AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: Seminar & Social – October 27, 2016

designplan-pinsettersOn October 27, 2016, Emerging Professionals gathered at Pinsetters Bar & Bowl in Merchantville, NJ for a seminar and social event hosted by Designplan Lighting Inc. and Illuminations Inc.

Attendees were treated to a hands-on presentation by Renee Chaykin, LC, Northeast Regional Manager for Designplan.  The presentation including demonstration of new and best-selling light fixtures available for both residential and commercial use.  In addition to the lighting product displays, participants engaged in a thoughtful question and answer session.

The discussion continued on the bowling lanes, as the Emerging Professionals and hosts rolled well into the evening in friendly, but spirited, competition.

AIA West Jersey thanks our hosts Designplan Lighting Inc. and Illuminations Inc. for supporting the component and this event.  If you are interested in learning more about Designplan or Illuminations, and their products and services please utilize the contact information below.

Designplan Lighting, Inc.
Renee Chaykin, LC
Northeast Regional Manager
(908) 996-7710
renee@designplan.com
www.designplan.com

Illumniations Inc.
Laura Teter
Specification Sales
610-764-7580
lteter@illuminationsinc.com
or
Nate Mcafee
610-325-2229
nmcafee@illuminationsinc.com
www.illuminationsinc.com

AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: Personal Finance Seminar – Sept. 27, 2016

On September 27, 2016, Emerging Professionals from AIA West Jersey and Central Jersey Components gathered at the Taproom & Grille in Haddon Township, NJ for a seminar featuring Personal Financial Planning Basics for Emerging Professionals. Attendees learned about Budgeting, Insurance Protection, Retirement/401k Planning, College Planning and Investing for yourself and your business.

gabrieliThe seminar was presided over by Jason Gabrieli, CFP of HFM Investment Advisers, an emerging professional in the financial planning industry.  The presentation featured excellent discussion among the participants.

Light fare and cocktails were available during the networking portion of the event.

For additional information about Emerging Professional events in the West Jersey Component and across New Jersey, please visit the AIA NJ Emerging Professionals Community website: http://epic-aia-nj.weebly.com/

AEC Cares Project Philadelphia 2016

October is Emerging Professionals Month.  The following article was submitted by AIA West Jersey Member and Emerging Professional, Jeffrey Brummer, AIA, and recounts his experience as a design professional volunteer with Community Design Collaborative and the AEC Cares Project Philadelphia Project at the AIA National Convention 2016.


Imagine that you had $300,000 worth of building materials and 150 willing volunteers. Could you transform a public recreation center that has been underfunded for decades? The answer to that question seems pretty easy, but how about completing the renovation in 10 hours? That was the challenge posed to me and six other design professionals who volunteer with the Community Design Collaborative in February of this year. What an amazing and challenging opportunity for our team, not only to create a good design, but also to help seek out the many building materials needed for the project through donations. AEC Cares provided us with this incredible opportunity.

AEC Cares is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2011 and has completed a transformative project each year since then, such as: renovating five homes that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina, restoring a building for transitional housing and job training, updating a school for underprivileged youth, and renewing a crisis shelter for homeless youth. The annual projects are selected based on the location of the AIA national convention, and the day of service for the project is performed the day before the opening of the convention. Since the convention was in Philadelphia this year, we were given the opportunity to participate in the AEC Cares Project-Philadelphia.

team-photoThe project selected for this year was the renovation of the Athletic Recreation Center in the Sharswood neighborhood, which has a long history of providing afterschool and summer programs to hundreds of children since 1911. The Community Design Collaborative volunteer team’s role for this project was twofold: to create a design that can be implemented by a volunteer workforce in one day and to only use materials that can be donated or found locally. The design team consisted of veteran volunteers from the Community Design Collaborative, who have provided countless pro-bono design service hours or non-profit clients throughout the Philadelphia area.

