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Association of Licensed Architects

$6.00 Volume 16, No. 3 Fall 2012

LicensedArc hitect A Pu blica tion of

the A ssoc iatio n of

Licen sed Arch itect s

What’s Inside: ■ Major Changes to the 2012 International Fire Code ■ 2012 ALA Student Merit Winners ■ 2012 Architecture Conference and Product Show ■ Continuing Education: Fiberglass Windows - A Sustainable Choice in Non-Residential and Multi-family Buildings ■ Major Exposure Posed by the Retroactive Revival of Liability for Design Errors

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Today’s plaster walls may be made with conventional plaster and lath, or a faster and more cost-efficient veneer plaster system. Either way, plaster’s tougher surface means that it stands up to abuse better than any other interior finish. And only plaster can offer detailed ornamental treatments, and mouldings that look better, install faster and actually cost less than wood alternatives. For more information about plaster systems and the best professionals to apply them, call us.


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Riley Construction Company Kenosha, Wisconsin Anxious to promote their own commitment to sustainability, Riley Construction approached Partners in Design Architects to design what would eventually become Kenosha County’s first LEED Certified building. Office areas front public streets and screen shop, storage and yard functions. Building materials were selected to showcase their self performed trades, including concrete, masonry and carpentry. Inside, exposed structural and mechanical systems demonstrate how a building is assembled. Altogether, this facility makes a strong business case for sustainable building design by demonstrating that increasingly mainstream green systems and components lead to substantial long term energy savings and better work environments. Architect: Partners in Design Architects Photography: Thomas O’Connell Jr.


Major Changes to the 2012 International Fire Code ALA code consultant Kelly Reynolds explains important changes to the 2012 International Fire Code. by Kelly P. Reynolds, Kelly P. Reynolds & Associates, Inc.


Splitting Limits There’s an important aspect of professional liability you must consider when analyzing the structuring of professional liability insurance policy limits. There are splitting limits, and then there are splitting limits. by Bob Stanton, Willis A&E


Major Exposure Posed by the Retroactive Revival of Liability for Design Errors The United States Supreme Court recently declined to take up a decision from November 2011 which upheld a Minnesota statute passed in order to allow for the resurrecting of professional design defect liability which had expired many years earlier. Did this violate the due process clause of the Constitution? by Shawn E. Goodman, Sabo & Zahn, Attorneys at Law


The CAPS Designation and Universal Design The debate continues over where CAPS ends and Universal Design begins. by Nissa Hiatt, Communication Manager for NAHB Remodelers


5 Essential Elements of Leadership While each organization has its own style and culture, there are some universal elements to being a strong leader. by Ann Potts, Executive Performance Fuel


2012 Student Merit Award Winners Meet our 2012 ALA Student Merit Winners from colleges and universities throughout the Midwest.


Continuing Education: Fiberglass Windows – A Sustainable Choice in Non-Residential and Multi-family Buildings Earn 1.0 Continuing Education credit in HSW while learning about fiberglass window systems. by Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED-AP




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


ADA Advice


ALA New Members


ALA 2012 Student Merit Award Winners


Architecture Conference & Product Show


Chapter News

DIRECTORS: James J. Belli, FALA Judith Brill, ALA David Dial, ALA Doug Gallus, FALA Rick Gilmore, FALA Tom Harkins (Affiliate) Kurt Hezner, FALA Darrel LeBarron, ALA Pat Manley, ALA David Roth, ALA Jeff Whyte, ALA

EDITORS Lisa Brooks Jeffrey N. Budgell, FALA Robert Davidson, FALA Patrick C. Harris, FALA Steven H. Pate, FALA

ADVERTISING SALES Joanne Sullivan Peg McLean



Code Corner


Continuing Education Article


Contributed Article Introduction to


Featured Architects


Industry Insight


Insurance Info


Legal Issues



Featured Architects

Midwest Type and Imaging ALA, Inc. serves the architectural profession. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted, in any form without the express written consent of the publisher. Published in the U.S.A.,© 2012 by ALA, Inc. All rights reserved. Opinions expressed in articles are not necessarily those of ALA, Inc. Any reference to a product or service is not to be construed as an endorsement of same. Advertising published in Licensed Architect does not constitute nor imply an endorsement or recommendation of the advertiser’s products by ALA, Inc., or any of its members. ALA reserves the right to review all advertising for acceptability. For advertising, or membership information, call or write Joanne Sullivan at:

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ALATHEPRESIDENT’SLETTER s I am sure you are aware, the ALA Office has recently relocated to its new quarters. Please note that our address is now: One East Northwest Highway, Suite 200, Palatine, IL 60067. Except for the new address, all contact information remains unchanged. Our new office is a little bigger, certainly newer, better located, accessible and a lot brighter. Though it is not entirely finished, the new office will include a small Member’s Business Center which has space for our members to get some work done if they are in the area and need a place to work. The next time you are in the area stop in and check out your association’s new home! The ALA Annual Conference and Product Show is fast approaching and this year looks to be our biggest and best show yet. Stanley Tigerman, our keynote speaker, will reflect on his decades long career and the future of Architecture. This is a keynote that you will not want to miss. Be sure to register for the conference early to get the classes you want. This month’s issue of Licensed Architect features Commercial Projects by a variety of members. Take a few minutes to review the work of our peers. Additionally, this issue includes informative articles on ADA, Code, Insurance and Legal topics from our regular contributors and a continuing education article on Fiberglass Windows for Non-Residential and Multi-Family Buildings by Pella and regular updates on ALA Chapters. I would

- Correction - Buyer’s Guide We hope you found the ALA Buyer’s Guide in our last issue useful and will call upon our Affiliate members for your project needs. Please note a correction for Signature Design Group they should be listed under “Landscape Design” and not Interior Design Firms.


NATIONWIDE PHONE 1-(800) 950-CODE (2633) Fax (866) 814-2633 Email: codexperts@aol.com www.codexperts.net Free hot lines (members only)

also like to congratulate each of this year’s Student Merit Award Winners for their efforts – we have 13 students from architecture programs throughout the Midwest. The last issue of Licensed Architect featured our first Annual Buyers Guide. If you haven't yet, take a look and give your feedback to the office. As always, for the health of our organization, I encourage you to encourage your associates and peers to join ALA as either a professional or affiliate member. ALA, like all associations, relies on membership growth in order to continue to provide vital services to its membership. We had a strong number of entries for this year’s Design Awards Program. We hope you will join us for the banquet on Friday, November 9 at Medinah Country Club. This is an outstanding evening emceed by Geoffrey Baer, the popular host, writer and producer of WTTW. The boards of all submitted projects will be on display during a cocktail reception, and after an elegant dinner we will honor all the winners and announce the recipient of the Don Erickson Presidential Award. We hope you will come by the new office for a visit and see all the work ALA is doing!

Jeffrey Budgell Jeffrey N. Budgell, FALA, LEED AP President

ALA’s 14th Annual Architecture Conference and Product Show Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Drury Lane Conference Center, Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Earn 6.0 Learning Units Choose from 12 CEU Seminars Visit 70+ Exhibitors Keynote Presentation by

Stanley Tigerman, Principal of Tigerman McCurry Architects

"Aura – The Ineffable in Architecture"

Corporate Office 337 Shore Dr. Burr Ridge, IL 60527-5821


16182 W. Magnolia Street Goodyear, AZ 85338-5518


See page 45 for conference details and registration.


Major Changes to the 2012 International Fire Code • The 2012 IFC has been completely reorganized for both Parts and Chapters. It has expanded from 45 to 80 Chapters. • 105.7.5 and 105.13 - Two new construction permits were added to address the installation and modification of emergency responder radio systems and solar photovoltaic systems to co-ordinate with Sections 510 and 611.5 changes. • Chapter 2 - Definitions mirror the 2012 IBC reorganization of putting all definitions in one place, new care definitions such as "incapable of self-preservation" and more current terminology such as "psychiatric" instead of "mental" for certain hospitals. • 307.1.1 - Open Burning - Empowers the code official to prohibit when conditions warrant and to allow for prescribed burns, which are becoming more prevalent to control forest and wildland vegetation growth. Note: Open burning does not include open flames, recreational fires and use of portable outdoor appliances.

by Kelly P. Reynolds ALA Code Consultant

• Studies have shown that this does not impact law enforcement response due to the vehicle size, but response times for fire and emergency services are increased by 2 to 10 seconds, depending on the vehicle type and speed bump design. • 506.1 and 607.5 - Fire Service Elevator Keys. A new requirement for a key box specifically for elevator keys to be located within the building at each lobby. • Since 2006, ASME/ANSI A17.1 has required the installation of a standard key and switches for fire recall. This section now addresses the requirements for non-standard keys for elevators installed prior to 2006. • Key boxes must be listed by UL 1037-99 Standard for Antitheft Alarms and Devices. • 403.6.1 - (2012 IBC) - New high rises over 120-ft. must provide two Fire Department elevators .

• 307.3 - Correlating section allowing the code official to require the owners, operator, occupant or person responsible for the violation to put the fire out instead of committing fire apparatus to do it when not an emergency.

• 508.1.5 - Fire Command Center new Item 13 - Building Information Card (BIC), which was suggested by the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) in the final report on the World Trade Center on 9/11. The BIC is divided into multiple areas to provide information about the building first responders.

• 316.4 - Obstructions on roofs criteria developed so emergency responders are not damaged or injured by their presence. This applies to roofs with a slope of 30 degrees or less. A means of identification, a barrier with some form of obstruction must be provided when a guy wire, cable or rope is less than 7 ft. above the roof.

• 510 - Emergency Responder Radio Coverage - Another product of the World Trade Center 9/11 recommendations, the technical requirements for these systems have been moved from Appendix J to the body of the code.

• 317 and 905 - New sections for rooftop gardens and landscaped roofs. • 317.2 - Limited area of 15,625 sq. ft. with a maximum dimension of 125 ft. in length. • 317.3 - Class A roof system 6 ft. wide required around all rooftop structures and equipment. • 317.4 - 4.3 - Vegetation shall be maintained, irrigated regularly, dead foliage removed twice a year and the code official can require a maintenance plan. • 905.3.8 - A fire department standpipe is required. • CHAPTER 5 - FIRE SERVICE FEATURES - Section 503.4.1 Traffic calming devices - Speed bumps on residential streets and other fire access roads must be approved by the fire official.

• 604.5 - 604.5.2.1 - New sections mandating testing of emergency lighting battery unit equipment monthly for activation and for a 90-minute duration power test. • 605.11 - 605.11.4 - New section on solar photovoltaic power systems to correlate with IBC and NFPA 70 (National Fire Alarm Code - Article 690) to identify disconnects, locate connectors to reduce tripping hazards and provide paths for firefighter movement on the roof. • 610 - New section on commercial kitchen cooking oil storage requirements to provide for the large market developing for used cooking oil (auto fuel, etc.). Systems are becoming more complex by storing large amounts of oil onsite, heating the oil so it can be transferred from the interceptor to a storage tank, then from the tank to a truck. This new section clarifies that cooking oils are commonly Class III-B combustible liquids and must comply with Chapter 57 (Flammable & Combustible Materials).

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CODECORNER (Continued from page 7)

• CHAPTER 8 - INTERIOR FINISH, DECORATIVE MATERIALS & FURNISHINGS - 803.5.2 - New section addressing the expanding use of vinyl wall and ceiling coverings. Provides the designer or owner the option of Class A flame spread rating with fire sprinklers or selecting materials that comply with NFPA 265 (Fire Test for Textiles & Panels) or wall and ceiling materials complying with NFPA 286 (Fire Test for Wall & Ceiling Finishes).

