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October 15, 2014

Free tour Oct. 27 of Sorrento Hotel

Photo courtesy of PEMCO Webster & Stevens Collection [enlarge]
The Sorrento Hotel on First Hill opened in 1909, in time for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific exposition.

Historic Seattle will offer a free tour of the Sorrento Hotel at 900 Madison St. from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27.

Owner Michael Malone will talk about turning it into a luxury hotel and the value of preserving Seattle's past.

The hotel opened in 1909. Seattle clothing merchant Samuel Rosenberg invested in The Sorrento to handle the crowds of people expected to visit the city during the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific exposition. Architect Harlan Thomas convinced Rosenberg that Seattle's topography and harbor views recalled the Italian coast so the new hotel should be designed in the Italian Renaissance style and named Sorrento.

Register at http://tiny.cc/ndzlmx/.

GGLO wins design award from USGBC

Seattle-based GGLO was named the Best Residential Design Firm in the large firm category as part of the U.S. Green Building Council's first annual Best of Building Awards.

The awards celebrate the products, projects, organizations and individuals involved with green building. Nominees and winners were selected by USGBC members.

SMPS event on content marketing

Kane Jamison, founder of Content Harmony, will talk about business-to-business content marketing at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Bellevue Sheraton in a talk sponsored by the Society for Marketing Professional Services Seattle.

Seattle-based Content Harmony helps firms produce content that attracts an audience, such as white papers or educational materials for people who are interested in a topic.

Jamison will discuss what content marketing is and how to put together a content marketing strategy.

Cost is $40 for members, $55 for non-members, and $45 for SMPS member firms before Oct. 23. After that, it is $10 more. Register at tiny.cc/8myinx/.

GGLO principal now LEED fellow

Architect Alicia Daniels Uhlig, a principal and director of sustainability at GGLO, has been named a 2014 LEED fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The designation honors professionals for significant achievements and contributions to green building. The fellows will be recognized at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans Oct. 22 -24.

PowerPoint 101 class on Oct. 25

Jessie Lin, a senior graphic designer with Parsons Brinckerhoff, will demonstrate the basics of PowerPoint at 10 a.m. Oct. 25 in the firm's office at 999 Third Ave. The Society for Design Administration is presenting the program.

Lin will help participants learn one-on-one on their own laptops how to use PowerPoint. She has more than 15 years of experience.

Cost is $25 for members, $30 for member firms, and $40 for nonmembers. To register, contact Stacy Rowland at stacyr@bergerpartnership.com.

Redmond rewriting design standards

Redmond will hold a community workshop on urban design standards from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at City Hall in Bytes Cafe. Feedback will be used to rewrite design standards in the zoning code.

The city wants to collect ideas about new buildings, public spaces and landscapes, and find out what participants like and don't like about development projects. The workshop will focus on downtown and Overlake.

For information, contact Dennis Lisk at (425) 556-2471 or dwlisk@redmond.gov.

Tour UW campus Oct. 25 with SAF

Seattle Architecture Foundation will offer a tour of the University of Washington campus at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 25. The two-hour tour will look at how the “University of a Thousand Years” has managed through its first 150. Gothic, Renaissance and Beaux Arts buildings are on the tour as well as quadrangles and gardens.

The tour begins at War Memorial flagpole on Memorial Way Northeast, between Parrington Hall and Kane Hall.

Cost is $15, or $25 on tour day. Register at tiny.cc/romakx/.

October 8, 2014

AIA: Firms have recovered, changed

Design activity at architecture firms has recovered to pre-recession levels, according to The Business of Architecture: 2014 AIA Firm Survey Report.

Most firms' revenues have at least stabilized, if not begun to grow, with gross billings increasing by 20 percent from 2011.

Other key findings are:

• Architecture firms have become smaller and younger. A total of 43 percent have been founded since the year 2000. One-third of those firms were founded since 2010.

