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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

Embracing the Cloud
Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Online Event
Microsol Resources
Yes, Registration is required


When: 11:00am - 12:00pm, Tuesday June 30, 2015
Where: This is a free online seminar, but you need to register to participate
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.


Cloud technology is everywhere we turn – but what does it really mean to you? Join Autodesk Evangelist Lynn Allen as she clears up any misconceptions you might have about the Cloud and how the latest Autodesk Cloud offerings are certain to improve your design experience. The Cloud opens the door to everything from real-time collaboration and reality capture to endless design iterations, energy analysis and speedy renderings – you just need to walk through that door! Join us for this eye-opening session and experience the possibilities.

About the Presenter:

Lynn Allen, Cadalyst columnist and Autodesk Technical Evangelist, speaks to more than 30,000 users worldwide each year. For the past 22 years she has written a column for Cadalyst magazine called "Circles and Lines" and is the voice behind the popular Cadalyst videos –“Tips and Tricks with Lynn Allen”. Lynn started using Autodesk® software over 25 years ago, and taught at the corporate and collegiate level for 13 years before joining Autodesk. A sought-after public speaker with a unique comedic style, Lynn is always one of the highest rated speakers and host of Autodesk University®. The author of three AutoCAD books, her latest is entitled AutoCAD Professional Tips and Techniques.


Tue, 07/07/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Online Event
Microsol Resources
Yes, Registration is required


The continuing focus of Autodesk's 2016 products is ‘Workflow’. The integration of Revit Architecture, Structure & MEP into a single product called ‘Revit’ represents an enhanced environment where the designer can move seamlessly between tasks in the same workflow.

Autodesk Revit software is specifically built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction with a coordinated and consistent model-based approach. Autodesk Revit is a single application that includes features for architectural design, MEP and structural engineering, and construction.


Creating an Award Winning Entry and 2015 Design Awards Entry Procedures
Wed, 07/08/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

Learn how to prepare your entry to the 2015 AIA Philadelphia Awards for Design Excellence. This program will review entry requirements, show samples of award winning entries and offers some tips on how to put it all together.

Instructors will review the new online 2015 submission process.

This program is open to AIA Philadelphia members and staff of AIA Philadelphia member firms only.


August 7: Entry Forms due for Project Design Competition, Divine Detail Competition, and Exhibit only entries

August 26: Design Competition Entries due

October 2: Exhibit Boards Due

October 4 - 18: Exhibit

October 14: Design Awards Celebration

All forms will be completed in the online submission systems which will be available by July 31.



Projects, in order to be eligible for submission, must be submitted by a Philadelphia Chapter member Firm in good standing, having substantial (but in the case of multi-architectural firm projects, not necessarily exclusive) design authorship of the project. Entries from multi-office firms are limited to work designed in the Philadelphia member office. In cases of multi-firm entries, the name(s) of any collaborating firm(s) must be listed and their respective role(s) described where indicated on the entry form. Interpretation of “substantial design authorship” shall largely be left to the jury, based on role description provided by submitting firm (available prior to disclosure of firm’s identity). Projects must be submitted by an authorized principal or partner of submitting firm.

Projects submitted for the design competition in the built category must consist of space that can be occupied and must be completed at the time of entry. Built projects submitted for the design competition must have been completed after January 1, 2010. Un-built projects submitted for the design competition must have been commissioned by a client, either with the intention to build or as a stand-alone planning study/ design standard. Projects that received recognition in the un-built category in previous AIA Philadelphia awards programs can be resubmitted in the built category if appropriate or for only the exhibition. Projects that received recognition in the built category in previous AIA Philadelphia awards programs are not eligible for the competition but can be submitted for the exhibition. Divine Detail submission must be particular aspect of built project (including furnishings). Projects being submitted for exhibition only do not have to meet the occupied space or completion deadline requirements. The Chapter encourages the submission of preservation, interiors, and urban planning/community design projects in addition to architectural design projects. The jury’s decision to award any submission will be contingent on verification by AIA Philadelphia that the project meets all eligibility requirements.