• 907.2.1.2 - A Federal court ruling in 2008 required that persons with hearing impairments, attending stadium, grandstand and arena events require means of equivalent notification besides the public address systems. Provisions were added to the code requiring "captioned messages" to these buildings using the provision of NFPA 72 (Fire Alarm Standard) for emergency communications systems.

• 808.4 - New section for combustible lockers. Plastic lockers must meet Table 803.3 specs for flame spread and smoke development based on room occupancy and if fire sprinklered. Wood lockers are allowed if interior finish materials can be Class C or better.

• 904.1.1 - 906.2.1 - New section requires individuals who service portable fire extinguishers and alternate fire-extinguishing systems to be certified by NFPA standards.

• CHAPTERS 7-9 - FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS - 901.8 - Fire pump and riser room size now mandated based on manufacturer’s requirements. Also door must be large enough to remove the largest piece of equipment. • 903.2.2 - Fire sprinklers required throughout entire floor of Group B ambulatory care facilities (out-patient surgery centers). • 903.2.4, 7 and 9 - Clarification for 2009 IBC Code Change requiring fire sprinklers in Group M stores due to the Sofa Super Store fire in Charleston, SC that killed 9 firefighters. Now fire sprinklers are required where upholstered furniture and mattresses are manufactured (Use Group F), stored (Use Group S) and sold (Use Group M).

• 907.1.9.3 - New requirement for automatic fire detection system with occupant notification system for Group R-2 dormitory type buildings. This change came as a result from loss of life fires in dorms in recent years, including six deaths from two different fires in 2000, five deaths at Ohio State in 2003, three students at the University of Mississippi and seven students in 2007 at a rental beach house in North Carolina. (Note: This is a retroactive code requirement.) • 908.7 and 1103.9 - NEW - Carbon monoxide alarms are now required in all new and existing Group R and I occupancies to correlate with the 2009 IRC requirements for new construction. The alarms are only required if there is a fuel burning appliance or attached garage. • CHAPTER 23- HIGH-PILED COMBUSTIBLE STORAGE 3208.3.1 - New section for flue space protection in storage racks permits the fire official to mandate the installation of approved devices to maintain flue spaces when a business has an established history of poor flue space maintenance. The "flue" is the space between the storage racks. • CHAPTER 61 - LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GASES - 6104.3.1 NEW - Installation of roof prohibited for stationary LP gas containers. Intended to take precedence over NFPA 58 - Section 102.7 (Fuel Gas Code), which permits stationary systems on roofs. Heavier than air gas can penetrate the building below and contribute to a high probability of fire or explosion due to potential ignition sources. • 6109.15.1 - NEW - Automated LP gas cylinder exchange stations. Consumers use a bank card to purchase or exchange cylinders. ▲ Limits access to one cylinder at a time. ▲ Restricts how empty cylinders can be caged. ▲ Requires classified electrical equipment ▲ Allows manual override only by authorized personnel. ▲ Regular safety inspections of the equipment. • APPENDIX J - Building Information Sign - New to the 2012 IBC. NOT mandatory unless adopted by the jurisdiction. Provides building information in a consistent format. Applicable to all NEW buildings, except one-and-two family dwellings and Use Group U. Retroactive to any building that undergoes a fire inspection for change of use or occupancy.

KELLY P. REYNOLDS has been providing code consulting, training seminars and publishes CODES & STANDARDS newsletter. You can contact him at 1-800-950-2633.




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Split ting Lim its

by Bob Stanton, Willis A&E

There are splitting limits, and then there are splitting limits. One is an asset to a firm while the other is not. Let’s take an actual matter and explain what we mean. Please note the facts will be masked a bit so as not to reveal the parties involved.

ABC was ABC Architects. They were retained to provide architectural design and coordination of sub-disciplines for the construction of a large masonry mixed-use office-residential building in the Midwest. Given the high profile of the project, ABC retained the services of Adequate Engineers, a noted structural engineer. Adequate had a reputation of being a top structural engineering firm. ABC was actually able to secure an unmodified professional contract for its services, and opted for a standard professional contract for retention of a Sub consultant. ABC was pleased the design work was completed on a timely basis, and had been presented for permitting. Once the permit was obtained, the project moved from the design phase to the construction phase. The structural steel had been installed and the masonry walls were almost erected when cracking was noted in the exterior of the building and the foundation. The cracks were significantly more than normal settlement cracking. The evidence suggested there was a problem. Construction was halted and an investigation commenced into the reason for the cracking of the foundation and masonry walls. Upon completion of the investigation, it was determined the cracking was caused by an inadequate structural design. It appeared Adequate did not include a necessary loading factor in its calculations, and some of the structural steel was not capable of bearing the weight of the masonry.



The extent of the damages was such the building needed to be braced and the structural steel needed to be reinforced. Adequate designed a fix which was subject to a peer review and found to be adequate. The cost of bracing the project was close to $1,000,000. Pricing for the fix had not been finalized to date, but the amount was going to be in excess of $10,000,000. ABC’s client indicated that many of the residential units had been sold, but if the project was not completed on time many of the contracts would be void. In the commercial sections there were rental incomes that would be lost which would also present a significant cost. The projected potential loss was estimated at $25,000,000. ABC had properly notified their carrier and a file had been established. The adjuster reviewed the professional liability policy and noted ABC had coverage in the amount of $2,000,000 per claim and $2,000,000 in the aggregate. As the claim documents came in, she noted there was no Limitation of Liability Clause on the contract. The Sub-consultant agreement indicated Adequate had a $5,000,000. There were three other potential contributors while would $1,000,000 in professional liability coverage. The total pool of insurance available was $10,000,000, and the owner was already "lawyering up." ABC, Adequate and the other consultants also retained legal representation. All five policies had eroding limits, indicating attorney fees incurred reduce the available policy limits. The client soon filed suit naming all five design team firms. All investigatory evidence indicated Adequate was the culpable party; however, due to having retained Adequate, ABC had a vicarious liability, While ABC was embroiled in this catastrophic loss, another matter arose within the same policy period. In this instance, ABC had some exposure due to some missed details in the design. So now ABC had two significant claims posted against it within one policy period. Both claimants were aggressively pursuing ABC’s insurance proceeds. The adjuster for ABC’s carrier was assigned both claims, and immediately began to coordinate the financials on the two files to ensure that there were no incurred, posted reserves plus payments in excess of the $2,000,000 aggregate limit. She then wrote letters to both claimants every time she made a payment, keeping both sides apprised of how much was left in the policy limit. Given the high profile of the catastrophic nature of the first claim, the second claimant understood there was possibly an issue relative to adequate funds. The adjuster continued to remind the two parties that only one policy limit applied, and that limit was rapidly eroding. Finally, the two sides came to the realization there was only one limit and two parties were looking for amounts well in excess of the $2,000,000 limit. The state in which

the dispute arose was a first-come, first-served state, and the carrier could pay money to whoever would be willing to settle first without penalty. The claim was ultimately settled for a total of $2,050,000 over the applicable deductible in exchange for releases for both claims. Yes, ABC had to come up with an additional $50,000 over and above their policy limit which ABC was required to pay in addition to its deductible obligation of $10,000. The managing partner of ABC approached his insurance broker to find out what he could do to avoid the same situation in the future. The intrepid broker advised ABC should consider purchasing a split limit. What ABC currently had (I would have said enjoyed, but after they paid $50,000 in addition to their deductible, "enjoy" just doesn’t seem to be the right choice of words) a combined single limit. Therefore, if faced with a catastrophic loss as they had just faced, they would have no capacity to address any other issue which could arise. However, if they had a "split limit," then ABC would have additional limits available to address the other situation(s) it may encounter during the same policy period. The broker advised, "Either you can try to ‘split’ one limit between two or more claims, or you could have split limits which would protect you more adequately in today’s litigious marketplace by providing you separate limits in case of a catastrophic loss.” This scenario plays itself out more frequently than you think where a firm has a catastrophic loss and a second loss in the same policy period. There’s an important aspect of professional liability you must consider when analyzing the structuring of professional liability insurance policy limits. Claims against design professionals are normally disputes as to whether the designer breached the standard of care in providing its design services, and disputes become battle of experts. To say it another way, defending design professionals can be really expensive. In the case of ABC, defense counsel projected that based on the number of parties in the suit and the number of cross-claims being filed against the parties, the cost of defense could have been over $1,000,000. So, if we take ABC’s scenario, had their policy contained split limits, then they would have paid $20,000 ($10,000 deductible x two claims) versus $70,000 (two deductibles of $10,000 x two, plus $50,000).

“Upon completion of the investigation, it was determined the cracking was caused by an inadequate structural design.”

Willis A&E is the specialist practice group within Willis exclusively dedicated to providing insurance and risk management solutions to Architects and Engineers. For additional information, please contact us at www.willisae.com.




What shall we play today? by Kimberly Paarlberg, RA, Staff Architect, ICC

Charles Schaefer got it right when he said, "We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play." To allow everyone equal opportunity to "play", the building codes (International Building Code 1109.14), include requirements for access to recreational areas. Recreational areas can be inside a building or outside. They can stand alone, or as part of a complex. An "area of sports activity" is defined as "a portion of a room or space where the play or practice of a sport occurs." Most areas of sports activity require only a route to the edge of the field or playing surface. The codes do not require the field to meet the accessibility requirements for stable and firm surfaces, changes in level, protruding objects, etc., which could change the game. Instead, the idea is to provide a route up to the "area of sports activity," and then participation is up to the level of ability of the individual. "Areas of sports activity" will include the safety borders around a field. For example, a football field will typically include side line areas and end zones that are not part of the playing surface, but the player may move into this area during play. Areas of sports activity are often part of a larger site. An accessible route also must be provided to support areas such as bathrooms, locker rooms, parking, concessions, seating for fans, and team/player seating areas. There are some areas of sports activity where an accessible route must be part of the play area. Chapter 11 of the 2009 ICC A117.1 standard includes specific requirements for amusement rides, recreational boating or fishing piers, golf and miniature golf, playground equipment, swimming pools (including hot tubs), exercise equipment and shooting facilities (ICC A117.1 Chapter 11).