• Renovations are a larger share of business than during the last construction boom.

• Nearly two-thirds of large firms worked on international projects in 2013.

• Over a third of architecture firms are using BIM.

• 12 percent are using energy modeling software.

• 21 percent have worked on projects that incorporate resilient design.

• Educational facilities accounted for 21 percent of institutional project billings.

UO architecture celebrates 100th

On Oct. 17, the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon will kick off a yearlong set of events, lectures, symposia and exhibitions to celebrate its 100-year anniversary.

It all begins with a 100th birthday party at 1 p.m. in Lawrence Hall on the Eugene campus, with cake, gallery and studio visits, and an all-school photo.

For more information, go to aaa.uoregon.edu/centennial.

The School of Architecture and Allied Arts has over 1,600 students who are majors and over 2,000 who take classes and studios.

Annual multi-family seminar Oct. 30

The Seminar Group will hold its “4th Annual Successful Multi-Family & Mixed Use Development” daylong seminar Oct. 30 at Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

The seminar will focus on design, construction and management of mixed-use and multi-family projects for maximum profit and minimal risk.

Presenters are program chair Blaine Weber of Weber Thompson, Brian O'Connor of O'Connor Consulting Group, William J. Justen of The Justen Co., Dylan P. Simon of Colliers International, John C. “Jack” McCullough of McCullough Hill Leary, Jim Goldberg of Red Propeller, Jim McLean of Banner Bank, John Schwartz of The Schwartz Co., and Roger Valdez of Smart Growth Seattle.

Register at tiny.cc/ph24jx/.

Stanley Saitowitz free talk Oct. 15

Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects in San Francisco will give a free lecture on “Building the City” at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 in Architecture Hall 147 at the University of Washington.

The talk is part of the department of architecture's 2014 Fall Lecture Series.

Saitowitz is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and also has taught at UCLA, Rice and Cornell.

He has designed houses, master plans, offices, museums, libraries, wineries, churches, memorials and urban landscapes. His Transvaal House was declared a national monument in South Africa in 1997 and the New England Holocaust Memorial received the Henry Bacon Medal in 1998.

No registration is necessary.

Building evaluations after a disaster

AIA Seattle on Oct. 18 will offer training for a program that uses volunteer engineers, architects and inspectors to assist local governments in post-disaster building evaluations.

The Safety Assessment Program class meets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at GGLO's office at 1301 First Ave. in Seattle.

The program is managed by the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. CalOES will issue ID cards to professionally licensed volunteers who complete the training.

Presenters are Steven Dombrowski of AIA Washington Council Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee, and Eduardo Avelar, a structural engineer and volunteer with Structural Engineers Association of Washington.

Cost is $70 for AIA, SEAW and AISC members, and $140 for non-members. Register at tiny.cc/k7vlmx/.

Tour Queen Anne with SAF Oct. 18

Seattle Architecture Foundation is offering a tour of Queen Anne titled “The Evolution of an Urban Neighborhood” at 10 a.m. Oct. 18.

The two-hour tour includes landmark houses, apartments and repurposed buildings, as well as viewpoints and hidden estates.

Meet at West Queen Anne Elementary School, which is now condos, at 1401 Fifth Ave. W.

Cost is $15 in advance or $25 on the tour day. Register at tiny.cc/8qe3jx/.

SAME training event Nov. 3-6

The Society of American Military Engineers NW/SW Joint Regional Training Symposium is Nov. 3-6 at Portland Double Tree Hotel in Portland.

Keynote speakers include retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Gary A. Engle, Steven Stockton of the Army Corps of Engineers, Lorri Lee of the Bureau of Reclamation and Chris Taylor of West Coast Infrastructure Exchange.

Officials from the Corps and Naval Facility Engineering Command will talk about the workload outlook, trends in funding and new programs. There will also be a Bonneville Dam tour and seminars on procurement and technology.

Register at tiny.cc/cq58lx/.

