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Information, updates and resources are coming from The AIA, the national Disaster Assistance Committee, the CACE network and from our State Disaster Assistance efforts. Follow AIA Maryland on Facebook and Twitter and of course, here.  Currently, we are looking to compile a list of Maryland firms with health care facility expertise. If you would like to be added to a list of architects/firms willing to assist our State with pandemic efforts, please email Sandi Worthman.

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How do AIA Contract Documents address COVID-19 issues?

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When disaster strikes – How do AIA Contract Documents address COVID-19 issues?
March 30, 2020 – 11 AM
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For the foreseeable future, the design and construction industry may experience considerable disruptions, such as material shortages, construction delays, work stoppages, and projects that are deferred due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Join us for a free webinar as expert presenters explore contract provisions regarding project delays, extensions, suspension and termination, payment, dispute resolution, and insurance.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about Force Majeure, a French term, literally translating to “a superior force” and how the AIA’s various agreements allocate these types of risks, including disruptions, materials shortages, delays, and other issues.
  • Explore the roles and responsibilities of the project team members. Learn the importance of effective contract documents and communication among project members in order to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  • Review A201®️-2017, General Conditions of the Construction Contract and B101™️-2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect to examine standard of care provisions, services, evaluations of the work, and more.
  • Become familiar with other AIA Contract Documents forms, resources, guides, and opportunities for additional learning.

For more information on this topic, check out:
How AIA contracts address issues arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 – Response and Resources

We hope you all are well and that you have been following our Twitter and Facebook pages for news, resources and updates. In terms of response, the build out of facilities to expand local and regional capacity is being led by the US Army Corps of Engineers thru FEMA. Help from the private sector is needed.

https://www.usace.army.mil/Business-With-Us/Contracting/
https://www.usace.army.mil/Coronavirus/

Firms and individuals interested in working on this should take the first step of registering:
https://sam.gov/SAM/pages/public/index.jsf

Within SAM.gov is the Disaster Response Registry, where you can register your company’s unique capabilities: https://sam.gov/SAM/pages/public/searchRecords/advancedDRSearch.jsf

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HB1628 – Sales and Use Tax

If House Bill 1628 passes, the negative impact to our clients and consumers, the quality of the built environment, and the cost of doing work for small businesses throughout the state, would be significant! Please tell Maryland legislators to vote against HB1628.

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Disaster Assistance Training Opportunity

The Emergency Management Institute of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering a four-day training course — E2460 Advanced Building Science Series I — from April 27–30, 2020, at its National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Md. Designed for engineers, architects, building code officials, floodplain managers, hazard mitigation/municipal planners, and persons with building science knowledge, the course addresses the ever-changing challenges faced from flood and wind risk, through a comprehensive approach of planning, compliance, best-practice mitigation and funding. The General Admissions Application (FEMA Form 119-25-1) is due no later than March 13, 2020.

Register now  NOTE: Try this link 2/15 or after – their site is currently undergoing some maintenance.   

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Bird Safe Building Design

AIA Maryland is again following legislation regarding bird safe building design. Safe Skies Maryland, in conjunction with Dr. Chris Shepperd of the American Bird Conservancy, is offering a free, AIA accredited lunch and learn where members will learn to recognize and remediate hazards to birds in the built environment. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

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