in the absence of a specific transfer of that interest in writing. Under (Continued on page 14)




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Contracts at 10,000 Feet by Tom Harkins, Willis A&E

ne day, a design professional called and asked how to address a particular contract clause. The clause was completely onerous to the designer, and when asked why it was included in the contract, his response was, "The owner indicated he wanted leverage to drive me out of business if there were problems with the project." As you can imagine, my next question was, "And you want to work with this guy?" He asked my opinion to which I replied, "Normally I don’t say this because it is generally a business decision, but if it was my business at risk and someone made that threat at the onset of our business relationship, I would have to seriously consider rejecting the project." Later, the designer called back and indicated he agreed with me, and probably enjoyed a better night’s sleep because of his decision to avoid the risk. However, the discussion brought to the fore, "Can these contracts get any worse?" Contract language continues to become more onerous on the design professionals while the clients beat down the price and raise the insurance requirements. In many cases, it is clear that whoever prepared the contract has no appreciation or understanding of the role of the different parties to a construction project, and specifically the design professional. More chilling would be the idea that they do know and their wording is based on a conscious effort to form the contract. With the number of projects being pursued down in number, many of you are being forced to execute contracts with unfavorable wording, while the client declares, "I have a dozen other firms sitting outside my door who would be more than happy to sign this agreement as is." I will get back to that particular issue in a moment, but have to ask if you have ever considered, "Is the contract in the best interests of the client?" The reason I ask this is because the question clearly evidences the fact the client’s contract drafter has not! Let me explain. What is a design professional’s greatest asset when performing work on a project? Give up? It’s their Professional Liability policy, also called their Errors and Omissions coverage. Ok, it’s their talent and expertise, but let’s stay with the context, shall we? As your most important asset, I find it particularly ironic (in a non-humorous way) that the client’s contract drafters go out of their way to invent language for their client which in effect negates the coverage provided by the Professional Liability policy. (Sorry, I just hate calling it E&O). However, as we continue along with this difficult market, that’s exactly what everyone is doing, and with a growing aggressiveness too. If you don’t mind, we will stay away from discussing the application of particular policy provisions in this article, instead focusing on the overall approach to the contract negotiation process. What is really scary is that every year I put on a webcast where we discuss bad contract language utilizing actual wording from contracts we have seen over the prior twelve-month period. With greater frequency, we are encountering documents where the entire contract could be used for a case study in bad contract language. This is particularly problematic when the client opts to use a contractor-based contract for the retention of design professionals. In one particular instance, we were asked to review



you are still stuck with the exposure you thought you had one such contract and noted eleven hundred potential transferred. What makes this situation worse is the fact coverage issues on a ten-page contract. That’s onethe client is now faced with a potentially substantial hundred and ten issues per page! Yes…I will concede expense they did not anticipate in the completion of the that the font was small. When presented with a project. As tight as money is right now, I believe we can contractor-based contract, insurance professionals will safely assume "a potentially significant unexpected strongly recommend not using them, and opt for a exposure" is probably quite problematic to the lenders as designer-based contract. If that is not possible, please well. Normally, this is where I would inject some have the contracts reviewed by your attorney or insurance discussion of the defense obligation language, but I’ve broker so you can at least appreciate what challenges resisted the temptation. So if the transfer is properly you face moving forward with the project. performed, but cannot be funded, where is the benefit to The Golden Rule when considering contract language the transferor? There isn’t any. As a matter of fact, during the review process is "No one benefits from an there’s a greater problem. uninsured clause." Notice the stressing of the words "No An insurance policy is a financial risk transfer device. one." To those in the design community, it is pretty Using the discussion in the previous paragraph, if the obvious the design professional will not benefit, because coverage is negated, the they are now being forced to fund the The Golden Rule when considering contract client is basically left holding the bag for most if exposure themselves. language during the review process is not all of the exposure. However, it is also "No one benefits from an uninsured clause." So I again ask, are the evident the client does client’s drafters looking at not benefit either. the contract within the entire universe within which that Unless the design firm has piles of cash stashed away in contract must exist? It would appear not. What these closets no one knows about, the average design firm drafters should be doing is attempting to craft the wording does not have a great deal of readily available liquid of the contract to maximize the benefits the designer can capital. Therefore, when the project has an unexpected glean from the coverage provided instead of what they are loss of any significance, there are no funds available to doing, instead of having to have their attorney try to find a address the damages or costs since coverage has been way to draft a complaint in an attempt to overcome the negated by the contract requirements. Our review of any wording and plead a claim back into coverage. The drafters number of Professional Liability insurance policies on the are focusing so much on the legal environment that they market reveals that the parameters of coverage, those are doing a disservice to their clients in other more elements of the policy which either extend or limit beneficial areas. coverage, are fairly standard. Therefore, you and the In summary, there are three basic arguments a design other design firms bidding on the project probably have professional should impress upon their clients during the same coverage terms and conditions (and contract negotiation process: limitations). Now, let’s get back to the big argument the clients 1) No one benefits from an uninsured clause. advance when they decide not to negotiate contract 2) All design firms have very similar or alike wording in their language. I have a dozen people standing in line outside policies, so if the next designer in line is claiming he can of my door who will sign the contract as it is drafted. By sign the contract as drafted, it may contractually the way, one client actually referred to having the design transfer all the risk the client may face, but doesn’t firms "in my hip pocket." My response is, "So what? overcome the fact the designer may then have no They are faced with the same issues we are. The coverage. difference is we are being upfront about the issues." The 3) A contractual transfer of risk is only as good as the bottom line is that the client’s drafters don’t look beyond ability of the transferee to finance the transfer. If not, the façade of the contract, looking only for legal the transfer is useless. protection, but not looking at the contract in the entire universe in which it must operate. Let me explain. Remember also that your insurance broker should be a First, when I address hold harmless agreements, my resource for you in your quest to finding the main rule is "the contractual transfer is only as effective unattainable…the reasonable contract. as the transferee’s ability to finance the transfer." In other words, I can have the most iron-clad risk transfer If you have any questions regarding this article, please agreement in place, but if the party to whom I have contact Tom Harkins at (312) 288-7342 or at transferred the risk cannot pay for it, what good is the www.willisae.com. transfer. The answer, it becomes meaningless because



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contract clauses such as these, contributors may contribute to Project. Such determinations shall be set forth in AIA the model, secure in the understanding that they will not be Document E201-2007, or a similar document, that shall be deprived of their respective copyrights. incorporated by reference into all agreements for services or The contract should also address the architect’s copyright construction for the Project. to all or parts of the BIM, and at the same time allow Thus, it is expected that the parties would get together at the collaborators and the owner to make use of the BIM. This can outset of a project and define who owns what in terms of intelbe accomplished by way of a license, allowing for limited use lectual property, and what licenses will be granted for such works. by another party while maintaining copyright ownership and Unlike the AIA Owner-Architect agreements, protection. ConsensusDOCS 240, Agreement Between Owner and A more complicated problem presents when, for example, Architect-Engineer, allows the design professional, on the one the work of an engineer, which has been integrated into a BIM, hand, and the owner, on the is needed by that engineer on other, to agree to have the a subsequent project. It is not “Change one component of the design, owner enjoy the copyright in at all clear that the engineer the plans, specifications, would be allowed to unbundle and BIM will automatically alter the data, documents and other the design and isolate out its remaining building components as well, information prepared by the specific design elements from design professional. the rest of the model in order and also set forth the schedule ConsensusDOCS 301, to make use of them on and economic impacts, respectively, Building Information Modeling another project. Again, this (BIM) Addendum, is needs to be taken up by way resulting from the change, consistent in that regard, of specific contract terms. at least in theory.” reciting, for example, that the The collaborator, in this “Project Owner’s entitlement example the engineer, would to use the Full Design Model after completion of the Project probably also benefit from maintaining some way of identifying shall be governed by the Contract between the Owner and the its specific contributions to the process, and distinguishing Architect/Engineer.” It also, just as does E202-2008, provides them from the whole. that contributing to the model does not deprive the contributor A295-2008, General Conditions of the Contract for of its copyright. Integrated Project Delivery, provides in Section 1.5.1: “The With so many collaborators, apportioning ownership of the Architect and Contractor shall utilize a Model as Instruments design would be exceedingly difficult in the absence of detailed of Service to the greatest extent practicable and pursuant to contract terms addressing this issue. The ambiguity which Section 1.5.2. Unless the parties mutually agree otherwise, would result from the absence of such contract terms is a the Architect shall be responsible for the integration and recipe for messy, protracted litigation. That is not to say, coordination of the Model throughout the design and however, that BIM itself will lead to more or worse conflicts construction of the Project.”1 Section 1.5.2, meanwhile, states: amongst the various project team members. Indeed, given the The Owner, Architect and Contractor shall, at the earliest extent to which the technology itself allows, even requires so practical moment, meet and delineate the types of software much in the way of coordination and cooperation, the opposite to be used on the Project and establish protocols, standards might actually hold true. and tolerances as may be required for the proper execution BIM is unquestionably an innovative, useful technology. of the Work. The Owner, Architect and Contractor shall work However, it carries with it significant legal implications, most together to establish the permitted uses for all digital particularly in the area of copyrights. Design professionals information, including the Model, to be exchanged on the would be well-advised to take these implications into account, and make sure that their intellectual property rights are sufficiently protected by way of appropriate contract language. KELLY P. REYNOLDS & ASSOCIATES, INC. The copyright issues related to BIM are not only complex, they BUILDING CODE CONSULTANTS are also in flux. This is all the more reason to make sure that these issues are fully fleshed out by way of the contract, NATIONWIDE PHONE 1-(800) 950-CODE (2633) before starting work on any project using BIM.

