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AIA Jersey Shore Meeting

 

 

 

MAY GENERAL MEETING:

Are you
Financially Prepared
for the future?

Creating a Financial Plan
by O’Leary Financial

TOPICS TO DISCUSS:
– Investing for Retirement
– Principles of Investing
– 2016 Market Review
– 2017 Outlook

LOCATION:
Spring Lake Manor
415 NJ-71, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

DATE:
Monday, May 22, 2017

AGENDA:
Registration/ Check-In – 5:00pm
EP Meet & Greet  – 5:00pm-6:00pm
Main Presentation & Dinner – 6:00pm

$20 AIA Members
$40 non-AIA Members
FREE for Students & Interns

Please RSVP to
[email protected]

Learn More or Register

AIA

AIA Newark & Suburban to Host AIA National 2018 President

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Carl Elefante, FAIA 

National AIA President, 2018

Elefante

AIA Newark & Suburban :  General Meeting #3

Design Impact Matters – Architects Shape Lives

2017 presents a changing landscape, as concerns over environmental decline, increasing atmospheric carbon, and competition for resources mount. At the same time, creative and courageous people are forging new pathways full of promise and hope. More and more research demonstrates the impact which the built environment has on many of the most daunting challenges, and also, how important transforming the built environment is in resolving them.

In 2015 and 2016, more than 200 nations including the Unites States came together to address these issues head on. In December 2015, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change was adopted, mapping out strategies to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In May 2016, Habitat III, conducted in Quito, Ecuador, adopted the New Urban Agenda which embraces the importance of urbanization in meeting human needs and correcting unintended consequences.

To achieve Paris Agreement targets and advance the New Urban Agenda, architects are called to retool how buildings are designed, constructed, and operated and to shape better lives for the clients and communities we serve: everything; everywhere; everyone.

Architects shape lives. By accepting the mandates of the Paris Agreement and New Urban Agenda, architecture’s relevance, value, and prosperity are secured for a generation or more. How will architects respond?

 

Location:  Mountain Lakes Club    18 Lake Drive, Mountain Lakes, NJ  07046

Schedule:

6-9PM

6-7 Networking/Cash Bar

7-9 Dinner/Presentation

1.5 LUs

AIA Newark & Suburban Members (Regular, Associate and Allied) FREE:  register HERE

Students, $25 when attending with a member register HERE

All Others:  $50.  You will be contacted for payment after you register HERE

Sponsored by:

Pella-Windows

Architects Action Day

Do you want your voice to be heard?

Take a stand to preserve the common values we share in our profession.

When Architects speak up,
policy makers listen.

Join AIA New Jersey
for Architects Action Day
on June 12, 2017!

This full day event will be held at the New Jersey State House in Trenton.

All are welcome to attend. No prior legislative experience is needed.

Learn More – Speak Up – Click Here –

2017 AIA TRADE SHOW

Thursday, May 25

AIA Newark & Suburban
and The Architects League of Northern New Jersey present

2017 AIA TRADE SHOW

Marriott at Glenpointe, Teaneck NJ

SEMINARS 1-4 PM for  LUs:

SEMINAR SCHEDULE Click Here

SHOW/DINNER 4-8PM (Advance registration not required)

Attendee information:

Show admission, food and beverages are free to all members of:

AIA Newark & Suburban
Architects League of Northern New Jersey
and new this year:  Interns/Staff attending with a member!

All others: $60 charge plus cash bar

This event is closed to vendors who are not participating.

