AIA Central Virginia Wins PAC Award

For the second time in five years, AIA Central Virginia won AIA Virginia’s annual PAC Award. As the winner, the local component will receive $1,000 from AIA Virginia for use during its 2023 Architecture Week to enhance its public outreach efforts. AIA Central Virginia and AIA Northern Virginia were the only chapters to have 100% investment participation from their Board of Directors. This 100% Board participation determined the winner. AIA Central Virginia had 6.4% of its total membership invest in the PAC, and the average contribution per member out of the total component membership of 204 individuals was $5.47.

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component that supports the advancement and mission of the PAC.  The award criteria are based on a point total calculation based on three areas: local component Board participation, percentage of local component’s membership who have invested in the PAC, and the total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

Invest today at www.aiavapac.org

PAC Award Update

With only 48 hours remaining, AIA Central Virginia continues their lead in the “Rumble in the Jungle” for the AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award

AIA Central Virginia continues to be slightly ahead of AIA Hampton Roads with 70 and 60 points respectively. AIA Blue Ridge has 30 points and AIA Richmond has 20 points. AIA Northern Virginia has not scored any points yet (come on Northern Virginia!) AIA Central Virginia is the only local component Board of Directors at 100% participation as of this date. As we have seen in past years, the leaderboard can change overnight when $1,000 is on the line!

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component that supports the advancement and mission of the PAC. The Award has historically been presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of its respective members. The award criteria is based on a point total calculation based on three areas: local component Board participation, percentage of local component’s membership who have invested in the PAC, and the total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

Below outlines point allocations:

  1. Local component Board participation
    a. Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?
    i. Yes = 20 points
    ii. No = 0 points
  2. Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC
    i. Component with highest % = 40 points
    ii. Component with second highest % = 20 points
    iii. Component with third highest % = 10 points
  3. Average investment per member from the total local component membership
    i. Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
    ii. Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
    iii. Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
    iv. Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
    v. Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

Scoring will be closed on Friday, October 14, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Make your investment today at www.aiavapac.org

PAC Award Update

AIA Central Virginia has pulled ahead in the “Rumble in the Jungle” for the AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award

With less than a month remaining in the challenge, AIA Central Virginia has surged ahead of AIA Hampton Roads! AIA Central Virginia now has 70 points and AIA Hampton Roads has 60 points. AIA Blue Ridge and AIA Richmond are tied for third with 30 points each. AIA Northern Virginia has not yet scored any points (come on Northern Virginia!) AIA Central Virginia is the only local component Board of Directors at 100% participation as of this date. Like we have seen in past years, the leaderboard can change overnight when $1,000 is on the line!

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component that supports the advancement and mission of the PAC. The Award has historically been presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of its respective members. The award criteria is based on a point total calculation based on three areas: local component Board participation, percentage of local component’s membership who have invested in the PAC, and the total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

Below outlines point allocations:

  1. Local component Board participation
    a. Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?
    i. Yes = 20 points
    ii. No = 0 points
  2. Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC
    i. Component with highest % = 40 points
    ii. Component with second highest % = 20 points
    iii. Component with third highest % = 10 points
  3. Average investment per member from the total local component membership
    i. Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
    ii. Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
    iii. Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
    iv. Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
    v. Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

Scoring will be closed on Friday, October 14, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Make your investment today at www.aiavapac.org

PAC Award Update

AIA Hampton Roads Still Leading the “Rumble in the Jungle” for the AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award

The defending champions, AIA Hampton Roads is currently leading the competition comfortably with 80 points. AIA Central Virginia has jumped up to second place with 60 points. AIA Blue Ridge is currently third with 40 points and AIA Richmond is fourth with 10 points. AIA Northern Virginia has not yet scored any points (come on Northern Virginia!) AIA Central Virginia is the only local component Board of Directors at 100% participation as of this date. Like we have seen in past years, the leaderboard can change overnight when $1,000 is on the line!

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component that supports the advancement and mission of the PAC. The Award has historically been presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of its respective members. The award criteria is based on a point total calculation based on three areas: local component Board participation, percentage of local component’s membership who have invested in the PAC, and the total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

Below outlines point allocations:

  1. Local component Board participation
    a. Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?
    i. Yes = 20 points
    ii. No = 0 points
  2. Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC
    i. Component with highest % = 40 points
    ii. Component with second highest % = 20 points
    iii. Component with third highest % = 10 points
  3. Average investment per member from the total local component membership
    i. Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
    ii. Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
    iii. Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
    iv. Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
    v. Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

Scoring will be closed on Friday, October 14, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Make your investment today at www.aiavapac.org

PAC Award Update

AIA Hampton Roads Comfortably Leading the “Rumble in the Jungle” for the AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award

The defending champions, AIA Hampton Roads is currently leading the competition comfortably with 80 points. AIA Blue Ridge is second place with 50 points. AIA Central Virginia and AIA Richmond are tied for third place with 20 points each. No local component’s Board of Directors is at 100% participation as of this date. Like we have seen in past years, the leaderboard can change overnight when $1,000 is on the line!

