AIA Kentucky
January 8, 2015

happy new year
Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!  And welcome to the newly re-designed AIA Kentucky E-News.  We hope you'll find this format easier to read and view on your desktop, phone and tablet.  Try using the "View in Browser" link at the top of this email for the best format.  Want to receive this e-newsletter at a different address? Let us know.
In This Issue
2015 AIA KY Officers
Charles C. Cash, AIA
Jeffrey C. Stivers, AIA
Randall C. Vaughn, AIA
John C. Robertson, AIA
Joseph T. Schwab, AIA
Past President

AIA Benefit of the Month: Insight for Architects Tool

The American Institute of Architects has joined forces with commercial construction information provider CMD to provide members with a wealth of insider knowledge on the construction industry. This intel comes courtesy of a new tool, Insight for Architects, available exclusively to AIA members. With Insight for Architects, members can access hundreds of thousands of construction projects across the U.S. and review market analytics. Architects can also use the tool to view thousands of pre-bid projects, track desired projects, and stay on top of trends and forecasts. 


Why it works for members: Having such an in-depth resource is already a boon for architects scoping out the U.S. commercial construction scene, and the tool's exclusivity also creates a competitive advantage for AIA members. "CMD's technology and data, accessed through the Insight for Architects tool, will provide firms both large and small with a strategic view into new opportunities and the competitive landscape," according to CMD CEO Graeme McCracken.

AIA Ohio Valley Region
Oct. 11-13, 2015
Columbus, OH
Quick Links
AIA KY Web Calendar
AIA KY Receives $15,000 Grant
We start the new year with great news!  AIA Kentucky has received a $15,000 grant through the AIA Member Services Alignment Pilot Program Fund.  The grant will be utilized to support AIA Kentucky's Component Realignment & Member Value Enhancement Project, which will produce a three-year strategic plan that will guide AIA Kentucky as well as the three local chapters as we continue our efforts to better align each chapter's programs and initiatives to provide members with enhanced value at every point of interaction with the AIA.  We'll keep you posted on our progress during this year-long process.
2015 Legislative Session Underway

The 2015 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly began January 6th and will last 30 legislative days. 


As usual during an odd-numbered year, in which sessions are half as long as in even-numbered years, the session will have two parts.


The first four days of the session - Jan. 6 to Jan. 9 - will focus on organizational work, such as electing legislative leaders, adopting rules of procedure and organizing committees. The introduction and consideration of legislation can also begin during this time.


The second part of the session begins on Feb. 3, with final adjournment scheduled for March 24. The veto recess - the period of time when lawmakers commonly return to their home districts while the governor considers possible vetoes - begins on March 10. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol on March 23 and 24 for the final two days of the session.  The 2015 session calendar can be viewed online.


Info from Legislative Research Commission

Office of Inspector General Announces Increase in Plan Review Fees - Effective January 5, 2015 

In accordance with the recent adoption of 902 KAR 20:008 incorporated in the Kentucky Administrative Regulations, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of Inspector General will increase the licensure fees, and plan review fees, for hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other health care facilities.  The new fees will be effective January 5, 2015.  In addition, the fees for review of plans and specifications for construction or renovation of health care facilities will increase from $.05 per square foot, or $100 minimum, to $.10 per square foot, or $200 minimum


To view the fees for all health facilities licensed by the Office of Inspector General, a copy of the new fee schedule may be downloaded -  click here.


Most of the fees listed involve initial or annual licensing fees that would be more of interest to healthcare providers. The revised plan review fees are noted at the end of the fee schedule.  


The Office of Inspector General is currently in the process of installing the revised Program Review Fee Worksheet for plan submittals on their website. For now, a PDF file of the revised Program Review Fee Worksheet is available - click here.


The types of health care projects, either renovation or new construction, that are reviewed by the Office of Inspector General include the following:


  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Facilities
  • Personal Care Homes
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Psychiatric Hospitals
  • Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF's)
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID's)
  • Comprehensive Physical Rehabilitation Hospitals
  • Residential Hospital Facilities (those that contain isolation rooms)

Questions regarding the plan review fee increase may be directed to Harold T. Snider, AIA at the Office of Inspector General, 502-564-7963, extension 3296.


Member News

Congratulations to Reese Reinhold Designs of Lexington, whose Triangle Park project was a Gold Winner in the Paving and Landscape Architecture category the 2014 Brick in Architecture Awards program, featured in the December issue of Architect magazine.


