Architects Laud Introduction of Bipartisan National Design Services Act As Way to Cut Spiraling Student Loan Debt
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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."
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!
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