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ALA’s New Electronic Documents by James K. Zahn, FALA, Esq. of Sabo & Zahn, Attorneys at Law Robert Soos, Soos and Associates, Inc.

ALA is pleased to announce that a new 2011 family of electronic contract documents is now available on its recently upgraded website at www.alatoday.org. The documents were released for use in late 2011, and are available to any professional or affiliate member in good standing free of any charge, and as a new ALA membership benefit. The new documents are based on the use of "Microsoft Word", which most ALA members already are individually licensed to use for word processing on their own computer systems. All ALA professional and affiliate members in good standing are granted a non-exclusive license to use and edit ALA’s copyrighted documents as they may see fit. Each and every ALA document should be edited to reflect the specific needs of your individual projects. Unlike the prior versions which were produced and stored on ALA’s servers, the new versions will be produced and stored on your own computer. You will have complete and exclusive control over the content and confidentiality of any agreement form you decide to create. The ALA National Board believes that this is a substantial membership benefit. As a professional or affiliate member, you have no reason not to download these documents and use them, either for your future projects, or at least as a checklist of items to consider for insertion in other agreements you may chose to use. All of the problems with the old electronic system have been eliminated in the new system which is entirely based upon use of your own computers. There is no longer a need for ALA to store any of the agreements you may create on ALA’s servers because you will store them on your own computers so that they can be instantly accessed, printed, reused, or edited as needed. Creating a new agreement using ALA’s electronic document forms is no more difficult than writing a letter using "Microsoft Word". You will be in full control of the system which will automatically keep track of all of your revisions to any document and print marked-up drafts or clean copies of the finished documents as you may require. You will also be able to send draft of final execution documents back and forth to your consultants, your clients, their attorneys, or other parties. The 2011 versions of the released documents include the following: Owner/Architect Agreements: OA1-2011 Owner/Architect Agreement For Pre-Design Services (Hourly Based Compensation) OA2-2011 Owner/Architect Agreement For Pre-Design Services (Lump Sum Fee Compensation) OA3-2011 Owner/Architect Agreement For Architectural Services (Hourly Based Compensation) OA4-2011 Owner/Architect Agreement For Architectural Services (Lump Sum Fee Compensation) Owner/Contractor Agreements: OC1-2011 Owner/Contractor Agreement (Lump Sum Fee)



OC2-2011 Owner/Contractor Agreement (The Cost of the Work Plus a Fee with Guaranteed Maximum Price) OC3-2011 Owner/Contractor Agreement (The Cost of the Work Plus a Fee) GC1-2011 General Conditions (Lump Sum Fee) GC2-2011 General Conditions (The Cost of the Work Plus a Fee with Guaranteed Maximum Price) GC3-2011 General Conditions (The Cost of the Work Plus a Fee) Miscellaneous Contractor Forms: CCO-2011 Contract Change Order POR-2011 Contractor’s Application & Certificate for Payment Before proceeding with your reading of the rest of this article, I suggest that you go to www.alatoday.org and print out all of the new 2011 documents in order to best understand my following comments. If you forgot your password, click the "Forgot Password" link and enter your email address. You will immediately be sent via email a new username and password. If you have any problems, you can call ALA at 847-382-0630, and they will provide you with all the help you need to get started. OWNER/ARCHITECT AGREEMENT FORMS: Pre-Design Services: As you can see above, the OA1 and OA2 are two forms for use for pre-design services. They are identical agreement forms except for Articles 4 and 6, which relate to whether your fee is hourly based or a lump sum fee. Either of these forms can be used when your client seeks only pre-design services, before committing to full architectural services.

This is a good way to lock in a client initially and help the client visualize options for his project. It is also useful as an agreement for master planning services. The agreement protects your copyright interests in your work product and presents a logical and compelling reason for the client to ultimately retain your firm, rather than someone else, when the client determines to proceed with full architectural services for the project. Please note that Article 1.0 requires a date of execution. That date should be when you first began any work on the project to best protect your lien rights in case of non-payment for pre-design services performed. Paragraphs 5.1 and 5.2 should be filled in to determine which party is hiring the respective consultants on the project, if any. It is always beneficial to obtain a limitation on your liability exposure as described in paragraph 10, if possible. Fill in or edit all blanks contained within the agreement forms. For Architectural Services: Forms OA3 and OA4 are to be used when full architectural services are required. As with the OA1 and OA2, the OA3 and OA4 are also identical except for Articles 4.0 and 6.0, which relate to whether your fee is hourly based or a lump sum fee. If you prefer to be compensated on a percent of the construction cost basis, you can edit Article 4 to reflect that requirement instead of a lump sum. Since this is a full scope of services agreement, all services described as Basic Services in Article 3.0 should be edited to specifically describe the services you are providing for the project. Remember, that any service not described in Article 3.0 should be considered and compensated for as an Additional Service at the compensation rates stated in Article 6.0. Do not list Additional Services, because if you miss any services in that listing, the client will argue that since they were not listed as an Additional Service, they are a Basic Service, and no additional compensation is due. Define the subconsultants that the Architect is providing and ones that the Architect expects the Owner to provide. Any subconsultant not listed will have to be retained by or paid for by the client. Edit Article 5.0 and its subparagraphs carefully to avoid accepting undue liability exposure for the costs of additional consultants. Note that in Article 12.0, the Architect is entitled to rely on the accuracy and completeness of Owner provided information. If you alter or delete Article 12 and agree to review such provided information for accuracy and completeness, you are assuming undue liability exposure for such information, even though you did not prepare the information you are now agreeing to review. Any errors you miss in your review will now be considered your errors. OWNER/CONTRACTOR AGREEMENT FORMS: As a convenience to Owners, ALA has prepared Owner/ Contractor Agreements forms which comprise a part of the

family of ALA electronic documents. The Owner should obtain legal counsel to help the Owner prepare any Owner/Contractor agreements. The Architect can suggest the use of these documents to the Owner to keep all Owner executed agreement forms consistent with one another. Except for engaging a Contractor on a time and material basis of compensation, there are three basic types of Owner/Contractor agreements that are normally used. As you will notice, the OC1, OC2 and OC3 are all identical with the exception of referencing the General Conditions to be used in Article 3.1, and the compensation issues contained in Article 5.0, of each agreement form. The documents were designed so that a GC1 is used with an OC1, a GC2 is used with an OC2 and a GC3 is used with an OC3. As with the Owner/ Contractor Agreements, the General Conditions, namely the GC1, GC2 and GC3 are also identical with the exception that each document is tailored to reflect whether the Contractor is being compensated using a Lump Sum Fee as stated in the OC1 and GC1, or on the basis of The Cost of Work Plus a Fee with a Guaranteed Maximum Price as stated in the OC2 and GC2, or on the basis of The Cost of the Work Plus a Fee (without a guaranteed maximum price) as stated in the OC3 and GC3. When preparing an Owner/Architect agreement, the Architect should edit the document (OA1, OA2, or OA3) carefully to reflect a specific scope of work that the Architect will perform for the stated fee. After that document is fully prepared and executed by both parties, then the Architect should review and edit the General Conditions, whether prepared by the Owner or the Architect, to assure that the GC’s properly reflect the Architect’s scope of work stated in the Owner/Architect agreement. ALA also created two forms, namely the CCO-2011, Contract Change Order and POR-2011 Contractor’s Application and Certificate for Payment, to be utilized by the Contractor during the construction phase of the project. They were based on industry standards and are consistent with the family of ALA documents. I believe that you will be pleasantly surprised with the quality of the new documents and the ease by which they can be used electronically.■

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

Note: The preceding article is not legal advice and should not be relied upon. It is merely the author’s opinion. It is highly recommended that you consult with your own attorney regarding any contract matters.



