May 29, 2014


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Chapter News

Contracts, Pre-Fabrication, Case Studies, Trends, and Collaboration at Design on the Delaware Oct. 29-Nov.1

Design on the Delaware is a collaborative conference examining the issues and opportunities of the built environment for design and building professionals in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Programs of particular interest to contractors, designers, developers and owners include:

Pre-Fabrication from Owner's Perspective: A. I. duPont Hospital for Children
Please join the AIA/GBCA Joint Committee and an expert panel of design and construction professionals as we explore the current state of pre-fabrication in our industry, as utilized on a complex hospital expansion at Nemours’ A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Panelist will discuss the challenges and opportunities afforded by pre-fabrication from an owner’s point of view. This session is a collaborative session that will seek audience participation.

Residential Development Trends and Challenges
Members of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philadelphia Chapter who are some of the top developers will speak to the trends and challenges of residential development in the region. Learn what's hot and what's not, new ways to work with architects and designers, what buyers want and how to get financing.

Contracts-The Architect's and Owner's Perspectives
In the negotiation of an agreement with an Owner, there will be points of disagreement about the appropriate balance of risk and reward … sometimes resulting in take it or leave it postures. This seminar will provide a point counterpoint to the perspectives of the Owner and the Architect on the more important subjects of disagreement in an effort to understand when you should “take it” or “leave it”.

Stewardship of the North Broad Corridor: Past, Present and Future
This program will explore the past, present and proposed development activities along North Broad Corridor (from Spring Garden to Girard) from a variety of perspectives to understand the goals and rationales of the developers, the public institutions, the designers, and the politicians.

Architects, Landscape Architects, LEED Professionals, Planners and other building and design professionals can earn up to 25 professional continuing education hours. Learn more at

Earn up to 25 CES at Design on the Delaware October 29 - November 1

The 11th Annual conference will feature 36 programs, 11 tours, two general sessions, two evening parties, design charette and trade show October 29-November 1 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel and the Center for Architecture.

Registration for 25 AIA credits is just $340 for AIA members if registered by midnight October 4. Registration options include one day, two day or individual programs at lower fees. Registration includes conference parties, general sessions, breakfast, lunch and trade show.  In addition to AIA credits, attendees can earn GBCI CM, AICP CM, LA CES and PDH continuing education credits. For more information and to register, visit

General Sessions Speakers are:

Thomas Christoffersen
Thomas Christoffersen, an architect and partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has experience on every notable BIG project including the multi-award winning VM Houses, the Astana National Library and the 8 House, which was awarded the World Architecture Festival 2011 Award in the housing category and the 2012 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture. He most recently oversaw the detail design and construction of the 861,100 sf mixed-used West 57th building in Manhattan which aims for LEED Gold Certification.

Ken Greenberg

Ken Greenberg is an architect, urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto. Founding partner of Urban Strategies Inc., and now Principal of Greenberg Consultants, he has  worked in cities as diverse as Toronto, Hartford, Amsterdam, New York, Boston, Montréal, Washington DC, Paris, Detroit and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Catheleen McGuigan
Cathleen McGuigan is editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, the nation’s leading architecture publication for more than a century. McGuigan, who is the second woman to serve as editor-in-chief, was named to the post in 2011. Under her leadership, Record won the 2012 Grand Neal award, the top American Business Media award for overall excellence. 

Stacy Levy
Stacy Levy works collaboratively with architect, engineers and landscape architects on projects that show the presence of urban nature and clarify the patterns of natural processes at work on the site. She works with water of all sorts, from acid mine drainage, to rainwater, to urban streams and rivers. Her work registers the changes in nature over the course of a day, a season, or a several years. Often using industrial materials from surveying and construction trades, she creates ways of understanding the dynamic processes of nature. Many of her recent projects utilize stormwater runoff to make rainwater an asset to the site.

Selected Conference Programs & Tours:

Contracts-The Architect's and Owner's Perspectives
In the negotiation of an agreement with an Owner, there will be points of disagreement about the appropriate balance of risk and reward … sometimes resulting in take it or leave it postures. This seminar will provide a point counterpoint to the perspectives of the Owner and the Architect on the more important subjects of disagreement through two speakers who regularly negotiate such agreements on behalf of their respective clients, architects and owners, in an effort to understand when you should “take it” or “leave it”.

Transforming the Reading Viaduct
Philadelphia's abandoned Reading Railroad viaduct is being transformed into a unique, elevated linear park. This presentation explores the design approach, which involved extensive public outreach, and how the project could ultimately spark future community development.  

Smart Design for a ‘SMART Working’ Environment
GlaxoSmithKline implemented a new design guide for facilities worldwide called SMART Working, with the goals of achieving a business that is sustainable, collaborative, and responsive. GSK employees in Philadelphia now have a LEED Platinum workplace environment which responds to their needs and supports them. This case study will emphasize the collaboration between the owner and the designers and the strategies involved to achieve the goals of the SMART Working System.

