News Article | May 17, 2017
The heart of the Enzi facility is referred to as the “hearth,” a multi-story gathering space that connects departments which reside on different floors. The gathering space is used for student study areas, and glass marker boards are available for group projects. The furniture can be rearranged to allow for guest speakers or the University’s annual outreach science fair each summer. A set of spaces forming one side of the central gathering space “addresses a new paradigm for higher education science learning,” according to the project’s Laboratory of the Year submission. In that STEM suite, science laboratories, computer labs and student work/meeting areas are arranged in groups, and moveable glass walls are used to connect them. The free-flow of work between laboratories, computational spaces and meeting areas carefully means that students can work in the way that professional scientists do. “One of the project challenges was working with disparate departments, rather than designing a building for one entity. Each of the departments had specific needs and initially were very focused on their immediate facility needs,” said Architect of Record Sallie Means, AIA, of By Architectural Means, which collaborated on the Enzi facility with Anderson Mason Dale Architects. “By using a collaborative workshop project approach, the planning team members were exposed to other department needs and issues. Developing a holistic view of the new facility, they became strong advocates of maximizing the student interaction spaces, as long as their primary needs were met. Integrating computational labs within science lab areas worked to endorse the initial STEM vision. It seems like the concept of the atrium as a central gathering space for all with individual floors for Physics, Life Sciences and Chemistry was an effective way of giving each of the primary departments an identity in the building while having those identities subservient to the bigger idea of a ‘mixing chamber’ for science.”
News Article | May 11, 2017
Steve Simchak, Director of International Affairs for the American Insurance Association (AIA), issued the following statement congratulating Ambassador Robert Lighthizer on his confirmation as United States Trade Representative. The U.S. Senate confirmed Ambassador Lighthizer earlier today by a vote of 82-14. “AIA congratulates Ambassador Lighthizer on his confirmation as United States Trade Representative. We look forward to learning more about the Administration’s trade agenda for the financial services industry and working with him to advance the interests of U.S. insurers and reinsurers globally. We hope that Ambassador Lighthizer will move quickly to implement an international trade agenda that not only opens markets for U.S. insurers, but also enforces commitments that other governments have made on insurance trade and investment. We also encourage Ambassador Lighthizer to work with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to bring the U.S.-EU Covered Agreement on insurance prudential matters into force as quickly as possible. The Covered Agreement addresses real and significant barriers to U.S. insurers and reinsurers that have emerged as a result of the implementation of Europe’s Solvency II regulations. By eliminating those unnecessary regulatory barriers to U.S. insurance trade through the Covered Agreement, U.S. insurers will be able to compete fairly in the European Union again.”
News Article | May 9, 2017
Newport Coast’s Pelican Crest neighborhood is the site of a record-breaking Avalon Vista home, selling for $21 million this year. The home prominently features the creative and fabricated designs of Los Angeles lighting firm ADG Lighting and several other premier tradesmen. Specializing in high-end residential and hospitality spaces, ADG Lighting works on multi-family homes, spec homes, beach homes, restaurants, hotels, and landmarks worldwide, providing high-caliber design and sustainable lighting solutions. “We’re proud to be part of such an expansive and landmark project,” said Gerald Olesker, founder and CEO of ADG Lighting. “The Newport Coast is a spectacular and beautiful part of Southern California, and it’s a privilege to be practicing our craft in such a renowned area.” This project is one of over 150 homes Olesker has completed in Newport Coast. “As an architect, with so much thought and careful attention applied to composing a custom home, it’s a joy to work with Gerald on lighting fixtures that truly complement our architectural design,” said Richard Krantz, AIA Architect and founder of Richard Krantz Architecture. “He studies and understands the architecture, and his resulting creation contributes exceptional enhancement and just the right finishing touch to a great home." The expansive project was masterfully constructed by Iraj Roohani, president of Pelican Developers. Roohani likes having custom lights in his projects, and enjoys collaborating with Olesker. “He is very detail-oriented and stands behind his work,” said Roohani. “He’ll go through the clients’ needs in order to be cost-effective with the project.” The project included work from several other tradesmen, including Erwin Gutenkunst, president of Neolithic Design, who provided the fireplaces throughout the property. ADG Lighting works on multiple lighting projects throughout the United States. Current projects include work in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and in major cities across Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Florida.
