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Good Harbor Bay Retreat Good Harbor Bay, MI Firm: DesRosiers Architects The client, a Michigan couple, agreed they wanted a Northern Michigan retreat but had different design styles in mind. She desired a cozy lakeside cottage, surrounded in glass with wide-open spaces. To meet both desires a pavilion concept was created. The cedar shakes, white wooden trim and an arch-styled window hint at New England roots, while the massive butt glass windows and rails make a definite contemporary statement. A seamless expanse of butt glass windows offers a breathtaking, panoramic view of Lake Michigan while the substantial, pavilion-style columns reinforce the cottage character. The traditional yet modern dichotomy continues throughout the home's interior where large open spaces flow into the next with the kitchen, dining, living and study areas being part of one large great room. Yet all these spaces are complemented by classic stone work and historic detailing including arched glass and porthole windows. The result is an award-winning home with timeless style and a harmonic design.

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ARTICLES How to Read the Codes


Few Good Options When One Party Refuses to Pay Its Share of the Arbitrator’s Fees

Guidelines on reading the building codes as written. by Kelly P. Reynolds, ALA Code Consultant

Guarding Accessbility

Some parties are refusing to pay the cost of arbitration. How to avoid this situation and what you can do. by Shawn E. Goodman, Sabo & Zahn, Attorneys at Law


Accessibility rules relating to fishing piers and recreational boating docks. by Kimberly Paalberg, RA, ICC

Residential Sages

The Principal’s Dilemma


by Robert Stanton, Willis A&E

Review key elements when evaluating older masonry wall systems and repair techniques by Timothy M. Crowe, ALA, SE, PE


This article addresses choices founders of small design firms face.

Helpful advice on how to approach residential projects and keep claims down.

Second Chances for Buildings: A Study of Nineteenth Century Masonry Enclosures



by Rena M. Klein, FAIA, RM Klein Consulting

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Reed Construction Data provides a forecast for the construction industry. by Bernard Markstein, Ph.D, US Chief Economist, Reed Construction Data

Continuing Education Article: 38 The ADA is More than Wheelchair Ramps: Meeting the ADA Compliance Changes for Assistive Listening Devices Earn 1.0 LU in HSW and learn about ADA regulations for Assistive Listening Systems. by Cory Schaeffer, CFP, Listen Technologies Corp.






This issue of Licensed Architect is a particularly full issue, featuring the following:

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

- Residential projects from 4 firms in 3 states. Take the time to review the work of your peers!

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- Student Merit Awards, 18 student merit awards from 15 universities. - The second article in a three-part series on small firm management by Rena Klein. This article is entitled "The Principal's Dilemma". Firm management, critical to the success of any firm, is a topic that the ALA intends to focus more on in the future. - A Continuing Education article on Assisted Listening Systems by Listen Technologies Corp. - A contributed article from Wiss, Janney on "Second Chances". This issue is focusing on Masonry. - The 2013 Annual Conference and Product Show information and conference schedule are included in this issue. This year’s show is on Tuesday, October 22nd

- PLUS, all of our regular articles and product information! Lastly, I have to mention this year’s Design Awards Banquet which is on Friday, November 8th at the Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights. The Metropolis Ballroom is a new venue for us and we are looking forward to a spectacular event with nearly 100 design award entries already in! Geoffrey Baer is once again our Emcee for the evening. The evening starts with cocktails and a display of all the entries followed by dinner and then the formal awards ceremony. We hope to see you there! Sincerely,

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How to Read the Codes nderstanding how to read, understand and interpret the building codes is an important part of designing buildings and code enforcement. A successful project is based on DESIGN, HARDWARE and CODES. The CODES are made up of three parts: The Criteria (Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, etc.), Mandatory Language (must and shall), and it is Enforceable by the ordinances and laws of the local and state government. STANDARDS are a Guideline, contain Permissive Language and are Non-Enforceable by themselves. They get their authority from the CODES. For example: The CODE may require fire sprinklers for a building due to issues such as life safety, fire and rescue access, probability of fire and property conservation. However it does not give the technical and engineering details for the system. The STANDARD gives

by Kelly P. Reynolds ALA Code Consultant

the design, hazard classification and design criteria. Also, it does not tell you when and where fire sprinklers are required - that is the responsibility of the CODE. The CODE is formatted into three sections. Each Chapter beings with Section "100" that are the general requirements. Section "200" are the technical definitions as they pertain to that Chapter. Section "300" are the specific requirements of that Chapter. Here are some points to remember when reading the code: ◆ Cherrypicking - Read the whole chapter first. Always consider the intent of the code. Do not just read until you find an answer you want without first checking for footnotes, exceptions and alternative methods. You may be surprised later when you find that what you read has other requirements or trade-offs.. ◆ And/or Details - The text may have the wording "and" meaning everything regarding in that subject are required. However, based on where the commas are, it may also mean "either, or".

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◆ Most Restrictive - The most restrictive requirements may not apply to your situation. There are general and specific requirements. They take precedence out the general requirements. ◆ Reference Standards - They are in the Appendix of the CODE and do not apply unless they are specifically referenced in the Chapter text.. When there is a conflict between the CODE and the STANDARD requirements, the CODE always applies. ◆ Over Design - You may design features that are not required for this project. Such as "panic hardware” for all exit doors (only required when more than 50 people for A, E and all High Hazard and some electrical rooms). Or “Exit signs” in rooms that only have one exit (required only when two exits are required, or more than 50 people). In conclusion, read the code as written, not as you want it to be. Consider the intent, interpretation and application for your specific project. It will save you costly mistakes and much frustration.

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"Guarding" Accessibility by Kimberly Paarlberg, RA, ICC

uards are required in the International Building Code® (IBC) when a walking surface is located more than 30 inches above an adjacent floor or ground surface. Due to concerns about the possible manipulation of grade to avoid guards, or safety concerns when the grade slopes away swiftly, the 30-inch height difference is measured 36 inches away from the edge of the walking surfaces. In an outdoor environment, guards are typically required along a deck surface and at least a portion of the sides of steps or ramps between the grade and the deck. An illustration of how to measure this can be found in the 2012 IBC Commentary, Figure 1013.2(2), featured below. A guard is not just the top horizontal railing of a barrier. It is important to remember a guard is the entire vertical element that minimizes the possibility of a fall. The required minimum height of 42 inches is based on an adult male’s center of gravity. The 4-inch opening limitation is based on the size of a child’s head. The result is an element where children will not fall through, and adults will not fall over. Not all barriers are considered required guards. If someone wants to put up a barrier of some type where a guard is not required, that barrier does not have to meet the minimum height and opening limitations of a guard. While not required, a good designer would typically use the guard force requirements (Sections 1013.2 and 1607.8) to construct a barrier to reduce the chance of failure from someone leaning or falling against it. The code does not specifically address where guards are required when a walking surface moves over water. This situation is typically a fishing or boat pier. However, some communities also have pier areas that have become community centers of activity: Navy Pier in Chicago; Historical Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas; Pier 39 in San Francisco; and Pier 60 in Clearwater, Fla., just to name a few. With the idea of doing some research on this issue, I approached members of the Department of Natural Resources and some code officials in communities with heavy activity near the water. None that I talked to thought the 30-inch change in elevation should be strictly applied when the walking surface was adjacent to water. The consensus was that the need for a guard depended on the use of the pier, the height above water, and the speed and depth of the water. Where a guard should be required along water should be addressed on a case-by-case basis.



The 2010 ADA Standard for Accessible Design (2010 ADA) has added criteria for accessibility related to fishing piers and recreational boat docks. These same provisions are mirrored in the 2009 ICC A117.1, Sections 1103 and 1105. The accessibility provisions in both documents do not require guards along recreational boating docks or fishing piers. In locations where guards are required, the 2010 ADA and the A117.1 recognize this is an important general safety issue. The provisions for lowering a portion of the barrier along a fishing pier is required only when this system is a barrier; not when it is a required guard (Exception to A117.1 Section 1105.2.1). Edge protection is an option for recreational boating docks and fishing piers. This curb may increase safety along the edge or the dock to prevent someone from slipping off the edge, similar to the edge protection on a ramp. However, along recreational boarding



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Some communities also have pier areas that have become community centers of activity. Pictured from top left clockwise: Navy Pier in Chicago; Historical Pleasure Pier in Galveston, Texas; Pier 39 in San Francisco; and Pier 60 in Clearwater, Fla.

docks, so that edge protection doesn’t become a barrier for either persons with mobility impairments transferring to a boat or for everyone using the boat and the dock, the size of the edge protection is limited to 4 inches maximum in height and 2 inches maximum in width (Exception 2 to A117.1 Section 1103.3.2). While not strictly guards, the IBC includes requirements for safety barriers to enclose a pool area. IBC Section 1109.13 Exception 7 (and IBC Sections 1008.1.9.2 and 3109.4.1.7 and 2010 ADA Section 404.2.7 Exception 2) specifically allow for these locks to be above the typical accessible reach range (i.e., 54 inches maximum instead of 48, inches maximum). This is to help alleviate concerns of children possibly reaching these devices. The 54-inch

maximum height is consistent with the upper side reach range in the 1991 ADAAG and what is permitted in A117.1 (Exception to Section 308.3.1) for existing operable parts not be altered. Accessibility provisions in the IBC, A117.1 and the 2010 ADA recognize there may be situations where safety concerns are the controlling factor. So let’s get everyone out there to enjoy that swim in the pool, that favorite fishing spot or a day out on the boat. Hope everyone has a fun and safe time! This article originally appeared in the June 2013 issue of the Building Safety Journal Online, copyright International Code Council, and is reprinted with permission.