Penn's Krishna P. Singh Nanotechnology Center
Conceived as a seminal collaboration between two schools - The School of Engineering and Applied Science and The School of Arts and Sciences - The Singh Center for Nanotechnology creates a world class research facility bringing science and technology together in one place. This $91.5M project encompasses 80,000 GSF and is targeting LEED Silver Certification.

Re-imagining 8th and Berks - A Design Charrette
Asociación Puertorriquenos en Marcha (APM) Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) for Eastern North Philadelphia was created to implement a long-lasting, sustainable, and comprehensive strategy to meet the challenges facing this community. Charrette participants will develop solutions for the redevelopment of a 1.8-acre, city-owned parcel at 8th and Berks

Member discount registration pricing available to APA, ASLA, GBCA, Engineers Club, Building Information Association, ULI, Associated Builders & Contractors and other design and building professions. Design on the Delaware is sponsored by: Microsol Resources, Architectural Glass Institute, O'Donnell & Naccarato, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Urban Engineers, Keast & Hood Co. and AKRF

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Member News

KidZooU: SMP Architects designs new cultural and educational attraction

On April 13 the Philadelphia Zoo—America’s first zoo—opened KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center. The Zoo’s largest construction project to date, KidZooU is a year-round destination with a multitude of indoor and outdoor experiences for animals and guests alike. Designed to LEED Silver standards and scheduled to complete certification this year, it occupies a 2.5-acre site and repurposes the former Pachyderm House with interactive exhibits, conservation stations and robust programming aimed at teaching toddlers to tweens how to become stewards of wildlife and the environment.

The design and construction team included Bruce E. Brooks & Associates Consulting Engineers, CVM Engineers, Arora Engineers, Viridian Landscape Studio, Meliora Environmental Design, David Nelson & Associates, Becker & Frondorf and W.S. Cumby. 

BLT Architects Announces the Hiring of Five Staff Members

BLT Architects announced today the hiring of four design staff members and an administrative assistant.

“BLT Architects has enjoyed plenty of growth this year, requiring us to increase our staff to meet demand,” said Michael L. Prifti, FAIA, Managing Principal at BLTa. “We look forward to the contributions our talented new staff members will make to our team.”

The new staff members include:

Lois S.K. Suh, a resident of Philadelphia, is a 2013 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Science degree in architecture and a 2005 graduate of Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and architecture. She previously was a designer for Chan Mock Architects in Cambridge, Mass.

Ryan Sison is a 2013 graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture and is a resident of Philadelphia

Andrea Polaski is a 2013 graduate of Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design and is a resident of Hillsborough, N.J.

Fay Leff, a resident of Philadelphia, is a 2013 graduate of Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design and a Master of Science degree in interior architecture and design.

Ann Margaret Durfee was hired an administrative assistant. A resident of Philadelphia, she completed an interior design professional certificate program at Moore College of Art and Design.

Affiliate News

Norwood’s Industrial Group Breaks Ground on 677,000SF Warehouse Distribution Center in the Lehigh Valley

The Norwood Company has recently commenced construction on a 677,000 square foot warehouse distribution center in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII, a 40 acre site that was previously part of Bethlehem Steel’s main manufacturing plant. Serving as Construction Manager, Norwood is working collaboratively with developer Trammell Crow Company, investor Clarion Partners and designer KSS Architects. The new building, situated in a Local Economic Revitalization Zone (LERTA), will feature 32’ clear height, 190’ deep truck courts, ESFR sprinkler systems, ample parking and an excellent logistical location near the I-78 / Rt 412 interchange. Norwood’s Industrial Group has completed more than 20 million square feet of comparable warehouse/distribution facilities. Project completion is scheduled for Spring 2014.

The Harman Group's Director of Parking Design to be Panelist for ADA Webinar on Parking

Bill Kavanagh, AIA, NCARB, The Harman Group's Director of Parking Planning and Design is lending his expertise to a webinar panel discussion, "ADA and Parking" hosted by the International Parking Institute (IPI).  The panel will discuss the parking regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act, including political challenges in municipal parking, common mistakes that trigger non-compliance and recent changes that affect old and new spaces.

The webinar is moderated by Doug Holmes, the creator and editor of the CPARK-L parking listserv, a parking information source and clearinghouse for campus and municipal parking officials.  The panelists include Mr. Kavanagh, a licensed architect with more than fifteen years of experience in the design of parking garages and mixed use buildings; Linda Kauffman, former executive director of the Allentown Parking Authority and past chair of the IPI Board of Directors; and Teresa Trussell, Parking Operations Supervisor for Ohio University.

The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st at 2pm EDT.  For more registration information visit  Information is listed on the Professional Development tab under Webinars.

Wohlsen Construction Honored with Nine Awards

Wohlsen Construction Company received nine awards from the Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) at the association’s Annual Excellence in Construction Awards Gala.

