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Board of Housing and Community Development

A vacancy has occurred on the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development.  The Board of Housing and Community Development consists of 14 citizen members, including 11 members appointed by the Governor from each of Virginia’s Congressional Districts, a representative from the Virginia Fire Services Board appointed by the chairman of that board, the Executive Director of the Virginia Housing Development Authority, and the Director of Regulatory Compliance of the Virginia Building Officials Association.  The individual that will be appointed is required to live in the 7th Congressional District.

Please see the link below for a map of the District:

https://www.vpap.org/offices/us-representative-7/district-map/

AIA Virginia distributed an email notice to AIA members in the 7th Congressional District on April 5.  Due to the time sensitivity of this appointment, the deadline has been shortened from that notice.  For those that are interested, please send a letter of interest on letterhead to AIA Virginia Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne at cclayborne@aiava.org  by April 20, 2018, in pdf format.

 

Art and Architectural Review Board

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.

The AARB meets year-round on a monthly basis and is comprised of six members, to include a designee of the Department of Historic Resources, and five citizen members appointed by the Governor. Agencies are responsible for submitting project information to AARB for its consideration.

In June 2018, 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 send your resume and a letter of interest on letterhead to AIA Virginia Executive Vice President, Corey Clayborne at cclayborne@aiava.org  by April 30, 2018, in pdf format.

 

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Citizen Architect Scholarship – Architect Planning Commissioners

Part of AIA Virginia’s Strategic Plan is to enable Citizen Architects to expand their power to effect change.  Serving on a local Planning Commission is one way to do just that.  Planning Commissions advise the elected leadership on promoting the orderly development of the community.  To help you be more effective in your role, we have available a limited number of scholarships that will cover the cost of your registration at the 2018 American Planning Association Virginia Chapter Annual Conference at Wintergreen Resort.

The theme of the conference is Mountains of Influence and will be held July 22-25, 2018.  Each scholarship is valued at $50 which covers full registration for Planning Commissioners.  Included in this registration is breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; lunch on Monday and Tuesday, and receptions on Sunday and Tuesday evenings.

To apply for a registration scholarship, submit a letter of interest on letterhead to Corey Clayborne, AIA at cclayborne@aiava.org by no later than Friday, May 4.  To be eligible, you must be an AIA member in good standing and currently serve on your locality’s Planning Commission.  Recipients will be notified by May 31.

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Grassroots 2018

AIA Grassroots was recently held in San Diego, California from March 12-14. The conference theme was “Leading through Influence” and it certainly lived up to the title. The clearest message to come out of Grassroots 2018 was that through engagement, we demonstrate the value of architects and architecture. Architects and allied professionals can advocate for and create meaningful transformation within our communities.

Region of The Virginias representatives at Grassroots 2018. (From left to right) Krystal Reid, AIA; Amanda Schlichting, AIA; R. Corey Clayborne, AIA; Scott Campbell, AIA; Brian Frickie, AIA; Rachel Shelton, AIA; Kelly Callahan, AIA; and Marci Parrish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Bates, FAIA, First Vice President and Grassroots Chair, noted a recent Harris Poll identified ‘architect’ as the 7th most prestigious profession in the country. He then asked: “What are we doing to leverage this influence? Influence is the new power.” Now more than ever an architect’s skills, systems-thinking, and visionary planning can make a positive impact on society and the world.

Highlights from Grassroots include:

  • We can find ways to shape communities to create healthier, resilient, and ultimately sustainable models of living. The new urban agenda will be a highlight of the AIA national conference in New York this June addressing issues of housing, energy, resiliency, infrastructure, planning, and policy.
  • Architects have a unique ability to think critically and creatively. This places architects in a unique position to tackle big societal questions as they relate to the built environment and the social condition of the people living within it.
  • Engagement is key. Public engagement will build public awareness through our actions, advocacy, and visibility.
  • Support our future architects through leadership development and by listening. Be inclusive in our actions and work to advance equity and diversity within our profession.
  • We were inspired to hear mayors and urban planners from cities across the U.S. advocating for architects to be at the table as a partner in shaping our cities and built environments.

Grassroots 2018 Panel on Licensure. Photos courtesy of AIA.

 

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Payne Appointed to Technical Review Board

J. Kenneth Payne, Jr., AIA, LEED AP BD+C

The State Building Code Technical Review Board (TRB) consists of 14 citizen members that are appointed by the Governor and represent various state organizations. The Virginia Society of American Institute of Architects is one of the organizations represented on the Board.

