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In this issue:
President's Message
2010 AIA Kansas Conference
Fire Marshal Code Footprint Works  
2011 Board Candidates
New Health Insurance Program
Revised ADA
New Business Helps Architects Track Continuing Education for Licensure

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School is about to start up again.  For some of you, that means the kids are out of your hair a few hours a day again.  Others are trying to slip in that vacation while the kids are available. For me personally, it means I’m in my busiest season – getting school projects wrapped up so the kids can come back.  Hope all of you are busy too.

In these times in particular, many of us are looking for the next project that will keep the family (and firm) whole.  We are all hearing that the economy is improving and, for my part, we are seeing some higher pricing on bids from subcontractors than we were a few months ago; perhaps that is an indicator of better times.  But for each of us it comes down to whether or not we get that next project to keep firm and family whole.

AIA Kansas’ financial success is directly tied to yours.  We hope that all of you received and read my recent letter regarding chapter dues.  The board decided to waive the annual rise in dues, which is based on the CPI. We did this due to the economic times we’re all going through.  It’s not that AIA Kansas couldn’t use the money for good purposes – it was just the right thing to do.

We do hope that you will take to heart and action our request in that letter to challenge vendors who call on you to purchase a booth at the conference this year.  Also to ask them to up the ante a small amount and become an annual sponsor – it’s a bargain for the exposure.  It’s the way you can support AIA Kansas without personal cost.  The conference is coming up September 15 – 17, so now’s the time to act. Click here for more information

You will also see elsewhere in this newsletter the people who have been nominated for board positions this year.  The nominating committee did a great job putting together a slate of candidates, and we thank them, as well as the nominees that accepted the call.

Don’t forget to sign up for the conference yourself.  Good speakers, good fellowship, and learning credits galore!  See you there. 

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AIA Kansas Conference - 9/15-17

2010 AIA Kansas Conference and Exhibition
September 15-17
Maner Conference Center, Topeka

This is great time to discover new ways of doing business, new ideas in design, ways to make our buildings healthier, more efficient and less costly to construct. The recovery is coming...being ready to take advantage of all opportunities will allow us to be out front.  The sessions at this year’s conference will help you discover new ideas and ways to hasten your own recovery. Click for more information and registration. 
  Hotel Reservations - make your reservations at the Capitol Plaza Hotel,  1717 SW Topeka Boulevard. 785-431-7200 or 800-579-7937. A special conference rate of $93 is available if you say you are attending the American Institute of Architects or AIA Kansas conference. This rate is valid until August 25, 2010 - rooms and rates are not guaranteed after this date.                Back to Top

Kansas State Fire Marshal Code Footprint Submittals Workshop 

This course covers the minimum requirements for submitting a code footprint to the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office for review.  Discussion topics will include the process for submitting the code footprint, information required within the code footprint, and the common issues resulting in denials.  Specific occupancies to be discussed include: schools, childcare, and healthcare.  Presenters:  Amanda Yorkey, Education Consultant with the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office.    Other KSFM experts contributing to the course include:  The Chief of Fire Prevention, Brenda McNorton, and three Fire Protection Specialists, Jack Chatmon, Stephen Fenske, and Mike Wikle.  3 hours HSW credits.  This three-hour seminar is presented by AIA Kansas in two locations:
August 18 – Topeka, 700 SW Jackson, Florentine Room 9:00 am – Noon; Cost $30 Members; $50 Non-Members
August 19 – Wichita, 420 Emporia, 10 am – 1:30 pm – Cost includes lunch, $40 Members; $60 Non-Members  Click to register

Introduction to Decorative & Glazing Fire-Rated Glazing 101; Tuesday, August 24, 2010 from 2 pm – 5 pm at the Embassy Suites Country Club Plaza in Kansas City; Free, Register at 
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Nominating Committee Report 

AIA Kansas President Elect Gary Nevius, AIA, chaired the 2011 AIA Kansas Nominating Committee.  The other members were Bruce McMillan, AIA, Manhattan; Lynn Walker, AIA, Wichita; and Jan Burgess, AIA, Lawrence.  As no other candidates were presented via petition, the members below constitute the Slate of Candidates.  

