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May 11, 2015. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Small sustainable homes can’t be affordable…or can they?

A Webinar: May 12, 2015 – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT

CLICK HERE to register

AIBD CEJoin us for a presentation on how Habitat for Humanity manages to incorporate sustainability, and stay affordable.  Habitat is a leading certifying builder to LEED, ENERGY STAR, Indoor airPLUS, Earthcraft, System Vision, Earth Advantage and several other regional programs.  Our presenter is Tiffani Irwin, who found herself on a Habitat job site 25 years ago, and has been engaged with the mission ever since.  As an early member of the “Green Team,” HFHI’s earliest focus on sustainable and energy efficient construction, Tiffani was an early adopter of sustainable building practices.  In her current role, Tiffani manages the efforts around best practices for sustainable new construction and work on existing homes.


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Hotel reservations are open!

AIBD Executive Director Steve Mickley invites you to an evening of fun and networking, August 4, 2015.

AIBD Executive Director Steve Mickley invites you to lovely evening of meeting new friends and getting reacquainted with old ones – August 4, 2015.

CLICK HERE to reserve your hotel room at the Omni Provicence hotel. AIBD’s special rate is $165/night (plus taxes and fees). A limited number of rooms have been set aside. The AIBD rate ends when the block is sold out or July 3, 2015 arrives, whichever comes first.

Visit to view the conference schedule and to get information about the event as it becomes available.

Here’s this week’s conference highlight:

Attendees will want to arrive early enough on August 4th to attend the conference’s spectacular welcome reception. Guests will assemble for an evening of history, refreshment and networking within the Arcade Providence. The Arcade is a preservation of a national historic landmark enhanced with a modern concept. The first floor of the nation’s oldest indoor shopping mall features freshly designed retail shops and restaurants, while the second and third floors are home to residents of 48 micro-lofts—small, efficiently designed living spaces. Please join us and enjoy food and beverages from the local establishments doing business right inside the Arcade.


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This Friday’s BIM round-table almost full.

Four seats are available at the AIBD, Central Oklahoma Chapter for a Building Information Modeling round-table presentation of various software platforms on Friday, May 15 at the Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City campus. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. CDT and the presentations run from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. with the last hour and a half set aside for open discussion. There is no charge for this event and lunch will be provided. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Please contact Marc Wilson, the chapter president, and let him know that you will be attending.


CLICK HERE for a more detailed agenda and additional information.


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Meet this weekend at the Florida Georgia line.

Join the Florida and Georgia Society American Institute of Building Design

Friday, May 15:  (Residence Inn Marriott: 2301 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034)

  • Board Meeting at 5:30 -7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, May 16: (Residence Inn Marriott: 2301 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034)

  • General Membership Meeting at 8:30 a.m. (Residence Inn Marriott: 2301 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034)
  • Lunch and Learn Programs – Lunch sponsored by Ken Moody and Dudley Powell.  Free programs to immediately follow the morning meeting.
  • Benefits of Daylight & Fresh Air in Residential Design – An educational program to communicate how skylights can contribute and provide the benefits of natural ventilation, daylight and energy efficiency to ensure wellbeing in residential applications. Presented by…


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Architecture and religion: when form follows faith.

Yogi (left) teaches AIBD Pro member, Peter Cipes, about Hindu Temple design and construction.

Peter Cipes, AIBD had the amazing experience of visiting a Hindu monastery on the island of Kauai. He was invited by one of the monks who lives there and uses Vectorworks, the same software Peter uses and trains others to use. Peter agreed to blog about his adventure in AIBD’s DesignLINES.

“It is a true privilege to be able to change the world we live in by creating or altering the built environment. Most people never get this chance, and it should not be taken lightly.” Peter states as his design philosophy on his website. His story tells about the outstanding group of men he met on Kauai who are true examples of the philosophy. The loyal artisans have learned their craft from their fathers, who learned from their fathers, and are specially chosen by the monks to come to the island and do very specialized work.

CLICK HERE to read Peter’s blog: Hindu Temple Design & Construction.


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AIBD Central Florida firm named one of area’s fastest growing.

Keesee and Associates, led by Florida Society President Mike Keesee, FAIBD, has been named to the Fast50, an annual list of the fastest growing businesses in the Metro Orlando area compiled by the Orlando Business Journal.

OBJ Research Director Denise Hicks created the list by looking for the companies “that continue to successfully drive our economy, create jobs, and encourage development in Central Florida.”

Mike said that he is “honored to be in the group, but we know that it’s the team that we have assembled that is really earning the award.” He continued to say that Keesee and Associates is “actively pursuing additional clients and [is] looking for opportunities outside of the Metro Orlando area” in order to continue to expand while maintaining focus on the quality for which the firm is already known.”

Ever humble, Mike passed the praise on to others. “I have to thank the teams at both Keesee and Associates and FDS Engineering for the dedication that they are putting into the organizations.”

To see Keesee and Associate’s extensive portfolio of gorgeous work, please visit


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More events ahead.

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Member renewal