REMINDER! COVID-19 Member Survey
Survey Deadline is April 10! Help AIA Honolulu Assist You Better
If you already take then survey - mahalo! As the architectural profession and construction industry responds to the novel coronavirus, we all have questions. While there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, what we know for certain is there will be impacts on your business, your clients, your employees and your projects.
CLICK HERE to respond to our brief survey on how COVID-19 is affecting your practice to help us understand how we can better assist you. Deadline is Friday, April 10, 2020.
COVID-19 Hospital Advisory Committee Update
A Message from Committee Chair Don Shaw, AIA
As the pandemic has unfolded, various members of the AIA Honolulu chapter expressed concerns upon reading about the projected shortage of hospital facilities in Hawaii.
Our initial focus was to convey, to local authorities, the idea that hotel rooms and similar facilities could be converted to healthcare use in an emergency such as this one. As we were engaged in this effort, Lt. General Semonite of the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that the Corps was proceeding with feasibility studies in NYC, to do something similar, funded by FEMA. Click here for more detailed information.
Subsequently, it was announced that USACE was proceeding to do similar studies here in Hawaii, starting with the Convention Center. When we learned that the Corps was requesting qualifications from local design-build teams to carry out this work, our committee attempted to get the word out to interested AIA firms. Although the notice was extremely ‘short-fuse’, some of our firms managed to respond to the request.
At present we are monitoring these efforts. We will try to keep the membership informed of any concrete plans to create additional healthcare facilities in Hawaii. If you have relevant information or questions on the subject, please don’t hesitate to email Don Shaw, AIA or call him at 808-295-7429.
Updates! AIA Honolulu COVID-19 Resource Page
Take a look for the latest! AIA Honolulu is constantly updating our COVID-19 resource page with current information as we receive it.
Questions? Email AIA Honolulu at email@example.com or call 808-628-7243.
Hawaii State Licensing for Architects
Hawaii State Licensing for Architects due April 30, 2020
The State of Hawaii's renewal cycle for professional licensing of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and Landscape Architects (every two years) is coming up on April 30, 2020 - Renew Online.
Continuing Education Requirements: Between May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2020 you need 16 hours of continuing education in public protection topics, such as health, safety and welfare (HSW). Fulfillment of the CE requirement is subject to random audit by the State of Hawaii. If a person was licensed during the 1st year of the biennium, 8 CE credits are required. If licensed during the 2nd year of the biennium, no CE is required.
Check Your AIA Transcript: Go to www.aia.org and check your transcript under Career and Continuing Education using the date range of May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2020.
Cost for Architects: $130. Do not renew online if you are requesting a waiver or modification of the CE requirement.
General Licensing Questions? Call 808-586-3000 between 7:45am-4:15pm.
AIA Transcript Questions? Call AIA National at 1-800-242-3837. You can also email AIA Honolulu or call us at 808.628.7245.
Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities
Still Need CEU's before April 30?
AIAU is Open 24/7
We're in the midst of a pandemic and to help you navigate these uncertain times, AIA has made some of AIAU's best business and tech courses available to you for free.
More Upcoming Virtual Continuing Education Opportunities
APR 9: Health, Wellness, & Specifying LVT (1 HSW)
Register with Armstrong Flooring! Thursday, April 9, 1pm EST (7am HI)
Human health and wellness and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) are increasingly important design elements for building spaces. This course explores the intersection of these two design trends, provides insight into specifying LVT that achieves WELL Building Standard® Features and has been approved by the IDCEC, AIA for HWS and the Green Business Certification Institute for WELL AP credit.
APR 9: Architecture in a Time of Pandemic (1 LU)
Register Online with AIA Austin: Thursday, April 9 at 2pm CST (9am HI). FREE (500 limit)
The webinar will be led by two very smart construction lawyers, one of whom served as a board member for 11 years and has been an Honorary AIA Austin member since 2012. Expect some very insightful and helpful information to be shared that will hopefully aid members in navigating their practices under the current circumstances.
APR 16: The Role of Flooring in Room Acoustics (1 HSW)
Register with Armstrong Flooring! Thursday, April 16, 1pm EST (7am HI)
The Role of Flooring in Room Acoustics describes the fundamental properties of sound and how acoustical design impacts indoor environmental quality (IEQ). The role of acoustics in green building rating systems will be described and examples comparing acoustical design criteria in LEED 2009 and LEED® v4 will be reviewed.
APR 21: Action Now: Accelerating Pathways to Decarbonization (6.5 HSW)
Register with AIA Seattle! Tuesday, April 21, 8:30am-5pm PST (5:30am-2pm HI). FREE
AIA Seattle has moved their climate summit online, and they are inviting members from across the country to join them at no cost. This will take place as a series of 4 live webinars on April 21. Attendees may register for as many or as few of the sessions of the four sessions as they wish. Together, these sessions will offer a total of 6.5 LU HSW. Live webinars are limited to 500 participants each.
This summit will explore high-impacts actions in policy and practice that make actionable differences in atmospheric carbon over the next five years, including : 1) Reducing embodied carbon in new construction, including both materials and the construction process; 2) Electrification of buildings; and 3) Retrofitting existing buildings. What are the data-driven interventions that will pay the highest dividends immediately, and what will position us to stay on the path to 2030 targets and net-zero 2050? What are the regulatory and financial frameworks necessary to support this scale and urgency?
AIA Honolulu Member in the Media
Virtual Interview on COVID-19: Bettina Mehnert, FAIA, CEO, AHL
Take a look at an article by Steve Petranik, Editor of Hawaii Business Magazine titled "Virtual Interview on COVID-19: Bettina Mehnert, CEO, AHL" featured on April 1, 2020.
Bettina was asked the 5 below questions. Click here for her replies.
- How are you coping amid the COVID-19 crisis?
- Did your business continuity plan work or were there surprises?
- Have you found silver linings in these difficult times?
- How are you maintaining your company culture?
- Do you have advice for other local companies?