Introduction to

Featured Architects pages 20-22, 27-29, 31-33



Featured Architect

Founded in 1971, Baranyk Associates, Ltd., is a full service architectural firm, which over the past forty years has designed numerous commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. In recent years, the firm’s focus had been on residential projects. Whether a single family residence or a planned unit development with commercial and multi-story condominium units, our aim has been function, form, and budget. Orest Baranyk A.I.A. - A.L.A.


In order to satisfy zoning requirements, the development of these two projects on tight urban lots required designing compact affordable condos which would be eco-friendly. As a result, the buildings achieved the top 3 star rating in the Chicago Green Building Program. Both the developer and unit owners are reaping the benefits of sustainable design.

CONCEPT 4 Unit Condo

2533 W. Cortland Ave., Chicago, IL

CONCEPT 6 Unit Condo




REALITY 4847 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL

Featured Architect

The developer’s goal was to obtain the economy of utilizing the same floor plan, while creating urban residential units that appeared different. The three models shown here - stone, brick and wood - provide variations which impart distinctive and individual characters to each of the residences within an affordable framework.


REALITY Private Residence, Chicago, IL


REALITY Private Residence, Chicago, IL


REALITY Private Residence, Chicago, IL



Featured Architect

From Concept to Reality In the design of a building form and function are combined into a concept. Once the concept is solidified the project moves from the intangible to a three dimensional reality. Presented here are a few examples of our works as they progressed from idea to structure - from program to sculpture - from concept to reality. CONCEPT Three Unit Condo

CONCEPT 6 Unit Condo

REALITY 903 N. Honore Ave., Chicago, IL

REALITY 2521 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL

Current Projects

Commercial + 14 D.U. Development

1900 Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Private Residence, Chicago, IL Commercial + 3 Condos 1959 W. Erie St., Chicago, IL



ALA 2012

BUYER’S GUIDE Consultants

Architectural Firms Domokur Architects

Interline Creative Group

Jennifer Bruder 4651 Medina Road Akron, OH 44321 jbruder@domokur.com

James Nowakowski 553 N. North Court, Ste. 160 Palatine, IL 60067 jim@interlinegroup.com

330-666-7878 www.dokomur.com

Studio Design-ST

Maxima Consultants Corp.

Cheryl Tkacz 1529 S. Wayne Road Westland, MI 48186 clt.studiodesign@sbcglobal.net

Ira Norooz 824 W. Superior, Ste. 209 Chicago, IL 60642 irajnor@msn.com


CAD/Computer Software

847-358-4848 www.interlinegroup.com


Code Consultants


Kelly P. Reynolds & Associates, Inc.

Rick Stalle 5866 N. Shore Drive Milwaukee, WI 53217 877-312-5710 rstalle@cadconsultinggroup.com www.cadconsultinggroup.com

Kelly Reynolds 16182 West Magnolia, P.O. Box 5518 Goodyear, AZ 85338-5518 codexperts@aol.com


IMAGINiT Technologies Chuck Cook 35 E Wacker Drive, Ste. 1960 Chicago, IL 60601 ccook@rand.com

Conveying Equipment 312-431-0125 www.imaginit.com

Jon Tevz 1000 Industrial Dr., Ste 2C Bensenville, IL 60106 tallenaccess@gmail.com

Vectorworks Kristine Sherwood 7150 Riverwood Drive Columbia, MD 21046 ksherwood@vectorworks.net

410-290-5114 www.vectorworks.net

Concrete PCI of IL & WI Marty McIntyre P. O. Box 1477 Oak Park, IL 60304 martymci@pci-iw.org

Access Elevators


EHLS/To The Top Home Elevators Elizabeth Crandall 210 W Campus Drive, Ste. B Arlington Heights, IL 60004 elizabeth.crandall@ehls.com

847-403-0120 www.ehls.com

Digital Printing and Document Distribution 708-386-3715 www.pci-iw.org

ARC Imaging Resources Glen Prezembel 1429 Jeffrey Drive Addison, IL 60101 glen.prezembel@e-arc.com

630-629-6900 www.arcimagingresources.com



Image Grille

Exterior Improvements

Ronald Schatz 1032 West Drive South Elgin, IL 60177 rps@imagegrille.com

847-214-8283 www.imagegrille.com

Océ North America Nikolai Jankovich 5450 North Cumberland Chicago, IL 60656 Nikolai.Jankovich@oce.com

773-714-2913 www.oceusa.com

630-742-4168 www.unilock.com

Finishes John Manley 5611 W. 120 St. Alsip, IL 60803

Environmental Protection Industries

708-371-3100 opcmia5@sbcglobal.net

H.B. Fuller 708-225-1115 www.environmental-epi.com


Debbie Petrille 1105 South Frontenac Street Aurora, IL 60504 Debbie.petrille@hbfuller.com

630-862-2582 www.hbfuller-cp.com

JG Innovations, Inc.

Night Light, Inc. Dean MacMorris 148 Eisenhower Lane North Lombard, IL 60148 dean@nightlightinc.net

Brad Swanson 301 E. Sullivan Road Aurora, IL 60505 brad.swanson@unilock.com

Chicago Plastering Institute

Earthwork Sergio Meilman 16650 S. Canal South Holland, IL 60473 smeilman@environmental-epi.com


630-627-1111 www.nightlightinc.net

Jack Grice PO Box 8128 Janesville, WI 53547-8128 marketing@jgius.com

608-314-8710 www.jgius.com

Ozinga Architectural Products Tom Brann 2222 S. Lumber Street Chicago, IL 60614 tombrann@ozinga.com

Engineering Berg Engineering Consultants, Ltd. Brian Berg 801 West Wise Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60193 brian.berg.jr@berg-eng.com

Tate Access Floors 847-352-4500 www.berg-eng.com

S.C. Mendez Consulting LLC, Structural Engineering Design Services Theresa Padua 5733 N. Sheridan Rd. Apt. 18-C Chicago, IL 60660 thpadua@rcn.com David Felton 112910 W. Hawthorne Lane New Berlin, WI 53151 feltondave@wi.rr.com


MEA Consulting LLC


Arch Construction Management, Inc. Patrick Coveny 15 Spinning Wheel Rd. #404 Hinsdale, IL 60521 patc@arch-cm.com

630-654-0537 www.arch-cm.com

Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Gerald O'Dwyer 7451 Spring Grove Rd. Spring Grove, IL 60081

847-459-6080 geraldod@msn.com

The Hill Group

Moshe Calamaro & Associates, Inc. 847-733-0015 www.moshecal.com

Welch Engineering, Inc.


630-336-8772 www.tateinc.com


Martin Anderson 2347 Preston Lane West Dundee, IL 60118 martin_anderson1@comcast.net

Michael Welsch 1205 Ogden Ave. Downers Grove, IL 60515 mwelsch@structurelogic.us

David Bessert 210 Quincy Lane Roselle, IL 60172 davebessert@tateaccessfloors.com

General Contractors 773-931-8698 www.soterassociates.com

Felton Engineering

Moshe Calamaro 930 Pitner Ave., Ste. 7 Evanston, IL 60202 moshe@moshecal.com

708-625-1497 www.ozinga.com

Bob Krier 11045 Gage Avenue Franklin Park, IL 60131 robert.krier@hillgrp.com

847-451-5000 www.hillgrp.com

Industrial and Automotive Equipment Standard Industrial & Automotive Equipment, Inc. 630-969-0414 www.structurelogic.us


John Woitel 6211 Church Rd. Hanover Park, IL 60133 info@standardus.com

630-289-9500 www.standardus.com

Insurance Providers


Euclid Insurance Agencies, a USI Company

Bricks Incorporated

Melissa Roberts 234 Spring Lake Dr. Itasca, IL 60143 mroberts@euclidinsurance.com

Brent Schmitt 723 S. La Salle Street Aurora, IL 60505 bschmitt@bricksinc.net

630-694-1130 www.euclidinsurance.com/ae

Holmes Murphy & Associates, Inc.

