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Recognizing the 8th Anniversary of 9/11- AIA Nebraska Members Rebuild Little Sioux Scout Ranch

By Bob Soukup, Assoc. AIA | LEED® AP, Carlson West Povondra Architects

This last weekend I was involved with a large volunteer effort to help build a new chapel at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch near Little Sioux, Iowa.  On June 11, 2008, a tornado destroyed a large area of the boy scout camp and killed 4 young boys.  As a way to pay back the nation after the 9/11 attack on New York, a group of New York Fire Fighters came to Iowa for 3 days, along with 200 other volunteers from all over the nation, plus another 600 local volunteers. All the volunteers spent those three days working to rebuild the campground, in addition to building a new chapel. This chapel was constructed over the remaining floor slab from the cabin where the boys died.

The below note is from the founder of the New York Says Thank You Foundation and describes a little bit of what we accomplished last week. See website:

I worked with the families of the 4 boys to design this chapel over the last 8 months.  There are a few pictures of the chapel under construction below.  We still have some small details to finish on the chapel, but the major structural elements are in place.  If you get a chance tonight you can tune in to ABC World News Tonight to see a news story about the whole event.

Kristi Nohavec, AIA, The Clark Enersen Partners, also worked on the design of the chapel.  Bill Stott, AIA, The Architectural Offices, volunteered his weekend clearing an area for a prairie restoration project. HDR - Leo A Daly – Nielsen, Mayne Architecture – and The Schemmer Associates Inc. have all been involved with the larger rebuilding effort by donating their design services for other new facilities at the camp.

Note from Jeff Parness, The New York Says Thank You Foundation

Last weekend, over 1,000 volunteers with The New York Says Thank You Foundation marched through the North Valley of the Little Sioux Iowa Scout Camp to a stand before a Chapel built with timbers destroyed in a deadly tornado that took the lives of four young Eagle Scouts and forever changed the lives of dozens of young boys and their parents on the night of June 11, 2008. And as the young scouts who survived that deadly tornado marched shoulder to shoulder with FDNY firefighters who survived 9/11, the mother of Ben Petrzilka looked out at the gathering of New Yorkers and disaster survivors who had come to Little Sioux from across the United States and proclaimed “THANK YOU FOR COMING INTO OUR DARKNESS TO PULL US INTO YOUR LIGHT.” It was a moment none of us will ever forget.

As we honor the memory of all those who were lost 8 years ago today, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for enabling us to also honor the kindness and humanity we experienced as New Yorkers and as a Nation on 9/12. NEW YORK SAYS THANK YOU has truly become an Army of LOVE.

Tonight the efforts of our volunteers will be recognized nationally as “Persons of the Week” on ABC World News Tonight. You can also get a glimpse of what happened last weekend in Little Sioux by watching one of the numerous local TV reports by clicking here.

Thank you for sharing our story with your friends, families, and colleagues today by forwarding this e-mail to those who are looking for a meaningful way to recognize the 8th Anniversary of 9/11. And thank you once again for your continuing support to allow us to reach our stated objective: From one day of terror, 10 years of Kindness. 

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AIA Nebraska 2009 Fall Conference

The 2009 AIA Nebraska Fall Conference, Building a Network, AIA Characters Welcome, will be September 24-25 at The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel in Lincoln.


You can still register! Call us at (402)472-1456 or Click here to register!

Click here to view the schedule of events!

Sponsorship + Exhibitor Opportunities

Click here to be an exhibitor

This year with the newly formed AIA Nebraska Affiliate Committee, we have created new sponsorship and networking opportunities. Visit our conference webpage for more details or click here to be a sponsor!

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AIA Nebraska Membership Meeting / Candidates Offered

Plan to attend this year's AIA Nebraska Membership meeting in conjunction with the Conference, Friday, September 25, 1:30 - 2:00 pm, Lancaster, The Cornhusker, Lincoln. The AIA Nebraska Nominating Committee will offer the following slate of candidates for the 2010 Board of Directors.

Nominations from the floor will be accepted.

President-Elect, Tammy Eagle Bull, AIA, Encompass Architects
Secretary, Robert Ripley, AIA, Capitol Commission
Treasurer, Kenneth West, AIA, DLR Group

Directors (2 Elected)
John Dineen, AIA, HDR                                                                    

Robert LeZotte, AIA, BVH

Associate Member Director
Kevin Riley, Associate AIA, Davis Design

Please print the following documents to be reviewed at the meeting:
2008 AIA NE Membership Meeting Minutes / 2008 Balance Sheet

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Bowen to Receive Gold Medal

Gary Bowen, FAIA, will be awarded the Harry F. Cunningham Gold Medal for Architectural Excellence in the State of Nebraska. The Gold Medal is the highest honor that AIA Nebraska can bestow and is awarded in recognition of the most distinguished achievement in architecture or service to the profession of architecture in the State of Nebraska. Bowen, a Principal of Bahr Vermeer Haecker Architects, has been practicing architecture since 1964. The award will be presented at the AIA Nebraska Excellence in Design Awards Banquet on September 24, at The Nebraska Club, Lincoln.  Click here for more on Mr. Bowen.

