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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

CSI Monthly Meeting and Ventilated Rainscreens Combined With Mineral Wool Insulation
Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm
CSI Members Free, Guests $40
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
Architectural Glass Institute
Yes, Registration is required

There’s is an interesting case to be made for cladding systems that are open jointed, ventilated and constructed from fiber cement. As well with Mineral Wool you get the advantage of exterior insulation combined with air barrier construction to meet today’s stricter code requirements for R value and air infiltration and ex-filtration. Mineral Wool has taken the place in many designs from extruded foam insulation systems due to stricter NFPA285 fire test requirements.

As design professionals strive to maximize thermal resistance, yet reduce mass in the wall assembly, insulation is increasingly being positioned in both the stud wall and the exterior side of the building envelope. This split insulation concept has introduced a number of design issues and concerns; particularly as relates to fire resistance, moisture management, and wall drying rates. This program focuses on the unique properties of stone wool insulation, and suggests how it can improve thermal, fire, water and sound suppression performance in a well detailed wall assembly.

YAF Quizzo Night!
Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Fado Irish Pub, 1500 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Young Architect Forum
No, Registration is not required

Join YAF Philly at our first event of 2015- Quizzo Night! Our Quizzo host from last year, JB Farley, will return, bringing on another challenging game. So bring yourself, your co-workers or your friends for networking, drinks and some friendly competition. Prize for the winning team! Registration requested. Arrive by 6:00 pm to get a seat | Quizzo from 6:15-7:15 | Hang out from 7:15-8:00

2 Day SketchUp Workshop
Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:00am - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:00pm
1015 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Yes, Registration is required

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 using a plugin called Podium.

Introduction to the Living Building Challenge v3.0
Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Center Philadelphia Main Hall, 1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Philadelphia Committee on the Environment (COTE)
Yes, Registration is required

The “Living Building Challenge” is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today, and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek. The intent of the presentation is to share an introduction to the newest version of the standard, the Living Building Challenge v3.0 and discuss its concepts. The stand in comprised of 20 Imperatives that can be applied to almost every conceivable building project, of any scale and any location—be it a new building, an existing structure, or landscape.

The event is being hosted by AIA COTE and presented by the Philadelphia Living Building Challenge Collaborative.

TED Talks Co-Founder, Richard Saul Warman Lecture
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:30pm
University of Pennsylvania, Meyerson Hall: Lower Gallery, 210 South 34th St, Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required

Richard Saul Wurman seeks ways to make the complex clear. The acknowledged father of Information Architecture, he has designed and published 83 books on a range of topics, while creating conferences and new mapping projects. Co-founder of TED talks - TED was launched in 1984 out of Richard Saul Wurman's observation of a powerful convergence among three fields: technology, entertainment and design.

The Arfaa Lecture Series: WITOLD RYBCZYNSKI
Tue, 02/03/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Drexel University's Mandell Theater, 33rd & Chestnut Sts.
Department of Architecture & Interiors
No, Registration is not required
2 AIA/CES credites


Witold Rybczynski is one of the world’s most recognized and admired writers on architecture, landscape and design. His wide range of interests is matched by his astonishing record of publication including articles written for the The Atlantic, The
New Yorker,
The New York Review of Books, and the New York Times. He has written 18 books including: How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit (2013); Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities (2010); The Perfect House: A Journey with the Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio (2002); One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw (2000); A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century (1999); and Home: A Short History of an Idea (1986). Home is standard reading in architecture and interiors programs across the United States and abroad. Now a Professor Emeritus of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, from 2004-2012 he served on the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts. In 2007, Witold Rybczynski was awarded the Vincent Scully Prize by the National Building Museum and last year he was given the prestigious "Design Mind" Award at the National Design Awards.

Architecture Group Mentoring Program
Wed, 02/04/2015 (All day) - Fri, 04/17/2015 (All day)
Throughout Philadelphia
AIA Associate Committee
Yes, Registration is required
Melissa Bernstein

AIA Philadelphia's Associate Committee is organizing round five of the Group Mentoring Program for people in the architecture profession in Philadelphia. The purpose of the program is to create a dialogue between architects and aspiring architects to share career experiences and goals. It's an opportunity for mentoring-up and mentoring-down! For more on how to participate and for scheduled topics, please click here.

Each mentor group will have a college student, an intern architect, a recently licensed architect, and an experienced architect. The advantage of having one person from each level of experience is that sometimes a person needs to know about next steps for the next month or year, and sometimes a person needs advice on a five or ten year plan. Plus, those who have been in the field for many years can find out what's being taught in colleges. We had over 100 participants in each round so far.

The program is a minimum total of three hours over three months. Each group should meet at least three times, averaging once every 3 - 4 weeks, for an hour each time. You will decide with the members of your mentoring group if you want to meet in-person or via conference call. 