Illinois Brick

Reid Just 10 East Doty Street, Suite 800 Madison, WI 53703 rjust@holmesmurphy.com

Deborah McGlynn 8995 W 95th Steet Palos Hills, IL 60465 dmcglynn@illinoisbrick.com

800-527-9049 www.holmesmurphy.com

M.G.Welbel & Assoc., Inc.

International Masonry Institute

Michael Welbel 650 Dundee Road, Ste. 170 Northbrook, IL 60062 mwelbel@mgwelbel.com

Scott Conwell 2140 Corporate Dr. Addison, IL 60101 sconwell@imiweb.org

847-412-1414 www.mgwelbel.com

Willis A&E Group

Mortar Net USA, Ltd.

Tom Harkins 233 W. Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL 60606 tom.harkins@willis.com

Gary Johnson 326 Melton Road Burns Harbor, IN 46304 gjohnson@mortarnet.com

312-288-7342 www.WillisAE.com

630-897-6926 www.bricksinc.net

708-237-5606 www.illinoisbrick.com

630-396-3106 www.imiweb.org

800-664-6638 www.mortarnet.com

Northfield Block

Interior Design Firms

Steve Hunt One Hunt Court Mundelein, IL 60060 steve.hunt@oldcastle.com

Signature Design Group, Inc. Greg Sagen 604 N. Washington St., Suite 2 Naperville, IL 60563 greg@sgntrgroup.com

847-949-3600 www.northfieldblock.com

Rauch Clay Sales Corporation 630-305-3980

Legal Services

Christian Metz 3037 S. Christiana Ave. Chicago, IL 60623 cmetz@rauchclay.com www.rauchclay.com


Coleman, Hull & van Vliet, PLLP Mark Heley 8500 Normandale Lake Blvd, Suite 2110 Minneapolis, MN 55437 mheley@chvv.com

Metals 952-841-0219 www.chvv.com

Mel Drendel 31W335 Schoger Drive Naperville, IL 60564 sales@cisiron.com

Crivello, Carlson, S.C. Joshua Levy 710 N. Plankinton Ave,, Ste 500 Milwaukee, WI 53203 jlevy@milwlaw.com

414-271-7722 www.milwlaw.com

Sabo & Zahn, Attorneys at Law


Municipalities Don Plass 1900 West Hassell Road Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 don.plass@hoffmanestates.org

847-781-2637 www.hoffmanestates.org


Schuyler, Roche & Crisham P.C.

Andersen Windows, Inc. 312-565-8484 www.srcattorneys.com

Manufacturer Representative

Kellen Dillon 2310 Cowper Ave. Evanston, IL 60201 kdillon@andersencorp.com

312-375-1876 www.andersencorp.com

Hafele America Co.

J. N. Lucas & Associates, Inc. James Lucas 7106 Magoun Ave. Hammond, IN 46324 jim@jnlucas.com

630-585-5080 www.cisiron.com

Village of Hoffman Estates

James Zahn, Shawn Goodman 401 North Michigan Ave., Ste 2050 Chicago, IL 60611 jzahn@sabozahn.com sgoodman@sabozahn.com Jeffrey Kubes 130 East Randolph Street #3800 Chicago, IL 60601 jkubes@SRCattorneys.com

Creative Iron Solutions

773-731-6857 www.jnlucas.com

Sherry Kaye 154 W. Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60654 skaye@hafeleamericas.com

312-467-2225 www.hafele.com/us



Marvin Windows & Doors

Chicagoland Roofing Council

Sharon Roscher 457 West Fulterton Ave. Elmhurst, IL 60126 sharonR@marvin.com

William McHugh 4415 W. Harrison St., #436 Hillside, IL 60162 bill@chicagoroofing.org

815-768-6678 www.marvin.com

Pella Windows & Doors, Inc.

International Leak Detection

Chris Carpenter 2505 Enterprise Circle West Chicago, IL 60185 ccarpenter@pella.com

630-675-4750 www.pella.com

Tee Jay Service Co., Inc. 630-406-1406 www.teejaydoors.com


866-282-5325 (LEAK) www.leak-detection.com

Mike Selleck P.O. Box 533 Spring Lake, MI 49456 sales@liveroof.com

616-842-1392 www.liveroof.com

NexGen Building Supply

Moen Incorporated Mark Madden 340 West Potomac Lombard, IL 60148 mark.madden@moen.com

630-661-3994 www.moen.com

John Mandigo 2300 Hammond Drive Schaumburg, IL 60173 jmandigo@nexgenbuildingsupply.com

Nelson Testing Laboratories Mark Nelson 1210 Remington Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60173 mnelson@nelsontesting.com

847-882-1146 www.nelsontesting.com

Thermal and Moisture Protection Active Foam Specialists, LCC Michael McNish 5715 Weatherstone Way Johnsburg, IL 60050 847-497-9480 mmcnish@activefoamspecialists.com www.activefoamspecialists.com

Advanced Building Products, Inc. Patrick Duffy 283 Inverway Inverness, IL 60067 pduffy@abpcorp.net

847-303-9800 www.nexgenbuildingsupply.com

Specialty Systems, Inc. Douglas Sowers 1194 Grand Cypress Court Aurora, IL 60502 dougsowers@sbcglobal.net

Testing Laboratories

630-692-6847 www.specialtysystemsinc.com

Tapco International Wayne Sanderson 3457 Windham Cirlce Cuyahoga, OH 44223 wayne_sanderson@tapcoint.com

717-525-2317 www.tapcoint.com

Wood, Plastics and Composites Architectural Woodwork Institute Gregory Bednar 4120 S. Victoria Circle New Berlin, WI 53151 gregorymb@aol.com

571-323-3629 www.awinet.org

Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters 847-705-9190 www.abpcorp.net

Anthony Roofing Tecta America, LLC

Keith Jutkins 12 E. Erie Chicago, IL 60611 kjutkins@carpentersunion.org

312-787-3076 www.carpentersunion.org

County Materials Corporation 630-898-4444 www.tectaamerica.com

CETCO Brad Stare 2870 Forbs Avenue Hoffman Estates, IL 60192 brad.stare@cetco.com

Chris Eichon 2064 River Road South 1-S Des Plaines, Il 60018 chris@leak-detection.com

Live Roof, LLC

Thomas Safran PO Box 369 Batavia, IL 60510 tsafran@teejaydoors.com

Rolf Snobeck 2555 White Oak Circle Aurora, IL 60502 rsnobeck@anthonyroofing.com

708-449-5266 www.chicagoroofing.org

Jeff Stoffel 2217 S. Loomis Street Chicago, IL 60608 jeff.stoffel@countymaterials.com

312-421-8432 www.countymaterials.com

Wood Products Council (WoodWorks)

CertainTeed Gypsum

Archie Landreman 6522 River Meadows Turn Racine, WI 53402 archie@woodworks.org

262-672-4746 www.woodworks.org

Amy Lee P.O. Box 860 Valley Forge, PA 19482 building.Solutions@saint-gobain.com

Duane Schantz 2155 W. Roscoe St., Unit 3S Chicago, IL 60618 duane@woodworks.org

630-222-9658 www.woodworks.org

224-230-0733 www.cetco.com

800-233-8990 www.CertainTeed.com/Gypsum

Chicago Roofing Contractors Association


William McHugh 4415 W. Harrison St., #436 Hillside, IL 60162 bill@crca.org

Steven Tag 1518 Carlton Court New Lenox, IL 60451 steve.tag@weyerhaeuser.com


708-449-3340 www.crca.org


815-514-0348 www.weyerhaeuser.com

Featured Architect

James Dayton Design, Ltd. (JDD) is an eleven person full-service architectural design firm, founded in 1997. The projects of JDD have a contemporary focus and involve all aspects of the design industry, including architectural design, integrated interior environments, planning and custom furniture. Current and past projects include work in educational, civic, cultural, commercial, and residential contexts. Based in Minneapolis, JDD has designed over seventy-five projects in its fifteen year history and has emerged as a leading force in the design industry. Recent and past projects have been met with critical acclaim and have been published both regionally and nationally. JDD is licensed in 13 states and has completed projects around the country, with work currently being planned for China. James Dayton received the AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award for 2005 and the AIA National Young Architects Award for 2006. Architecture for JDD is a first-person, empirical phenomenon. It is about making thoughtful, well-crafted spaces that serve clients well and contribute positively to the built environment in creative, humane, and innovative ways. The ability to deliver a project on time and on budget, while exceeding the expectations of our clients is paramount to the ethos of JDD.

