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The AIA Releases the 2017 AIA Contract Documents

The American Institute of Architects announced on April 27 the release of the 2017 edition of the A201 family of documents. This release includes updated versions of the AIA’s flagship documents, developed for the design-bid-build delivery model. Working with architects, contractors, subcontractors and owners, the AIA Documents Committee updates this core set of documents every 10 years. This helps ensure that the AIA legal form and agreements reflect changes and trends in the industry, and that the AIA Contract Documents remain the Industry Standard.

“It is critically important that industry professionals learn about the 2017 revisions,” says Kenneth Cobleigh, Esq., Managing Director and Counsel of AIA Contract Documents. “The changes impact the roles and responsibilities of each of the parties directly, and understanding the changes will help everyone to promptly review and finalize project contracts. We hope that all industry participants take advantage of the significant written resources and education programming opportunities available to learn about, and understand, the 2017 revisions and the full portfolio of AIA Contract Documents.”

Some of the major owner/architect changes include:

  • Single Sustainable Projects Exhibit that can be used on any project and added to most AIA contracts to address the risks and responsibilities associated with sustainable design and construction services.
  • Agreements contain a fill point to prompt the parties to discuss and insert an appropriate “Termination Fee” for terminations for the owner’s convenience.
  •  Architect is no longer required to re-design for no additional compensation if he or she could not have reasonably anticipated the market conditions that caused the bids or proposals to exceed the owner’s budget.
  •  Services beyond Basic Services and identified at the time of agreement are now categorized as Supplemental Services, to avoid confusing them with Additional Services that arise during the course of the project.
  • Agreements clarify how the Architect’s progress payments will be calculated if compensation is based on a percentage of the owner’s budget for the Work.

Some of the major owner/contractor changes include:

  • New exhibit with comprehensive insurance and bonds provisions that can be attached to many of the AIA owner/contractor agreements.
  • New provisions relating to direct communications between the owner and contractor.
  • Revised provisions pertaining to the owner’s obligation to provide proof that it has made financial arrangements to pay for the project.
  • Simplified provisions for the contractor to apply for, and receive, payments.
  • Sustainable Projects Exhibit, as noted above under the owner/architect changes

The documents included in this April release are:

  • A101™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor where the basis of payment is a Stipulated Sum
  • A102™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor where the basis of payment is the Cost of the Work Plus a Fee with a Guaranteed Maximum Price
  • A103™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor where the basis of payment is the Cost of the Work Plus a Fee without a Guaranteed Maximum Price
  • A104™–2017(formerly A107-2007), Standard Abbreviated Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor
  • A105™–2017, Standard Short Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor
  • A201™–2017, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction
  • A401™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Contractor and Subcontractor
  • B101™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect
  • B102™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect without a Predefined Scope of Architect’s Services
  • B103™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Complex Project
  • B104™–2017, Standard Abbreviated Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect
  • B105™–2017, Standard Short Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect
  • C401™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Architect and Consultant
  • E204™–2017, Sustainable Projects Exhibit

The new 2017 documents are currently available through an unlimited license or as a single customizable document on ACD5, the online platform.  The documents are also available as single, non-editable documents on AIA Documents on Demand and as paper version through AIA East Bay.  Visit for more information. Comparative versions showing the differences between the 2017 and 2007 editions are also available at



Architectural Glass Systems Day

Title 24, NFRC Labeling Program and Dynamic Electrochromic Glass

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Free. Limited seating, RSVP required.
Embassy Suites Walnut Creek, 1345 Treat Blvd., Walnut Creek
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This continuing education program includes three information-packed presentations.  We’ll begin with identifying Title 24 Part 6 code requirements for fenestration and understanding the changes from the 2013 to the 2016 code cycle.  You will be able to describe what NFRC is and how it is applied to Title 24, Product Certification Process (PCP) and Component Modeling Approach (CMA) and how the NRFC’s Label Certificate is achieved.  Lastly, you will be able to understand the impact of dynamic electrochromic glazing on the design of facades and evaluate the benefits, determining placement, and implementation in new building construction and retrofit applications.


8:30am – 9:00am Registration/Refreshments

9:00am – 11:00am Presentations

11:00am – 11:45am

Buffet Lunch

11:45pm – 12:45pm Presentations/Q&A

12:45pm – 1:00pm Networking/Q&A

2017 Chapter Recognition Party

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Free for chapter members and employees of chapter member firms / $25 Guests
Location: Lowney Architecture, 360 17th St. #200, Oakland
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Since we like parties AND recognizing all of the people who make AIA East Bay great, we are pleased to invite the AIA East Bay community to the 2017 chapter recognition party. Come celebrate what makes our chapter great – our members, sponsors and friends!

