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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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Aug 21: CSI Honolulu Dinner Program "The American Savings Bank Honolulu Campus: Dynamic Teams, Better Buildings"

Click Here for Registration Form (PDF) 

When:  Tuesday, August 21, 5pm Dinner & 6pm Program
Where: The Pacific Club, Cleghorn Room (Limited to 30 guests)

Local architect Philip Camp, AIA will give an overview of the project highlights from both a design and construction standpoint and share the scope of work behind the project for ASB. He will address his role as local architect handling CA and offer insights on the teaming effort.

Cost: AIA/CSI Members $25 (No RSVP $30); Non-members $30 (No RSVP $35).

2018 Design Symposium Sponsorship Opportunities

2018 Design Symposium, Nov. 13-15

Presented by AIA Honolulu, CSI Hawaii, HAF, AIA Hawaii State Council and the UH School of Architecture.

At the 2018 Design Symposium, some of the most creative architects, landscape architects, planners and design professionals in Hawaii and throughout the Northwest and Pacific Region will explore the theme: Building Voices: Livable Cities & Communities.


This is THE annual event for leaders, decision makers and professionals from the design industry in Hawaii to set fiscal, organizational, and industry standards for Design Professionals.

Why Sponsor? Strengthen relationships and grow your business!

Sponsors of the 2018 Design Symposium receive direct exposure to key decision makers in the design industry through our symposium program, website, onsite signage, presentations, and verbal recognition.

In addition, sponsors receive repeated exposure to local and regional design professionals in the months leading up to and following the event, via the Symposium website and electronic communications.

For detailed information about the 2018 Design Symposium sponsorship opportunities (including benefits of sponsorship at each level), please view our Sponsorship Prospectus.

AIA Honolulu Programs

TOMORROW! AIA Honolulu Film Night

Aug. 15: Selected Films by Charles & Ray Eames 

RSVP Online! Wednesday, Aug. 15, 5:30pm, Center for Architecture - Free Event!

Join us for a special evening featuring six films by the legendary Charles and Ray Eames, among the twentieth century's most enduringly influential designers and design thinkers. 

Moderated and selected by Daniel Freidman, FAIA, Dean and ACSA Distinguished Professor at University of Hawaii, School of Architecture, the films include Design Q & A (1972, 5 min.), IBM at the Fair (1965, 8 min.), Fiberglass Chairs (1970, 9 min.), Goods (1971, 6 min.), and House After Five Years of Living (1955, 11 minutes).

Immediately following the presentation, award-winning architects and School of Architecture faculty members Karla Sierralta and Brian Strawn (Strawn+Sierralta) will offer commentary and questions about the Eamesʻs practice, legacy, and significance in a contemporary context.


Aug 16: Talk Story with Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Moderated by Robbie Dingeman, Honolulu Magazine

Questions for Mayor Kirk Caldwell! Please email AIA Honolulu your questions beforehand.

Register Online!  Thursday, Aug. 16, 11:30am-1:30pm, Center for Architecture

Topic: Talk Story with the Mayor:  An Update on the City and County of Honolulu.

Guest Speaker: The Honorable Kirk Caldwell, Mayor City and County of Honolulu

Cost: $20 AIA Honolulu Members | $30 Non-Members (Lunch Included)

Go-To-Meeting available for our neighbor island friends.

Aug 16: YAF Pau Hana: Kieselbach Woodworks

RSVP Online! Thursday, August 16, 5:30-7pm, Kieselbach Woodworks

Join the AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) for a pau hana filled with networking, games, food, drinks and prizes.  Friends and colleagues welcome.  Kieselbach will host a demonstration of their processes and tools used in woodworking. You will also get the first look at a MonDoor system in Hawaii (Floating Pocket Door).  

Bonus: Pupus, Refreshments, Ping Pong, Shuffle Board and Great Company

Cost: No charge (Please register for planning purposes.)

In Partnership

Aug 6-16: HHF "Preservation Essentials" Seminar Series (3 HSW)

Qualifies for 3 AIA/CES LUs (HSW). AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.

Register Online with HHF! In August 2018, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation will continue its popular statewide educational seminars to provide community training on historic preservation. This year’s topics include: the purpose of preservation; the framework, inclusive of roles and responsibilities; stewardship of historic properties; best practices and tips for success and preservation tools and resources.

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation (HHF), in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), will offer a free community seminar in Kawaihae and Honoka‘a, Hawai‘i Island; Lahaina and Hāna, Maui; Kalamaula, Moloka‘i; Princeville and Hanapēpē, Kaua‘i; Lāna‘i City, Lāna‘i and Hale‘iwa, O‘ahu.