Hans Nettelblad, AIA, President-Elect It is with utmost gratitude that I accept the nomination for President-Elect of AIA Kansas for 2011, and be provided an opportunity not only to lead our state organization, but do so in collaboration with trusted and admired colleagues.  My past experience as Secretary and Treasurer has provided a valuable foundation for my future role, which is only fortified by the examples of leadership I’ve observed in past Presidents.  Our profession is met with many challenges of all scales – how we design our projects individually to how we practice as a profession ‘globally’ in response to legislative issues, environmental impact, technology, and project delivery.  It behooves our practice to be nimble, progressive, and malleable – adapting to changes in the parameters which our product ultimately serves socially, economically, and environmentally.  Thank you, again, for the tremendous opportunity to serve and contribute to our organization.  
  Hans Nettleblad, AIA, LEEDap brings over 20 years of experience in the architectural profession.  He has been with BNIM since 1996 and is presently involved with several projects in the rebuilding of Greensburg, Kansas.  For the Greensburg Big Well Museum and City Hall Hans is serving as the project manager, and also oversaw the Greensburg Downtown Streetscape and the Greensburg High School, which opens to the students this Fall. Since 2000, Hans has led multiple projects for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Addition & Renovations which include Kirkwood Hall, Adelaide Cobb Ward Sculpture Hall, American & American Indian Gallery, and the Ancient & Egyptian Gallery renovations.
  Hans has had in-depth involvement with the entire range of project responsibilitiesand management - from the schematic design and design
development phase to construction documents, as well as construction administration on large-scale projects. He is extremely thorough, detail oriented and self- motivated and has a well-developed understanding of overseeing the design and construction process. Hans graduated from the University of Kansas in 1990 and has been a member of the American Institute of Architects since then. He isregistered in Missouri and Kansas, is a LEED Accredited Professional and has extensive experience in educational, commercial, and civic project types of various scope and size.  In May of 2007, he was appointed by Governor Kathleen Sebelius to the Kansas Energy Council, which was established by Executive Order to consider and recommend strategies related to energy use, conservation, efficiency, research, and implementation to the Kansas legislature.  In December 2008, Hans was recognized as Architect of the Year by the AIA-KC Chapter.

Seconding Statement by Christopher Mitchell AIA, Mchenry Shaffer Mitchell Architects, Inc.:  It is my privilege to second the nomination of Hans Nettelblad for the position of AIA Kansas President Elect.  I met Hans in 2000 when I started work at BNIM Architects.  I had the good fortune to work with Hans for several years on the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Renovation project.  I witnessed Hans' formative professional growth during this time period.   Throughout the course of the project, Hans had established himself as a leader within the firm and a respected architect among the Museum client group.  He has continued his leadership within BNIM as an Associate Principal. 
  Hans has extended himself into service of the AIA, particularly AIA Kansas where he has held positions of Director, Secretary and most recently Treasurer.  Hans is also committed to furthering the cause of sustainable design.  He has been Project Manager on LEED projects in Greensburg, Kansas and has also served on the Kansas Energy Council, a position appointed by Governor Sebelius in 2007.  
  Hans' unique professional experience and passion for architecture are qualities an effective leader for AIA Kansas should possess.  You would be well served to elect Hans as your next President Elect.

Charles R. Smith, AIA - Secretary
I am excited about the opportunity to continue to serve AIA Kansas as a Secretary. Since joining the profession1990, I have been active in our organization to first learn and evolve, then later as an advocate to promote our profession and our ability to have a positive impact on our communities and environment. I applaud the ideas and work of our young professionals and the renewed energy they can bring to our profession and communities. Their involvement with professional groups such as AIA Kansas as well as community involvement is essential to the prosperity of our profession and the success of our communities. AIA Kansas needs to be a resource for all individual practitioners  in Kansas. Through good community participation, good government advocacy and good design, architects can shape a better built environment. I would like to thank the nominating committee for this opportunity and would ask for your support in the elections this October.
  Charles Smith, AIA, a Principal and Vice President of Design & Information Technology at Horst Terrill & Karst Architects, is a LEED.AP. Graduating from Kansas State University, Cum Laude, and the Heintzelman Prize recipient May 1990, Chuck started his professional career in architecture at HTK Architects. Chuck has amassed over 35 years of Design and Construction, including owning a construction company in Dallas, TX. With his wife Denise and daughter Ashley, the Smith’s live and are active in the Topeka Community. Chuck has been a member of AIA Kansas since 1990 and has served in many capacities for AIA Topeka and AIA Kansas, including Past President of AIA Topeka, AIA Kansas CAD Standards Liaison to the State of Kansas, and currently completing a 2 year term as Director of AIA Kansas. While serving as Director of AIA Kansas the past two years, Smith as chaired and co-chaired the AIA Kansas Conference Committee

