Archives for the month of: July, 2011

Find out information about the program and see which projects received awards this year!


AIA Greater Columbia Annual Meeting and Tour of Mast General Store and the Lofts at Lourie’s

Main and Taylor Streets

September 14, 2011

12:00-1:30 PM

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 12:30-1:30PM

Corner of Main and Richland Streets

After last year’s mid-construction tour, many members expressed an interest in being able to see the finished construction of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.  Join us on Wednesday, August 3rd to not only see the finished interior, but see the work of the Greek iconographer, George Kordis, in action as the iconic images are painted onto the interior surfaces.

For more information on the process, see the news article and video at

More information to follow.

Lunch will be provided.  $5 for members.

RSVP to Asheley Scott at by Monday, August 1st.

“Vinyl in Design – The Right Material for the Job”

Thursday, July 21, 2011, 11:45AM – 1PM

Bonitz Flooring Group

645 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, SC

Vinyl in Design, presented by The Vinyl Institute, is designed to familiarize design professionals with the range of solutions vinyl provides for today’s design challenges.  The use of plastics in construction and interiors is increasing, and an objective of this program is to educate attendees about the various aspects and uses of this versatile material.  Terry Murphy, LEED-AP has worked in Interior Design for 27 years, with experience ranging from interior design and project management to teaching and public speaking.  She has taught several different classes for DuPont on nylon technology, carpet specification, color trends and reclamation.  She is now the Continuing Education Program Manager for The Vinyl Institute.  1 LU hour for AIA Continuing Education Unit will be given for this event. HSW credit, GBCI credit, and IDCEC also are provided.  Lunch is provided and cost of attendance is free to IIDA members ($10 for non-IIDA members).

See the event flyer with more information on our website at 

RSVP by 7/18/2011 to Anna Gray at 803.799.0247 or at

Friday, July 15th, 2011 11:30-1:00PM

USC Green Quad

1216 Wheat Street Building D

AIA Greater Columbia is joining USGBC-SC Chapter Midlands Branch to take an in-depth look at today’s High Efficiency Toilets with particular focus on Dual-Flush, ‘Siphonic’ and ‘Washdown’ toilet technologies.  MaP (Maximum Performance) testing analysis, Watersense product labeling, and HET requirements will all be reviewed to provide a foundation in performance and water efficiency knowledge.  Several case studies utilizing Dual-Flush installations showing improved performance coupled with substantial water savings will provide a working understanding on the benefits of incorporating this type of water saving technology into any project. 

Learning Objectives

Discuss historical trends and describe the different toilet technologies.

Describe today’s High Efficiency Toilets with particular focus on Dual-Flush.

Compare and Contrast ‘Siphoic’ and ‘Washdown’ toilet technologies.

Explain MaP (Maximum Performance) Testing:  improvements to flush testing and its shortcomings.

Describe Watersense product labeling and HET requirements.

List several case studies utilizing Dual-Flush installations showing improved performance coupled with substantial water savings.

Explain how WaterSense HET  Dual-Flush toilets can contribute toward a project earning LEED certification.

Describe trends in the marketplace, moving toward localized HET standards/ordinances and what the future may hold.

Cost for members is $10.  Non-Members is $15. 

Register through USGBC’s website here if you plan to attend.