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Residential Sages by Robert Stanton, Willis A&E

Albert Einstein one time defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." ne could argue that is the basis for the lost history that has faced the design community in dealing with residential projects over the past several years. A major Architects and Engineers Liability insurance carrier advised that for every dollar a design professional collects to do a project, the carrier was paying four dollars in claims and expenses. We keep on approaching them the same way and are stunned when the process server or the mailman walk in the door with the complaint in hand. If a firm is to survive working in the residential area it needs to rethink the way it approaches these problems. Let’s take our clues from our friends from the past. Changing our views on residential projects: "Nothing endures but change."- Heraclitus. Many people, even when considering single family dwellings differentiate between residential and commercial projects. Some believe this view is what leads to problems for designers. With the demand for innovation and complexity, even in single family homes as far as the different operating systems are concerned, the designer must change its perspective on how to approach the project. No matter how simple the project appears to be, each one should be viewed as if it is a commercial project. Meeting client expectations: "Spare no expense to save money on this."-Samuel Goldwyn. Frequently with residential projects the client’s appetite is bigger than their stomachs. If you sense their desires are unrealistic, you need to get them back in line according to what you believe is the client’s budget. If there are multiple "owners" to project, make sure all of them have been involved in the discussion on expectations before proceeding. This is especially true on single-family dwellings. Frequently claims are received by designers because one of the owners acts as the front person while the other stays in the background and then later comes in to disagree with what has been addressed. Agreement by all stakeholders should be obtained before venturing too far into the project. "Listen if you want to be heard."- John Wooden. You may be

the expert in the field of architecture and design, but the client is the expert in what he or she wants. Contracts: "A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on."- Samuel Goldwyn. Do not begin work unless you have a contract in place. If a contract is still being negotiated, have standard terms and conditions you can use until the contract is ready. These terms and conditions can be communicated to the client with an indication the work will be done under this contract until the actual one is executed. Another contract issue: "I read part of it all the way through."Samuel Goldwyn. If you get an owner drafted contract, read it carefully since it will be laden with potential coverage and risk management issues. Make sure you get help when needed, either from your insurance broker or an attorney. Communication and Documentation: "Integrity becomes inconvenient in the face of reality."- Mark Twain. Frequently on projects and especially residential projects, the clients seem to forget when they insisted on the "extras" that now have become a budgetary issue. In one instance we had a married couple whose kids were now out of the roost. The couple decided to do work on the house and part of the scope was to remodel the kitchen to make it "world class." Both partners agreed, but when the bills came due they were less than happy, and sued for fees. Had the designer not had in his file the clients’ signatures on a document memorializing their desires, the exposure could have be significant. The bottom line on communication and documentation: "If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"- John Wooden. In today’s world it seems as though everything is immediate. Commercials talk about 3G vs 4G on phones, and how thousandths of a second can be cut doing the things we need to do. That’s all well and good, but it seems more prudent take your time to do things the right way. I struggle (Continued on page 12)



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with the new philosophy I heard business experts espouse today when they say "Fast and right is best. Fast and wrong is second best." Really? I would’ve thought that within reason, right would be the only real consideration. The bottom line is that too many of us rush to give answers to questions just to get on to the next thing. As John Wooden says, "Be quick, but don’t hurry." Claims flow from this philosophy as does the failure to properly document. Again, 85% of claims against design professionals seem to come from failure to meet client expectations while $0.80 on the dollar is spent on failure to properly document. Take the time to do the work right the first time. Attention to details: "It’s little details that are vital. Little details make big things happen."-John Wooden. It must always be remembered that the client will be living in the project. Therefore, listening closely to not only what the client says, but how they say it is vitally important. In one instant a client mentioned how as a child she loved waking up to the smell from the kitchen when her mother made breakfast on the weekends. The design of the stairway to the second floor did not allow for the kitchen smells to make it upstairs. The owner was so upset that an engineer was hired and went through the whole house looking for problems. What was a seemingly insignificant issue blew up into a significant claim because of missing that one little point.

"Listen if you want to be heard." John Wooden The final word: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."- Aristotle. In order to be successful in venturing back into the world of residential projects, it is vitally important to closely track the owners’ hopes and expectations and achieve consistency in our quest for excellence in the performance of our duties on the project. Listen to for the subtle hints of things that make the difference between the a happy client and a claim. Let the contract reflect the discussions of those hopes and expectations. Sometimes the contract can be used as an opportunity to educate the client on your role on the project. Our philosophy is a mediocre contract resulting from a lot of dialogue between designer and client is better than a good contract with no dialogue. From a personal perspective, "I'm less interested in why we're here. I'm wholly devoted to while we're here. - Erika Harris.

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Second Chances for Buildings A Study of Nineteenth Century Masonry Enclosures by Timothy M. Crowe, ALA, SE, PE

enovation and adaptive reuse projects create opportunities to take advantage of the value and character of older buildings and give them a new life. These may be historically significant buildings or simply older structures that are experiencing material serviceability issues. Renovating and repurposing these buildings can come with significant challenges. Older structures typically have experienced some exterior envelope deterioration over time, which can be challenging to repair. In buildings constructed during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the exterior wall system commonly includes brick and stone masonry, often as the majority of the wall cladding. Lack of proper maintenance, inappropriate past repairs, and modern code and energy performance requirements create further hurdles when trying to revitalize masonry buildings from this period. Many different masonry assemblies with unique properties have been used in construction over time. Therefore, there is no single method to remediate all of these assemblies. The weathering characteristics and durability of the masonry systems must be considered as restoration/renovation approaches are developed. The following are some key elements to be addressed when evaluating older masonry wall systems and repair techniques.

• Mortar in masonry construction. The condition of the mortar greatly affects the masonry performance. Lack of maintenance resulting in open mortar joints can contribute to extensive deterioration of masonry walls, and use of inappropriate repointing mortars can also cause distress. For repointing or rebuilding, the repair mortar should be compatible with the adjacent masonry to avoid stress concentrations in the masonry units.

• Overall condition of the masonry or stone units. This is largely influenced by the climate at the building location. Freeze-thaw cycling can cause delamination and cracking of stone and brick units. Also, the orientation of bedding planes can affect the durability of the stone units in service.

• Anchorage of the exterior masonry to the structure or back-up material. The masonry cladding must be properly engaged to ensure that the wall performs adequately and the structure is stable.

• Water penetration resistance of the exterior surface of the masonry. Water penetration can increase the potential for deterioration, as well as cause interior water leakage and damage to interior finishes. Some portions of the building may be more susceptible to water penetration into the walls (e.g., ledges and water tables). Deficiencies in window and roof systems may also contribute to water penetration.

• Additional irregularities such as voids, penetrations, and embedded metals also influence the behavior of the exterior wall assembly. The range of issues that need to be considered in repairing and restoring older masonry is extensive, and varies for each structure. The following examples illustrate two repair approaches to address stone durability issues in historic exterior wall systems. In particular, the use of consolidants (stone strengtheners) and replacement stone materials is discussed. (continued on page 18)



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Few Good Options When One Party Refuses to Pay Its Share of the Arbitrator’s Fees

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

rbitration rules commonly provide that the costs of arbitration, which can be substantial, be split equally by the parties. For example, Rule 54(b) of the Construction Industry Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) provides that absent “an agreement of the parties otherwise, . . . each party shall share equally in the compensation of the arbitrator, subject to reapportionment in the final award.” AIA contracts, of course, typically contemplate “arbitration which, unless the parties mutually agree otherwise, shall be administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules in effect on the date of this Agreement.”1 Splitting the hourly fee of an arbitrator, let alone a panel of arbitrators, which can run $500.00 an hour or more, is fair and reasonable, and most parties, if they agreed by way of their contract to arbitrate, have no objection to doing so. However, increasingly and as a strategy maneuver, some parties are flat out refusing to pay, which raises some thorny problems for those on the other side. If you are one of those parties on the other side, the question of what to do is, rightly or wrongly, thrown into your lap. One option might be to go running into court to ask a judge to order the opposition to pay. There is some very limited authority which indicates that a court can do just that: order an obstinate party to do what it agreed to do and pay one-half of the arbitration expenses.2 However, the prevailing view, i.e., that courts have no power to order a nonpaying party to live up to its obligation to pay the arbitrator, is the opposite.3 Another option might be simply to ignore the arbitration obligation altogether and pursue litigation in court. This position maintains that, by refusing to pay, the other side has waived its right to arbitrate. Again, there is some limited authority in support of this theory.4 However, even if successful, all this would mean is that the arbitration clause would have effectively been written out of the contract. Presumably, if you are a party that “opted in,” and preferred arbitration to litigation, this option is not altogether attractive either. You might try raising the issue with the arbitrator, as opposed to going running into court. After all, if the contract provided for arbitration as the dispute resolution procedure agreed to by the parties, that would only seem logical. However, this also is no guarantee of success, and carries with it its own attendant risks.



Some courts consider any disclosure to the arbitrator that a party has not paid that arbitrator’s fees as grounds either to stay the arbitration or even vacate or challenge the confirmation of an award entered by the arbitrator on grounds of bias.5 Nevertheless, the latest version of the AAA rules does allow for an aggrieved party to seek the help of the arbitrator in the event of nonpayment by the other side. Rule 56(b) states: Upon receipt of information from the AAA that payment for administrative charges or deposits for arbitrator compensation have not been paid in full, to the extent the law allows, a party may request that the arbitrator issue an order directing what measures might be taken in light of a party’s non-payment. Such measures may include limiting a party’s ability to assert or pursue their claim. In no event, however, shall a party be precluded from defending a claim or counterclaim. The arbitrator must provide the party opposing a request for such measures with the opportunity to respond prior to making any such determination. In the event that the arbitrator grants any request for relief which limits any party’s participation in the arbitration, the arbitrator shall require the party who is making a claim and who has made appropriate payments, to submit such evidence as the arbitrator may require for the making of an award.

This sounds good in theory, but is less so in reality. In most cases, the nonpaying party did not file a claim or counterclaim and therefore this represents no threat to them. Even if they did, in accordance with the rule, they cannot be “precluded from defending a claim or counterclaim.” Thus, they would fully be able to defend themselves from any claim filed against them, even though not a dime of the fees of the arbitrator hearing the case would have to be paid by them. If you’re wondering who would have to pay the refusing party’s half, the answer is you. That’s right. When one party refuses to pay, AAA notifies the other side and offers the paying party the chance to pay twice, and for the duration of the case. The rules even provide for this. Rule 56(a) states: “If arbitrator compensation or administrative charges have not been paid in full, the AAA may so inform the parties in order that one of them may advance the required payment.” Talk about adding insult to injury. What happens if you balk at having to pay twice as much to arbitrate simply because your opponent refuses to live up to its contract obligations? Well, that likely means the end of the road for your case. Rule 56(c) states: “Upon receipt of information from the AAA that full payments have not been received, the arbitrator, on the arbitrator’s own initiative, may order the suspension of the arbitration. If no arbitrator has yet been appointed, the AAA may suspend the proceedings.” Rule 56(d), meanwhile, takes it a step further: “If arbitrator’s compensation or administrative fees remain unpaid after a determination to suspend an arbitration due to nonpayment, the arbitrator has the authority to terminate the proceedings. Such an order shall be in writing and signed by the arbitrator.” Now you can see why parties defending an arbitration proceeding have every incentive figuratively to put their feet up on the desk and refuse to pay a dime to arbitrate, even though they signed contracts which require them to do so. Not only is there virtually no downside to refusing to pay, but there is a very real upside in that it requires you, as the party trying to obtain an award in arbitration, to really take a hit in the pocketbook. Arbitration can be expensive, tens of thousands or more, even when both parties pay. When one of them does not, and the other has to pay twice as much, the costs can be downright exorbitant. What’s more, if you decline to shoulder your opponent’s obligation to pay its share, your claim is likely to be dismissed and you will be left out in the cold. It is, for the defending party, a slippery but effective strategy. Put simply, all of the avenues currently available to a party put in the position described above are insufficient. A court is not likely to get involved, treating the matter as more suited to the arbitration process to which the parties agreed. Even if a court is willing to get involved, you are now being forced to litigate, contrary to the terms of your contract which opted for arbitration in lieu of litigation. Under the arbitration rules, meanwhile, there is some bark, but frankly very little bite for a party refusing to pay, and arbitration respondents are beginning to figure this out. The instances of defending parties refusing to pay an arbitrator to hear the claims of their opposing, claiming parties are only going to increase as word of the effectiveness of this approach spreads. So, what’s a design professional who desires alternative dispute resolution to do? There really is only one good answer to that question. This issue must be considered in advance, at the time the contract is drafted. If you want to avoid court and have any disputes resolved by arbitration instead, then it is important that the arbitration provision in the contract include terms governing what happens if one party refuses to pay. Furthermore, those

terms need to have some real teeth in them. For example, if the contract sets forth that any party which fails to pay its share of the expenses of arbitration will be defaulted, and an award may be entered without that party’s ability to be heard, then an otherwise nonexistent downside is thereby created for that party. If it insists on not paying, then it will lose, and likely lose big time, period. In the absence of such language, the architect that files an arbitration demand to recover its fee from a nonpaying client could be faced with the prospect either of having to pay two times as much just to see the process through or, even worse, having the proverbial door to arbitration slammed in its face, and its claim literally shut down without the benefit of a hearing. An attorney familiar with arbitration should be consulted in drafting such language at the outset of the project. The latest AIA contracts also require the parties to “opt in” to arbitration by providing a check box for it, as well as its alternatives, “Litigation in a court of competent jurisdiction” and “Other (Specify)[.]”


