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UMD Medical Center RFP-Professional Design Services

The University of Maryland Medical Center and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center invites firms qualified to provide full basic architectural design services for a multi-phased project focusing on modernizing and expanding the Trauma Resuscitation Unit and the operations that support it including Trauma Radiology and Transfusion Services.  Please submit the INTEND TO RESPOND form by December 14, 2018. Firms may access the information at http://bit.ly/STCR3DESIGNRFP.

Contact miguelbarowski@umm.edu for more information.

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2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) Released

On November 8, 2018, the new 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) was released, which now incorporates ASHRAE Standard 189.1. AIA National is currently in the process of reaching out to local building code officials to ensure they adopt Appendix H along with the IgCC.

Appendix H is essential as it allows architects the option to specify either ASHRAE 90.1 or the 2018 IECC. By adopting both Appendix H and IgCC jurisdictions will comprehensively address every aspect of sustainable design; modernize building codes by ameliorating current challenges to sustainable design; and coordinate the energy requirements of the 2018 IgCC with the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

In an effort to better implement these changes, the AIA is providing architects, engineers and building code officials with webinars that will (1) highlight nuances in the 2018 IgCC and (2) explain how best to use the 2018 IgCC and Appendix H with other I-Codes. The first webinar in the series—available online—provides a review of the 2017 ASHRAE 189.1 standard and explains how it merges with the 2018 IgCC. Additional training will be provided during 2019. For building code training support, please contact AIA’s Codes Advocacy Program at codes@aia.org.

It is also important to note that while the AIA supports the adoption of the 2018 IgCC and Appendix H—which define minimum sustainability requirements within the I-Codes—we also believe we can take these initiatives further. Many architects and engineers want to address climate change by designing carbon neutral buildings. In order to achieve this goal, AIA is planning to propose a new Net Zero/zEPI stretch code option—that will go beyond the minimum requirements to achieve higher performance—for inclusion in the 2021 IECC. AIA will keep components informed of these developments.

If you have any questions regarding the adoption of Appendix H or the new IgCC, please email codes@aia.org or contact AIA’s Senior Director of Codes & Standards Policy – John Peavey.

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Request for Qualifications – Professional Design Services

The University of Maryland Medical Center Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center invites firms qualified to provide full basic architectural design services for an inpatient and outpatient cancer center that will occupy a multi-story addition on the downtown campus to submit their qualifications by December 20, 2018. Firms may access the information and upload their responses at http://bit.ly/eB-AE-RFQ1682. Contact belam@umm.edu for more information.

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Safety-Assessment Program Training

REGISTRATION CLOSES NOV 23rd.

AIA Maryland is once again offering SAP training! Our next session is December 1st in Cambridge, MD. This full-day training offers 6.5 CEUs. Upon completion, licensed architects and certified engineers will be certified building evaluators able to perform rapid building assessments in post-disaster situations.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort & Spa for those wishing to head out Friday evening or to enjoy the weekend. This room block expires Nov 9th. 

Get more information on the training and register here.

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Invitation to Participate in A Better Maryland Strategies Survey

A Better Maryland is a dynamic, evolving plan that provides a framework to support a thriving economy and environmental stewardship. The plan supports collaboration among state and local governments and all other stakeholders, providing resources and tools for the long term economic success of Maryland.

Share your Priorities by Completing our Strategies Survey

The Maryland Department of Planning is conducting a second round of community outreach for the new state development plan, A Better Maryland. Planning developed topics and strategies using input provided by participants in the first round of outreach for A Better Maryland. Additional stakeholders, including the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Maryland Municipal League, the Maryland Association of Counties, and Maryland state agencies, assisted in this effort. You can view first round input on Planning’s website at the What We’ve Heard page.

Take the Online Strategies Survey

As part of the second round, Planning has posted a new online survey to gather additional input as we formulate A Better Maryland. The survey allows you to prioritize strategies, which are organized under the following 14 topics:

  • Sustaining the Environment into the Future
    Preserving Land
    Adapting and Becoming Resilient to Climate Change
  • Tackling the Economic Development Needs of the Next Century
    Improving Economic Growth and Development in Existing Communities
  • Meeting Renewable Energy Goals
  • Addressing Maryland’s Transportation, Infrastructure, and Technology Challenges and Opportunities
  • Creating Workforce/Affordable Housing
  • Building Capacity in Communities
  • Protecting Historic and Cultural Resources
  • Creating Quality Places
  • Coordinating State Agencies in Planning Processes
    Respecting Regional Distinctions
    Improving the Delivery of Programs and Services to Local Jurisdictions

Please consider attending one of our public meetings being held through the middle of November.  Please share this with your associates, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Post to your social media (e.g. Facebook, Next Door). Together we will develop the new state development plan, A Better Maryland.

Read the entire bulletin from Maryland Department of Planning HERE

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Safety-Assessment Program Training

AIA Maryland is once again offering SAP training! Our next session is December 1st in Cambridge, MD. This full-day training offers 6.5 CEUs. Upon completion, licensed architects and certified engineers will be certified building evaluators able to perform rapid building assessments in post-disaster situations.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort & Spa for those wishing to head out Friday evening or to enjoy the weekend. This room block expires Nov 9th. 

Get more information on the training and register here.

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