Vectorworks User Group: Back to Basics

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Free and open to all.
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In this meeting we will review some of the basic tools and commands available in Vectorworks, and some of the less documented or less known features.  It’s easy to get stuck doing Vectorworks tasks a certain way when there may be a more efficient way of doing the same tasks. We have been looking at new features in the last few meetings, but it is never a bad idea to have another look at the existing tools and features, some of which may have been forgotten or overlooked.

About the Presenter:

Peter Thayer has been using Vectorworks/MiniCAD software for over 20 years, providing residential architectural services at his firm, OAG Architects Inc. in Benicia.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will…

  1. Learn at least three ways to be more efficient with common tools and their tool modes.
  2. See how to use time saving commands and their keyboard shortcuts.
  3. Gain an understanding of object scale and how to use drawing planes.
  4. Learn at least two less-documented but useful drawing features in Vectorworks.

Project Profile: The Architects Office

Claiming nearly a full story inside an existing crawlspace gives an understated ranch new life on a challenging hillside site.       

The new owner of an understated ranch house in the Oakland hills wanted something more for their home so they brought on The Architects Office to help with their vision. The client wanted more windows for better Bay views; more bedrooms to fit the whole family; to expand the kitchen so that everyone could hang out together; and to create a backyard.

Settled into a downslope overlooking Montclair Village, a quaint, commercial/retail area nestled in the Oakland Hills, the existing home featured two bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths. The location of the home had phenomenal views of the San Francisco Bay but only 15% of the walls facing that view were glazed.

The Architects Office helped the new owner discover the existing structure was full of potential and a program was developed to take advantage of views, increase floor area within the existing building mass and transform the exterior. A new layout was designed to keep living spaces adjacent to the view sides of the house, which minimized the impacts of construction on the remaining shell. From a conceptual point, this home was designed with the notion that an open-plan layout of spaces adjacent to view walls makes the space (particularly public spaces) feel larger and more expansive.

An oversized crawlspace below the lower level was also found to be big enough to build new bedrooms, a full bathroom and a playroom.

The only problem left to solve was creating enough outdoor space to recreate in. Given the existing house’s relatively small footprint on the steep site, it took some brainstorming to decide that decks were the best solution. Each level features a new deck and the lower ones feature exterior, recessed lighting.  Even better, the decks are located on the view side of the home. At the ground level, earth was terraced to provide ample space for the owner’s dog to run around.

The project recently won a Bay Area Remodeling Award and was nominated for a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Judges Choice Award.

General Contractor: Duchin Construction
Structural: John Bailey
Fire Sprinkler: Victory Fire Protection
Photographer: Treve Johnson, Allied Member

Member News – May 2017

Blake-Drucker Featured on BREAKGROUND Media

Bonnie Blake-Drucker, FAIA has been profiled for BREAKGROUND’s “Artist By Night” series, a three-part series featuring architecture, engineering and construction professionals who pursue artistic passions outside of work.

Read the profile here:

David Driver, AIA

Ratcliff Names New Associates

Ratcliff announces the promotion of David Driver, AIA to senior associate of the firm and of David Olsen and Lance Keoki Kubiak to associate.

Architect David Driver, AIA is the firm’s design technology manager, responsible for guiding our growth into emerging technologies, cultivating standards and leading training efforts to continuously improve our design and production processes. Driver combines 30 years’ experience in the field of architecture with a wide spectrum of industry software expertise to provide both holistic future vision and detailed actionable work plans.

Lance Keoki Kubiak (Associate) is a project designer with the firm and focuses on projects the promote public health. Selected project clients include Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose; Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center, Martinez and Washington Hospital Healthcare System.

Architect David Olsen (Associate) is a project architect with the firm and brings 12 years of experience to the firm’s healthcare and academic practice areas. Current project clients include the VA (Martinez Psycho-Social Rehabilitation and Recovery Center; Sacramento clinics and MRI addition); NorthBay Healthcare; Stanford and Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center.

MCE/ADA Day – May 19, 2017

MCE/ADA Day: Accessibility for California Architects

Friday, May 19, 2017
Cost: $110 AIA Members / $150 non-members.
Includes coffee and lunch.

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This ADA/accessibility presentation on public accommodations pertinent to California architects provides the full five hours required by the CAB for licensure renewal. The focus will be on public accommodation, Chapter 11B.

Presenters: Claudia Falconer, AIA, CASp (Richard Avelar & Associates) and Jan Garrett, Esq. (Pacific ADA Center)

Learning Objectives: Forthcoming

Streamlining the Delivery of Simultaneous Design Projects

A Revit User Group

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
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Kaiser Permanente hired HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm, to simultaneously design two medical office buildings, one in Roseville and one in Redwood City. Join this presentation to hear HOK’s successful approach to streamlining delivery by using several cloud–based services and augmenting the Revit models for rendering and virtual reality, collaboration, file sharing, program validation, and FFE management.