Private Residence Vail, Colorado This project began as a renovation of an existing 1970’s ski house located outside of Vail. As investigation of the existing house revealed significant structural deficiencies, the project progressed to all new construction having a similar parti to the original. James Dayton Design worked closely with the clients to create an appropriate environment for their family and friends, as well as for their extensive contemporary art collection. The house is a composition of masses rendered in cor-ten steel, cedar siding, fiber cement panels and stone all carefully situated on the site to capture views while maintaining privacy.

Photo: Gibeon Photography



Photo: Andrea Rugg Photography

Featured Architect

The Bookmen Stacks Minneapolis, Minnesota

James Dayton Design redefined living in the warehouse district of Minneapolis with this residential building. Situated adjacent to the historic Bookmen Lofts building, the Bookmen Stacks completes a 110 unit residential campus that includes underground parking with a green roof courtyard to recycle rainwater from the buildings and site. The building design, referential of the industrial character of the neighborhood, employs an innovative precast concrete truss system allowing alternate floors to remain column-free. This structure is visible from the outside through highefficiency glazing, with zinc panels cladding the facade where necessary to respect the privacy of the occupants and those of neighboring buildings.

MacPhail Center for Music Minneapolis, Minnesota

Photo: Andrea Rugg Photography



The MacPhail Center for Music is one of the oldest cultural institutions in Minneapolis and among the most respected music organizations in the nation. Their new flagship building in the Minneapolis Mill District employs a dynamic massing of cor-ten and galvanized steel panels, brick, and curtainwall, referencing the scale and materiality of the historic mills while avoiding derivative comparisons. The 56,000 square foot building houses instruction studios, classrooms, music therapy labs, early childhood education, offices, and a formal performance hall. All spaces have superior acoustics, state-of-the-art technology, and were designed with great flexibility to accommodate varied teaching and performance styles.

Featured Architect

Private Residence Laona, Wisconsin Located on a peninsula in northern Wisconsin, the house is oriented by the axial view across the water to a lumber mill the client’s family has owned for generations. The program is divided between public and private spaces, responding to the clients needs for a family cabin and location to entertain clients. The house remains below the tree line with a central court serving as a hub for the surrounding bar-shaped volumes of weathered cedar. Referential of the client’s profession, the refined wood interior and rough wood exterior are a metaphor for the tree, and by extension the lumber industry, and give definition to the idea of shelter.

The Blake School at Highcroft Wayzata, Minnesota James Dayton Design collaborated closely with faculty and students in designing this 26,000 square foot addition and renovation to an award winning 1962 elementary school. The project included the addition of an art wing, main entrance, prekindergarten rooms, and the existing classrooms and gymnasium were remodeled with other general improvements made throughout the grounds. The project remains true to the spirit of the original school by establishing a state-of-the-art educational environment while acknowledging the school’s progressive education methods. The design complements the existing building through the careful use of materials, massing, and scale, yet distinguishes itself as architecture of this time.

Photo: Andrea Rugg Photography



Featured Architect

Vetter Denk Architects offers a comprehensive range of architectural services specializing in fine residential, commercial and urban design. The firm’s work focuses on a modern architectural language that guides them throughout the entire design process, from the initial design concept to meticulous detailing. In 1985 John Vetter and Kelly Denk founded Vetter Denk Architects with the belief that meaningful architecture is capable of enriching our daily lives. This unique practice provides finely-crafted dwellings that harmonize with nature and individual lifestyle.

The Beerline Neighborhood: Bluff Homes, River Homes, Milwaukee Rowing Club, Booth Street Stairs Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Photo: John Vetter, Vetter Denk Architects

The Beerline is a former industrial corridor located along the Milwaukee River. Vetter Denk’s urban design strategy was to create a modern, traditional neighborhood centered around three distinct yet connected levels of scale – civic, pedestrian and personal. The Beerline River Homes provide a walkable connection to the city, the beautiful Milwaukee River, and the surrounding environs. The diversity of these custom homes is evident not only in the unique association of the units to the specific edges each one addresses, but also in the diverse range of pricing from the accessible to the high-end. In an effort to integrate the typical urban neighborhood with the context of an industrial corridor, they relied upon thoughtful connections to materials such as brick, stucco, and fine woods, thus creating a feeling of refined elegance in balance with the sculpture of the historic warehouses across the Milwaukee River.

161 South First Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin A speculative 4-story commercial office building with first floor retail. This project represents a successful venture for architects as developer of their own office building, while adding value to a budding urban area. The building’s artistic interpretation and embodiment of the neighborhood solidifies it as a contextual addition both now and in future years. The building’s success exemplifies the need for unique office space in unexpected urban areas. The program and budget called for simple, flexible space capitalizing on the unique qualities of the site. The service core was placed along the north side party wall with the open floor plates stretching southward. Special concern was given to abundant natural daylighting, private south facing balconies, and natural ventilation through operable glazing—amenities not typically available in commercial office space.



Featured Architect

Champion Home Hartford, Wisconsin

Photo: Kevin Mlyazki

This small single-family home was highly designed within a modest budget, proving that thoughtful architecture is affordable and worthwhile at all levels of scale.

Photo: John Vetter, Vetter Denk Architects

Influenced by the simplicity of its rural Wisconsin neighbors, this residence is very honest about its purpose and materials. The house does not compete with nature or the surrounding farm buildings. Instead, it quietly finds its place among them. Nestled into the hillside by an exposed concrete wall, the house is barely visible from the road. In contrast, the long, narrow plan opens to sunlight and views along the entire length of its southern exposure. Simple, "raw" materials - sandblasted glass, aluminum, particle board, and poured concrete - were used in the home as a nod to its agrarian environment.

Home for a Gardener Lake Geneva, Wisconsin The owners desired a house allowing them to pursue their gardening hobbies throughout the year – both indoors and outdoors – while intruding minimally on the steeply sloping and densely wooded site. They wished to build a modestly priced home which would reduce their dependence upon natural resources and energy through careful consideration of the site and material selection. The design solution reduces site impact by confining the outdoor gardening functions to the home’s footprint and providing a series of outdoor spaces at three distinct levels – blurring the boundary between house and garden. Photos: John Vetter, Vetter Denk Architects

The house features a unique material solution involving the use of insulated, board-formed concrete walls as both a structural and design element and utilizes thoughtful siting and passive heating and cooling techniques to reduce energy consumption.



Lodgepole House Ranch Creek Ranch Winter Park, Colorado

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The Lodgepole House utilizes a simple base, middle and top that echoes the surrounding mountains and vegetation. The massing takes its cues from the prevalent lodgepole pine trees that grow at the mountain’s high altitudes. These pine trees have a distinct growth pattern, highlighted by a single vertical trunk and a peaked, densely foliated growth zone above a sparse base. This growth pattern is referenced by placing the wood-clad body of the home at the second story above an open base composed of wood posts and glass. A simple peaked roof rests lightly atop the home - visually floating above a triangular glass transom. The home itself is neatly inserted amongst an existing grove of lodgepole pines and oriented to take advantage of panoramic views of the adjacent meadow and Continental Divide beyond.

Sutcliffe Residence Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin The massing of the home is broken down into a series of component parts that reflect the early historic camps that once lined the shores of Elkhart Lake.

Photos: John Vetter, Vetter Denk Architects

Each wing of the home extends into nature to create a series of courtyard "outdoor rooms."