While everyone has their own favorite places to play, probably the three most common are swimming pools, playgrounds and exercise equipment. Last issue we talked about pools. The following is a brief over view of requirements for playgrounds and exercise equipment: Playgrounds If water play components are provided as part of a pool complex, they must comply with the playground provisions. Playgrounds at parks, schools, day care and other facilities also must provide access to the play components. Play components are elements designed to offer opportunities to play, socialize or learn. They can be stand alone or part of a composite play structure. Swings, spring riders, water tables, playhouses, slides and climbers are just a few examples of many play components. Play components are at ground level or elevated. Ground-level play components are accessed from the ground, such as swings, spring riders or panels. Elevated play components are part of a composite structure accessed from a platform or deck, such as slides or climbers. All accessible play components must be integrated so there is not a separate "accessible" area. At least one of each type of play component available at ground level must be on an accessible route. Additional ground-level play components may be required depending on the number of elevated play components provided. The intent of this two-part evaluation is to provide a variety of experiences for individuals who choose to remain with their mobility device and not transfer to elevated components. If ramps provided access to at least 50 percent of the elevated play components, which also include three different types, then additional ground level play components are not required. At least 50 percent of elevated play components must be accessed by ramps or transfer systems. Where elevated play areas have more than 20 components, at least 25 percent of the elevated play components must be accessed by a ramp. Where elevated play areas have 20 or fewer components, all the routes can be transfer systems (ICC A117.1 1108.3.2) The surfaces around the play areas must consider wheelchair access as well as child fall safety issues. The smaller size of children and how they move around the space is also considered in the requirements. Ground-accessible routes are required to be at least 60 inches wide (to allow wheelchairs to pass) and with a maximum slope of 1:16. There are exceptions to deal with access around elements and transitions at changes in materials. Where ramps are used for access to elevated play components, the maximum rise per ramp run is 12 inches, and handrails are at a height of 20 inches to 28 inches. A transfer platform is a series of steps allowing access to the elevated play areas. The first platform is between 11 and 18 inches above the ground and unobstructed on the transfer side. A series of platforms can then be used to move up into the structure, each with a maximum rise of 8 inches. The size of each platform/step is a minimum of 24 inches wide and at least 14 inches deep. Some type of support for stability must be provided, but options are left open (ICC A117.1 1108.4). Play tables, including water or sand tables, should provide knee clearances of 24 inches high and with the table top or edge (i.e., at sand or water tables) not more than 31 inches high (ICC A117.1 1108.4.3.3). Depending on the age of the children the play component is designed for, a better design would provide a lower reach range than required. Based on research from the U.S. Access Board, the recommended heights are 20 to 36 inches for 3- to 4-year-olds, 18 to 40 inches for 5- to 8-year-olds and 16 to 44

inches for 9- to 12-year-olds. Some malls or restaurants provide soft contained play structures for customers. Soft, contained- play equipment allow individuals to enter a fully enclosed play environment that uses pliable materials such as plastic, soft padding and fabric. When three or fewer entry points are provided, at least one must be on an accessible route. When four or more entry points are provided, at least two must be on an accessible route (ICC A117.1 1108.4.1.2). Exercise equipment Adults like to have fun, too. This often includes "going to work out." At least one of each type of exercise equipment or machines must have a ‘wheelchair transfer space’ (i.e. 30 by 48 inches) and be on an accessible route. The location of the transfer space depends on the machine. Where the person would transfer to, or if the machine is used with the person still sitting in the wheelchair, would determine the best clear floor space location. If the space is confined on three sides by walls or the equipment itself, the clear floor space must be at last 36 by 48 inches. Clear floor spaces for different machines may be shared. Machines that work different muscle groups are considered different types. For example, if a bicep curl machine and free weights are provided, this would also be considered different types, even if both are used to strengthen biceps. But, if the only difference is that the bicep curl machines provided have different manufacturers, they are considered the same type. Again, it is not the intent to change the machines. The machines do not have to meet reach range or operable parts requirements. Conclusion: Integration of accessibility into the initial designs 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 Doctor Seuss, "Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one."

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Major Exposure Posed by the Retroactive Revival of Liability for Design Errors by Shawn E. Goodman, Sabo & Zahn, Attorneys at Law

The United States Supreme Court recently declined to take up a decision from November 2011 which upheld a Minnesota statute passed in order to allow for the resurrecting of professional design defect liability which had expired many years earlier. The case, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. v. State of Minnesota, drew the interest of a number of construction organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Associated General Contractors of America, which sought to have the Court take up the issue of whether legislation which allowed for the revival of defect liability after the statue of repose had passed violated the due process clause of the Constitution.1 The Jacobs Engineering case arose from the collapse of part of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis. That bridge spanned the Mississippi River; and its collapse tragically resulted in the deaths of thirteen as well as the injury of another 145 innocents. The cause of the collapse has yet to be determined, although design error by the engineer and failure to maintain by the Minnesota Department of Transportation are two distinct, and not mutually exclusive, possibilities. Indeed, the bridge had been regularly inspected and classified as structurally deficient every year from 1991 to 2007. During that same time period, the bridge’s superstructure was declared to be in poor condition: “Superstructure has advanced deterioration. Members may be significantly bent or misaligned. Connection failure may be imminent.” Nat’l Transp. Safety Bd., Accident Report: Collapse of I-35W Highway Bridge, Minneapolis par Minnesota, August 1, 2007 49 - 50 (Nov. 14, 2008). Importantly, at the time of the collapse, approximately 160,000 cars were daily passing over the bridge, which had been built to carry only closer to 60,000. Barry B. LePatner, Too Big to Fall: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward 5 (2010).



The State of Minnesota responded to the tragedy by establishing a fund for compensation of the victims and their families. This fund paid out some $36 million. The legislation which authorized the fund also allowed the state to look for reimbursement from other, responsible parties, and here is the key language: notwithstanding “any statutory or common law to the contrary.” MINN STAT § 3.7394 (2011). Forty-seven years before the Minnesota legislature enacted the above-described law, it passed a statute of repose in 1964 which limited claims arising out of construction projects to ten years. Thus, builders and designers could not be held liable for actions related to their work more than ten years after construction had been completed. In the case of the bridge, this meant that there could be no liability for any claims arising after 1977, which marked ten years after the completion of the bridge, and its opening to traffic, in 1967. In 1980, the Minnesota statute of repose was amended so as to add another five years. Assuming the amendment applied retroactively, this would mean that those involved with the building and designing of the bridge would not be liable after 1982, or fifteen years after the construction of the bridge was completed. The statutory scheme adopted in 2008 in Minnesota was known as the “compensation statute.” It was explicitly intended to allow the government to recover payments made by the state to victims of the accident from those who worked on the bridge. It also lifted the statutory tort cap of $1 million. Even though the statute of repose cut off liability after fifteen years, the compensation statute, which did not take effect until forty-one years after the bridge was built, contemplated imposing liability on the builders and engineers all these, many years later. As a matter of fact, the original bridge designer, Sverdrup & Parcel and Associates, Inc., was no longer even in existence, having become part of Jacobs Engineering Group in 1999. The Minnesota courts seized upon the notwithstanding “any statutory or common law to the contrary” language in the compensation statute, and concluded that this trumped the statute of repose, meaning that liability which had been terminated more than twenty-five years before, had now been brought back to life. Jacobs Engineering asserted that such a result deprived it of due process. However, the state courts, including the Minnesota Supreme Court, disagreed. Even though the highest court in Minnesota agreed that the predecessor to Jacobs Engineering enjoyed a vested property interest subject to due process after the statute of repose had expired, it nevertheless determined that the Minnesota legislature had a rational basis for renewing long-since-expired liability: the collapse, after all, “was a ‘catastrophe of historic proportions.’” In re Individual 35W Bridge Litigation, 806 N.W.2d 820, 833 (Minn. 2011) (quoting the compensation statute). Accordingly, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that Jacobs Engineering’s constitutional due process rights were not violated by the retroactive revival of a cause of action long ago extinguished by the statute of repose.

Jacobs Engineering petitioned the United States Supreme Court to review the case. However, the Court declined, without comment, which is not unusual, to take up the matter. Therefore, the State of Minnesota is free to seek reimbursement from Jacobs Engineering. This effort will involve trying to show that Jacobs’ predecessor negligently designed the bridge in the 1960s, and that Jacobs, as the successor, assumed Sverdrup’s liability. This case is one which stands to potentially, hugely impact the construction industry. It has major and, frankly, troubling implications. Obviously, insurance coverage is one such issue. In its amicus, or “friend-of-the court,” brief to the United States Supreme Court, the Associated General Contractors of America and the American Society of Civil Engineers pointed out that claims like that being made by the State of Minnesota would make it very, very difficult for construction and design firms to be able to manage risk.2 Insurance companies will be challenged in trying to estimate the costs of covering risks which should have been extinguished many years ago, and may well choose either to outright exclude such actions or otherwise not cover them. Higher premiums and more stringent underwriting may reasonably be anticipated. Regardless, one may rest assured that insurance carriers, not to mention bond sureties, will be looking at any and all ways to spread the risk of such retroactively revived claims to their insureds. Also, the extent to which juries will be able to evaluate the applicable practices and standards, not to mention technological limits, from literally decades ago, as opposed to today, is subject to much doubt. In some ways, it is difficult to predict just what the scope and reach of the Jacobs Engineering case will be. Because the United States Supreme Court did not hear the matter, every state will be free to do its own analysis of due process, and may well come to a different outcome than did the Minnesota Supreme Court. By way of example only, Florida is one such state where the opposite may be expected. The Florida Supreme Court, after all, has previously ruled: “Once barred, the legislature cannot subsequently declare that ‘we change our mind on this par type of claim’ and then resurrect it. Once an action is barred, a property right to be free from a claim has accrued.” Agency for Health Care Admin. v. Associated Indus. of Fla., Inc., 678 So. 2d 1239, 1254 (Fla. 1996). The risk posed by the retroactive revival of claims will simply be different in different states. If what happened in Minnesota becomes standard operating procedure in other states, then some, many perhaps even, builders and designers will just shift their business model and quit massive public projects, like bridges, altogether. That would be an unfortunate, but altogether understandable, response to such a radical expansion of liability. Of course, it would also mean higher project costs, passed on to the taxpayer, due to the lessening of competition for such work. Obviously, that would serve to benefit no one, the public least of all. Seemingly, unfortunately, the one certainty is that we are likely to see future tragedies, similar to the I-35W collapse. As the country’s infrastructure continues to age, it becomes increasingly

“Superstructure has advanced deterioration. Members may be significantly bent or misaligned. Connection failure may be imminent.”

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unsafe. Furthermore, the government has been unable and/or unwilling to figure out how to pay for long-term improvements, the recent passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act notwithstanding. In whatever state the next such incident occurs, that state will now have a roadmap for how to obtain reimbursement from any and all of the potentially responsible parties, regardless of the passage of time since the last design and construction took place. While there is little the design professional can do to avoid the reach of such sweeping legislation, at least a couple of precautions should be taken. For one, any time a design firm is looking to merge with or take over another, care should be taken to make sure that as few of the acquired company’s liabilities are taken on as possible. Every state’s law differs when it comes to successor liability. Therefore, counsel familiar with the particular jurisdiction’s rules in that regard should be retained. Also, especially on public projects, an appropriate waiver of retroactive revival of risk should be negotiated, if not at the time of contracting, then certainly when proposing change orders or at the time of project closeout. While such a waiver would not prevent third-party efforts like those in Jacobs Engineering, it would, if well-drafted, at least be a defense vis-a-vis the owner.



The litigation arising out of the Minnesota bridge calamity could have very powerful repercussions for the construction industry, none good. The nature and extent of those repercussions remain to be seen, not to mention felt. 1 Statutes of repose are often confused with statutes of limitations. Both serve to cut off liability. However, statutes of limitations usually begin to run after an injury has occurred or par damages have been suffered. A statute of limitations can also be tolled, or avoided, e.g., by the par inability of the injured party to have discovered the underlying basis for the cause of action. par Statutes of repose, on the other hand, are typically much more difficult to do an end run around. par This is so because, with a statute of repose, the clock starts ticking when a particular act takes par place. In construction matters, this act is usually the completion of the project, either substantial par or final, and/or the first occupation of the structure by the owner. 2 Amicus briefs are filed, with the permission of a court, by parties which, while not actually parties to the case, nonetheless have a strong interest in the subject matter and wish to have their point of view heard. Amicus briefs are most common in cases of broad public interest. Clearly, Jacobs Engineering was just such a case.