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Perkins and Will, HDR, Goody Clancy to Consolidate Homeland Security HQ at St. Elizabeths Campus

Firms will be taking on the GSA’s largest single ARRA-funded project

The federal government has hired the Washington office of Perkins and Will, as well as Omaha-based HDR and Boston-based Goody Clancy in a joint venture to design the new $450 million Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters campus on the 300-acre site of St. Elizabeths Hospital in the District of Columbia. This new federal agency headquarters is one of the largest single design and construction projects being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) economic stimulus package signed into law last winter and is not only the single largest project in the General Service Administration (GSA) $5.5 billion portfolio of ARRA-funded work but GSA’s largest building project ever. Click here for the full story.

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Congratulations Emily Wilcox!

Emily (Jennings) Wilcox, AIA Nebraska Executive Assistant, married Andy Wilcox on August 29, 2009, in a beautiful ceremony, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Send Emily your best wishes and tips on a successful marriage to Emily will have a new e-mail address in the near future.


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Seeking Leaders to Serve on AIA National Committees

Click here to see chart listing several of the AIA national committees, task groups, etc. This list does not include every committee – only those for which, at this time, we anticipate openings in 2010. If you are interested in serving please forward Sara ( ) with a brief (one or two pages) resume. If you are not sure where your talents can best be utilized, please still forward a resume by September 28, 2009.

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Call for Knowledge Community Advisory Group Members

Each AIA Knowledge Community is led by a five-member advisory group is composed of leaders of the AIA committed to elevating the practice of architecture. Through the leadership of these advisory groups, these communities provide content and serve as a resource to the membership at large as well as act as experts on Institute programs and policies that pertain to a wide variety of business practices and trends.

The AIA national component is currently seeking volunteers for several knowledge community advisory groups. The application deadline for all groups is September 9, 2009 at 5pm EDT. The applications details vary slightly by group and interested members are encouraged to review each to learn more.  Applicants may submit to more than one group, but will need to ensure all application materials are included and sent to the correct contact outlined in the call. Read the complete call for volunteers by community:

  1. Architecture for Education (CAE)
  2. Design for Aging (DFA)
  3. DFA is also seeking volunteers for the subcommittees: Governance, Design for Aging Review, Post Occupancy Evaluations, Research, Education, Sponsorships, Networking Communications, and Universal Design.
  4. Historic Resources (HRC)
  5. Public Architects (PA)
  6. PA is also seeking an Associate Member of the Advisory Group.
  7. Practice Management (PMKC)
  8. Small Project Practitioners (SPP)

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Request for Qualifications for ARE 4.0 AIA 2010 Convention Workshop Speakers

The AIA national component seeks instructors for four ARE 4.0 workshops to be offered at the 2010 AIA National Convention and Design Expo in Miami, June 10-12. Selected speakers will have the opportunity to gain visibility and increase their leadership role in the industry by providing valuable information to ARE candidates from around the country. Read the complete Request for Qualifications to learn more. Proposals must be received by AIA National Component no later than 5:00pm EDT on September 11, 2009.

The four ARE 4.0 workshops most desired by test candidates and to be offered in 2010 are:

  1. Structural Systems,
  2. Building Design & Construction Systems,
  3. Building Systems, and
  4. Site Planning and Design.

Questions may be directed to Stephanie McGuinn at

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Architecture Firms Can Get Research and Development Tax Credits - Sometimes “too good to be true” really is true

by Justin DiLauro, BSE, JD

How do you … qualify for a tax credit during design? When architects hear that their design activities may qualify for federal and/or state research and development tax credits, their first reaction is often to presume that it sounds too good to be true. They have trouble believing it because they simply consider much of their design and development activities to be "routine," far from rising to the level of anything that would revolutionize the industry. This is a costly misconception. Click here to read the Entire Story.

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AIA Leadership to Host Interactive Webinars on AIA 2010–2015 Strategic Plan

George H. Miller, FAIA, 2010 President-elect, and Clark Manus, FAIA, 2010 First Vice President-elect, will hold three Webinars for AIA members to present and discuss the draft of the AIA Strategic Plan for 2010–2015.

“This year, the strategic planning process is intended to be inclusive and transparent,” says AIA President Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA. “As a result, we are seeking feedback from our constituents on the draft goals and strategies.”

An AIA PowerPoint presentation, (Click here for the PowerPoint presentation) summarizing the work of an AIA Board of Directors strategic planning session held in July, includes the draft goals and strategies.

The Webinars will be held:

September 16, 2009: 11am–12pm Pacific, 12–1 pm Mountain; 1–2 pm Central and 2–3 pm Eastern

Participants will have an opportunity to talk with leadership about where the AIA should be going in the future. (To register for a Webinar, click on the date you prefer, above.)