The Ben Franklin Skilled Nursing renovation project at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown located in Elizabethtown, Pa., won the Project of the Year Award. The project was designed by RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa.

Wohlsen received Green Building recognition by winning the first place Excellence Award in the Green GC Sustainable category for the Hamilton Health Center project located in Harrisburg, Pa. Advanced Building Design located in Johnstown, Pa., served as the design professional.

Winning First Place Awards of Excellence in Construction were the following:
• Ben Franklin Skilled Nursing Renovations located on the campus of Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, located in Elizabethtown, Pa. The project was designed by RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa.
• Unionville High School Additions and Renovations, located in Kennett Square, Pa. The project was designed by MM Architects, Inc. located in Lancaster, Pa.
• Gettysburg Energy and Nutrient Recovery Facility, located in York Springs, Pa, and constructed for EnergyWorks BioPower, LLC. Lewis & Associates Architects of Lancaster, Pa., served as the design professional.
• Jennersville Regional Hospital Patient Rooms, located in West Grove, Pa. Hart Freeland Roberts Inc. of Brentwood, TN served as the design professional.

Earning Awards of Merit were the following:
• Garrett Community Center located on the campus of Tel Hai Retirement Community in Honey Brook, Pa. The project was designed by RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa.
• Health and Wellness Center at Pleasant View Retirement Community in Manheim, Pa. RLPS Architects Ltd., Lancaster, Pa. served as the design professional.
• Hamilton Health Center Medical and Dental Clinic located in Harrisburg, Pa. Advanced Building Design located in Johnstown, Pa., served as the design professional.

Upcoming Events

Fast Forward Philly >> Call for Presenters
Mon, 09/01/2014 - 12:00am - 5:00pm
Online Submission to
AIA Associate Committee
No, Registration is not required
Erike De Veyra, Assoc. AIA & Kathy Lent, Assoc. AIA 2157019319

We've heard about Philly hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, architecture designed by the people, a CITYWIDE collective art exhibition, a world of expressive and creative interaction technologies, Silicon Philly, even a new Philly flag. What else awaits our great city of Philadelphia? Be 1 of 10 emerging voices at the third installment of Fast Forward >> Philly during the DesignPhiladelphia's Decade of Design celebration and festival. We want to give your big ideas an audience Philadelphia!

Fast Forward >> Open Call for Presenters
We are looking for presenters from various creative backgrounds to take on one burning question, “What’s next for Philly?” to an audience in 20 slides, 20 seconds each. No more. No less.

Where : Center for Architecture | 1218 Arch Street | Philadelphia, PA 19107
When : Friday October 10, 2014 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Important Dates
This is a fast-paced event where timing is essential. Please note the firm deadlines for submissions:

September 1 | 5pm Submit Statement of Intent
Name, Title, Organization, Industry Your take on “What’s next for Philly?” in 200 words or less Five (5) Sample Slides* to

September 8 | Selected speakers notified, slide formatting instructions distributed. If selected, please prepare a short bio and headshot for event publicity.

October 3 | 5pm Submit all 20 Slides*

October 10 | 6pm Fast Forward Event & Reception* Slides Submission Format: E-mail JPGs or Microsoft Power Point Slides (Mac/Windows acceptable) to File must be no larger than 25 megabytes (MB).

Need More Info? Email and view past presentations here. Follow us on Twitter @FastForwardPHL and use #fastforwardphl #WhatsNextPHL for announcements and updates!

Integrating Technology in Healthcare
Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
DuPont™ Corian® Design Studio, 2400 Market St., Suite 403, Philadelphia, PA 19103
CH Briggs Company / DuPont Corian Design Studio
Yes, Registration is required
Nicole Anderson 215.254.7301

DuPont™ Corian® and C.H. Briggs invite you to join us for a presentation on Integrating Technology in Healthcare. Healthcare spaces of today are being created by you – architects, designers, and facility managers – who are passionate about creating state-of-the-art and inviting healthcare environments. This video will showcase how healthcare spaces are evolving from a design perspective to better impact health and wellness. A group of panelists will discuss the impact of technological innovation and how they continue to change healthcare environments in both new and existing structures.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn how Integrating Technology in Healthcare environments aid in innovative design! RSVP's are kindly requested before September 2, 2014. Please click the link above left to RSVP or email Nicole Anderson directly. Space is limited.



First Friday | Leverage Re-Mixer
Fri, 09/05/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

Philadelphia’s a national leader in community design, thanks to the work of the Community Design Collaborative. Through our Design Grants, local communities work side by side with volunteer design professionals to put their ideas down on paper and raise funding, gain support, and get projects built.

Come and see how we’re putting design in the hands of new audiences and bringing innovation to new places—whether it’s redefining recreation at public parks, greening schoolyards, expanding access to health and wellness, making the daily commute better for bicyclists, or reclaiming a remarkable historic block.

Introduce friends, coworkers, and family to community design, or just mix with Philly's circle of community design and community development advocates. Find out what’s happening this fall at the Collaborative from Beth Miller and meet Rebecca Johnson, the new executive director of AIA Philadelphia.