Welcome New Members: (since December 1, 2014)

  • Veena Reddy, AIA, K. Norman Berry Associates, Louisville
  • Marc A. Van Steenlandt, AIA, Studiomarc Services, Inc., Danville
  • Tyler R. Watkins, Assoc. AIA, WorK Architecture + Design, Louisville
Send your news for inclusion in the next e-newsletter!

Calendar of Events
AIA Kentucky and the local AIA chapters are now utilizing a shared online design calendar called Design Ffunnel, which is also available for use by other design organizations in Kentucky. We'll post information about conferences, chapter events and other "happenings" of interest to the architectural community. A sampling of upcoming items to check out on the calendar:

The AIA CSI Trade Fair, sponsored by AIA Central Kentucky and Louisville CSI, will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Louisville International Convention Center.  Learn more.

View the latest edition of the AIA Central KY Chapter E-News
with information about the following programs and events:
  • RSVP NOW for January Program: Southwest Library Presentation and Tour
  • Gauging Interest for Creating ARE Study Groups
  • 2015 AIA/CKC Membership Grant Applications Are Still Available
  • AIA/CSI Trade Fair: Call for Drawings and Models for Display at the Show
  • Upcoming Events
NOTE:  AIA/CKC has a NEW mailing address:

PO Box 701092

Louisville, KY 40270-1092



Jan. 15 - AIA/EKC Annual Planning Session, 4 to 6 p.m. at RossTarrant Architects office, 101 Old Lafayette Ave.  Any chapter members interested in getting more involved in the chapter, or just learning more about the opportunities, are encouraged to attend! Direct inquireis to President Roland Mueller, AIA. 

Jan. 15 - Thursday CE Program: Topic TBA. Noon to 1 p.m. at Commerce Lexington, 330 E. Main St., Lexington.  1 AIA LU HSW.  


For information on AIA/EKC events and other regional architecture-related activities, see the AIA East Kentucky website or the web calendar. Follow us on Facebook.  

Mar. 20-21 - Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend, Covington. The program will include a Chapter 34 code seminar presented by Wayne Meyer, AIA. The other pending courses are:  

  • Controlling and Accommodating Change in Your Community Through Section 106
  • Brownfields Basics
  • Historic Building Assessments

View More details.


What Do You See When You Look Up?

"Look Up" the first phase of the AIA's public awareness campaign, launch on December 12! Watch the video here and share it with your friends, family, and colleagues. Then, follow the campaign across AIA social channels using #ilookup. Let's help people and communities everywhere better understand what we do and why our contributions to society matter.  

AIA Convention 2015 - Registration Is Open!

The wait is over. Registration is now open for AIA Convention 2015, one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S.  This year's schedule is incredible: President Bill Clinton's day one keynote address. 300+ career-changing workshops, seminars, tours, and events led by visionaries, grassroots champions, change agents, and rising stars. A dynamic expo floor turned into a temporary built environment with hundreds of exhibitors, first looks, and surprises. See what AIA Convention 2015 is all about. 


Competitions, Grants, Etc.
ASLA Awards 2015 Call for Entries
Professional Awards Deadline: March 27, 2014
Student Awards Deadline: May 22, 2014
The American Society of Landscape Architects is excited to announce the 2015 Call for Entries is officially open for the professional and student awards, the premier awards program for the profession. Award recipients will receive featured coverage in the October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine and in many other design and construction industry and general-interest media.
All entries must be submitted online.

AIA National Photography Competition
Deadline: April 1, 2015
AIA St. Louis announces the opening of the 2015 AIA National Photography Competition, with deadline of April 1, 2015.
The rules/regulations and entry form for this juried competition can be found hereThe winning images will be exhibited at the AIA National convention in Atlanta in May 2015.


See more competition opportunities here, including:  

  • AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design Awards - deadline January 19
  • AIA/ALA Library Building Awards - deadline January 16
  • Louisville Business First Commercial Real Estate Awards - deadline January 16 
The Last Word
2015 promises to be a year of significant change for AIA, both in Washington and here in Kentucky. Our advocacy efforts are improving the business and regulatory environment for the practice of architecture. A new national public awareness campaign is underway (see #ilookup), with lots more elements to come. An investment in digital enhancements has been authorized by the national board that will help all of us in the AIA fold to communicate better and smarter. AIA Kentucky and the local chapters are exploring ways to be more strategic in what we do and how we do it, with less duplication and more value to members.

It's an exciting time to be part of AIA!  THANK YOU for your continued support and participation in the coming year.
Janet D. Pike, Hon. AIA
Executive Vice President