Chapter Meeting: April 4, 2018

April 4 Chapter Meeting


Leveraging Information with VDC Technologies

Park at Akron Children’s Hospital, Cedar Building
157 West Cedar Street
Akron, OH 44308

5:30  Check In on the 2nd Floor
6:00  Dinner
6:30  Presentation, 1 LU/HSW
7:30  Presentation Completed

Registration will close at noon, on April 2nd, 2018.




Phil brings a wide range of expertise in Building Information Modeling processes including pre-construction, site planning, phasing, construction, MEP Coordination and facilities management. Phil is committed to bringing innovation to every project with practical use of technology, aimed at facilitating collaboration and communicating information effectively among project stakeholders.

LEED Green Associate
OSHA 30-Hour
FAA Certified Drone Pilot

Leveraging Information with VDC TechnologiesAIA CES Logo

Virtual Design and Construction Staff Phil Nagle and Neale Whitehead of Welty Building Company will discuss various innovative technologies and processes the can be used throughout the design and construction of a project. These tools are focused on enhancing collaboration between teams, reducing material and financial waste, and creating a safe and efficient work environment for everyone involved on the project. The tools that will be covered in the presentation include 3D laser scanners, virtual reality, fully-integrated BIM to prefabrication, and field observation techniques for continuous improvement. Technical examples will be shown from Akron Children’s Hospital projects to illustrate the benefit of the processes, discuss team member feedback, and explain lessons learned through the developmental journey.

After the course presentation, the session will allow users to interact and engage with these technologies to see their benefit first-hand. Equipment will be setup at different stations within the room, and the group will cycle through the stations to observe, experience, openly discuss the various tools in operation.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify how 3D laser scanners and drones are used to capture existing conditions, generate models that can merged with other design data, and review content in various platforms to aid in streamlined programming and design.
  • Investigate the tools and workflow associated with virtual reality, and identify value-added functions in development of design with active involvement of building occupants to ensure their spaces are designed to provide the best care.
  • Describe how a fully integrated model can be leveraged for precise layout and prefabrication of building components to reduce material waste, improve quality of construction, and reduce worker strain.
  • Identify various construction observation techniques and analysis procedures to capture current state of activities on site for collaborative team review, and explore improvements that focus on worker safety, efficiency, and quality of work in adherence to design documents.

Presentation, 1 LU/HSW

If you have any questions, contact Jillian Tipton at or 330.699.9788.

Chapter Meeting: March 1, 2018

March 1, 2018 Chapter Meeting

The Akron Children’s Hospital

Considine Professional Building Addition Tour

Tour Address: 215 West Bowery Street Akron, Ohio. Park in the Bowery Parking Deck 

5:30  Registration – Meet in the construction field office on the 2nd floor of the building (the ground floor off Bowery Street). All hard hats, glasses and PPE will be provided for the tour.

6:00 Tour departs

7:00 Tour terminates

7:20 Meet at Baxter’s for drinks and social hour. Baxter’s Address: 205 S Main St, Akron,            OH 44308

Visitors are required to wear pants and closed-toe shoes.

Registration will close noon February 27, 2018

In March 2017, Akron Children’s Hospital broke ground on a 230,000-square-foot addition to the Considine Professional Building. The new building will bring together all of our outpatient clinics on the Akron campus.

AIA CE logoTour of Considine construction, 1 LU/HSW

There will be a brief project presentation and tour of the 220,000 SF addition to an existing medical office building.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate Lean Principles and how they merge with an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method during design and construction to maximize efficiency.

  2. Observe the advantages of above ceiling rack prefabrication for building systems. They will participate in detailed design techniques using BIM technology to fully understand above ceiling coordination prior to starting onsite.

  3. This course will cover how exterior envelopes in building construction can be fast-tracked using prefabricated wall panels. Participants will evaluate wall components to determine what was achievable for construction while maintaining the design intent.
  4. This course will cover construction Takt Sequencing utilizing a Last Planner System (LPS) to produce predictable workflow and rapid learning during design and construction.

