Archives for the month of: March, 2011

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 11:30AM-1:00PM

Mashburn Construction Training Room

1820 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201

See  Revit User Group Invite.  Please join your local community and peers for Columbia’s Revit User Group Meeting as we share tips, discuss successes and challenges, build technical skills, exchange ideas, and stay on top of the latest in BIM technology.

Enjoy a FREE lunch while guest speakers Regina Floyd, Principal with Watson Tate Savory Liollio and Anthony Paupert, BIM/CAD Technical Specialist at SSOE Group discuss project coordination between disciplines on a recent 40,000 square foot Teaching and Research Science Building for an university client.  They will review lessons learned, what worked well, and most important, what will work better next time.  In addition SSOE will provide demonstrations of tools they have developed in working with architectural models as well as multiple in-office models. Other items of discussion will include:

  • Early Project Discussions
  • Team and Model Coordination
  • Splitting of Models by Discipline
  • Developing a BIM Implementation plan

Guest Speakers:

Regina Floyd, AIA, Leed AP Principal with WTSL — Regina has been employed at WTSL for over 21 years – after 7 years experience at other architecture firms.  She is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and a registered architect since 1994.  At WTSL she is responsible for selection and implementation of Information Technology and Software. 

Anthony Paupert, BIM/CAD Technical Specialist with SSOE Group — Anthony has 15 years total experience in the industry. Anthony studied Mechanical Design at Macomb Community College and started as a mechanical controls contractor. He has spent the past 13 years between two Detroit area AE firms. He has 4 years Revit MEP experience with 20+ MEP Revit jobs complete with several active and nearing completion with more to begin.

Lunch will be provided.

Questions?  Contact Jamie Sirois, AEC Account Executive, at 803-351-1087 at

Please RSVP for this event through TPM’s website, here


Wednesday, April 13th, 2011, 1:30-2:30

Green West Quad, USC campus (corner of Sumter & Wheat Streets)

Catherine Leigh Graham has worked in the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology field for over 15 years.  She is a Rehabilitation Engineer with the University of South Carolina – School of Medicine and works to improve the health and prevent secondary conditions for people with disabilities.  The topic is “Maneuvering the Built Environment,” which focuses on training to design conditions for people with disabilities in buildings and the built environment.

CEU will be provided.  The program is $5 for members (*Please let us know in your RSVP if you would like lunch).

RSVP for attendance and lunch to Kim Nelson at

Paid Parking is available at Sumter Street Garage at Sumter & Wheat Streets.  Carpooling is encouraged.

Keith Sanders, AIA, Kimberly Nelson, AIA, and Justin Abrams, Assoc. AIA, represented the Greater Columbia Section of AIA/SC at the 2011 Grassroots Conference in February.  They, along with other delegates from South Carolina, visited the offices of Joe Wilson, Jim Clyburn, and Jim DeMint to advocate for the following proposals to Congress:

•          Make Credit Available for Building Projects by calling on Congress to pass the Equal Treatment for Covered Bonds Act (H.R. 2896 in the 111th Congress) and Capital Access for Main Street Act of 2010 (H.R. 5249 in the 111th Congress).

•          Eliminate Costly Paperwork Burdens on Small Businesses by urging Congress to pass the Small Business Paperwork Reduction Act, which eliminates the requirement for businesses to file a Form 1099 for every transaction for goods or services worth $600 or more.  **UPDATE:  The Act was passed in Congress while the Grassroots Conference was in session!**

•          Jumpstart the Market for Building Retrofits as an Engine of Economic Growth by urging Congress to increase the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (26 U.S. Code §179D) from the current $1.80 per square foot to $3.00 per square foot, which would incentivize energy efficiency, particularly for commercial and residential building retrofits.

•          Enact Comprehensive Transportation Reform Now by urging Congress to enact a five-year reauthorization of the federal surface transportation laws in 2011, prioritizing reduction of congestion, helping communities to prosper, and ensuring long-term funding needs are met.

Their visits to Capitol Hill, along with their attendance to leadership workshops and seminars, continue to enrich, support, and promote the success of our local section, state chapter, and national organization.  The Greater Columbia Section of AIA/SC plans to continue to promote participation in this event by sending two delegates to the annual Grassroots Conference next year.”

Monday, April 4th, 2011 4:00-6:00pm

The South Carolina Bar Continuing Legal Education Conference Center

1501 Park Street, Columbia, SC 29201

With the growing number of projects requiring achievement of a certain LEED certification level, how does the design profession protect itself should a project not meet the intended level?  With phenomenal incentive programs like Columbia’s own Green Building Incentive Program, this is not a concern for just public projects anymore.  Who is liable and for what?

Join us for a Continuing Education Program on these legal issues followed by a tour of The South Carolina Bar’s Continuing Education Conference Center, and Happy Hour networking afterward.  The building, designed by The Boudreaux Group, has achieved LEED Silver Certification and is the first commercial building in the city to take advantage of the Green Building Incentive Program.

CEUs will be provided.  $5 for members.  More information to come.

RSVP to Asheley Scott at

May 6, 7, & 8, 2011 in Jacksonville, FL

Presented by Professor David Thaddeus of UNC Charlotte, NC

Venue:  The Stellar Group

Training Room on the Second floor of the Commercial Division Building

3015 Hartley Road

Jacksonville, FL 32257

For more info, deadlines, and online registration, see