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An Official E-Newsletter of AIA OhioFall 2009

AIA Ohio Annual Meeting Announcement
AIA OVR Convention Update
Legislative/Regulatory Summary
Time to Lean Ourselves?…
2009 BIA Parade of Homes
Anshen+Allen Columbus Office Awarded LEED® Silver Certification



 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention

October 1-3, 2009


Northern Kentucky

 Convention Center

Covington, KY


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Presidents Message  Drawing P Hollenbeck

By Paul Hollenbeck, AIA


All of you have recently received your invitation to this year’s Regional Convention in Covington, Kentucky and I am in awe of the hard work of the Convention Committee.  The Annual Convention is one of the most anticipated services offered by AIA Ohio and every fourth year, the Regional Convention offers special opportunities for programs, this year over 16 learning units, and important networking.  I can’t think of a time when the opportunity to share our hopes and struggles with a broader cross-section of our colleagues is more important and valuable.  The Convention Committee has also paid special attention to affordability and this year is offering a flexible array of attendance options.

An important session of each Annual Convention is the Annual Business Meeting and this year’s meeting may be one of the most important in recent history.  Due to the unique economic times we all face, the AIA Ohio Board formed a special Financial Advisory Committee to help guide and shape our Proposed Budget for 2010.  The committee studied and debated for many hours and eventually settled on a Proposed Budget that is fiscally responsible, yet, in my opinion, actually proposes to enrich the important services and role played by AIA Ohio, as the “connector” between AIA and our “Federation”, to quote Terry Welker, AIA, of seven Components.  The budget process challenged all of our existing programs, proposed savings where possible, and promotes special attention to the consensus issues heard by Bruce Sekanik, AIA, and myself when we visited all of the components especially:
1. Strengthening government advocacy
2. Enhancing our efforts as a communication link
3. Reaching out to emerging professionals and the four schools of architecture
4. Intensifying our efforts to better inform the public of the value of what we do 


AIA Ohio Annual Meeting Announcement and Slate of Electors
The AIA Ohio 2009 Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, KY. 
 Click here to view the Slate of Electors, which will be voted upon at this meeting. 


Antoine Predock, FAIA

AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention Update
This year, AIA Ohio will again join AIA Kentucky and AIA Indiana for a Regional Convention.  Kentucky will host us just across the river from Cincinnati, in Covington, KY.  Convention events will take place at the NorthernKentuckyConvention Center. 
Your 2009 AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention Committee promises to deliver informative and relative educational programming, opportunities for networking with your peers, and tours and social events that will re-energize and inspire.  Go to to register today and join us Oct. 1-3 in Covington, KY, for the AIA Ohio Valley Region 2009 Convention:  Connections and Collaboration 
Why Covington?
The AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention is held once every four years.  The first one took place in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2001.  The second one was in Indianapolis, IN, in 2005.  In 2009, our hosts will be AIA Kentucky in Covington.  AIA Ohio and AIA Indiana members will enjoy generous hospitality from our peers in Kentucky. 
The Convention Planning Committee has worked hard to secure interesting venues for all of the AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention events.  Most of the convention events including speakers, keynote sessions and the exhibit hall will take place at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, right on the Ohio river in Covington.  This venue offers a convenient location, state-of-the-art communications, and compact space in which the convention events will take place.  For information on the NKYCC, go to    

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David FieldLegislative/Regulatory Summary 

By David W. Field, CAE, Hon. AIA
AIA-Ohio Executive Vice President

Summer Legislative Recess Leaves Architects’ Bills Pending
Following two contentious weeks of budget negotiations the Ohio General Assembly adopted a two-year state Budget in mid-July and promptly recessed for the summer leaving architectural issues in limbo until fall. 
OCRP Recommendations:
Though Governor Strickland wanted the Ohio Construction Reform Panel (OCRP) recommendations included in the Budget Bill, that didn’t happen and a separate, stand-alone bill never materialized.  A Legislative Service Commission (LSC) draft bill that would have implemented the recommendations was circulated among interested parties, but held up due to union concerns.
House Speaker Armond Budish, D-Beachwood, entrusted the LSC draft bill to his second-in-command, Rep. Matt Szollosi, a Toledo lawyer whose practice reportedly focuses on construction litigation on behalf of unions.
Szollosi has said he is drafting revised legislation that will be “more narrowly tailored” to address concerns expressed by “both union and nonunion interests … that is fair, objective and doesn’t place small to midsized business at a competitive disadvantage.”

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Time to Lean Ourselves?

Melissa Vitteri Sieg
Associate AIA, LEED AP, CDT

 By now, Lean is a well-established practice. If you’ve been in this profession for some time, you probably first heard of it in Construction Management. And for a few years now, Lean has been buzzing around next to the word Healthcare. But if you haven’t heard of it yet, Lean dates back to the 1950’s. That’s when Taiichi Ohno set a number of management practices for the Toyota Production System.


Since then, Lean thinking has been focusing on one idea: producing services that the costumers need, when they need them, and in the amount that they are needed. And to get there, Lean advocates look at the production process and the building quality very carefully.

2009 BIA Parade of Homes, Dublin, Ohio
by Stephanie Aurora Lewis, RA, LEED AP
Ohio was not so fortunate to have many Parade of Homes events this year, as the economy swiftly put them out of business. In spite of that, the 2009 Building Industry Association’s (BIA) Parade of Homes in Dublin was not only accomplished, but quite large with eleven builders, and quite popular this year. Not typically in Dublin, it was warmly welcomed into the new Tartan Ridge district, bordered by Hyland-Croy Road on the west, McKitrick Road on the south, Brock Road on the north, and Jerome/Avery Road on the east.
If truth be known, there were two different homes at the show this year; homes designed by registered architects and homes that were designed by builders. For the most part, every house was successful and more than half were sold by the time the tours opened up to the public for a two week showing period. Nevertheless, from an architect’s perspective, the homes designed by architects were shining examples of innovation.
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  Anshen+Allen Columbus Office Awarded LEED® Silver Certification

The Anshen+Allen Columbus office has been certified LEED Silver for the interior renovation of the historic building in which it is housed, a significant achievement as one of only a handful of LEED certified projects in the city.
Established in 2007 as the Midwest office of the international design firm, the Anshen+Allen Columbus office is now located in the Arena District, one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods. Because the firm strives to improve the energy efficiency, life cycle and long term sustainability of the hospitals and research facilities they design, it was important to the design team to showcase water and energy saving features in their new office, while creating a unique and uplifting work environment. Many of the design strategies were based on the firm’s experience in creating healthcare facilities that are not only highly sustainable, but also healthy.


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