June 24 - June 25
The call for entries for the 2012 Young Architect Award (presented annually at the Awards for Design Excellence celebration in the fall) is now open. The submission deadline is close of business, Friday, July 27, 2012. Full details on requirements and submissions can be found by clicking here.
About the award:
In the tradition of the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows, AIA Philadelphia's Steering Committee of Fellows seeks to identify and recognize a young architect of exceptional achievement for past accomplishment and future promise.
The latest I-Code books from the International Code Council can now be purchased at the AIA Bookstore + Design Center's Arch Street location and online at www.aiabookstore.com. Stop by the store or shop online for 2012 and 2009 editions of the International Building Code® (IBC® ), International Residential Code® (IRC®), Accessibility PocketBook and more!
What’s new in the 2012 I-Codes? Click here to find out!
The law firm of Bodell Bove, LLP has selected Eimer Design to relocate and re-image their new offices. The design concept is to integrate cutting-edge contemporary finishes, details and lighting within existing wood-paneled traditional office space.
The PA/NJ/DE Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) presented architecture firm Francis Cauffman with its Best Interior Design Award of 2012 for the new headquarters of law firm Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP in Wilmington, DE. This is the second consecutive year Francis Cauffman has won this award. The architecture firm also received an Honorable Mention for Organization of Interior Space for the USM, Inc’s headquarters.
Richard A. Levine, a partner at Young Conaway said, “We are very pleased with the results of this project for its seamless melding of modern technology and historic character. The building itself has a great sense of nostalgia for many of our attorneys who actually began their legal careers within these walls. Francis Cauffman’s design honors the original features that many remember while creating a contemporary look and functionality that meet our needs.”
“This award is a testament of a client’s appreciation in the value of design. Our expertise in law planning and design led us to meet the challenge of integrating the changing needs of the law profession within a building from the previous century. It’s a honor to be recognized for this work,” stated Anthony Colciaghi, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, BD+C, Principal at Francis Cauffman.
Francis Cauffman created a design that harmonized the old and the new. They refurbished natural stone and restored the central bronze stairwell in the two-story entrances. The design team created flexible conference rooms and collaborative spaces on the first two floors. The offices on the third and fourth floors are bright and airy, with large windows, and sleek nickel and stainless steel finishes.
Francis Cauffman also received an Honorable Mention for USM’s headquarters in a former Sears department store. The design consolidated several different departments under one roof while promoting interaction between them. The large floor space is divided with wooden frames to create informal team areas. Enclosed conference rooms have glass walls to let in natural light and promote openness and transparency. A large “town center” functions as a dining area and a casual meeting place.
The William Way Senior Residences—in the works for more than two years—has at last cleared its funding hurdles and gotten a green light for construction. WRT and Pennrose Development have been working tirelessly over that time to help make this a reality.
WRT and Pennrose are teamed in this venture with the Dr. Magnus Hershfeld (DMH) Fund, a Philadelphia-based organization whose mission includes the promotion of senior services as well as youth programs for the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) community. Their goal in this project is to provide affordable housing open to all low-income persons 62 years or older, but to do so in an environment that celebrates diversity and creates a setting where elders of the LGBT community can feel fully welcome and secure. The completed facility will be only the second one in the nation with such a focus.
The 56-unit, six-story complex is to be constructed in the core of Philadelphia’s dense and very vibrant Washington Square West neighborhood. Fronting on busy 13th Street where it abuts highrise neighbors, but also extending back to one of Philadelphia’s “littlest streets” revered for its charming residential character, the project presents very unique urban design and architectural challenges. All of the planned apartments will be one-bedroom units; they are not assisted-living in the formal sense, but will provide a supportive services component. The ground floor will have 1,800 SF of commercial space, and some of that space will be available for community purposes.
WRT and Pennrose are currently on a very fast-tracked schedule, with contract documents to be finished by August 2012 and occupancy scheduled for December 2013.
Described by officials as Austin’s first truly comprehensive plan, Imagine Austin will guide the city’s robust growth over the next 20 years. The plan is the result of a two-and-a-half year collaboration among WRT and municipal staff; civic, cultural, and business associations; and the people of the Austin. Austin City Council unanimously adopted Imagine Austin on June 15, 2012.