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Established in 1982, Fujikawa Johnson Gobel Architects is a firm committed to intelligent design and project delivery. Known for the technical quality and efficiency of our buildings, we have a diverse portfolio that includes office towers; suburban business centers; high-rise residential buildings; mixed-use developments; luxury hotels; childcare facilities; historic preservation; and structures which are designed for specific technical functions. Our work can be found locally, in other parts of the country, and in Canada. We are dedicated to finding solutions to complex design problems and to providing quality buildings for our clients. Architecture that is shaped by the objective requirements of function and economy; science and technology; a commitment to appropriate materials; attention to detail; sensitivity to context, the environment, and enduring aesthetic values - is the hallmark of the firm. Fujikawa Johnson Gobel Architects regards every project as unique. However, for any project to be successful it needs to be carefully planned, have buildable and reliable construction details, and be artfully composed - all within the constraints of time and budget. Our projects achieve success through an evolutionary process of design; a rigorous study that starts with a rational structure and incorporates efficient planning and a keen sense of colors and proportions. Our aim is to design habitable spaces that make the best use of resources and have a sense of permanence and quality. We enjoy collaborating with clients, consultants, engineers and contractors. A firm principal is actively involved in every project and a close working partnership involving the client and the principal operates at every stage of the planning, design and construction process. We highly value our long-time client relationships and are intent on building new ones that endure.

55 East Erie Chicago, Illinois The shape of this 56-story luxury condominium tower is a result of the developer’s wish to have large terraces, balconies and stepbacks that would provide sweeping lake views. Residential amenities are located on the 12th floor and include a three-lane Olympic size lap pool, hydrotherapy pool, fitness center, social room, business center, and an outdoor landscaped terrace. Also located on the amenity level are four townhousestyle skyhomes. Each skyhome is four stories tall and has a front yard, private entrance, and a private outdoor roof deck.



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757 North Orleans Chicago, Illinois Located in the city’s popular River North neighborhood, this 24-story condominium tower has 198 residential units and parking for 262 cars. The building is visually anchored to the site by a corner of deep blue glass and white aluminum, and is crowned by backlit translucent panels. Amenities include a conference room, business center, valet shop, club room, fitness center, outdoor pool and deck. A unique feature of this development is a landscaped, community park which provides a welcome respite from the bustle of the urban environment.

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Chicago Mercantile Exchange Center Chicago, Illinois This two-tower development is an innovative solution to a complicated architectural challenge. Design of the project required the integration of highrise office space with two clear span areas capable of accommodating large trading floors.

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In order to fit the towers and the two trading halls onto the site, a substantial portion of the top 34 stories of each tower is cantilevered over the trading floors. The project was built in two phases. The first of the office towers was already occupied and the trading floors were fully operational when the second tower was constructed.



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Chicagoland Laborers’ Training and Apprentice Center Chicago, Illinois When the Chicagoland Laborers’ decided to build a new training facility in the city, they acquired a 24 acre brownfield site for a state-of-the-art 75,900 s.f. building. The facility includes classrooms that are linked to enclosed training bays for hands-on training; a fully equipped welding shop; a vehicle storage area that can be converted to additional training bays; administrative offices; and a multi-use auditorium. There is on-site parking for 200 auto and construction vehicles. The project also includes a retention pond and 7,300 s.f. of green roof. Photo: FJG Architects, Inc.

Private Residence Evanston, Illinois FJG Architects was retained to renovate a house that was built in 1912. The house is a historic landmark located within the Historic Lakefront District of Evanston, Illinois.

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Work included restoration of nearly 200 exterior windows, many of which have custom stained-glass; renovation of the main kitchen, second-floor bathrooms and ground floor powder room; construction of new basement level men’s and women’s toilets and caretaker’s shower room; conversion of a second-floor study into a private kitchen; installation of new landscaping; handicap access; rebuilding of the exterior terrace; and upgrades to the HVAC systems and electrical wiring.

Takeda Childcare Center Deerfield, Illinois This LEED certified 21,000 s.f. facility is designed to accommodate 200 children and is located on a private corporate campus. The exterior of glass, aluminum and natural stone is an extension of the adjacent office buildings. However, the sculpted facade and roofline provides visual interest and an appropriately playful appearance.

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The entrance is defined by the "Gathering Garden"; a 40’ x 100’ area with softscape and hardscape and a 16-foot wide building canopy with skylights. Photo: FJG Architects, Inc.

Each classroom has direct access to outdoor natural play areas with custom designed play equipment and extensive indigenous landscaping.





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A passion for architecture and the vision to deliver innovative design has driven Partners in Design Architects to create distinctive building solutions for even their most basic project programs. The firm, founded in 1991, has experienced a consistently growing client base due in large part to their reputation for exceptional service, outstanding design, respect for their clients' budgets and a collaborative approach to the design and building process. While demand for their services has led to projects from coast to coast, Partners in Design Architects primarily focuses their architectural, planning and interior design services throughout the southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois regions from their offices in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Riverwoods, Illinois. Their work covers virtually every project type including a depth of experience in commercial, retail, corporate/industrial, recreational, educational, health care, religious and residential markets, working regularly for both public and private sector clients. Their attention to detail, communication and ability to deliver quality design in a cost effective manner has also made Partners in Design Architects a sought after partner by loyal contractors and developers in the design/build market. Sustainable design has always played a key role in their design solutions. While most of their projects do not pursue LEED certification, healthy environments, a judicious use of natural resources and an emphasis on energy efficiency figure into all of their design decisions regardless of the project's certification status. Today, 75% of their professional staff are LEED Accredited. Partners in Design Architects places a high value on staff retention and development. They seek out professionals who share their values of Passion, Collaboration and Vision.

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Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) Kenosha, Wisconsin Looking to lead by example, KABA, Kenosha County's economic development organization, took a long vacant and run down, yet highly visible downtown Kenosha building and transformed it into a shining example of the potential offered by older downtown commercial structures. Local apparel manufacturer Jockey International demonstrated a commitment to their home town by relocating their Factory Store to the building’s 7,000 square foot first floor, while KABA transformed the second floor into a contemporary office environment where modern materials and components integrate with the rustic exposed brick walls and sandblasted timbers.

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Riley Construction Company Kenosha, Wisconsin Anxious to promote their own commitment to sustainability, Riley Construction approached Partners in Design Architects to design what would eventually become Kenosha County’s first LEED Certified building. Office areas front public streets and screen shop, storage and yard functions. Building materials were selected to showcase their self performed trades, including concrete, masonry and carpentry. Inside, exposed structural and mechanical systems demonstrate how a building is assembled. Altogether, this facility makes a strong business case for sustainable building design by demonstrating that increasingly mainstream green systems and components lead to substantial long term energy savings and better work environments.

Oglesby Professional Office Center Gurnee, Illinois Set back amongst mature trees and adjacent to a small stream, the Oglesby Medical Office Building provides its tenants and visitors with a quiet sanctuary from the bustle of nearby traffic and activity. The stone, stucco and timber materials palette of this 12,000 square foot Craftsman Style building, feels appropriate for such a retreat, while its forty foot tall tower gives it a landmark identity and visibility from nearby streets. The building is sited to overlook the tranquil prairie grasses, trees and stream from the majority of its tenant spaces.

Market Square Zion, Illinois A symbolic anchor of renewed downtown redevelopment efforts, Market Square, a mixed use project, features a three story, 84 room Best Western Plus hotel as its anchor and approximately 12,000 square feet of Sheridan Road frontage for restaurant, retail and other commercial tenants. Hotel features include a corner atrium lobby and lounge, banquet facilities, a corporate board room and 24 suite/extended stay rooms. Retail is integrated into the hotel development, allowing guests to access the retail spaces without exiting the building.



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RecPlex Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin At over 300,000 square feet, the RecPlex has grown to become the nation’s largest municipally owned recreation facility. Developed in three phases over a ten year period, this facility features a 60,000 square foot fieldhouse with a suspended running track, an 18,000 square foot fitness center, a 14,000 square foot indoor leisure pool and two NHL size ice arenas. Its most recent phase features a LEED Silver (anticipated) indoor Olympic size competition pool featuring a lake source geothermal heating and cooling system. A generous use of glass affords commanding views of the adjacent lake and surrounding park while showcasing the facility’s activities to those passing by.

Pike Creek Horticulture Center Kenosha, Wisconsin Designed to enhance "The Gateway Experience" and accommodate the needs of their exploding horticulture curriculum, Gateway Technical College’s new Pike Creek Horticulture Center replaces a single classroom and greenhouse building with a contemporary educational environment featuring three dedicated soils labs, a floral design classroom and an urban farming lab. "Green Screens" at its front elevation will soon support plant materials which will act as a summer solar screening device for the building’s brightly daylighted lobby. An expanded retail area fronting both the lobby and entry canopy provides additional funding to sustain and enhance the school’s horticulture programs.



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So-L, Latin for Sun, represents light, life and sustainable design. So-L joins the two most important design elements of human need and sustainability. The So-L Experience embodies the "soul" of our design process… "Designed for People. Designed for Life." So-L Harris/Day Architecture is a medium-size architectural and construction services firm located in North Canton, Ohio. For over 40 years, our firm has provided services in Commercial and Industrial markets throughout Ohio and beyond. Architecture • Interior Design • Architectural Construction Services • Historic Preservation Our staff exceeds 20 full-time architects, interns, interior designers and construction personnel…all focused on ‘people’ and ‘life’. The So-L Experience is our formalized process of gaining relevant input about the type of people who will use the proposed building and the activities those people will engage in. Spaces should be built to satisfy the human experience, creating a ‘holistic environment’ that inspires people to aspire to their best in everything they do, whether it’s working, learning, playing or relaxing. Sustainable Design is at the core of our mission; we integrate ‘green’ strategies into every decision we make. Our LEED Accredited Professionals design for energy efficiency, quality, durability and minimal environmental impact. We create added value through the life of our buildings…and for future generations.

Aultman Compassionate Care Center Canton, Ohio Located on the existing campus, this 12 patient hospice facility was designed to promote a residential experience in the last days of life through family gathering spaces, warm colors and an overall style that creates a feeling of home. The facility includes a counseling center for children, teens and adults, children’s playroom and an inviting library for visitors. The family of each client has the opportunity to use the residential style kitchen, dining and living room to create a home away from home experience. This facility has received LEED Silver certification.

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So-L Harris/Day Architecture North Canton, Ohio The growth of So- L Harris/Day made it essential for a new, larger space. Driven to "practice what we preach" and create a more collaborative/integrated environment, the office utilized an open design to mimic the firm brand. The 2-story building is organized into two studios. An open family room area is the core connection space with a kitchenette and multiple seating styles to encourage collaboration and interaction between employees and clients. The building is a model green building, employing many green strategies on a tiny site.

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Bridgestone Americas Technical Center Akron, Ohio

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Driven by a desire to change the culture and promote a more collaborative and integrated work environment, the Technical Center is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. Appealing to 3 generations of engineers was a goal due to impending retirements. A world class building was desired by corporate to reduce Bridgestone’s carbon footprint, attract young engineers and positively affect the culture change. The building contains two main spaces: research labs and engineering offices. A 3-story atrium is the core connection space complete with food service to encourage collaboration and interaction between departments and adjacent buildings.



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Stark State College Business and Entrepreneurial Center North Canton, Ohio Designed to provide a new "presence" for the Stark State community, this 3-story business center addition is pursuing LEED Silver certification. Major spaces include a lecture hall, atrium, marketing and financial labs, captioning and computer labs, classrooms, testing and resource centers, and business faculty offices. Flexible space was created in the atrium allowing for a curtain wall to open and close easily to increase and divide the space for multiple uses.

Walsh University Natural Science Center North Canton, Ohio The new science facility for Walsh University, a small liberal arts school, brings together Anatomy & Physiology, BioChemistry, Bio-Informatics, Biology, Organic Chemistry, Chemistry and Micro-Biology. The new 3-story facility has been instrumental in attracting new energetic faculty and enrollment in the Sciences has increased by 50%. The Bio-Informatics lab was heralded as one of the best in the country when it was completed in 2005.