Seconding Statement by Mark E. Franzen, AIA - I would like to take this opportunity to second the nomination of Charles R. Smith, AIA for the position of AIA Kansas Secretary.  I have enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with Chuck for the last 20 years.  His design talents and business acumen are qualities well suited to leading AIA Kansas.  Chuck has served this last two years as an AIA Kansas Director.  His skills as a leader and drive for success have made him a proactive Board Member willing to take on new challenges and accomplish necessary change for AIA Kansas.  He has the support of his firm and partners to commit the time and resources to AIA Kansas. I am confident Charles R. Smith, AIA will serve us well and provide AIA Kansas with the leadership necessary for continued success.  I fully support Chuck for AIA Kansas Secretary and would ask your support for him when it comes time to vote this fall. 

Gwen Gigous, AIA - Treasurer
I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the AIA Kansas board.  There are many challenges we face right now, and we must work together to both promote and support our  profession.  We must educate people on the value of architects and how good, responsible design contributes to the quality of our communities.  Along with addressing the issues and problems we currently face, we also need to look to and plan for the future as our role as architects is continuously changing and becoming ever more important. 
  Gwen Gigous is a Project Architect with Schwerdt Design Group in Topeka.  After graduating from the University of Kansas in 2003, Gwen joined SDG where she has had the opportunity to work on a broad range of projects.   Gwen has been an active member of AIA on both the local & state level, and is serving as President of AIA Topeka for 2009-2010.  
Second by Peter Gierer, AIA - I am delighted to second the nomination of Ms. Gwen Gigous to be the next AIA Kansas Treasurer.  Gwen has served the last two years as President of AIA Topeka.  During this last year I have served as President Elect and have come to admire her leadership skills.  Gwen has not only successfully guided AIA Topeka though the difficulties of recession but also has added energy and intensity to the organization and programs.  Gwen is smart and direct, but most important is possessed of a wonderful sense of humor and is fun to work with. 
  Please join me in supporting the election of Ms. Gwen Gigous to the office of Treasurer, AIA Kansas. 

Amanda Moore, Associate AIA - Associate Director
  I am very honored to be nominated to be the Associate Director of AIA Kansas. Being a recent graduate and having just made the transition from the classroom to the workplace, I would like to bridge the gap between students and profes-sionals. I would like to help students and recent graduates get involved in the AIA and see that they have a place in this professional organization. I would advocate for issues that are important to Associates and make sure the voice of the Emerging Professionals is heard.  I will also help to communicate the many benefits they will experience by becoming involved in their professional organization.
   made her way to Kansas from Missouri via Iowa. She has worked at Treanor Architects P.A., in the Topeka office, since her graduation from Iowa State University in 2009. While at Iowa State University she was an active member of AIAS and had the opportunity to serve as Vice-President in the Iowa State Chapter and work closely with AIA Iowa. Now making a home in Lawrence, she is working on her IDP and is starting to take her AREs. She is excited to get more involved in AIA and become more connected to this community and the profession.

Seconding Statement by Stacey Z. Keller, Associate AIA - It is with great privilege to second the nomination for Amanda Moore’s candidacy for the Associate Director of AIA Kansas.  I have known Amanda for over 2 years while working with her at Treanor Architects, P.A., and have found her to be an outstanding young woman.  If I were to categorize her work ethic, I would have to call her a "go-getter.”  She is extremely well organized, motivated, creative, and knows how to follow-through on any task she is given.  As a fellow Girl Scout, I also know she shares in core values to serve the community.
  I am confident Amanda will excel at the position of Associate Director for AIA Kansas.  Her previous leadership roles with the AIAS at Iowa State University exemplify her interest in the promotion of the profession.  She will provide a fresh, young perspective to the board, and provide great leadership and representation for Kansas’ Associate members. 