ALA Annual Golf Outing Friday, August 24, 2012 Golf Club of Illinois, Algonquin, IL 1:00 PM – Shotgun start 6:30 PM Dinner & Awards Ceremony ENTER YOUR FOURSOME TODAY IN THE BEST GOLF OUTING OF THE YEAR! Invite and entertain clients, or join your ALA friends, suppliers, and contractors for golf and dinner. You will enjoy a wonderful day of relaxed golf and excellent food at Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin, plus have many chances at great prizes and cash.

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2012 ALA Design Awards Program SUBMITTALS

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 member’s firm also shown. No entry may be submitted which has previously won an ALA Design Award.

AWARD WINNING ENTRIES Award recipients will be requested to furnish additional photos or electronic versions for press releases and to display their entries at the Awards Banquet.


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

CATEGORIES Entries 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Each entry must be submitted in the following manner. 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 17, 2012 to guide in the preparation of the boards. Minimum 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 7th, 2012.

shall be labeled in one of the following categories: Residential I - Single Family Homes Residential II - Multi Family Homes, Apts Commercial/Industrial Renovation Institutional Religious Unbuilt Design Interior Architecture

JURY/JUDGING The 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.

Certificates will be presented to applicants at the 2012 Awards Presentation Dinner on Friday, November 9, 2012 at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois. Clients are invited to attend along with entrants and guests.

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SUBMISSION OF INTENT The attached Declaration of Intent must be completed and returned with payment post-marked no later than August 10, 2012 to: ALA Headquarters 22159 N. Pepper Road, Ste 2N • Barrington, IL 60010 Entry fees must accompany each entry as described below: ALA Members: $125.00 for first entry; each additional entry: $100.00 Non-ALA Members: $275.00 for the first entry (includes a one year ALA Membership) each additional entry: $100.00 Direct questions to ALA Headquarters (847-382-0630) or E-mail: Lisa@ALAtoday.org


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Major Changes to the 2012 International Building Code (Part 2) by Kelly P. Reynolds ALA Code Consultant

WE CONTINUE WITH more changes to the 2012 International Building Code. Next edition I will being to address the other I-Codes. BUILDING HEIGHTS & AREAS • 506.2 - This section has been clarified for three issues: the amount of public way to be used , the method for measuring available and defining "weighted average". This code change eliminated some of the confusion caused by Section 702.1 for fire separation distance, which only permits the use of the public way to the centerline. • 507 REVISIONS - Clarifies the measurement of open area around unlimited area buildings and their accessory uses. Also, other occupancies are now permitted in unlimited area building (even H use group) through Section 508.2.

FIRE PROTECTION - (Chapters 7 thru 9) • 412 & 413 - Shaft enclosure provisions have been relocated, reorganized and revised under two sections to emphasize vertical openings since shaft enclosure is just one method to mitigate the hazards to vertical openings. • 706.2 - Fire walls are now permitted to use the provisions of NFPA No. 221 for a double fire wall that can provide complete burnout on the other side of the wall. That concept has always been required. New provisions now require increased parapet heights for all fire walls adjacent to sloped roofs. (Did you know that one of the reasons for firewall parapet heights is so the firefighters can use it as a fire and heat shield when trying to fight the fire on the other side?) CHAPTER 10 - MEANS OF EGRESS • 1001.4 - A new reference to the 2012 International Fire Code fire safety and evacuation plans Sections 401.2 and 404 to provide consistency and to adopt "by reference" even though the Fire Code may have not been adopted separately. • 1004.1.2, Table 1004.1.2 - A new classification for areas without fixed seating specifically for exhibitions and museums of 30 or more sq. ft. per person. • 1005 - Reduced widths for fire sprinklers removed in the 2009 International Building Code now re-instated only where emergency voice/communications alarm systems are provided.

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Last One in the Pool is……? by Kimberly Paarlberg, RA, Staff Architect, ICC

wimming. There's really nothing like it that combines exercise and that blissful feeling of lying on your back, floating in the sun. Swimming offers the ability to exercise your body without harsh impact on joints. Being in water provides buoyancy. When immersed to the waist, your body bears just 50 percent of its weight; submerge yourself to the chest and that number reduces to around 25 to 35 percent; plunge in all the way to the neck, you have to bear only 10 percent of your weight. The benefits provided for your health and wellbeing is just a few of the reasons that everyone should be able to get into a pool safely. The International Building Code® (IBC), Section 1109.15, requires access to all recreational facilities. The 2009 ICC A117.1 now includes provisions for ‘how to’ provide safe access for people with mobility impairments. The intent is to allow for a general level of usability by providing a means of entry into the pools. The number of entry points required depends on the size and type of pool. There are several different options for providing access into the water. Number of Entry Points For a standard swimming pool, two entry points are required where the perimeter of the pool is 300 linear feet or more. Pool walls where swimmers cannot enter because of landscaping or adjacent structures are still counted as part of the pool perimeter. At least one of the means of entry must be a sloped entry into the water, or there must be a pool lift capable of being independently operated by the person using the lift. The second means of entry can be via sloped entry, pool lift, transfer wall, transfer system or pool stairs (ICC A117.1 1109.1.1). For standard swimming pools with less than 300 linear feet of perimeter, the entry must be via a sloped entry or pool lift. (ICC A117.1 1109.1.1 Exception 1). Other types of pools, such as wave action pools, lazy rivers, and sand bottom pools where everyone one gets in and out at one location, can have only one entry point. This can be a sloped entry, a pool lift or a transfer system (ICC A117.1 1109.1.1 Exception 2).



Wading pools must have a sloped entry, but in this case, no handrails are required (ICC A117.1 1109.1.2, 1109.3.3 Exception 3). Catch pools are pools or areas of pools where water slide flumes drop users into the water. For safety reasons, general swimming is not permitted in these areas. Water slides are not required to be accessible (ICC A117.1 1101.2.1 Exception 2) or be on an accessible route. Catch pools are not required to have an entry point into the water, but there must be an accessible route to the edge of the pool (ICC A117.1 1109.1.1, Exception 3). Diving boards also are not required to be accessible or be on an accessible route, however, there is not currently a similar exception for entry into the catchment pool for diving boards (ICC A117.1 1101.2.1 Exception 5). Life guard stations around the pool area are not required to be accessible because they are raised for life safety (IBC 1103.2.7). Hot tubs or spas are required to have at least one entry point via pool lift, transfer wall or transfer system. If the option chosen is a pool lift, footrests are not required in order to allow for the seats in the hot tub (ICC A117.1 1109.1.3, 1109.2.6).

Types of Accessible Means of Entry in the Water Pool lifts allow someone to transfer from their wheelchair to the lift seat that will then move them into the water. The most common types are electrical or hydraulic. The pool lift should be located where the water is less than 48-inches deep. This allows for someone to stand in the water and offer assistance to the person using the pool lift. (If the entire pool is deeper than 48 inches, this is not a requirement.) The pool lift has to be operable without assistance, although assistance can be provided. A person must be able to call the lift from either the deck or in-water position. This is very important for a person swimming alone so that they won’t possibly get stranded in the water for an extended period of time. Permanent pool lifts are required in new construction. Portable pool lifts are an option for barrier removal when existing pools are attempting to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but they must be in place whenever the pool is open. For specific details on the lift technical requirements, see ICC A117.1 Section 1109.2. Sloped entries have requirements similar to ramps. Sloped entries need to extend to between 24 inches and 30 inches in depth, where a person can become buoyant. When the slope of the entry is between 1:20 and 1:12, handrails are required on both sides, with a minimum clear width of 36 inches. However, note there is no maximum distance between handrails, so the sloped entry can be a very wide space with handrails on the sides. So the handrails don’t become an entrapment issue for swimmers, the handrails must end before they move below the water level. While not required, it is suggested that the facility also have aquatic wheelchairs to access the water (ICC A117.1 1109.3). Transfer walls are 12-inch to 16-inch thick walls constructed at a height of 16 to 19 inches, typically adjacent to hot tubs, that allow for a person to transfer from a wheelchair, to the wall and then down into the water. At least one grab bar is required for support on the top of the wall. (ICC A117.1 1109.4). This works when the water surface is higher than the surrounding floor. Transfer systems consist of a transfer platform (at the height of the wheelchair seat) and a series of transfer steps

that allow a person to move into the water by transferring from their wheelchair to the platform, and then moving down the steps on their bottom. A grab bar is located on one side of the platform and steps for stability (ICC A117.1 Section 1109.5). Pool stairs are designed for standing persons moving in and out of the pool who may need assistance with balance and support. Pool stairs are required to have 11-inch treads and solid risers, but may have a higher riser height than the typical 7 inches as long as the risers are uniform. Handrails should be located 20 to 24 inches apart. Handrail extensions are required only at the top. Conclusion Swimming is a lifetime sport that benefits the body and the whole person. Integration of accessibility into the initial designs of pools will allow easy access for everyone to participate to the best of their ability. The advantages of exercise and play are innumerable for both physical and mental well-being. As stated by Will Thomas, "There's no fear when you're having fun. "