Sponsorship are available. Click for sponsor information and registration.

Earn up to 8 LUs --at Tague Lumber Grand Opening in Kennett Square, PA
Mon, 09/08/2014 - 8:00am - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:00pm
476 McFarlan Road, Kennett Square PA
Tague Lumber
Yes, Registration is required
Katie Connor 610-566-1200


Tague Lumber will kick off a long-week series of events, daily prize drawings, giveaways, product demonstrations, free AIA seminars, and complimentary breakfast & lunch offerings to celebrate the opening of their new location in Kennett Sq, PA

The newest Tague Lumber located at 475 McFarlan Road in Kennett Square will host its official “Grand Opening” on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The celebration will begin at 8:00 am with a flag raising ceremony by Kennett Square VFW 5467 followed by welcoming remarks from PA State Representative Steve Barrar. In lieu of a ribbon cutting ceremony, owners Vince Tague Sr. & Vince Tague Jr. will cut an I-beam with a chain saw and officially open their seventh Tague Lumber location to the public.

As follows is the schedule for the FREE AIA Seminars that week:

MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014
FREE Breakfast by Schmear it! Bagel truck; plus FREE BBQ lunch
SESSION #1: Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am (by Andersen Windows) Glass: Select the Option for your Project (00GLASS) 1 AIA/CES (HSW) LU --Different types of glass, construction options and coating choices. Glass performance measurements are explained.

TUESDAY Sept. 9, 2014 
FREE Breakfast by coffee shop Philter; FREE lunch by Pizza Wagon 
SESSION #1 — Time: 9:30 - 10:30 am (by Jeld-Wen) Specifying Wood Windows for Historical Renovation & Design (W403) 1  AIA/CES LU.  Participants will be able to specify current available window products to work with historically similar details.
SESSION #2 — Time: 11:00 - 12:00 pm (by BORAL) Understanding POLY-ASH trim and other categories of exterior trim (BCI0001) 1 AIA/CES (HSW) LU -- Examination of new Poly-Ash exterior trim and specifics of installation, longevity, maintenance and sustainability.

WEDNESDAY Sept. 10, 2014
FREE Breakfast by Philter; FREE lunch by Surf & Turf (Lobster & rosemary steak)
SESSION #1 — Time: 9:30 - 10:30 am (by Weyerhaeuser) Basic Facts of Residential Engineered Lumber (BLS100) 1 AIA/CES (HSW ) LU--Basic overview of structural engineered wood products; correct applications & guidelines for proper installation.
SESSION #2 — Time: 11:00 - 12:00 pm (by Fairway) Designing with Wood Alternatives Guardrail Assemblies (FW101) 1  AIA/CES LU---Understanding various non-wood guardrail technologies; focus on code compliance, green attributes & price.

THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 
FREE Breakfast by Philter; FREE lunch by Cow & Curd Truck (Voted Best of Philly!)
SESSION #1 — Time: 9:30 - 10:30 am (by Simonton) —Information Session only (No CEU offered) Grand Opening Discount on Simonton Reflections® 5050 replacement windows—ONLY $149.00 (7/15/14 thru 10/31/14)
SESSION #2 — Time: 11:00 - 12:00 pm (by Windsor One)Your Exterior Envelope (FW101) 1 AIA//CES (HSW) LUs Overview of factors that affect the durability of wood on the exterior & how to design projects that will last.
SESSION #3 — Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm (by ThermaTru) Specifying Entry Systems & Increasing Energy Efficiency (ENTRY1) 1 AIA/CES (HSW) LUs---Overview of fiberglass entry doors as well as the parts and pieces that make up a complete door system.

FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014
FREE Breakfast by Philter; FREE lunch — the Great Kennett Cheesesteak Challenge  You Vote! (Giordano’s vs. Kennett Pizza & Pasta)
SESSION #1 — Time: 9:30 - 10:30 am (by Wolf) 1 AIA/CES LU ---Kitchen Cabinetry: Cabinet categories, construction methods, substrates, composition, finishes & hardware.

SESSION #2 — Time: 11:00 - 12:00 pm by METRIE — Information Session only (No CES offered) Learn more about the latest innovations from METRIE (formerly known as Moulding & Millwork)

For more information or a registration form email: OR

Nominations for John Harbeson Award
Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:00pm
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

AIA Philadelphia is accepting nominations from its members for candidates for John Harbeson Award. This award is presented annually to a long standing member of the architectural community and is intended to recognize his/her significant contributions over his/her lifetime to the architectural profession and its related disciplines.

To nominate a candidate for the Harbeson Award, please submit a letter presenting the candidate and why he/she should receive the award. Send the letter and nominee’s CV/resume (as attachments) to Nominations must be received by midnight, Monday, September 8, 2014.

For more information and list of past recipients click here.