The jurors will have the opportunity to do initial review at their leisure via the online submission system. The committee will meet and review the entries as a slide show projected onto a screen. Award winners will be announced at the Design Awards presentation on Wednesday, October 14 . For consideration of an award, a project must be submitted according to requirements. Submissions can be submitted in the Built or Un-built categories only and must be identified as such. The jury will have sole discretion to determine whether to select a recipient for an award and how many awards to present.

The 2015 Awards for Design Excellence exhibit will be held at The Rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place, 16th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, October 4 through October 18, 2015. Click here for board requirements.

Entry Information:

Entry form should be completed online and submitted with publicity photos  by August 7 deadline.

Entry fees:
$175 per project or $75 for Divine Detail entry only. Firms participating for the first time may submit one project at no charge. Multiple projects may be submitted. Payment is due with entry form.
• The $175 per-project entry fee covers one project only and can include project Competition (C), Design Detail Competition (D), and an exhibit Board (E). Indicate all which apply on entry form. Each project must be identified as Built or Un-built project on the entry.
• The $75 Divine Detail fee is for detail that is not related to a project submitted for the regular design competition. If submitting one project ($175) and a Divine Detail only entry from a different project ($75), the total due would be $250. The Divine Detail $75 fee does not include an exhibit board.

Publication photos:
Four images of each project are due with entry form for each project including for exhibit only projects.. Divine detail only entries required only one photo. Please indicate priority of photos in title, 1 being the preferred photo, 2 the next, etc. (for example Firm name_DoeResidence_1). Publicity photos should be in jpg format and in one file to be uploaded with entry form.  

Project Awards Competition entries:
Entries will be uploaded into online submission systems as directed in system. Entries will be in pdf or jpg format as required by submission system.. Files size is limited to 10 mb. Competition entries are limited to 13 pages, a Competition Project Information Page and twelve pages of images and project description. Click here for Form.

Divine Detail Awards Competition entries: The Divine Detail pdf is limited to three pages, a Divine Detail Project Information Page and two pages of images and information. Click here for form.

Submission procedures will be reviewed at this program.

Overview of Wood Building Design & Durable Wood Structures
Thu, 07/09/2015 - 9:30am - 12:45pm
Del Frisco's Steakhouse, 1426-28 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

The presentations in this seminar provide a review of allowable uses and best design practices associated with wood-frame construction, as well as specific considerations for durable wood structures. Following a brief discussion of wood science, the first presentation covers structural wood design for vertical (gravity) loads, common wood-frame lateral force-resisting systems, shear walls and architectural considerations such as fire protection, construction types, and building envelope. With an emphasis on building longevity, the second presentation covers moisture management techniques, preservative treatment specification, and details for controlling termites. For more information please visit

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Online Event
Microsol Resources
Yes, Registration is required


Autodesk Navisworks project review software helps architecture, engineering, and construction professionals holistically review integrated models and data with stakeholders to gain better control over project outcomes. Integration, analysis, and communication tools help teams coordinate disciplines, resolve conflicts, and plan projects before construction or renovation begins.

Join this seminar to learn about the new features including:

Autodesk rendering
Measurement tools
Point cloud enhancements
Clash detective
Navisworks/Autodesk® BIM 360TM Glue integration
Mobile model viewing

Washington Street Pier Tour and Networking: A Joint Philadelphia AIA Women In Architecture & Philadelphia Chapter NAWIC Event
Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:30pm - 7:00pm
$25 Members + Students / $35 Non-Members (Sorry, No Refunds Available)
Washington Street Pier, Philadelphia, PA
This program is presented jointly by AIA Philadelphia Women in Architecture and the Philadelphia Chapter of National Association of Women in Construction
Yes, Registration is required

Please join us on a walking tour of the Washington Street Pier. Lizzie Woods of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will be our guide. She will highlight improvements made to the pier, discuss its history and unique features. We will gather at the entrance security booth before departing on the tour. The security booth is located on the Delaware River Trail at the approximate address below.

Following the tour enjoy a beverage, appetizers and great networking at For Pete’s

Tour Address: 1301 S. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Happy Hour Address: For Pete’s Sake, 900 South Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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