If you would like to participate in this program, please email with the following information by January 28th:

For students: Name, University, year in school, days of week available for meeting
(including specifying lunchtime or evening)

For intern architects, Recently Licensed Architects, and Experienced Architects:
Name, Firm Name (if applicable), years of experience, licensed/unlicensed, days of week
available for meeting (including specifying lunchtime or evening), location relative to
center city.

You do not have to be an AIA member to participate in this program!

Click here to view Group Mentoring Call for Participants

The Penn State Stuckeman School of Architecture First Friday Event
Fri, 02/06/2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Penn State Center, Engaging Philadelphia, 675 Sansom St, Philadelphia
Penn State Extension
No, Registration is not required

The Penn State Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture will be hosting a First Friday event at the Penn State Center - Engaging Philadelphia located in historic Philadelphia. The event features two project exhibitions by Stuckeman School students. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

The two projects being exhibited:

3rd Year Architecture Student Project: Conceptual models and design for a community center in Norris Square. The client became the high school students who currently receive after school support from the Norris Square Neighborhood Project.

4th and 5th Year Landscape Architecture Student Project: Urban design project taught by Bryan Hanes. Students traveled to Philadelphia every Friday and Saturday during the fall semester to work from our new studio space.

Stories from an "Architect" - Rebecca Johnson & 2015 Associate Info Session
Mon, 02/09/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
GBCA Conference Room, Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia
Associate Committee
No, Registration is not required

The AIA Philadelphia Associate Committee welcomes Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director of AIA Philadelphia & the Center for Architecture, to share her career path, her excitement for the AIA Philadelphia and her passions for emerging professionals. Along with hearing from Rebecca, the Associate Committee wants to hear from you! Come hear about our 2015 programs and events, share your ideas and get involved!

Rebecca is an experienced non-profit executive and former land use attorney with 10 years experience working on real estate development projects on behalf of the community, private developers, and local governments. In addition to her expertise on the process of developing the built environment, Rebecca draws upon her passion for improving the lives of individuals and communities through thoughtful community engagement in sustainable development from design to occupancy. Rebecca brings her experience and leadership to AIA Philadelphia and the Center for Architecture to engage, educate, and excite both AIA members and the public around issues of architecture and design. 

The Associate Committee is one of the most active, creative, and dedicated committees in AIA Philadelphia! This year, the Associate Committee has a lot of exciting programs and events: from architecture mentoring groups to ARE study sessions, the BIG event, CANstruction, construction tours, design competitions, fast forward >> Philly, Spooktacular!, Stories from an Architect, the young architects forum and our yearly Welcome Event, we demonstrate to the public the unique talents and skills that architects can bring to the community.

Join us to welcome Rebecca Johnson to the AIA and see what 2015 has in store for both the AIA Philadelphia and the Associate Committee!

Business Development from the Business Development Experts
Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:30am - 1:45pm
SMPS Member Fee $55.00; Non-SMPS Member Fee $75.00; AIA Member Fee $55.00 with code AIA
Sonesta Philadelphia, 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA
SMPS Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
1.5 CPSM; AIA Pending

According to Forbes, business development is the creation of long-term value for an organization from customers, markets, and relationships. Business development is also an integral component to building and maintaining a firm’s client base to ensure its future success.

Business development is a complex process - how do you find customers, how do you develop relationships and build your client base?

SMPS Philadelphia has identified some of the most savvy business development professionals in the region and they have agreed to discuss the skills and qualities that make a great business developer - and share a few secrets along the way.

Join us as we learn from successful business development professionals from Barton Partners, O’Donnell & Naccarato, McDonald Building Company and Stout & Caldwell Engineers & Surveyors. Through our discussion with this group of experts we will learn that business Development is a combination of strategic analysis, marketing, selling and relationship building.

Who Should Attend?
• Principles and Project Executives. Learn how to guide your team members to have a BD mentality with a focus on gaining leads and building relationships well before projects are advertised. Create seller-doers!
• Business Development Professionals. In the current competitive environment of our industry, gain an edge and learn how to be a stronger resource for your firm. Be accountable for your efforts by maximizing your strategic efforts and results.
• Marketing Professionals. The success of a written proposal, presentation or general marketing collateral can be drastically increased with the right mix of client and project intelligence.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn the value in building personal relationships with clients.

2. Explore the value of developing and cultivating strategic alliances.

3. Learn best practices for what works when networking.

4. Learn the qualities that make a great business developer.

Registration Deadline Saturday, February 7, 2015 

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.