Kenneth Payne, Jr., AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President of Quality Control, Risk Management, and Training at Moseley Architects was recently appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to represent Virginia AIA on the TRB. Kenney has over 31 years of experience in the architectural profession. He is dedicated to building safety, code development, and code education and has worked hard to build coalitions and consensus between the various industry groups involved in building construction and regulation. Kenney was the recipient of the “Award for Distinguished Achievement” from AIA Virginia in 2004, the “Jack A. Proctor Meritorious Service Award for Registered Design Professionals” from the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association in 2015 and a “Presidential Citation” from AIA Virginia in 2016.  Read the Governor’s appointment letter.

The primary purpose of the TRB is to hear appeals from enforcement actions under the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, the Virginia Industrialized Building Safety Regulations, the Virginia Manufactured Home Safety Regulations and the Virginia Certification Standards. The TRB also provides formal interpretations of code provisions for local code enforcement officials and makes recommendations to the Board of Housing and Community Development for future code amendments.

The Office of the Review Board is in the State Building Codes Office within the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Division of Building and Fire Regulation. For more information on the TRB visit
http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/index.php/va-building-codes/building-and-fire-codes/appeals.html
or contact the State Building Codes Office at (804) 371-7092 or sbco@dhcd.virginia.gov

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General Assembly Adjourned

The 2018 Virginia General Assembly session adjourned “sine die” on Saturday, March 10. While legislators completed work on a number of important bills this year, unfortunately, they were not able to reach an agreement on the budget bill. The House and Senate budgets differ by about $600 million, due in large part to the fact that the House budget includes the expansion of Medicaid and the Senate version does not.

Governor Northam called a special session on April 11 for legislators to complete their work on the budget. Virginia’s current budget expires on June 30.  AIA Virginia will monitor the Special Session of the General Assembly and report updates as appropriate.

Thank you for your continuous outreach efforts to your respective legislators of the General Assembly.  Our work is not complete. Out of session, AIA Virginia will continue to formulate new relationships and strengthen existing relationships with two goals:

  • To position architects as vital contributors to our built environment
  • To advocate for the profession

Please, please, please consider making a donation to the AIA Virginia PAC

Take a look at this infographic about the AIA Virginia PAC

The goal for this year is to raise $15,000. Last year we raised approximately $6,000.  From $5 to $500 to $5,000, every contribution helps.  Shout out to AIA Hampton Roads for having 100% PAC participation at the Board of Directors level!

For a more detailed analysis of the referenced bills we tracked this session, click here.  If you have any questions, please feel free to submit them to Corey Clayborne, AIA at cclayborne@aiava.org

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General Assembly Session Has Ended

The 2018 General Assembly session ended on March 10. During the session, the Joint Legislative Committee vetted approximately 3,000 total bills to extract the relevant ones to our profession. As always, we were proactive in our conversations with legislators, which proved to be very helpful in our efforts. Overall, our industry escaped without major changes. However, there are a number of big conversation topics such as SWaM, the definition of small business, regulatory reduction and qualifications based selection that are certain to reappear in the 2019 session.

So what does that mean?

Two things.

First, contact your local AIA chapter and set up opportunities to meet your local legislators. Make inviting them to your local AIA events normal practice. When they know their constituents are going to be there, they do show up! Use this as a time to get to know one another opposed to asking for a favor. Believe it or not, you may be the only architect that he or she knows personally.

Secondly, please make a donation to the AIA Virginia PAC. The goal for this year is to raise $15,000. Last year we raised approximately $6,000. Our goal has been set this high because that is what we need to improve our effectiveness. From $5 to $500 to $5,000, every contribution helps. Qualifications Based Selection will be under attack and members are experiencing it today firsthand. For example, there is a section in Virginia Code which authorizes local school boards to adopt their own procurement system. Their system asks for the submission of pricing with qualifications. Currently, we are strategizing how to address this in 2019.

Below is the current status of bills. Some have been signed by the Governor and others are in route to his desk.

