Stock plan sales pioneer company closes its doors.
“It is with great regret that I must inform you that after 53 years we are closing the doors to W. D. Farmer Residential Designer, Inc.” Vickie Starkey wrote AIBD this week. “As W. D. Farmer’s daughter, it breaks my heart to do this. Between the economy, poor health and equipment that is way beyond its shelf life, we just can’t afford to keep the company open.” she continued in her email to our staff.
Our industry owes a ton of thanks to Bill and his family…
For many years W.D. Farmer Residential Designs has published plans for other AIBD designers as a way of generating thousands of dollars in income for both AIBD and the designers. Though the last couple years have generated some sales, many of the designers represented by W.D Farmer have retired.
W.D. “Bill” Farmer was a pioneer in the stock home plan industry. Many homes around the Atlanta area, and the country, were built using his plans. He could drive through neighborhoods and identify the house plan number, built up and down most every street. Bill was also a loyal contributor to AIBD, both with his personal time and finances. In 2006, his wife passed away and he founded the Annette Farmer Memorial Scholarship in her honor. The $1000 scholarship is awarded to an AIBD Student member each year. Applications are accepted all year long. Bill passed away in June 2012.
Educational conference and tour in Florida.
Join the AIBD Florida Society (a progression of the Florida Residential Designers Association), this weekend in Sarasota. Beginning Friday evening with their Advisory Board Meeting, the sunshine state group will be meeting at Taylor Morrison Homes, 351 North Cattlemen Road, Suite 200. On Saturday, seminars on plumbing and beautiful heart pine are scheduled, along with a the opportunity to tour Taylor Morrison’s new model homes at the luxurious Esplanade Golf and Country Club community.
To get more information on the educational opportunities, get local hotel recommendations and to RSVP, CLICK HERE.
New on-site site app launched by Norbord.
AIBD Corporate Member and Continuing Educaiton Provider Norbord wants to help you design and build better houses using their new on-site app for iOS and Android mobile devises. Installing Norbord’s OSB products may seem pretty straightforward to an experienced builder or framer, but mistakes do happen—and they tend to be expensive and time-consuming to fix. As the project’s designer, specify the correct panel spacing and nailing patterns accurately using the new Norbord app that provides information needed to help prevent mistakes from happening, enabling your builders to work effectively with all their OSB products.
Help In Hand
“Onsite” provides education and in-depth knowledge for both new and experienced builders and framers on their smartphones or tablet computers—at the jobsite, whenever they need it. Onsite offers info and tips on proper installation, care and storage of Norbord OSB products. Also should the need ever arise; it contains a detailed troubleshooting section.
The app is available free at iTunes and in the Play Store. Or you can download it directly from the Norboard website by CLICKING HERE.
Next week’s conference and webinar reminders.
- First Tuesday @ 2:00 (p.m. EDT), April 1
- AIBD CA Building Design + Building Science Conference, April 2 – 4.
- AIBD GA Quarterly Meeting, April 2
This week in Columbus: Object d’Art.
Registration is now open for the AIBD Convention & iCORD conference is July 29 – August 1, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio: www.AIBDconvention.com
If you’re lookin’ for refined culture, Columbus is the place to be. Our premier attraction is The Columbus Museum of Art, which has a vibrant collection of fine and modern art, and is in the process of constructing a new wing to expand its collection. Steps from our hotel you will find our newest museum of contemporary art, the Pizzuti Collection, featuring the most amazing art from the private collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti….
For more information about the iCORD, the AIBD Convention and to register, CLICK HERE.
More events ahead.
- March 27-28 – NCBDC Exams, Sarasota, FL
- March 29 – AIBD Florida General Membership Meeting.
- April 2 (rescheduled from 1/29) – AIBD Georgia 1-day educational conference, Alpharetta, GA
- April 2-4 – AIBD California Annual Conference, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
- April 11 – AIBD Colorado Volunteer Day, Pike’s Peak Habitat for Humanity
- April 24 – AIBD Washington Spring Conference, Simpson StrongTie facility, Kent, WA
- April 25-26 – AIBD Colorado Society Spring Conference in Lakewood, CO
- July 29 – August 1 – AIBD National Convention & International Conference on Residential Design, Columbus, OH (Tentative)AIBD National Convention
- August 2 – AIBD National Volunteer Day – Build furniture at the Furniture Bank in Columbus, OH.