    Tour Guides
    Brian Lapolla, AIA (Akron Children’s Hospital)
    Marge Zezulewicz, AIA (Hasenstab Architects)
    Tom Conti (Welty Building Company)

April Chapter Meeting

AIA Akron & ASHRAE Akron/Canton Chapter Meeting

When:              April 14, 2015

Where:            Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market Street, Akron, OH – third floor

The building is located at 140 E. Market Street on the corner of Market and Summit Streets. The building has colorful flags on it and has old engraving that says Akron Public Library. Visitors should turn south onto Summit Street and park in the lot behind the building, on the street or at the Art Museum lot across Summit Street. The entrance is on Summit Street. Someone will be at the door to direct people to the elevator.

Time:               Registration 4:30 – 5:00

                          Presentation 5:00 – 6:30    

                          Dinner @6:30 w/open bar – followed by a social

                                  including the opportunity to explore the artists’ galleries

Cost:                AIA Member, included in membership.

                          ASHRAE Member, $30 to be received at registration.

                          Non-Member, $32 to be received at registration.


Registration:  Click Registration Button below. Deadline to register is noon 4/9/15.

 Register Now


Legal Considerations in Digital Practice and Building Information Modeling


This course explores digital trends in design and construction- such as building information modeling (BIM) – and investigates the ramifications digital developments have on project participants, project success and the public in general. Key topics will include the use and exchange of digital data, the impact of digital data and BIM use on project communication and efficiency, and other issues related to the use and transmission of digital data.


Learning Objectives:

1. Explore new issues and trends in digital practice and building information modeling; discover business and practice implications to be considered by owners, architects and contractors; and assess the effects of these trends on practitioners and the public in general.

2. Understand roles and responsibilities in projects that utilize digital practice and building information modeling; and recognize their effects on traditional roles and how digital practice and BIM will minimize confusion and project delays and contribute to a more efficient process.

3. Analyze the potential liability associated with the transmission and use of digital data; including key issues associated with the appropriate transmission, maintenance, management and archiving of digital data and with post project uses of digital data for facilities management and other Owner related interests.

4. Discover the new AIA Contract Documents addressing digital practice and understand how they facilitate the responsible use and exchange of digital data, including BIM, on a project.


Paula Selvaggio with Oswald Companies

Eric Pempus with Oswald Companies

Attorney Martin Pangrace with Brennan, Manna & Diamond.


Deadline to Register Is Noon, March 9, 2015

February Chapter Meeting

AIA Akron Chapter Meeting

February 23, 2015

hoppin frog logo


Preparing for LEED v4, ASHRAE 90.1, and 

2030 Challenge with Building Modeling

w/ Heapy Engineering

1 AIA LU/HSW, 1 GBCI CE -(LUs Pending)

Come check out one of Akron’s award-winning Breweries while you learn how to create better and more efficient projects using building modeling!


Social & Registration: 5:00 PM

Appetizers: 5:30 – 7:00 – Cash Bar

CEU Presentation: 6:00 – 7:00



High-performance building standards continue to evolve, becoming more stringent and often causing confusion throughout the industry.  Many of us design professionals have agreed to improve the performance of our projects in parallel with these criteria, but how do we get there?  This session will review each of the mentioned sustainable building standards to offer an understanding of the associated goals, and outline design concepts and processes for achievement of these guidelines.



AIA Akron members – included in 2015 dues.

Non-chapter members of AIA Akron – $25.00, to be paid in advance and received at AIA Akron office by the February 18, 2015 RSVP deadline.

AIAS Members pay $10 to be paid in advance by the February 18, 2015 RSVP deadline.

Deadline to Register Is Noon, February 18, 2015

Register Now

AIA Akron Annual Business Meeting + October Chapter Meeting

October 7, 2014
The Tangier

Our guest speaker for the evening presentation is Keeven White

Keeven WhiteKeeven White, founder of WhiteSpace Creative, has more than 25 years experience building brands from the ground up. As agency president and CEO, he is responsible for creating, communicating, and implementing the organization’s vision, mission, and overall direction to benefit the company, clients and community.

Keeven launched his career at The Little Tikes Company, a division of Rubbermaid in Hudson, Ohio. For seven years, he managed a creative team responsible for the company’s print collateral and advertising materials, as well as redeveloped a comprehensive packaging identity.

Going from corporate employee to founder of a communications firm was a very natural transition for Keeven. Raised in a family that owned and operated a printing company, he had early exposure to the challenges of managing a small business. In fact, the printing company was where Keeven gained a solid background in printing technology and a strong work ethic. Those very attributes are the foundation of WhiteSpace’s creative solutions and are continually reflected in the agency’s daily efforts.

