• 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

              


Happy Hour!

Join our affiliates this Thursday!

 

Click here to view the details

 

PKN & Drinks x Design

Call for Presenters

 

Click here to view the details

2014 BC&RC Events

CEU Seminars

 

Click here for more

AIAD Latest Articles

The Introduction of the NDSA

Architects Laud Introduction of Bipartisan National Design Services Act As Way to Cut Spiraling Student Loan Debt
This article originally appear on AIA National's website.  To see it in its original context, click here.
 
Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2014 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) today committed to timely passage of the National Design Services Act (NDSA), which will give architecture students the same relief from crushing student loan debt, already granted to young lawyers, doctors and others – in return for community service. The bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4205, was introduced Tuesday by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and co-sponsored by Rep. Greg Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) 
 
“Millions of young people aspire to help their communities build a better future – but a lack of opportunity and the crushing cost of education hold them back,” said AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA. “As a result, the design and construction industry faces a severe shortage of talent at exactly the moment America needs to rebuild for the future.
 
“We commend Congressman Perlmutter for recognizing this issue, for introducing the NDSA and for enlisting his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to work for its ultimate passage,” Ivy said. “I promise that they will have the full resources of the AIA as well as the architecture student community behind them when more than 600 AIA members convene in Washington, D.C. next week as part of the AIA’s annual grassroots conference.”
 
"The National Design Services Act will help promote sustainable economic development and jobs by ensuring aspiring architects are able to gain valuable experience while giving back to their communities designing public projects such as schools, health clinics, housing facilities and libraries,” said Rep. Perlmutter. “In return, the bill will alleviate some of the barriers new students face as they pursue their dreams in architecture." 
Read more...

EVENT | EPC Joint Meeting with CSI

Specifications 101 - Introduction to Specification Basics

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 6:30pm-9:00pm | 1.5 hours of HSW Learning Units | VisTaTech Center (Room VT 460), Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia

Seminar Description:  The purpose of this presentation is to introduce and educate emerging professionals to the concept of technical specifications as part of a design professional's responsibility in preparing Contract Documents. The purpose, structure and formatting of specifications, relative to MasterFormat, SectionFormat and PageFormat will be presented in detail. Material and product suppliers will also be present to showcase various products, according to specification divisional structuring to also provide a visual connection to the information being presented. The program will consist of a one and one-half hour technical presentation by lead specification personnel from local established architectural/engineering firms followed by a half-hour interactive product display portion.

An attendee of the presentation should leave the seminar with an improved ability to identify and generally understand the following content objectives:

  • Overview the history and evolution of technical specifications and their role and importance to Contract Documents.
  • Review the current industry structure and formatting of technical specifications as it relates to MasterFormat, SectionFormat and PageFormat.
  • Dissect example specification sections and discuss/review the coordination of technical specifications in the greater context of Contract Documents.
  • Relate the content of example technical specifications to actual products, materials, systems and assemblies to establish a better understanding as to the breadth of variety available and why specifications help to establish a desired level of quality.

This is event is free for all AIA Members and Associate members.  Check back here soon for the registration information!

Other Industry Events

ASID Holiday Hoedown Dec 6th

Join the Michigan chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers on December 6th for a holiday party. Put on your best western wear and mosey on down for a good time, celebrating the Holidays with friends and colleagues. Includes a building tour of Inalfa Roofing Systems, Appetizers, Refreshments, and Raffle Items. For more information, click here.

 

BCRC Event - Friday March 2, 2012 7:30am - 12:00 pm 4 hours of HSW Learning Units

 

SIGN UP IS NOW CLOSED. SOME TICKETS MAY BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR AT A FIRST-SOME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
Including Safe Harbor discussion applicable for 1991 ADAAG compliant facilities
Fair Housing Act
Section 504, ABA, UFAS
Michigan Building Code
Chapters- 9, 10, 11, 34 Accessibility Features
ADA Title II and Title III
Requirements for existing facilities Program Access vs. Barrier Removal standards

Commercial Applications will include relevant scoping from the 2010 ADA Standards and the Michigan Building Code and ANSI A117.1.

Throughout the presentation differences between 1991 ADAAG and the 2010 ADA Standards/Michigan Building Code/ANSI A117.1 will be highlighted.

Applying Accessibility Requirements to Additions, Alterations and Changes of Occupancy

Breakfast is sponsored by Providence Park Hospital.  Many thanks!

SPEAKER:
Jennifer L. Perry
Compliance Specialist
Accessibility Services
 
Jennifer Perry has worked in the accessibility field for over thirteen years. She provides accessibility training for architects and code officials and also provides technical assistance to these individuals.  She has developed numerous training presentations that are tailor made to specific jurisdictions nationwide. Jennifer is also involved in the model code accessibility development process via her International Code Council (ICC) committee work (Government Relations Task Group and Visitability Task Group). She provides plan review services for accessibility compliance and performs accessibility site assessments to ensure compliance with state and/or federal accessibility requirements.

