Advocacy

Jay Randi Kirk Advocacy mtng.jpgWe are more than the buildings we produce; we are members of a greater community, and we can affect change with our skills and expertise. Our objective is to promote good design within our profession and community by way of positioning our chapter in the local and regional conversation. We will also strive to educate and inform our members on issues relating to our metropolitan area and beyond.

Locally, we have been meeting with city officials throughout the region in an effort to introduce what the AIA Kansas City can offer communities in terms of public support and/or design expertise. We have a large organization that can help inform priorities for our communities, and can provide a vision for our shared future.

If you are interested in learning more, or getting involved in our Advocacy Committee, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 


Our conversations with KCMO CIty Councilmembers


We recently reported to you about our first-ever City Hall Day held in October. Now, Advocacy Committee is sharing notes from these meetings and outreach to elected officials in KCMO.

One of the primary goals of our Advocacy committee is to nurture relationships with municipal leaders so that we can provide them with support and education regarding our profession and be a resource to them when needed. In the past, we have met annually with Mayors of many of the municipalities in our region; this year, we shifted the focus more towards meeting with City Council members, knowing that access might be more available with them. With this approach, we could focus our efforts on specific positions, committees, and council members that align with our profession.

This year, we had hoped to launch a new annual “City Hall Day,” the intent was to align this with our other Big Sibs chapters in a united effort to educate our civic leaders on the importance of our profession and protecting the safety and welfare of the public. Although we could not do this in person this year, we did have several virtual meetings with KCMO City Council members, typically asking members who live in the district to be a part of these discussions. Overall, we found these to be extremely successful in having thoughtful and earnest dialogue regarding design and construction in Kansas City. We look forward to strengthening these relationships and expanding our conversation to other municipalities throughout the metro next year.

Advocacy Day Notes



AIA Kansas City'S support on KCMO building and rehabilitation code Updates

 

Mr. Greg Franzen
Department of City Planning & Development
324 East 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Kansas City, MO  64106

Re: Updating the Kansas City Building and Rehabilitation Code

Dear Mr. Franzen:

AIA Kansas City is pleased to endorse the efforts of the Kansas City, Missouri Department of City Planning & Development in the update of the KC Building & Rehabilitation Code (KCBRC) to ensure health, safety, and welfare, while also enhancing energy efficiency, and improving the resiliency of Kansas City’s future. We are aware that the draft document recommends the adoption of the most recent versions of the currently adopted model codes, including the:

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code
  • 2018 International Private Sewage Disposal Code
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code
  • 2017 National Electrical Code
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators; amendment

We are also aware of amendments that have been proposed. These amendments are regressive to the current practice of architecture, construction, and building science. We acknowledge they enable a minimal cost reduction for a project today, but the long-term impacts of constructing a less efficient building are compounding on our citizens and the environment. As architects, we are licensed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people who utilize our buildings and we declare opposition to these amendments:

  • Amendment to reduce roof insulation from R30 to R20
  • Amendment to make wood framed walls R13 in Group R and all other
  • Amendment to increase vertical fenestration to 40% from 30%
  • Amendment to have efficiency packages deleted
  • Amendment to have systems commissioning deleted

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the City’s building codes process and the new code adoption. AIA Kansas City supports the adoption of the non-amended codes as described above. We believe that the update of these codes is in the best interest of the citizens of Kansas City, Missouri.

With this code update, Kansas City will be a leader in this region for responsible building and development. Our hope is that the other metropolitan cities will use this document to adopt similar, if not identical, building codes to simplify the process of building in the Kansas City area and to promote responsible economic development that benefits us all.

Please feel welcome to contact us if we may be of further assistance.

Sincerely,

Randi Mixdorf, AIA
Co-chair, Advocacy Committee

Sam Loring, AIA
Co-chair, Advocacy Committee

 

Committee Co-Chairs

Sam Loring, AIA
William Trakas, AIA

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Questions About Advocacy

Contact Dawn Taylor at (816) 979 3180 or dtaylor@aiakc.org

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