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Sponsored by the Center for Resilient Design New Jersey Institute of Technology
Design experts and other development professionals will present ideas for (re)building in a resilient manner. Federal, state and local officials have been invited to raise questions and present viewpoints. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend.
Open to all
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
3:00pm – 5:0pm
AIA Room, Weston Hall, 3rd Floor, Newark, NJ
Topic: Resilient Designs Down the Shore
Guest Speakers: Jack Purvis, AIA-NJ President and S-DAT Team for Camp Osborn
Verity Frizzell, Feltz and Frizzell Architects
AIA-NJ President Jack Purvis, AIA, and the Sustainable Design Action Team (S-DAT) will present work from their public charrettes at Camp Osborn, Brick Township, New Jersey. Much of Camp Osborn was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, with fire ravaging the homesites after the storm surge ended. AIA-NJ provided design assistance to the residents and community to consider ways to rebuild in a more resilient manner.
Verity Frizzell, AIA, will present a number of design options to consider for homes along the Jersey Shore.
This is an interactive discussion and all are welcome.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 3-5pm Environmental Considerations of Resiliency
The New Jersey Institute of Technology has established a new Center for Resilient Design to ensure a resilient Post-Sandy recovery in New Jersey. Through applied research, experiential learning and civic engagement, NJIT provides federal, State and local leaders, businesses and residents with actionable 21st Century ready-to-build designs and expertise for recovery in areas hit by Hurricane Sandy and other disasters, saving homeowners, businesses and towns money and time. For more information, contact Tom Dallessio, Resilient Design Project Manager at email@example.com or call him at 973.596.5872.
This Resilient Design Roundtable was made possible by a generous grant from the Verizon Foundation.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2014 AIA SMALL PROJECT AWARDS
The Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community presents the tenth annual Small Project Award Program to recognize the work of small project practitioners and to promote excellence in small project design. This Award Program strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to all project types, including renovations and additions, no matter the limits of size and budget.
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Projects will also be displayed at the 2014 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition.
Request for Expressions of Interest
Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook Unit
Monmouth County, New Jersey
The National Park Service, with the advice of the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee, is seeking interested parties to redevelop historic structures in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Submissions are due by 5 pm December 16, 2013.
The NPS seeks proposals from individuals, governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, and non-profit or for-profit organizations and educational institutions for ideas for the re-use of 35 historic buildings in the Gateway National Recreation Area (www.nps.gov/gate) Sandy Hook Unit.
Individuals, governmental agencies, not-for-profit and for-profit orgnizations are welcome to submit proposals. All legal uses will be considered. There will be two site visits: November 6 and November 14 at 10 a.m.
Interested respondents can submit questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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AIA-NJ to Target Superstorm Sandy Relief at 15th Annual ‘Canstruction’ Event on Nov. 14 and 15
LIVINGSTON, N.J. (Sept. 5, 2013) – The New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA-NJ) Newark and Suburban section today announced that Canstruction, its annual design exhibition to benefit local food bank programs, will be held on Nov. 14 and 15 at the Livingston Mall in Livingston, N.J.
The unique food charity program is part of a national AIA-sponsored event that calls upon teams of architects, engineers, contractors and designers, as well as college design students, to design and build giant-sized structures made entirely from canned food.
After an eight-hour “Build Day” on Nov. 14, a distinguished guest panel will judge the structures on Nov. 15 at an awards gala. After winners are declared, the creations will remain on view to the general public as art exhibits.
Titled “NJ Shore CAN Rebuild – Coastal NJ Architecture,” this year’s competition encourages teams to creatively interpret and draw inspiration from New Jersey’s coastal and shore manmade and natural structures, including buildings and infrastructures.
“With New Jersey communities still recovering from the devastating impact of Superstorm Sandy, the need for community food bank support is greater than ever,” said Jack Purvis, president of AIA-NJ. “This event is one way for architects and design professionals to showcase talent, have fun and give back to communities in need in a significant way.”
Participating firms are responsible for obtaining the cans used in their structures. This involves soliciting donations from food manufacturers, supermarkets, clients, family and friends. There are still openings for creative design and building industry firms to sign up a team, and volunteers are welcome to pitch in.
“Event organizers and the registered teams are seeking support and donations for this fall’s 2013 Canstruction,” said Ronald Weston, AIA, LEED AP, who is serving as chair of the event. “Everyone CAN help make this event a success!”
At the conclusion of the exhibition, the cans are donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) for distribution to community food programs. CFBNJ distributes 40 million pounds of food and groceries each year, ultimately serving more than 1,500 nonprofit programs, including 436 programs served by its partner distribution organizations. The combined efforts of these nonprofit programs assist more than 900,000 people in 18 New Jersey counties.
This will be the 15th year for the design competition in New Jersey. Last year, New Jersey teams comprised of architects, designers and engineers used and donated over 25,100 pounds of food to build structures based on intricate designs that were conceptualized in advance.
For the third consecutive year, Simon Property Group® has generously made available its Livingston Mall as the host venue for the event. Goya Foods has also signed on again to donate canned goods to support a selected team entered in the event.
