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Maryland makes $413M in budget cuts.

The Board of Public Works met and began to address the anticipated state revenue shortfall with $413M in budget cuts to state programs. HERE is an excerpt from the meeting agenda that notes where/how those cuts will be made. This makes a dramatic cut to State Historic Tax Credits, and makes a mix of reductions across most, if not all state agencies. Economically we are in uncharted waters. The long-term effects on our overall economy from COVID-19 remain unknown, and the corrective actions to be taken will be determined by many factors. We will continue to advocate for our profession, monitor the budgetary process and keep you informed.

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FREE Webinar on FEMA E-74, Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage

Embrace seismic safety on your projects with a FREE webinar on FEMA E-74, Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage (June 10th)

Special early announcement for architects! Registration is limited.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific
Registration Fee: Free

Architects play a crucial role in seismic safety and are especially integral when it comes to designing nonstructural components that are resistant to earthquakes. Earthquake damage to nonstructural components, like partitions, ceilings, glazing, and cladding, and MEP systems can cause serious safety issues to occupants and contribute to building downtime after an event. In recent U.S. earthquakes, nonstructural failures have also been the largest source of financial losses. In this free webinar hosted by the Applied Technology Council (ATC) about FEMA E-74, Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage, you will learn about the basic principles behind seismic resistant design of nonstructural components and the role you can play in reducing seismic risk of these elements. Architects are a prime audience for this webinar. Click here to register for the webinar, or click here to learn more.

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Mentorship Workgroup Survey

The Mentorship Workgroup of the National Associates Committee has developed a survey regarding the perception of Mentorship in our profession. Please help the NAC and take this brief survey.

AIA National Associates Committee – Mentorship Workgroup Survey

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2020 Excellence in Design Awards Program Opens

Our annual awards programs opened today! There are a few new features this year so take a moment to read the complete Call for Entries. The Call for Entries for Students Design Awards can be found HERE.

We are closely monitoring pandemic conditions and have accepted that some aspects of our program may be different this year. Watch our newsletter and email updates for current information. We look forward to seeing your incredible work!

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FREE Resources from AIA

Preparing for the Architect Registration Exam? AIA is offering free access to ArchiPrep®  for Associate AIA members through August. If you need experience hours, AIAU’s Emerge series is also free for Associate AIA members. Deltek is offering free certification on Ajera, Vision, Vantagepoint, and Project Information Management through June 30. And, get 18 months of MasterSpec® for the price of 12 or save 15% on a standard subscription. All new subscriptions come with five free SpecBuilder Cloud seats so you can collaborate on specs from anywhere.

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Architecture in a Time of Pandemic: Professional Practice Issues & COVID-19

AIA San Antonio invites you to their next edition of Survive & Thrive Webinars.  On Friday, May 1st at 12 Noon CT, AIA San Antonio will present Architecture in a Time of Pandemic: Professional Practice Issues & COVID-19 . This webinar is free for AIA members and $20 for non-members.  REGISTER HERE

Presenters:
Matthew Ryan
Whitney Knight
Partners, Allensworth & Porter | Austin, TX

Description:
Two full-time construction lawyers from Allensworth & Porter in Austin, Texas address issues of concern to architects seeking to cope with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the construction industry.  Tune in to hear observations on the issues that are developing in the industry, and how to react to them in ways that can help secure better practice and project outcomes.

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn about anticipated sources of project distress for design professionals arising from developing circumstances in the construction industry;
  2. Attendees will emerge with a better understanding of the application of their contracts to the pandemic-related circumstances now confronting construction projects throughout Texas, with an eye toward promoting better project management, client service and support, and orderly design/construction team communications and working relationships;
  3. Attendees will obtain important insights as to promoting compliance with applicable governmental and industry practices in the COVID-19 era, including good health/safety/welfare practices-both within their own workplaces/teams, and at construction jobsites; and
  4. Attendees will gain an understanding of key contract clauses to assist them in drafting and negotiating better, consistent, and enforceable contracts to allocate risk more effectively, in general, and as we emerge from the COVID-19 era.
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