News Article | May 10, 2017
The American Insurance Association (AIA) announced today that President and CEO Leigh Ann Pusey will be stepping down on June 9, 2017 after successfully leading the organization since 2009. Ms. Pusey is leaving to pursue another career opportunity. Since joining AIA 20 years ago, she has served in several key positions in the organization including chief operating officer and senior vice president for government affairs. “We thank Leigh Ann for the dynamic and energetic leadership she provided during her tenure as president and CEO of the AIA,” said AIA’s Chairman and The Hartford’s Chairman & CEO Christopher Swift. “During that time, she built a strong, dedicated team of professionals who everyday zealously represent the property-casualty industry in Washington, D.C. and in state capitals across the nation. We wish her well as she begins the next phase of her career.” “It has been a tremendous privilege to lead AIA for the past eight years,” said Pusey. “The leadership of our Board, commitment of our members and dedication of AIA’s staff to advancing thoughtful public policy solutions are what makes AIA the leading property-casualty trade association. I look forward to watching AIA as it continues to lead our industry’s advocacy efforts.” Ms. Pusey will stay through a transition period working closely with AIA Senior Vice President and General Counsel J. Stephen “Stef” Zielezienski and Senior Vice President for State Affairs Joe DiGiovanni as the association continues to aggressively pursue the public policy goals of its member companies and the property-casualty insurance industry. AIA celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016 and has been undertaking an effort to modernize its approach to advocacy, focusing on serving the industry with greater agility and impact in an increasingly challenging policy environment. Swift added, “While we will miss Leigh Ann, her departure provides an opportunity to build off the momentum and success of recent years and identify a leader who can continue AIA’s journey of excellence, providing thought leadership for the industry in a time of tremendous change and challenge.”
News Article | May 12, 2017
The 5,050-seat, 153,000-square-foot CBU Events Center—which can expand up to 6,000 seats—occupies a site on the southern edge of the recently expanded campus. Visible from the 91 Riverside Freeway, the two-level facility will accommodate a variety of events, including intercollegiate athletic events, regular chapel sessions, musical and theatrical performances, banquets, and commencement activities. Robert Simons, AIA, President of SVA Architects, states, "It was an honor to work with CBU on such a spectacular facility. The multi-arena includes a 100-foot tall tower and complements the Mission Revival architecture style that is a hallmark of the CBU campus. As the campus' largest indoor gathering space, this is where Lancers will create memories and experiences that will resonate throughout their lives." About SVA Architects Founded in 2003, SVA Architects has become one of the Country's most innovative and respected design and planning organizations. The award-winning firm specializes in urban planning, architecture, and interior design of public, private, and mixed-use projects. Among the firm's portfolio are civic, educational, residential, commercial and mixed-use developments. SVA Architects values institutional and public environments as the foundation of a community and the backdrop against which we live, learn, work, worship, and play. The company is headquartered in Santa Ana with offices in Oakland, San Diego, and Honolulu. For more information, visit www.sva-architects.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sva-architects-celebrates-dedication-of-cbu-events-center-300457077.html
News Article | May 9, 2017
Lillibridge Healthcare Services Inc. will play its biggest role ever at this year’s Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International Medical Office Buildings + Healthcare Facilities Conference May 10 to May 12 in Denver, Colorado. Lillibridge continues to be a Diamond Sponsor of the popular annual MOB conference and is hosting three special interest Roundtable Discussions: With so many architects attending the conference now, BOMA has sought and become an approved provider of AIA continuing education. AIA has approved 5 sessions at the conference for AIA Learning Units, including two of the Roundtable Sessions, "Urban Revitalization" and "Redevelopment in an Environment of Uncertainty." In addition, Scott Miller LEED AP, senior vice president development for Lillibridge Healthcare Services, will moderate the panel Where Do You Start? Ambulatory Master Planning Start to Finish. “Educational, networking conferences such as BOMA are more important than ever in this rapidly changing, challenging healthcare environment,” says Todd W. Lillibridge, president and chief executive officer for Lillibridge and executive vice president, medical properties for Ventas. “The BOMA MOB conference is a perfect forum for real estate and healthcare executives to share ideas that will help their organizations succeed and thrive.” The healthcare real estate sector’s largest and most respected conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver. Full program details, including a complete speaker list and registration information, are available at http://www.mob.boma.org/MOB2017. About Lillibridge Lillibridge Healthcare Services Inc. is the largest owner/manager of medical office buildings in the United States, providing management, leasing, marketing, facility development and advisory services to highly rated hospitals and health systems throughout the United States. Lillibridge is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ventas, Inc., an S&P 500 company and leading real estate investment trust. More information about Lillibridge and Ventas can be found at http://www.lillibridge.com and http://www.ventasreit.com About Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 90 BOMA U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge.