Fire and Sound Assemblies in Multifamily Structures
Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
AIA Housing Committee
Yes, Registration is required

Join the AIA Housing Committee for this informative session on multifamily construction.  A representative from Weyerhaeuser will present this course which will address fire resistant requirements utilizing engineered wood products in Type V and III structures for floor/ceiling assemblies. Topics include code requirements for rated assemblies, testing methods, Flame Spread, Fire Retardant Treatment (FRT) and intumescent coated I-joists. Sound Transition Class (STC), Impact Insulation Class (IIC) ratings and cost effectiveness of one and two layer rated assemblies will be introduced.  Lunch will be provided.

Lightweight Insulating Concrete: The Green Roof Insulation
Tue, 02/17/2015 - 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 lunch presentation about lightweight insulating concrete systems.

Program Overview:

Lightweight Insulating Concrete Systems (LWIC) combine the unique properties of lightweight insulating concrete and expanded polystyrene foam insulating board. LWIC systems are available in a variety of designs that represent a range of compressive and tensile strengths, allowing a choice of system, based on substrate and specific project circumstances. Each design encapsulates the insulation board in insulating concrete.  This process provides fire protection, prevents air infiltration, and bonds the total insulating system to the substrate. Unlike rigid board, LWIC is re-roofable, and therefore a truly sustainable insulation system.

Learning Objectives:

All attendees can expect to achieve the following:

1. Understand the importance of insulation in green/ sustainable building design, energy efficiency, and roof system life cycle.

2. Understand the ways lightweight insulating concrete system components and performance fit into sustainable design.

3. Understand the green-related differences between lightweight insulting concrete and rigid insulation board.

Presenter Bio:

Frank Dippolito has more than 20 years of experience in engineering consulting, roofing, and construction product manufacturing. He is an active education provider for AIA, and has served as chairman of ASTM task groups focused on roofing and waterproofing materials standard development.  Frank currently oversees Siplast's technical, business development, and project management efforts in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania where he performs investigations, and provides design and construction document support for architects and engineers.  BEC-Philly thanks Siplast for being this month's lunch presentation sponsor!

February ARE Study Session
Tue, 02/17/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA and ONLINE
No, Registration is not required

The February ARE Study Session will focus on the Construction Documents and Services (CDS) Vignette and the multiple choice portion of the Building Design and Construction Services (BDC) exam. Attendees studying the vignette are encouraged to send their practice attempts to the email below for review with the group. 

Schedule – Feb. 17th, 2015:

6:30-7:00 PM Construction Documents and Services (CDS) vignette

7:10-8:00 PM Building Design and Construction Services (BDC) multiple choice

If you would like to join us online, please RSVP to for the login info. RSVPs are encouraged if you are attending in person, but walk-ins are always welcome. If you have any questions, please use the email above. 

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

Career Paths of a Marketing Coordinator
Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:30am - 1:30pm
SMPS Member Fee $15.00; Non-SMPS Member Fee $25.00
Urban Training Institute - Urban Engineers, 530 Walnut Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
SMPS Philadelphia
Yes, Registration is required
1.5 CPSM; AIA Pending

Career Paths of a Marketing Coordinator

Are you an experienced Marketing Coordinator and feel there is no upward mobility at your firm? Are you ready to take on new challenges by increasing your current responsibilities for your firm or manage your own marketing department but don’t know how to do it? This lunch-time panel discussion will provide insight from current managers and directors of marketing and business development in the A/E/C industry to those who want to take the next step in their career.

Topics addressed will include: lessons learned from their time as a Marketing Coordinator, the evolution of the Marketing Coordinator position, how to identify and engage a mentor, and advice on how to get noticed by your current manager so that you can be considered for a promotion.

Learning Objectives:

• Learn from Directors and Senior Managers of Marketing/Business Development how to stand out and progress to the next level of your career.

• Understand the mindset, attitude, and characteristics that turns a great Marketing Coordinator into an outstanding director or senior manager of Marketing/Business Development.

• Gain insight into the goals and concerns of managers so you have a better understanding of how you can make an impact on your firm.

• Receive advice about your specific challenges, issues, and/or concerns.

Registration Deadline: Saturday, February 14, 2015

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.

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
$5 for AIA Members, $10 Non Members, $5 Students
Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Women In Architecture
Yes, Registration is required

Mentoring doesn't always require a lengthy time commitment, a lot can be achieved in just 15 minutes!

Modeled after speed dating, speed mentoring focuses on a quick exchange of information in the form of small group discussions on goals and professional challenges. It’s an efficient way to rapidly build your professional network, and share successful ways to excel in the design profession. Who knows you might just find someone that is a good fit for an on-going mentor relationship!

When : Thursday February 19th, 2015   6pm-9pm
Where : Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Cost : $5 for AIA Members, $10 Non Members, $5 Students

Register today!

Light refreshments will be provided. Come and enjoy a night of networking!

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