PAC Award Update

AIA Hampton Roads Still Holds Narrow Lead in “Rumble in the Jungle” PAC Competition

  1. AIA Hampton Roads – 60 points
  2. AIA Central Virginia – 50 points
  3. AIA Richmond – 40 points
  4. AIA Northern Virginia – 20 points
  5. AIA Blue Ridge – 0 points

Winner receives $1,000 for its use for Architecture Week 2020.

As of July 1, no Board has reached 100% PAC participation.

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

Below outlines point allocations:

Local component Board participation
Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?

  • Yes = 20 points
  • No = 0 points

Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC

  • Component with highest % = 40 points
  • Component with second highest % = 20 points
  • Component with third highest % = 10 points

Average investment per member from the total local component membership

  • Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
  • Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
  • Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
  • Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
  • Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

The scoring will be closed on October 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component who supports the advancement and mission of the PAC. The Award will be 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 total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

What Advocacy Means to Me

Jeremy Maloney, AIA

As architects, we have an inherent social mission to better the world, but it takes more than design to elevate the profession. Investing in the AIAVA PAC is an opportunity to empower our leaders, increase awareness, encourage growth, and ensure that all our voices are equally valued, appreciated, and heard. It is this faithful and honest support of our advocates that will promote, preserve, and increase the vitality of our profession.
Do more; support our advocates! Donate to the PAC.

Jeremy S Maloney, AIA, NCARB, SEED
Architect, President
Altruistic Design

Call for Entries: PAC Pin Design

The Problem
Historically, members who invest in AIA Virginia’s Political Action Committee (PAC) have received a lapel pin that can be worn to demonstrate his/her support of our legislative efforts. The existing pin has become dated as it uses the organization’s past name of VSAIA (Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects). AIA Virginia’s Government Advocacy Advisory Council and PAC Board of Trustees desires to engage the membership in the creation of a new pin that represents AIA Virginia.

Submission Requirements

  • The lapel pin will be given to investors of the AIA Virginia PAC
  • It should be suitable to be worn by both, men and women
  • Identify colors being proposed
  • Sketch your proposed design on a napkin
  • Submission should include recommended lapel dimensions
  • Under the sketch, use one sentence to articulate the vision of the design to the jury.
  • Photograph it and email it to Corey Clayborne at cclayborne@aiava.org
  • Submissions Due: Friday, August 16, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. EST

Prize

  • The winner will receive free admission to Architecture Exchange East 2019 as a guest of the Government Advocacy Advisory Council and PAC Board of Trustees
  • The winning submission will be presented at Architecture Exchange East 2019 in conjunction with the “Rumble in the Jungle” award

About the AIA Virginia have a Political Action Committee?

  • Like many professions and occupations, architects have interests that specifically impact our profession, practice, and our community
  • The legislative and regulatory environment is arguably the most important arena that impacts how we provide our professional services
  • When proposed legislation is passed, it becomes law. Therefore, some proposed ideas have good motives, but unintentional consequences. We, as architects, want to have an influential voice in this arena which allows us to control our destiny.
  • We can’t have an influential voice without having relationships. As such, the PAC allows us to build these necessary relationships
  • Investing time [working on a campaign – knocking on doors] and capital in a candidate is the most effective way to build a relationship. The PAC invests capital. Candidates often use these funds for campaigns or other vehicles to carry out the goals of his/her constituents
  • Our investments provide opportunities to educate legislators about what we do. Remember, the General Assembly is comprised of members of varying backgrounds, professions, experiences, and cultures.

PAC Award Update

Defending Champion AIA Central Virginia Closes Margin to 10 points in “Rumble in the Jungle”

  1. AIA Hampton Roads – 60 points
  2. AIA Central Virginia – 50 points
  3. AIA Richmond – 40 points
  4. AIA Northern Virginia – 20 points
  5. AIA Blue Ridge – 0 points

Winner receives $1,000 for its use for Architecture Week 2020.

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

Key stats:

  1. No Board has reached 100% PAC participation as of June 4
  2. 5% of the AIA Central Virginia membership has invested in the PAC [Leads all to date]
  3. The average  $/component member spans from $2.45 to $10.26 across the five components

Below outlines point allocations:

Local component Board participation
Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?

  • Yes = 20 points
  • No = 0 points

Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC

  • Component with highest % = 40 points
  • Component with second highest % = 20 points
  • Component with third highest % = 10 points

Average investment per member from the total local component membership

  • Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
  • Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
  • Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
  • Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
  • Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

The scoring will be closed on October 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component who supports the advancement and mission of the PAC. The Award will be 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 total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

“Just Do It”

When asked to describe what it means to me, I had to give it some thought, because when it came time to do it, I would just follow that old Nike slogan, “Just Do It.”

