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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Posted By Camilla Nicholas, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

AIA Honolulu Member Rail Survey

Haven't Taken the Rail Survey Yet? There is Still Time!

Take Our Short Survey Now - Closes July 13! AIA and Assoc. AIA members please answer our survey once only.  Our survey question offers the same answer options as currently under consideration by HART in their released PDF regarding the project. Click here for the recent HART Rail Transit Project update (June 8, 2016). This PDF includes detailed information about the five options currently under consideration.

As we know, in the last few months, the rail project has been making news on a near-daily basis. With the City’s cost estimates for completion now at $8.1 billion (with FTA estimates being as high as $10 billion), there is now widespread discussion about shortening the route, changing transit technology, or both. AIA Honolulu last made a public statement on rail in January 2010 when the Transit Task Force made a 2-hour presentation at the State Capitol advocating Light Rail Transit. In light of the FTA’s recent offer of flexibility in the route and use of federal funds for the project, the Mayor and others have called for stopping elevated rail at Middle Street either permanently or until new funding could be arranged. The Regional & Urban Design Committee is now considering whether AIA should update its public position on rail in light of recent developments.

What are your thoughts on rail? Should AIA Honolulu get involved again? Please take our short survey which hopefully will gauge AIA members’ interest in the subject.  We have a small window of opportunity to voice our opinion(s). 

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Programs

July 13 - Hawaii Engineering and Architecture Intern Forum

Shaping the Future of our Profession!

Once a week through Wednesday July 20 we are inviting all architecture and engineering interns to the Center for Architecture from 12pm-1pm, where they will be given perspective into life after school. Industry and non-industry professionals will speak on where they've been, what they've thought, and how life has evolved along the way, showing how the opportunities each of them had can shape the future of our profession, and WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO to influence the world around us. See specific dates.

RSVP Today! RSVP by emailing Robert Kubota, VP, Douglas Engineering Pacific, Inc. or call him at (808) 687-6875. Lunch will be provided.

July 21: Attend Next GMM Program "Latest Updates from the State DOE" (1 LU)

Register Online! Thursday, July 21, 11:30am-1:00pm at the Center for Architecture.  Whether it’s the conversation you desire or the continuing education credits, join us for our popular monthly meeting.

Topic: "Latest Updates from the State DOE" - Come hear the latest updates from the Department of Education. View Event Flyer.

Guest Speaker: Duane Kashiwai, Public Works Administrator, State of Hawaii Department of Education.

Go-To-Meeting Available! Go-to-meeting is available for our outer island friends and those that can't attend in person.

Cost: AIA Members: $0 No Lunch/$15 Lunch. Non-Members: $20 No Lunch/$35 Lunch.

July 21: Young Architects Forum Pau Hana at JJ Dolans

RSVP Online! Join the Young Architects Forum (YAF) Pau Hana on Thursday, July 21 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at JJ Dolans in Chinatown.  This is a Free event where you purchase your own drinks, pupus and pizza.  Join us to network and meet with friends and peers.  The local committee of YAF is a part of AIA Honolulu. YAF Honolulu welcomes professionals that are: nearly licensed, newly licensed, and out to ten years of licensure.

Plan Ahead for Upcoming YAF Events in 2016:

July 22: Date/Time Change! RUDC Committee Meeting

RSVP Online! Our Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) will meet on Friday, July 22, 4:30-6:00pm at the Center for Architecture. Open to all AIA Honolulu members (brown bag lunch).

Agenda: During this meeting the RUDC committee will discuss the results from our above short rail survey.

The role of the AIA Honolulu RUDC committee is to review, discuss and advocate for positions on various urban design issues that affect our built environment and the communities we serve.

Associate AIA Update

ARE Sessions July 12: Building Design & Construction Services, PART 2

This session was re-scheduled from June 23!

Register Online! Tuesday, July 12, Center for Architecture, 5:30-7pm.  

Cost: $10 for AIA/AIAS members; $20 for non-members.

July Topic: Building Design & Construction Services, Part 2. Design considerations, technologies, and materiality of site work, concrete, masonry, metals, structural and rough carpentry, finish carpentry, and finish materials.  This is NOT a repeat of Part 1.  New material will be covered. 

Neighbor Islands - Attend Remotely! If interested to attend by Go-To-Meeting please choose that option when registering.

Plan Ahead for ARE Sessions:

Mark your calendars for every 4th Thursday (almost) for the rest of the year. Register online today.

Online registration is now open:

Sister Organization Events

July 20: ASLA, LICH, APA & AIA Pau Hana at Shirokiya

RSVP with ASLA Online! The Hawaii Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA Hawaii) organizes a monthly Pau Hana with the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii (LICH) members monthly. For the July Pau Hana at Shirokiya Ala Moana on July 20 at 5:30pm, they are inviting AIA Honolulu members to join them! Their goals is for this event to become a great way for our sister organizations to meet, network, and hopefully springboard into other collaborative and fun events.  For questions please email Rachel Katzman.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Fve (5) Jobs Listed on the Job Board!

View ALL jobs on the AIA Honolulu Job Board.

The Job Board is open to members and non-members. All listings will run for 30 days.

Upcoming Events in the Community


Mahalo to Annual Chapter Sponsors

Join Us & Support Your Chapter!  Email or call us at (808) 628-7244 for sponsorship opportunities.

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