Keeven openly shares his expertise and experience with the community through a variety of speaking engagements. He has presented to both students and professionals alike, from participating in round-table discussions to being a guest speaker at various conferences and chamber events. He has served on the executive advisory board of The University of Akron marketing department and as an advisory board member of the Ohio Film Office, based in Columbus, Ohio. Keeven currently serves on several area boards, including the Area Agency on Aging board of directors as the marketing chair and a nominations committee member.

In addition to WhiteSpace’s corporate honors, Keeven has been recognized for his individual business, creative and community service efforts, including:

  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, Cascade Capital Business Growth, 2009
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, The Small Business Council of the Greater Akron Chamber, 2007
  • 30 for the Future Award, Greater Akron Chamber and LIVE Publishing, 2006
  • Small Business Leadership Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) North Central Ohio Chapter, 2006
  • Crain’s Cleveland Business inaugural 40 Under 40, 2003

A graduate of Kent State University, Keeven has a BFA in visual communications. He lives in North Canton, Ohio, with his family.

Presentation/CEUs 1LU: As Repositioning the Institute is underway, this presentation will help AIA Akron to take the appropriate steps to make the most of this opportunity. This presentation will help members to see themselves from a different perspective. We will explore strategies to redesign the profession by understanding how our community views us, investigate ways that we can relate to our clients better, and discuss methods for moving forward during this time of change within our organization. Learning Objectives: 1. Understand what a brand is. 2: Identify methods to help AIA Akron and its members to tell your story better. 3: Leverage different types of media. 4: Discuss the role of Repositioning as it applies to our organization.

Social & Registration: 5:00
Dinner: 6:00
CEU Presentation: 7:00, 1LU

AIA Akron members – included in 2014 dues.
Non-chapter members of AIA Akron – $25.00, to be paid in advance by the October 3, 2014 RSVP deadline.
AIAS Members pay $10 to be paid in advance by the October 3, 2014 RSVP deadline.

Tuesday October 7, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

The Tangier
532 W Market Street
Akron, OH 44303

Register: Click here.

2014 Toguchi Lecture

Toguchi Lecture, Kent State University

September 2, 2014

August 27, 2014 Registration Deadline Register Now

Guest Speakers Roberto de Leon & Ross Primmer 


De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW) is a design studio with a focus on non-profit cultural & civic projects. DPAW’s working methodology draws inspiration from regional traditions of craft and fabrication, placing an emphasis on the potential of conventional materials and construction methods. Through an immersive process of research & investigation, the studio cultivates an understanding of contextual specificity as a nuanced relationship between place, time and local culture.

In implementing this approach, the Workshop purposefully embraces a rigor of ‘reduction’ aimed at a clarity and economy of design. The Workshop was chosen for the 2010 Design Vanguard by Architectural Record, the 2011 Emerging Voices by the Architectural League of New York, and the 2012 American Architecture Award by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre For Architecture Art & Urban Studies. Most recently, DPAW received the 2013 American Institute of Architects National Honor Award for the Mason Lane Farm Operations Facility, a project which has garnered attention for its innovative use of passive sustainable strategies.

DPAW has been published widely and their work has been exhibited at various venues internationally, including the 2012 Istanbul Biennial, the 2011 Beijing International Design Triennial, and WOOD 2010 in Smaland, Sweden.

5:00Social & Registration, Ballroom Balcony*, 3rd floor Student Center

* Remember to bring your parking ticket to the Ballroom Balcony to be validated.


6:45-Depart to Cartwright Hall*, Registration

*There is a short, outdoor walk between the location of dinner and the program. Please plan accordingly. There is no guaranteed parking at the Cartwright Auditorium and walking is recommended.

7:00-Program, Cartwright Hall

Cost: Akron-Canton CSI members & AIA Akron members – included in 2014 dues. AIA Eastern Ohio Members, register as AIA Eastern Ohio and your AIA member fee will be collected at the door.

Non-chapter members of CSI or AIA and guests – $50.00,  to be paid in advance by the August 27 RSVP deadline.  Please make checks payable to Akron-Canton CSI.
Payment may be made by credit card at the time of registration.

Continuing Education – 1.5 HSW De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW) is a collaborative design studio focusing on public projects with a cultural, civic or not-for-profit basis. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the workshop uses the contextual specificity of the region as a springboard for research and investigation. Established in 2003, DPAW’s history of working with non-profit organizations and grass-roots community efforts has grounded their practice in the exploration of architectural solutions that enrich and nurture the surrounding communities through design and collaborative processes.

