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Green Building and Integrated Project Delivery

a Small Firm Forum

Thursday, November  6, 2014
Free AIA Members/$3 Guests. Open to All.

AIA East Bay
1405 Clay St
Oakland, CA
(510) 464-3600

Ann Edminster will discuss preliminary findings from a project underway by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s Green Building Task Force, which she chairs. The Commission for Environmental Cooperation has been charged by its three federal government partners – the US, Mexico, and Canada – with advancing the practice of green building across North America. Creating a guide to adoption of “integrated design and delivery,” or ID2, is one of the ways the CEC has been pursuing this agenda.

“Integrated design” is a term that has been in use in the green building community for at least 10-15 years, possibly longer, and refers to an unconventional approach to building design that engages all the principal design team members early during the design process, working together instead of separately and sequentially. The aim of integrated design is to derive the benefits of the collective knowledge and insights of all the team members in order to achieve a project that is better-integrated and therefore higher-performing from a green building perspective.

Independently and more recently, the term “integrated project delivery” was introduced by members of the AIA-San Francisco working in collaboration with attorney Howard Ashcraft, a partner at HansonBridgett LLP. Howard’s career has a strong focus on improving the construction process to reduce conflicts and achieve better outcomes for all the principal participants in the construction process. One of the mechanisms developed to further this end has been the development of new standard contract forms for pursuit of integrated project delivery. Ashcraft and AIA-SF consider integrated project delivery to take place only when these contract forms are used. In a more generic sense, however, integrated project delivery is distinguished from integrated design primarily by the explicit inclusion of the construction phase in the team approach to integration – it doesn’t stop with design.

The prime contractor working on the project is Building Green, with assistance from Bill Reed, John Boecker (authors of the main text on integrated design, as well as of the ASTM standard), Howard Ashcraft, Edminster, and others. Edminster will preview the guide for presentation attendees.

About the Presenter:

Ann V. Edminster, M. Arch., founder and managing principal of Design AVEnues LLC, is an expert environmental and net-zero energy design consultant, green building teacher, speaker, and author. She guides project teams in the creation of award winning, high performance residential projects, both single- and multifamily. She was a principal developer of LEED for Homes and in 2009 authored the first book on zero net energy homes, Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet.

Learning Objectives:

  1. After completing this program participants will understand the use of the guide for green building and integrated project delivery.
  2. After completing this program participants will understand the roles of the respective players in an integrative process.
  3. After completing this program participants will understand how to structure team collaboration to greatest effectiveness.
  4. After completing this program participants will be able to set the groundwork for an integrative design to effect a positive project outcome.


2014 IDP Design Competition


A program by AIA San Fernando Valley

Registration Due: Monday, November 2014 

Submissions Due: Friday, January 9, 2015

Winners Announced Monday, February 2, 2015


Click Here for the application form and program requirements

The competition involves the design of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. Recently, this mission was lost due to fire. A new site has been selected and the AIA San Fernando Valley has worked with the staff of the mission to provide the programmatic requirements. While Survival Outreach Services has served as an emergency stopgap, the loss of the production, donation, residential facilities and half of the vehicles fleet has caused a significant loss of support of the mission’s work with the homeless. This new facility will be enlarged enabling the mission to reduce the homeless population by offering self‐sufficiency, life skills classes and training to the homeless.

Prizes will be rewarded to Interns and Students.

1st Place: $1,500.00 1st Place: $ 500.00
2nd Place: $1,000.00 2nd Place: $ 300.00
3rd Place: $ 500.00 3rd Place: $ 200.00

The competition is open to all NACRB/IDP participants. The project submissions can be from individuals or teams. Credit for IDP hours is available to all participants working with a mentor. Each participant will be responsible for self‐reporting hours as detailed in the IDP Guidelines. A maximum of 300 hours are available. Intern and student submissions will be judged separately.

Sponsored by Stock Building Supply and Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors

Build It Green Presents: Water Wise Homes Conference, Solutions for Building Professionals

Thursday, November 6, 2014
8:00 a.m–2:30 p.m.
David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA
$35; $25 for Build It Green members*

Click here to register

Build it Green invites you to join them to learn new technologies, techniques, and strategies to save water in home design, construction, and remodeling. Join Build It Green, your peers, and leading experts to help fight California’s drought!

We all want our residential projects to save more water, but keeping up with the latest practices and policies can be challenging. In its latest conference, Build It Green delivers advanced solutions to help building professionals like you overcome water conservation barriers.