WRT facilitated the planning process with an integrated service that included community engagement, data analysis, mapping, and implementation planning. Garner Stoll, Assistant Director for Austin’s Planning and Development Review Department was WRT’s lead client for the project. Reflecting on the successful process, Stoll said, “WRT is a delight to work with. They’re very knowledgeable, very experienced, have their feet on the ground, and are flexible. Our staff and their staff developed a strong relationship.”
All of Austin’s advocacy groups and racial and ethnic communities participated in Imagine Austin’s development. WRT Principal, John Fernsler noted that, “The plan is the result of one of the most democratic processes we’ve ever experienced.” Education was integral to meaningful engagement. As WRT Associate Planner, Nancy O’Neill explained, “We gave people the information they needed to enable them to make their own choices.” As a result, Imagine Austin genuinely reflects the ambitions and capacities of the city. Fritz Steiner, a member of the Imagine Austin Citizens Advisory Task Force observed, “The success of the plan is that it’s not viewed as WRT’s plan, it’s viewed as the citizens of Austin’s plan. The community engagement process was time consuming and often frustrating, but the plan is widely viewed as one that was produced by the community.”
Imagine Austin comprises 230 actions organized into eight priority programs. Each program is designed as the responsibility of an existing municipal department. “We involved all relevant city departments in establishing the vision and developing an implementation plan that cuts across departments,” explained David Rouse, WRT Principal. “Working with city staff was critical: successful implementation depends on their buy-in.” Rouse also noted that, “like icing on the cake,” Austin’s recently established Capital Improvement Office will coordinate implementation funding.
An energized Stoll reports, “Now that council has blessed the plan, we’re ready and able to run with it.”
Heritage Design Collaborative is pleased to introduce Kimberly S. Smeltzer as the newest member of our staff. Kim joins HDC after receiving a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University in May 2012. While at Philadelphia University she minored in Psychology and spent the Spring of 2011 abroad studying in Copenhagen at the Danish Institute.
Angelo Waters, PE, LEED AP has been promoted to Environmental Practice Leader by Urban Engineers. Waters brings twelve years of diverse experience in environmental engineering and project management to this position. In his new role, he will be responsible for the management of environmental services for public, private, and industrial sector clients, as well as integrating with Urban Engineers' various engineering disciplines.
Waters’ expertise includes NEPA compliance, environmental management systems, sustainability initiatives, Phase I/Phase II environmental site assessments, in-situ and risk-based remediation, asbestos investigations, and site development/stormwater management. He can provide a diverse range of environmental services to multiple business sectors including transit and rail authorities, transportation agencies, private developers, and industries.
A registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Waters is LEED accredited and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering and master’s degree in engineering management, both from Drexel University.
National Tile Contractors Association Workshop and Vendor Showcase
4:30 to 8:30 - Vendor Showcase - A Meet and Greet with vendors featuring Carpet, Tile, Tile Supplies, Hardwood, Vinyl, Laminate, Window Treatments
5:30 to 6:30 CEU Course on TCNA Handbook - Updating you on the Tile Council of North America's Handbook
7:00 - 8:00 - Workshop on finding hidden profits in your tile job
Over $ 5,000.00 in Door Prizes
Food and Refreshments Provided
Please email Gerry Yost for more information
William Whitaker, Curator at the University of Pennsylvania's Architectural Archives, presents the remaining examples of modernist architecture scattered around the Greater Philadelphia area. These buildings are only now beginning to be appreciated for their architectural achievements just as many of them have been or are being demolished. Come explore the buildings we grew up with before they are gone forever.
Women In Architecture is proud to present its inaugural Scholarship Event to promote open discussion of design topics affecting the Greater Philadelphia region while benefiting a student’s pursuit of architecture. The program will begin with a keynote address by Inga Saffron, notable Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic. The program will then continue with a moderated interactive discussion whereby audience input will be formulated into an editorial piece for submission to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Come join us for what is sure to be an exciting and thought provoking event bringing together professionals from throughout the region.
