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2014 Steering CommitteePrint | Email
Book Circle 9 - Women in Green: Voices of Sustainabilityby Wendy Bertrand | Print | Email
A Maternal Wall?by Wendy Bertrand | Print | Email
IIDP Panel Feb 12by Esin Karliova | Print | Email
2013 Accessibility Standards & CASp Trainingby Jean Nilsson, Ed. | Print | Email
For the first time ever, the California Access Code will be in alignment with the federal access standards for barrier-free design.
Gilda Puente-Peters Architects, hosted by City of Fremont, is presenting a full four-day State and Federal Disabled Access training February 10-13, 2014, as preparation for the upcoming CASp Exam scheduled for March, 12, 2014.
Recent adoption of the 2013 California Building Standards Code (Code) by the California Building Standards Commission included significant changes to the State’s accessibility standards. Gilda’s CASp Training Program includes a detailed training on the 2010 ADA Standards and the 2013 CCR – Title 24, Chapters 11A and 11B.
Many of us have attended Gilda's trainings, and they are excellent. For more information, go to www.gppaarchitects.com
Hamilton Family Center Thank Youby Susan Aitken | Print | Email
Joint Event Held with NAWIC San Franciscoby Cameron White | Print | Email
For our first 2014 event January 8, we held a joint meeting with the National Association of Women in Construction, NAWIC San Francisco: Managing Design Risk. It was a great meeting, attended by a number of OWA members. After joining us as speaker at our Mentoring Event last June, Antonya Williams of McCarthy Building Companies invited us to partner with NAWIC at this meeting and foster an ongoing relationship. Thank you Antonya!
NAWIC, whose core purpose is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry, was established in 1955 and has thousands of members in 140 chapters around the country. Their programs include an Education Foundation and mentoring summer camps for girls interested in the construction field. They sponsor more than 6,000 students each year promoting construction education at the elementary school level. Their Founders’ Scholarship awards $50,000 in scholarships to students enrolled in higher education and skilled trades training programs.
The presentation on best practices in managing design risk was given by the multi-disciplinary team who had worked together on the Li-Ka-Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences building on the UC Berkeley campus. Discussion centered on design risk in relation to different project delivery approaches with speakers from UC Berkeley, ZGF, McCarthy, and CS Erectors: Teri Mathers, UC Berkeley Project Manager; Stefanie Becker, AIA NCARB, Associate Partner, ZGF Architects LLP; Paul Erb, Project Director McCarthy Building Companies; and Mike Carvin, President & Owner C/S Erectors (representing a subcontractor's perspective).
Each of the various typical project delivery methods–hard bid, Construction Manager/General Contractor At Risk, and Design/Build–has different approaches to risk. Design Assist is a method where subcontractors are brought in early during the design process to provide input, constructability review and shop drawings.
Design risk is anything that can affect the quality or completeness of the design. Common construction risks include cost estimating accuracy, scope management, geotech issues, existing conditions, owner-furnished contractor-installed equipment, and user group uncertainty. Others are schedule risks, use of bleeding edge technology and decision-making.
Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) has several potential benefits, including shared risk, greater cost certainty, identification and resolution of project issues early in the project. Others are accelerated spatial coordination and reduced risk of escalation.
Some effects of unchecked risk are potentials delays, cost overruns, inefficiencies and damaged relationships.
It was an interesting discussion on the realities of design risk in today's industry and best practices in managing those risks led by a team that functioned well and completed a large and attractive building together. We look forward to a continuing relationship with NAWIC.
Joanne Chow Winship Photograph Selectedby Jean Nilsson, Ed. | Print | Email
Missing 32% - Equity in Architecture Surveyby Jean Nilsson, Ed. | Print | Email
Save the Date: Thursday, Feb. 27.
The Missing 32% Project - An AIA SF Committee meeting will be held at AIA SF 12:30-2pm.
Their Equity in Architecture Survey is almost ready for launch!