Siegel v. All My Sons of Connecticut, 2009 Conn. Super. LEXIS 1029 (April 13, 2009).


Lifescan v. Premier Diabetic Servs., 363 F.3d 1010 (9th Cir. 2004); Dealer Computer Servs. v. Old Colony Motors, 588 F.3d 884 (5th Cir. 2009).



Cinel v. Barna, 206 Cal. App. 4th 1383 (2012).


Grendi v. LNL Constr. Mgmt., 175 A.D.2d 775 (1st Dept. 1991); Coty v. Anchor Constr., 2003 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 13 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2003). Shawn E. Goodman • SABO & ZAHN, LLC 401 North Michigan Ave. • Suite 2050 • Chicago, Illinois 60611 (312) 655-8620 • Fax: (312) 655-8622 Website: www.sabozahn.com • Email: sgoodman@sabozahn.com



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Figure 1. West elevation of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Chicago, Illinois, built in 1885. Figure 2. Close-up view of representative sandstone deterioration. Note the scaling and delamination of the stone material.

The Epiphany Episcopal Church, constructed in 1885 (Figure 1), was designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Burling & Whitehouse. The building has load bearing exterior masonry walls with Lake Superior red sandstone as the exterior wythe on the primary elevations and common brick on the alley and less prominent elevations. The building, with its Richardsonian Romanesque architectural detailing, is a contributing structure to a local historic landmark district. Years of deferred maintenance resulted in water infiltration and distress to the building enclosure. Apart from roofing and window maintenance aspects of the project, which were critical in addressing moisture issues, the sandstone cladding was severely deteriorated. An investigation was performed including inspection openings, as well as petrographic and chemical analyses of the mortar and stone to identify properties of the existing masonry components. In several locations, the sandstone was face-bedded in the wall (with the natural bedding planes of the stone parallel to the face of the wall) and the stone was experiencingextensive surface scaling and delamination, as shown in Figure 2. Weakening of masonry supports subjected to lateral roof loads resulted in wall movements over time that also created



instabilities in the roof structure. Many of the stone units had lost surface material in excess of 2 inches of depth as a result of this deterioration. Detailed carving also was affected. It was clear that further deterioration was inevitable unless appropriate remediation efforts were implemented to enhance the masonry’s durability. In keeping with the guidelines of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation, similar sandstone materials were researched for the repairs and replacement units. Stone materials were considered for aesthetic match as well as for performance characteristics. Unfortunately, stone material was not readily available as the Lake Superior red sandstone quarries were no longer operational and salvaged stone units from different suppliers proved to be cost prohibitive without yielding significant improvement in performance. Restoration efforts for this cladding included rebuilding deteriorated areas using salvaged sandstone material from unexposed areas of the building. However, there was an inadequate supply of salvaged units to replace all of the deteriorated stone. More durable granite in a color similar to the original sandstone was selected to replace the sandstone copings, while severely deteriorated units were discarded and intact sandstone coping units were redressed and utilized elsewhere on the facades (as wall units).The composition of the existing mortar was identified to provide information for design of a repointing mortar mix. To improve the long term durability of the existing sandstone, consolidants were evaluated as a final resort. In preservation projects it is desirable to use reversible remediation techniques, so that remediation measures may be altered if more suitable approaches are identified in the future. The use of consolidants is not reversible. However, based on the investigation findings, the existing stone material was not appropriate for the given environment, face bedding of stone units exacerbated the rate of deterioration, and if deterioration was permitted to continue at the previous rate, the building was in danger of being lost. Several samples were obtained from representative units, and varied applications of consolidant, (penetrating treatments with silicic ethyl esters, with and without water repellent additives) were evaluated. Freeze-thaw testing and petrographic analysis of (continued on page 32)

Figure 3. Front elevation of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, built in 1896.



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Magnificent Lakefront Contemporary This 10,000 sqft 5 bedroom residence represents the finest in warm contemporary architecture. The dramatic front entrance courtyard leads to the expansive sky lit cantilevered entrance. The four-level home contains many unique exterior and interior features: two upper level bedroom suites with private sitting rooms, glass floor bridge, concealed study cabinet door that leads to the master closet, his and hers master bath rooms, guest apartment, lower level theatre area plus sophisticated bar and full kitchen, dressing rooms, and exterior kitchen. All overlook the gracious "negative edge" swimming pool with the water surface blending with the lake beyond.

Good Harbor Bay Retreat The client, a Michigan couple, agreed they wanted a Northern Michigan retreat but had different design styles in mind. She desired a cozy lakeside cottage, surrounded in glass with wide-open spaces. To meet both desires a pavilion concept was created. The cedar shakes, white wooden trim and an arch-styled window hint at New England roots, while the massive butt glass windows and rails make a definite contemporary statement. A seamless expanse of butt glass windows offers a breathtaking, panoramic view of Lake Michigan while the substantial, pavilion-style columns reinforce the cottage character. The traditional yet modern dichotomy continues throughout the home's interior where large open spaces flow into the next with the kitchen, dining, living and study areas being part of one large great room. Yet all these spaces are complemented by classic stone work and historic detailing including arched glass and porthole windows. The result is an award-winning home with timeless style and a harmonic design.



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Picturesque Pine Lake Residence The clients wish was simple: a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home with harmonizing outdoor spaces where he could entertain. The cantilevered portico protects the Brazilian granite floor as it slips inside the home interior. Contrasting cantilevers are juxtaposed from the roof line, capturing the character of Prairie-styled detailing. The cement tile stepped Bermuda-style roof appears to float as high bronzed windows wrap the perimeter of the residence. The three tiered fascia is made of western clear cedar. The exterior Fond-Du-Lac stone is laid in random ashlar pattern capped in smooth limestone which completes the façade. The stone walls and soffits are highlighted by recessed LED ground up-lights, which highlight the architectural details.

Lake Michigan Getaway This northern Lake Michigan residence living room is truly a "Living Room," anyone who enters is immediately awe struck by the uninterrupted view of one of the most beautiful areas in the United States (as voted by "Good Morning America" in 2011). The large 7’x10’ bronze tinted insulated butt glass windows span 35’ and are bowed out toward the lake. The overall feeling is like being at the bridge of a large expansive luxury ocean liner. The interior architecture was designed to gracefully complement all that nature has already created. With natural Wisconsin Fond-DuLac stone walls quarried from across the lake, Brazilian mahogany floors, stepped mahogany trimmed ceilings, charcoal grey granite counter tops, with ribbon cut mahogany cabinets, all materials represent another gift from "Mother Nature". This living space was designed to soothe and relax all who visit this special place.

Gorgeous Glass-floored Living Emperador light marble runs throughout the main floor, creating seamless transitions between rooms. A two-story masonry wall of split-faced, hand-chipped crème Fond--Du-Lac limestone provides height and counterbalances the marble expanse. A residential pool was designed to be the primary focal point of this residence. As one walks from the foyer into the living room, they will catch a glimpse of the pool below through the 4’x4’ square glass floor panel beneath a 5’x5’ glass table centered at the sofa. At the rear of the living room, the marble floor ends but a glass floor continues for an additional 4-feet allowing guests to stand directly over the pool below. The concept is reminiscent of the Grand Canyon Skywalk or the Sears Tower "The Ledge" providing a unique experience for a residential home.



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Morgante-Wilson Architects, Ltd. is where innovative design and client needs meet. Residential and commercial work expresses client wishes, while reflecting wisdom of architecture’s vast possibilities. Trust is the best building foundation and the firm’s hallmark is clients who are actively involved in the creative process. Morgante-Wilson, with a network of trusted partners, is committed to interpreting faithfully each client’s functional prerequisites and stylistic dreams, from initial client meeting through ribbon cutting. The firm’s work has been featured in an array of noteworthy publications. For the past several years, Chicago magazine has included Morgante-Wilson as one of the top 25 architecture firms. The Chicago Tribune, Architecture, Metropolitan Review, Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Beautiful Homes, Traditional Home, Beautiful New Homes, Inspired House, Midwest Home Chicago and Weekend Homes have recognized the firm. Projects have been featured in several books on architecture and design such as Sarah Susanka’s Home by Design, City Homes, Kid Spaces and Home by Design and on the HGTV "Before and After" series. Morgante-Wilson projects have been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago Architectural Foundation and the Chicago Athanaeum. Celebrating 26 years in business, the firm’s commitment to community, the profession, to civic improvement and academic endeavors is unwavering. In addition to serving several universities and philanthropic concerns, Morgante-Wilson’s work with the City of Chicago, Village of Wilmette and many community organizations has initiated and maintained development standards and guidelines and reflects the far-reaching impact of architecture.

Modern Meets Arts and Crafts The desire for a definitive architectural statement, the ability to accommodate large casual gatherings and an interaction between indoors and outdoors was the clients’ request.

Photographed by: Hedrich Blessing

This lot size forced a vertical solution to capture the maximum square footage allowance for this growing family. The use of a creative, light and open plan became essential to provide simultaneously large connecting open space to aid entertaining and more private intimate space to allows for solitary comfort in its natural setting. The projects’ natural materials, details and finishes counterbalance the generous window fenestrations providing a dynamic play between exterior and interior space. Finishing the house is a strong horizontal overhang that mediates the line between the structure and the sky. Despite the limited lot size and allowable floor area ratio this project achieves all its goals: A dramatic street presence and a volumetric interior space that creates a dialogue between the interior and exterior.



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Lakeside Villa This vacation home was designed to embrace the dramatic lake setting and offers a comfortable retreat with an open floor plan that encourages entertaining /outdoor recreation. A smooth curve used in the home's beach elevation provides a stunning lake view from all interior rooms. A wooden trellis with tree trunk columns on the rear terrace accentuates the curve of the house while creating an outdoor space to enjoy lake views. The curved exterior is transferred to the interior with a dynamic play of curves on floors, walls and soffits which delineate the different spaces. An interior stone wall provides contrast to the expansive window openings throughout the house while also adding some warmth, texture, color and anchoring the home to its natural site. The open kitchen follows the curve of the home and creates a center point to sever the entertaining areas. Second floor houses the bedrooms and a personal office.

Photographed by: Michael Robinson Photography

Shingle Style This Shingle style residence on the North Shore was built for a couple with four growing children. With the family’s increasingly active lifestyle in mind, the house was designed to be a place for family fun and relaxation. Their lifestyle encouraged an open, casual design. The plan is organized by a central double helix stair which connects and organizes the whole house. In front of the house is the foyer, library, and dining room. The back of the house is an open plan to accommodate a modern lifestyle, an oversized kitchen, family room, breakfast room and home office.