Learning Objectives: 1. Attendees will understand techniques for documenting the character of their own specific region and through case study projects and learn how to incorporate those techniques into practice. 2. Attendees will be able to compare different project types and budget constraints based on a comparison between public (not-for-profit) and private clients. 3. Attendees will be able to identify how public projects can be constructed and detailed of exposed wood, renewable materials, and sustainable combustible materials while still maintaining expectations for performance, code compliance, and safety. 4. Attendees will be able to tell the difference between a traditional practice model and a workshop model that advocates collaboration, sustainability, research, investigation, and community involvement by fostering grass-roots community efforts.

Roberto de Leon, Jr., AIA, LEED AP Roberto received a Master in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1993, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. Roberto has served as a panelist for the Mayors’ Institute On City Design, a national advisory conference in association with the NEA for U.S. mayors on current planning issues.

M. Ross Primmer, AIA Ross received a Master in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1993, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Kent State University in 1989. Ross has served on the board of the Louisville metro government’s Landmark Commission and participates in many culturally related urban and citywide strategic focus groups and planning committees.

Comedy Night!


Children portrait

Date:  Tuesday, August 5
Social @ 5:30
Dinner @ 6
Presentations @ 7
CEUs by Kelly McCrone of Sherwin Williams and David Fox of Knoll
Comedian @ 8
National Joke Teller, Ryan Dalton
Location:  The Funny Stop, Cuyahoga Falls

Cost: AIA Akron members – included in 2014 dues.  Non-chapter members of AIA Akron – $20 to be paid in advance by the July 28, 2014 RSVP deadline.

RSVP:  by noon on Monday, July 28 [click here to register]

AIA Akron April 24 Chapter Meeting

Children’s Hospital Hard Hat Tour

Deadline to Register Is April 21, 2014


Tour guide and presentation speaker, Marge Zezulewicz, AIA, serves as a Medical Planner and Project Manager for the Akron Children’s Hospital Critical Care Tower project.  She also is a member of the Project Leadership Team (PLT), responsible for the oversight of the project.

A graduate of Kent State University School of Architecture and Environmental Design, Marge has provided master planning, programming, design and construction administration services for over thirty years.  Since joining Hasenstab Architects in 2000, she has served as Akron Children’s Hospital’s project architect at both the Akron and Mahoning Valley campuses.  Marge has engaged in multiple Lean Six Sigma Training and Kaizen events with the Mark A. Watson Center for Operational Excellence and supports the Lean culture at Akron Children’s Hospital.


Tour guide, Patrick  Oaks, has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years, nearly 10 of which have been spent with the Welty Building Company as the President of Welty Facility Services Group (WFSG) where he was charged with divisional oversight along with full P & L responsibility.  He is committed to cost effective management of resources, delivering quality, value based performance and ensuring the successful implementation of the client’s vision.

Pat’s nearly decade-long relationship with Akron Children’s Hospital, with nearly 100 projects on their main campus, best suited him to quarterback the $180 Million Ambulatory Surgery Center and Critical Care Tower project that Welty was awarded alongside Joint Venture partner Boldt Construction.  Pat’s involvement in this project will require him to be the fully dedicated Project Executive through project completion.


Tour guide, Cliff Greive, has 36 years of engineering and construction experience. As Director of Construction at Akron Children’s Hospital, his responsibilities include completing design and construction projects on time and on budget with concentrated, detailed analysis of costs, both initial and operational. Maintaining the Hospital’s goals for energy efficient designs and lean concepts, the continuing success of the Hospital’s building programs is thriving. Recent projects include the Renovation of the Operating Suite at the Mahoning Valley Campus, A Behavioral Health Emergency Department and a one-of- a- kind Expressive Therapy Center.

Cliff started as an intern while completing his studies at The University of Akron. During his internship he worked on various projects including the design of many unusual structures and systems for the NASA Lewis Research Center. Following that obtained his Professional Engineer’s license from the State of Ohio.


 Presentation speaker, John Labriola, Summit County, Ohio; Chief Building Official, has 39 years construction and building inspector experience. He has been chief building inspector for Summit County since 2009. His experience in the construction industry extends from 1975 withPedersen Electric; Helper / Apprentice / Journeyman Electrician. John is looking forward to  sharing with Design Professionals the requirements of the Ohio Building Code and specifically Chapter 17 special inspections.



