Category Archives: Members & the Community

Latest news and information on the various ways AIA-NJ Members are involved in their New Jersey communities beyond designing the built environment.

Regional Architecture Groups Look At Critical Infrastructure in a Post-Sandy World

Reprint of article published on July 11, 2014, on NJBiz

Chapters of the American Institute of Architects from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island held a “regional recovery working group” Friday on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, focusing on changes to critical infrastructure design in a post-Hurricane Sandy world.

The event was the third in a series of Sandy-related workshops. Others have looked at Sandy’s effects on cities and coastal communities.

Speakers from both the public and private sectors weighed in Friday, touching on issues concerning resiliency, design, building codes and the coordination on the parts of regional governing bodies.

“Forums like this are pretty awesome because it’s the idea exchange that happens,” said John Boulé, a vice president of global planning firm Parsons Brinckerhoff. “Brain cells start to knock against each other … and hopefully it will spur you to some action.”

Boulé discussed protecting transportation assets and rethinking planning strategies, namely by incorporating cost-benefit analysis into the framework.

“You have to come up with different ways of thinking about risk,” Boulé said.

Scott Davis, senior advisor in the office of the secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said that at the federal level, making progress after Sandy is the goal, but it’s difficult to put broad timetables on projects.

“I think we’re all looking to move forward as quickly as possible and some projects might be more complicated than others,” Davis said.

Davis added that he feels a focus point in the future for architecture groups and others in the industry will be turning resiliency into a household word, much like sustainability is today.

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Sustainable Jersey Looking for Participants

Sustainable Jersey has contacted AIA-NJ to see if there would be interest in filling some openings on their Task Force.  Here is some information about the program.

Sustainable Jersey is supported by 24 issue-based Task Forces (TFs) that help maintain the integrity and substance of the certification program.  Over 300 leaders in New Jersey volunteer to serve on the Sustainable Jersey Task Forces from academia, the non-profit sector, the business community, and state, local, federal, and county government.  The Task Forces research and disseminate best practices, translate global and state imperatives into local actions, test sustainability planning models and develop community resources for the program.

For More Information on Sustainable Jersey Task Forces:  http://www.sustainablejersey.com/about/task-forces/

Specifically to Green Design:

•             Typically the Green Design TF meet about 2 times a year. These meetings can be scheduled when/ where/ how it is most convenient for the members to meet. They typically are about 2 hours long.

•             The expected products from a TF are “Actions” that are then Incorporated into the Sustainable Jersey Certification Program. All actions are listed here: http://www.sustainablejersey.com/actions-certification/actions/.

 

List of Current Green Design Actions:

Green Building Policy/Resolution – 5 Points

Green Building Training – 5 Points

Green Building Education – 5 Points

Commercial and Residential Buildings

  • Create a Green Development Checklist – 10 Points
  • Site Plan Green Design Standards – 20 Points

Green Design Municipal Buildings

  • New Construction  – 20 Points
  • Existing Buildings – Construction Waste Recycling  – 10 Points
  • Existing Buildings – Upgrade/Retrofit-Light Pollution  – 10 Points
  • Existing Buildings – Upgrade/Retrofit-Water Conservation  – 10 Points

 

•             After actions are added into the program, TF’s are then charged with developing training and outreach to provide support to municipalities that are looking to receive points for that action. Participants take feedback from municipalities on proposed actions and then revise the actions accordingly on annual cycle.

 

If anyone is interested in being a part of the Sustainable Jersey Green Design Task Force please contact:

Athena Sarafides, LEED AP

Sustainability and Green Energy

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Tel: (609) 777-4211

Fax: (609) 292-1921

athena.sarafides@dep.nj.gov

www.nj.gov/dep/sage

 

Architecture for Humanity REDC

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Resilience Through Education & Design Center

July 18-20 at the Seaside Heights Community Center,
1000 Bay Blvd., Seaside Heights, NJ 08751.  

Questions and comments

Contact person is: Gail Gambarini, Regional Project Coordinator, 917-751-3788,
gailgambarini@architectureforhumanity.org 

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SENATE PASSES MAJOR AIA-NJ LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE

SENATE PASSES MAJOR AIA-NJ LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE

Bill now moves to Governor Christie’s desk

Last night, the New Jersey State Senate unanimously passed A2025, a AIA-NJ-supported bill that grants immunity from liability for certain professional services rendered during emergencies under certain circumstances.

The bill was also unanimously passed by the Assembly in May, with the support of sponsors Assemblymen Lou Greenwald, Paul Moriarty, and Upendra Chivukula.

The bill now moves to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk for his signature. This is an important bill that AIA-NJ has been in support of for years. Please call or write to Gov. Christie to let him know how important this is for us:

 
Office of the Governor 
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625

609-292-6000

To send a message to the Governor online, follow

this link and select from the topic list, ‘Law & Public Safety’.