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Custom Residence Barrington Hills, IL Completed in 2009, this custom stone and stucco residence is approximately 12,000 square feet and includes a 6 stable barn. The barrel vaulted living room is enhanced with limestone columns and groin ribs.

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Destiny Villa Great River, Montego Bay, Jamaica This 6,000 square foot Villa is situated 600 feet above the Caribbean Sea and was designed to capture the 240 degree views of undeveloped mountain valley and sea views. The three Guest Suites as well as the Master Suite were designed with exposure on three sides to allow for cross-ventilation to alleviate the need for air conditioning.

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Silent Waters Montego Bay, Jamaica This Villa, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, is composed of 12 individual structures in a tropical garden setting. Five Guest Suites surround the center core with the Master Suite surrounded by terraced ponds and a swimming pool. The Main Pavilion has glass pocket doors stored behind masonry panels.

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Wade Weissmann Architecture, Inc. is a nationally recognized boutique architecture firm, with an intimately-sized staff, artists, and architects. Surprisingly located in the quaint village of Brown Deer near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we collaborate with clients on projects across the United States and Europe. Our work spans residential projects, equestrian estates, luxury cabins, master planning, and commercial design. We believe that architecture is ultimately about elevating our clients’ lives. From the smallest haven at the water’s edge to a gracious, rolling estate designed to welcome generations of family gatherings, we believe architecture – and the process of developing architecture–should be a rewarding and lifeenhancing experience. Wade, the principal and owner of Wade Weissmann Architecture, Inc., seeks to recapture the spirit and craftsmanship of the great residential architects of the early 20th century. He believes that the work of a master architect should exemplify the highest level of craftsmanship. His firm has carved out a niche for clients desiring heirloom homes and estates worthy of being passed down from generation to generation.

Garden Folly This clients’ home is in an area filled with mature estates that are built in the tradition of Georgianinspired architecture and the Garden Folly is no exception. The folly’s program consists of one gracious room with multiple functions, including study, media room, dining room, and gathering room.

Photos: Wiff Harmer Photography



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Photo: David Bader Photography (interior shots) Edmund Photography (exterior shots)

Deerwood Studios is a true gem, situated in the Village of Brown Deer, Wisconsin. The studio spans over 21,000 square feet and is finished with unique materials including end-grain white oak, dark walnut, antique cut limestone, spalted-maple floors, and reclaimed timber doorways. Deerwood is home to Wade Weissmann Architecture Inc. and Peabody’s Interiors; a high-end interior design studio.

Big Cedar Shingle Style Sited as bookends across an expansive lawn that pours down to the water’s edge, the main home is balanced by a guest house that complements, without mimicking, the main house. A series of social spaces define much of the main floor, from a window-lined gathering room to a large living kitchen and a gracious screened porch.

Photos: Russell Ingram Photography






The Principal’s Dilemma by Rena M. Klein, FAIA

Are you the founder of a small design firm that has been in business for ten to twelve years? If so, you are at a moment of decision, a turning point. This moment in your firm’s life cycle would be the same in any economy, but it is especially critical during a period of economic recovery. n a nutshell, the decision you are faced with is this: Do you want to grow your firm – bigger projects, more staff, more capacity, or are you content with its current size and capabilities? You might be thinking that growth is not worth the effort, that it is impossible to grow your firm in this economic climate. For some firms, in some regions, that may actually be true. However, if you really want it and apply your creative abilities, a myriad of strategies and actions can be developed for almost any situation. If not, that’s fine too, but know that not growing needs to be a conscious decision that also takes planning. If you decide you want to grow your firm, it is likely that you can position yourself to make more moneyover time. But in order to grow your firm, and make more money, you will have to let go of some control. So the real question is, are you willing to do that? According to Harvard researcher Noam Wasserman, most entrepreneurs go into business seeking both wealth and control. Entrepreneurial architects are more likely to say they want better pay and more opportunity to design. But whether they admit it or not, many firm owners do covet their autonomy and control. In his 2008 article, "The Founder’s Dilemma," and 2012 book by the same name, Wasserman reports on a decade of research involving hundreds of American start-ups. His findings show that as a business grows, it inevitably outgrows the skills, energy, and resources of the founder. Basically, Wasserman has discovered that most entrepreneurs eventually must choose between "making a lot of money or running the show."

Wealth or Control While letting go of control may lead to greater return on investment, many founders find this to be extremely difficult. As explained by Wasserman, "The founder creates the organizational culture, which is an extension of his or her style, personality, and preferences. From the get-go, employees, customers, and business partners identify start-ups with their founders, who take great pride in their founder-cum-CEO status. New ventures are usually labors of love for entrepreneurs, and they become emotionally attached to them, referring to the business as "my baby" and using similar parenting language without even noticing." Anecdotally, most founders of design firms seem just as attached to what they have created as the CEO’s in Wasserman’s study. Wasserman also reports that entrepreneurs tend to be overly optimistic about their potential for success. Many entrepreneurs believe that they are the only ones that are capable of running their company, even when there is contrary evidence over time. Architects and designers are particularly susceptible to this belief since they often build their reputation on a unique talent, ability, or style. The research also shows that founders are willing to work with uncommon dedication at start-up - 51 percent of founders earned less than at least one employee, even if they shared comparable backgrounds. According to Wasserman, founders come to a point where they must give up some control in order to grow their business. For a single principal/owner of a design firm that point usually comes when the firm has grown to beyond seven or eight employees. Beyond that number, it (continued on page 30)



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is likely to become overwhelming and unsustainable for the principal. In order to grow, founders need additional managerial and "rain-making" capacity from experienced employees, or new partners, or experienced employees who become new partners. In order to acquire this additional capacity, firm owners must share control. Wasserman calls this the "rich versus king" trade-off and finds that founders who share control with others build a more valuable company and are better compensated than those who don’t.

may also be the opportunity for larger, more diverse projects and for expansion based on capabilities beyond those of the founder. Firms that embrace second-generation leadership have the potential to create financial and social equity beyond the firm’s formerly established reputation, core competency and revenue stream. Firms such as these allow the founders to retire with the promise of financial support provided by an ongoing firm. This firm lifecycle is illustrated in Figure 2.

Firm Growth

If your firm has been in business for more than ten years, you probably have established a client base, a trustworthy staff and a reliable project delivery process. Even if you downsized during the recession, you likely have past clients, a network of consultants, and a portfolio to build upon. In the first ten to twelve years of an architectural firm’s existence, the founder establishes a professional reputation, builds a network of strategic alliances, and gains a considerable amount of experience and knowledge. After around twelve to fifteen years, firms usually reach a plateau of stable maturity, with an established identity and foothold in the marketplace. Given the long recession years, this may take a bit more time for firms that were founded in the 2000s. But when this happens, founding principals may face Wasserman’s "rich versus king" dilemma. If principals are uncomfortable delegating responsibility and authority, it will be difficult to successfully grow the firm. Figure 1 illustrates the likely lifecycle of a firm where the founding partner is not interested or unable to share control with second generation leadership. Ups & downs with business cycle

Stabilized mature practice

Reinvented firm with 2nd generation leadership Firm has value beyond principals who retire with equity

10 - 15 yrs.

15 - 25 yrs.

Time Figure 1: Most small firms last 30 yrs +/- the length of the founders’ career

The critical issue is that a firm will not be able to build equity and have market value beyond the founder’s work life unless second generation leadership is fostered. No one is likely to value the firm more than experienced employees who, when they become firm owners, can take full advantage of the firm’s reputation, portfolio, and client base. For transition to secondgeneration leadership to succeed, founders must be willing to share responsibility and authority. A leadership transition might include a redefinition of the founder’s role, a redesign of the firm’s organizational structure, and even a "reinvention" of the founder’s vision for the firm.The payoff to the founder for relinquishing control is the possibility of growing the market value of the firm and the potential for the firm to continue beyond the founder’s active involvement. There



Firm Growth

Lifecycle of a Design Firm

Ups & downs with business cycle

Stabilized mature practice

Decline and closure if there is no successor Firm has little value when principal retires

10 - 15 yrs.

15 - 25 yrs.

Time Figure 2: Transferring ownership to second-generation leaders has the potential to increase market value of the firm.

Nonetheless, many founding principals are more comfortable being the "king" of their own domain, no matter how small or finite. The research suggests that these founders’ personal sense of success may be dependent on always being in charge of their organization. These firm owners can also have very successful practices and may accumulate significant personal savings and investments eschewing the need to build equity in their firm. Often this is done by fostering lucrative market segments or specialized, innovative expertise. Many small firm owners also pursue other endeavors to increase their earnings, such investing in real estate, or partnering with a developer. Anecdotally, it is known that many small firm founders have satisfying practices yet fail to earn enough for significant retirement savings. They are often successful in terms of excellent work product, but since their firms are built solely on their own talent, competence, and reputation, these firms have virtually no market value when the founder retires. These founders may face retirement with little accrued equity and few financial resources.

Approaching Retirement Whether or not firm growth is personally appealing, it is important to think about the long-term implications of this decision. Two questions need to be considered in making choices about the future of your firm. 1. Do you see the potential of accumulating significant retirement savings or investments as you currently practice? 2. Are you ready to share leadership and power with potential successors? The answer to each of these questions opens up and closes off certain possibilities as a founder approaches retirement. The key criteria and choices are illustrated in the Figure 3.


Founder shares leadership and authority; Firm develops value beyond founder

Founder does not share leadership and authority; Firm does not develop value beyond founder

Gradually reduce workload, lay off staff, Close office

Sell firm to external buyer Transfer ownership to trusted successor over time

Hire someone with partner potential More time needed

Close office and go to work for another firm as a Principal

Retirement income for founder

Founder has significant savings, other employment or other financial options Merge with a younger firm and phase retirement

Close office, become consultant to younger firm to whom founder refers clients

Figure 3: As retirement approaches, founders can evaluate their choices based on their comfort level with sharing leadership and control.

Expanded Choices If a founder is comfortable with sharing power then it is likely that greater market value and owner’s equity can be built over time. Once the firm gains market value, three choices open to the small firm founder contemplating retirement. 1. Sell the firm to an outside buyer – this is unlikely unless the firm has an expert specialty or is in a market that can expand opportunities for another firm, without the founder’s continued involvement. 2. Hire someone with partnership potential and groom him/her over time – significant time may be required to insure the fit and capabilities of the potential partner. 3. Transfer ownership to trusted employee(s) over time – often the best option if available, successor(s) should be around 10 years younger than the founder, but care should also be taken not to disqualify anyone based solely on age.

Narrowing Choices If the founders’ nature and personality is such that they prefer retaining all control and leadership, the available choices are very different. It is unlikely that these firms will develop much market value beyond the talent and reputation of the founders. When the firm is closed, the founders take its net worth with them and will be able to leverage the firm’s value only in terms of personal and professional choices.