The schedule includes presentations addressing:
Landscape Design and Strategy – Learn your options for replacing lawns with solutions across the landscaping spectrum, from native plants to xeriscape, with a look at water usage and project costs for each. Explore design how-to’s and common mistakes.
Behavior and Water System Design – Explore new technologies that automate water conservation in modern bathrooms and help overcome wasteful behaviors.
Water-Energy Nexus – Optimizing and designing home water systems to save both energy and water, including structured plumbing, recirculation strategies, fixture and appliance selection, and troubleshooting issues.
Gray Water and Rain Water Reuse – A review of low-cost to more advanced systems, how to balance source and sink, and a case study of a Passivhaus home that utilized laundry-to landscape strategies and rainwater capture.
GreenPoint Rated and Water Conservation – A panel of experts will discuss design/code challenges for gray water and the role of GreenPoint Rated Version 6.0 in water conservation. Hear perspectives and share your opinions on installation, design, and policy.


Oktoberfest Celebration at Fox Marble

Friday, October 17th
3:30-7:30 PM
1315 Armstrong Ave San Francisco, CA 94124

Free, all are welcome!
Click here to RSVP

Sponsored by Neolith

Fox Marble will host their annual Punkin Chukin Oktoberfest celebration on October 17th with a variety of demonstrations by top vendors in the field of “extraordinary surfaces”, as well as beers, brats, music and, of course, their signature Punkin Chukin competition.

The event is sponsored by Neolith — a pioneer in the latest technology for surfacing material — who will host live demonstrations throughout the day. The event will also feature demonstrations by Laticrete and Schluter, who will discuss how to better utilize their systems with Neolith. LUXE magazine will also be present, as well as a host of other vendors.


Beacon v. SOM: What Architects Should Know

Beacon v. SOM: What Architects Should Know

An AIA East Bay Monthly Program

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94612
5:30pm, wine and cheese reception to follow
$15 for AIA members and employees of AIA East Bay Chapter Member Firms
$21 for non-members

Please Click Here to Register.

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The California Supreme Court ruled against SOM in Beacon vs. SOM this summer. The  Court ruled that architects owe a duty of care to future homeowners in the design of a residential building where the architect is a principal architect on the project.

This panel will provide architects and firms with an understanding of what they need to know to navigate the new waters of the post-Beacon legal landscape. Our panel of experts will include attorney David E. Barker of Collins Collins Muir + Stewart, who wrote a court brief on behalf of the AIA California Council, and attorneys Jennifer W. Suzuki and Bruce N. Furukawa of Long & Levit LLP, who specialize in the representation of architects and design professionals. This panel will explain the facts of the Beacon v. SOM case and how architectural practice may change as a result of this ruling, and what architects can to do in the future to mitigate the potential for liability.

About the Presenters

David E. Barker, Collins Collins Muir + Stewart – David Barker practices in the areas of professional liability and corporate transactions. Barker focuses on representing architects, engineers, contractors, and insurance professionals, and has served as lead trial counsel representing clients in federal and state courts, and arbitration in matters of contract disputes and negligence. He has served as amicus counsel on behalf of the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Architects California Council.

Jennifer W. Suzuki, Long & Levit LLP – Jennifer Suzuki specializes in corporate, partnership, and business law. Her practice includes the formation, merger, acquisition, and dissolution of business entities, , counseling of clients concerning issues arising from their professional service agreements and general business issues such as fee collection and the use of liens as a fee collection tool. Ms. Suzuki’s practice focuses on the representation of professionals, including architects, engineers, and attorneys.

Bruce N. Furukawa, Long & Levit LLP – Bruce Furukawa is a Partner in the Design Professionals Defense & Counseling Group, primarily representing and counseling architects and engineers. He has represented design professionals, contractors, and business owners in a wide range of projects related to transportation, municipal works, commercial high-rises, waste-water treatment plants, wetland development, and residential development.

Kurt Cooknick, Assoc. AIA, AIA California Council – Kurk Cooknick, Assoc. AIA recently celebrated his 18th year with the AIACC. He is a devoted advocate on behalf of the architectural profession in California, and is currently the director of regulatory affairs for AIACC.