The CAPS Designation and Universal Design

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by Nissa Hiatt, Communication Manager for NAHB Remodelers

For more than 10 years, remodelers, occupational therapists and design/build specialists have been earning the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) educational designation offered by the National Association of Home Builders.


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reated with the support of AARP, the designation includes 24 hours of coursework in design and marketing so that graduates understand not only the proper placement of grab bars, lighting and other assistive devices, but also how to convince consumers to make them part of their remodeling and renovation plans – especially because these helpful changes can be a hard sell to baby boomers who presume they will stay young forever. In 2011, NAHB began offering a Universal Design/Build course – again to positive industry response. However, the debate continues over where CAPS ends and Universal Design begins. Ohio remodeler Bill Owens, who holds both CAPS and the Certified Graduate Remodeler educational designations, teaches CAPS and universal design classes for NAHB at local home building associations throughout the United States. He is also expert at distinguishing between the two disciplines so potential attendees can choose between the two sets of classes. Universal design augments traditional design, the use of which offers comfort, convenience and ease of use. CAPS remodeling usually targets a specific need whether it is the aging marketplace or individuals requiring home modifications, Owens said. (continued on page 32)



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Aging in Place

Universal Design Marketed to all home owners, regardless of age or ability

Marketed to aging home owners and those requiring specific home modifications Targets a specific need or is tailored to the individual's ability

Targets the ease of use for all users of the home Most common in custom and even some production building; Universal design in remodeling is limited to specific areas of home being updated

Most common in remodeling Design is convenient and comfortable but modifications may be noticeable

Design is convenient and comfortable but transparent (anything but ADA)

Universal design is useful to meet the needs of many, from a multigenerational family to first time home owners. It is also becoming more popular among clients of custom and even some production builders as a way of meeting current and future needs. With low cost at the top of clients’ wish lists, the many addons offered by universal design may seem like an unnecessary expense at first. But as Owens noted, different price points will emerge as universal design becomes more common. "Universal design is about aesthetics as well as affordability. Success is where you walk in the house and [the universal design elements] are transparent," Owens said. An additional tenet of universal design is adaptability. While aging-in-place remodeling may call for grab bar installation in bathrooms based on need, universal design would include blocking inside the walls so that a grab bar can be easily added at a future date. 18”




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The current CAPS courses do not focus much on the aesthetic value of home modifications, but with experience successful CAPS contractors learn to balance budget, function and looks. This can be as simple as enlarging bathrooms or including universal design elements such as choosing counters with contrasting borders to increase visibility. Many NAHB members and their architect-designers are combining the aging-in-place/CAPS and universal design approaches within a single home. To accommodate a client’s past injury, the CAPS remodeler may install grab bars in the bathroom but universal design is used in the rest of the home to widen hallways for strollers or relatives who might be wheelchair users. As universal design becomes a competitive advantage and a new approach for builders to capitalize on, then its use will become market driven. "Well done universal design that focuses on aesthetics and affordability has a broad market appeal," Owens said. The most successful approach for many remodelers and builders is to treat each project as an opportunity to introduce universal design elements - and not always by name. Building a stepless porch entry for instance will increase access and convenience without compromising aesthetics or calling out the feature as an element of universal design. As for the future of housing, Owens said, "Universal design is truly a paradigm shift in how we approach design and how we build houses." The classes are offered to both NAHB members and non-members. To find a local CAPS or universal design class, visit the NAHB website at www.nahb.org and search in the Education and Events section or contact your local home builders association. A directory of associations is also available on the NAHB website.


5 Essential Elements of Leadership by Ann Potts, Executive Coach and founder of Executive Performance Fuel

Leadership isn’t about a job title; it’s about having a vision of where you want to go and what you want to achieve…and motivating others to go there with you. While each organization has its own style and culture, there are some universal elements to being a strong leader:





Begin with a Vision – At the highest level, great leaders create a vision for taking their organization to new levels. This can take shape in many ways. It might mean attaining a new level of performance or perhaps launching a new product or service. It can mean taking a very broad goal that a senior executive has issued (such as "reduce costs by 30 %") and creating a new way of organizing work or people that will deliver that objective. A vision needs to be compelling – not only for you but for the rest of your team.

Gain Commitment – John C. Maxwell said "People

don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care." As you engage others, you need to demonstrate that you care deeply about their role in getting you to the vision. Particularly in times of great change, you need to show that you comprehend the impacts. No one wants to follow a leader that they perceive as being out of touch with the reality of what’s being asked.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate! -

Understand Where Your Team Is – As you

contemplate where you are going, take a hard look at where you are today. This provides the reality check of what will be required to actualize the vision. Understand that many of those working for you are going to immediately jump to comparing where they are today to where you planning to take them – and they may feel overwhelmed, particularly if resources are constrained. You will need to create a very compelling picture of where the team is heading. This picture needs to include the WIIFM factor (what’s in it for me)…why do your people want to stretch beyond what they know to follow you?


Create a Path – What are the strategies and

tactical actions that will attain the vision? You may not have all the details established at the time you communicate your vision but you will need to have a high level plan of initial steps at minimum.

Leaders need to constantly be communicating and placing events into context. Ensure that you have twoway communication with influential formal and informal leaders. Communicate not only at large meetings, but on a smaller scale where you can observe body language. Create multiple channels for people to communicate with you. Acknowledge both results and efforts. Business today is constantly changing and evolving. To be an effective leader requires consistently stretching yourself and your vision of what is feasible. Only then can you ask others to stretch themselves to follow you. Ann Potts is an Executive Coach and founder of Executive Performance Fuel. Ann teaches businesses to reinvent themselves with the productivity tools and leadership talents that she mastered in the corporate world. Read more about Ann at www.executiveperformancefuel.com and feel free to contact her for a complimentary 30-minute session to discuss your leadership challenges. Article Copyright© Executive Performance Fuel, LLC All Rights Reserved



2012 ALA Golf Outing Seventy-five eager golfers descended upon the Golf Club of Illinois on Friday, August 24th. After warming up on the driving range and putting green, ALA members and their guests mingled over a delicious burger and brat lunch sponsored by ML Realty Partners, LLC after which all golfers took to their carts for a 1:00 shot gun start. This was no ordinary scramble. This year participants enjoyed numerous games on the course in addition to golf. From the start on the first hole, you could win several prizes by driving your ball near colored flags on the fairway. At the turn on ten, everyone enjoyed trying their hand with the ball launcher which shot the ball 350 yards to the green – or somewhere within the club’s zipcode! Pat Harris was our expert sharpshooter landing on the green with just an easy putt into the hole! And then onto the 17th hole where the annual marshmallow drive challenges even the most adept players. Pat Schaner was the long driver here sending this sugary sweet halfway to the hole! Our Eagle sponsors, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies and Night Light, Inc. greeted groups on par-3 holes with fun incentives and generous gifts. We want to thank both of them and all our hole sponsors for making this event such a success! Other notable achievements on the links go to Dean MacMorris for Closest to the Pin, Dan Koob for Men’s Longest Drive, and Tiffany Marshall for Women’s Longest Drive. The Lowest Scoring Foursome was Jim Wegman, Ed Niemic, Mark Clemens and Pat Schaner – Congratulations to you all! After play, our 19th Hole sponsor, Moen Incorporated, not only treated everyone to much appreciated hors d’oevres, but also kindly contributed 8 Moen Rain Shower heads to the raffle. Out on the putting green, IMAGINiT Technologies sponsored a putting contest with generous cash prizes. After a closely contested competition, David Thompson sank his final putt to win, with Ed Niemic and Brad Huiner coming in a very respectable second and third. Stories of the day were shared over a buffet dinner complete with a roast beef carving station. Then came the moment of truth – pulling the winning tickets for the raffle prizes! All day everyone was eyeing the table full of wonderful gift items selected by Kim Aldana which ranged from "spirits" to sports items to techno gadgets. Theron "Toews" Tobolski, Rick "Kane" Harris, and Chris "Keith" Pascente will be watching the Blackhawks in their Official player’s jerseys. Pat Hivon brought home an HP Laptop - and a women’s warm up jacket for his lady. "Lucky" Nick Edwards won not only a Nikon digital camera, but also the grand prize of an Insignia 40" LCD-HD TV! Prize or no prize, everyone came home a winner after a great day of golf and fun.

Thank You to Our Sponsors: Lunch Sponsor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ML Realty Partners, LLC 19th Hole Sponsor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Moen Incorporated Putting Contest Sponsor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IMAGINiT Technologies Eagle Sponsor . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Eagle Sponsor . . . . . . . . . . Night Light, Inc. Landscape Illumination Signs and Banner Sponsor . . . . . . .MCS/Midwest Conference Service Lowest Scoring Foursome: Mark Clemens, Pat Schaner, Ed Niemic, Jim Wegman

Ball Launch Winner: Pat Harris

1st Place Putting: David Thompson

2nd Place Putting: Ed Niemic

3rd Place Putting: Brad Huiner

Highest Scoring Foursome: Plumbers Putter Traveling Trophy: Rick Gilmore, Peg McLean, Steve Less, Lisa Brooks

Closest to the Pin: Dean MacMorris

Scratch Card Winner: Mike Renner

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

ALA GOLF OUTING 2012 HOLE SPONSORS - ATMI Precast - ARC Imaging Resources - Chicago Plastering Institute - Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters - Choices Brokerage - Dryvit Systems, Inc. - FCL Builders, Inc. - Harris Architects, Inc. - IHC Construction Companies, LLC


- Illinois Brick Company - Keeley Construction, Inc. - Krusinski Construction Company - Lombard Architectural Precast Products Co. - Northfield an Oldcastle Company - Peak Construction - Principle Construction Corp. - RTM & Associates - Ruck Pate Architecture


- Sabo & Zahn, Attorneys at Law - Signature Design Group - Spaceco, Inc. - Structurelogic, Inc. - Suburban Iron Works, Inc. - Triumph Construction Services Corp. - Turner Construction Company

2012 Golf Prizes were awarded to: Putting Contest Winners 1st Prize $100.00 David Thompson, Green Light National 2nd Prize $75.00 Ed Niemic, Sun Mechanical 3rd Prize $50.00 Brad Huiner, Prairie Materials Marshmallow Drive - $100.00 Cash Pat Schaner, Cushman Wakefield Ball Launch Winner - Orlando Trip Pat Harris, Harris Architects Scratch Card Winner - Vegas Trip Mike Renner, Eriksson Engineering Closest to the Pin - $75.00 Gift Certificate Dick’s Sporting Goods Dean MacMorris, Nightlight Inc. Longest Drive Men’s $75.00 Gift Certificate Dick’s Sporting Goods Dan Koob, NexGen Supply Longest Drive Women’s $75.00 Gift Certificate Mario Tricocci Tiffany Marshall, Triumph Development Lowest Scoring Foursome $100.00 Gift Certificate Each - Best Buy Jim Wegman / Panattoni Construction, Ed Niemic, Sun Mechanical, Mark Clemens, Pat Schaner, Cushman Wakefield Highest Scoring Fourseome Plumbers Putter Traveling Trophy Rick Gilmore, FredeRick Gilmore, Architect, Peg McLean, Lisa Brooks, ALA, Steve Less, Midwest Type and Print


ALA Announces

2012 Student Merit Award Winners The Association of Licensed Architects congratulates the following students for their academic excellence, numerous awards, honors and significant achievements in the schools of architecture. We believe these winners will be assets to the profession of architecture in the future, and continue to excel in their education and future professional pursuits. Kyle Bigart Illinois Institute of Technology Kyle Bigart graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology's 5-year Bachelor program. A Chicago suburb native, Kyle has received many awards and scholarships throughout his career, last year most notably selected as one of 15 finalists for the Schiff Foundation Scholarship. Kyle is heavily involved with teaching and education serving as a first year studio teaching assistant and also being a program assistant for the experiment in architecture high school program at IIT. He is pursuing several employment opportunities and looking towards graduate school in the near future.