Dilworth Park Tour and Networking at Lucky Strike
Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:00pm - 8:15pm
Member Tour: $55; Non-Member Tour: $75; Networking $20
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
SMPS Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
1.5 CPSM credits AIA/CES LUs Pending

Join SMPS Philadelphia and Dilworth Park project collaborators as we kick off the 2014/2015 program year with a bang!

The evening starts at the Center for Architecture with a recap of the goals and mission of the project followed by a tour of the completed Dilworth Park. Leading the tours are key members of the project team:

Steven Bussey, Vice President of Parks and Streetscape Operations, Center City District
Richard Roark, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, OLIN
Marilia Rodrigues, AIA, Associate, KieranTimberlake
Andrew J. Scott, PE, Senior Vice President, Urban Engineers 

The Park has been transformed from an inaccessible, multi-level, hard-surface plaza into a sustainable, well-maintained, green public space without stairs or barriers from the street. By covering existing opening and removing unnecessary walls, steps and barriers, the renovated Dilworth Park has 20,571 square feet of new useable area (an increase of 21%) resulting in an expanded 120,557-square-foot public space. There is a large lawn, tree groves, a programmable fountain, and space for more than 400 benches and chairs. The space under the Park has also been dramatically improved as a new transit gateway, providing entrances to Broad Street and Market Street subways and the trolley lines. New elevators make the transit levels accessible for the first time.

This project has been recognized by AIA Philadelphia with a Silver Medal (unbuilt) and AIA Pennsylvania with an Honor Award (unbuilt).

After the tour of Dilworth Park, join us as we kick off the new programming year with networking and bowling at Lucky Strike (please note, this requires a separate registration). This is a great way to meet new people, connect with new business contacts and have fun with your SMPS friends all while enjoying drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a little bowling.  

AIA Members receive SMPS Member pricing with discount code AIASEPT.

For more information and to register, click here.

2014 BIG Event
Thu, 09/11/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
General Admission: $30.00 AIA Associate Members: $20
Independence Beer Garden, 100 S. Independence Mall West
Associate Committee
Yes, Registration is required

Join the AIA Philadelphia Associate Committee for the Second Annual BIG Event Benefit.  This year at Independence Beer Garden, the BIG Event will feature picnic-style food, 40 taps of regional and domestic craft beers, raffle prizes, and lawn games!

Independence Beer Garden is a brand new, all-American beer garden overlooking the Liberty Bell and Independence National Historic Park.  Designed by Groundswell Design Group,  the space surrounds the DOW Chemical Building at 6th & Market and includes reclaimed timber, distressed metals, Tivoli lights, fire pits and games, creating intimate moments throughout the sprawling space.

Come join young architecture professionals, architects, architecture students and other members of the design and construction community for an evening of fun, relaxation, networking, good food and beer.

Every year, the Associate Committee organizes many events and programs to benefit emerging professionals, from design competitions and construction tours, to exhibitions and networking events,  and CANsturction and Spooktacular!  Funds raised during the BIG Event will support these and other future events to attract new members and provide additional benefits for Associate AIA members.

Ticket prices include food (snacks, sandwiches, salads, and ice cream) and an open bar including all beers on tap, red & white wine, and non-alcoholic beverages including lemonade and ice tea.

Show your support of our emerging professionals and be a sponsor of the Big Event.  Click here for sponsor options. For information contact Pat Gourley at

Meet Our New Executive Director, Rebecca Johnson
Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

Join us for our first annual Fall Social and meet AIA Philadelphia's new Executive Director Rebecca Johnson.   

This is an opportunity for AIA members to catch up with colleagues and get to know your new Executive Director.

This event is for AIA Philadelphia members only.  RSVP requested.

Construction Market Treand & Forecasts Get Ahead and Stay Ahead of Today's Construction Market
Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Microsol Resources
Yes, Registration is required

Credit: Microsol Resources is an Approved Provider through the AIA/CES and will provide Certificate of Completion for 1 AIA LU and PDH for this seminar.


You already understand that technology is critical to giving you a competitive edge, but how can you learn more about the specific markets you work in? Join Microsol Resources as we host a webinar with McGraw Hill Construction to show you how Dodge Global Network is your competitive technology solution.

Since 2007, McGraw Hill Construction has been closely tracking the business impacts of technology advances; in particular how building information modeling (BIM) is transforming the design and construction process. What is your role in BIM and how can you utilize technology to your advantage? This webinar will offer a way to:
Identify target markets, firms and industry trends, focus on the key industry drivers that will influence your success
Get in-depth, decision-making intelligence on what the top clients and your competitors are doing so you can focus your business development efforts with specific intelligence on the relationships between people and projects
Access your most promising project types, potential partners, and upcoming projects in different sectors
Pinpoint the most promising markets for your services, by geography and project type
Uncover market opportunities and forecast with confidence using the insight of McGraw Hill Construction and the Dodge data
BIM can help to improve project communication, accuracy, efficiency and outcomes. Strengthen your market position with access to our Dodge Market Research and Intelligence services, and qualify your business development opportunities with project data according to your unique geographical and project-type specifications. Steve Jones will share McGraw Hill Construction's latest metrics and forecast, derived from analysis of their market-leading Dodge database of active projects and companies.


