…Work boots after Labor Day? Always in fashion.
(An editorial by Steve Mickley, Executive Director)
Will you be barbecuing today or “playing catch-up” at the office? According to new survey data from Bloomberg BNA and Beyond.com, many Americans will have the somewhat ironic pleasure of laboring on the day that’s meant to commemorate the “social and economic achievement of the American worker.” Believe me, I understand. I also understand the distinct opportunity we have to contribute daily to the achievement of the American worker – specifially, construction workers.
Much of my work as a designer was built in Florida using reinforced masonry exterior walls. I believe that by taking a few moments (in the air conditioning) to calculate building parameters and opening placements that fit to the masonry unit dimensions, the mechanics in the field could save hours (at least many minutes) by not having to continually pull out their concrete saws. By paying a little attention to standard material dimensions in my design, I felt I could communicate to the worker (not in air conditioning) that I was thinking about hers or his success and I respect their time.
Now, with CAD it’s even easier to “tweak” a set of plans to adjust by inches or fractions of inches with little to no effort. Taking that thought even further, the introduction of BIM not only provides a 3D visual representation but also provides “4D” management, monitoring, scheduling and performance tools to construction managers and home owners.
We are the beginning of a glorious creative process. Our ideas are not only put to paper but brought to life by teams of other creative people. Our success depends on the labors and success of these other people. “If you wish [for them] to believe in you, you must first convince them that you believe in them” ~ Harvey McKay.
Have a great Labor Day!
Do you or your company want to write a smart phone or tablet application? Join us for AIBD’s First Tuesday @ 2:00 (pm ET) and learn how. We will introduce you to notably simplistic do-it-yourself options. Then, go into detail about one platform already being used by AIBD Certified Member Mike Keesee. Learn about the options and get a demonstration on how easy it is to be your company’s app developer.
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…Beloose Graphics Workshop announced.
The Florida Society American Institute of Building Design is combining the next meeting with a two-day graphics workshop to be put on by the renowned Mike Lin of BeLoose Graphics. Be sure to mark October 25, 25 & 26 on your calendars and make your reservations for this career enhancing opportunity. The prices offered here are a fraction of what Mike Lin normally charges and the event will surely sell out so DO NOT wait to register or you will miss out on one of the best graphic workshops in the Country. Learn more about the work shop through this link; BELOOSE GRAPHIC WORKSHOP
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…Another gem saved from the wrecking ball!
A Renovation of 1880s Victorian in downtown Santa Cruz.
SANTA CRUZ — When Al Delaney purchased the historic Williams House in 2012, it would have been an understatement to say that the once-beautiful Locust Street Victorian had fallen into a state of extreme disrepair. Built entirely from clear heart redwood and cut nails, the house was a true antique, but years of neglect meant that plaster was literally falling off the walls and ceilings, and the home’s stunning period details were brittle and disintegrated at the touch.
When we first walked in with the contractor and homeowner (potential homeowner at that time, actually) to inspect and evaluate the house, we knew from experience that behind the crumbling plaster debris, mysterious stains and toxic air that there was likely a good solid frame to work with,” said Zachary Craycroft of Craycroft Design, the award-winning architecture firm that designed the renovation. “But it was far from clear.”
AIBD Certified Member John Craycroft and Professional Member and Zachary, the father-son duo behind Craycroft Design, won Best in Renovation in the 2013 American Residential Design Awards for their work on the historic Williams House. Read about the surveying and design process, as well as the challenges throughout construction by reading the full article: Santa Cruz Sentinel.
…New Southsern Pine span table education; coming soon!
The Alabama Society of AIBD is hosting a lunch-and-learn on September 28th at the Birmingham Home Builders Association offices. John McGee with 84 Lumbers engineered wood products division will be speaking on the new Southern Pine span tables and the ramifications with the building codes.
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…More events ahead.
- September 5 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting, Devens, MA
- September 26-28 – AIBD Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
- September 28 – AIBD Alabama, Birmingham, AL
- September 27 & 28 – NCBDC Exam in Austin, TX (Registration closed)
- October 12 – AIBD California visit to the National Solar Decathlon – Irvine, CA
- October 13 – AIBD California Rendering Workshop & Evening Reception, Carlsbad, CA
- October 24 & 25 – NCBDC Exam in St. Francisville, LA (Must apply & register September 30)
- October 24, 25 & 26 – AIBD Florida Quarterly Meeting, Orlando, FL
- October 25 & 26 – AIBD Louisiana/Mississippi Joint Convention, St. Francisville, LA
- 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
- (2014) February 6 & 7 – AIBD National Mid-year Meeting, Las Vegas, NV