News Article | May 10, 2017
"Leigh Ann brings a wealth of public affairs leadership experience to Lilly and at a particularly important time for our industry," said Ricks. "Her ability to convene conversations and drive proactive policy solutions will be critical in our efforts to promote and sustain medical innovation so patients and the health care system benefit from a new era of medicine." Pusey serves in various capacities for a number of organizations, including as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Committee of 100, and board member of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Prior to joining AIA, Pusey had been the deputy assistant to President George H.W. Bush for the White House Office of Public Liaison and deputy director of communications for the Republican National Committee. Pusey is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and their two children. About Eli Lilly and Company Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. To learn more about Lilly, please visit us at www.lilly.com and www.lilly.com/newsroom/social-channels. C-LLY To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/leigh-ann-pusey-joins-lilly-as-senior-vice-president-of-corporate-affairs-and-communications-300454727.html
News Article | May 11, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DLR Group today announced the acquisition of San Francisco design firm Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning. Kwan Henmi is a pioneering design firm on the West Coast recognized for its modernist design in a variety of building types. Signature designs in San Francisco include the Arterra, Marlow, Rockwell, and Vida multifamily housing projects. The firm’s work includes innovative design of public spaces for clients in the Transportation sector including BART and San Francisco MTA, and AirTrain Stations and the Westfield Cargo Facility at San Francisco International Airport. Kwan Henmi was founded by Sylvia Kwan, FAIA and Denis Henmi, FAIA. The firm employs 23 design professionals, and a total staff of 27 will join DLR Group. The firm will operate as DLR Group|Kwan Henmi and join with DLR Group offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Riverside to serve the interests of public and private sector clients throughout California. Kwan and Henmi will continue to lead operations in San Francisco. Adrian Cohen, FAIA, will lead operations for the four DLR Group offices in California from Los Angeles. “DLR Group is committed to being a global design leader,” said DLR Group CEO Griff Davenport, AIA. “As we strategically look to grow our geography and market sector diversity, our vision is to attract firms with a shared commitment to design excellence and sustainability. Kwan Henmi shares those beliefs.” The addition of Kwan Henmi substantially elevates DLR Group’s design capabilities in California and in each of its 27 global locations. The DLR Group|Kwan Henmi office in San Francisco provides DLR Group with a base of operations to serve its national clients with interests in Silicon Valley and Northern California. “Kwan Henmi’s design expertise will be of immediate benefit to our clients in Silicon Valley such as Google and Marriott, as well as our established public and private sector clients in Sacramento,” said Davenport. “For Kwan Henmi, this adds full-service, in-house engineering to the design services it can provide existing clients. As we fully integrate operations in the coming months, this also provides Kwan Henmi with access to a depth of global design expertise in Education, Hospitality, Justice, Retail, and Workplace to establish new practice areas in San Francisco and throughout Northern California.” “When Denis and I started practicing in 1980, our desire was to create spaces that inspired people and to provide professional opportunity for people who shared our passion for design,” said Kwan. “We have accomplished that, and by joining DLR Group we will ensure the continuity and design legacy of Kwan Henmi.” DLR Group is a 100 percent employee-owned firm. All Kwan Henmi professionals will have the opportunity to purchase stock and invest in the future of DLR Group. “The opportunities available to our design professionals for personal and professional growth within DLR Group are virtually limitless,” said Henmi. “I am also very excited to provide our staff the value of employee-ownership and access to design and career opportunities in markets around the world.” DLR Group is an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group is 100 percent employee-owned and fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge, and is an initial signatory to the China Accord and the AIA 2030 Commitment. Our view of the world. Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning, Inc. was founded in 1980 by Sylvia Kwan, FAIA, LEED AP and Denis Henmi, FAIA, LEED AP, NCARB. Kwan Henmi is a design firm based in San Francisco, dedicated to providing high quality architecture, interior design, and planning services with expertise in residential, educational, civic, transportation, and commercial market sectors. The firm believes in making a meaningful contribution toward a sustainable built environment in the communities we serve. Kwan Henmi designs thought-provoking, modern architecture utilizing the best contemporary building technologies and practices. A collaborative process is central to the firm’s design methodology. Kwan Henmi brings together the diverse experience of staff and consultants, and their extensive local knowledge, to deliver exceptional design and value to clients.