If founders do not have significant savings, or if they are just tired of the stress of small firm practice, there are some options. 1. Close the office and seek employment at another firm at the Principal level. Many larger firms welcome mature and knowledgeable architects on their management teams. Small and mid-sized firms are often in need of "technical" architects – seasoned practitioners who know how to put buildings together and are also good at mentoring younger practitioners. 2. Merge with another firm headed by younger leadership. A small firm’s client base, built up over many years is an asset that can be transferred to the new firm over time and may allow for a phased retirement. Both these options have the potential to provide some income when the founder finally retires. If founders have significant savings, other employment possibilities, or other financial resources, they have some additional options. They can simply reduce activity and close their firm over time. Some of these founders may wish to continue working or wish to pass their client base onto a younger colleague. In that case, the option of acting as a design or technical consultant to another firm may be attractive. Neither of these choices is likely to provide additional retirement income. Small firm founders who are in their 40s, would be wise to consider their options for ownership transition and retirement; for those in their 50s, it is a must. Self-awareness regarding one’s comfort level with sharing leadership and control is a critical part of this planning process. Review of one’s savings, employment, and financial options is another vital aspect in decision about preferred futures. To be avoided is a lack of planning and a denial that retirement will eventually come. So, if you have owned your firm for ten to twelve years, and survived the recession, the time is now to decide if you want to grow your firm and thereby increase its value. A comfortable retirement may hang in the balance.

About the Author Rena M. Klein, FAIA is the author of The Architect's Guide to Small Firm Management (Wiley, 2010) and principal of RM Klein Consulting, a firm that specializes in helping small firm owners run their firms better.


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Figure 4. View of representative limestone deterioration. Note the erosion and delamination at the bottom edge of the projecting cornice element.

treated and untreated stone samples were performed to assess accelerated weathering performance. It was determined that a single cycle of three applications of consolidant with water repellent yielded satisfactory results for the sandstone. Consolidant applications were subsequently installed in 1999 and new sealant and preformed metal T-caps were installed in joints at ledges and other areas prone to water accumulation. A follow-up examination of the stone was performed in 2007, which revealed that the consolidants had been effective at preventing further deterioration where water management was successfully implemented. The Westminster Presbyterian Church sanctuary building was constructed circa 1896 and expanded in 1936. The church is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is a historic structure constructed with exterior load bearing multi-wythe masonry walls composed of Platteville limestone. Masonry deterioration issues on the building created concerns for the Westminster complex. Stone fragments were falling from the facades onto the paved surfaces below. Severe deterioration had occurred along the bedding planes of the stone units, with isolated cracking and distress within the masonry walls. An investigation was performed, including mortar analyses and

petrographic examination of the stone units. The investigation revealed that the masonry walls exhibited significant deformations and bowing in the plane of the walls. For example, gable end walls were observed to bow inward several inches across the length of the facades. Upon review of the building, and several other structures within the area that were constructed with the Platteville limestone, it was observed that out-of plane deformation was a common characteristic with these stone facades. Visual and petrographic examinations of the stone units were performed to determine the likely sources of the deterioration and gain insight into possible repair options. The petrographic examination revealed that the limestone is an argilliscious (clay-rich) material with clay deposits in the limestone bedding planes that were vulnerable to erosion. The examination further revealed gypsum formations within eroded bedding planes that were attributed to chemical reactions between acidic rain and pyrite within the limestone. The gypsum introduced expansive forces in the stone units that contributed to the bowing of the walls. The visual examination revealed that stone units that were confined within the wall performed well; however, projecting elements, which were not confined by adjacent units and had greater weather exposure, exhibited greater deterioration and spalling. Also, the original mortar was found to be deteriorated due to freeze-thaw cycling. Previous repointing mortarmixes did not match the original mortar, were observed to be too hard and impermeable (too high in portland cement content), and trapped moisture, resulting in deterioration of underlying mortar. The clay-rich stone material was not an appropriate candidate for consolidants. Repairs performed included selective replacement of deteriorated units with replacement dolomitic limestone units, deep grinding and repointing of mortar joints, and moderate dressing (reshaping) of stone units to remove unsound surface material and enhance water shedding characteristics of the facade. Rebuilding of masonry elements on the facade was also performed at upward facing surfaces, such as window sill locations, projecting cornices, and finial elements and parapets, which were especially vulnerable to water-related deterioration. Restoration work was performed in a phased approach that started in 2000. Subsequent masonry repair phases were implemented in 2007 and 2008, which enabled a follow-up review of the 2000 repairs. Continued deterioration of limestone at unrepaired areas was observed. Previously repaired areas were performing well with no new distress conditions observed. The approaches above demonstrate different strategies to address durability issues in stone masonry systems. Deteriorated exterior enclosures can often be repaired and their longevity significantly improved. However, these repairs must consider the existing material characteristics. The weathering characteristics and durability of older masonry need to be evaluated by those well versed in these materials so that appropriate repair, restoration, and renovation approaches can be developed. With proper repairs, the serviceable life of these buildings can be extended for generations to come. Mr. Crowe is a licensed architect and a licensed structural engineer with Wiss, Janney Elstner Associates, Inc. that has extensive experience in the investigation, analysis, and repair of contemporary and historic structures throughout the US. Mr.




Economic Update by Bernard Markstein, Ph.D., U.S. Chief Economist, Reed Construction Data he United States economy struggled in the first half of this year. Real (inflation adjusted) gross domestic product (GDP) grew a modest 1.1% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) in the first quarter, then improved to a barely acceptable 1.7% in the second quarter based on a first estimate of growth for the quarter. The economy was hampered by the expiration of the Social Security payroll tax holiday at the end of last year, which resulted in an additional 2% tax on salaries and wages at the beginning of this year, and by cuts in federal spending. The latter includes the $85 billion reduction in government spending due to sequestration, which is ongoing through the end of September with effects that continue to spread throughout the country. Recent employment reports have provided good news. Non-farm seasonally adjusted (SA) payroll employment increased by 162,000 jobs in July and 188,000 jobs in June. For the first seven months of the year, employment gains averaged 192,000 jobs per month, compared to an average gain of 183,000 jobs per month for all of 2012. SA construction employment fell by 6,000 jobs in July after increasing by 8,000 jobs in June. However, from January through July, the economy added 82,000 construction jobs. The not seasonally adjusted (NSA) construction unemployment rate for July was 9.1%, down from 12.3% in July 2012—its lowest level since August 2008. Risks to future economic growth include likely legislative battles over funding federal government operations in the fiscal year starting October 1, 2013, and over raising the federal debt ceiling, which will become an issue sometime in the late fall or early winter. Upon their return from vacation in early September, Congress may have as few as nine legislative days to provide funding for federal government operations. Counter to these negative forces, there are numerous positive forces propelling economic growth. Among these are historically low interest rates (despite recent rate increases), continuing improvement in the housing market, which has resulted in rising home prices in much of the country, the improved consumer balance sheet (aided by rising home values), and the need for many companies to increase employment and to increase investment in plant and equipment to meet rising demand. Recently nonresidential construction has struggled. Seasonally adjusted current dollar (not inflation adjusted) nonresidential building construction spending increased from second quarter 2011 through third quarter 2012. For the next three quarters, nonresidential construction spending fell. From second quarter 2012 to second quarter 2013, nonresidential construction spending declined 3.1%. The decline is due to a lack of

confidence in future economic growth and, consequently, many businesses putting their expansion plans on hold. Heavy non-building (civil) engineering construction spending began to show signs of life starting in second quarter 2010, mainly due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The real recovery in spending began in second quarter 2011 and continued through fourth quarter 2012.There were two quarters when spending was essentially flat—first and third quarters 2012 (-0.2% and -0.1%, respectively). In first quarter 2013, however, heavy engineering spending plunged 35.0% (SAAR) and then rebounded 11.7% in the second quarter. The sharp drop in the first quarter was mainly due to an unusual spending pattern for power construction. Spending surged in the fourth quarter as companies rushed to take advantage of expiring tax credits (subsequently extended with some modifications), and then fell precipitously in the first quarter-skewing the heavy engineering spending data for those quarters. Excluding the power spending numbers, heavy engineering spending fell 0.8% in fourth quarter 2012 and fell 2.2% in first quarter 2013. The economy’s challenges and slow growth have hurt heavy engineering construction spending so far this year. There are signs that the purse strings are beginning to loosen, if only a bit, in some parts of the country as new infrastructure plans are being unveiled and old plans are being revived. Thus, heavy engineering construction spending will begin to improve over the remainder of this year and will continue to strengthen throughout 2014. The Reed forecast is for total construction spending to increase 4% this year, with nonresidential construction spending down 2%, heavy engineering decreasing 4%, and residential increasing 18%. For 2014, the Reed forecast is for total construction spending to rise 8%, nonresidential construction spending rising 6%, heavy engineering rising 7%, and residential rising 12%. The U.S. economy and commercial construction face several risks that, if one or more were to occur, would lower the growth forecast and increase the risk of recession:

“The U.S. economy and commercial construction face several risks that, if one or more were to occur, would lower the growth forecast and increase the risk of recession”

• Failure to provide funding for the federal government by the end of September • Federal debt hits the legal ceiling in the fall or winter with no resolution • Sovereign debt default by one or more major European countries • One or more countries abandon the euro • Significantly higher oil prices (roughly 50% a barrel or higher) for a sustained period (two months or longer) LICENSED ARCHITECT • VOL 17 NO. 3 • FALL 2013



ALA Announces

2013 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. Nathaniel Beddoe Andrews University Nathan completed his Masters degree in Architecture with Magna Cum Laude status. He received the Alpha Rho Chi medal for outstanding service he has given to the school, his church and the children he taught while being a missionary at the Seventh-day Adventist School in Pohnpei, FSM before his fourth year. For his final year, Nathan received faculty recognition for his leadership and design work in the urban design studio.

Donald Hickman University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign Over the past eight years Donald has pursued a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Architecture while working for two years as a CAD draftsman and freelance architectural consultant. As he transitions from a graduate teaching assistant into the workforce, his focus includes construction detailing, small-scale design-build, and publication design.

Sarah Kasper Daniel M. Bollard Washington University in St. Louis Daniel is from Coolangatta, Australia and graduated in 2001 from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane receiving his Bachelors in Industrial Design. He studied at Temple University for two years before attending the Graduate Architecture program at Washington University in St Louis, from which he received his Masters Degree in Architecture in December 2012.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Sarah Kasper is a Graduate of Architecture from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with University Honors. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority and Gargoyle Architecture Honors Society. She spent a year studying abroad in Versailles, France during her third year of undergraduate studies. Sarah continues her studies at Yale University in pursuance of her M.ARCH degree.

Brittany Layton Drury University

Ignacio Carrera Triton College Since Ignacio was a child, he knew he wanted to become an architect. He received his Associates in Applied Science from Triton College. He plans to attend the Illinois Institute of Technology this fall in pursuit of a Bachelor in Architecture and his Masters degree. He enjoys playing golf, drawing, and painting. He expressed that he is honored to accept the Student Merit Award and thanks ALA and the School of Architecture faculty at Triton College.

