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AIA New Jersey is pleased to announce the successful completion of one of its major legislative initiatives with the enactment of the Good Samaritan bill signed by Governor Christie yesterday. The profession will be in a position to offer its services to the people of New Jersey during a declared disaster as a first responder with the protections afforded in this statute. We want to thank our prime Sponsor Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and sponsors Assemblymen Moriarty and Chivukula and the Governor for their support. Below is a press release regarding the bill.
(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula to improve the state’s ability to respond to large-scale natural disasters has been inked into law.
The law (A-2025) bolsters safety inspection capacity in the aftermath of disasters like Superstorm Sandy – the scale of which can easily overwhelm local governments – by shielding licensed architects and professional engineers from liability when they volunteer to help local governments respond to major natural disasters.
“Whether it’s 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 (D-Camden/Burlington). “By passing a Good Samaritan law in New Jersey, we better prepare our state to respond rapidly and efficiently to the next Superstorm Sandy.”
“Not having had this protection deterred many of these professionals from volunteering their services in times of critical need, which unduly restricted our ability to quickly and effectively provide safety inspections after a large-scale disaster,” said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). “We cannot afford to go without such valuable assistance when the next big storm hits.”
“These are professionals who are willing to volunteer their time, expertise and services to help rebuild communities that have been damaged by major natural disasters,” said Chivukula (D-Middlesex/Somerset). “With the weather expected to become even more severe in the future, it will be wise to have people with expertise who are ready and able to help when the time comes.”
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, according to a 2013 Crain’s New York Business article. 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.
In contrast, Alabama’s Good Samaritan law, enacted in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, was crucial in the aftermath of devastating tornadoes that in April 2011 killed 64 people and caused $2.2 billion in damage. 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.
Under the law, 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.
We are very pleased that the governor has signed the Good Samaritan legislation, particularly with widespread support from both the the Assembly and Senate. By removing prohibitive regulations against building professionals, the Act will allow trained architects and other professionals to quickly and effectively respond to pressing infrastructural issues in times of emergency. This legislation reflects the mission of the AIA to contribute its collective expertise when it is needed most, which is crucial in the planning and rebuilding of New Jersey’s communities. We commend lead sponsor and Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, along with sponsors Paul Moriarity and Upendra Chivukula, for their sound and rational advocacy of this bill.
June 10, 2014
To My Fellow Delegates to the AIA Convention
Re: Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA
As President of AIA New Jersey, I am honored to write this support letter for a colleague and friend who as dedicated more than three decades to OUR profession and to the Institute that supports the architects and architecture across the country. Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA is second to none in the efforts he has delivered to the nearly two thousand members in this Chapter and Region.
I have served on the AIA-NJ Board with Jerry for the past five years, where he has served over twenty years. I continue to look to him for guidance based on his experience and historical knowledge of our diverse chapter. Over his career, he has served and continues to serve as a mentor to chapter leaders and to countless AIA emerging professionals. His work with advocacy here in New Jersey, where the entire congressional delegation knows his name, makes him most valuable to us and the legislation we support that helps us in our practices.
There is no doubt that he has strong leadership skills, as evidenced by his selection to testify in front of a Congressional Committee in regard to cleaning up and returning urban brownfields back on the tax rolls where they belong. Lastly his effort in raising funds for ArchiPAC and then for his 2013 Class project of bringing emerging professionals to the AIA Convention are well known.
Please see the attached flyer for more information about Jerry and please join us in supporting him for the prestigious position on the new AIA Board as Secretary of the Institute.
Most sincerely,Kurt Kalafsky, AIA President, AIA New Jersey
To see a PDF of this letter Click Here
USGBC NJ Chapter Central Branch
at the LEED Platinum Duke Farms “Farm Barn”
TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS, NETWORKING DINNER & TOUR
NEXT Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“Commercial Scale Solar/Battery Hybrids:
Implications for Community Resiliency”
By Lyle Rawlings, President & CEO of Advanced Solar Products
“Smart Micro Grid Technology: Why it’s important to YOU & your LEED project”
By Rey Montalvo, President & CEO of Consolidated Energy Design and Principal of FADRS
Meeting is from 5:30-8:30 pm
(Walking tour available for registered meeting attendees 4-5 pm)
With significant impacts resulting from recent major storms (and other causes of electrical grid outages) sustained in this region of the US, especially New Jersey, it is important for all sectors of business and government to learn about recent advances and trends in technologies geared toward greater resiliency and storm preparedness. This event’s presentations will highlight such technologies, and how they can be employed to provide a far greater degree of preparedness & resiliency than currently exists.
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COMMUNITY ROCKS! THE BLOCKS – RV
AIA‐West Jersey is offering Emerging Professionals the opportunity to design a mobile music, art studio and community outreach vehicle. AIA‐West Jersey has partnered with Community Rocks!, a non‐profit organization established to educate, strengthen and connect communities through arts and wellness programs, partnerships and relief work.
What is Community Rocks! the Blocks?
Based in Oaklyn, NJ, this program provides relief supplies to neighbors in need. Throughout the year the program collects, sorts and deliver supplies to various relief centers, churches, community spaces, individuals and families. Now, there is a plan to expand the program. The Community Rocks! RV will tour Camden, Camden County & Burlington County providing music, art and exercise programs to children, neighborhoods and community centers in need.