WHERE:  Akron Children’s Hospital, Cedar Locust Building, 157 West Cedar Street, Suite 200.

Surface Parking Lots are available at the north and south sides of the building.  Participants should enter at the north entrance (closest to the parking deck).


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Attendees should bring hard hats, safety glasses and wear enclosed shoes for the tour.


TIME: 5:00pm – Registration and Social

5:15 – 6:15 Tour new building

6:30 – 7:00 Dinner

7:15 – 8:15 Presentation: John Labriola, Summit County Building Department

8:30 – 9:30 Presentation: Marge Zezulewicz


COST: AIA Akron members – included in 2014 dues. Non-chapter members of AIA Akron – $25.00, to be paid in advance by the April 21, 2014 RSVP deadline. Register


CEUs: AIA CES,  3 LUs/HSW for tour and 2 presentations. This event is equal to 3 contact hours for other organizations requiring continuing education.


AIA CE logoHard-Hat Tour of Akron Children’s Hospital Critical Care Tower / 5:15 – 6:15

The tour provides a first hand glimpse of an Integrated Lean Project Delivery (ILPD) construction site.  We will explore strategies that explain how eliminating waste in construction promote a safer project site and improve the construction experience at this healthcare facility. Learning Objectives: 1.  Identify the difference between traditional and ILPD construction sites. 2.  Learn strategies that improve safety and efficiency for the first users of the building – the construction personnel. 3.  Investigate the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire suppression building systems within the hospital building. 4.  Understand Life Safety Systems that protect the general public in hospitals.


Presentation: John Labriola / Ohio Building Code- Updates / 7:15 – 8:15

Chapter 17- Special Inspections. Learning objectives: 1. Identification of Special Inspections Required. 2. Review the responsibility of the Design Professional, as related to Special Inspections. 3. Understand what are the special Inspections and the Plan Review Process. 4. To make the Design Professionals aware of the requirements of the Ohio Building Code and inclusion thereof into submitted construction documents.


Presentation: Marge Zezulewicz, / Building on the Promise: Lean Facility Design and Construction /8:30 – 9:30

Collaboration, exploration and continuous improvement are key characteristics of the Lean Facility Design & Construction process.  By re-allocating involvement and resources among the users, designers and constructors, the traditional design and construction process is improved for the addition at Akron Children’s Hospital. Learning Objectives: 1.  Understand ‘Lean’ and Integrated Project Delivery and how this integrated design process benefits the end users of buildings. 2.  Discuss how involvement of key stakeholders throughout design and construction can improve the health, safety and welfare in buildings. 3.  Understand contractual relationships of ILPD team members. 4.  Demonstrate strategies that improve decision making with this non-traditional design and construction process. Demonstrate strategies that improve decision making in design.

March 11 Chapter Meeting

AIA Akron March 11 Chapter Meeting

NeoMed Hard Hat Tour

This will be a building tour of two facilities: The Campus Research and Academic Expansion (RGE) is a four story addition to the existing NEOMED campus in Rootstown, Ohio. The building includes a four story biomedical research building of 83,000 SF, a Comparable Medical Unit of 20,400 SF, and renovations to 8,000 SF of existing research space.

The project is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The project is occupied having been completed in July of 2014. The second project is a Health, Wellness and Medical Education Center. This project consists of a new 176,600 SF Health & Wellness Center. The building will tie into an existing building on campus and will feature a fitness area, pools, atrium, urgent care, conference center, back-of-house facilities, meeting and office spaces, and a STEM+M school.

Location:  Meet in the Dr. Chatchai and Eleanor Watanakunakorn Medical Research Building lobby, 4209 Ohio 44, Rootstown, OH 44272 (Building F –  people should park in Lot “F”)

Time:  Arrive by 4:45, tour is 5:00 to 7:00 (we will split the group up and do two tours of each building, one at 5:00 and one at 6:00).

There will be no meal included with the tours.

Tour Guides:  Health and Wellness Center – Todd Westover (TC Architects), Bryan Snyder (Ruhlin), RGE/CMU building – Lindsey Loftus (NEOMED), David Krutz (Ruhlin)

NOTE: People should bring Hard hats and safety glasses for the Health and Wellness Center tour

This tour will be 2 LU/HSW
Both buildings have unique HVAC systems due to the research taking place in th eRGE and the need for humidity control in the HWMEC building.

