May 29, 2014


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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

Continuous Insulation and Beyond
Tue, 10/21/2014 - 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 next BEC-Philadelphia free lunch presentation which will focus on design solutions that offer energy efficiency, thermal value, fire performance, and moisture control..

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the advancement of National Model Energy Codes as they relate to the energy efficiency of the building envelope.
2. Define and understand “continuous insulation” and how its use effects energy code compliance, current ASHRAE Standards, LEED and the International Energy Conservation Code.
3. Understand the NFPA 285 fire test and its role in code compliant wall assemblies.
4. Understand the environmental features and benefits of polyisocyanurate insulation including thermal performance, long service life, recycled content, negligible GWP and zero ODP.

Presenter's Bio: Grant Stahl is the National Sales Manager for Hunter Panels XCI wall insulation division and also serves as the interim Midwest Regional Sales Manager. Prior to joining Hunter, Grant spent time in wall insulation distribution and product management, and before that was with the Celotex Corporation selling wall insulation materials including Thermax and other polyiso products. Grant's 22 years of experience in the industry are a valuable asset to the Hunter Panels XCI product line. Grant is a member of the Building Enclosure Council, RCI and CSI. He also holds his CDT certification through CSI.

ARE Study Session – BS
Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Center for Architecture,1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Young Architects Forum
Yes, Registration is required

The October ARE Study Session will continue the discussion on Building Systems (BS) by focusing on the BS vignette for the first hour. This concludes the 2014 cycle; we will resume in November.

If you would like to connect with us online, please RSVP to for the login info. If you have a Building Systems 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.

Continuing Education & Networking Event
Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:00am - 6:00pm
Early Bird Rate: $25
Crown Plaza, 4010 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Ron Blank & Associates, Inc.
Yes, Registration is required
8 AIA/CES (HSW) LUs and 1 GBCI Credit Hours

7:30 AM Registration Begins

8:00- 9:00 AM
MASCO Course in development - TBD

9:10- 10:10 AM
Surface Innovation - Redefining Boundaries of Interior and Exterior Spaces with Ultracompact Surfacing – ‘Dekton’ by Cosentino

10:20 - 11:20 AM
The Solar-Ready Roof: Optimize the Design

11:30 - 12:30 PM
Locker Solutions for Every Place and Purpose

12:30 PM Lunch Sponsored by Greg Trimbolo with Dynamic Closures

1:30 - 2:30 PM
Steep Sloped Premium Stone Coated Metal Roofing Systems (new course)

2:40 - 3:40 PM
Next Generation Green Restroom Design

3:50 - 4:50 PM
Merger Between Membrane Roofing & Fluoropolymer Technology

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Densified Concrete & Densified Polished Concrete


Affiliate Member Brown Bag Lunch with Executive Director, Rebecca Johnson
Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
Alan Spooner 215-569-3186 x101

Affiliate Members Only! - Bring your lunch and join Rebecca for a casual discussion about the role AIA Philadelphia plays in its members' professional lives. During these brown bag lunch sessions, we are looking to gain a better understanding of your AIA Membership experience and how we can engage you to strengthen your career and the profession. AIA Philadelphia is committed to increasing our community’s awareness of the value that architects play in our lives on a daily basis and we'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas on that topic.

Capacity is limited, so if the date is full, please enter your information into our wait-list. We will add more dates as required by registration demands. Registration links are forthcoming, keep an eye on this page for more information.

Cost Management Essentials
Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:45am - 1:00pm
Center for Architecture / AIA Philadelphia, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

In this AIA accredited program, Dan Shovlin, MRICS, will discuss cost management as it relates to A/E design. Dan will provide an overview of the cost estimating basics, including a comparison of typical estimating formats (Masterformat vs. Uniformat) and the elements of construction costs. Using examples from his portfolio of work, Dan will illustrate the benefits – to both the design team and the end-user – of engaging an independent consultant to help mitigate risk.

Dan Shovlin is a vice president at Faithful+Gould and manager of the firm’s Philadelphia office. For almost 25 years, he has worked in all phases of construction management, with a particular focus on cost consulting. Dan’s areas of expertise include conceptual estimating, cost / program management, scheduling, and coordination of design and construction teams.


ARE Study Courses Session 7: Schematic Design
Sat, 10/25/2014 - 8:30am - 11:00am
$25 Associate members/$45 non-members
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

This course will cover The application of knowledge and skills required for the schematic design of buildings and interior space planning. Vignettes: Interior Layout; Building Layout.

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You can register for this session and additional 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



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

PartBOO! Halloween Party 2014
Sat, 10/25/2014 - 9:00am - 1:30pm
1080 North Delaware Avenue, Suite 600, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125
AIA Associate Committee
Yes, Registration is required

With the facades created during the Spooktacular Design Charette, we create "Spookytown" at the PartBOO! Halloween Party for the pre-schoolers at the Children's Crisis Treatment Center. The kids trick-or-treat through the "Spookytown" streetscape, where our volunteers hand out candy. We also have a magician, facepainting, a photobooth, and Spooktacular branded treat bags to take home - all for the kids and volunteers! Many of the children at the center (ages 3-5) have suffered from trauma or violence in their lives, and our event offers them a safe environment to enjoy Halloween festivities.