VENDORS: Interested in a booth, a seminar, reaching our combined membership of 1,000 architects?  Information

Questions?  Contact Jim Ramentol:  [email protected]

East Coast Green 2017

Protecting the  Health, Safety &East Coast Green 2017 Welfare of the Public 

 

Where:      Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy
and Education, Pennington, NJ

When:       Thursday, June 22, 2017

Time:         8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Credits:     Potential of 6 LUs
 Cost:          $175 per person

Sponsorships Available

 

Spiezle Architectural Group Move to New Headquarters

Spiezle Architectural Group Announces Move to New Headquarters in Hamilton, New Jersey from Longtime Trenton Location

New Space Accommodates Increased Services, Staff and Design Capabilities

 

Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., an award-winning, full-service architectural, interior design and planning firm, announces that it is moving its headquarters from Trenton, New Jersey to a new location at 1395 Yardville Hamilton Square Road, Suite 2A, Hamilton, New Jersey.  Responding to continued growth, the Spiezle team designed a modern, more efficient space to accommodate increased services, staff, and a strengthened focus on the design side of its business.

 

The expanded Hamilton headquarters, an open-layout, contemporary space of approximately 15,000 square feet, was built to fulfill the needs of the firm’s latest growth, including Landscape Architecture and Interior Design, and the additional employees necessary to support them, as well as the continuing development of the firm’s markets in education, senior living, acute healthcare, government, commercial, hospitality, and not-for-profit.  The office was configured for optimal efficiency with all staff housed on one floor versus the previous three floors. Driving its vision for sustained expansion, the office can house an estimated 60 employees, including a build-out potential for future expansion.

 

“We are pleased to be establishing our new home in Hamilton and look forward to becoming an integral partner within the community,” said Thomas S. Perrino, president and CEO.  “Our enhanced space provides us with the ideal atmosphere to fulfill our ongoing mission to continue serving our valued clients and to develop new relationships for years to come.”

 

A state-of-the-art work environment, the office is built to inspire transparency, collaboration and creativity among professionals through a combination of open work spaces and smaller gathering areas critical to the spectrum of daily activities.  Natural light and daylighting are the driving elements for the office layout. Daylighting is the practice of placing windows or other openings and reflective surfaces so that natural light provides effective internal lighting. For example, Spiezle incorporated dimming capabilities to reduce energy usage when daylighting allows, and the furniture was specifically designed with a low horizon allowing natural light to flood the space. To encourage innovation, the creative team is strategically placed in areas along the office perimeter facing windows to optimize exposure to the natural lighting.  Senior executives enjoy open offices and “hoteling rooms” built to host private meetings or conversations.  Additional elements include a fully-equipped pantry and a small gym with a shower room.

 

“The design of our new headquarters was the ultimate collaboration engaging the extraordinary talents of all our professionals,” said Mr. Perrino. “We solicited ideas, needs and requirements from our entire staff, culminating in a space that is a true reflection of our intensely creative and team-oriented culture.”

 

 

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About Spiezle Architectural Group

Spiezle Architectural Group is an award-winning, full-service architectural and planning firm. Founded in 1954, the firm is known for innovative design, financially responsible solutions and personalized service. Spiezle serves academic, senior living, acute health care, corporate/commercial, government, hospitality, recreational and religious clients. Learn more at www.spiezle.com.

Architecture Job Opportunities – Central NJ

Spiezle Architectural Group is a 100% employee-owned firm.  We are recruiting new team members to lead projects/teams and manage clients  (for existing and future workload).  Project Architect and Project Manager positions are available now. While there isn’t a “typical day” on our team,  Project Architects/Project Managers put their talent and skills to good use through:

