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New Mexico architect Robert M. Calvani inaugurated as NCARB President

Robert M. Calvani, FAIA, NCARB, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was inaugurated as the president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 2020 Annual Business Meeting. As president, Calvani will lead the organization that supports the 55 U.S. architectural licensing boards in their mission to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

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Architecture billings downward trajectory moderates

Demand for design services in May saw few signs of rebounding following a record drop in billings the month prior, according to a new report from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). “A large portion of the design and construction industry remains mired in  steep cutbacks as many businesses and organizations are still trying to figure out what actions make sense in this uncertain economic environment,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “There are growing signs of activity beginning to pick up in some areas, but others are seeing a pause as pandemic concerns continue to grow.”

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ASLA on passage of the Great American Outdoors Act

The Great American Outdoors Act, a bill long supported by ASLA and the landscape architects they represent, would require Congress to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and create the National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restorations Fund to help address maintenance backlogs in national parks and public lands.

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Applications open for communities to pilot new buildings and housing benchmarks

The Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR), a member of the International Code Council’s family of solutions, has opened the application process for communities to join an in-depth piloting program for new buildings and housing benchmarks. As part of the program, communities will participate in ANCR’s Community Resilience Benchmarks (CRB) system, which supports communities in evaluating their current resilience and identifying strategies for improvement. Uniquely, this system assesses the social, organizational and infrastructural aspects of communities to enable examination of the community’s vulnerabilities and strengths.

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Construction starts post small gain in May

Total construction starts rose 3% from April to May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $595.1 billion, following a 25% decline the previous month, according to a recent Dodge Data & Analytics report. Several large nonresidential building projects broke ground in May resulting in the gain. Removing those large projects from the statistics would have resulted in no change in starts over the month. In May, nonresidential buildings increased 8%, while residential building starts rose 4%. Nonbuilding starts, however, declined 4% during the month.

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FGIA offers hurricane resources, FAQs as season begins

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 each year. To help those in the industry both prepare and share relevant information with consumers, the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has prepared a series of hurricane-related resources. These include a frequently asked questions section about hurricane protection, a white paper on storm-driven rain and several FGIA technical documents.

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ASID names design luminary Gary Wheeler as Interim CEO

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has named renowned designer Gary Wheeler, FASID, FIIDA as its Interim Chief Executive Officer. The appointment comes on the heels of the recent announcement that Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID will step down from his position as CEO at the end of July. Wheeler, one of the most respected names in design, will lead the organization through the transition period until a permanent CEO is named.

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ASLA opposes suspension of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced yesterday their opposition to the suspension of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). “For fifty years, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has guarded the environment from harm during the planning and construction of projects,” the statement read. 

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International Code Council offers guidance on building re-occupancy for reopening economies

As local and state governments are beginning a phased reopening of their economies, the International Code Council has compiled a guide of safety precautions and considerations for businesses looking to resume in-office activities. Acting as an aggregate information hub, the Code Council’s Coronavirus Response Center offers relevant information for building professionals and potential occupants to understand the impact the pandemic has had on the industry, as well as for companies who are currently creating plans and strategies to move back into their offices.

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Metal Construction Association announces Jeff Henry, MBA CAE, as Executive Director

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is pleased to welcome Jeff Henry, MBA CAE, as Executive Director, effective June 1, 2020.  Henry has cultivated a passion and deep respect for associations over his 30-year career in association management. As a Certified Association Executive (CAE), a title earned by fewer than 5% of association professionals, Henry is a distinguished leader in the association field.

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