Information on codes and regulations that effect architecture in New Jersey.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Advanced Barrier Free - Jack Boekhout
only space for 100 participants
Jack Boekhout’s primary business is to provide consultation on Building Codes and Accessibility Codes for Architects, Engineer’s, Contractors, Code Officials and Attorneys. Participants will be made aware of some of the fine points of Barrier Free compliance. Participants will have an opportunity to experience the problems associated with the operation of a wheelchair and crutches. The students will test the changes in level, maneuvering problems and compare them to the code text. Active participation in a wheelchair workshop is expected from all participants.
6 HSW, LU’s (Learning Units)
8:00 – 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 – 12 Noon Seminar (Part 1)
12 noon – 1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 – 3:30 PM Seminar (Part 2)
Early Rates (On or Before May 9, 2014)
o AIA Member $195
o AIAS students/ AIANJ Associate Members $145
o Non-Member $250
Late Rates (after May 9, 2014)
o AIA Member $225
o AIAS students/ AIANJ Associate Members $200
o Non-Member $300
Somerset Holiday Inn
195 Davidson Road Somerset, NJ
Please email registration to Laura Slomka at email@example.com, fax registration to 609-393-9891 or mail to: AIA NJ, 414 River View Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08611.
We are hearing that the Senate Finance Committee is planning to debate legislation next week to extend tax incentives that have expired – and that the 179D energy efficient commercial building tax deduction won’t be on the list unless they hear from the public.
The 179D deduction allows building owners to claim a tax deduction of $1.80 per sq. ft. of building area to install systems that reduce the total energy and power costs by 50 percent or more. Architects across the country have used it to make commercial, high-rise multifamily residential, health care, institutional, public, and educational facilities more efficient, and it’s helped finance projects when other funding sources dried up.
Unfortunately, 179D expired at the end of 2013. The Finance Committee has told us that they will reinstate only those incentives that have broad support. That’s why we need you to get the word out and show the Senate that 179D needs to be extended.
We need you to do the following things:
1. Send an action alert from the AIA’s advocacy center.
2. If your Senator is on the Finance Committee, contact their staff person ASAP to let them know that the 179D deduction is an important tool for energy efficiency. (See theSenator and staff list, as well as talking points below)
3. Spread the word to your networks, and urge AIA members to contact their Senators. The link above can be shared with other AIA members.
We have a good shot at getting 179D reinstated this year – but if we don’t let the Committee know we support it, it will be left out of the bill.
If you have questions, please contact Christina Finkenhofer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for your help!
Paul Mendelsohn, Hon. AIA
Vice President, Government and Community Relations
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.
When I first started working my way up through the officers ranks, I thought the presidency would be an easy position to hold. You know kiss a couple of babies, cut some ribbons, easy stuff. It is not true. This has been one of the busiest years of my life and one of the more fulfilling. I have had the benefit of a great Executive Committee, Committee Chairs and Board of Trustees. These are the members who volunteer their time and set the agenda and direction of AIA-NJ. It is hard work by a dedicated few. The AIA is like the factory in the industrial park that always has the help wanted sign out front. There is always a need for our members to join committees or become officers at the section and state level. I know Kurt Kalafsky is working on his committees for next year, if there is an interest I am sure we can find a position for you.
At the Board Meeting of September the following was reviewed.
This is just a small part of what the AIA-NJ is currently working on. Education Committee, CANstruction, Small Firm Round Table, L&GA, NJIT Center for Resiliency, Diversity, Women in Architecture, Post Sandy Regional Workshop and Membership are ongoing committees.
So the next time someone asks what is the AIA doing for me, this is just a small sampling.
The AIA-NJ will be having our Design Day Conference this week. Offering continuing education classes, world class key note speakers, design competition entries, and service award winners announced. This is the high light of our profession in New Jersey. I hope to see everyone there.
Jack Purvis, AIA
2013 AIA New Jersey President
How do I know which code to design and who is responsible for enforcement?
This seminar will show where to find the adopted codes and the modifications in the NJ State Uniform Construction Code. It will also outline the responsibilities for enforcement of the adopted codes so that when calling the local enforcing agency, the architect will know which Subcode Official to direct their question.