Conventional Roofing Assemblies: Measuring the Benefits of Light to Dark Roof Membranes and Alternative Insulation Strategies
Tue, 09/16/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Center For Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia
AIA/BEC - Philadelphia Building Enclosure Council
Yes, Registration is required

All are invited to attend the Philadelphia Building Enclosure Council's free lunch presentation by Graham Finch, a Principal and Building Science Research Specialist with RDH Building Engineering in Vancouver, BC.

The ABSTRACT: Conventional insulated roofs make-up the majority of low-slope roofing assemblies in North America. These types of assemblies are preferred on many buildings due to a combination of factors including cost, durability and ease of maintenance. These roofs include several types of exposed roofing membranes, various insulation types and various colours are commonly utilized.
The long-term performance of these roofs and in-service thermal efficiency is significantly influenced by the membrane selected and the insulation strategy.
A field monitoring study was implemented to measure and quantify the impacts and benefits of different membrane colors (white, grey and black) and insulation strategies (polyiso, stone wool, hybrid combination) on the thermal, moisture, and dimensional behaviour of each roof.
Case-studies and key findings from the study are presented. Actual R-values and measured net energy transfer for each of the roofing assemblies are discussed in combination with comfort and performance implications. The study also provides insight into the performance of various insulation strategies and highlights the potential benefits of each assembly.

1. Understand how to evaluate and select an appropriate conventional roof membrane type and color for buildings in your local climate.
2. Understand how to evaluate and design the most appropriate insulation strategy for a conventional roof assembly. Learn how different insulation materials and hybrid insulation combinations will behave differently in-service and have a varying effective R-value depending on temperature.
3. Understand how different insulation strategies and roofing membranes affect heating and cooling energy consumption in different building types.
4. Observe case studies where the recommended roofing membrane and insulation designs have been implemented successfully.

Graham Finch, MASc, P.Eng
Graham is a Principal and Building Science Research Specialist with RDH Building Engineering in Vancouver, BC. He has a passion for technology and for making better and more energy efficient buildings. He leads RDH’s building science research group and is actively involved in a wide range of local and international projects from building research studies to forensic investigations, building monitoring, hygrothermal modeling, and new construction. Graham has authored several publications and practical industry guideline documents related to durable and energy efficient building enclosures. In addition to RDH, Graham is a part-time instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he teaches building science courses at the Diploma and Masters levels.

BEC-Philly thanks our sponsor,  ROXUL, INC., for providing the free lunch to all attendees.  Please join us for this exciting presentation!

Meet the Developers: Exploring Diversity
Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
$10 CCPA Members; $20 Partners' Members; $30 Non-Members
African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Center City Proprietors Association with AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
Center City Proprietors Association and PHL DIVERSITY

AIA Philadelphia is pleased to partner with Center City Proprietors Association and PHL Diversity to present Meet the Developers: Exploring Diversity, on September 16th, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the African America Museum. Please join us for a moderated discussion and cocktail networking reception. As an AIA Philadelphia member you are able to register for a Partner Price of $20.

Not since 2008 have there been as many exciting developments brewing in Philadelphia. Once again, our perceptions of Center City’s boundaries are changing. Everywhere you look, cranes are rising. Leading the charge are some of the area’s most diverse visionaries and innovative developers; leaders who are further driving business to the City through industry practices that embrace diversity and inclusion.

Join us as these leaders discuss their current projects and the anticipated impact therein, along with challenges to development and the value of diversity in business, planning and growing communities.

Angela Dowd-Burton
Executive Director, Office of Economic Opportunity, City of Philadelphia

John Chin
Executive Director, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

Michael B. Hill
Managing Director, Synterra Partners

Angelo Perryman
President and CEO, Perryman Building and Construction Services, Inc.

Greg Reaves
Principal, Managing Member, Mosaic Development Partners, LLC.

Bettyann Silvius
Project Executive, Bittenbender Construction

Mario Zacharjasz

$10 for CCPA members, $20 for partners’ members, $30 for non-members. Includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Space is limited. Reservations and pre-payment are required.


Sponsored by:

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP
PHL Diversity Multicultural Affairs Congress
TD Bank

In partnership with:

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
in celebration of the 42nd annual conference hosted by the

Philadelphia Chapter (PhilaNOMA)
October 1-5 at the Loews Hotel Philadelphia. Click Here for more information.

AIA Philadelphia
African American Chamber of Commerce
Building Industry Association
CREW Philadelphia
General Building Contractors Association (GBCA)

ARE Study Session – SS/BS
Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Young Architects Forum
Yes, Registration is required

The September ARE Study Session will continue the discussion on Structural Systems (SS) by focusing on the SS vignette for the first hour. The second hour will be the multiple-choice section of the Building Systems exam (BS).