Volunteers are needed for set up of the "Spookytown" the night before the event, during the event, and after the event to breakdown "Spookytown" and move it back to the Center for Architecture.

ARE Study Courses Session 8: Building Design & Construction Systems
Sat, 10/25/2014 - 11:15am - 3:15pm
$40 AIA Associate members/$60 non-members
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

The application of knowledge and skills of building design and construction, including environmental, social and economic issues, project and practice management. Content Areas: Principles: Environmental Issues; Codes & Regulations; Materials & Technology; Project & Practive management. Vignettes: Accessibility/Ramp; Stair Design; Roof Plan. 


This is the last ARE course of the review.  Courses will resume in February 2015.  If you would like to receive an email with the 2015 course information, please email


NCARB will launch ARE 5.0 in 2016, for information about the transition and how best to plan your testing for a smooth transition, go to

CSI Monthly Meeting and Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Programs and Incentives Program
Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm
CSI Members Free, Guests $40
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
Architectural Glass Institute
Yes, Registration is required

This CSI Program will focus on PWD Programs, Incentives, Grants and City of Philadelphia Green Roof BIRT Tax Credits.

Green stormwater infrastructure includes a range of soil-water-plant systems that intercept stormwater, infiltrate a portion of it into the ground, evaporate a portion of it into the air, and in some cases release a portion of it slowly back into the sewer system.

Impervious surfaces, such as roadways and buildings, are characteristic of urbanized landscapes. As land development increases, it leads to replacement of pervious areas with impervious surfaces, causing an increase in stormwater runoff volume and combined sewer overflow (CSO) episodes. In turn, this affects Philadelphia’s watersheds by impairing water quality and degrading stream habitats. Our vision is to protect and enhance our watersheds by managing stormwater runoff with innovative green stormwater infrastructure throughout our City, maximizing economic, social, and environmental benefits for Philadelphia.

Integrating green stormwater infrastructure into a highly developed area such as Philadelphia requires a decentralized and creative approach to planning and design. Various tools can be implemented to accomplish this, including stormwater planters, rain gardens and green roofs. All of these tools help to reduce runoff volume and filter pollutants by intercepting stormwater runoff before it enters the City’s combined sewer system.

David Adjaye to present the 2014 Temple University Architecture Alumni Lecture in honor of Brigitte Knowles
Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
$35 per person (when registered by 10/15/14), $40 per person (after 10/15/14), FREE for Tyler School of Art Students, $10 for all other students
Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Temple Architecture Alumni Committee
Yes, Registration is required

David Adjaye, OBE, will present the 2014 Temple University Architecture Alumni Lecture at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28th at the Temple Performing Arts Center. Click here for tickets to the reception and presentation.
Named The Wall Street Journal’s “Architecture Innovator” of 2013, David Adjaye OBE of Adjaye Associates is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Adjaye Associates now has offices in London, Berlin, New York, Accra and Shanghai and is working on projects throughout the world.
Adjaye frequently collaborates with contemporary artists on art and installation projects. Examples include The upper room, with thirteen paintings by Chris Ofili (2002), Within reach, a second installation with Ofili in the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2003), and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art for the 21st Century Pavilion that was designed to show a projection work by Olafur Eliasson, Your black horizon, at the 2005 Venice Biennale. The upper room is now in the permanent collection of Tate Britain.
Adjaye has taught at the Royal College of Art, where he had previously studied, and at the Architectural Association School in London, and has held distinguished professorships at the universities of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Princeton. He is currently visiting professor of architecture and design at Yale. He was awarded the OBE for services to architecture in 2007, received the Design Miami/ Year of the Artist title in 2011. Adjaye has co-presented and hosted a number of television series and radio programmes for the BBC.

Currently Adjaye Associates is the lead designer for the Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smith Group team for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) located on the Mall in Washington, DC. Other notable projects include: the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2007), the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo (2010), and a new collection of furniture for Knoll.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Platinum Sponsor: $5000:  Includes (20) guest tickets, and recognition in all printed and video programming.
Gold Sponsor: $2500:  Includes (8) guest tickets, and recognition in all printed and video programming.
Silver Sponsor: $1000:  Includes (4) guest tickets, and recognition in all printed and video programming.
Sponsorships can be made through:
Temple University Development

Regional Architects Committee Fall Social and CES
Thu, 10/30/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bath Authority (DreamLine's Headquarters), 75 Hawk Rd, Warminster, PA 18974
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

Join AIA Philadelphia's Regional Architect Committee for its 2014 Fall Social hosted by DreamLine Shower Doors!

Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served!

