AIA GC Board Members Attend 2011 Grassroots

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.”

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PRESS RELEASE: AIA Greater Columbia Announces 2011 Board of Directors

COLUMBIA, SC – January 13, 2011 – The Greater Columbia Section of the American Institute of Architects announces the election of its Board of Directors for the 2011 term.  The Board Members are:

2011 Executive Committee

PRESIDENT

Asheley Scott, AIA, LEED AP
Studio 2LR | Architecture + Interiors

VICE PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT

Kimberly Nelson, AIA, LEED AP
GMK Associates, Inc.

SECRETARY

Holly Clarkson, Assoc. AIA
GMK Associates, Inc.

TREASURER

Regina Floyd, AIA, LEED AP
Watson Tate Savory Liollio Architecture

PAST PRESIDENT

Justin Abrams, Assoc. AIA
Quackenbush Architects + Planners

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2011 Board Members/Directors

MIDLANDS DIRECTOR

Keith Sanders, AIA, LEED AP
Keith Sanders Architecture

MIDLANDS DIRECTOR

Luke McCary, AIA, LEED AP BD + C
Stevens and Wilkinson

BOARD MEMBER

Josh Boltinhouse, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD + C
Stevens and Wilkinson

BOARD MEMBER

Robyn Fisher, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate
Watson Tate Savory Liollio Architecture

BOARD MEMBER

Mathew Hart, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
LS3P Associates, LTD.

BOARD MEMBER

Tripp Riley, AIA
Studio 2LR | Architecture + Interiors

BOARD MEMBER

Justin Wallace, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate
Studio 2LR | Architecture + Interiors

BOARD MEMBER

Michael Wenzinger, Assoc. AIA
Garvin Design Group

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About AIA Greater Columbia

AIA Greater Columbia Section is an all-volunteer organization which plans and hosts many events for the architecture and design community, as well as the general public.  The members regularly participate in membership meetings, continuing education courses, mentoring programs, social and charity events.  This year, two board members will represent the chapter at the AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.  The section will continue Kids in Architecture Day in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art and expand a scholarship design competition with the Clemson University School of Architecture.  In the fall, they plan on assisting Richland School District Two with a program for their ALERT students on architecture.  Towards the end of the year, the section will host the second annual Design and Build Gingerbread House Competition and Auction, raising money for a local charity.  They also regularly team up with other local professional and design related organizations to promote interaction between the design-related disciplines.  For more information, please contact Asheley Scott at 803.233.6602 or ascott@studio2lr.com .