  • Mentor, guide, and train lesser experienced and/or unlicensed technical team members.
  • Manage a team(s) on projects that vary greatly from size, scope, and building types.
  • Use of sound architectural and design techniques, methodologies, and principles to project approach.
  • May work independently on smaller projects when appropriate.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Perform architectural assignments after receiving overview and scope.
  • Contribute to marketing proposals, tradeshows, projects as assigned.
  • Works collaboratively with Project Manager and/or Practice Leaders to select and recommend design approaches.
  • Lead teams consisting of one or more of Architectural Designers, Interior Designers,  or Landscape Architects.
  • Must understand all codes and be able to produce a complete set of construction documents including written specifications.
  • Responsible to coordinate with outside consultants including engineers.
  • Coordinates construction administration with construction managers/administrators and reviews shop drawings
  • Runs and coordinates job meetings assuring that all meeting tasks are assigned and completed
  • May assist Project Manager(s)/Practice Leaders with preparation of cost and quality estimates.
  • Attend networking functions and assist Practice Leaders in acquiring new business.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to communicate effectively both in written format and oral presentations.
  • Ability to multi-task and establish priorities.
  • Exhibits initiative, responsibility, flexibility and leadership.
  • Possess a thorough knowledge of contract administration and office procedures.
  • Working knowledge of third party consultant contract work requirements.
  • Possess an in depth understanding of the basics of most building systems.
  • Proficiency in one or more of: Revit, BIM, AutoCAD, Sketch Up, Lumion, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Microsoft Office Suite.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, CREDENTIALS

Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Architecture from an accredited university/college.

Minimum of seven years’ experience with at least one year of running projects independently.

 

Professional architect registration in the USA.

 

LEED Green Associate preferred (ability to test and successfully achieve certification within 24 months of hire is required.

 

A little bit about us:

We are 100% employee-owned.  You too can become an employee owner when you join the Spiezle team – Ask Us How!

We work hard/play hard and we offer work/life balance flexibility.  We do this through a culture of understanding that life extends beyond the practice of architecture.

Other Important Stuff:

Our benefits and compensation – Excellent!   Our Career Development Opportunities – Fantastic! Our Collaborative and Employee-Owned Culture – Awesome!

You may send a pdf resume/portfolio (or a link to same) to [email protected] or call 609.695.7400 x274.

www.spiezle.com

Equal Opportunity Employer

AIANJ EPiC May 2017 Newsletter

The AIANJ EPiC May 2017 Newsletter is out.
Find out more about the AIA New Jersey Emerging Professionals Community here.

Read the full newsletter here.

 

Effective May 1, 2017: N.J.A.C. Rule Adoption allowing Digital Signing and Sealing of Documents

NEW JERSEY REGISTER

Copyright © 2017 by the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law

VOLUME 49, ISSUE 9

ISSUE DATE: MAY 1, 2017

RULE ADOPTIONS

LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY

DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS

STATE BOARD OF ARCHITECTS

49 N.J.R. 1093(a)

Adopted Amendments: N.J.A.C. 13:27-3.1, 6.2, 6.3, and 8.9

Adopted New Rules: N.J.A.C. 13:27-6.5 and 8.10

Digital Signing and Sealing of Documents

Proposed: October 3, 2016, at 48 N.J.R. 2028(a).

Adopted: February 24, 2017, by the New Jersey State Board of Architects, Obiora C. Agudosi, RA, President.

Filed: March 29, 2017, as R.2017 d.079, with non-substantial changes not requiring additional public notice and comment (see N.J.A.C. 1:30-6.3).

Authority: N.J.S.A. 45:3-3 and 45:3A-13.

Effective Date: May 1, 2017.

Expiration Date: February 7, 2018.

Summary of Public Comments and Agency Responses follows:

The official comment period ended December 2, 2016. The Board received one comment on the notice of proposal from Marc Pfeiffer, Assistant Director, Bloustein Local Government Research Center, Rutgers University. In order to ensure compliance with the Administrative Procedures Act and the rules promulgated by the Office of Administrative Law, the comment period was reopened and extended from December 19, 2016, to January 17, 2017. The Board received no additional comments during the extension.

1. Mr. Pfeiffer applauds the Board’s proposal, noting his support for the Board’s move to accept digital seals and signatures. However, he expresses concern that the link in proposed new N.J.A.C. 13:27-6.5(a)1 and 8.10(a)1 to the standards developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is to a third-party web address and not to an address maintained by NIST. He recommends that the link be changed to a web address managed by NIST.