This is where AIA‐WJ joins the effort.
The RV is retro‐chic from the 1980s, but needs significant upgrades to achieve the following programmatic needs. This is the focus the competition:
- Art Studio / Classroom inside the RV for up to 8 children.
- Music Classroom inside the RV for up to 8 children.
- “Hang‐Out” Space for up to 4 children.
- Mobile Stage / Sound System with Speaker Hook‐up Outside the RV.
- Flexible Signage System on RV exterior.
- Storage of tents, art supplies, and equipment.
- Retain sink and toilet functions.
- Child generated art piece for interior or exterior of RV.
- Storage of goods and supplies to be delivered to local charities.
Safety, Health and Welfare
Safety of the occupants is paramount. The RV will be used to educate, stimulate and uplift children in underserved communities. This can only be achieved in safe environment. The RV will serve the children while parked, no programming will take place while the RV is in motion.
- Use of Community Rocks! Colors: Pink, Brown, Green and Yellow. (See Logo)
- Paint Exterior of RV – Pink Base Coat
- Display boards 30×40 inches depicting proposed designs.
BreastFest – The Tyanna Foundation
Sara O’Brien, Founder and Director of Community Rocks!, along with her sisters, also founded The Tyanna Foundation, which works to increase awareness and generate money for breast cancer research, services, education, treatment and patient care for local breast cancer patients and survivors. The major fundraiser for the foundation is BreastFest, a fun filled festival for the entire family offering food, drink, activities and live entertainment. To date the foundation has raised over $1,000,000 through events held in 5 different states.
Entries due to AIA‐West Jersey, Monday, June 2, 2014.
All entries will be displayed in front of the RV at BreastFest New Jersey, on June 7th, 2014, behind The Taproom and Grill in Haddon Township. Community Rocks! and The Tyanna Foundation board members and the general public will be given the opportunity to comment on the designs and ultimately select a winner.
If you are interested please contact Mark Barone, AIA by the end of business, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Thank you.
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
As part of National Architecture Week , an event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is working to increase attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design. Each day this week this blog will highlight an AIA-NJ Design Award that exemplifies this -
Shore Point Architecture Receives AIA-NJ Merit Award for Design of Mixed-Use Community Performing Arts Building in Asbury Park
Ocean Grove, N.J.-Based Firm Designs Asbury Park J.A.M.S. to Serve as ‘Gateway’ to City’s West Side
The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Ocean Grove, N.J.-based architectural design firm Shore Point Architecture with a Merit Award for its innovative design of Asbury Park J.A.M.S., a community performing arts building in Asbury Park, N.J.
“Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is a prime example of the type of dynamic project that will advance and elevate the state of architecture in New Jersey,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “Shore Point Architecture demonstrated incredible vision in designing the building, and is well deserving of this award.”
A 47,000-square-foot, mixed-use building, Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is currently in the schematic design phase. Therefore, its Merit Award was in the “Un-built” category, meant to recognize projects yet to be built, but which show great promise. The building will feature a 200-seat performance theater that will also serve as a lecture hall and home to corporate conferences. The facility will also provide television/video production capabilities, and will house museum galleries and the administrative headquarters of the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Society.
Additionally, Asbury Park J.A.M.S. will feature a café with both indoor and outdoor seating, a “boutique” hotel providing overnight lodging for musicians visiting the area and a unique rooftop performance venue, providing yet another unique experience for visitors to Asbury Park.
“Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is seen as the key element in the revitalization of the once vibrant west side of Asbury Park, as it will sit at the intersection of Springwood Avenue and Memorial Drive — literally the ‘gateway’ to the west side,” stated Stephen Carlidge, AIA, president of Shore Point Architecture. “We are extremely pleased to have been recognized by the AIA-NJ awards jury for this bold architectural statement of a building, as we believe that architecture can make a difference in making a place special and a place that people will want to be.”
The AIA-NJ Annual Design Awards program recognizes architectural projects that exhibit design excellence in one of four categories: Open (meant for any building type), Residential, Historic Preservation and Interior Architecture. Projects are further designated as either Built or Un-built. To be eligible, projects must be either located in New Jersey or designed by an AIA-NJ architect. Submitted projects are evaluated during the organization’s annual Design Conference by a group of distinguished architects from throughout the country.
The AIA 2014 Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference was held March 18th – 21st in Washington DC. A number of your AIA-NJ leaders attended and were inspired to build a better AIA.
Along with hundreds of leaders from around the country and world AIA members discussed ways to effect change. From the latest on AIA Repositioning and how it could be seen in your local AIA chapters, to hearing from candidates for national AIA offices that will help to lead AIA next year and beyond.
In addition to seminars and guest speakers, part of Thursday was spent visiting our legislators on Capital Hill. Taking issues important to all architects to our law-makers to effect change for all.
This year a number of items discussed were discussed with local representatives. Including the extension of 179D, the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction that expired at the end of 2013. The necessity of procurement standards for Design-Build method of building on government projects. Also, the National Design Services Act, a program where architecture graduates with federally subsidized student loans could work in under-served communities in exchange for reduction of student debt. Contact your local leaders to learn more on any of these items or how you can help.
During the candidates speeches, AIA-NJ member and past-president Jerome Eben, AIA, declared his candidacy for the office of AIA National Secretary. We wish Jerry Good Luck in his run for office.