Speaker: Ronald J. Ferarri
Acting Construction Official, Parsippany Troy Hills, NJ
Credits: 1 HSW SD pending
Interested in attending this seminar – Register for the Design Conference – register for either full event or a-la-cart for individual seminars.
The 2013 AIA-NJ Design Conference (Oct 2nd & 3rd) will offer 15 seminars to choose from, for members to earn up to 9 CEU’s. Three tracks of courses to choose from including Code Seminars, Green/ Sustainability Seminars, or Business Management Seminars. Find out more information about the event and Register online .
AIA South Jersey/AIA West Jersey Joint Membership Meeting
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Annata Wine Bar
216 Bellevue Avenue
Hammonton, NJ 08037
Cocktails: 5:00 – 6:00pm (Cash Bar)
Repositioning the AIA Discussion: 6:15 – 6:45pm
Dinner: 6:45 – 7:45pm
** Choose from: Salmon, Flank Steak, or Chicken Piccata
Member Meeting: 7:15 – 7:45pm
** Jim Del Grosso, AIA – President of AIA West Jersey
** Bruce D. Turner, AIA – President of AIA South Jersey
** Presentation of AIA West Jersey Goettlemann Award
Presentation: 7:45 – 9:45pm
Wrap Up & Door Prizes: 9:45 – 10pm
AIA South Jersey & AIA West Jersey Members $20
Non-Members & Guests $35
Interns & AIA Associate Members FREE
Part 1 – “Resilient Design for a Post Sandy World”
Part 2 – “Camp Osborn Case Study – “The Rebirth of Camp Osborn a Neighborhood Destroyed by Super Storm Sandy”
by Jack Purvis, AIA and Verity Frizzell AIA
This program is pending approval for 3 CEUs
AIA South Jersey members and guests RSVP to Bruce Turner at (856) 405-0351 or by e-mail at email@example.com. AIA West Jersey Members and guests RSVP to Jim Del Grosso at 609-923-0346 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please RSVP by Sunday, September 15, 2013. Please RSVP with your menu selection as noted above.
AIA NJ is reinventing the 2013 Design Conference. Participants will be able to walk away with a total of 9 LU credits or pick and choose seminars on an a la carte menu suited for their needs and schedule.
October 2nd and 3rd at The Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ, the Conference will offer 15 educational sessions including design, code regulations, green living and business practices; a one-day Expo and entertaining networking opportunities.
In addition, three keynotes are scheduled to headline the event :
Find out more information at www.aia-nj.org
Registration is open now, go online today: http://conexsys.myprereg.com/Events/AIADES13/
A 5-Credit all day seminar on the updated accessibility requirements called for in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, the 2009 NJ State Building Code and the Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines. The seminar will cover both Commercial (2 hours) and Residential (3 hours) issues.
The Agenda will focus on the following:
-To review the accessibility requirements referenced by the NJ Barrier Free Subcode for commercial occupancies
-Highlight the changes and new requirements found in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
-Review the accessibility requirements referenced by the NJ Barrier Free Subcode for multi-family residential occupancies and discuss applicability of the Fair Housing Amendments Act.
Upon completion of this seminar, you will be better able to:
-Identify NJ specific accessibility requirements and distinguish between:
Federal laws (ADA, FHA, Section 504, etc…)
Accessibility code requirements (Subcode and ICC ANSI A117.1 – 2003 with NJ amendments) -Determine the extent to which accessibility code provisions apply.
Review the major differences between the:
-1991 Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) & the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
-Identify the relationship between the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and the NJ Barrier Free Subcode.
-Identify the purpose and technical requirements of the Fair Housing Act. When: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Credits: 5 HSW CES
1pm-6pm Course 6pm-7pm Cash Bar 7pm-8:30pm Dinner
Hamilton and Ward Steakhouse Center City Mall
110 Ward St, Paterson, NJ
Registration Fee: $75 ALNNJ Members $100 AIA Members
Dinner is free for all registrants and all ALNNJ Members