What happened in Vegas…
Harrison, Holdridge, win BALA Live Design.
AIBD members Chuck Harrison (PA) and Kevin Holdridge (NC) teamed up to design an award winning home for one of our wounded warriors, Army Sgt. Joseph Garbianowski. Sgt. Garbianowski is a war vertran in his mid-twenties and is missing both legs and half of his pelvis. He requires a wheelchair 100% of the time. He has also been diagnosed with a severe traumatic brain injury that can periodically affect his hearing. He likes sky-diving and had done it once already. Using this information, Kevin and Chuck designed a highly accessible floor plan with creative connections to the outdoors and a huge open Great Room with a soring ceiling. In the ceiling, they designed space to suspend an old Army T-11 parachute for nostalgia and to help with the acoustics in the large space. Along with the normal amenities in a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with a 2-car garage and study, Chuck and Kevin squeezed in two prominent display areas for Sgt. Garbianowski’s career memorabilia. Both the IBS attendees and the panel of judges agreed their entry was the winning design. And, the jury felt, “Even though their design included all the necessary handicap elements, it didn’t seem to be a home designed for someone who has handicaps.”
AIBD Certified Member named Custom Builder of the Year.
Source: Orlando Business Journal
Phil Kean, owner of Winter Park-based Phil Kean Designs, was named the National Association of Home Builders’ Custom Home Builder of the Year. The award recognizes the professional achievement of a builder who creates exceptional custom homes and demonstrates positive leadership in the industry and his or her local community. Kean’s company, founded in 2002, is one of the largest privately held companies in Central Florida, posting $14 million in revenue for its last fiscal year.
Visbeen, Liberti, Kean, honored by Best of American Living Awards
AIBD Certified Members Wayne Visbeen and Sam Liberti collaborated to create a 2013 BALA platinum winner in the 3000 to 4000 s.f. category. Which went on to win the BALA South Atlantic overall regional award. Meanwhile, Certified Member Phil Kean also went to the stage twice for Room of the Year and Bathroom of the Year.
The winners of the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) demonstrate that good design is not limited to high-priced homes – and they’re also a preview of design trends home buyers will see over the next several years, according to the judges who reviewed the entries in the annual competition of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Single-family homes, apartments and condos, remodeling projects and subdivisions were honored at a gala dinner Wednesday, February 5th, during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.
“The BALA winners have always shown that they are at the forefront of innovative design, and this year is no different,” said Skip Howes, past design committee chair and president of Scott Homes Ltd. in Woodland Park, Colo. “We are proud to recognize these companies and individuals for their creative and forward-thinking approaches to their work. These winners are at the leading edge of home design trends.”
Denver, Austin chosen for 2016, 2017 AIBD conventions.
The AIBD House of Delegates reversed a prior decision made last year to host the 2016 AIBD convention in Vancouver, BC and reconsidered Denver, CO. After conference call presentations from representatives of the visitors bureau of each city and much debate, the vote was 19 to 10 to change their minds and keep the annual conference in the U.S. Convention Committee Chairperson Paul Cole said during the meeting, “The cost for our board and delegates to travel to Vancouver could be 50% higher than to Denver.” He added, “The committee also discovered that in the last 30 years, the Mountain region has hosted two conventions while a Vancouver location would make the tenth convention in that region.” It would have also meant hosting a convention in an area where AIBD currently has no members. Colorado has an active AIBD Society.
In a separate motion, the House of Delegates chose Austin, Texas as the host city for the 2017 AIBD Annual Convention. Austin was one of three candidates, including Albuquerque and San Antonio, presented by the Convention Committee. Each Fall, the Committee chooses 8 to 12 locations in a particular region and asked the overall membership to rank the cities on the list. The three cities ranking the highest in the survey are then considered at the Midyear meeting of the House of Delegates. The House of Delegates is AIBD’s governing body comprised of representatives from each state society and a few from the at large states. The body meets twice annually.
The 2015 convention is to be located in Providence, RI and the 2014 AIBD Annual Convention is being held in Columbus, Ohio. To get more information and to register for this year’s event, visit www.AIBDconvention.com.
The House of Delegates unanimously approved a memorandum of agreement with the buildingSMART Alliance™, a council within the National Institute of Building Sciences. The parties agree to work together to further development and implementation of open BIM standards related to their area of professional interest with emphasis on the National BIM Standard-United States™ (NBIMS-US™) and to support business process re-engineering through the identification of guidelines and applications. The products of these efforts are intended to provide industry practitioners with best practices and may be proposed as candidate Standards for future versions of the NBIMS-US. It is anticipated that the products of these efforts will:
- Provide guidance to software vendors desiring to implement open standards for BIM;
- Allow the various persons involved in the development and operation of a facility to share basic information about the facility so that information need be collected only once and used for multiple activities throughout the facility lifecycle; and
- Support business process re-engineering through the identification of guidelines and applications.
The buildingSMART alliance™ is a unique organization helping to make the North American real property industry more efficient by leading the creation of tools and standards that allow projects to be built electronically before they are built physically using Building Information Modeling.
Not in Vegas…Keesee and Associates receives Best in Houzz Award.
Keesee and Associates, Inc. of Maitland, Florida has been awarded “Best of Houzz 2014” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The custom residential design firm was chosen by the 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.
The Best of Houzz award is delivered in two categories, and this year, Keesee and Associates was honored with the Customer Satisfaction award. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. “We’re honored by all our client reviews, and we strive to give the best service possible to our clients. When a client goes home thrilled about their plan, you know you’ve hit success,”reflects their President, Mike Keesee.
Winners will receive a “Best of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. “Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Keesee and Associates among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
Follow Keesee and Associates, Inc. on Houzz: www.houzz.com/pro/gokeesee
More events ahead.
- February 20-21 – NCBDC Exam in Dallas, TX (registration closed)
- February 26 – California Society Syndesis webinar, 11:30 am PST
- February 28 – March 1 – NC/SC Annual Conference, North Myrtle Beach, SC
- March 3 – AIBD Ohio Society Meeting, Worthington, OH
- April 2-4 – AIBD California Annual Conference, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
- April 24 – AIBD Washington Spring Conference, Simpson StrongTie facility, Kent, WA
- 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.