RESPONSE: The Board thanks Mr. Pfeiffer for his comments and understands his concern over the link. Third-party addresses can be altered or become defunct. The Board is changing N.J.A.C. 13:27-6.5(a)1 and 8.10(a)1 and changing the link so it goes to the document hosted directly on the NIST website.

Summary of Agency-Initiated Changes: The State Board of Architects is changing N.J.A.C. 13:27-6.5 and 8.10 on adoption to correct an error in the year listed as the publication date of the FIPS PUB 186-4 document. As proposed, it says the publication was released in 2014. The publication was actually released in 2013.

Federal Standards Statement

A Federal standards analysis is not required because the adopted amendments and new rules are subject to State statutory requirements and are not subject to any Federal requirements or standards.

Full text of the adoption follows (additions to proposal indicated in boldface with asterisks *thus*; deletions from proposal indicated in brackets with asterisks *[thus]*):

SUBCHAPTER 3. ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE AND RESPONSIBILITY

13:27-3.1 Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

. . .

“Electronic transmission” means the transmission of electronic data files from one electronic device to another. The term includes manual delivery of electronic data storage media from one person or entity to another.

. . .

“Seal” means a digital or impression type seal meeting the requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:27-6.5 and 8.10 and affixed to a document by a licensee.

“Signature” means a digital or handwritten signature of a licensee affixed to a document in accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:27-6.5 and 8.10.

SUBCHAPTER 6. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A TITLE BLOCK

13:27-6.2 Title block contents; requirements by form of architectural practice

(a) When the architect practices as an individual or sole proprietor the title block shall contain:

1.-4. (No change.)

5. The name, license number, and space for the signature of the architect in responsible charge, and the date when signed.

(b) When a partnership or limited liability partnership of two or more licensed architects or closely allied professionals, in which at least one partner is an architect, practice architecture, the title block shall contain:

1.-4. (No change.)

5. The name, license number, and space for the signature of the architect in responsible charge, and the date when signed.

(c) When professionals practice architecture as a professional service corporation organized under N.J.S.A. 14A:17-1 et seq., the title block shall contain:

1.-4. (No change.)

5. The name, license number, and space for the signature of the architect in responsible charge, and the date when signed.

(d) Title block contents for a general business corporation or limited liability company authorized to practice architecture under a Certificate of Authorization issued pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:27-4.8 shall contain:

1.-4. (No change.)

5. The full name, license number, and space for the signature of the architect in responsible charge, and the date when signed.

(e)-(h) (No change.)

13:27-6.3 Signing and sealing construction documents

(a)-(b) (No change.)

(c) Construction documents and the title pages of the specifications for filing with a public agency or for the owner’s legal documentation requirements may be digitally signed and sealed if the digital signature and seal meet the requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:27-6.5. An architect using a seal press shall seal construction documents only with seal presses purchased or exchanged through the Board. 1

3:27-6.5 Digital signatures and seals

(a) A digital signature and seal shall possess the same weight, authority, and effect as handwritten signature and pressure seal when the following criteria are met:

1. The digital signing and sealing process satisfies the requirements of the Digital Signature Standard (DSS) established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, FIPS PUB 186-4 *[(2014)]* *(2013)*, which is incorporated herein by reference, as amended and supplemented. This standard may be obtained at: *[http://cryptome.org/2013/07/NIST.FIPS.186-4.pdf]* *http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/FIPS/NIST.FIPS.186-4.pdf*. The digital signature and seal must be:

i. Unique to the licensee;

ii. Verifiable by a trusted third party or some other approved process as belonging to the licensee;

iii. Under the licensee’s direct and exclusive control; and

iv. Linked to a document in such a manner that the digital signature and seal is invalidated if any data in the document is changed. Once the digital signature and seal are applied to the document, the document shall be available in read-only format if the document is to be digitally transmitted.

(b) A licensee who digitally signs and seals a document shall maintain a digital copy of the electronically transmitted document that has also been digitally signed and sealed for future verification purposes.

