ARCHITECT | 2011 Emerging Talent
Click here for a look at some of the nonprofit programs that support young architects, and some of the talent.
ARCHITECT | Revenue at U.S. Architecture Firms Down for Third Consecutive Month
The Architecture Billings Index declined for the third consecutive month, reflecting the continued drop in demand for design services. June’s ABI score of 46.3 was nearly a full-point drop from May’s reading of 47.2, with scores over 50 indicating an aggregate increase in billings.
Among U.S. regions, only the West surpassed the 50 index mark, recording a 51.7 average to continue the region’s recent growth trend. The Midwest recorded the lowest score for the second-consecutive month at 44.6, while the Northeast and South also continued to experience a decline, finishing at 47.5 and 47.3, respectively.
ARCHITECT | LEED Gold Self Storage Facility
The new Colorado Springs, Colo., Northgate Self Storage is unusual—it will be certified LEED Gold. John Stevens reports that the 675-unit, four-story facility saves on electricity and provides mechanical ventilation that exceeds typical systems by 30 percent. “When you spend as much time and capital as we did in the pursuit process, it only makes sense to take a little extra effort to build an exceptional facility,” developer Lee Frederick says. “We wanted to create the best opportunity for success, and we chose to distinguish this project in all areas—location, appearance, amenities and design.”
KCMSD Education & Community Leadership School (formerly: School Board School)
As we progress rapidly towards the start of a new school year (August 15th) and the Special Board Election for Sub-District 6 (November 8th), Semester Two of the KCMSD Education & Community Leadership School — which is organized and ran by KCU4EA — is open for registration. There are only 80 seats available for Semester Two so please reserve your spot quickly.
Semester Two builds off of the governance topics discussed in April at Semester One, but with a greater focus on shared values, building strategic relationships, and using power.
Semester Two will be held on July 30th (8:30-2:00) at Linwood United Church, 3151 Olive St., Kansas City, MO, 64109.
Upcoming Events to Support Joplin Rebuilding
I am pleased to share the following information, provided by Brandon Dake of AIA Springfield, to encourage AIA members to participate in Joplin’s rebuilding efforts.
Rebuild Joplin Strong Conference
July 8-9, 2011
Corely Auditorium, MSSU
Keynote Speaker, Friday, July 8 at 7:00pm
Workshop, Saturday, July 9 from 9:00am to 1:00 pm
Governor Nixon will be introducing the keynote speaker, Bob Berkebile of BNIM.
For more information and registration, visit the following links:
Joplin Public Meeting
This event is still being coordinated with FEMA and the City of Joplin so details are limited. Anticipated to be an Open House format for the general public, we expect 1) a presentation by the City on a collaborative process to engage the community and 2) booths to allow citizens to speak with specific resources: SBA, FEMA Individual Assistance, AIA, volunteer agencies, etc. More details to follow as they become available.