With Moderator

Malvin Whang, AIA, University of California, San Francisco – Malvin Whang, AIA is a Senior Project Manager for UCSF and is 2015 AIA East Bay President Elect.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, attendees:

  1. Will be able to state three relevant facts of Beacon v. SOM.
  2. Will be able to state at least two key outcomes of the case.
  3. Will be able to identify at least two ways to mitigate the prospect of litigation.
  4. Will be able to state at least two misconceptions with regards to the results of Beacon v SOM.



Member Profile: Michael Myers, AIA

MMeyersA licensed Architect with over 25 years in the architectural profession, I bring not only a passion for innovative design but also the long view to my work. I have a broad range of experience on many different building types, budgets and aesthetic styles from historic preservation and classical design to cutting-edge modern. I possess strong presentation and communication skills, and I’ve led design teams and studio operations of up to 20 people with numerous consultants. I’ve been utilizing Building Information Modeling for over 10 years now on the Revit, Bentley Architecture and Vectorworks platforms to both model and document my work, and I am an Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 Certified Professional User. At the same time, I can still sketch fluidly to communicate design ideas quickly and spontaneously to colleagues and clients.

Specialties: Historic Preservation; Classical Design; Revit and BIM; Team Leadership; Mentoring and Design Education; Architectural History; Design Criticism and Critique


ASSOCIATE Harley Ellis Devereaux
May 2013 – Present (1 year 3 months)
Senior Project Architect and BIM Implementation Specialist for the West Coast offices.

ASSOCIATE AECOM Technical Services
March 2008 – May 2013 (5 years 3 months)|San Francisco, CA
INSTRUCTOR Academy of Art University
2009 – 2010 (1 year)
Instructor of REVIT and BIM in the Interior Architecture and Design Program.

ASSOCIATE Sullivan Bruck Architects
January 2002 – March 2008 (6 years 3 months)

PRINCIPAL Michael J. Myers Architect
January 1996 – January 2002 (6 years 1 month)

SENIOR ARCHITECT Design Collective Inc.
January 1999 – January 2001 (2 years 1 month)

ARCHITECT Sullivan Gray Bruck Architects
January 1996 – January 1999 (3 years 1 month)

January 1994 – January 1996 (2 years 1 month)

January 1992 – January 1994 (2 years 1 month)

DEPARTMENT HEAD/INSTRUCTOR Virginia Marti College of Art and Design
January 1984 – January 1994 (10 years 1 month)


DESIGNER Larsen Architects
January 1986 – January 1988 (2 years 1 month)

SENIOR DESIGNER Kekst Architects

DESIGNER Robert C Gaede Architects
January 1982 – January 1984 (2 years 1 month)



Firm Profile: PSM Architects


PSM Architects, located in Emeryville, was established in 1961 as Perata & Sylvester, a specialist in retail & commercial architecture. The award winning firm evolved into PSM Architects, Inc. in 1987 and is now headed by Laile Giansetto, AIA, who is committed to preserving the vision of the original founders: to provide a comprehensive, innovate solutions that are both aesthetically and economically sensitive. PSM became a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) in 2013 and is licensed to practice in California, Nevada and Hawaii. Our reputation is built on excellence in technical design and project delivery services.


PSM Architects offers a wide range of architectural services that are  comprehensive, but thoughtfully tailored to each client’s needs. Project types range from new retail shopping centers to restaurants, office buildings and small tenant improvements. We are proud of our long standing relationship with Safeway, which started in the early 1960’s with the Moraga store until current day with the delivery of the new Burlingame store and shopping center. Other valued clients include CVS Caremark/Longs Drugs Stores, Cost Plus World Market, CBRE, Property Development Centers & Colliers International.

PSM3PSM Architects is committed to learning and growing through collaboration with our clients, our engineers and other experts in our field. We are also strong believers of giving back to the profession by providing a training ground for young interns. We encourage and support junior staff ’s efforts to complete the IDP process. By nurturing our interns’ talents in a professional setting, we are not only investing in the future of our profession, but we also continue to learn and evolve into better architects.

Visit the website of PSM Architects to learn more.

Member and Firm News

GStruthersGary Struthers, AIA has accepted a position as Project Architect at
Gelfand Partners Architects.



WWinWinston Win, AIA has accepted a position with Steinberg Architects’ San Francisco office as Senior Project Manager.




June Grant, AIA announces the opening of her Oakland-based firm blink!LAB#architecture inc.