Brittany graduated in May of 2013 with her Masters degree in Architecture and a minor in Global Studies. During her college education she has been awarded numerous design awards, the most recent being the Librarium Award project of the year - in 2012. Outside of her degree program, Brittany is involved in numerous organizations including Tau Sigma Delta, Mortar Board, and mentoring second year architecture students. After graduation Brittany plans to work in the field of architecture towards obtaining her license. She thanks the ALA and the Hammons School of Architecture faculty for this Student Merit Award. LICENSED ARCHITECT • VOL 17 NO. 3 • FALL 2013


RJ Magoon

Roy Mwale

Illinois Institute of Technology

University of Illinois Chicago

RJ is currently finishing his Bachelors degree in Architecture. He previously was an intern at SOM in New York City and is currently seeking funding to develop multi-axis sewing machines for the fashion industry. He is also trying to open an antique store specializing in Deco and Art Moderne pieces in Chicago.

Abigail Merlis University of Minnesota Abigail received her Masters degree in Architecture after earning a Bachelors degree in geology from Macalester College and a Masters of Art Education from the University of Minnesota. She is currently working on the development and construction of a collaborative space on the University's campus and hopes to pursue installation scale work going forward.

Luis Monroy William Rainey Harper College Luis Monroy is a Colombian, South America, native currently working on finishing his Associates in Applied Science Degree, with an emphasis in design. His ultimate dream is to combine his love for flight into his architectural designs. This past summer Luis interned with Power Construction and worked on the current addition and renovation of William Rainey Harper College.



Roy Mwale is graduating with a BS in Architecture from the UIC School of Architecture. He is a captain on the UIC Track & Field team and actively engaged in the School of Architecture. Post graduation, Roy plans to work in an architecture firm in Chicago.

Halley Novak Miami University Halley is a third year architecture student at Miami University. She is excited to participate in a design-build studio in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati this fall. She thanks ALA for the award.

Michael Rabe Judson University Michael Rabe recently graduated with his M. Arch degree from Judson University, where he also completed his undergraduate studies. In addition to his graduate classes, Michael served as a Graduate Assistant for Construction Technology as well as Studio courses. He also was a member of the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society, and was nominated for the Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal. Michael is excited to be working at Cornice & Rose International near Chicago.

Damian M. Rozkuszka

Jennifer Van Horn

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Miami University

Damian moved from Poland to Chicago at the age of three. He graduated receiving his BSAS degree and Urban Planning certificate. One major highlight of his undergrad career was being able to study abroad in Europe for a semester. The experience shed a whole other light on architecture, through hands on exploration, sketching, and analysis of great works. Damian is at the graduate school at UW-Milwaukee, and plans to further expand his focus on thermally per formative geometries in architecture.

Jennifer Van Horn is a master’s candidate at Miami University (Ohio). Her thesis topic was Aquatecture: Water Adaptable Architecture. Jennifer grew up in Thailand from ages 7-18. She will be continuing to work for the City of Dayton Planning Department before moving to Toledo, Ohio and working in architecture full-time.

John Yurchyk

Josh Rucinski

The Ohio State University - Knowlton School of Architecture

Southern Illinois University Josh received his Masters degree in Architecture. He is married (Betsey) and father of two boys (Evan and James). Josh is the PCI Student Chapter president at Southern Illinois University. He is a two-time army veteran and wrote a Children's Book named 'Alphabugs'. His thesis is Orphanages in the City, a Coptic Christian Orphanage in Aswan, Egypt.

Gabrielle Stroik

John Yurchyk received his Masters Degree in May 2013 during which time he worked as a graduate TA for construction. John was a part of the Field of Dreams Exhibition with Peter Eisenman, Jeff Kipnis, and Pier Vittorio Aureli at the 2012 Venice Biennale. While a student he received the William Rule '40 Scholarship and was a winner of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Scholarship Competition. His recent achievements include the Faculty Award at the KSA and he was an Exit Review Finalist.

University of Notre Dame Gabrielle discovered her passion for architecture as a child in Rome. In New York, she recognized the power of place. At Notre Dame, she realized the architect’s moral obligation to bring beauty and harmony to a cacophonic world. As president of AIAS and the Students for Classical Architecture, she engaged students in academic discussion. Gabrielle anticipates strengthening her education in Chicago practice.

John G. Svast III Southern Illinois University John G. Svast III is an Iraq War Veteran and Southern Illinois University Alumni. He began pursuing his Graduate of Architecture at SIU this past summer.

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Association of Licensed Architects Continuing Education

The ADA is More than Wheelchair Ramps: Meeting the ADA Compliance Changes for Assistive Listening Systems by Cory Schaeffer



Learning Objective: • Learn about the ADA regulations for Assistive Listening Systems. • Learn about the technology used for Assistive Listening in a venue. • Understanding what facilities are required to utilize Assistive Listening Systems. • Learn how many Americans are affected by hearing loss.

t can be difficult to accept from today’s perspective, but not very many years ago it was legally permissible for a person to be denied service because of a disability. It may not have been an individual’s intent, a certain building may not have been able to accommodate the person with a disability, but discrimination was taking place nonetheless. Then, in July of 1990, the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was passed by congress. It was the nation's first comprehensive civil rights law addressing the needs of people with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications. An individual is considered to have a "disability" and is protected by the ADA if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment. Major life activities include, among other things, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. To be substantially limited means that such activities are restricted in the manner, condition, or duration in which they are performed in comparison with most people.

Hearing Loss, “The Invisible Disability” Most architects are familiar with the ADA requirements for wheelchair ramps and Braille in the elevators, on doors, and so on; however, recent changes to the laws related to providing assistive listening solutions for those with hearing loss (which is a much more pervasive disability than many would realize), need to be understood. An Assistive Listening System leverages technology to provide those who are hard of hearing with an enhanced audio experience for increased communication and understanding. To put the need for assistive listening systems into perspective, people with a visual disability, who benefit from Braille in buildings, make up less than one percent of the population. People with a physical disability, requiring a wheelchair or other mobility device, number about two percent of the population. Conversely, 17 percent of American adults report some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss is the reduced ability to hear sound and may be caused by various reasons including congenital loss, an illness the effects of aging, an injury, or progressive loss over time due to excessive or prolonged exposure to loud noise. It is important to note that as people age everyone experiences some degree of hearing loss.

Updates to the ADA Law As of March 15, 2012, the new standards that replaced the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act provisions for accessibility became the law and are now mandatory for all new construction and alterations. The following are brief highlights of the changes to the ADA requirements for assistive listening systems, and some of the technologies to meet the new guidelines.

These changes apply to the following: 1. An Assistive Listening System needs to be provided in assembly areas where audible communication is integral to the use of the space. This means that essentially any space where people gather, whether it’s a boardroom, a banquet hall, a classroom or a movie theater, the space is required to have an assistive listening system. 2. Assistive Listening is required to be provided where there is amplified sound. If there is a microphone and/or speakers, there needs to be an assistive listening system. 3. In the original standards, the number of Assistive Listening devices was 4 percent of seating capacity. This proved to be prohibitive. With the new standards, the number of receivers has been scaled to match the total occupancy of the venue. (See chart below.) 4. Receiver Hearing-Aid Compatibility: A percentage of receivers (25%) are required to be hearing-aid compatible shall interface with tele-coils in hearing aids. This is accommodated via a neck loop with RF or IR assistive listening systems.

Assistive Listening for Public Facilities Places of public accommodation that must comply with ADA requirements include restaurants, hotels, theaters, convention centers, retail stores, shopping centers, dry cleaners, Laundromats, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, hospitals, museums, libraries, parks, zoos, amusement parks, private schools, day care centers, health spas, and bowling alleys. Commercial facilities are required to comply with ADA - they include office buildings, factories and warehouses whose operations affect commerce. In section ‘219.2 Required Systems’ the ADA states “In each assembly area where audible communication is integral to the use of the space, an Assistive Listening System shall be provided”. EXCEPTION: Other than in courtrooms, assistive listening systems shall not be required where audio amplification is not provided. (All courtrooms are required to have assistive listening systems.) Assembly areas are also required to provide signs informing patrons of the availability of the Assistive Listening System. Assistive Listening signs "shall include the International Symbol of Access for Hearing Loss complying with 703.7.2.4."

Radio Frequency System In an RF Assistive Listening System, the signal in transmitted over radio frequencies (specifically the FCC mandated 72 and 216 MHz bands) to a personal receiver. The advantage of RF technology is that there are no "line-of-site" issues and the technology can cover a wide area, both indoors and outdoors. This technology uses an antenna to transmit, the placement of the antenna is critical to the performance and range of an RF system. Ideally for optimum range, the antenna should be in the general vicinity of the receivers. The transmitter can be installed anywhere in a space, however the antenna should be high up and in the area of where the receivers will be used. An RF Assistive Listening System is typically the least expensive system to purchase and install. For users with a hearing aid that have tele-coil (T-Coil) capabilities, a personal neck loop can be used with the personal RF receivers. The audio signal is transmitted via magnetic field to the user’s hearing aid, therefore using the actual hearing aid as the receiver to the ear.

Infrared System An IR Assistive Listening System uses infrared light to transmit audio, much like a television remote control. The advantage of IR technology is that the system is secure and you can be confident that the audio signal will never leave the room that the system is used in. Light cannot transmit through walls. The biggest challenge of IR technology is that the listener should be within "line-of-site" to the emitter/radiators. To achieve maximum range and coverage of an IR system, emitter/radiators need to cover the listening area. This may require multiple emitter/radiators. The shape of the room, the coverage and lineof-site requirements usually necessitate more thought and consideration on the installation than an RF assistive listening (continued on page 40)

Assistive Listening Systems The ADA defines an Assistive Listening System as: "An amplification system utilizing transmitters, receivers, and coupling devices to bypass the acoustical space between a sound source and a listener by means of induction loop, radio frequency, infrared, or direct-wired equipment." Three types of technologies are used to deploy an Assistive Listening System: RF (radio frequency), IR (infrared) and IL (induction loop). Each of these technologies takes a different approach to arrive at the same result: the audio source (i.e. a speaker’s voice) is transmitted wirelessly to a personal receiver or directly to a compatible hearing-aid. For the hearing impaired, this creates a situation where the ambient noise and reverb is blocked out and the source is directly and clearly delivered to the ear. It does not simply increase the volume; all that would do is increase noise. The purpose is to focus the signal, content and clarity, which increases communication and understanding. LICENSED ARCHITECT • VOL 17 NO. 3 • FALL 2013


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system. The height of the emitters/radiators is a critical consideration as well. For users with a hearing aid that have T-Coil capabilities, a personal neck loop can be used with the personal IR receivers as well.

Induction Loop In an Induction Loop (or Hearing Loop) Assistive Listening System, an integral wire connected to a loop driver is installed around the venue room in a variety of ways; creating an induction field that can be picked up by hearing aids with a T-Coil. Many venues and users alike enjoy this type of an assistive listening system because the users’ disability is invisible as they simply use their hearing aids to receive the audio signal. There is no need to ask for a receiver or to wear something that draws attention to their hearing disability. Loop receivers can be added to an induction loop system to accommodate those that do not have a T-coil hearing aid or for those that do not wear a hearing aid. Hearing loops are becoming more pervasive because the signal is fed directly into the person’s hearing aid—no headphones or other listening devices are required. If loops are used they accommodate the requirement to be hearing aid compatible, however to be totally compliant they will need to include loop receivers. (See table 219.3).