Representative Assignments on which Jennifer has worked include:

  • Featured Speaker at the US Department of Justice’s Multi-Family Housing Access Forum (5/21/09), a nationwide program sponsored by the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
  • Accessibility training and technical assistance provider for the Northeast ADA Center and the Mid Atlantic ADA Center.
  • Pursuing traditional accessibility related advocacy work when necessary, including compliance with the Fair Housing Amendments Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Air Carrier Access Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,Presenting an academic research paper on Federal Accessibility Requirements for Places of Assembly, International Association of Assembly Managers, Reno, Nevada – 2004,
  • Accessibility site assessment provider for ArtReach, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, responsible for reviewing cultural venues for ADA accessibility compliance.

Prior to joining the Accessibility Services division of United Spinal Association in 2001, Jennifer worked in the organization’s Government Relations Department where she advocated for the civil rights of individuals with spinal cord injury/disease. Additionally, she has worked on implementing legislation that improved the lives of people with disabilities including extensive involvement in the adoption process of the model building code in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Perry is certified by the International Code Council as an Accessibility Specialist/Plans Examiner and she is a registered provider of continuing education for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the International Code Council (ICC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. She is also approved by the PA Department of Labor & Industry to provide plan review services in the Commonwealth for accessibility compliance. She served on the Philadelphia Accessibility Advisory Board for seven years and is a current member of the Board of Directors for the Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science & French from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA. 

Class Description

Effective Dates & Background Information

  • 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (including Safe Harbor discussion applicable for 1991 ADAAG compliant facilities)
  • Fair Housing Act, Section 504, ABA, UFAS
  • Michigan Building Code (Chapters- 9, 10, 11, 34 Accessibility Features)
  • Review of ADA Title II and Title III requirements for existing facilities: Program Access vs. Barrier Removal standards

Commercial Applications Addressed below will include relevant scoping from the 2010 ADA Standards and the Michigan Building Code and ANSI A117.1. Throughout the presentation differences between 1991 ADAAG and the 2010 ADA Standards/Michigan Building Code/ANSI A117.1 will be highlighted:

  • Exterior accessible routes (including a review of walking surfaces, where accessible routes are required, etc…)
  • Accessible Parking
  • Curb Ramps/Ramps
  • Entrances & Doors (including maneuvering clearance requirements at doors)
  • Triggers for Vertical Accessibility
  • Plumbing (toilet rooms, drinking fountains, kitchens)
  • Special occupancies (assembly areas, sales/service counters, etc…)
  • Overview of new requirements for Recreation Facilities (i.e. Pools, playgrounds, etc…)

Applying Accessibility Requirements to Additions, Alterations and Changes of Occupancy

  • 2010 ADA Standards requirements for Alterations
  • Chapter 34 Michigan Code

Special Guest Lecturer, State of Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes  - Todd Cordill and Usha Menon

Michigan Building Code requirements pertaining to accessibility

Todd Cordill, NCARB is Chief of the Plan Review Division of the Bureau of Construction Codes.  Mr. Cordill is a graduate of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and holds architect licenses in several states including Michigan.    He has also served as a member of the Lansing Historic District Commission and as a delegate for the International Code Council (ICC) code development process.

Usha Menon is a Building Plan Reviewer in the Plan Review Division of the Bureau of Construction Codes. Her primary role is the code analysis and interpretation of the State barrier free design requirements. She serves as the Bureau representative at the administrative hearings for the barrier free design exception process. She is conducting programs on barrier free design from 2004.

Directions and Map

Coming from the East: Providence Park Hospital is located off of I-96 at exit 160, the Beck Road exit. (This is the first exit past the Novi/Walled Lake exit that many people know as the Twelve Oaks Mall exit).  Head south (left) on Beck Road toward Grand River.  Pass Grand River Avenue and turn right at the first driveway.  Continue straight down this winding driveway to the Heart Institute entrance of the Providence Outpatient Center.  Enter the Heart Institute double doors and the conference rooms are located to the immediate left.

Coming from the West: Providence Park Hospital is located off of I-96 at exit 160, the Beck Road exit. (This is the first exit past the Wixom Rd exit).  Head south (right) on Beck Road toward Grand River.  Pass Grand River Avenue and turn right at the first driveway.  Continue straight down this winding driveway to the Heart Institute entrance of the Providence Outpatient Center.  Enter the Heart Institute double doors and the conference rooms are located to the immediate left.

The campus is located on the south west corner of Grand River and Beck Road.

Site Search