[TRACKING TO] PASS FROM ACTIVE LIST
• HB 97 – Virginia Public Procurement Act; methods of procurement, single or term contracts.
• HB 134 – Value engineering; raises minimum project cost
• HB 192 – Rainwater and gray water; regulations
• SB 125 – Value engineering; raises minimum project cost

[TRACKING TO] PASS FROM MONITOR LIST

• HB 345 – Coastal Adaption and Protection, Special Assistant to the Governor; position created
• HB 523 – Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, etc., Board for, Landscape Architects
• HB 555 – Professions and occupations; hair braiding
• HB 796 – Zoning; modification, etc.; to property for persons with disabilities, board of zoning appeals
• SB 20 – Regulatory reduction pilot program; Department of Planning and Budget to implement, report
• SB 386 – Va. Public Procurement Act; SWaM program, participation of service disabled veteran-owned business.
• SB 651 – Va. Public Procurement Act; executive branch agency’s goals for participation by small businesses
• SB 688 – Va. Public Procurement Act; cooperative procurement, stream restoration and stormwater management

DEAD

The following depicts the number of bills of interest to the JLC that were introduced, by topic, but did not succeed in 2018:

• Procurement & SWaM: 24
• Building Code/Energy/Resiliency: 5
• Regulatory Reduction: 4
• Design Methodologies: 3
• Tax Reform: 2
• Historic Buildings: 2
• Zoning: 1

For a more detailed analysis of all of the referenced bills, click here. If you have any questions, please feel free to submit them to Corey Clayborne, AIA at cclayborne@aiava.org

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Planning Commission Appointments

AIA Virginia members Jack Davis, FAIA and Tim Colley, AIA were recently appointed to the Town of Blacksburg Planning Commission.  With these appointments, the commission goes from 0% architect participation to 25% of the commission. Colley shared, “We’re both excited to help shape the future of Blacksburg with our varied experiences and expertise.”

According to their website, the “Blacksburg Planning Commission reviews issues related to community growth and development. The commission makes recommendations to Town Council on zoning and subdivision policies and land development requests. Public hearings are held by the Planning Commission to allow citizens to speak on land use recommendations which are then forwarded to Town Council for final action.”

Congratulations to Jack and Tim!

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What Happened at the ACE Virginia Forum?

ACE Virginia – Joint Owner Forum with the Department of General Services

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. ACE had its first quarterly meeting on February 20 at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Richmond. The event consisted of an exclusive, up-close discussion with the senior leadership of Virginia’s Department of General Services (DGS). What resulted was an improved understanding of the decision matrix at DGS, sharing of the vision of the Agency, and an exchange of innovative ideas.

Joe Damico, the new Director of DGS, served as the Agency’s Deputy Director for 15 years prior to this gubernatorial appointment by Governor Northam. He kicked off the forum with general comments about his vision for the Agency. One of his goals is to get the word out about what DGS does, especially as it relates to the A/E/C industry. There is over $1.8 Billion of new construction which is overseen by DGS and it continues to look at how to improve processes. This forum was just the avenue Mr. Damico was looking for to discuss complex issues with the design and building community.

A panel discussion was led by the Director of the Bureau of Capital Outlay Management (BCOM), Mike Coppa, who was joined by a team of key decision makers in the Agency. The panel was facilitated by Ed Gillikin, AIA and covered various topics of interest. Below is a high-level recap of the discussion:

Technology:

DGS is open to considering the platform you want to work with. Despite the promise of BIM as utopia, the Agency is not there yet. BIM is considered “means and methods”. In reality, keeping up with electronic documents is still difficult.

VEES:

VEES is flexible and the High-Performance Building Act is the guiding principle. While there are no changes unless legislation changes, DGS would be open to the idea of discussing and considering alternative approaches for the sustainable design of state buildings. The ultimate goal of the Agency is to have high performing buildings.

SWaM:

This is an area that impacts many stakeholders. What many thought would be a bi-partisan opportunity this legislative session to address significant confusion by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity has failed. It appeared that the large majority of attendees were concerned with the Governor’s Executive Order 20 around reaching the 42% goal of SWaM business participation. DGS would like to pick this issue back up at an appropriate time this summer. There are over 100,000 vendors of which 13,000 are “small”. No matter the decision, there will be “winners” and “losers”. DGS reminded attendees this issue is “local, local, local”. DGS provides guidelines for SWaM to Agencies, but it’s the decision of the owning Agency to make the choice of what works best for them.

Business Development:

If a firm has limited state experience, how does it start gaining that experience? First, register with various state Agencies so they are aware that you exist. Job Order Contracting (JOC) is newer legislation established to serve as a term contract for small maintenance-type projects. It is an effort to help firms begin to gain resume experience. In addition, seek out Agency-specific term contracts.