If you would like to connect with us online, please RSVP to for the login info. If you have a SS vignette attempt, please email it to us before hand. We would like to use real examples of vignettes to help others study. Still have questions or need more information? Please use the same email.

ARE Study Sessions are held the third Tuesday of the month through October. Each month the group focuses on a specific section or sections. The program is presented and led by AIA Philadelphia's Young Architects Forum.

2014 Philadelphia Emerging Architecture Award (PEAPrize) - Call for Entries
Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:00pm
$50 AIA Member Firms / $100 Non-Members
United States
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

AIA Philadelphia is accepting entries for The 2014 Philadelphia Emerging Architecture Prize (PEAPrize). The PEAPrize is awarded annually to recognize an emerging architecture firm producing high-quality design and thinking within the Philadelphia region. Awarded through a juried portfolio submission, the winning firm will present their design processes and philosophies through a lecture and exhibition at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture.


The PEAPrize Winner: The winning firm will be awarded the prize at the 2014 Awards for Design Excellence on October 20 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.  The design work of the 2014 PEAPrize winner will be the focus of an exhibition, On the Rise, at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture in the spring of 2015. The winning firm will present a short lecture of their work at the exhibit opening. The winning firm will receive an award certificate at the annual AIA Philadelphia Design Awards program.

Other Submitting Firms: In addition to the main exhibit of the winning firm, the exhibition will feature a display of projects of distinction as selected by the Jury from the entries of other submitting firms.

The PEAPrize is awarded to an Architecture Firm. Eligible Firms must have been established & licensed in their respective state within the past 10 years (2004-Present). A copy of the firm’s license is required to accompany all entries. Applicants that have previously submitted but were not the prize winner are encouraged to re-submit each year. This includes entrants that have had individual projects selected for inclusion in the PEAPrize exhibit.

AIA membership is not a requirement for entry, though to be eligible, firms must be located within the service area of AIA Philadelphia and be able to meet the organization’s Member Firm criteria.

$50 AIA Member Firms
$100 Non-member Firms

The PEAPrize Jury will review digital portfolio submissions. Submitting firms are encouraged to include any type of project that they have undertaken, effectively portraying the full breadth of their design practice. Portfolios may include built and unbuilt architecture, interiors, urban design, landscape, furniture, graphics, research, etc. Only work undertaken after the date that the firm was established with the state may be submitted. Work completed previously or with other firms is not eligible.

Entries must be submitted on a CD in PDF format. Three PDF documents per entry are required, the portfolio, the entry form, and the firm license. Label CDs with firm name. All entries will be assigned a number and will remain anonymous to the judges. No reference to the firm shall be visible in the entry portfolio. Entries shall include:

- Digital Portfolio: Maximum 20 pages including projects and descriptions. Please consider that jurors will project your submission onto a screen for viewing.
- Entry Form
- Copy of Firm License (showing date of initial firm registration)
- Entry Fee

The PEAPrize Jury will be comprised of local members of the design community, and will include former PEAPrize winners. The Jury will award the 2014 PEAPrize to one submitting firm. The Jury will also select individual projects of distinction from other submitted portfolios for inclusion in the Center for Architecture exhibit.


Submissions Due: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by 5:00 PM to AIA Philadelphia
Winner Notified: by September 29, 2014
AIA Design Awards Banquet: Monday, October 20, 2014
Exhibition: March-April 2015
Exhibition Opening & Lecture: Mid-March 2015 (Date TBD)

Park(ing) Day Philadelphia 2014
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Various Parking Spots in Center City Philadelphia and the Surrounding Neighborhoods
Park(ing) Day Philadelphia
No, Registration is not required


Visit pop-up parks all over the city to celebrate the SEVENTH YEAR of Park(ing) Day in Philadelphia!

DESIGN, BUILD, STAFF, or VISIT a park, it will for sure be a great day filled with fantastic visions of what our city might look like with additional public spaces. We look forward to seeing YOU on Friday, September 19, 2014!

What is Park(ing) Day all about? Park(ing) Day seeks to reclaim parking spots and transform them into engaging, people-friendly parking spaces for one day a year. To learn more, visit:

If you would like to create a park this year, sign-up online here.
Follow us on Twitter: @parkingdayphila
Or find us on Facebook

ARE Study Course Session 6: Structural Systems
Sat, 09/20/2014 - 9:00am - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 5:00pm
$80 members/$100 non-members
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

This two-day course has been updated to include sample test questions and more extensive information. Identification and incorporation of general structural and lateral force principles in the design and construction of buildings. Content Areas: General Structures; Seismic Forces; Wind Forces; Lateral Forces – General. Vignette: Structural Layout.

Class dates are 9/20 and 9/27.  