October 1, 2014

Bob Axley retiring at Wood Harbinger



Bob Axley will retire at the end of the year as chairman of Wood Harbinger after 35 years with the firm.

Wood Harbinger said Axley's leadership over the last 11 years, as vice president and then president and CEO, has made it strong and resilient.

Tom Leonidas succeeded Axley as president and CEO. He joined the firm in 2011 with a business leadership background and over 32 years of electrical engineering and technology consulting experience.

Lawsuits in the information age

Jason Velasco, a computer forensic specialist at Lighthouse eDiscovery, will discuss how architects, engineers and contractors can prepare for litigation in the information age. The program starts at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Seattle, and is presented by the Society for Design Administration.

Velasco has conducted more than 350 forensic exams for civil litigators and companies. He will talk about eDiscovery, which is when information is legally obtained from company emails, databases or other electronic sources during a lawsuit or government investigation. Velasco will address the best practices A/E/C firms can use.

Cost is $35 for members, $40 for member firms and $45 for nonmembers, and includes a breakfast buffet.

To register, contact Stacy Rowland at stacyr@bergerpartnership.com.

Lecture today on urban architecture

Christoph Reinhart, a building scientist and architectural educator at Massachusetts Institute of Technology will give a free lecture titled “Comfortable, Walkable and Efficient — Towards Sustainable Urban Architecture” today at 6 p.m.

The lecture is in Architecture Hall 147 at the University of Washington, and is part of the department of architecture's Fall 2014 Lecture Series.

Reinhart works in sustainable design and environmental modeling. At MIT he leads the Sustainable Design Lab, an inter-disciplinary group with a grounding in architecture that evaluates environmental performance for buildings and neighborhoods.

Registration is not necessary.

AIA index shows demand is strong

Demand for design services is strong, according to the American Institute of Architects.

The Architecture Billings Index score for August was 53, which is down from 55.8 in July, but any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings. The index reflects the approximate nine to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker said in a press release that long-stalled construction projects are starting to come back to life because of a thaw in lending and more confidence in the economy. Demand is picking up for education, government and some hospital projects.

The Northeast scored the highest in August, at 58.1. The South scored 55.1, the West 52.5, and the Midwest 51.

The new projects inquiry index score was 62.6 and the design contracts score was 56.9.

Public speaking program at AIA

AIA Seattle is offering “Make Great Connections with Audiences: Speaking to Government and Community Groups” from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at 1911 First Ave. in Seattle.

Topics include assessing an audience, starting with a bang and keeping everyone's attention.

Presenters are Bryan Rutberg and Brad Cochrane​ of AG Consulting Partners.

Cost is $5 for members and $40 non members. Register at tiny.cc/wjslmx/.

MAS luncheon on Spokane SportsPlex

Eric Sawyer, CEO of the Spokane Sports Commission, will talk about the proposed “Spokane SportsPlex” at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at The Lincoln Center in Spokane. Marketing Associates of Spokane is sponsoring the luncheon meeting.

The Spokane SportsPlex would be a 97,000-square-foot multipurpose indoor complex anchored by a 200-meter indoor track capable of hosting USATF and NCAA indoor track meets. It also could be converted to host indoor sports.

It is proposed for downtown Spokane on city land near Riverfront Park. A levy is being considered to finance the project.

Cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members and includes lunch. R.S.V.P. at www.maspokane.org.

Pike/Pine tour set for Oct. 11

Seattle Architecture Foundation is offering a tour Oct. 11 called “Pike/Pine: Change on an Urban Scale” that looks at the architecture of this rapidly changing center of Seattle's counterculture.

The two-hour tour starts at 10 a.m. at Seattle Central Community College, outside Broadway Performance Hall at 1625 Broadway. It looks at buildings and streetscapes that help give the neighborhood its character, and whether that character can be preserved with all the new development.

Cost is $15 in advance or $25 on tour day. Register at tiny.cc/ifmakx/.

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