Our team held the kickoff meeting at the building site in early February and quickly assessed the building. We selected five rooms to become the focus of our design intervention: the main entrance hall, the art room, the auditorium, the kitchen and costume room. Once we had our design areas defined, we held weekly meetings to define the scope of work and clarified the extent of our design intervention. We quickly developed a schematic design to present to the Athletic Recreation Center staff and community, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (who own and manage the center), and AEC Cares staff. We immediately needed a firm understanding of how much time and effort would be required in preparation for the build day to make our design a reality. Not only would we have to take the lead in procuring much of the material used in the renovation, but we also had to present our design clearly so the volunteers could quickly understand our drawings to complete the design on schedule. Once the schematic design was reviewed and approved, our team started defining what preparation work would be completed in advance by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s skilled trades staff and volunteer contractors. Tasks such as vinyl floor demolition and installation, demolition and installation of light fixtures, and any demolition/preparation work above 12′ high were completed prior to the build day.

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Volunteers from the neighborhood were also an important part of the preparation phase of the project as they cleaned out years of stored items and clutter to empty out the work areas. The housecleaning was also an important step in creating excitement throughout the center for the big changes that were to come. Once the preparation work was complete and many of the donated materials were secured, our team had a clear idea of what parts of the project design needed to be altered. Luckily our design only needed minor changes as the build day was quickly approaching. Final coordination was completed with multiple fabricators and materials were being delivered to the center; everything was in place for the 150 volunteers to do the work.

The build day on May 18th, 2016 was a great success and we were able to complete most of the work as a team. It was quite a sight to see so many people working in one building at one time. It was great to work with talented volunteers from all over the country. Volunteers recruited by AEC Cares represented many design related firms and corporations from all over the United States. The upgrades to the Athletic Recreation Center were dramatic and the children loved their new building. The renovated spaces would support the numerous programs at the center.

art-room-web2Now that a few months have passed since the build day and my crazy schedule has slowed to a normal pace, I’ve had some time to reflect on this project. I learned that people are more generous with donating their time and materials for a good cause than originally thought. We couldn’t have completed such a dramatic transformation without the support of so many generous donors and volunteers. Another lesson that I learned during the project was to have a flexible design. Our design team benefited from having a flexible design that could be altered as the project progressed, without losing the main intention of the renovation. In the end, we were able to meet the challenge, and in the process, create a legacy project that will benefit the Sharswood neighborhood for years to come.


Jeffrey Brummer, AIA, LEED AP has been a volunteer at the Community Design Collaborative since 2003 and has participated in many design grant projects throughout the Philadelphia region. Please visit www.cdesignc.org for additional information about the Community Design Collaborative or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: Summer Social – August 26, 2016

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In case you missed it, on August 26th, 2016, AIA WJ Emerging Professionals Community hosted an EPiC Summer Social at Tuckahoe Brewing Company in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.  Attending members from the West Jersey, South Jersey and Jersey Shore chapters had a great time sharing ideas, discussing the upcoming Fall schedule, and sampling some of the locally produced beers.

productionWe also had the opportunity to take a stroll through the plant with company co-founder Matt McDevitt, who described the brewing process and ongoing growth of the company.

Fun fact: Tuckahoe Brewing Company is part owned by a emerging professional architect, Jim McAfee, R.A.

 

 

 

Mark your calendars for AIA WJ EPiC Events coming up this Fall:

27 SEPT 2016: Personal Finance for the Emerging Professional (Info and RSVP here)

27 OCT 2016: Seminar and Bowling Social at Pinsetters Bar & Bowl

22 NOV 2016: Development 101 – Getting Started

15 DEC 2016: Winter Social: EPiC Year in Review

 

AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: AIA NJ EPiC Leadership Summit

EPiC-Leadership-SummitThe AIA New Jersey Emerging Professionals Community (EPiC) met at the end of July for the first annual EPiC Leadership Summit.  Members of the executive committee and emerging professionals from each of New Jersey’s six AIA sections were in attendance.  The group came together to clarify the community’s vision for the remainder of 2016 and set goals for 2017.  AIA West Jersey was represented by Christopher McIntosh, Assoc. AIA (AIA WJ EPiC Section Director) and Mark Barone, AIA (AIA WJ President Elect).

For more information about the AIA New Jersey Emerging Professionals Community, and upcoming state-wide EP activities visit our website:  http://epic-aia-nj.weebly.com/

Positive changes are coming to AIA WJ EPs in the second half of 2016. Save the date on August 26th, for our next EP social with emerging professionals from both AIA South Jersey and AIA Jersey Shore!   Details to follow shortly.

AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: Art After 5 – June 17, 2016

roge-art-after-5AIA-WJ Emerging Professionals Community (EPiC) held our June social event on Friday, June 17th at “Art After 5″ in the Great Hall of the Philadelphia Art Museum. EPiC members gathered on the balcony to listen to music by Brazilian samba musician Rogê, while networking and discussing the recent activity of the EPiC board and AIA-NJ.

Those in attendance were a combination of associates and licensed EPs, and the conversation turned from upcoming changes to the IDP and ARE process to future opportunities and events. We ended the event with a walk through the north wing of the museum, and explored the collection of Modern and Contemporary art.

Thus concluded the schedule of AIA-WJ EPiC events for the first half of 2016, and we look forward to meeting again in August!

AIA Convention 2016: Philadelphia

AIA members from all over the county convened in Philadelphia, May 18-21, 2016 for the AIA National Convention.  The convention offered entertaining and provocative Keynote Speakers, a plethora of networking opportunities, and over five hundred (500) seminars to enhance professional skills.

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For the first time ever, in fact the AIA membership voted to change the organization’s By-Laws to allow it, the AIA Gold Medal was awarded to a DUO of architects.  Denise Scott-Brown was in attendance to receive the honor bestowed upon her and husband, Robert Venturi.

For additional information and convention wrap-ups visit AIA New Jersey and AIA NJ Emerging Professionals Community (EPiC) blogs:

AIA New Jersey – Convention Recap

AIA NJ – Emerging Professionals: EPiC Moments at AIA Convention 2016

 

AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: Breaking Beer – April 28, 2016

AIA West Jersey Emerging Professionals met at local brewery, Double Nickel Brewing Co. in Pennsauken, to network with colleagues in the profession, tour the brewery and share our opinions on the tap list.

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The brewery tour was lead by Drew Perry, General Manager and Head Brewer at Double Nickel.  Drew provided an informative tour highlighting the building features and Read more

Breaking Beer: Networking with Emerging Professionals – April 28th, 2016

Exciting news! Our event this Thursday, April 28th, has a new name and now offers 2 CEUs (LUs not HSW) towards your continuing education credits. Last call so RSVP today!

socialJoin us for “Breaking Beer: Networking with Emerging Professionals” at Double Nickel Brewing Co. in Pennsauken, as we meet local colleagues to discussion the profession, tour the brewery and share our opinions on the tap list.

The AIA WJ Emerging Professionals Community extends a special invitation to attend to all recent additions to the AIA West Jersey ranks. If you have joined AIA in the 2015 or 2016 calendar year, please stop by to meet your local colleagues, and maybe score a new AIA polo shirt.

Event Details:
When: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Where: Double Nickel Brewing Co., 1585 NJ 73, Pennsauken Twp., NJ 08110 (near the Route 130 interchange)
When: 6:30 PM

RSVP: Respond by email to Troy Harris, AIA (tharris@ignarrilummis.com) by Wednesday, April 27th.
Admission to this event is free for all Architect and Associate AIA Members

General members of the AIA WJ chapter are encouraged to share in the event and socialize with the up and coming members of the AIA WJ chapter.

See you there!

AIA WJ Emerging Professionals: Restaurant Tour – March 29th, 2016

In case you missed it:
Rockhill-TrellisThe AIA West Jersey Emerging Professionals Community (EPiC) convened on Tuesday evening, March 29th at Rockhill Restaurant in Cherry Hill for our monthly Seminar and Social Event.

The seminar featured a tour of the facility conducted by Brad Barker, AIA of The Bannett Group, and project manager for the design of the restaurant. We began by walking the outside of the building and discussing the history of the site, how it was occupied for years by the famous “Big John’s Pizza and Steaks”, and the goals of the client in building a new restaurant to honor that culinary tradition. Brad discussed the evolution of the design and showed us some of the exterior details before taking the group indoors for a walk-through of the kitchen and dining room.

After the tour, the group enjoyed food and drinks from the Rockhill menu while discussing construction detailing and issues relevant to restaurant design.

The event had a great turn-out, so thanks to all who attended, including our speaker, Brad, who presented a compelling case-study of design-build project delivery.Rockhill-Corner

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