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Aging in Place Segment on CNBC

AIA-NJAIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker and AIA-NJ member William Martin, AIA, featured on CNBC On The Money in a segment called Aging in Place

View video here:

 

 

AIA Kermit Baker on CNBC On The Money

AIA Kermit Baker on CNBC On The Money

 

 

To see the On The Money segements for the week:
http://www.cnbc.com/id/15838272

Jerry Eben For Secretary

2014_eben_AIAJerome (Jerry) Eben has spent his career championing the cause of architecture.  In his continued devotion to the profession, to architects and the AIA, in March he announced his candidacy for the office of AIA Secretary of the national board.

Many of us know Jerry, a number of AIA member’s credit Jerry for bringing them to their first AIA meetings and introducing them to the organization.   If you have not met Jerry, next time you are at an AIA event, seek him out, there is a good chance you will see him.

For a snapshot of Jerry’s involvement in ‘Our AIA’ click here.

 

ASID-NJ Summer Networking Night

Join ASID-NJ for our Summer Meet & Greet — A Networking Night for all NJ’s finest design professionals.

June 25, 2014
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Stone House at Stirling Ridge

Register and RSVP:    http://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-meet-greet-registration-11839186325

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AIA South & West Jersey Joint Meeting

Functional Resilience:  The New Sustainability
Greg Winkler, AIA of Mid-Atlantic Precast Association

May 13, 2013 – Annata Wine Bar, Hammonton
5 pm to 9 pm

 

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Architecture Week 2014

Celebrate Architecture Week 2014

April 6-12, 2014

ArchWeek2014What is National Architecture Week?
National Architecture Week, April 6─12, is a time to showcase the innovative and talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to our communities and society in general.  It is annually held during the birthday week of our nation’s first president/architect, Thomas Jefferson (April 12).

 

Join us in celebrating Architecture, follow AIA national’s social media events, take the opportunity to talk about Architecture to a local group or school.  There are many ways to get involved.  Check some out here.

 

 

Update – NJ Good Samaritan Legislation

red_eagleDear Member,Late last night, the New Jersey Legislature gave final approval to what is commonly known as ‘Good Samaritan’ legislation. The bills, Assembly Bill 3694 and Senate Bill 3131 are now on the desk of Governor Christie for action.

Please call the Governor’s Office today to voice your support for the ‘Good Samaritan’ bill at (609) 292-6000. Tell his office that you are a constituent, a voter, and supporter of A3694 and S3131.

You can also email the Governor’s Office by submitting this form on the Governor’s webpage.

THE GOVERNOR HAS TO ACT WITHIN 10 DAYS. IT IS URGENT THAT YOU CONTACT THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE TODAY

The following statement from the Senate Budget Committee explains the bill and its benefits to the state.The Senate Budget and Appropriations committee reports favorably Senate Bill No. 3131.

This bill grants public employee status to licensed architects and professional engineers for certain services rendered during and following emergencies without compensation and at the request of public officials.

This “Good Samaritan” legislation provides immunity in accordance with procedures established under the “Tort Claims Act” for the licensed architects and professional engineers who volunteer time, expertise, and services to help rebuild communities that have been damaged by disasters, such as hurricanes, fires, and, tornados.

The bill provides licensed architects and professional engineers with public employee status pursuant to the Tort Claims Act and they shall not be personally liable for any personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, or other loss caused by an act, error, or omission while practicing architecture or engineering following an emergency.  In order for the public employee status to apply, the practice of architecture or engineering must be performed:

(1)  voluntarily and without compensation;

(2)  at the request of a public safety official, acting in an official capacity; and

(3)  at the scene of a declared national or State emergency caused by a major earthquake, hurricane, tornado, fire, explosion, collapse, or similar disaster or catastrophic event, during or within 90 days following the emergency, or for any extended period as determined by executive order issued by the Governor under the Governor’s emergency executive powers.

As used in the bill, “public safety official” means any appointed or elected federal, State, or local official with executive responsibility to coordinate public safety or law enforcement in the jurisdiction in which the emergency has occurred.

In addition, the public employee status and immunity will not apply, if:

(1) the architect or professional engineer, or a private entity for which the architect or engineer is employed, has an existing contract for services with the public entity, other than the State of New Jersey, whose public safety officer made the request for architectural or engineering services;

(2) the architect or professional engineer, or a private entity for which the architect or engineer is employed, enters into any contract for services that involves the performance of any additional architectural or engineering services related to the voluntary, uncompensated services performed for the public entity whose public safety officer made the request for architectural or engineering services; and

(3) the act or omission by the architect or engineer does not require the public entity to defend and indemnify a public employee pursuant to N.J.S.59:10-1 or N.J.S.59:10-2.

As reported, this bill is identical to Assembly Bill No. 3694 (1R), as also reported by the committee on this date.

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