Sep 21-22: Attend the Build + Buy Green Conference on the Big Island 
Early Bird Registration extended to 8/17!

AIA Member Rate: $200 Early Bird (ends Aug. 10) & $220 Regular!

AIA Honolulu is the registered provider for AIA/CES LUs.

Register Online!  Attend USGBC Hawaii’s signature conference, Build + Buy Green, on the Big Island in partnership with the Hawaii State Energy Office and DBEDT. Enjoy site tours with national and local experts in the fields of high performance building design, water conservation and wastewater innovation, and net zero energy.  View Event Flyer.

Highlights: Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a Energy Ranch, owned by Henk Rogers of Blue Planet and Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy Energy Lab, the State's first Living Building Challenge Project

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the most progressive buildings and sites in our State while gaining CEUs through a 2-day tour of high performing buildings in the Kona and Kohala areas.

AIA Honolulu Member Update

Employee News from Mason Architects, Inc.

Joy Davidson, AIA has been named a Partner in the firm of Mason Architects, Inc. A 16 year veteran of the firm, Davidson is a Historical Architect, often acting as a consultant to other design firms. Active in the Historic Hawaii Foundation, she is currently secretary of the Board of Trustees of that organization. Davidson holds a Doctorate in Architecture from the University of Hawaii and has a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation.

Melanie B. Y. Islam, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD +C has been named an Associate in the firm of Mason Architects, Inc. Ms. Islam manages and delivers sustainable focused projects as her role as project architect on various educational and commercial projects. Active in US Green Building Council, she is currently Board Chair of the Hawaii Community. Islam holds a Doctorate of Architecture from the University of Hawaii and previously worked with landscape and planning firm PBR Hawaii before returning to Mason in 2012.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

1 New Job Posted on our Job Board

Jobs are posted for 1 month. Posting fee: $25/members, $40/non-members.

AIA National

AIA Makes Statement Against EPA Proposed Pro-Asbestos Rule Change

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal that could lead to increased use of asbestos in the construction of buildings and other products. 

AIA submitted formal comments to the EPA in opposition to its proposed Significant New Use Rule, which would allow for new asbestos products to be considered for future manufacturing, processing and importing.

AIA 2018 President Carl Elefante, FAIA, issued the following statement in response to the EPA’s proposal:
“The AIA strongly opposes the EPA’s proposed rule. Asbestos can cause significant and irreversible risks—including cancer, mesothelioma and other diseases—to those who come into direct contact with friable and airborne asbestos fibers. This is especially concerning for contractors, builders, architects and homeowners who could be exposed to dislodged asbestos fibers during the demolition and building process if they are unaware of its presence. The EPA has offered no compelling reason for considering new products using asbestos, especially when the consequences are well known and have tragically affected the lives of so many people. The EPA should be doing everything possible to curtail asbestos in the United States and beyond—not providing new pathways that expose the public to its dangers.”  Read the AIA’s submitted comments to the EPA here.

Click HERE for a letter circulating which firm owners can sign, asking the EPA to rescind its pro-asbestos plan: 
Individuals wishing to comment on the proposed rule change can go here.

Projections Reveal Nonresidential Construction Spending to Grow

Construction spending is projected to grow through 2019, according to a new consensus forecast from The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Spending on nonresidential buildings nationally increased only modestly last year, barely outpacing inflation in building costs. Halfway through the seventh year of continuous growth for the cyclical construction industry, 2018 might have looked to be the year that the industry would enter another recession. However, when polled at the beginning of this year, the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel—consisting of leading economic forecasters— instead saw an acceleration in activity, projecting 4.0 percent growth in 2018 and a nearly equal 3.9 percent in 2019. 

The AIA Consensus Construction Forecast panel is comprised of Dodge Data & Analytics, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, IHS Economics, Moody’s, ConstructConnect, Associated Builders & Contractors, and FMI. The forecast has been conducted for 18 years. Read more.

Upcoming Community Events

  • Aug. 25: Lighting and Controls Training Opportunity
    Saturday, Aug. 25, 9am-5pm, UH Manoa, Krauss Hall Room 12
    Topic: Cost Effective Lighting and Controls Retrofits
    Instructor: Stan Walercyzk, Lighting Wizards
    Tuition: $230 (Receive a $155 discount by applying through Hawai‘i Energy)
    The deadline to register is August 10, 2018
  • Aug. 29: SMPS Summer Sipping Pau Hana Event!
    The night will start with a friendly competition of ULTIMATE QUEST Scavenger Hunt where teams search for items, interact with staff and play games to find answers.
    When/Where: Wednesday, August 29, 4:45pm-8pm, Dave & Busters, Ward Village
    Cost: $25 SMPS Member & $50 Non-Member

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