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President’s Message – Be Heard !

Kurt Kalafsky, AIA

Kurt Kalafsky, AIA

2014 has been an exciting year for AIA New Jersey and our work is not done yet. In June the national delegation voted to move forward with the National repositioning effort. Many of the changes will be transparent to the average AIA member as they should be. Others will hopefully be more noticeable making our organization proactive on the national and regional stage putting the architect in the spotlight as a leader in our communities and giving more relevance to our profession. But this can’t just happen without our help. We all need to get involved and make architects noticed. Whether it is in your religious institutions, community organizations, your local AIA section or the state chapter, we all have a great deal of valuable experience to offer in support and leadership. I encourage all of our members to get out and make a difference in any way you can,

I have had the opportunity to visit with all of the sections at their monthly meetings and continuing education events. Each visit has been encouraging and uplifting to see so many new faces getting involved to help advance our profession. The next generation is our future and we need to continue to encourage and support them as they take on more leadership positions in the AIA.

Just as AIA National did, we are taking a close look at how we are operating at the state level. We have asked ourselves some hard questions. What do we do well? What do we not do well? What should we start doing? What should we stop doing? What should we continue doing? We still have a great deal of soul searching to do. Without constant self-evaluation we will quickly loose relevance.

On the legislative front, we finally got the Good Samaritan legislation passed so the Architects can volunteer their services in their local communities without the fear of litigation. Keep your eyes open for upcoming training sessions to see how you can help when the next disaster strikes. I was my honor to personally than the bill’s sponsors in the house and senate as well as the Governor on the behalf of our 1900+ members.

Speak up, be heard, after all, we are Architects!

Kurt M Kalafsky AIA

Governor Signs Good Samaritan Bill

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.

AIA-NJ President Jack Purvis AIA,  along with Homeland Security Committee Chair and Past President Laurence Parisi AIA, President Elect Kurt Kalafsky AIA, and 1st Vice President Kimberly Bunn AIA at press conference with Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald.

AIA-NJ President Jack Purvis AIA, along with Homeland Security Committee Chair and Past President Laurence Parisi AIA, President Elect Kurt Kalafsky AIA, and 1st Vice President Kimberly Bunn AIA at 2013 press conference with Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald.

Greenwald, Moriarty & Chivukula Bill to Help Improve Natural Disaster Response Signed into Law

(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.

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’.

AIA-NJ

 

BILL TO HELP IMPROVE RESPONSE TO THE NEXT SUPERSTORM SANDY RELEASED BY ASSEMBLY PANEL

njleg2_txtGREENWALD, MORIARTY & CHIVUKULA BILL TO HELP IMPROVE RESPONSE TO THE NEXT SUPERSTORM SANDY RELEASED BY ASSEMBLY PANEL

(TRENTON) – An Assembly panel on Monday approved 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.

“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 (D-Camden / Burlington). “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.”

The bill (A2025) would bolster safety inspection capacity in the aftermath of disasters like 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.
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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.

Update on NJ Good Samaritan Legislation

red_eagleThe Good Samaritan legislation that AIA-NJ has been working towards is scheduled for a hearing in the New Jersey Senate for Monday morning, January 13, 2014.  Please call or email your local NJ representatives to urge them to support and vote YES for A3694.

For more information see the October announcement on the bill:

http://blog.aia-nj.org/2013/10/28/proposed_good_sam/

Final Presidents Message for 2013

Purvis_2013My year as President of AIA-NJ is coming to an end. What a year it has been for the AIA and me.   As a result of Super Storm Sandy, AIA-NJ has come to the forefront as a source for information with regard to recovery.   Numerous members of the AIA-NJ have interviewed and articles written providing information to the public.  We have been asked to participate on committees with state agencies to offer information that only we as Architects can provide.  I want to thank our members who have stepped and provided information and are part of the solution.

2014 will provide a change the Executive Committee, Kurt Kalafsky will be President, Kim Bunn President Elect, Justin Mihalik First Vice President, Steven Lazarus, Second Vice President, Robert Cozzarelli will be the new Regional Director and Judy Donnelly will be the new secretary.  I would like to thank Verity Frizzell (2 years) as secretary and Jerry Eben (3 years) as regional Director for their hard work and dedication to AIA-NJ.  Their participation will be missed.  Jerry Eben is not retiring; he is now running for secretary for AIA National.

At the Board Meeting of December the following was reviewed.

  • Good Samaritan Bill is now before now on the agenda of our state legislatures.  Through the hard work of the L & GA committee and Chairman David DelVecchio this may become law.  This will allow AIA member who want to act as first responders in case of a disaster to be provided with liability insurance similar to that provided to the police.
  • Design Day was a huge success this year with the most design board ever submitted.   There is a committee working on next year conference chaired by Seth Leeb.  A change in the format and location are being reviewed.  There is always room for volunteer help, if you have an interest contact Seth.
  • AIA-NJ Website is about completed and should be up and running after the first of the year.
  • The Historical Preservation Committee is working on the guidelines for raising historic structures in the new flood zones.  We are having a meeting on January 11 at 9:00 at my office.  Please join us if you have an interest.

 

2014 AIA National Convention is in Chicago at the McCormick Place, June 26 – 28, 2014

The Unofficial New Jersey hotel:

Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601, Tel: (312)-565-1234

Register online: http://convention.aia.org/event/housing-travel.asp

AIA-NJ will be presenting two educational programs at the 2014 National Convention

Joe Simonetta: Politics and the Profession: NOT a Pretty Picture

Jack Purvis and Paul Barlo: The Rebirth of Camp Osborn a Neighborhood Destroyed by Super Storm Sandy

 

I want to thank the Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, Committee Chairs and the Membership of AIA-NJ for all the hard work and allowing me to be your representative of the AIA-NJ  on a State and National Level.

Jack A. Purvis, AIA

Disaster Recovery with Good Samaritan Bill

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.

IMG_3286Majority Leader Greenwald on Improving Future Disaster Response, Recovery with Good Samaritan Bill (A-3694)

See video here:  http://vimeo.com/78010727