Tiffanie Ing University of Notre Dame Tiffanie Ing is a graduate from the University of Notre Dame where she majored in both architecture and economics. She has a passion for music and has been playing clarinet for 13 years. She is honored to accept the Student Merit Award and thanks ALA and the School of Architecture faculty at UND.

Shannon Jones Southern Illinois University Shannon Jones completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies with Cum Laude status from Southern Illinois University. Her passion for sustainability is apparent in her work as vice president of the US Green Building Council Students. Outside of the classroom, Shannon was highly involved on campus as the president of the Precast Concrete Institute Students. This summer as well as last summer, Shannon interned with VOA Associates. She will continue her education in the Master of Architecture program at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Nathan Solano William Rainey Harper College Nathan Solano is a Las Vegas native currently working towards his Associate in Applied Science Degree, with an emphasis in design and CAD certification. He has full intentions of achieving his masters degree from one of the great architectural programs in the Chicagoland area.

Emily Koester Efrain Campos University of Illinois – Chicago Efrain Campos graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago with college honors. He was both secretary and president of Arquitectos which is an organization dedicated to helping fellow students. His future plans include obtaining valuable field work experience and then returning to graduate school.



University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign Emily received her Master of Architecture at the University of Illinois in UrbanaChampaign after first obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies at Southern Illinois University in 2010. She has enjoyed being involved in AIAS, the Gargoyle Honor Society, Habitat of Humanity, and numerous student trips. This summer she started employment at FGM Architects in O'Fallon, Illinois where she is excited to continue to learn, finish her IDP, and become licensed.

Daniel Nelson Judson University Daniel graduated this spring from Judson University with his Masters in Architecture. This experience allowed him to explore concepts not only within architectural design, but also urban and product design. He served as the Design Studio Fellow and Graduate T.A. for the Structures I course which allowed him to help educate and mentor younger students in addition to his personal studies. Daniel spent a year working as a Project Designer at Hobbs + Black Architects in Ann Arbor, Michigan prior to his Master's studies and is now looking to broaden his experience and further his career in Chicago.

Matthew Owens Southern Illinois University Matthew Owens received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon graduating from UIC Matthew spent several years working for an architectural firm in Chicago. Last summer Matthew enrolled in the Master of Architecture program at Southern Illinois University. He completed his thesis this summer and graduated in August. He intends on moving back to Chicago to pursue a professional career.

Dan McTavish University of Michigan

Mina Rezaeian Triton College Since childhood Mina was interested in buildings and structures. In order to pursue her dream of becoming an architect, she came to the United States when she was eighteen. She mentions that "her passion was so strong that sleepless nights and overwhelming projects did not discourage me from reaching my goal". Mina received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Triton College.

Robert Zdanowski University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Robert grew up in Chicago and received his BSAS degree and urban planning certificate from UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning this past spring. During his undergraduate career he studied abroad in Cape Verde where he researched low tech solutions to help their developing country with food, water, shelter and waste. Also, he was part of Marcus Prize 2012 studio with Diébédo Francis Kéré. In this studio they developed unique ways to help stitch Milwaukee’s communities together through various urban interventions. He was the only undergraduate student to be selected to be part of this selective studio. He plans to take time off before entering graduate school to gain some professional experience.

Born in Toronto, Dan McTavish completed his Bachelor of Architectural Studies, with honors and distinction, at the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture in 2011. He is currently enrolled at the University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning where he is pursuing his Masters of Architecture.

Al Ochsner University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign Al Ochsner received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. He is a member of the Gargoyle Architecture Honor Society, the James Scholar Program, and works as an architectural intern for the University. He has also participated in the Society for Business & Management in Architecture, The Global Architecture Brigades, and the Ecological Design Consortium. Over the summer, he worked at Studio GC in Chicago and plans to return to U of I in the fall to work toward his Master of Architecture.

Fitz Murphy Washington University Picture and biography are not available.



Association of Licensed Architects Continuing Education

Fiberglass Windows – A Sustainable Choice in Non-Residential and Multi-family Buildings by Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED-AP

Sponsored by Corporation

“Founded in 1925, Pella Corporation offers aluminum-clad wood, wood, fiberglass, and vinyl windows and doors at varying price points to meet the performance and budgetary requirements of virtually any non-residential or residential project.” Contact Pella Commercial at 800-847-3552 or commercial@pella.com. www.pellacommercial.com



Learning Objectives • Identify and recognize the attributes and features of current fiberglass window technology. • Determine beneficial and sustainable choices in creating window design patterns and sizes. • Investigate the use of sustainable fiberglass window units in different window application types in commercial and institutional buildings. • Specify and design appropriate window installation details for new construction and renovation projects.

Selecting a window system for use in new or renovated commercial and institutional buildings has typically centered on aluminum, steel, aluminum-clad wood, or vinyl windows. In the last five years, however, another choice has gained popularity for a lot of good reasons. Fiberglass window systems are being specified and installed more frequently in non-residential buildings. To understand this emerging trend, let’s begin by looking at some of the basics of fiberglass window technology.

Natural Materials Blended with Technology While the term "fiberglass" is used as if it were a single material, it actually is a composite that consists of glass fibers and a resin that binds those fibers together. Combined together, the glass fibers and resin create a material that is stronger than either of them individually and provides strength in both compression and tension. A key point to remember is the type of resin used to make the composite fiberglass material. In general, all resins can be put in one of two categories: thermoplastic or thermoset. In simple terms, thermoplastic materials can be re-melted while thermosets cannot. Most commonly used plastics are made from thermoplastic resin including vinyl windows which are made from PVC, a thermoplastic resin. These materials soften as they are warmed and if heated high enough will melt. Thermoset materials, in contrast, undergo an irreversible chemical reaction. Often initiated by heat, once this chemical reaction has occurred, thermosets do not soften or melt as they are reheated. Fiberglass composite windows are made using thermoset resin. As a result, fiberglass composite windows can be used in hot climates and can be painted dark colors, even in high sun exposure applications. The process of making fiberglass window frames is also different from making aluminum or vinyl frames where the process of extrusion is used, which means the material is pushed through a die to shape. Instead, fiberglass frames rely on a process called pultrusion, in which thousands of glass fibers (called rovings) are pulled through a steel die. The hardened result is then cut to the desired length and prepared for finishing. A paint finish is applied to the fiberglass to provide the final coloring and UV resistance to protect the finished product from sun exposure. There are several characteristics of fiberglass composite windows that have contributed to their increased use in commercial and institutional buildings, including:

• Durability. In addition to its great strength, certain factoryapplied finishes render fiberglass composite virtually indestructible and long lasting. Further, it will not corrode or rot.

determined in part by the type of window selected, but they are generally consistent with the scale and size that would work with most building designs. Operable fiberglass window options include:

• Impact resistance. Fiberglass composite withstands major impacts without deformation, especially in cold weather. Impact resistance is particularly important on the job site during installation, when dents and damage may inadvertently occur.

• Single- and double-hung windows. Among the available types, single and double-hung windows are common in many applications.

• Hot and cold performance. Fiberglass composite can handle a wide range of temperature extremes, withstanding heat up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and cold to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. • Thermal expansion. Fiberglass composite has a very low coefficient of expansion which is very similar to glass. As a result, it moves very little as the weather changes, resulting in less stress on the installation, seals, and glazing of the window. In addition, since fiberglass composite is very heat tolerant, it can be painted dark colors without concern for heat deformation. • Energy efficiency. Fiberglass composites rank high because of their inherently low heat conductivity. Further, they are commonly offered with added insulation inside the cavities of the frames and sash, boosting the overall thermal resistance value of the unit. As a result, the material also has a higher condensation resistance than other materials. • Sustainability. Fiberglass composites consume less embodied energy to produce when compared to aluminum and vinyl. • High performance. The finished units provide excellent resistance to air and water infiltration. They also serve as effective sound barriers between outdoor and indoor spaces. • Finish. The final factory applied finish coat is typically scratch resistant, low-maintenance, and resists chalking and fading— even in dark colors. • Installation, operation and maintenance. Fiberglass composite units typically arrive on-site pre-assembled and pre-finished, which makes them easy to install, and low maintenance over the long term.

• Casement windows. Commonly available in operable sizes up to approximately 3' wide x 6'-8" high, casement windows are typically more energy efficient because the locking hardware lifts and pulls the sash against the weather-stripping to form a tighter air seal than in single or double hung windows. • Awning windows. Commonly available in operable sizes up to 5' wide x 5' high, awning windows can also be configured with optional limited-opening hardware for safety. • Sliding windows. Commonly available in two- and three-panel configurations and a variety of sizes, sliding windows can be combined with fixed sash to provide a broad range of design, ventilation and egress solutions at a competitive price point. Fixed Windows and Fixed Frames In situations where operable windows are not needed or desirable, fixed in place units are available in fiberglass and deserve consideration. There are basically two types of units to choose from depending on the design requirements of a project: • Fixed windows have an outer frame plus a non-operable sash that holds the glazing. Since fixed windows are often paired with operable windows, the pairing of a fixed sash and frame allow the fixed and operable windows to look alike for a consistent appearance and aesthetic effect across the building. • Fixed frames, unlike fixed windows, do not have a sash. Fixed frames can produce a final effect that allows a range of sightlines to be achieved, depending on how the glass is subdivided to meet the design intent. (See Figure 1) Mullion and Grille Options Once a window type is selected for use in a building, a common next step is to determine how to group them within

Window Design Options In commercial and institutional settings, the windows and fenestration plan play a key role in the overall design and performance of the building. Since variety and customization is often desired, it is important to realize that these options exist from virtually all fiberglass window manufacturers, although to varying degrees. In order to grasp this diversity of options, the descriptions below are intended to outline the possibilities in terms of common types, styles and configurations of fiberglass windows. Operable Windows In an era when greater natural ventilation is required to meet green building requirements and general human comfort, operable windows are becoming more common in commercial buildings of many types. Maximum window sizes will be

Figure 1: Fixed frame fiberglass windows shown installed in different sizes, shapes, and configurations. (All images courtesy of Pella Corporation)



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the design. Accordingly, fiberglass window manufacturers have offered a variety of options on how to combine multiple units together using mullions or how to subdivide larger units using grilles. Some of the common choices are noted below:

Figure 2 West Elementary School utilizing horizontal ribbon windows across the façade.

• Integral mullion. Two or more units can be combined together with an integral fiberglass mullion that matches the rest of the window unit. • Reinforcing mullions. Where structural conditions warrant it, fiberglass windows can be fabricated with a central mullion that will reinforce the unit and help it resist imposed loads. • Grilles-between-the-glass. Grilles-between-the-glass, also known as integral muntins, may be placed between the glass panes to provide the look of divided lights. • Applied Grilles. Another way to subdivide the glass is through the use of applied grilles. Since they can match the frame in size and color, they can be used to provide the look of multiple windows or aluminum storefront. They are typically adhered to both the exterior and interior faces of the glass for a similar appearance on both sides. • Hybrids. In some cases, it is desirable to combine the various techniques in one or more window units. Hence it is possible to specify integral mullions, grilles-between-the-glass, and applied grilles, for example, all to be combined on the same window and create the desired appearance.