ADA Note: The 2010 ADA Standard for Accessible Design includes the same requirements for pool access. There has been a misconception that mandatory retrofit is required for pools as of the March 15, 2012, compliance deadline. This is not the case. ADA always has asked for barrier removal and program access. Pools should be evaluated, and a plan must be in place to improve accessibility within these parameters. When pools are altered or constructed new, accessibility must be included in the design. The ADA information centers are a great resource for information at www.adata.org or 800-949-4232. The US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section has created a new page on their website discussing the Compliance Extension for Existing Pools. Previous links issued on March 15, 2012 are no longer active and have been replaced with this web page. http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/ADAregs2012/pools_2012 _nprm_final.htm

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Economical Structural Steel Framing Systems for Multi-Story Residential Buildings Learning Objectives • Understand the major structural issues to consider when designing for multi-story residential projects. • Learn the concepts and advantages of the staggered truss and Girder-Slab structural steel framing systems. • Understand how innovative structural steel framing systems provide economical and innovative solutions to multi-family residential building design. Introduction When designing a structure in today’s market, speed of construction, design flexibility, material costs, aesthetics, and availability of materials are just some of the many issues that must be addressed when making the initial decision as to what is the best way to frame out a proposed structure. Considering the optimal material to accommodate all of these issues is essential. For the multi-story residential market, structural steel has become more of a viable and popular option in recent years. A number of competitive steel systems offer the advantages of competing systems, but also have the ability to meet tighter schedule requirements and increase design flexibility in the process. This article will address two methods of steel-framed construction: Staggered Truss and Girder-Slab.

A common ground level view of column-free first floor of staggered truss project.

The Staggered Truss The staggered truss framing system was developed by a team of architects and engineers from the departments of architecture and civil engineering at MIT in the late 1960s. While not new in concept, the system is experiencing a renaissance in today’s multi-story residential market place. Staggered truss is a competitive alternative to flat plate concrete framing for achieving the low floor-to-floor heights often desired for apartments, condominiums, dormitories, hotels and senior residences. Designers and developers have become increasingly intrigued with its potential (continued on page 42)

A staggered truss at LaSalle and Huron in Chicago currently under construction.



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because of the inherent efficiencies in cost and schedule savings that give the system substantial economic advantages over other framing systems. The truss frame provides an efficient method to resist lateral and gravity loads and provides versatility of floor layout with large column-free areas. Comprised of story-high identical trusses throughout the structure, which are buried in the demising walls, the staggered trusses span the entire width of the building. The trusses alternate from floor-tofloor so that the bottom chord of one truss aligns with the top chord of the next. This yields column-free areas Typcial Girder-Slab system installation. Image courtesy of Girder-Slab® extending two column bays by the full width of the building, providing residential loading of 40 PSF plus 20 PSF partition load and exceptional design flexibility. Columns are located along the a span of 30 feet, an 8-in. hollow-core slab is usually exterior walls only, resulting in a completely column-free adequate. The lightweight steel and hollow-core slab system ground level. results in reduced foundation loads which, in turn, results in The most common floor system used with staggered reduced foundation costs. During construction, erection of truss is precast hollow-core slab, or plank, which is grouted the frame proceeds rapidly due to the quick placement of in the seams but left untopped. The hollow-core slab is a trusses and slab. very cost-effective, dry, all-weather system that provides Because the story-high trusses typically span the entire semi-finished floors and ceilings. Although other floor width of the building, the truss diagonal is omitted from the systems are feasible, hollow-core slab is used most often to center panel of the truss to allow for corridors in the keep floor-to-floor heights to a minimum. For a typical building. This open center panel is often referred to as a Vierendeel opening or panel. Trusses are typically fabricated with W10 top and bottom chords and 6-in. hollow structural shape (HSS) web members. To help speed slab erection, a minimum chord width of 8-in. is recommended. At the top and second stories, where it is not feasible to place a truss in the staggered arrangement, posts and hangers are used to support the roof and second floor. The staggered truss system lends itself to production economies in terms of mass-producing standard pieces with slight variations in member sizes. Jigs and fixtures may be built to accommodate the truss geometry and the slight variations in member sizes. Today’s fabrication shops are highly automated, efficient operations where trusses are produced to precise tolerances in a controlled environment. As shown in Staggered Truss Type 2, posts and hangers are used to support the roof and second floor at the top and second stories, where it is not feasible to place a truss in the staggered arrangement.



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Showing off its curves, the Aqua condominium project recently completed in Long Island Beach, N.Y., is employing the Girder-Slab framing system. Rendering: Robert M. Swedroe Architects & Planners; Photo: Canatal Industries Inc.

The Girder-Slab® System Girder-Slab is an alternative to cast-in-place concrete or masonry bearing systems. The non-proprietary system has been used in over 3 million square feet of construction. Key attributes with the system are that low floor-to-floor heights are easily achieved – to a minimum of 8 feet, 8 inches - and no shoring is required. A lighter frame often results in foundation savings and installation can be performed in cold weather without delay. Girder-Slab is a patented system, available through all structural steel fabricators, that uses dissymmetric beams

(D-Beams) that carry precast hollow-core slabs on their bottom flanges. The D-Beams come in 8-in. or 9-in. depths. The sections are produced from "parent" sections (W10s, W12s or W14s) that are sliced in half through the web in a hexagonal pattern to form two equal T-sections. A 3-in.-wide bar is used to form the top flange. Traditionally, 9-in.-deep D-beams are best for hollowcore slab systems that require a structural topping. Eight-inch D-beams are usually sufficient for hollowcore slab systems that only require a nominal skim coat topping or no topping at all. By resting the hollow-core slabs on the beams’ bottom flanges, nearly the entire structural depth is incorporated into D-Beam depth. The beams are designed to develop composite action between the slabs and grouted cells. Once the slabs are erected on the beams, they are grouted into place. Grout flows through the openings in the web of the beam and into the hollow cores of the slab before it solidifies. The precast slab can span either parallel or perpendicular to the perimeter of the building, with each direction having its own advantages. When the hollow-core slab spans parallel to the perimeter, D-Beams run in demising walls between residential units. Spandrel beams can often be removed after they are used for erection purposes. Because of this, true floor-to-ceiling windows can be achieved if this is a priority for a project. When the slabs span perpendicular to the perimeter (spandrel beam carries plank load), beams will run along the perimeter and corridor walls. This provides (continued on page 44)



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open space between units and is helpful if the units in a building are not laid out regularly. The system is UL certified (Design K912) for fire with spray-on or board assemblies. A typical D-Beam spans 16 ft to 20 ft and can be increased to 24 ft with the use of tree columns. With precast slabs spanning an average of 28 ft to 30 ft, bay sizes of about 20 ft by 30 ft are usually efficient. This system reduces and sometimes eliminates soffits, which is optimum in application for condominiums, hotels or dormitory structures. The curvaceous Aqua condominum project in Long Beach Island, N.Y., is demonstrating that flat walls and ‘typical’ bays no longer have to be standard in a steel-framed building. Designed by Robert M. Swedroe Architects & Planners, Miami Beach, Fla., and utilizing the Girder-Slab system, the project’s curved façade challenges were easily achieved with the structural steel and hollow-core slab system. The system

provided the design team with flexibility and enabled them to develop cost-saving measures for the project. The multi-story residential market is fraught with opportunity for designers and building teams to evoke imaginative solutions to the needs of modern multi-family residential living. The staggered truss and Girder-Slab are two structural steel framing systems designers are adding to their pallets to bring lightweight, efficient, open, economical and aesthetically pleasing solutions to market.■ By Tabitha Stine, S.E., P.E., LEED AP, Director of Technical Marketing American Institute of Steel Construction stine@aisc.org For additional information on staggered truss or GirderSlab framing solutions or to schedule a presentation, please contact the American Institute of Steel Construction’s Steel Solutions Center at 866.ASK.AISC or solutions@aisc.org.