Early Design of Assistive Listening System With new legislation and rapid technological advancements, it is becoming increasingly important for architects to proactively design assisted listening solutions into the project as early as possible. Too often, the planning for Assistive Listening technology is partitioned under the audio visual team at the end of the design/building process; but in doing so, it forces unnecessary limitations and increases costs. For instance, if a project waits too long to determine the technology on a project, the Induction Loop technology may no longer be an option for the space. It’s ideally a technology that should be considered early on as it may need to be put into the floor or under the carpet or even in the ceiling, a relatively low cost option if designed in early in the project. Deciding this early on will determine if this is a viable technology option. TABLE 219.3 RECEIVERS FOR ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS

Capacity of Seating in Assembly Area

Minimum Number of Required Receivers

Minimum Number of Required Receivers Required to be Hearing-aid Compatible (using Listen LA-166)

50 or less



51 to 200

2, plus 1 per 25 seats over 50 seats*


201 to 500

2, plus 1 per 25 seats over 50 seats*

1 per 4 receivers*

501 to 1000

20, plus 1 per 33 seats over 500 seats*

1 per 4 receivers*

1001 to 2000

35, plus 1 per 50 seats over 1000 seats*

1 per 4 receivers*

2001 and over

55 plus 1 per 100 seats over 2000 seats*

1 per 4 receivers*



Enforcement The Department of Justice (DOJ) is responsible for enforcing the ADA standards, which it does under five separate categories. The three largest are Title I – Employment practices by units of state and local government, Title II – Programs, services and activities of state and local government and Title III – Public accommodations and commercial facilities. The DOJ leverages lawsuits and settlement agreements to gain greater accessibility for individuals with disability. The DOJ may file lawsuits in federal court to enforce the ADA, and courts may order compensatory damages and back pay to remedy discrimination if the DOJ wins the lawsuit. The DOJ may also obtain civil penalties under Title III of up to $55,000 for the first violation and $110,000 for any subsequent violation. The Intent of ADA, Title III is essentially to require owners of facilities to remove barriers and provide people with disabilities accommodations equal to or similar to those available to the general public. There are no "ADA police" that are specifically responsible for uncovering violations. As such, ADA enforcement is generally handled through a complaint/response system. This means that anyone can complain about a non-compliance issue to the DOJ. Across the country disability groups are being organized in an effort to call out specific organizations, businesses or types of businesses relative to equal access. Additionally, on a positive note, there may be tax benefits for the venue accommodating the ADA via the IRS 8826 form which outlines the possible tax credits or tax deductions. 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. Where an appropriate Assistive Listening System is in place, the owners and designers of the building are not only protected, but the individuals with hearing loss also maintain a connection to the people as well as the space—which is almost always the architect’s intention. Cory Schaeffer is a founder of Listen Technologies Corporation. Established in 1998, Listen manufacturers wireless audio products used in venues for auditory assistance, sound field, tour group, language interpretation and conferencing. For more information call 877.760.9270 or visit www.listentech.com/architects.

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The ADA is More than Wheelchair Ramps: Meeting the Changes in ADA Compliance for Assistive Listening Systems Learning Objectives: • Learn about the ADA regulations for Assistive Listening Systems.

• Understanding what facilities are required to utilize Assistive Listening Systems.

• . Learn about the technology used for Assistive Listening in a venue.

• Learn how many Americans are affected by hearing loss.

Program Title: Meeting the Changes in ADA Compliance for Assistive Listening Systems ALA/CEP Credit: This article qualifies for 1.0 HSW LU of State Required Learning Units and may qualify for other LU requirements. (Valid through Sept. 2015) 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. What percentage of the US population has some form hearing impairment? a. 12 b. 10 c. 2 d. 17 2. What year did the ADA get signed into law: a. 2012 b. 2010 c. 1990 d. 1991

3. What is an example of a "Public Facility" required to have Assistive Listening under the ADA? a. Courtroom b. Performing Arts Center c. Movie Theater d. All of the above 4. Who enforces the ADA? a. Local counties b. ADA police c. Department of Justice d. Building Owners 5. What date did these recent changes become mandatory? a. January 1, 2012 b. September 15, 2010 c. March 15, 2012 d. December 31, 2012 6. How high can penalties be under the Department of Justice for not complying with the ADA? a. $15,000 per violation b. $25,000 per violation c. $75,000 per violation d. $110,000 per violation

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8. Besides having the required Assistive Listening System, what other requirements does the ADA mandate when Assistive Listening Systems are in a venue? a. Signage to indicate the system is available b. Some of the receivers must be hearing aid compatible c. Both: signage & hearing aid compatible receivers

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7. How many receivers are required for a room with the seating capacity of 40? a. None b. 2 c. 4 d. 12

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SCOTT WOLFF BUILDING SCIENCE SPECIALIST BUILDING ENVELOPE SYSTEMS® CSI, CDT 65 East Monroe #4707 • Chicago, IL 60603 Phone: (312) 332-3230 • Fax: (312) 332-3237 Cell: (312) 310-6300 swolff@henry.com • www.henry.com

ALA Continuing Education Providers Please call upon our CEP Providers to provide seminars for you and your office. Brick Industry Association Boral Stone Products Chicago Roofing Contractors Assoc. - CRCA Frantz Ward, LLP Hoover Treated Wood Products, Inc. IMAGINiT Interline Creative Group, Inc. International Leak Detection

Kelly P. Reynolds & Associates, Inc. Ohio Stormwater Assoc. Pittsburgh Corning Corporation Reading Rock Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C. The Vinyl Institute, Inc. To the Top Home Elevators Tremco Barrier Solutions

ALA Welcomes New Members - Fall 2013 Professional Members Mr. Ronald A. Cieslak Mr. James D. Jordan Mr. Lee C. LeBoeuf Ms. Sarah B. Less Ms. Jennifer Mogenstern Mr. Jordan R. O'Connor Mr. Craig Patterson Mr. Joseph J. Stadelman Mr. Frank Talbert

Northville, MI Chicago, IL St. Louis, MO Fort Collins, CO Chicago, IL Menomonee Falls, WI Kansas City, MO Janesville, WI Chicago, IL

New Graduate Mr. Nathaniel J. Pall

Monee, IL



Senior Members Mr. Vern Svedberg

Minneapolis, MN

Student Members Nathaniel Allen Beddoe Daniel M. Bollard Donald C. Hickman Sarah E. Kasper Robert Lyons Luis C. Monroy Michael E. Rabe Joshua Rucinski Gabrielle M. Stroik John G. Svast Jennifer O. Van Horn

Berrien Springs, MI Richmond Heights, MO Houston, TX Crete, IL Addison, IL Arlington Heights, IL Lombard,IL Murphysboro, IL South Bend, IN Carbondale, IL Moraine, OH

2013 ALA Golf Outing The ALA Golf Outing was held on Friday, August 16 at the Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin. The weather was picture perfect for the 74 golfers who took on this links-style course in a scramble format. Throughout the course, games were offered from launching a golf ball 350 yards, to shooting darts, to chipping ducks into a pool. Our Eagle sponsors, Dupont Tyvek/Parksite and Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies also challenged players at their respective holes with fun games and souvenirs. After play, Moen Incorporated provided appetizers at the lively "19th Hole" and Turner Construction Company sponsored a toughly-fought putting contest. Following a buffet dinner, winners on the course were announced as well as those lucky ticket holders who won prizes from the infamous ALA Raffle. Check out some of the amazing prizes below as well as our sponsors and winners. A huge thank you goes to Pat Harris and Kim Aldana from Harris Architects for their continued support in bringing this fun event to our members. Thank you to Our Sponsors:

Golf Winners and Prizes:

19th Hole Sponsor - Moen Incorporated Putting Contest Sponsor - Turner Construction Company Eagle Sponsor - Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Eagle Sponsor - Dupont Tyvek/Parksite Sign and Banner Sponsor - MCS/Midwest Conference Service

Closest to the Pin - $50.00 Gift Certificate - Dick’s Sporting Goods Jeff Dublo / Triumph Construction Services, Inc. Longest Drive Men’s - $50.00 Gift Certificate - Dick’s Sporting Goods Todd Danner / Sun Mechanical Longest Drive Women’s - $50.00 Gift Certificate - Dick’s Sporting Goods Tiffany Carone / IMAGINiT Technologies

Hole Sponsors: CPI Day Lighting Inc. ATMI Precast Belli & Belli Architects & Engineers Chicago Plastering Institute Creative Millwork LLC Executive Construction Inc. Harris Architects, Inc. IHC Construction Companies, LLC IMAGINiT Technologies Krusinski Construction Company Meridian Design Build ML Realty Partners

NSG Group Pilkington North America Panattoni Construction Inc. Peak Construction Corporation Principle Construction Corp. Ruck Pate Architecture Sabo & Zahn LLC Schuyler, Roche & Crisham P.C. Signature Design Group SPACECO, Inc. Structurelogic, Inc. Suburban Iron Works Inc.

Lowest Scoring Foursome - $100.00 Gift Certificate Each - Best Buy Tom McCabe, Brett Duffy, Kurt Hezner, Mike Carlson Highest Scoring Foursome - Plumbers Putter Traveling Trophy Adam Reiche, Brad Reiche/ Reiche Construction & Kelly Harris, Frank Contine/Harris Architects -PAR Ball Launch Winner Steve Pate / Ruck Pate Architects - 3 Days 3 Nights Orlando Bullseye Winner Lisa Brooks /ALA - George Forman Grill Scratch Card Winner Jeff Budgell / Architects Studio - 3 Days 2 Nights VEGAS Top Raffle Winners: Apple TV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$100.00

Brett Duffy / Spaceco, Inc.

(2) MOEN-Motionsense Hands Free Kitchen Faucet Donated by Mark Madden . . . . . . . . .$500.00 ea Theron Tobolski / Prairie Mechanical Tom McCabe / Spaceco, Inc.

Eagle! Greg Loughran

Putting Contest Winners 1st Prize $100.00 - Rich Haney / Precise Printing 2nd Prize $75.00 - Steve Less / Midwest Type & Imaging 3rd Prize $50.00 - Rich Frawley / Precise Printing

Samsung 7" 8G Tablet . . . . . . . . . . . .$170.00

Rich Haney / Precise Printing

LG 300W Sounds Bar and Sub-Woofer . .$220.00

Mike Walsh / ATMI Precast

Westinghouse 40" LCD - HD TV . . . . .$300.00

Tom McCabe / Spaceco, Inc.

Lowest Scoring Foursome - 13 under PAR! Tom McCabe, Brett Duffy, Kurt Hezner, Mike Carlson

Jeff Jacob, Pat Harris: Golf Chairman, Jamie Putnam




Lunch and Learns:

Matt Brown (center) of Energy Diagnostics spoke on the new Illinois Energy Codes at Maggiano’s in Chicago. Director Michael Coan and Liz Joyce, ALA Program Coordinator, thanked Matt after the presentation.

Thank you to Hafele for hosting our popular Lunch n’ Learn series at their showroom in Chicago.