DreamLine will be hosting The Architect's Guide to Glass Shower Doors Continuing Education Course prior to the Fall Social. The course is an excellent learning experience for Residential, Commercial and Hospitality architects. This incredibly knowledgeable one hour course, will provide you with emerging trends in the Shower Door Industry, Design, Function and Material consideration for Safety Standards; as well as specific research techniques to judge Global vs US Quality and Safety Standards.

Snow Load Presentation
Mon, 11/03/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
QproQ Engineering Inc.
Yes, Registration is required

Thank you for the opportunity to present the topic of snow loads during a lunch and learn session at your location. Professional Development Hours (PDH) along with certificates are awarded for the session for those in attendance and lunch will be provided.

In the United States, the determination of design snow loads for roofs are found in Chapter 7 of ASCE 7-10 and Section 1608 of IBC Vol. II 2009. The use of applicable codes helps to determine:

 - Ground snow loads Pg
 - Roof snow loads Pf
 - Additional loads (partial loading, unbalanced, and roof drift snow loads)

Several variables influence snow load:
 - Elevation
- local weather
- roof geometry
- building r – values
- building risk category

Assessing a building is a preventative measure to decrease the likelihood that a snow induced failure will occur. In addition, having a sense of where critical structural members are located will help detect early warning signs during inspection.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for your time, consideration and attendance. Wishing you the best. 


Summary of Major Changes in the 2014 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities
Thu, 11/06/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia Health Facilities Committee
No, Registration is not required

A presentation and discussion of some of the major changes in the 2014 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities

Design on the Delaware Conference and Trade Show
Wed, 11/12/2014 - 7:15am - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 6:00pm
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel and Center for Architecture
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

Program Proposals are being accepted for the 12th Annual Design on the Delaware Conference and Trade show.  Proposals are due April 11.

The three day conference offers 45 CES approved professional education programs for architects, landscape architects, planners, LEED AP professionals and engineers.  

Exhibition, sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available.  

Visit for more information.



How To Succeed as A Marketing Coordinator
Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
SMPS Member Fee (no lunch): FREE, SMPS Member Fee (with lunch): $10.00, Non-SMPS Member Fee (no lunch): $15.00, Non-SMPS Member Fee (with lunch): $25.00
Pennoni, One Drexel Plaza, 3001 Market St., Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19104
SMPS Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
1.5 CPSM Credits
Andrew Katz (215) 254-7877

Many marketing professionals in the A/E/C industry stumble upon this career path, applying for a Marketing Coordinator position with little understanding of duties and responsibilities and having no idea of what it takes to be successful.

This SMPS session is geared toward Marketing Coordinators who want to produce at a higher level to gain greater responsibility and respect while generating more business for their firms. More importantly, those attending this session will leave armed with the knowledge and tools to help them succeed and get noticed by management and peers.

Come get the unvarnished truth from marketing leaders at two of the region's top firms - Elizabeth Zipf, Vice President, Hill International and Andrew Cushman, Vice President, Corporate Development, Urban Engineers.

Attendees will:
- Learn practical, applicable techniques that will make your proposals stand out and result in more wins for your firm.
- Understand the mindset, attitude, and characteristics that make a Marketing Coordinator stand out and perform above the pack.
- Gain insight into the goals and concerns of Marketing Directors so you have a better understanding of how you can make an impact.
- Receive advice for your specific challenges, issues, and/or concerns.


Cancelations made by 12:00 a.m. three business days prior to the event will be fully refunded. Due to SMPS Philadelphia's commitment with meeting facilities for food and beverage quantities, all cancelations after that time and no-shows will be ineligible for a refund. 

University Housing: What Does the Future Hold?
Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
SMPS Member, In Advance: $75.00: SMPS Non-Member, In Advance: $95.00
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
SMPS Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
1.5 CPSM credits. AIA credits pending

As a result of rapid student enrollment growth amongst U.S. higher education institutions, a need for more student housing on higher education campuses has developed nationwide. Join us on Wednesday, November 19th for an interactive panel discussion with experts on trends impacting the growing student housing sector and how your firm can capitalize on this fast-growing market.

Representatives from Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, BLT Architects, Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions and William Caruso & Associates will present the latest in student housing and dining trends. Our panelists will elaborate on the future of student housing growth as well as the recent shift toward private developer-driven student housing projects. Maggie Reed from Gilbane Building Company will moderate the discussion.

Learning Objectives

- Learn about trends in design within the higher education student housing market.
- Learn about the relationship between universities, developers, design teams, and other project team members.
- Learn about state-of-the-art trends in foodservice as it relates to student housing development.
- Learn and discuss the impact of the expansion of on-campus housing for local colleges and universities.
- Learn about the recent shift toward private developer-driven student housing.


Cancelations made by 12:00 a.m. three business days prior to the event will be fully refunded. Due to SMPS Philadelphia's commitment with meeting facilities for food and beverage quantities, all cancelations after that time and no-shows will be ineligible for a refund. 

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