April 1, 2013. What’s happening @AIBD_National?


…Mourning the collapse of Fallingwater.

The architectural community is in disbelief over yesterday’s reports that Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1936 masterpiece collapsed into Dear Run Creek. Engineer Robert Silman, who worked on the home in 1997, said in the NY Times, “The main cantilever isn’t a cantilever anymore.” The force of both the Master Bedroom Terrace and the Living Room Terrace crashing down is great enough to crack the stone ledge below. NY Times reporter Fred Bernstein wrote, “…an ironic end to a house renowned for its symbiotic relationship to nature.”

Even though the builder doubled the amount of reinforcing called for by Wright, “Still, he didn’t add enough steel to solve the problem.” Says Mr. Silman. He adds, “If it was still moving after 60 years, the inevitable conclusion is that it would eventually move far enough to fall into the river.”

Because it was Easter Sunday, tours opened three and a half hours later than usual and no one was in the structure through the morning.

To learn the whole story, CLICK HERE

…A webinar on “off-the-shelf” plan sales.

If you’re not already one of the 118 who have registered for tomorrow’s First Tuesday @ 2:00 presentation, AIBD invites you to do so. Join Hillary Gottemoeller, the Content Director, Consumer Print and Emedia at Hanley Wood Business Media and Dan F. Sater, II, a seasoned plan-sales expert. Hillary and Dan will speak on what “publishers” are looking for and the opportunities involved with being a part of AIBD’s House Plan Marketing Alliance.

To get more information and to register, CLICK HERE.


…A new show home starts construction.

Building has begun on the 2013 New Southern Home project. The home was designed by AIBD Internal Vice President and Certified Member, David Pillsbury of Keesee and Associates, Inc., and is targeted for LEED Platinum certification.

The New Southern Home will be a wood frame house, using TimberStrand lumber. TimberStrand is a dimensionally stable, engineered wood product, made from recyclable material that resists warping, allowing for exceptionally straight, level walls. Some of the other green features include a Condensate Line to backfill the pool, water reducing fixtures, Velux solar panel skylights, and high-efficiency exhaust fans to pull condensation out of the home and garage.

…A Habitat work day, education and tours.

The Colorado Society is hosting its Spring Conference this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Boulder, Colorado. Colorado members are participating in full day of volunteer work at a Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver project on April 4th. The Conference and Society meeting will take place on April 5th in Boulder with educational seminars hosted by Avano Services. On Saturday April 6th the Society will be taking walking tours to the historical Hanley Mansion and the National Center of Atmospheric Research in Boulder. Contact state president Bernie Kern at bbkerndesigns@q.com or vice-president Dennis Berry dberry4121@yahoo.com for more information.

…AIBD ED receives new appointment.

AIBD Executive Director Steve Mickley will soon be representing AIBD as a new member of the ICC Industry Advisory Committee’s Executive Committee. Steve was appointed at a recent committee meeting by Chairperson Michael Gardner of the Gypsum Association. The committee advises the ICC Board of Directors on matters that will affect the working relationship or coordination of efforts of the ICC and industry, Federal agencies and standards writing organizations. It also advises the ICC of methods to implement and improve the Codes and other documents and services provided by the ICC.

…Welcome new and returning members.

Please join us in welcoming back Professional Members Joel Gagnon of Architexture Residential Design in Haverhill, MA, Bryan Gordon in League City, TX and James Vaughan of Jim Vaughan Architectural Drafting and Design, LLC in Sharon, CT.

We would also like for you to help us welcome our newest Professional Members Kurt Bednar of Flintridge Design and Planning, Inc. in Carlsbad, CA, Carl Cuozzo of Design Basics, LLC in Omaha, NE, Angel Sater of Sater Residential Design in Georgetown, TX, and Design Student Member Natalia Savorotca of Keesee and Associates, Inc. in Orlando, FL.

…More events ahead.

April 4, 5 & 6 – AIBD Colorado Habitat work day, conference and tours.

April 19 & 20 – AIBD Florida Quarterly Meeting, St. Augustine, FL

April 25 & 26 – NCBDC Exam in Hartford, CT (Registration Deadline March 14)

May 3 – AIBD Washington’s Spring Conference, Kent, WA

May 4 – AIBD North Carolina Quarterly Meeting

May 6 & 7 – NCBDC Exam in Atlanta, GA (Registration Deadline April 6)

June 5 & 6 – NCBDC Exam in San Antonio, TX (Registration Deadline May 5)

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

August 17 & 18 – NCBDC Exam in Washington, DC (Registration Deadline July 17)

August 24 – AIBD North Carolina Quarterly Meeting

September 5 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting, Devens, MA

October 25 & 26 – AIBD Florida Quarterly Meeting, Orlando, FL

November 16 – AIBD North Carolina Quarterly Meeting

December 5 – AIBD Northeast Quarterly Meeting

December 6 – AIBD Florida Organizational Meeting, Apopka, FL

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