After the panel discussion, DGS attendees spread out into various sections of the room and met with attendees in small group charrettes to discuss more in-depth issues. Thereafter, the event concluded with a legislative networking reception with General Assembly members. Future forums will feature federal government, local government, universities and health systems and will be held around the state. Please be on the lookout for information regarding the second quarter event which is anticipated to occur toward the end of this Spring.

We are thankful for The Garland Company and Keith Fabry Reprographic Solutions who served as sponsors for the February ACE event.

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Volunteer to Help Others in Need

Do you enjoy helping others? Would you like to use your architectural knowledge when doing so? If yes, you may want to volunteer for the Virginia VDEM/AIA Virginia Disaster Assistance Partnership. The VDEM/AIA Partnership provides you an opportunity following disasters to help local communities access whether structures are safe to enter following the disaster. This helps allows families and businesses to get back into their homes and offices if
possible.

This program is open to persons with building/structures experience (architects, engineers, etc*). The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) provides the training for how to assess the buildings and the process to report your findings by offering several one-day courses each year. After you have taken the course you are enrolled in a “call list” with VDEM and AIA Virginia.

When a disaster occurs others provide immediate assistance following the disaster with emergency transport, food, blankets, and temporary lodging. The VDEM/AIA program comes after that initial assistance – usually the week after, but the time period can vary. VDEM will contact the people on the call list to see if they are available to assist. VDEM where they have opportunities and the anticipated length of the volunteer opportunity (typically one week).

If you volunteer, you provide transportation to the site. Typically the local government provides housing and food at the site. (The housing may be as simple as tents). The local government also assigns the structures to be accessed. The assessment is conducted in teams of two. Your assessment is noted on the structure as well as provided to the local government. Similar to doctors who help people by the side of the road, your service is covered by the
Virginia Good Samaritan Law.

If this opportunity interests you**, please send your name, email, and telephone contact information to Paula Loomis, FAIA, FSAME (ploomisva@cox.net, 757-630-4773), Bob Magoon, AIA (rmagoon@cox.net) or Corey Clayborne, AIA (cclayborne@aiava.org) We will provide your name to VDEM and let you know when and where training will be offered. If you have questions please contact Paula. A huge thanks in advance to those that volunteer. You will be helping those in need.

* If you come without an architecture or engineering background, we would be pleased to ask VDEM if you can volunteer for the program.

** Anyone can do the training, but only licensed professionals will be able to be deployed for building assessments.

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General Assembly Brief

The Joint Legislative Committee had to vet approximately 3,000 total bills to extract the relevant ones to our profession.  Tuesday, February 13 marked the date of “Bill crossover” in the General Assembly.  This is the day when bills must pass one house or the other or die for the session.  As such, the “ACTIVE” list has been significantly reduced and many of those bills are “DEAD” for the session.

KEY VICTORIES

  • SB 188 – Provides that for competitive negotiation of professional services, a public body may conduct negotiations simultaneously with the top two ranked offerors.

 We successfully got architectural and engineering services removed from the bill.

ACTIVE

  • HB 97 – Virginia Public Procurement Act; methods of procurement, single or term contracts

This bill allows for single or term contracts for professional services without requiring competitive negotiation, provided the aggregate or the sum of all phases is not expected to exceed $80,000.  This change increased the limit in current law by $20,000.

MONITOR

  • SB 318 – Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Department of; implementation of certification programs

This bill would change the definition of small business, beginning July 1, 2019, to meet the small business size established by the regulations of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

There were a number of bills that were proposed that attempted to codify Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Executive Order 20 (EO-20).  EO-20 sets a 42% goal for participation by Small, Women and Minority Businesses (SWaM) in public contracts.  With the potential change coming regarding the definition of “small” in Virginia, public entities may face increasing challenges in attempting to meet this goal for the procurement of architecture and engineering services.  In meeting these goals, it is of paramount importance that the most qualified firms are selected.  These two goals are not mutually exclusive.  As such, we have requested a meeting with the Governor to discuss how we can work collaboratively to further those opportunities.

For a more detailed analysis of bills we are actively engaged with, bills we are monitoring, or to see bills that we were interested in but have died in session, click here.

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Virginia Accord

  • The Virginia Accord

    Bringing together the planning and design disciplines to examine two key themes critical to the future — job creation and environmental sustainability — on Sept. 19-20, 2014 at the Virginia Accord.