Peter Hauff, Associate AIA - Director Representing Those Without a Local
  Recently I was part of the AIA structures task force.  Our goal was to review the structure and organization of AIA Kansas on the state and local level and develop recommendations and goals for the future of the organization.  A final report was issued to the Board of Directors in March.  While working with the task force it became apparent to me, that I am somewhat disconnected from the profession at large.  Working in a small community based firm has the benefit of building strong working relationships with local businessmen, politicians and contractors, but I realized that I need to be more proactive in seeking out opportunities to connect with the larger Architectural community for networking, learning opportunities and career development.  As Director for firms without a local AIA section, it is my hope to enhance these types of services for firms that are not located within one of the local section areas.
  I graduated from Kansas State University in 1998.  I am currently an Associate at Emig and Associates Architects in Emporia.  I have been here since 2002.  Before moving to Emporia I worked with Sloan Associates in New York and with Heckman and Associates in Independence, Kansas.  I have found great joy in working in the small firm environment and have been fortunate enough to work on a very varied group of projects from community libraries, retail, primary school, University, Childcare and Health care facilities to small residential projects.  I am currently in process of completing the ARE and plan on finishing this fall. 

Second by John E. Heckman, AIA - It is my pleasure to second the nomination of Peter Hauff to the 2011 AIA Kansas Board of Directors. I believe Peter will be able to represent the concerns and needs of the small architectural firms in the state, having worked at my firm over ten years ago and his current firm, Emig & Associates Architects. I have found Peter to be a very responsible and concerned professional who will ask questions, listen to others and respond with a solution in the best interest of AIA Kansas membership as a whole. By serving on the board, I truly believe that Peter will be an asset to AIA Kansas.

Richard Brown, AIA - Director at Large 
I am looking forward to my continued participation in AIA Kansas as a Director at Large. I have always understood the value of AIA, and the critical role it plays in our profession.  My firm, along with many others has been impacted by the recent economic slow-down.  Especially during tough times like this, it is imperative that all architects recognize the AIA as the "face of our profession” and take advantage of the benefits it provides.  As an AIA Kansas director, I will promote the interests of all architects, whether from large or small firms, and seek ways for AIA Kansas can help all of us pull through these times.
  Rick is the owner and principal architect at Richard Brown and Associates, LLC, which was established in 2005.  A 1994 graduate of KSU, Rick has over 15 years of experience in the architecture field, and 3 years in construction.  Rick has obtained a broad range of experience in a variety of project types. While working at Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture for nearly a dozen years, Rick obtained his license in 1998, and was made an associate partner in 2004.  Rick is active in his community, has been recognized on both regional and national levels, serving in AIAS, NAAB and AIA. He was chairman for the 2008 AIA Kansas Conference in Wichita, and was the president of AIA Wichita in 2009.  He has also been honored in the Wichita Business Journal’s prestigious list of ’40 Under 40’.

Seconding Statement by Elizabeth Stevenson, Assoc. AIA -  I have worked with Richard Brown for over two years, one of which encompassed the year of his Wichita AIA chapter presidency, so I feel qualified to state with confidence that Rick would be an asset to the AIA Kansas Board of Directors.  His passion for both the practice and study of architecture is inspirational; combined with his innate leadership qualities, he has become both a mentor and role model to many within the field.  Rick is an ideal choice for this position. 

Tim de Noble, AIA - Director at Large 
  Tim de Noble, AIA, is Dean, College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University and founder, deMx architecture, p.a.  He received a B.S. Arch from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1986 and a Master’s of Architecture from Syracuse University in 1991. Following graduation, de Noble taught at Syracuse University and opened his practice, with projects in Ecuador, upstate New York, and Arkansas. After teaching for two years in Florence, Italy, de Noble returned to his native Arkansas in 1997 to join the faculty at the University of Arkansas and opened denoblearchitecture, pa. The firm focuses on housing, combining the socially liberating potency of modernism with the intuitive rationality of vernacular building to generate regionally specific responses to built form and site.  Since July 2009, he has served as the dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University.  The college has completed its successful transition from undergraduate professional degree programs to professional non-baccalaureate Masters courses of study in each of the allied disciplines.