Quiter House 
One of the AIAEB’s home tour houses, the Elaine and John Quiter AIA home, was published in the Mercury News August 21st. It was also picked up by the Columbus Dispatch, the Detroit Free Press, and was featured in the The Oakland Tribune’s Facebook page.

TBlanchetteTim Blanchette, AIA of CRB Consulting Engineers is now licensed! Congratulations Tim!

Infill Development

By special correspondent Peter Tonner

On Wednesday, 17 September 2014, over 40 planning and architectural professionals from across the Bay Area attended our Regional Urban Design Monthly Program on the topic of ‘Infill Development’.

Infill1East Bay chapter member Matt Taecker, AIA, AICP and a panel of speakers with combined expertise in real estate development, urban regeneration and economic consulting led us through some of the core financial fundamentals of infill redevelopment.

After an overview of the topic was provided by Matt, Bill Lee of Land Econ Group–an economics consulting professional with over 35 years of experience–took us through his involvement in the LA Exposition Metro Line (Phase 2). When completed, this project will link Culver City and downtown Santa Monica by rail, thereby connecting Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, South Bay, Long Beach and dozens of points in between.

(Click Here for presentation slides.)

Bill forecast the economic potential of the points in between Culver City and Santa Monica, highlighting a 10 year pro forma which included elements such as financing costs, capitalization costs, parking rates, rate of rent increase, etc. By utilizing this method Land Econ were able to deduce a number of reasonable projections with regards to which areas between Culver City and Santa Monica were likely to yield more attractive cost benefits based on area specific strengths and weaknesses.

Infill2Our second guest speaker of the evening, Steve Hixson of Hixson and Associates, trained as an architect prior to moving into real estate development and consultancy.

(Click Here for presentation slides.)


Steve discussed some of the early obstacles of infill land acquisition (i.e. fragmented ownership, potential for urban speculators) and explained the financial challenges of developing small sites v large sites and low rise v high rise. Steve demonstrated that in the existing market cycle low rise buildings (five to seven stories) and super high rise buildings (seventeen stories) are likely to be more viable than mid-high rise (seven to seventeen stories).


Our final speaker was Alexander Quinn, Director of AECOM’s Sustainable Economics Division for the Americas Region. Alexander discussed a number of findings from financial modeling projects he had worked on in Oakland and Berkeley. 

(Click Here for presentation slides.)

His research on Oakland closely resembled Steve’s analysis of the development potential of small and super high rise buildings and his Berkeley examples highlighted some of the potential impacts of Measure R on development. Additionally, Alexander demonstrated that rental-residential currently provided more cost benefits over office use and discussed ways in which developers can achieve project feasibility: such as partnering with the landowner, changing unit mix, and increasing building efficiency, etc.

Our panel took a wide range of questions from our audience to close the symposium and the conversation continued well into the reception where Ian Ross from OppSites gave attendees a demonstration of his firm’s innovative mapping platform.


CoolTechStuff: Arrette Scale

By Larry Mortimer,  AIA


Here’s an app that can turn your iPad into a drawing tool that allows you to sketch freehand while maintaining accuracy in your drawing.


What Does It Do: Arrette Scale integrates accurate drawing tools with
Arrette2freehand drawing tools to combine the creativity of a sketch with the accuracy of a drafted drawing.



System Requirements: IPad with iOS 6.0 or later.accuracy of a drafted drawing.the

What does it cost: $5.99 (there is also a free version).

How Does it Work:

Arrette uses lines, erasers, grids, layers, and a tool called the Edge (a combination ruler and protractor) to help you draw accurately. The edge tool in line mode allows you to draw straight lines, and in circle mode to draw perfect circles and arcs. Base images can be imported from maps, photos, or other sources (including the iPad camera), and used to trace over.

Key Features:


• 4 pen colors and 2 line weights
• The grid works in metric or imperial units
• Includes distance & area measurement tools
• Layers can be re-ordered, hidden, or merged
• Layers can be transparent and time-stamped
• Base images can be scaled and rotated
• Drawings can be shared via email, Twitter, Facebook or Dropbox
• Import or export PDF, PNG, or JPG files
• Edge tool can rotate in 1 to 15 degree increments


Pros: Inexpensive. Simple, intuitive user interface with nice built-in help documentation.

Cons: Only available on iPad. More pen colors would be useful and the area measurement tool should use polygons instead of freehand lines.


Conclusion: If you like to sketch, you’ll like Arrette Scale. It’s like drawing on tracing paper, but with the additional tools needed to keep things accurate.

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