About the American Institute of Steel Construction The American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc., headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building solutions and activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information.

BENEFITS OF THE STAGGERED TRUSS FRAMING SYSTEM Advantages of the staggered truss The staggered truss system has many advantages over conventional flat plate concrete framing systems for multistory residential construction. These include: • The building has a column-free interior throughout the entire ground level providing greater architectural design flexibility. • The lightweight steel and plank system can reduce foundation loads by 20% or more, resulting in a significant reduction in foundation construction and cost. In addition, the majority of interior foundations will be eliminated. • The 8-in. thick floor system provides the lowest floor to floor heights achievable provides one of the lowest floor to floor heights achievablein the industry. • The staggered arrangement of the trusses allows clear open spaces of 60 feet or more by the full width of the building at every bay, on every floor. • The floor and frame components are plant fabricated in a controlled environment, resulting in increased quality and reduced chance of errors. • Field labor is kept to a minimum, with fewer pieces to erect, resulting in faster construction, and faster building completion.



BENEFITS OF THE GIRDER-SLAB FRAMING SYSTEM • Flexible floor-to-floor heights (a minimum of 8 feet, 8 inches) to ensure maximize building height. • Super-fast structure and building completion. • Reduced building structure weight. • Floor plan design flexibility. • Limited weather impact (including cold climates). • Structure assembly is one process, one source. • Integrates well with mixed use spaces below. • Meets fire code ratings using UL K912. • Meets required sound (STC) ratings. • Limited on-site labor. • Reduced on-site overhead costs. • Eliminates/reduces soffits. • Factory made quality components.

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Economical Structural Steel Framing Systems for Multi-Story Residential Buildings Learning Objectives: • Understand the major structural issues to consider when designing for multi-story residential projects. • Learn the concepts and advantages of the staggered truss and Girder-Slab structural steel framing systems. • Understand how innovative structural steel framing systems provide economical and innovative solutions to multi-family residential building design. 2. Inherent efficiencies in cost and schedule are not reasons why designers and developers are looking more closely at staggered truss as an option for multifamily residential construction. ■T ■F

Program Title: Economical Structural Steel Framing Systems for Multi-Story Residential Buildings ALA/CEP Credit: This article qualifies for 1.0 LU’s (health, safety, and welfare) of State Required Learning Units and may qualify for other LU requirements. (Valid through June 2014.) Instructions: • Read the article using the learning objectives provided. • Answer the questions. • Fill in your contact information. • Sign the certification. • Submit questions with answers, contact information and payment to ALA by mail or fax to receive credit.

QUIZ QUESTIONS 1. The staggered truss framing system is a competitive alternative to flat plate concrete framing for achieving: a. Low floor-to-floor heights b. Long-span column-free spaces c. Versatility of floor layout d. All of the above

3. The staggered truss system was developed in the: a. 1960s b. 1970s c. 1980s d. 2003 4. With the staggered truss system, the trusses alternate from floor to floor so that the bottom chord of one truss: a. aligns with the top chord of the next truss b. aligns with the front of the building c. aligns with the bottom chord of the next truss 5. In the staggered truss system, columns are located: a. throughout the building b. only along the exterior of the building c. at typical bay spacings 6. The open center panel of the staggered truss is referred to as a: a. Vierendeel opening or panel b. Unbraced opening c. Box truss opening d. None of the above

7. Girder-Slab is a patented system, available through all structural steel fabricators, that uses dissymmetric beams (D-Beams) that carry precast hollow-core slabs on their bottom flanges. ■T ■F

8. What minimum floor-to-floor height is easily achieved with the Girder-Slab system: a. 8'8" b. 9'3" c. 9'-8 d. 10'-2"

9. With the Girder-Slab system, spandrel beams can often be removed after they are used for erection purposes. Because of this, true floor-to-ceiling windows can be achieved for multifamily residential buildings. ■T ■F

10. Innovative structural steel systems such as Girder Slab no longer make flat walls and ‘typical’ bays a standard requirement in a steel-framed building, curves and shapes are now attainable. ■T ■F

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"Masonry Day for Architects" On May 11, Minnesota architects were treated to an outstanding education seminar "Masonry Day for Architects" hosted by ALA and co-sponsored with IMIMinnesota and BAC Local MN/SD. Pat Conway, CSI, AIA, an architect in Wisconsin and co-Director of IMI’s national masonry technical team, presented two programs: "What Non-Engineers Need to Know about Structural Masonry" and "Designing and Detailing with Durable Masonry Walls." Pat is IMI’s Director of Architectural Education and a permanent faculty member of IMI’s Contractor College. His extensive knowledge and great sense of humor paved the way for the attendees to learn current structural masonry design methods and thin wall profiles, how to produce economical masonry designs for future projects and designing, detailing and specifying concrete masonry unit construction. The program was held at the BAC Local MN/SD training center. After three hours of inspiring education, the attendees viewed a remarkable demonstration of work performed by students who Mark Wickstrom, IMI-MN Director gave a demonstration of the attended the University of Minnesota University of Minnesota Masonry Project. Masonry Workshop in 2012. The workshop was run by Mark Wickstrom, Director of Market Development &Technical Services for the International Masonry Institute-Minnesota. It included a series of masonry lectures and hands on experience with masonry materials. This same program received national recognition at the 11th Annual North American Conference. It exposes the Undergrad Students to basic information on masonry materials, codes & standards, moisture mitigation, designing proper movement joints and the advantages of designing with masonry.

ALAWISCONSIN ALA Wisconsin hosted a very inspiring program on an absolutely gorgeous Friday afternoon, May 18 with a tour of the recently completed Fortaleza Hall at the S C Johnson campus in Racine, Wisconsin. Over 40 architects from both the ALA Wisconsin and ALA Illinois Chapters and their guests were welcomed to tour Fortaleza Hall, designed by Foster + Partners, as well as the world famous S C Johnson Administration Building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In typical first class style, our tour began with a movie in the Golden Rondelle entitled "Carnauba-A Son's Memoir", a wonderful tribute from the late Sam Johnson to his father H. F. Johnson recounting the trip that Sam and his two sons took tracing H.F.'s original flight to Fortaleza Brazil in search of the carnauba palm tree. After touring the two buildings, the group gathered at Spinnakers on the shore of Lake Michigan in beautiful Racine harbor for appetizers, refreshments and good conversation. Future programs scheduled for our chapter include our regular membership program meeting on Thursday, July 20 at Charcoal Grill in New Berlin followed by our most fun event, the annual cookout, meeting and program at South Shore Yacht Club on Thursday, August 16. Mark your calendars and remember that allied professionals and guests are always welcome to attend. The new Board of Directors will be working on future programs for the benefit of all our members to fulfill their continuing education requirements. In the interest of all our members and to strengthen our professional and personal ties to our chosen



profession, the Board will be contacting each ALA Wisconsin member to discuss our organization and solicit your input for continuing education programs and growing our membership in spite of a very challenging economic climate.

An extremely important reminder to all architects as your current license expires on July 31, 2012; architects registered in Wisconsin must have earned 24 hours of continuing education during the past two years, including 16 hours related to health, safety and welfare to renew their license. The rule became effective July 1, 2010, and will apply when architects renew their next two-year license by August 2012. Hopefully, all of you have kept pace with this requirement.


March Meeting: Bob Davidson, FALA of The Austin Group thanks Kim Paarlberg of the ICC for her excellent presentation on the Changes to the 2012 IBC. Over 100 participants attended the meeting at Maggiano’s in Schaumburg.

Debbie Petrille and Troy Fritts from our sponsor H.B. Fuller Construction Products were on hand to speak with attendees.

April Program: Presenter Steve Skinner of CETCO guided the green roof portion of the tour.

Brad Stare and Alex Labus of CETCO Building Products invited ALA members for a dinner meeting and tour of their state of the art facility in Hoffman Estates.

ALAOHIO Upcoming Program: Friday, June 22: "Hard Steel the Soft Way" and Tour of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Critical Care Center. Presented by Monica Shripka of the American Institute of Steel Construction at the Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University, Columbus

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