J. Kenneth Payne, Jr., AIA, LEED AP BD+C
  • Appreciation: It has given me a greater appreciation and understanding of all of those who came before me and continue alongside me to better our profession and our built environment.
  • Discovery: It has allowed me to discover new ideas and ways to see things – I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know until I knew.
  • Vocalizing: It offers me a say in those things that matter most.
  • Opportunities: It has opened up so many new doors and put me in positions to actually influence the outcomes and make a difference.
  • Contributing: It involves time and/or money – but the rewards and results have been tremendous and far exceed what I have given.
  • Alliances: It has allowed me to develop new relationships, including some with the most unlikely groups, such as, code officials (huh?), lawyers (seriously?), and those – engineers (HA)!
  • Caring: It shows I care enough about something to do it; and being able to say, “Because I care” is all I need to say.
  • Yearning: It brings me such gratitude that it makes me want to do more.

So, I challenge you to determine what it means to you, and once you figure it out – “Just Do It.”

[Hint: Put the first letters of each bulleted word together and you got it.]

Advocacy Success

“Did You Know?”

SB 1331 – Public school buildings and facilities; modernization

Introduced by: Senator Stanley

Effective date: July 1, 2019

In this legislation, it states that it is the intent of the General Assembly that new public school buildings and facilities and improvements and renovations to existing public school buildings and facilities be designed, constructed, maintained, and operated to generate more electricity than consumed.   This bill allows a local school board to enter into a lease agreement with a private entity to achieve such standards. 

AIA Virginia worked with Senator Stanley to add language to this bill that requires the architect that is hired under this private entity lease arrangement be done so in accordance with the Virginia Public Procurement Act.  This allows design excellence to be maintained through selecting the most qualified design team to achieve the scope of work.

If you have any questions, please feel free to submit them to Corey Clayborne, AIA at cclayborne@aiava.org

PAC Award Update

AIA Hampton Roads Blasts to an Early Lead in PAC Rumble in the Jungle – $1,000 on the Line.

  1. AIA Hampton Roads – 80 points
  2. AIA Richmond – 30 points
  3. AIA Northern Virginia – 30 points
  4. AIA Blue Ridge – 30 points
  5. AIA Central Virginia – 0 points

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

Key stats:

  1. No Board has reached 100% PAC participation as of May 9
  2. 3% of the AIA Hampton Roads membership has invested in the PAC [Leads all to date]
  3. AIA Hampton Roads has raised $3,830 from 11 individuals and 1 firm
  4. AIA Northern Virginia has raised $6,345 from 10 individuals and 2 firms

Below outlines point allocations:

Local component Board participation
Did 100% of the Board of Directors invest into the AIA Virginia PAC?

  • Yes = 20 points
  • No = 0 points

Percentage of local component’s members who have invested in the AIA Virginia PAC

  • Component with highest % = 40 points
  • Component with second highest % = 20 points
  • Component with third highest % = 10 points

Average investment per member from the total local component membership

  • Component with highest average investment/member = 40 points
  • Component with second highest average investment/member = 30 points
  • Component with third highest average investment/member = 20 points
  • Component with fourth highest average investment/member = 10 points
  • Component with fifth highest average investment/member = 0 points

The scoring will be closed on October 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component who supports the advancement and mission of the PAC. The Award will be presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of the 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 total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

Hampton Roads ACE Event Recap

“If you are on a term contract as a design consultant and you are sitting around waiting for us to give you task orders, then you are doing it all wrong – Insert yourself into our team”
— Tom Nicholas, PE; City of Virginia Beach Facilities Engineer

ACE Virginia Joint Owner Forum Recap with Hampton Roads Local Governments

ACE is a joint venture of the American Institute of Architects, Associated General Contractors, and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia, to educate and promote best practices of the design and construction industry. The unique component to these forums is that it includes those with the authority to hire architects, engineers, and contractors or those that possess influence during the selection process of these professionals.  What has resulted is an improved understanding of what makes projects successful from the perspective of these key stakeholders, an intimate forum for business development, and an opportunity to learn about future projects. 

In 2019, ACE plans to hold four collaborative events that engage various local governments from around the Commonwealth.  On April 23rd, ACE had its second forum of 2019 in Downtown Norfolk.  This event hosted stakeholders and decision makers from the Cities of Norfolk, Suffolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach.  The event was followed by a networking reception that allowed for more intimate conversation with the panelists.

The panel consisted of the following participants:

Wilbur Hogge, PE – Facilities Construction Manager [Chesapeake]
Gerry Jones, RA – Director of Capital Programs [Suffolk]
Oliver Love, Jr.  – Building Systems Bureau Head [Norfolk]
Tom Nicholas, PE – Facilities Engineer [Virginia Beach]

As a region, issues of importance that were identified were transportation, resiliency, and environmental stewardship.  As such, great dialogue was exchanged regarding sustainability, upcoming projects, how to get work, and procurement vehicles.  Each segment included the audience in a question and answer period that proved to be engaging and valuable. The below sections provide a high-level overview of the discussion. 

Sustainability:  In general, each municipality is a firm believer in the importance of sustainability and has made it an integral component of the project delivery process.  As such, design professionals and general contractors are required to design and construct to identified sustainability standards.  However, it is not uncommon for the municipality to apply for an official sustainability certification only in special circumstances.  The conversation on sustainability also included resiliency.  For example, the City of Chesapeake requires structures to be built 18 inches above the 100-year floodplain.

