In this Issue

President's Message
Legislative Update

AR34 is Back
Photo Competition
QBS Saves Over Low Bid
2010 AIA Convention
Continuing Education
Brick Award
Media Stories




Thank You 2010 Sponsors

Silver - Walter P. Moore

Henderson Engineers
McCown Gordon Construction

The Vieux from the Top

The year is off to a very good start.  Your board has had its first meeting, with lively discussions on multiple issues, including the budget for 2010.  More about that later.

The committee chairs have met.  The purpose of this meeting was to begin building relationships which will allow quick, useful communications when there are needs.  An example was exhibited recently when Julia Manglitz, chair of the Committee on Historic Preservation, provided testimony on SB 378, which would restore tax credits for restoration and preservation.  Other examples will be exhibited throughout the year as various committees provide programs for use by the Professional Development Committee, chaired by Tod Ford.

The Structures Task Force, co-chaired by Mark Franzen and Mike Seifert, continues to meet and narrow down ideas to come up with recommendations for the Board’s March meeting.  I’ve heard some exciting things from them and am looking forward to that report.

Based on recommendations from the Finance Committee, chaired by Hans Nettelblad, The Board adopted the budget for 2010.  It is very tight, as you might imagine given the current economy.  For the first time, under the leadership of Gary Nevius, board members are soliciting our consultants and contractor friends for annual sponsorships at various levels, from $1,000 to $10,000.  Have ideas of who might be a good contact that we might overlook?  Call or email Gary, Trudy or me.  You could even get the information and call someone yourself.

And of course, there is a group of people (no architects as far as I know) meeting in Topeka to make and modify laws.  A number of these, if passed, will affect your business and job outlook.  Trudy and the Legislative Committee, co-chaired by Bob Fincham and Dale Glenn, are monitoring these daily.  Trudy tells me that we have already (as of January 29) testified on five bills.  I urge you to keep up and make appropriate phone calls to your representatives.

Remember, we’re here to serve the profession.  Feel free to pass ideas on to us, and to join in.  It will strengthen us all and besides, the interaction can be fun.    Mike Vieux, AIA, AIA Kansas President             Back to Top

Legislative Update

More information is available on these and other bills of interest to members on the AIA Kansas website in the "members only” section.  To access this section, you need a user name and password.  If you have never accessed this section, your username is your first and last name, without a space.  Don’t use nicknames – use your given name – as in charlesgoodwin.  Your password is aiakansas.  You will then be able to change them.

And, the 2010 Legislative Session is off!!  It has been a very fast start to the legislative session with AIA Kansas giving testimony for or against five bills already this session.  Sometimes we don’t testify that many times in a year!  Here are the bills we testified on.  To see a copy of the bill click the bill number.

SB 378 – restores the tax credit for restoration and preservation as it should have been amended at the end of the session – reduce by 10%.  The action legislators took reduced it by nearly 80%.  Julia Manglitz, AIA, Chair of the Historic Resources Committee, testified on behalf of AIA Kansas on this bill. Great job, Julia!

HB 2183 – removes the state’s portion for capital construction for schools.  AIA Kansas testified against this bill.

HB 2280 – this is another "fairness in construction” bill introduced last year by the American Subcontractors Association with amendments even to their own bill as introduced.  AIA Kansas and a variety of owner’s groups testified against the bill.  It is still in committee.

HB 2403 – creates transparency and accountability in purchasing and state spending.  When the bill was amended to exempt a/e services from bidding for those services, AIA Kansas supported the bill.  It passed the committee with this amendment and goes to the floor of the House.

HB 2433 – allows the Kansas Regents to purchase their own products and services and not go through the state purchasing department.  AIA Kansas testified that we have been assured that this bill does not apply to a/e services.

HB 2442 – this bill is supposed to streamline state government.  The bill was amended to remove fee-funded agencies from the oversight of this commission.  AIA Kansas supported the removal of the fee-funded agencies (this includes the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions.)

Note:  AIA Kansas has much more information about the bills above and additional bills on which we have a position.  This newsletter goes beyond our membership so our government affairs policies and positions are confidential and available to members only until we go public with them.  See above to access more information at the member’s only website.  Back to Top

AR34 is Back

AIA Kansas' online magazine’s latest issue features the 2009 Design Awards due to the excellent work of Chair Eric Witmann, Associate AIA.  See the issue at
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Photo Competition – Seeking Entries

AIA St. Louis is now accepting entries for the 2010 Photo Competition; deadline is March 1, 2010. All entries are submitted on CD ROM with cash prizes ranging from $200 - $500.00. To learn more and download entry form, visit; click on Features; click on Photo Contest. Fourteen winning images will be on exhibit at the 2010 AIA National Convention in Miami and used in the 2012 engagement calendar (with 40 additional entries) published by Rizolli.
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New Study: 'QBS Saves Government Agencies More Money than 'Lowest-Bid'

BNI Building News - New joint-study shows that "qualifications" based project selection consistently means lower overall construction costs, reduced change orders, better project results and more highly satisfied owners.

A landmark university study confirms that federal and state agencies achieve lower construction costs, more efficient use of taxpayer dollars and higher construction satisfaction when procuring design and engineering services for such projects on a "qualifications” rather than a "lowest-bid” basis.
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2010 AIA Convention and Exposition

Whether you come for the education, the networking opportunities, or to see colleagues and friends, don't miss this opportunity to invest in your career!
As a new decade begins, architects and design professionals continue to navigate through a difficult economic climate while rising to the challenge of creating livable communities.  Join the dialog as we contemplate how the next ten years could change the traditional practice of architecture. 
Register by March 29, 2010 and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount.  Back to Top

Continuing Education

ADA 2004 Rewrite Seminar

Tuesday, February 23, 2010; AGC Co-Sponsors ADA Seminar in Wichita 
AGC, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Sedgwick County, and the City of Wichita, has scheduled an ADA seminar for Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at Wichita State University.  The City of Wichita continues to require all contractors doing business with the City to certify that their appropriate staffs are knowledgeable on ADA requirements.  Furthermore, failure to follow ADA guidelines will cause contractors to rework, or remove and replace, deficiencies with compliant work at their own cost.  Attendance at this seminar will allow contractors to sign this certification in good faith, and to gain adequate knowledge to avoid costly construction mistakes.  
Click for information. 

Concrete Maturity Testing Seminar

March 9, 2010 11am to 1pm; Penny’s Concrete 2nd Floor 23400 W. 82nd St., Shawnee Mission, KS 66227.  For more information call 913-341-5800
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Brick Awards

The Brick Industry Association is continuing its 21-year tradition of honoring architects for excellence in clay brick masonry and is pleased to announce a call-for-entries for the 2010 Brick In Architecture Awards. The 2010 awards competition will be conducted entirely online. Click here for complete information on eligibility, submission requirements, and judging. Click here to start your entry Deadline for submission of all entries is April 30, 2010.
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Media You May Find Interesting

Click Green - Top ten green building trends for 2010 - Street Journal - Half Of Non-Residential Buildings Will Be Green By 2015 –Study;

Fast Company – The Brightest Green Projects of 2009;
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