Building Systems – both buildings have unique HVAC systems due to the research taking place in the RGE and the need for humidity control in the HWMEC building.

Materials and Methods – Due to to the research taking place in the RGE, special flooring and materials were selected. The HSMEC tour will discuss the proper selection of material due to the usage and longevity requested by the owner.

Construction methodology – While the NEOMED campus is located in a suburban setting, The campus is a hub of activity which created a tight site situation.

Energy Efficiency – The RGE is a LEED Silver facility and we will discuss the methodology for attaining that designation.

2014 January Chapter Meeting

AIA Akron January Chapter Meeting

Kent State University

Integrated Design/CM at Risk as a Viable Process


The Kent State University is in the process of designing a new facility for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design utilizing Integrated Design combined with a Construction Manager at Risk delivery system.  The process has resulted in a facility that addresses in a more comprehensive manner the goals of the College.  Understanding the dynamics, individual perspectives, forces shaping each participant’s role and how the end result was an improvement to the project while reinforcing the design concept will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the process of Integrated Design and Construction.
  2. Through presentation of a real project example, follow the decision making in an IDC project from selection of the competition winner until the completion of schematic design.
  3.  Understand the perspective and roles from the viewpoint of the design architect, executive architect, construction manager at risk, university architect, and the user.
  4.  Understand the means by which win/win situations can be achieved in the design process.


  1. Marion Weiss, Weiss/Manfredi Architects
  2. Michael Manfredi, Weiss/Manfredi Architects
  3. Michael Bruder, Kent State Director of the University Architect’s Office
  4. Jeff Long, Pre-Construction Manager, Gilbane Construction
  5. Alan Renzi, Principal, Richard L Bowen Architects
  6. Douglas L Steidl, Dean, KSU College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Location:   Kent State University | Dinner – Student Center Ballroom Balcony, 3rd Floor | Program – Cartwright Auditorium*

* There is a short, outdoor walk between the location of dinner and the program. Please plan accordingly. There is no guaranteed parking at the Cartwright Auditorium and walking is recommended.


Time:        5:00 – Social | 6:00 – Dinner | 7:00 Program*


Cost: AIA Akron members – included in dues  *  Non-members of AIA Akron and guests – $25.00 to be paid in advance of meeting by noon, January 13, 2014.


To Register: By noon, January 13, 2014.


Learning Units: 1AIA LUs/HSW will be issued for the program. The program is equal to 1 contact hour for other organizations requiring continuing education.


AIA Transcripts: AIA members, you will need to sign in on the registration sheet at Cartwright Hall for the CEUs to be recorded on AIA CES transcripts.


All others will need to request a PDF certificate to be emailed to them. Please contact me at if you want a certificate.



Click on the link below to register or RSVP.
Thursday January 16, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST
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Kent State University
1075 Risman Drive
Kent, OH 44242
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2013 Chapter Meeting/Annual Meeting

Chapter Meeting/Annual Meeting

October 29, 2013

The Tangier


5:00pm Registration & Social, cash bar
5:30 Dinner
6:30 Annual Meeting
7:00 Presentation | 1 LU


MORE INFORMATION TO COME… We are moving to ONLINE REGISTRATION. You will receive an invitation with instructions to register.
There will be a vote for the following slate of officers and board of directors at the October Annual Meeting.


Emily Little – President
Melinda Scalfaro – President Elect
Don Rife – Past President
TBD – Secretary
Brandilyn Fry – Treasurer
Brian Miner – Director
Robert Marshall – Director
Phil Steinberg – Director
Craig Thompson – Director
Paul Waltz – Director
John Wheeler – Director
Robert Chordar – AIA Ohio Director
Don Rife – AIA Ohio Alternate
Mike Sanbury – Associate Liaison
Bill Willoughby – KSU CAED Liaison



Deadline to Register, October 24, 2013

AIA Akron is moving to on-line registration. You are invited to our October Annual Meeting. You may pay by credit card or by check. If by check, it must be received by October 24 (registration deadline), and payable to AIA Akron.

Cost:    AIA Akron Members – included in 2013 dues.

Non-chapter members of AIA Akron – $25.00. 