(c) The pictorial representation of the digital signature and seal shall be readily available to the Board upon request and shall be produced in a [page=1094] manner acceptable to the Board. It shall contain the same words and shall have substantially the same graphic appearance and size as when the image of the digitally transmitted document is viewed at the same size as the document in its original form.

(d) Licensees are responsible for the use of their private digital keys. A lost or compromised key shall not be used and the licensee shall cause a new key pair to be generated in accordance with the criteria set forth in (a) above. A licensee shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that a compromised key is invalidated, and shall inform all affected clients that the digital key has been compromised.

SUBCHAPTER 8. LICENSED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

13:27-8.9 Seal and signature

(a)-(d) (No change.)

(e) Construction documents and the title pages of the specifications for filing with a public agency or for the owner’s legal documentation requirements may be digitally signed and sealed if the digital signature and seal meet the requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:27-8.10.

13:27-8.10 Digital signatures and seals

(a) A digital signature and seal shall possess the same weight, authority, and effect as handwritten signature and pressure seal when the following criteria are met:

1. The digital signing and sealing process satisfies the requirements of the Digital Signature Standard (DSS) established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, FIPS PUB 186-4 *[(2014)]* *(2013)*, which is incorporated herein by reference, as amended and supplemented. This standard may be obtained at: *[http://cryptome.org/2013/07/NIST.FIPS.186-4.pdf]* *http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/FIPS/NIST.FIPS.186-4.pdf*. The digital signature and seal must be:

i. Unique to the licensee;

ii. Verifiable by a trusted third party or some other approved process as belonging to the licensee;

iii. Under the licensee’s direct and exclusive control; and

iv. Linked to a document in such a manner that the digital signature and seal is invalidated if any data in the document is changed. Once the digital signature and seal are applied to the document, the document shall be available in read-only format if the document is to be digitally transmitted.

(b) A licensee who digitally signs and seals a document shall maintain a digital copy of the electronically transmitted document that has also been digitally signed and sealed for future verification purposes.

(c) The pictorial representation of the digital signature and seal shall be readily available to the Board upon request and shall be produced in a manner acceptable to the Board. It shall contain the same words and shall have substantially the same graphic appearance and size as when the image of the digitally transmitted document is viewed at the same size as the document in its original form.

(d) Licensees are responsible for the use of their private digital keys. A lost or compromised key shall not be used and the licensee shall cause a new key pair to be generated in accordance with the criteria set forth in (a) above. A licensee shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that a compromised key is invalidated, and shall inform all affected clients that the digital key has been compromised.

END

Bergen County is Celebrating National Historic Preservation Month and you are invited!

award-announce-02228_001In celebration of May 2017 National Historic Preservation Month, Bergen County will hold the 2017 Historic Preservation Commendation Awards on Thursday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located at 113 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ.
The 2017 Awards will be presented by Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III, Members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Historic Preservation Advisory Board and the Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. A reception will follow the ceremony.
The public is invited to the program and reception. All are welcome.
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Advisory Board Member William J. Martin, AIA will Emcee the event on behalf of the Historic Preservation Advisory Board. The 12 member board is well stocked with AIA members, volunteering their time and expertise to promote and protect the culture and history of Bergen County. Bill is joined by Board Chairman Bruce A. Barton, AIA, Matthew Wolchko, AIA and John Cohen, AIA.
 
The Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board serves as a resource to the Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and to the County Executive and the Freeholders on historic preservation policy, interpretive programs, operation of county historic sites and facilities, preparation of a County Preservation Master Plan, and on acquisition and preservation of properties as county-owned historic sites. The board reviews applications and recommends funding for the Historic Preservation Trust Fund component of the BC Open Space Trust Fund, sponsors the annual County Historic Preservation Awards, reviews construction and development applications from the public and private sectors that may impact historic sites, sponsors educational seminars pertaining to preservation subjects, and, when requested, provides technical assistance on historic preservation to municipalities and private individuals.