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You can register for this session and other remaining sessions from the above website link. Course costs vary. There is a significant discount for AIA Associate members (any chapter). All courses unless otherwise noted take place at the Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia


Remaining Sessions

September 20 & 27: Structural Systems

October 25: Schematic Design and Building Design & Construction Systems


For information contact Pat Gourley at 215-569-3186 x 105 or

18th Annual Bowling Ball fun(d)raiser for the Community Design Collaborative
Sat, 09/27/2014 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Erie Lanes, 1300 E Erie Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124
Community Design Collaborative
Yes, Registration is required

Knock down ten pins and enjoy the Bowling Ball's entertaining costumes, bounteous raffle table, fabulous trophies and prizes, and commemorative goodies. Join us in the lounge at 6 pm to hang with your buddies—or eyeball your rivals—and then bowl from 7 to 10 pm.

Bowling Ball sponsorship supports the Community Design Collaborative’s work to strengthen neighborhoods through design. Last year alone, the Collaborative provided over $925,000 and 8,778 volunteer hours in pro bono design assistance to nonprofit and public agencies throughout greater Philadelphia. Your help makes it possible.

Sponsorship is also a great opportunity to gain visibility in the community and create a super team-building opportunity for your staff! Your team will be among 250 participants rolling on the lanes this year.

Get zany on the lanes. Be serious and win a Best Bowler trophy or go the less-athletic route and compete for Best Costume and Team Spirit prizes. Either way you play it, it’s time to sign up. 

Register at above link or if you prefer to pay by check, you can download a sponsorship form and mail it with your payment to: Bowling Ball, c/o Community Design Collaborative, 1216 Arch St First Floor, Philadelphia PA 19107.  Questions, call 215-587-9290 or email .

2 Day SketchUp Workshop
Wed, 10/01/2014 - 9:00am - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 4:00pm
$175 - $595
1015 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Yes, Registration is required
3-12 (self reporting)

Become a SketchUp expert in just 2 days of training. The first day begins with the basics and sets you up for success to model quickly and effectively. The second day goes through CAD to SketchUp workflows as well as techniques for creating presentations and photorealistic renderings. See below for dates and times.

Fall Finishing Boot Camp
Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Finishing Trades Institute, 2190 Hornig Road, Philadelphia, PA
Architectural Glass Institute
Yes, Registration is required
Stephanie Staub 215-825-1422

Boot Camp is an interactive instructional program developed to provide the design community the opportunity to experience first-hand the application and/or installation of various finishing materials, Reinforcing the importance of collaboration and communication, Boot Camp provides a forum for the exchange of information between designer and craft worker. Guided by FTI instructional staff, participants will be divided into three crews rotating through three - 1 ½ hour hands-on craft activities where participants will build glass partition walls, finish drywall and learn faux finishing techniques.

Spooktacular Design Charette
Sat, 10/04/2014 - 9:00am - 1:30pm
1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
AIA Associate Committee
Yes, Registration is required

The Spooktacular Design Charette a half-day charrette where architectural/design professionals & college students are teamed with students from the Philadelphia Charter High School for Architecture & Design (CHAD) in order to build 4'x8' facades, which all together form a child-sized spooky street. 

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided!

The facades are made of discarded/discontinued samples collected from area architecture firms, interior design firms, and product reps.  If you have any samples you would like to contribute, please feel free to contact us at the email listed below!  We are looking for fabric, wallcovering, and any other material that can easily be glued or stapled to boards.  Thanks!

DesignPhiladelphia 2014 - 10th Anniversary!
Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:00am - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:00pm
All over the Greater Philadelphia region!
Philadelphia Center for Architecture
No, Registration is not required

This milestone calls for a major celebration! For the past nine years, the DesignPhiladelphia Festival has showcased the region’s design culture and produced a snapshot – in real time – of the wealth of talent, diversity, and opportunity available here in the fields of architecture, product design, interactive design, and more! Celebrating a decade of design gives us all a chance to stand together on the strong tradition of design in the greater Philadelphia region and take stock in how far we have come - all the while creating a vision for our future.

Do you want to showcase your work or the work of your design firm during this year's festival? Passionate about design and want to volunteer with the festival? The call for events and volunteers for the 2014 festival goes live at the end of April. For up-to-the-minute info, visit:

Illuminate Philadelphia - A Lighting Educational Conference
Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:00am - 6:00pm
Lighting Exhibit complimentary - Seminars $30/35 plus discount for early registration
The HUB at Cira Center, 2929 Arch Street Philadelphia
IESNA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
1 CEU per seminar

For 2014, LED technology takes center stage at Illuminate Philadelphia. With advancements in the Lighting Industry happening at a record pace, it is challenging to stay in the know on the latest and greatest. This educational conference will enlighten and inform attendees, offering presentations from leading industry professionals and covering a variety of topics, including controls and codes. Our keynote presentation on Lighting and Health by Dr. George 'Bud' Brainard promises to intrigue and excite. Many Manufacturers will display innovative energy efficient lighting products for interior and exterior applications.


Join us on October 9th for an amazing day of education and manufacturer exhibits

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