27 June 2014

Save the Date: Maui Dacor Appliance Event

Please save the date for a Maui Dacor Appliance Event on 24 July 2014 (Thursday).
More info to follow.

AIA Maui Advocacy Process

12 June 2014

June 2014 Newsletter

11 June 2014

UHMC HNU PV Carport Video

Video of the UH Maui College PV Carports posted by HNU Energy.

10 June 2014

AIA State Government Network Meeting Summary

Below is a summary of the AIA State Government Network Annual Meeting 2014 which was held in Seattle on 05 June and 06 June 2014.


For the past 24 years, AIA's State Government Network members (a national group of architects and Component Executives) have come together to discuss and strategize legislative and regulatory trends.  This year's June 5-6th meeting location was Seattle, Washington and proved to be one of the best ever, with almost every AIA Component represented.

The meeting was kicked off by Yvonne Castillo, Director of State and Local Government Relations, with an overview of relevant legislative trends and a demonstration of the voice-over What Architects Do digital tool (with a sample script) for AIA Components to use with elected and appointed officials.  "This pdf gives members a visual tool to talk about the scope of architectural services succinctly, without overwhelming the viewer with technical-speak" said Castillo.  She ended her opening remarks with a challenge to the architectural profession to consider AIA's repositioning effort an opportunity to reposition the profession at the proverbial legislative table asserting that "architects shouldn’t always approach legislative issues from a defense posture; instead it's time for the profession to offer its own policy ideas for helping state and local governmental entities do more with less."  To that end, AIA National has kick-started a new approach by offering AIA Components an AIA National-drafted legislation that codifies a process for public-public partnerships and smart public-private partnerships (P3).   Talking points, a summary, and an article in Architect Magazine are also available as educational background materials for Component use. On the subject of P3, SGN attendees heard a presentation from the Principal Architect for the California courts, Clifford Ham, to learn more about the Long Beach Courthouse project and its procurement and delivery as a performance-based P3 contract

SGN continued its discussions on project delivery issues, including design-build (DB), and the DB reform toolkit developed by AIA National, to help empower Components to influence positive outcomes in state and local government policies.  SGN members concluded the conversations with recommendations that staff begin the process of researching additional financing incentives which Components could offer to state and local officials looking for innovative ways to meet infrastructure demands.     

Florida and Alaska led a discussion of shared common challenges and best practices related to managing qualifications-based selection issues with public sector clients.  And of course, no SGN meeting occurs without an energetic discussion, in this case led by Oregon and Michigan, of issues and strategies related to encroachment into architectural scope of practice from other licensed professionals and unlicensed individuals.  AIA National has also developed a plethora of matrices for Components to use depending on the nature of the encroachment – be it interior designers, engineers, or other unlicensed individuals

In addition, a Codes Development and Commissioning presentation offered attendees a greater awareness of market and legislative opportunities.  Other SGN-recommended steps for 2015 included the formation of a Task Force of volunteers from California, New Jersey, Maryland, and both North and South Carolina, to explore an AIA-led vertical infrastructure report, similar to ASCE's Infrastructure Report Card, to help policymakers prioritize capital construction budgets for public facilities. Ways to help state and local entities streamline the permitting process was another topic of discussion that ended with consensus that AIA staff should begin exploring a potential toolkit for components to use in their legislative efforts. 

The grand finale presentation was presented by Illinois and offered wonderful advocacy strategies for member-AIA components moving forward.

Next year, SGN will be celebrating its special 25-year Silver Anniversary.  Planning has already begun for what is sure to be, as always, the most unique AIA-sponsored meeting…where design matters, but not nearly as much as business! 

07 June 2014

FEMA Earthquake-Resistant Design Concepts Training

**Qualifies for 7 AIA/CES LU's (HSW)**

09 July 2014 (Wednesday)
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Registration begins at 7:30 AM

Registration deadline is 03 July 2014 (Thursday)
Registration is limited to 50!!

A light lunch will be hosted by the AIA Maui for all attendees.

Attendees are responsible for bringing their own materials

04 June 2014

ARE Study Group Meeting

Sign up for AIA Maui email notifications to receive future ARE Study Group meeting dates and information.  
For more on the Architect Registration Examination, visit the NCARB webpage.

03 June 2014