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2009/2010 Code Development- Proposed Code Change Monograph

Click here for the code change proposal monograph for the 2009/2010 Code Change cycle. CDs will be mailed for on or about October 3, 2009.

Note that the on-line version of the monograph and the CDs are PDF files that contain three new features:

* Highlighting and commenting (using Adobe Reader)
* Adobe search
* Bookmarks

The files are also designed for quicker downloads. Please remember that as part of ICC's green initiative, printed monograph books will not be mailed or supplied at the hearings. Interested parties who are not on our mailing list can receive a CD copy by sending a coupon to ICC.

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Calendar of Events


Pecha Kucha Night

The next version of Pecha Kucha Night will be this Wednesday September 16th at the Slowdown in downtown Omaha starting at 8:20pm.
Admittance is $10 at the door and it is free to Design Alliance Omaha (daOMA) members.

We will be featuring architects, industrial designers, graphic designers and furniture designers from the area. Click here for more information.

US Department of Energy Building Energy Codes
No Cost Live Webcasts with Q&A

Registration is Open!

Three-Part Series: Commercial Requirements of the 2009 IECC

Part 3, Mechanical Overview: Thursday, September 17, 2009
10:00 am to 12:00 pm Pacific Time (Noon CDT)

These live webcasts, sponsored by DOE will include overviews of the commercial requirements of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. The presentations will be followed by live 30-minute Q&A sessions.

Sign up for any individual webcast or the whole series. Note: If you plan to view any of these webcasts with others at a shared location, only one registration is needed; a phone and a computer with an Internet connection are required.

Earn professional development hours while learning about energy efficiency

The Omaha Public Power District is offering three courses for professionals starting in September.  Courses will cover residential building science, heating and cooling systems, and lighting.  Click here to learn more and register online.

Residential Heating and Air Conditioning (Real Estate #0661) $35
Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 3 CEU or PDH
Learn how heating and cooling products deliver home comfort.
• identify various types of equipment and learn how they work
• recognize a well-maintained system
• help customers improve the comfort level in their new home
• find a contractor you and your customer can trust
• know what an energy-efficient system looks like
• spot potential problems with heating and cooling equipment

AIA Nebraska Fall Conference

September 24-25
The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel
Lincoln, NE

Click here for more schedule and registration

2010 EPA Brownfields Grant Competition

Lincoln, Nebraska September 24, 2009

The U.S. EPA Region 7 Brownfields Team is hosting a half-day workshop for the 2010 EPA Brownfields Grant competition. The workshop will be repeated in five locations. Join us for one of the half-day workshops to learn about the 2010 EPA Brownfields Grant opportunities and tips to improve your proposal for funding to assess and cleanup brownfields in your community. There will be two Clu-In teleconferences accompanying this workshop series. Details of these teleconferences coming soon.
Each half-day workshop is designed to cover the basics of submitting a proposal to the EPA Brownfields Program and offer guidance for improving the quality of your proposal.

How to Register
Registration is free of charge. Please contact: Tom Dermody SRA International, Inc. (703) 284-6107


USGBC Workshop: Green Building Design & Construction: The LEED Implementation Process

Thursday, October 22, 8:30am – 5:00pm, Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus, Building 7, Room 107 North 30th Street & Fort Street Omaha, NE 68111 (map)

This workshop is intended for professionals who are familiar with the LEED for New Construction or LEED for Core & Shell Rating System, but new to implementing it on projects or looking to brush up on Implementation best practices. It is also applicable for individuals pursuing GBCI's LEED AP credential - complementary, discounted exam preparation and practice test resources will be available for workshop participants. USGBC is an approved continuing education provider for the organizations indicated on the flyer. USGBC reports directly to AIA and CSI. If you're having trouble or have questions about registration, email or call the Workshop Line at 800.795.1747. Registration is open to the first 77 attendees. more details» 

Central States Region / AIA Iowa Convention 2009

October 15-16, 2009
Polk County Convention Complex, Des Moines, IA
Mark your calendars for the 2009 Central States Region / AIA Iowa Convention October 15-16.
Join us as we STIR in some new thinking by exploring who we can be, what we can do, how we can work, who we can work for, and how we see the world.

Keynote speakers include Craig Hartman, FAIA, Design Partner at the San Francisco office of SOM, Markku Allison, AIA of AIA National, Phil Freelon, FAIA of The Freelon Group in Philadelphia, Merrill Elam, AIA a Principal in the firm Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects in Atlanta, and Kyu Sung Woo, FAIA Principal of Kyu Sung Woo Architects Inc. in Cambridge.

In addition there will be 27 workshops ranging from topics based on the theme of Diversity, to an Academic Papers Symposium, to Achieving LEED®-H Platinum, to Professional Liability, and more. Registration will be available at on Monday, August 24.
For more information please visit or call 515.244.7502.

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