Upcoming Events: October 22: Architecture Conference and Product Show – Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terreace, IL. See pages 46-47 for more information. November 8: Design Awards Banquet, Metropolis Ballroom, Arlington Heights, IL. November 15: IECC for Commercial Building. Matt Brown of Energy Diagnostics returns to review the new Illinois Energy Conservation Code for Commercial Buildings. 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM at Maggiano’s in Schaumburg. December 10: Annual Meeting and Holiday Party. 5:30 PM at Pete Miller’s in Wheeling

(left) Chris Coyne, ALA of Leopardo Construction gave 3 tours to ALA members on the progress of the new training center in Lisle. Many thanks to Chris for sharing his time with us explaining the construction concepts and processes.

ALAWISCONSIN Water....our most valuable resource! The Wisconsin Chapter held their annual "cook out" on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at the South Shore Yacht Club. A very fitting venue for the featured program, "The Water Council - Milwaukee" presented by its President and CEO, Dean Amhaus. Dean is a Milwaukee area native and is proudly at the helm of what is fast becoming a world recognized, first class hub for water research, education and economic development.

The Water Council, headquartered in Milwaukee, is the only organization of its kind in the United States. The organization is successfully coalescing the expertise of industry, academia and government to advance the Milwaukee region as world hub for water technology. They recently moved into the "Global Water Center", a building that was renovated by the local architectural firm of Kahler Slater. Continuum Architects, another local firm designed the 92,000 GSF addition to the UW-Milwaukee School



ALA Wisconsin President David "Koz" Koscielniak, ALA presents Dean Amhaus, President and CEO of The Water Council a Certificate of Appreciation.

of Fresh Water Sciences as part of the Great Lakes Research Facility currently under construction at the south end of the Milwaukee harbor area. Dean provided a fascinating look inside the creation of this dynamic organization. Leaders in both business and education collaborated to convene the region's existing water companies and research clusters, developing education programs to train our talent, and build partnerships that cut across all sectors and geographical boundaries. Their accomplishments to date write a very compelling story for the future of fresh water throughout the world! And The Water Council is at the center of this international effort. Our forthcoming meeting for September will be to gather for an inside look at the workings of Kohler Company. A full day of education and tours are planned for our visit to this unique manufacturing facility on Friday, September 20, 2013. Hope to see all of you there!


ALA 15th Annual Architecture Conference and Product Show

Tuesday, October 22 Drury Lane Conference Center Oakbrook Terrace • Illinois • 60181

6.0 Learning Units 13 CEU Seminars 80+ Exhibitors KEYNOTE ADDRESS


Mr. Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

M.G. Welbel & Associates - Lanyards Sponsor -

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Association of Licensed Architects For Seminar Descriptions and Presenter Bios, go to www.alatoday.org

Conference Exhibitors (as of 9/16/13) Abatron, Inc. ALCOA Architectural Products All About Access Amerimix Ameristar Fence Products Andersen Windows, Inc. ARC Imaging Resources ARC Insulation Atlas Roofing The Blue Book Building and Construction CertainTeed CETCO Chicagoland Roofing Council Chicago Plastering Institute Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Chicago Steel International Cook County Lumber CPI Daylighting, Inc. Concealite Cosella-Dorken Products, Inc Custom Building Products Daltile Doors For Builders, Inc. Dow Building Solutions DupontTyvek/Parksite Financial Security Group Flameproof Companies Fox Valley Associated General Contractors GAF Graphisoft Hamill-Mullan Henry Company Hoover Treated Wood Products, Inc. Huber Engineered Woods Icynene Corp InPro Corporation International Masonry institute Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Illinois Brick Company Image Grille James Hardie Building Products, Inc. Kohler Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A.,Inc. LiveRoof, LLC. Locinox USA LP Building Products M.G. Welbel & Associates Major Industries, Inc. MarketNet Associates Marvin Windows and Doors MasterGraphics, Inc. Metl-Span Moen Incorporated Morin Corporation Mortar Net USA, Ltd. NexGen Building Supply Northfield, an OLDCASTLE Company NSG Group-Pilkington North America Pella Windows & Doors, Inc. PerMar, Ltd. Pittco Architectural Metals, Inc. PPG Industries, Inc. Prosoco, Inc. Rauch Clay Sales Corp. Raynor Garage Door Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc. SJS Components, LLC SPEC MIX/QUIKRETE Chicago Tate, Inc. Tesko Custom Metal The Sherwin Williams Company Tremco Barrier Solutions TOTO USA Inc. Tubelite, Inc. USP Structural Connectors Water Furnace International Weyerhaeuser WoodWorks - Wood Products Council World Dryer W.R. Meadows, Inc. LICENSED ARCHITECT • VOL 17 NO. 3 • FALL 2013


SESSION II 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

SESSION I 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

2013 ALA Architecture Conference & Product Show A1 - FOUR STEPS TO CULTIVATE RELATIONSHIPS THAT LEAD TO WORK Jean Leathers, Practice Clarity, LLC


C1 - EXTERIOR WALL DESIGN AND ALUMINUM COMPOSITE MATERIAL Phillip Eenigenburg, Shaffner Heaney Assoc. and Tony Rapisarda, Alcoa

Relationships and how we nurture them are the real reasons clients select one firm over another. Explore a 4-step process that helps architects clarify your firm's position, drive a meaningful strategy that leads to selecting clients to pursue, and cultivate trusting relationships that lead to work.

This seminar provides an extensive review of the science of sound, how sound flows through various spaces, and how better acoustics can help you achieve points for Indoor Environmental Quality in the LEED rating system.

Aluminum Composite Material, ACM panels, are known for their flexibility, durability and versatility. Its strength-to-weight ratio and clean lines have made it a preferred choice in metal panels for commercial construction. This course will introduce you to ACM and give an overview of the latest exterior wall design techniques.

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Moderated by Mehran Farahmandpour. Panelists: David Mackley (Joliet), James Sylverne (Rolling Meadows), Walter Hallen (Evanston), Robert Grela (Permit Expeditor), John Nelson and Michael Berns

Scott Conwell, International Masonry Institute


A panel discussion focusing on the challenges of communication, expectations and the relationship between design professionals and building officials during the permit process.

Learn the most critical components to a watertight wall. We will take a detailed look at a moisture management system of a masonry cavity wall analyzing the components of air space, flashing, weeps, air barrier, mortar joints, drainage accessories, masonry materials and workmanship procedures.

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Paul Grahovac, PROSOCO This seminar evaluates building failures, conventional construction approaches, and new developments in waterproofing and air barrier techniques to show a path forward for designers seeking higher-performing wall assemblies.

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YOUNG ARCHITECTS FORUM: NCARB This presentation will include the steps necessary to achieve licensure to become an & YOU: IDP, ARE & CERTIFICATION architect and other programs to get the most out of your career in architecture. Mr. Harry M. Falconer, Jr., AIA, Director IDP, NCARB Falconer will remain on-site after the presentation to address specific questions. 1.5 LU KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Keynote Address

"YES IS MORE" by Mr. Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) Mr. Bergmann is well-prepared to speak on the topic “Yes Is More”, a design philosophy that brings a positive approach to the design of buildings and cities we inhabit. With offices in over 10 countries, BIG has become internationally known for designing programmatically and technically innovative, yet cost and resource conscious buildings. This keynote address will demonstrate how BIG has applied their “Yes is More” design philosophy to their practice and their work with clients. The Mountain Dwelling project in Copenhagen is a good example of BIG's strategy of using given conditions (site, program) to generate designs beyond expectations. In this case all residential units are south-facing with a large outdoor space, suburbia transplanted to the city yet retaining the latter's density. BIG's approach ensures that all methods, processes, and tools to develop an architectural concept are just as wild, no holds barred and results oriented as the environment they are designed for and which BIG embraces with a boundless YES. 1.5 LU B3 - BUILD A BETTER HOUSE AT LOWER COST BY CONTROLLING INFILTRATION


James R. Wells, PhD., Tremco

Rod Petrick, Chicagoland Roofing Council

This seminar is a valuable guide to the various liability insurance options available to architects: what they cover, when and why they are needed. We will discuss and analyze how these coverages protect personal and firm assets and how to meet increasingly difficult client demands without breaking the bank.

This seminar discusses the impact of reduced air infiltration on energy use and the moisture dynamics that determine whether or not the house is "too tight". Specific examples of how lowering air infiltration compares to other alternatives for lowering energy use are given including increased insulation values and reduced window U-values.

The State of Illinois adopted the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code effective January 1, 2013. The Chicagoland Roofing Council worked with the State on clarifications for existing buildings. Learn the code requirements for rooftops as stated in the Illinois Energy Conservation Code for new and existing buildings.

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SESSION III 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

A3 - AN ARCHITECT’S GUIDE TO LIABILITY INSURANCE COVERAGES Michael Welbel, Welbel & Assoc. and Duane Repko, Victor O. Schinnerer & Co.

All seminars qualify for ALA, AIA and State Required Continuing Education Learning Units (LU). Certificates of Attendance will be handed out at the end of each month.


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David Webster, MasterGraphics 3D is a common result in today's technology but are you still thinking and presenting in 2D? Learn how the industry is leveraging 3D information to more effectively communicate design, construction documents, construction sequencing and building lifecycle management.





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Session I: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

■ A1 - Four Steps To Cultivate Relationships That Lead To Work ■ B1 - Commercial Building Science: Understanding Acoustics and

Sam Wheeler, CPI Daylighting

Noise Control

■ C1 - Exterior Wall Design and Aluminum Composite Material ■ D1 - Leveraging Your 3D Data for More Effective Communication

Discover why the importance of daylighting into your design is so important and how it contributes to a healthier indoor environment. Learn key characteristics of both successful and unsuccessful daylighting strategies, and what defines a highperformance daylighting system.

Session II: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

■ A2 - It Takes A Village: A Panel of Building Officials and Architects ■ B2 - Moisture Control for Masonry ■ C2 - Real World Applications for Managing Condensation and Water Intrusion

■ D2 - Translucent Daylighting: Design Solutions, Building & Energy

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Code Compliance

■ Young Architects Forum: NCARB & You: IDP, ARE & Certification ■ Keynote Address: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

"YES IS MORE" Session III: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

■ A3 ■ B3 ■ C3 ■ D3


An Architect’s Guide to Liability Insurance Coverages Build a Better House at Lower Cost by Controlling Infiltration Chicagoland & Illinois’ New Energy Code: 2013 and Beyond How to Get the Government to Pay for Your Green Upgrades REGISTRATION: Please select ONLY ONE package below



Complete Package (Includes morning and afternoon seminars, keynote, product show, continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Thru Oct. 15 After Oct. 15 ■ Member: ■ ALA ■ AIA ■ CSI $135 $150 ■ Non - Member $160 $180


Product Show Only Packages ■ Product Show ■ Product Show & Buffet Lunch

David Ely, Energy Design Service Systems Learn how to leverage more than a dozen government tax benefits and incentives for your clients and your firm through energy efficient design. EDSS is on the forefront of energy efficient building applications and is authorized to certify buildings to achieve the financial incentives per IRS guidelines.

Thru Oct. 15 FREE $35

After Oct. 15 FREE $35

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CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations must be received before 5 PM, October 15, 2013. "No Shows" are responsible for applicable fees, and will be billed if not pre-paid. LICENSED ARCHITECT • VOL 17 NO. 3 • FALL 2013


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