For more information, visit: http://aiasf.org/get-involved/committees/missing-32-project/
“Alternative Futures” Visionary Architectureby Spring Friedlander | Print | Email
"Alternative Futures" Exhibition of Visionary Architectural Designs at San Francisco LGBT Community Center, February 1 – March 15th
1800 Market St, 3rd Floor Lobby
Join us as Openhouse partners with the Queer Cultural Center (QCC) for an exhibition from the California College of the Arts (CCA) Architectural Department. The "Alternative Futures" exhibition was inspired by the Openhouse LGBT senior housing project at 55 Laguna. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
If You Build Itby Inge Horton | Print | Email
Two Articles by Sandhya Sood on Julia Morganby Jean Nilsson, Ed. | Print | Email
OWA member Sandhya Sood was invited to write articles for the announcement of Julia Morgan's AIA Gold Medal award. Following the AIA’s December announcement that Julia Morgan was awarded the 2014 AIA Gold Medal, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) invited Sandhya Sood “whose work is informed by history, re-use and sustainable design practices, to share some of the insights she has garnered from her research." To read the full article, go to:
Berkeleyside also invited Sandhya to share her thoughts on Morgan’s work and influence, noting that Sandhya’s “research on the sustainability of Morgan’s work contributed to the success of Julia Morgan’s AIA Gold Medal 2014 nomination." For the full article, go to:
Architecture + Women.NZby Wendy Bertrand | Print | Email
Perkins Eastman’s Growing San Francisco Officeby Jean Nilsson, Ed. | Print | Email
Perkins Eastman announced the addition of eight new staff members to its San Francisco office, “an already busy design team that is making its presence known both in the U.S. and internationally, particularly in the areas of healthcare and senior living design”.
Leslie Moldow FAIA, OWA member, Managing Principal of the San Francisco office and one of the firm’s Senior Living practice area leaders, noted that “developers are scrambling to keep up with the demand for senior housing models that are both versatile and affordable.” New hires include Associate Tammy Lin AIA, Anirudh Dhawan, Michael Dungca AIA, McCall Wood, Britney Gamble, Claudia Senderowicz and Madeleine Zayas-Mart Assoc. AIA, in addition to new Marketing Manager Barbara Speer.
Keep Your Membership Current!by Jean Nilsson, Ed. | Print | Email
It’s time to renew your annual membership and plan to join in our 2014 events. Membership runs from February 1st to January 31st each year. 2013 was a busy year celebrating our group’s 40th Anniversary, and we are still in the planning process for events later this year, so keep an eye on the website calendar for upcoming events.
At our Annual Business Meeting in October, members approved a small dues increase that is now in effect. We made the decision in order to absorb the cost of events into the annual dues and avoid charging a small fee at each event. The increase will cover food, occasional costs for speakers and/or venues, and insurance to cover our events, as required by some of the venues.
2014 Annual Membership dues are:
Regular: $70; Supporting: $125 - $200; Student: $35; and Out-of-town (beyond 100 miles): $35
You can renew directly on our website, http://owa-usa.org/payment.php, or simply by sending a check to the address below (include the member’s name and “Membership 2014” in the memo line). Make check or money order payable to Organization of Women Architects, and send to:
Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals, PO Box 10078, Berkeley, CA 94709
For any questions regarding membership, feel free to contact Charlayne Sakamoto, our Membership Coordinator, via e-mail at email@example.com.
Job Opening: Oakland Heritage Allianceby Jean Nilsson, Ed. | Print | Email
The Board of Directors of the Oakland Heritage Alliance (OHA) seeks a part-time Administrative Director (the only paid position in the organization) to provide office support and assist with growing the organization, including helping to increase membership and expand outreach.
To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references to:
Oakland Heritage Alliance, 446 17th Street, Suite 301, Oakland, CA 94612 OR email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with AD Application - Your Full Name in the subject line.
Application deadline: 5pm on Friday, February 21st
Target start date: April 1st or earlier
Visit the OWA Job Opportunities Page to look for or add other positions available.
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