News Article | May 8, 2017
Fred C. Bosse, Southwest Region Vice President for the American Insurance Association (AIA), applauded the Texas House’s passage of hailstorm litigation reform legislation (HB 1774). If passed, HB 1774 would curb lawsuit abuse related to hailstorm litigation by requiring notice before a suit can be filed to permit the insurer to address any outstanding claim issues. HB 1774 passed the House on Friday by a vote of 92 to 55. It now heads to the Senate for consideration. “AIA applauds the Texas House’s passage of HB 1774, which seeks to end weather-related lawsuit abuse. This bill contains common sense reforms that will end abusive and unnecessary lawsuits. Hailstorm-related lawsuit abuse only hurts policyholders and is creating an insurance claims crisis in parts of Texas. We urge the Senate to pass HB 1774 and will be working with Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the broader business community to advocate for its passage.”
News Article | May 11, 2017
ConstructConnect, a leading provider of construction information and technology solutions in North America, announced its annual spring economic webcast: Bump or Slump? 2017 Prospects for Design and Construction. The complimentary webcast -- featuring industry-leading chief economists Kermit Baker of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Ken Simonson of The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Alex Carrick of ConstructConnect -- will take place at 2 p.m. EST on May 11. With construction and design indicators creating anticipation, policy initiatives have made the outlook much more uncertain — in both directions. The webcast will reveal what economists in the construction industry expect in the months ahead. All three economists will take questions in the last half hour of the session. “With the economy experiencing an eighth year of growth and the improvement in the labor market finally yielding an exceptionally low unemployment rate, it’s time for CapEx to begin to shine,” said Alex Carrick, U.S. chief economist for ConstructConnect. “Stock markets are delighted with the White House’s goals to lower personal and corporate taxes, commit to massive infrastructure spending and roll back regulations. The three economists in the spotlight will address two key questions. What progress has been made so far and is there a danger that great potential will become sidetracked? The webcast will cover numerous topics relevant to the construction industry including: To take part in the webcast, register here. AIA members who attend the live broadcast will receive AIA CEU credit, and all registered participants can download the presentation slides and view the webcast archive. About ConstructConnect ConstructConnect is a leading provider of construction information and technology solutions in North America. Through the combination of its four legacy brands (iSqFt, Construction Market Data, BidClerk and Construction Data), ConstructConnect brings project participants together with the most complete, accurate and actionable construction data and tools to drive success in national, regional and local markets. Its collaborative network empowers the construction industry to be more successful with access to relevant information through easy to use technology. For more information, visit http://www.constructconnect.com. About The American Institute of Architects Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nations and world. About The Associated General Contractors of America The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is a national trade association, dedicated to furthering the ever-changing agenda of commercial construction contractors, improving job site safety, expanding the use of cutting-edge technologies and techniques, and strengthening the dialogue between contractors and owners. Founded in 1918, the AGC today represents more than 33,500 member firms, including 7,500 of America’s leading general contractors and over 13,000 specialty-contracting firms. Visit the AGC website at agc.org.