Upcoming Projects:  Each panelist provided insight on current and upcoming capital projects.  In general, public safety projects are being undertaken throughout the region (ex: fire stations).  It is noted that the City of Virginia Beach is investing significantly in stormwater management projects, to the tune of $644M over the next five years, to counteract sea-level rise. 

How to Get Work: 

The below outlines the most prominent tips offered by these decision-makers:

  • Honesty – Tell me if the proposed budget is not going to be feasible
  • Quality Control – Please incorporate our review comments
  • Bring the team that will be doing the work to the interview
  • A regional presence can be important – You are an extension of our staff
  • Keep to the schedule
  • Be realistic with your construction cost estimates so that the City can have realistic expectations on bid-day
  • If you are on a term contract as a design consultant and you are sitting around waiting for us to give you task orders, then you are doing it all wrong – Insert yourself into our team

Procurement Vehicles: Each locality uses a variety of procurement methods for project delivery identifying advantages and disadvantages of each.  Design-Bid-Build continues to be the most common delivery method, however, each Owner shared their concerns about lack of control over the selection of the general contractor.  Norfolk and Suffolk have used Design-Build on projects and find it favorable.  It appears that Construction Manager At-Risk and PPEA models are the least utilized.  It was noted that annual services contracts, or term contracts, are great vehicles for design consultants to build relationships with City staff.    

The next forum will take place in September with Northern Virginia area local governments.

Win $1,000 for 2020 Architecture Week

Does Your Component Want to Win $1,000 for 2020 Architecture Week?

Win the RUMBLE in the JUNGLE for the AIA Virginia Political Action Committee Award.

Like many professions, architects have interests that specifically impact our profession, practice, and our community. The legislative and regulatory environment is arguably the most important arena that impacts how we provide our professional services.  We, as architects, want to have an influential voice in this arena which allows us to control our destiny.  We can’t have an influential voice without having relationships. As such, the PAC allows us to build these necessary relationships.

The AIA Virginia PAC Award looks to celebrate the engagement and commitment of a local AIA component who supports the advancement and mission of the PAC.  The Award will be presented at Architecture Exchange East to the local component’s Board of Directors who will accept the award on behalf of the 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 total amount of money invested by the members of the local component.

Below outlines point allocations:

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

The scoring will be closed on October 31, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Invest at www.aiavapac.org

We will start posting the scoreboard in May.

SAP Program Graduates

AIA Virginia recently hosted its 3rd Safety Assessment Program (SAP) training since the start of 2018. This time last year, we had zero trained architects, engineers, or building officials on our internal roster. Today, we just eclipsed the 100 mark for program graduates. We stand by, ready to assist the Virginia Department of Emergency Management as second-responders after a natural disaster to perform building assessments and help get communities back on their feet.

Read more about the SAP Training Program

If you are interested in bringing training to your region, contact Corey Clayborne at cclayborne@aiava.org

SAP Program Graduates: (As of April 2019)

Amanda Adams
Regina Alexander
Elinor Angel
Edward Bass
Yulia Beltikova
Scott Berger
Sarah Bettinger
Lauren Bradshaw
Beverly Brandon
Wayne E Buhl
David Burdett
Thad Broom
John A. Burns
Timothy Calhoun
Scott Campbell
Christine Carlson
Sheila Christian
Corey Clayborne
Jim Cochrane
James Colfelt
Tim Colley
Christopher Comeau
Rob Comet
William Conkey
Lawrence Cook
Lucinda Cordo
Timothy Danforth
Abhishek Desai
Mark Dreyer
Matt Duerksen
Rebecca Edmunds
John Elliott
Eliza Engle
Marving Farmer
Manuel Feijoo
Amir Fouladgar
Eddie Fraher
Grace Gan
Lynden Garland
John Gass
Jason Gauthier
Luke Giaccio
Natasha Graves
Christina Harris
James Hoffler
Martin Huck
Peter Johnston
W. Lee Jones
Richard Kadlubowski
Kevin Kattwinkel
William Kaufmann
Christine Kelly
Jean Kennedy Sleeman
Sarah Kimble
Ann Kosmal
Grzegorz Kosmal
Matthew Lawhead
Paula Loomis
Bob Magoon
Jennifer Marca
Georgie Marquez
Harry Martin
Barry Miller
Darryl Moser
Philip Muse
Yousef Nawas
Admo Ogun
Kaye Orr
Howard Pace
Willie Parks
David Peronnet
Bill Pisa
Erik Quackenbush
Dennis Quinn
Brittany Raffin
Edward Rodriguez
Gigi Scovel
Brett Siebenhar
Jonathan Smith
Kenneth Somerset
Scott Spence
David Spriggs
Raymond Strang
Frank Sturgeon
Joshua Swatman
Andrew Swenck
Kenneth Thacker
Justin Trent
Mark Treon
Michael Turnbull
Mabel Tweddle
Lam Vuong
Robert Waite
Timothy Walton
Sabina Weitzman
Mark Wenger
David Werder
Rick Wick
Cynthia Wilson
Tiffany Wilson
Michael Wijdoogen
Dan Zimmerman