Vertically Stacked Windows • Design recommendations Similar to horizontal ribbons, the greater height of vertically stacked windows often requires special detailing, reinforcing mullions, intermediate dead load support, and subsills. Operable or fixed windows of the same width can be stacked vertically to a maximum height of ten feet without intermediate dead load support. Intermediate support is typically introduced at the floor lines to carry the weight of the windows above. (See Figure 3.) Figure 3 Walsh University Alexis Hall utilizing vertically stacked window design

Design Applications and Case Studies Incorporating fiberglass window units into a particular building design often comes down to the type of opening that the architecture calls for. Depending on the number and configuration of windows and doors per opening, design recommendations for perimeter clearances, weight limitations, wind loads, and water management may vary. Four types of window design openings are highlighted below. Punched Opening into a Façade • Design recommendations To determine the window opening size for typical punched opening installations, add 3/4" to frame width and height. For punched openings with large windows, multiple windows, out of plumb openings, and/or in masonry construction, the need for additional jamb clearances should be reviewed. Horizontal Ribbon Windows • Design recommendations In addition to the recommendations for Punched Openings, the greater width of Horizontal Ribbons often requires special head/jamb details, reinforcing mullions, expansion mullions, and subsills to resist wind loads, allow for construction tolerances, and provide adequate water management. Expansion / control mullions are recommended every 20' maximum. Subsill systems that weep incidental moisture to the exterior are recommended for water management in openings like horizontal ribbons where there are multiple vertical joints between windows. (See Figure 2.)



Single-story Storefront Style Systems • Design recommendations Similar to the opening types noted above, fiberglass storefronts include a combination of windows that often require reinforcing mullions, expansion mullions, and subsills to resist wind loads and allow movement while providing adequate water management.

Fiberglass Window Installation Methods and Details Part of the beauty of fiberglass windows is that the units can be fully fabricated and delivered to the site pre-finished, preglazed, and ready to install. Manufacturers have continued to make the installation process easier by offering standardized methods of installing fiberglass composite windows in either

new construction or renovation projects. Some of the standardized types of installation are described below: Integral fin. The integral fin installation method relies on a continuous fiberglass fin or nailing flange that runs around the entire perimeter of the window unit. This feature, allows the window frame to be integrated into the building’s weatherresistant barrier using standard installation and fastening methods and flashing tapes. These continuous perimeter nailing fins are used when construction methods permit window and door units to be installed from the exterior prior to the application of exterior cladding, such as lap siding, brick veneer and stucco.

the head and jambs. Finally, the new window is installed on the top of the subsill and within the receptor system from the interior. • Block frame with pocket installation (window replacement). This approach offers a very economical choice for applications where the existing frames are in good condition and only the sash needs to be replaced. The new window sash are factory assembled into a fiberglass frame that essentially creates a full window unit that is custom made to slide easily into the existing frame or "pocket". Figure 6 Block frame with screw attachment used at the Fred and Sara Machetanz Elementary School in Mat Su Borough, AK

Block frames. The block frame uses a standard frame on all sides of the window unit that can be readily inserted into a rough opening in construction. This standardized frame provides a variety of attachment and installation options for both new construction and renovation projects. Some of the standard choices are discussed further below: • Block frame with standard fin or offset fin. (See Figure 5.) Similar to the integral fin, the standard fin or offset fin can be used with the block frame to provide a continuous attachment method. These slide-in fins are often used in lieu of integral fins when many windows are being joined together in Figure 5 combinations. It allows Block frame with offset fins to accommodate thin the fin to be used only cladding materials used on Country Inn and Suites. where needed, eliminating the need to trim the integral fin in the field. The offset nailing fin is designed for use in new construction with thin exterior claddings like stucco, thus allowing the window to be located more to the interior. • Block frame with installation clips. This method is intended for new construction or window replacement where wall conditions or construction sequence require installation from inside the building. Unlike fins which are continuous, clips are typically spaced at 18" on center. The clips are secured to the frame and then nailed or otherwise anchored to the wall construction. • Block frame with screw attachment. (See Figure 6.) Like the installation clip, this method of attachment is typically used when the windows must be installed from inside the building. In this situation, screws penetrate the frame and secure the unit to the building. Since anchorage is through the frame, it works well in solid masonry walls where there are no additional interior finishes besides the block masonry. • Block frame with receptor and subsill. Receptors are often used in multistory buildings requiring installation from the interior or when a more robust installation method is desired. First, the subsill is anchored to the sill of the existing window opening. Then the receptors are anchored to the opening at

• Block frame with Standard or T-subframes (window replacement). These installation systems are typically used when wood or metal windows are being replaced with fiberglass windows. In both cases, the existing wood or metal sash are removed and the subframe is used to conceal the existing window frame while providing a receptor for the new fiberglass window. They allow windows to be installed from the interior of the building, thus reducing labor costs and eliminating the need for exterior scaffolding or lifts. Regardless of the type of building and wall construction that is being employed, then, the techniques of installation and attachment of fiberglass windows has progressed to be able to accommodate almost any commercial installation.

Conclusion Fiberglass windows provide an advanced alternative for commercial buildings of all types. They are designed and manufactured for exceptional energy efficiency and durability, even in extreme weather conditions. They combine the beauty architectural design requires along with the quality construction and outstanding performance commercial projects demand. They are well suited for a variety of different design applications whether horizontal, vertical, or punched window looks are sought. Their installation methods are numerous and suited to a variety of building construction types for both new and existing construction. Regardless of the design intent or installation method used, designing and specifying fiberglass windows into commercial, institutional, and multi-family buildings, yields improved design, better performance, and lasting durability.

Author Bio Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED-AP is a practicing architect, sustainability consultant, and free-lance writer based in New York State focused on work related to design, sustainability, and technology solutions nationwide. He can be reached at www.linkedin.com/in/pjaarch LICENSED ARCHITECT • VOL 16 NO. 3 • FALL 2012


Association of Licensed Architects Continuing Education

ALA Continuing Education Questionnaire -

Fiberglass Windows – A Sustainable Choice in Non-Residential and Multi-family Buildings Learning Objectives: • Identify and recognize the attributes and features of current fiberglass window technology.

• Specify and design appropriate window installation details for new construction and renovation projects.

• Investigate the use of sustainable fiberglass window units in different window application types in commercial and institutional buildings.

• Determine beneficial and sustainable choices in creating window design patterns and sizes.

Program Title: Fiberglass Windows – A Sustainable Choice in Non-Residential and Multi-family Buildings ALA/CEP Credit: This article qualifies for 1.0 LUs/ HSW (health, safety, and welfare) of State Required Learning Units and may qualify for other LU requirements. (Valid through September 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. Thermoset materials are distinguished from thermoplastic materials in that they: a. can be re-melted. b. undergo an irreversible chemical reaction and do not soften or melt as they are reheated. c. contain PVC. d. are subject to sagging, especially on long spans.

2. All of the following are true EXCEPT: a. fiberglass composite withstands major impacts without deformation, especially in cold weather. b. fiberglass composite can handle a wide range of temperature extremes, withstanding heat up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and cold to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. c. fiberglass composite has a very low coefficient of expansion which is very similar to glass. d. fiberglass composites consume more embodied energy to produce when compared to aluminum and vinyl. 3. Fiberglass composite units are commonly found to be easy to install with low maintenance over the long term because: a. they are available in many sizes. b. they are assembled on site. c. they typically arrive on-site pre-assembled and pre-finished. d. they have good installation and maintenance manuals. 4. Of the different types of operable windows, which are generally most energy efficient? a. Single-hung windows b. Casement and awning windows c. Sliding windows d. Double-hung windows 5. Fixed frames do not have a sash which distinguishes them from fixed windows. a. True b. False

6. To determine the window opening size for typical punched opening installations: a. add 3/4" to frame width and height. b. allow 1/2” inch clearance on all sides. c. assume a perfectly tight fit. d. wait until the window units arrive and field measure. 7. Fiberglass storefront systems include a combination of windows that are designed to: a. resist wind loads. b. allow movement. c. provide adequate water management. d. all of the above. 8. The integral fin installation method successfully relies on: a. slip-in fins. b. mounting clips on the block frame. c. a continuous fiberglass fin or nailing flange that runs around the entire perimeter of the window unit. d. a receptor device. 9. In block frames with screw attachments, screws penetrate the frame, which works well in: a. stucco walls with little depth. b. solid masonry walls where there are no additional interior finishes besides the block masonry. c. Walls with interior trim to conceal the fasteners. d. none of the above. 10. Receptors are often used in multistory buildings requiring installation from the interior or when a more robust installation method is desired. a. True b. False

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ALACHAPTERS ALAMISSOURI The Missouri Chapter of the Association of Licensed Architects provides Architects in the St. Louis area with an easy to accommodate yet highly beneficial seminar series. The series is designed to provide the state required Learning Units for the entire year. We offer six seminars each year, each providing two Learning Units for a total of twelve per year. Seminars are held at The Masonry Institute of St. Louis (pictured below) which offers a state of the art lecture hall and a central location. Thanks Masonry Institute! "Our ‘prime directive’ guides us in selecting our seminar topics; No sales people and no boring topics. Only current issues that architects can take back to their offices and use that very day," says David Dial, Board President.

While we are still looking for new members and increased seminar attendance, our speakers, topics, and continue to receive high marks. And the best part is that we don’t have to worry about falling behind with our Learning Units. The seminar series is designed to provide the HSW and Accessibility LU’s that are required by several states. Our June seminar speaker was Gene Boecker, a Senior Project Consultant with the prestigious St. Louis based Code Consultants, Inc. Gene holds professional memberships in International Code Council (ICC), ICC Fire Safety Code

Committee, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), NFPA Technical Committee on Assembly Occupancies and Membrane Structures Missouri Association of Building Officials and Inspectors (MABOI), and Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). He is an International Code Council (ICC) Certified Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner as well. Our two hour session covered recent building code and accessibility changes. Discussions centered on changes between the 2009 IBC and the 2012 IBC including accessibility changes and the Federal 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

Our August seminar focused on Understanding the Energy codes. The seminar was titled Being Green without LEED. Everyone wanted to earn the ‘green’ learning units that this one offered. Green thinking and building has been going on for thousands of year. We learned of new products and techniques that we can all use to be smart about the environment but without the added stress and concern of achieving LEED certification. Our next seminar is Tuesday, October 9 on “What Architects Need to Know about Structural Code”. Please contact David Dial at david@dialarchitects.com or (314) 439-9353 if you would like to attend.


Wisconsin ALA Talks Wind, Downwind of Milwaukee’s New Turbine Carol L. Dorge, an Illinois attorney and Michael Coan, one of our ALA Board members and an architect in Wisconsin and Illinois, spoke about "Small Wind" at the Wisconsin ALA summer barbeque at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee, on August 16, 2012. Dorge and Coan are principals in North County Development Group, LLC, which is a dealer for Northern Power System 100 kW turbine and Bergey 10, 5 and 1 kW turbines. Dorge drafted the Model Small Wind Ordinance for the Illinois Wind Energy Association Small Wind Committee. Dorge and Coan are also members of the Small Wind Committee’s Executive Committee. They discussed finding the best wind resource-avoiding obstructions and turbulence-and siting, and an approach to

regulation and permitting for small wind turbines. Small wind (usually 100kW and smaller) users are not typically in the business of "wind," unlike large wind farms. Choosing the right turbine is important, with a focus on quiet, low maintenance operation. The speakers presented case studies. Conveniently, one of the Northern Power turbines is in operation at the Milwaukee Port Authority, close to the South Shore Yacht Club. The Northern Power 100 and the Bergey were highlighted, including their manufacturing in Vermont and Oklahoma. Other examples included a larger turbine in Toronto, called the largest "urban turbine" in North America.





