Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 27, 2013. What’s happening @AIBD_National?

Arlington National Cemetery photo of the week. May 29, 2012. By Kelly D. Wilson

…The history of Memorial Day.

“Memorial Day this year is especially important as we are reminded almost daily of the great sacrifices that the men and women of the Armed Services make to defend our way of life.” Robin Hayes

Memorial Day History

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

Read the FULL STORY at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

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The F5 tornado that hit Moore, OK. Photo by AIBD Certified Member Bruce Yance, looking from his office.
The  tornado hitting Moore, OK. Photo taken by AIBD Certified Member Bruce Yancey, looking from his office. Bruce reported no significant damage to his home.

…A message about the OKC tornado.

This week, as too many in the recent past, brought news of another community suddenly faced with devastating loss and severe damage. Our thoughts and  prayers go out to the families in Moore, Okla., now struggling to recover from Monday’s devastating tornado. As we carry on with our normal routines, we are  mindful of the comfort we take in the safety and well-being of our families and  grateful for the roofs over our heads.

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…A business of design webinar.

Designed for Success: Establishing and Tracking Job Costs

Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4pm ET.

Managing your residential design business for success means that you have to
monitor and make decisions based on many different variables, each of which can
be critically important to you at different times. However, the most critical
constant you must track in any design business is job cost. Attend this webinar
and learn step by step how to establish a budget, prepare your estimate and set
up a series of spreadsheet templates used to follow your progress and track your
profitability.

REGISTER HERE
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…Convention early registration ends Friday.

Register for the AIBD Annual Convention and the International Conference on Residential Design by midnight on Friday, May 31, and receive a $10 discount on all registrations.

The AIBD discounted hotel rate at the Huntington Langham, Pasadena is good until June 24th, provided the room block doesn’t fill up sooner.
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…KS overhauls technical professions statutes.

The Kansas Eighty-Fifth Legislature has introduced H.B. 2053 and S.B. 54 which expands greatly the definitions section of the technical professional statutes, as well as many other alterations and amendments. However, provisions exempting one and two family dwellings, agricultural buildings, storefronts, tenant improvements, and all other exempted areas of work still remain intact.

The legislature has also introduced H.B. 2246 creating peer review for the technical professions. As the bill states, “Peer review” means evaluating and improving the quality of services rendered by a design professional; evaluating services rendered by a design professional and determine whether such services were performed in compliance with the applicable standards of the design profession and the requirements of the state board of  technical  professions  specified  in  K.S.A.  74-7001  et  seq.,  and its amendments; evaluating  the  qualifications,  competence  and  performance  of  a design professional or to act upon matters relating to the discipline of any design professional; or preparing  an  internal  lessons  learned  review  of  any  project  or services rendered for the purpose of improving the quality of services rendered by a design professional. The peer review committee will consist of not more than three design professionals.
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…Oregon clarifies qualifications for architectural firms.

This past Wednesday the Oregon Governor signed H.B. 2268 put forth by the Legislative Assembly amending SECTION 5. ORS 671.041 to clarify the qualifications of firms providing architectural services. Though there are also amendments to the section exempting certain building uses and sizes, the alterations are focused on changing the term “plans” to “drawings.”
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…Colorado architectural law get sunset review.

The sixty-nineth General Assembly of the State of Colorado has introduced S.B. 161 to continue the architectural act until September 1, 2024. Also proposed in the bill are measures allowing professional engineers to advertise in Colorado before being licensed within the state, clarification on what constitutes an “offer” of design services and extending title protections to the derivatives of the word “architect.”
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…More events ahead

  • June 4 – AIBD California lunch presentation and membership meeting, Grand Horton Hotel, San Diego
  • June 5 – AIBD California dinner presentation, Grand Horton Hotel, San Diego
  • June 5 & 6 – NCBDC Exam in San Antonio, TX (Registration Closed)
  • June 7 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting, Gloucester, MA
  • June 21 & 22 – AIBD Florida Quarterly Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL
  • July 13 & 14 – NCBDC Exam in Pasadena, CA (Registration Deadline June 13)
  • July 15-18 – AIBD National Convention, Langham Hotel, Pasadena, CA
  • July 27 – AIBD Oklahoma, Building Codes Updates, Oklahoma City, OK
  • August 17 & 18 – NCBDC Exam in Washington, DC (Registration Deadline July 17)
  • August 24 – AIBD North Carolina Quarterly Meeting, Rock Hill, NC
  • September 5 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting, Devens, MA
  • October 25 & 26 – AIBD Florida Quarterly Meeting, Orlando, FL
  • November 16 – AIBD North Carolina Quarterly Meeting and Design Competition Awards, Lexington, NC
  • December 5 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting
  • December 6 – AIBD Florida Organizational Meeting, Apopka, FL

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