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component that supports the advancement and mission of the PAC. The Award has historically been presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of its respective membership. The award criteria is based on a point total calculation based on three areas: local component Board participation, percentage of local component’s membership who have invested in the PAC, and the total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

Below outlines point allocations:

  1. Local component Board participation
    a. Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?
    i. Yes = 20 points
    ii. No = 0 points
  2. Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC
    i. Component with highest % = 40 points
    ii. Component with second highest % = 20 points
    iii. Component with third highest % = 10 points
  3. Average investment per member from the total local component membership
    i. Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
    ii. Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
    iii. Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
    iv. Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
    v. Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

Scoring will be closed on Friday, October 14, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Make your investment today at www.aiavapac.org

Opportunity to Serve on the Commonwealth’s AARB

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s  Art and Architectural Review Board (AARB) reviews and advises the Governor on the acquisition and design of works of art, buildings and structures on property owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Agencies are responsible for submitting project information to AARB for its consideration.

The AARB meets year-round, in person, on a monthly basis and is comprised of seven voting members, to include a designee of the Department of Historic Resources, and six citizen members appointed by the Governor. Of the citizen members, one shall be an architect who may be appointed from a list nominated by AIA Virginia.

In June 2022, an opening to serve in this capacity will become available.  AIA Virginia plans to present a slate of qualified candidates to the Governor’s office for consideration.  For those that are interested, please email your submission to AIA Virginia Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne at cclayborne@aiava.org  by May 23, 2022, in a single pdf format. Click here for submission requirements.

All submissions will be provided to AIA Virginia’s Advocacy Advisory Council and the organization’s Executive Committee for endorsement prior to submission to the Governor.

2022 Architects SPEAK UP!

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisholm

Architecture in practice exists at the crossroads of Policy and the Built Environment. Architects regularly advance solutions that directly address the social, environmental, and economic challenges of today and tomorrow. As natural problem solvers, architects do not see empty lots as only places to build; we see them as places to build hopes and dreams.

We need your participation in AIA Virginias 2022 Architects SPEAK UP! this May.

Register by filling out this Interest Form. If you participated last year, please sign up again as we will reconvene with the legislator that you met with. All participants will be properly trained before engaging in the virtual conversations.

Program Purpose

The purpose of Architects Speak Up! meetings will be for AIA Virginia members to acquaint themselves with their in-district legislator(s) and effectively articulate the importance of architects and architecture in their community. The anticipated result is a structured and coordinated outreach event that can occur simultaneously within each of the five local components. For this years’ Speak Up! event we will be meeting and reconnecting with the nine legislators we met with last year and expanding to six new legislators.

What have we already accomplished?

AIA Virginia’s Joint Legislative Committee works in partnership with the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia during each General Assembly session for our advocacy efforts, collaborating to define common goals that benefit the combined A/E communities.

One outcome of our advocacy efforts is the strong relationships we have made with state legislators. For example, we led the passage of HB 429 Virginia Public Procurement Act, introduced by Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax). This bill simplifies the current Public Procurement Act regarding term contracts thus allowing more access for more firms. We have also passed bills that strengthen Qualifications Based Selection, impose a statute of limitations, and influence policy on school safety design.

Other ways to make a difference:

If you are not able to participate in the event, there are other ways you can support AIA Virginia’s legislative objectives! We are embarking on our 2022 PAC fundraising plan and we could really use your help and financial support in closing our fundraising gap for Q2. Can you contribute $50, $100, or $200 today? Give Now!

If you already are a supporter of the PAC or are a current participant in lobby month – thank you! Every aspect of participation helps support our collective goals. Please forward this email to your firms, colleagues, and other friends in the architecture community who are as interested and passionate as you are!

submitted by Maggie Dunlap, Assoc. AIA

Blacksburg Mayors Innovative Design Cohort Design Charrette

submitted by Rebecca W. E. Edmunds, AIA

Last summer, at the urging of Blacksburg Mayor Leslie Hager Smith, the Town of Blacksburg submitted its ideas for a retail incubator project to the Mayors Innovative Design Cohort, a national partnership between the AIA and the Mayors Innovation Project to help create zero-carbon, resilient, healthy, and equitable cities. The Blacksburg project became one of three awarded technical assistance and preliminary funding.

Blacksburg Deputy Town Manager Chris Lawrence and AIA Blue Ridge Past President Kevin Jones, AIA, led the charrette process for three groups, each composed of architects, community business leaders, and Town staff. The kick-off to the design process focused on generating ideas to transform the former Cook’s Cleaners building into a hub for new retail businesses and community engagement. The 28-foot-wide Main Street façade fronts a 170-foot-long space with roughly 4,000 net square feet of open space. The project seeks to be sustainable both in its design and its business operational model. Working with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in their Voluntary Remediation Program, a remediation plan is in place for encapsulating contaminants and installing a vapor extraction system to deal with the contaminants in the soil.

The project will potentially provide a new home with an office and shared conference space for two area nonprofits—the DBI (Downtown Blacksburg Inc.) and the Blacksburg Community Arts Information Office. DBI is seen as the potential operator/manager for the retail vendors the project hopes to attract.