About the scholarship
Help support the education of a future designer! The proceeds from this event will go towards an inaugural scholarship awarded to a deserving graduating senior female student at The Charter High School For Architecture + Design (CHAD) who will be pursuing a college degree in the field of architecture and design. The scholarship will provide funds towards tuition, books, and/or supplies. The presentation of this award will be made at an upcoming WIA event.
Thank you to our sponsors:
The Lighting Practice
You can support the scholarship at Scholar level of $250 which comes with one ticket to the program.
Or you can make a contribution of any amount to the scholarship. To make a contribution, please send a check, payable to the Center for Architecture, to WIA Scholarship, AIA Philadelphia, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Sponsor opportunities are available. For information, contact Pat Gourley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the mid-20th century, Philadelphia has faced the same challenges as most post-industrial cities in the world, namely loss of manufacturing jobs, residents, and taxes. In this lecture, we'll explore how Philadelphia has faced these challenges, in what ways it has succeeded, where we still need to make progress, and what the future holds for our fair city. Current and future public and private development projects will round out our lecture series.
The ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania will host members of the architecture, engineering, and construction communities Wednesday, May 29 for an annual recognition of industry leaders and announcement of scholarships to regional students.
The ACE 12th Annual Scholarship Breakfast honorees are local individuals and a project that have positively impacted our community. This year, we are proud to honor:
John Grady, President
Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
Community Leader of the Year
Located at Five Crescent Drive in the Navy Yard
Project of the Year
Gerald M. Cope, FAIA, RIBA, Founding Partner
Cope Linder Architects
Lifetime Achievement Award (Posthumous)
Join us for our main fundraising event of the year to benefit our scholarship program.
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS are $125 and may be purchased online at http://easternpa-eorg.eventbrite.com/#
SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE - Please contact Heidi van Steenburgh by telephone (215-806-4817) or email (email@example.com).
In recent years, designers in the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) community have embraced a new methodology using building information models as the basis for a collaborative design process to meet the challenges of today’s increasingly complex and demanding project requirements.
This event is tailored to look into the multi-disciplinary project team and their best practices for using building information modeling (BIM) as a basis for a collaborative design and construction process. We will hear from leading practitioners from architectural, engineering and construction perspective.
Have you adopted BIM in your firm yet? Do you need BIM standards? Intrigued in the use of BIM in Facilities Management? Whatever your level of experience or inexperience, join us at BIM Perspectives as we explore the new technology innovations and integrations in design and construction. Learn the latest from industry leaders and hear about the advanced modeling and production techniques.
For more information and registration, please click here: http://bit.ly/13vfHRG
New developments and redevelopments are rapidly transforming Philadelphia’s North Broad Street corridor. Join ULI Philadelphia in conjunction with AIA Philadelphia on this walking tour where you will see amazing revitalization taking place, tour projects with representatives of the development teams, and share your thoughts over Happy Hour at Marc Vetri’s Alla Spina.
We’ll start from the iconic Divine Lorraine at the corner of Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue where Eric Blumenfeld plans to redevelop the 10-story building dating from 1898- – one of the first high-rise apartment buildings in Philadelphia – back to its original use as apartments. Next we’ll visit the 19-story former State office building at Broad and Spring Garden, Tower Place, by Bart Blatstein’s Tower Investments -- 204 luxury apartments with hotel-like amenities and unobstructed City views. Our last “content before cocktails” stop will be JBJ Soul Homes, a $20 million mixed-use development including retail, offices, and 55 apartments for qualified homeless/low-income/special needs residents, located at the intersection of Broad Street, Fairmount and Ridge Avenues.
Join us on May 30th beginning at 4:00pm for the tour, followed by Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30pm at Alla Spina, 1410 Mt. Vernon Street, where you’ll enjoy great appetizers and cash bar at this unique venue. Tour limited to 40 persons.