You’ll hear about how they used several tools, including: Autodesk Revit, dRofus, Dynamo, Autodesk A360 VR Panorama, and Autodesk BIM 360 Glue.

About the Presenters:

Brent Martin is an artist, architect, and graphic designer with 18 years of professional experience. Before pursuing a career in architecture, Brent was a graphic designer for seven years, four of them within an architecture firm, where he specialized in corporate identity, publishing, exhibits, way–finding, and architectural graphics. Brent’s career in architecture has focused on institutional projects for companies in the following market sectors: academic, science and tech, justice, and healthcare.

Maggie Hua is an architectural designer at HOK. Born and raised in south China, Maggie has studied architecture and worked in Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Jersey, and Paris, and she is now in San Francisco. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with highest honors and earned a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, where she was also an Assistant Instructor in urban studies and the Public Affairs Chair of the Chinese association.

Firm Profile: Shelterwerk

“Shelter”: a position or the state of being covered and protected.

“Werk”: (derived from Old High German) a piece of art, an achievement, the result of one’s labors.

Established in 2009, Shelterwerk is a creative collaboration headed by architect Heather Sanders, AIA and interior designer, Lisa Wai, IIDA. Lisa grew up and received her degree in the Midwest, while Heather, a California native, completed the bulk of her education in Oregon. Both relocated to the San Francisco Bay area, and became colleagues and friends while working in other firms, eventually opening Shelterwerk in Oakland several years later.

“Our services include integrated architectural and interior design services for both commercial and residential projects. Programming, space planning, tenant improvements, and selection/acquisition of furnishings describe some of our offerings to commercial organization. On the residential front, we take on anything from bathroom and kitchen remodels, additions, conversions of existing spaces to secondary units, as well as ground-up construction. We are also a resource for entitlements and permit expediting services. We work throughout the Bay Area and beyond: past and current projects cover Monterey, the South Bay and Peninsula, San Francisco, North and East Bay as well as the Sierra Foothills and Tahoe area.

We are down-to-earth, approachable advocates for the people we work with, attempting to create spaces that are a reflection of who they are, and not who we are. We see our role as educators, empowering our clients with a knowledge that allows them to make informed decisions about their projects that are appropriate for their budgets and objectives. We don’t limit ourselves to doing business with humans, and have been known to occasionally take on canine and feline clientele.

Shelterwerk strives to achieve a level of social responsibility in their practice, working with groups like Satellite Affordable Housing Association, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development, Pivot Learning, and Project Commotion among others in the housing, education, and health realms. For these clients, we offer our design services at a discounted rate, or occasionally pro bono, dependingon the level of need and the magnitude of their challenges in their respective communities. We are also registered on, subscribing to the belief that the benefits of good design should be within reach for all.

Shelterwerk likes to see itself somewhere in the middle of whimsical experimentation and exacting precision in their approach and craft. We believe our product reflects a thoroughness and care, and while we understand that that requires a lot of hard work and intelligence, laughter and a lightheartedness should be part of the equation. The very definition of our name requires that we embrace the poignant and the banal of any structure or space, and that we make something beautiful, memorable, and meaningful out of it.”

CoolTechStuff: Zera

Larry Mortimer, AIA

Here’s a new green kitchen appliance that may become commonplace in your kitchen and the kitchens you design in the future. 

What Does It Do: The Zera Food Recycler is a free-standing kitchen appliance that is designed to turn food scraps into ready-to-use homemade fertilizer in just 24 hours.

What does it cost: Suggested Retail price $1,199

How Does it Work: The Zera Food Recycler is simple to use. Just scrape your leftover food scraps into the opening. The unit then stirs, moistens, aerates, heats and mixes in a plant-based additive (made from coconut husk and baking soda) to help break the food down. After 24 hours the scraps are converted into fertilizer that is collected in a tray at the bottom.

Pros: The unit is an attractive package that measures 11” x 22” x 33 3/4” and weighs about 118 pounds. Unlike traditional composting methods, Zera can be used year-round regardless of the weather and can be remotely operated through a mobile app.

Cons: I have mixed feelings about this one. On one hand it can help reduce the amount of material that gets placed in landfill by turning unwanted food into useful fertilizer, but on the other hand it may encourage people to be more wasteful since they will feel less guilty about not consuming perfectly good food (my mother would never let me waste any food).

Conclusion: This is an interesting concept that had it’s debut at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in January. The appliance was developed by WLabs of the Whirlpool Corporation (Whirlpool’s innovation incubator). It is scheduled to be available for purchase at selected retailers and in Spring of 2017, but can be pre-ordered now on Indiegogo’s crowdfunding service. It’s interesting that a large corporation like Whirlpool is using crowdfunding to test the waters on a new product.

More Information at:

Click here to purchase.