You may pay using a credit card or by check, to be paid in advance by the October 24 RSVP deadline.





PRESENTATION / 1LU AIA CES approved / 1 contact hour for other organizations:

Eugene P. Baxendale, PE, LEED AP: President, Business Improvement Catalysts:  Mr. Baxendale has over 35 years of experience in managing virtually every aspect of a professional business. This experience spans a wide spectrum of assignments which includes performing engineering services for automotive and industrial businesses to managing financial, purchasing and project management operations for a petroleum company. He started a Business Development organization from scratch for The Osborn Engineering Co., a professional engineering and architecture firm, and successfully built it for 18 years. He then was named President of the company and guided it to some of its greatest growth and prosperity, while modernizing its operations. Through his current consulting business, Business Improvement Catalysts, successful commissions include:

  • Assisting a minority-owned professional services firm in stabilizing operations and financial conditions. Designed a Business Development strategy and developed Business Projections for future business success. Assisting in developing alternative funding sources for Working Capital
  • Served as Vice President for Business Development for a small Construction Management firm, where he helped them gain access to new markets.
  • At the collegiate level, he is assisting a small college to plan and implement energy-saving capital improvements at their campus power plant.
  • Provided an analysis of the operations of the engineering arm of an architectural firm and developed an improvement plan for enhancing its operations and profitability, as well as its efficient integration in the organization of the company.
  • Provided guidance to a non-profit organization in planning and implementing the incorporation of a donated sculpture into a prominent building site.
  • Providing informal mentoring for a young engineer, with a focus on balancing career goals and objectives with family responsibilities and other life goals.
Wayne Minich will be a co-presenter with Mr. Baxendale on the Ownership Transition portion of the presentation. Wayne is the Owner and President of Applied Financial Concepts. He is a Certified Financial Planner that works primarily with small and medium sized companies and owners to assist with financial planning, succession planning and ownership transition. In serving his clients, he works with the philosophy that “I shall recommend that course of action which, were I in the same situation, I would apply to myself.”





August 20 AIA Akron Chapter Meeting

4pm meeting, no dinner – Location:  Greystone Hall, 2nd Floor


Message from AIA Akron President:


Dear AIA Members,


Mayor Don Plusquellic will be the speaker for the August 20 meeting. He would like to share hisdeep understanding of the needs of Akron and knows that architects will be intimately involved in the solutions. He will share best practices he has gained during his travel to other cities. Areas to be covered include urban planning, city friendly architecture, best practices for delivering projects and win-win solutions for the design community and the City.


Continuing Education: 1 LU

Objectives: 1. Mayor Don Plusquellic will share his lessons learned from his travels regarding urban planning. 2. Don will share his vision for the city and future projects to which Akron area architects will be able to contribute their skills. 3. Don has heard many ways to incorporate local talent into projects and will share the lessons learned for the city for local, minority, and female participation. 4. Don will share his vision of examples of city friendly architecture.


First sworn in as Mayor in 1987, Don Plusquellic’s career in public service now spans five decades. And his dedication and work for his community have brought Akron greater opportunity and prepared it well for the future.


The Mayor’s most important mission, along with improving education, has been securing and fortifying Akron’s economic future. Still in its early stages, the Biomedical Corridor holds a key to the city’s economic future. For the economy and jobs of the future, Mayor Plusquellic is attracting health-related companies to Akron by using more than 1,200 acres of private and publicly owned land that is also home to Children’s Hospital, Akron General Medical Center, Summa’s Akron City Hospital, the University of Akron, the University Park Alliance neighborhood and most of downtown.

Citing Akron as one of the most successful cities between the eastern seaboard and Chicago, The Brookings Institution calls Akron an economic-recovery model for other cities to follow.


As much as Akron’s economic future depends upon jobs, it also depends upon education and learning programs that will match employees with employers. Mayor Plusquellic continues Akron’s long-range educational improvement program buoyed by the rebuilding of all of its public school buildings in an $800 million investment project spearheaded by the Mayor.


Countless awards and honors have been bestowed upon Mayor Plusquellic in his career. During the past year, he received the 2009 Urban Hero Award from the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities. At the 122nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Public Land Grant Universities, Mayor Plusquellic was recognized for his “longstanding commitment to the City of Akron and innovative leadership in advancing model alliances between the City, the University of Akron and other key organizations to revitalize Akron.”