Buildings are faced each day by the constant challenges of comfort, convenience, cost, productivity, performance and sustainability. Owners, designers and builders face a continuous onslaught of new processes, technologies and offerings to help them achieve a building that is ready for future needs. We've been hearing buzz words like virtualization, BIM, the cloud, analytics, interoperability and demand response. Join us for the Bright Green buildings event where you'll learn about the proliferation of these technology based solutions and how they address the sustainability and technology needs of your buildings. Bright Green Buildings provide a dynamic environment in which converged technologies improve responsiveness, efficiency, performance and user management.
- Joe Phillips, Director, Smarter Buildings / Smarter Cities, IBM Global Business Services
- Matt Mortimore, Director, Technical Services, Einstein Healthcare Network
- Frank Nicosia, Program Director, Demand Response Services, Johnson Controls, Inc.
- Jim Barrett, National Director of Integrated Building Solutions, Turner Construction
This two-evening course has been updated to include sample test questions. The evaluation, selection, and integration of mechanical, electrical, and specialty systems in building design and construction. Content Areas: Codes & Regulations; Environmental Issues; Plumbing; HVAC; Electrical; Lighting; Specialties. Vignette: Mechanical & Electrical Plan.
June 5 & 6, 2013, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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You can register for this sessions and other remaining sessions from the above website link. Course costs vary. There is a significant discount for AIA Associate members (any chapter). All courses unless otherwise noted take place at the Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia
PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. WALK IN REGISTRATION IS NOT AVAILABLE
June 5 & 6: Building Systems
September 21 & 28: Structural Systems
October 26: Schematic Design and Building Design & Construction Systems
November 9: Site Planning & Design (Wallace Roberts & Todd, 17th & Market Sts., Philadelphia)
For information contact Pat Gourley at 215-569-3186 x 105 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The collaboration process between architects, contractors and owners has never been better and the stakes have never been higher. With prices and demand going up, the building & design community has had to adopt new processes and most of them revolve around team collaboration.
On Tuesday, June 11, the AIA-GBCA Joint Committee is holding a live presentation featuring the use of Building Information Technology (BIM) and Web-based Project Management Systems. Participants will include BIM and Project Management Staff from Torcon, Design Professionals from The Ballinger Company and you, the audience, at the Center for Architecture.
BIM and web-based management tools help architects, contractors and engineers make informed decisions throughout the design and construction process. A BIM model becomes a repository of building information critical to the long term use by the building owner. Web-based tools keep the project information flow moving quickly and efficiently. You’ll see for yourself how collaboration is key to the continued success of the building & design community and how these tools support the process.
This program will be helpful for anyone in the building and design industry who wants to get a better understanding of the collaboration process, especially those new to the architecture, engineering and construction fields.
3:30 – 4:00 Registration
4:00 – 5:30 Presentation and Q & A
5:30 – 6:30 Reception
The June ARE Study Session will focus on the vignette of the Structural Systems exam (SS) for the first hour. The second hour will be the multiple choice section of the Building Systems exam (BS). If you would like to connect with us online, please RSVP to email@example.com for the login info. If you have a Structural 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.
Join our friends from the Community Design Collaborative at Erie Lanes in June for their annual FUNdraiser! All proceeds from this freewheeling event support the Collaborative's programs to strengthen neighborhoods through design. Contact Chris Mohr (firstname.lastname@example.org) about sponsor opportunities. Sign up your team now and take advantage of our early bird rates!
Get ready for the 17th annual BOWLING BALL, the Community Design Collaborative's outrageous bowling competition and fun(d)raiser!
Join us at Erie Lanes June 15, 2013, for a mixer at six and tenpins at seven. Food, beverage, shoes, and bowling balls included! You can also try for fabulous raffle prizes.
All proceeds from the Bowling Ball support the Collaborative's programs to strengthen neighborhoods through design. Prizes will be given to best and worst bowlers, and for team spirit – so have your team dress in a creative, themed costume for a chance to win!
Register online: http://bowlingball2013.eventbrite.com
Urban Land Institute's Place Making 2013 will convene the diverse players necessary to make mixed-use and transit-oriented develpment work. You will find partners for new porjects, practical examples of what is working in today's economic climate, and the cutting-edge research on demographic and financing trends for which ULI is known.