Additional program elements envisioned by charrette participants include exhibition and presentation space to attract activity to benefit vendors, a work area, storage, restrooms, kitchenette, and other support spaces. They also brainstormed and presented strategies for engaging pedestrians and bringing diversity to the established restaurant and bar culture of Main Street. Elements such as small-scale performance space, area for after-hours events, art installations, and exhibitions, and transparent partitions to facilitate visibility into the deep footprint emerged as potential features by all three breakout groups. The groups emphasized flexibility in the configuration and design of retail spaces as key to accommodating a diversity of vendors and allowing for their evolution and growth over time. With socioeconomic disparities being one of the lead causes of inequity in Southwest Virginia, community members and designers alike felt outreach would be required to encourage the diversity desired.

Sustainability and resiliency in buildings drive the mission of both organizations supporting the Cohort and were topics for design and economic planning. Suggestions included solar panels on the extensive roof and green guidelines for vendor selection.

A second meeting is planned for late April, with the goal of completing the process in June for the development of an RFP for design services.

ARCHITECTS Speak Up! 2022 Registration Open

If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisholm

Architecture in practice exists at the crossroads of policy and the built environment. Architects regularly advance solutions that directly address the social, environmental, and economic challenges of today and tomorrow. As natural problem solvers, architects do not see empty lots as only places to build; we see them as places to build hopes and dreams.

We need your participation in elevating our profession: AIA Virginias ARCHITECTS Speak Up! 2022.

Architects often do not receive a seat at the table when it comes to making important policy decisions, creating a gap between seeing problems and solving them at a macro-scale. AIA Virginia’s advocacy initiatives form a natural bridge between architects and policymakers, allowing architects to be involved in the processes that impact not only our individual practices but our architectural community at large.

Advocacy means not only recognizing a problem but also taking the steps to make a difference. Good advocates organize themselves and their communities to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow. As architects, we engage in advocacy regularly during our practice – sometimes we do not even know when we are doing it!

Please register here>>

About ARCHITECTS Speak Up!

The purpose of these meetings will be for AIA Virginia members to acquaint themselves with their in-district legislator(s) and effectively articulate the importance of architects and architecture in their community. The anticipated result is a structured and coordinated outreach event that can occur simultaneously within each of the five local components. For this year’s ARCHITECTS Speak Up! event we will be meeting and reconnecting with the legislators we met with last year and expanding to 5-8 new legislators.

AIA Virginia is looking for your participation in these scheduled virtual meetings this May. We are looking to pair a few Architects with legislators from their home district. This is a tremendous opportunity to familiarize yourself with whom represents YOU in the legislative chambers in Richmond. We want you to advocate and introduce yourself and AIA Virginia as a resource for industry issues in a relaxed (Zoom) environment. 

PAC:

If you are not able to participate in ARCHITECTS Speak Up!, then that’s ok!

There are other ways you can support AIA Virginia’s advocacy and community engagement objectives. We are embarking on our 2022 PAC fundraising plan and we could really use your help and financial support in closing our fundraising gap for Quarter 1. Can you invest $50, $100, or $200 today? You can invest at Supporters of the AIAVA Political Action Committee – AIAVA PAC.

Every aspect of participation helps support our collective goals. Please forward this email to your firms, colleagues, and other friends in the architecture community who are as interested and passionate as you are.

General Assembly Wrap-Up

The General Assembly adjourned sine die on March 12. The House and Senate were not able to come to an agreement on the budget and had a number of bills in conference that were not finished. As a result, the General Assembly will be coming back for a special session to finish all unresolved business. At this point, it is unclear exactly when this session will occur but it will happen sooner rather than later. When the legislature does reconvene, they will be limited to only working on the budget and any other bills that were still pending in conference committees at the time of adjournment.

Below is a list of the key bills that AIA Virginia worked on during this Session and the respective results:

HB 429 – Bulova and SB 225 – McPike – Virginia Public Procurement Act; architectural and professional engineering term contracting.

[AIA/ACEC Bill – Signed by President of Senate]

This legislation provides that the sum of all projects performed in an architectural and professional engineering contract term shall not exceed $10 million, and the fee for any single project shall not exceed $2.5 million. The bill allows a contract for multiple architectural or professional engineering projects to be renewable for up to three additional terms at the option of the public body. Current law limits the sum of all projects performed in a one-year contract term to $750,000, with up to four additional one-year terms at the option of the public body, and limits the fee for any single project to $150,000, with numerous specific exceptions to those limits, including a limit for total projects for rail projects of $5 million and for highway projects, $8 million. This bill simplifies the code section so that there is continuity between jurisdictions regarding limits on term contracts while providing more access for firms. Both of these bills have been signed by the President of the Senate and are on the way to the Governor’s desk.

HB 971 – Byron – Commonwealth’s taxation system; conformity with the Internal Revenue Code, etc.

[Signed by Governor]

Governor Youngkin signed this bill into law that ensures aid granted to businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program and Rebuild Virginia grants during the pandemic will not be treated as taxable income.

For a complete list of legislation that AIA Virginia was monitoring and weighing in as appropriate at the following link>>