Since the founding of Canstruction, over 21 million pounds of food have been donated to community food banks to aid in the fight against hunger.
For more information on how to become a sponsor, competitor, donor or volunteer, contact Ronald Weston, AIA, at email@example.com.
Watch video taken at news conference held Monday, October 28, 2013, on the need for Good Samaritan legislation in New Jersey on the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.
Members of AIA-NJ were at the NJ State House today in support of Good Samaritan legislation.
Reprinted from: News From The Assembly Democrats
GREENWALD: GOOD SAMARITAN LAW NEEDED TO IMPROVE
RESPONSE TO THE NEXT SUPERSTORM SANDY
(TRENTON) — Joined by professional experts the day before the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy making landfall in New Jersey, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden, Burlington) called for Good Samaritan legislation to improve the state’s ability to respond to large-scale natural disasters.
Modeled after successful approaches used in 26 other states, A3694 would bolster safety inspection capacity in the aftermath of disasters like Sandy, the scale of which can easily overwhelm local governments.
“Whether it is tornadoes in Alabama, earthquakes in California or hurricanes in New Jersey, Good Samaritan laws are critical in ensuring a safe, effective and speedy response to major natural disasters,” said Greenwald. “By passing a Good Samaritan law in New Jersey, we will better prepare our state to respond rapidly and efficiently to the next Superstorm Sandy.”
Greenwald’s legislation, A3694, would shield licensed architects and Professional Engineers from liability when they volunteer their services in response to major natural disasters. Without such protection, many of these professionals are deterred from volunteering their professional aid in times of critical need—unduly restricting the ability to quickly and effectively provide safety inspections after a large-scale disaster.
“When our communities are in crisis after a natural disaster, they need all the help they can get,” said Greenwald. “Yet the potential for massive lawsuits keeps these critically needed volunteers on the sidelines. By enacting a Good Samaritan law, we will promote public safety while greatly strengthening our state’s ability to effectively respond to disasters.”
According to a 2013 article in Crain’s New York Business, nearly 400 architects stood ready to use their professional expertise to assist in assessing storm-damaged properties in New York City days after Superstorm Sandy hit. But the specter of thousands, if not millions, of dollars in potential lawsuit liability deterred the vast majority from volunteering their assistance, leaving local officials overwhelmed by the scale of the task. Without a Good Samaritan law, New Jersey faces a similar problem.
In contrast, Alabama’s Good Samaritan law, enacted in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, was crucial in the aftermath of devastating tornadoes that killed 64 people and caused $2.2 billion in damage in April 2011. In response to the devastating category EF-4 tornado, over 200 professionals volunteered nearly 1,300 hours in Tuscaloosa alone, inspecting over 7,000 buildings for safety—critical assistance given the municipality’s limited staff resources.
“Volunteer licensed architects have been a key component in disaster response across the country for decades,” said Jack Purvis, A.I.A., President of the American Institute of Architects, NJ Chapter. “Majority Leader Greenwald’s Good Samaritan legislation will promote better safety and more efficient disaster response for the next natural disaster that hits New Jersey.”
“When major disaster strikes, volunteer Professional Engineers stand ready to answer the call,” said Robert Thiel, P.E., President of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers. “Majority Leader Greenwald deserves great credit for this Good Samaritan bill, which will help New Jersey better respond to the next big storm.”
To protect property owners, licensed professionals would be shielded from liability only after meeting A3694‘s rigorous legal standards. To qualify for immunity, licensed architects or Professional Engineers must provide professional services:
* Voluntarily and without compensation;
* At the request of a federal, state or local public safety official acting in his or her official capacity;
* At the scene of a declared national, state or local emergency caused by a major hurricane, earthquake, tornado, fire, explosion, collapse or similar disaster;
* During a limited period of time after the disaster (90 days following the emergency, with extensions permitted by gubernatorial executive order under the Governor’s emergency powers)
Under the bill, licensed architects or Professional Engineers would remain liable for the full extent of damages caused by their own acts or omissions that are wanton, willful or grossly negligent.
A3694 has been referred to the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee.
National IDP Design Competition
This Competition is for those interns working with an advisor. They can earn as much as 300 hours through participation in the Competition. Prequalification is not required; only submission by due date and application fee. Teams are encouraged.
More information and forms can be viewed on the aiasfv.org website.
NJIT Technology and Society Forum
Scientists, Architects, Engineers and Musicians – What Do They Have in Common?
Wednesday, November 13, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Campus Center Ballroom
Musical Exploration with David Rimelis
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Jenny brings over 7 years of experience and works on leading the sustainability effort at Gensler. With a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from Philadelphia University, Jenny balances her knowledge of both sustainability and design throughout her work. Outside of the office, Jenny has lectured at Berkley College in Paramus NJ.
The format of this meeting will be an open discussion on carving your own path in the industry. Please come with your questions. We will follow with a brief discussion regarding next steps for WIA-NJ.
Hosted by Gensler
When: Tuesday, October 22st @ 6:00 PM
Where: 10 North Park Place, 4th Floor Morristown, NJ 07960
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org by end of Monday, October 21st