Jason Van Hecke, AIA - Director at Large
I am very appreciative for the nomination to continue serving as a Director on the AIA Kansas board.  I see this as an important opportunity to represent Wichita and surrounding areas at the state level.  AIA Kansas has a great group of leaders in place to direct the profession as we move forward and I am willing, able and interested to be a part of this group.
  Jason Van Hecke, AIA, LEEDAP is Director of Business Development and an Associate Principal at WDM Architects in Wichita, Kansas.  He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Wichita State University.  Jason has been active in AIA at both the state and local level throughout his career.  He has served two terms as a Director on the AIA Kansas board, was a Co-Chair for the AIA Kansas conference for two years and currently serves as secretary for AIA Kansas.

Seconding Statement by Nadia Zhiri, AIA - I understand that Jason Van Hecke has been nominated as a Director at Large again for the AIA. I whole heartily support his candidacy and I’d like to take this opportunity to second this action.  Previously, Jason and I served together on the AIA board. I find him an exemplary representative of our profession. His passion and character will benefit AIA Kansas.  Please accept this nomination.As there is only one candidate for each position, the election will be declared at the Annual Business Meeting on Friday, September 17, 2010.  
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NEW Health Insurance Program for AIA Members

One of the most frequently requested member benefits is access to affordable group health insurance. For the last several years, the AIA Trust has been working to identify a comprehensive and competitive health insurance program for AIA members - complicated by Federal and state regulations that make it extremely difficult to develop a national solution. The AIA Trust has just launched a new group health insurance. Back to Top

Revised ADA Regulations  

As part of the administration’s commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), President Barack Obama announced the publication of two final rules that will amend the Department of Justice’s regulations implementing Title II and Title III of the ADA.  These two rules will be published concurrently in the Federal Register.  Among the changes that will affect both rules are:

Adoption of the Revised Design Standards – New accessible design standards are established for a variety of recreational facilities, including swimming pools, playgrounds, golf courses, amusement rides, recreational boating facilities, exercise machines and equipment, miniature golf courses and fishing piers; as well as for such public facilities as courthouses, jails and prisons. 

Element by Element Safe Harbor – The department is mitigating the cost of design changes by adopting a "safe harbor” under which existing building elements that already comply with the 1991 ADA Standards for Accessible Design would not be required to be brought into compliance with the 2010 Standards until the elements were subject to a planned alteration.
Ticketing – The department has added provisions that provide guidance on the sale of tickets for accessible seating, the sale of season tickets, the secondary ticket market, the hold and release of accessible seating to persons other than those who need accessible seating, ticket pricing, prevention of the fraudulent purchase of accessible seating and the ability to purchase multiple tickets when buying accessible seating.
Service Animals – The regulations define "service animal” as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for benefit of an individual with a disability.

Wheelchairs and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices – The amended rules provide a two-tiered approach under which wheelchairs and scooters must be permitted in all areas open to pedestrian use.

Timeshares – The Title III regulation also makes clear that timeshare and condominium properties that operate like hotels are subject to title III, providing guidance about the factors that must be present for a facility that is not an inn, motel, or hotel to qualify as a place of lodging.

Reservations at places of lodging – The Title III regulation includes provisions for reservations made by places of lodging, including requirements for procedures that will allow individuals with disabilities to make reservations for accessible guest rooms during the same hours and in the same manner as other guests.

Also published today in the Federal Register were four new ADA proposals addressing the accessibility of websites, the provision of captioning and video description in movies shown in theaters, accessible equipment and furniture, and the ability of 9-1-1 centers to take text and video calls from individuals with disabilities.  The proposals, which were announced by Attorney General Eric Holder on July 23, 2010, are in the form of advance notices of proposed rulemaking, or ANPRMs, which provide information on these ADA issues and ask questions seeking comments and information from the public.  Back to Top

New Business

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  LS Credentialing Services is the single comprehensive electronic resource for built environment professionals credentialing management.  The leaders of LSCS, Lexi Selvig, Brian Chance and Jeff Holmes have over seventy years of experience within the professional built environment and software design industry.  Our expertise includes specifications writing, providers of technical and aesthetic product and service education, software and website design, marketing and project management. 
  Our service is delivered through custom software designed to efficiently and effectively monitor, manage and maintain credentials for built environment professionals.  Built environment professionals consist of architects, engineers, interior designers and others. We gather critical data, process it on an individual basis, link with the appropriate authorities, prepare and submit monthly e-mail alerts to each professional on the current status of licensure, professional organization memberships and accumulation of continuing education credit hours.  LS Credentialing Services is the single comprehensive electronic resource for built environment professionals credentialing management. 
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