May Program Duane Schantz of Woodworks with speaker Michael Marshall of StructureCraft Builders who shared his onsite knowledge of 5 innovative timber projects from the US and Canada.

Lisa Brooks of ALA, thanked both Cheryl Ciecko, ALA and Duane Schantz of Woodworks for sponsoring the May program.

Thank you to our "Day at the Races" Sponsors

www.illinoisbrick.com The nation’s leading brick distributor & masonry supplier. Contact Debbie McGlynn at (847) 635-6000.

www.carpentersunion.org Continuing education classes offered regularly. Contact Keith Jutkins at 312-787-3076 for details.

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The Ohio Chapter hosted an enthusiastic group in June for a morning of education followed by a tour of the Wexner Medical Center. Monika Stripka, P.E., LEED AP from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) presented two seminars at the Knowlton School of Architecture in Columbus. After the presentation portion of the program, attendees walked through the inspiring campus of Ohio State University to the construction site of the Wexner Medical Center. Many thanks to Pat Manley, President of ALA Ohio, for organizing such a unique and exceptional program. The first presentation reviewed the delicate balance between aesthetic and economic considerations for architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS). Monica explained methods needed to design, detail, fabricate and erect an AESSframed project and showed examples of ALA members and guests geared up for the tour of innovative projects the Wexner Medical Center. using AESS. After a break, we focused on the use of structural steel for healthcare projects nationwide. Monica explained the cycle of healthcare facilities and the specific challenges faced in building healthcare facilities due to equipment upgrades, changing patient care standards, and building expansions. The Wexner project is the 14th tallest healthcare facility in the US, and the 23rd tallest in the world. In hard hats and reflective vests, attendees took the construction elevator right to the top! We were very fortunate to have Bill Huber, Senior Project Superintendent for Turner Lend Lease and David Fuchs, Executive Director of the Medical Center Expansion Project Management Office as our tour guides. Some fun facts of the Wexner project provided by Turner Lend Lease: • 85,000 cubic yards of soil removed for the footprint of the building. A normal dump truck holds approx 8 cubic yards of soil. This equaled approx 9500 truck loads. • 12,000 tons of structural steel or 24 million pounds used for 10,200 columns and beams. The two heaviest columns, 2 levels tall in the basement weigh 29,800 lbs. (Note: The average OSU football team including players, coaches, and Tower cranes were installed trainers weigh in the 33,000 lb range. on the north and south side of the building. One column equals 90% of the team weight.) • Tower cranes were erected on the North and South side. It takes 30-45 minutes to climb up in the morning and about 15 minutes to climb down. If a lightening storm is approaching, it takes about 4 minutes to climb down. • Radiation Oncology vaults include 1,200 cubic yards of 250 lbs/cf of heavyweight concrete (normal concrete weighs in the 150 lbs/cf range). The 1,200 cubic yards weigh in at a staggering 8.1 million pounds. Watch for future Ohio Chapter events and we hope you will be able to join us.




ALA 14th Annual Architecture Conference and Product Show

Tuesday, October 16 Drury Lane Conference Center Oakbrook Terrace • Illinois • 60181

6.0 Learning Units 12 CEU Seminars 70+ Exhibitors KEYNOTE ADDRESS


Stanley Tigerman Principal of Tigerman McCurry Architects

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For Seminar Descriptions and Presenter Bios, go to www.alatoday.org

Conference Exhibitors (as of 9/5/12) Abatron, Inc. Airfloor Inc. Alcoa Architectural Products All About Access Amerimix Ameristar Fence Products Andersen Windows, Inc. ARC Imaging Resources Architectural Products Magazine Association of Licensed Architects Bella Citta Floors Cambridge Architectural CavClear/Archovations, Inc. Certain Teed CETCO Chicago Plastering Institute Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Chicagoland Roofing Council Cook County Lumber Cosella-Dorken Products, Inc. CPI Daylighting, Inc. Custom Building Products Daltile Doors For Builders, Inc. Dryvit/NexGen Building Supply Dupont Tyvek Fox Valley Associated General Contractors H.B. Fuller Construction Products Inc. Huber Engineered Woods Illinois Brick Company IMAGINiT Technologies Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies InPro Corporation International Leak Detection LP Building Products Leatherneck Hardware, Inc. LiveRoof, LLC Locinox USA M.G. Welbel & Associates Major Industries, Inc. Marvin Windows and Doors MasterGraphics, Inc. Maxxon Corporation Maze Nails Metl-Span Moen International Morin Corporation Mortar Net USA, Ltd. Northfield an Oldcastle Company NSG Group-Pilkington North America Passive House Alliance Chicago Pella Windows & Doors, Inc. PerMar Ltd. Pittco Architectural Metals, Inc. PPG Industries Prosoco, Inc. Rauch Clay Sales Corp. Raynor Garage Door Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc. SPEC MIX/QUIKRETE Chicago Stone Design, Inc. Tesko Custom Metal The Sherwin Williams Company TOTO USA Tremco Barrier Solutions Tubelite, Inc. Water Furnace International Weyerhaeuser Wojan Window & Door WoodWorks LICENSED ARCHITECT • VOL 16 NO. 3 • FALL 2012


SESSION II 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

SESSION I 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

2012 ALA Architecture Conference & Product Show A1 - HEALTHY WALLS - RAINSCREEN & VENTILATION


Jim O'Neill, Keene Building Products

Rick Pagano, Wojan Window and Door Corp. David Wytmar, AIA; Groundwork, Ltd.

This presentation will explore how a rainscreen wall system prevents moisture build-up within walls by providing a means for drainage and ventilation. Attendees will gain an overview of rainscreen principles, and learn how to incorporate a rainscreen system in a variety of applications including stucco, manufactured stone, siding, and masonry cavity walls.

This interactive session will provide an indepth overview of the 2008 AAMA NAFS Standards/Specification for windows, doors, and unit skylights. Learn how to specify product type for optimum building integrity, soundness and energy efficiency. Attendees will gain knowledge to help meet present needs without compromising future generations.

Sustainability requires durability, and the methods to achieve durability must respond to local conditions. The best examples of these methods are in the buildings around us - the ones that are successful, and the ones that are failing. This session takes a tour of local buildings and shows what we can learn about building better just by looking around.



1.5 LU/HSW




Monika Shripka P.E., LEED AP; AISC

Melissa Roberts, Euclid Insurance and Eric Singer, Ice Miller LLP

Norm Lach and Jim Zahn, Illinois Architecture Licensing Board; Eduardo Fernandez, Prosecutor; Roy Cepero, Investigator

Attendees will gain an understanding of the progression of the sustainability movement including a Life Cycle Assessment of structural framing and the sustainable attributes of structural steel. The sustainable design trend is consistent with the principles of integrated project delivery and BIM.

SESSION III 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM



Architects looking for new markets may be tempted to expand services to include the very different risks of Construction Management or GC work. Properly executed, such decisions can be rational and lucrative. But with bad contracts and the wrong insurance, an architect may be headed into bankruptcy. The presenters will discuss the risks and identify the contract and insurance tools for size XXL. 1.5 LU/CEU


One of the most common questions received by the Illinois Architecture Licensing Board is how to file a complaint with the Board. This knowledgeable panel will discuss the process of registering a design complaint with the Design Complaint Review Board...from how to register a complaint to review, investigation, informal hearing, recommendation and prosecution, if necessary. 1.5 LU

Keynote Address

"AURA - THE INEFFABLE IN ARCHITECTURE" by Mr. Stanley Tigerman, Principal of Tigerman McCurry Architects Illustrating with images of his own work as well as that of others from time immemorial, Tigerman delves into the creation of Aura - that inexplicable architectural essence that transports one into another dimension of being. Such images that illustrate Tigerman’s search for the ineffable might range from ancient monuments through modern museums as he probes secular as well as sacred texts and presents their architectural actualizations.


Robert Dazel, AIA, LEED GA; Dryvit Systems, Inc. This program will primarily focus on the use of Exterior Continuous Insulation (CI) through current and proposed model building code requirements. Both ‘prescriptive’ R-value and ‘performance’ U-factor target values specifically related to improved energy efficiency objectives will be discussed.

B3 - IMPROVING THE PERFORMANCE OF WOOD FRAMED STRUCTURES IN A TORNADO Shane Vilasineekul, P.E. Simpson Strong-Tie Researchers studying the performance of wood-frame structures damaged by tornado winds have identified several weak links in common framing techniques. Strengthening the areas identified in this presentation can drastically improve the structural performance of homes and increase their resiliency to withstand most tornadoes.


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Robert Stanton, Tom Harkins and Dan Buelow of WIllis A&E. Utilizing an actual catastrophic case of a building collapse which resulted in both property damage and bodily injury, this program will address the issues a design firm faces in avoiding exposures they may not have by contract, but take on when in the field. (The names have been changed to ensure confidentiality.)

Seminars qualify for ALA and State Required Continuing Education Learning Units. Programs noted above with a CEU designation are AIA registered. Some seminars may require Self-Reporting for AIA members. Certificates of Attendance will be handed out at the end of each seminar.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Schedule at a Glance

D1 - PRACTICES OF SUSTAINABLE DESIGN FOR HOMES 7:30 am – 8:00 am Registration/Continental Randy Straight, CertainTeed Breakfast 8:00 – 9:30provides am Session 1 of how This am course anSeminar extensive review 9:15 am – 4:00 pm Productdesign Show are applied the principles of sustainable 10:30 – 12:00ofpm Seminarand Session 2 to theam design new homes renovation projects. 12:00 NoonIn– addition, 1:00 pm relevant Lunch LEED for Homes credit pertaining to 1:00 pminformation – 2:30 pm on design Keynoteissues Address critical of Seminar the house and3key areas 3:30 pmcomponents – 5:00 pm Session will be provided. VENETIAN II

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Session I: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Jason La Fleur, Alliance for Environmental Sustainability

■ A1 ■ B1 ■ C1 ■ D1

Details of the new statewide IL Energy Code (IECC 2012) will be summarized and then attendees will learn how the new requirements align with various third-party certification programs such as: Energy Star for Homes, NAHB’s National Green Building Standard, LEED for Homes, and Passive House. The presenter will discuss what additional measures might (or might not) be required, adding value for your clients.


Healthy Walls - Rainscreen & Ventilation AAMA Window Standards/Specifications Drive by Forensics, or Learning by Looking Around Practices of Sustainable Design for Homes

Session II: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM ■ A2 ■ B2 ■ C2 ■ D2


Structures, Sustainability and Steel Architects Step into Contractor Liability, Size XXL Architecture Design Complaint Review Process Comparing 2012 IL Energy Code to Green Certification Programs

■ Keynote Address: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


"AURA - THE INEFFABLE IN ARCHITECTURE" Session III: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM ■ A3 ■ B3 ■ C3 ■ D3


Exterior Continuous Insulated Cladding for Energy Efficiency Improving the Performance of Wood Framed Structures in a Tornado Bench Design Study Case Universal Design REGISTRATION: Please select ONLY ONE package below


D3 - UNIVERSAL DESIGN Susanne Tauke, New American Homes and Beth Tauke, Assoc. Dean of Architecture at SUNY Buffalo Why is Universal Design the new focus in housing? How is it practiced? How much does it cost? This interactive seminar addresses concepts, guidelines, resources, challenges, and best practices of this movement as it applies to home design.


Complete Package (Includes morning and afternoon seminars, keynote, product show, continental breakfast and buffet lunch. After Oct. 9 Thru Oct. 9 ■ Member: ■ ALA ■ AIA ■ CSI $125 $140 ■ Non - Member $150 $170 ■ Student $55 $70 Product Show Only Packages ■ Product Show ■ Product Show & Buffet Lunch

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