Bob Bitterli, AIA, President/CEO of Ivy Group Consultants, recently attended the American Institute of Architects’ 2017 AIA Florida Convention and Trade Show, at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida.
The theme of this year’s convention was “Communicating Value,” and the experience was “insightful of architects’ positive impact on the world, the management of their practices, and their services to their clients,” Bob says.
During the conference Mr. Bitterli attended nine presentations and two social events with over 200 Florida AIA architects. Descriptions of the variety of topics covered by presenters can be downloaded from AIA Florida by clicking this link.
1. “Incorporating Active Design into your Practice,” by Active Design Miami .
2. “Architects as Storytellers,” by Bob Borson, FAIA, author of the internationally popular architecture blog, Life of an Architect.
3. “Speak Like a Pro,” by professional speaker Mark Gai, ACS.
4. “Communicating Pride, Safety, and Beauty at the World Trade Center,” by Judith Dupré, who wrote the official biography of One WTC.
5. “Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – Promoting Architecture,” by Ruth Reed, PPRIBA.
Bob also enjoyed sitting in on “Fee Negotiation Tips and Technique Panel Discussion,” “Windows and Doors for Wind-Borne Debris Protection,” “Engage Your Clients with Technology,” and “Virtual Office Practice” at this year’s convention.
After 40 years of practice, Bob Bitterli continues to love the profession of Architecture. He currently applies his time, efforts, and insights as a Forensic Architect in solving complex building defect issues for his clients.
If you have any thoughts or questions on architecture, email Bob.
Ivy Group’s booth at this year’s Construction Law Institute (CLI) conference was a hot spot of activity, with countless attorneys stopping by to meet Ivy Group representatives, discuss claims, and talk about their practices. The CLI is sponsored by the Florida Bar Association each year, and currently hosted by the magnificent JW Marriott Grande Lakes resort (pictured above).
For years now, the CLI’s conferences have brought together industry professionals, including construction law practitioners, architects, engineers, contractors, and more. The conference allows Ivy Group the opportunity to stay up to date with trends and best practices, and to share our expertise with members of the construction law community.
David Griffiths, Ivy Group’s Roofing, Waterproofing, and Coatings Specialist, and Jack West, our Building Claims Investigator, attended the conference, along with Bob Bitterli, Ivy Group’s CEO and Principal Consultant. The team enjoyed the conference immensely, and Jack was the golf tournament’s victor for the fourth consecutive year!
At the conference, Ivy Group hosted a drawing where conference attendees won eight bottles of wine, gift cards to Ruth’s Chris, Target, and AMEX, and a computer travel bag. The giveaway was a great success, with 40 attorneys participating.
The conference offered 18 seminars, with topics ranging from Building Information Management (BIM), to hospital design, building codes, and more.
“The conference was extremely beneficial,” Dave said. “I was exposed to new ideas and methods.”
A seminar on hospital design discussed the importance of designing buildings with the ability to withstand catastrophic events. The importance of such planning was emphasized with the very real-world example of 2008’s Hurricane Ike hitting the University of Texas Medical Center in Galveston. Much of the hospital facility was destroyed, or rendered unusable.
The hospital has since been rebuilt with modified plans, enabling the hospital to remain fully functional during hurricanes.
This example highlights the importance of working with a building envelope consultant from the get-go when constructing in hurricane-prone, and similarly problematic, areas. Input from technical experts on drawings and plans can prevent costly building damage and risk to human lives during severe weather events.
Another seminar focused on BIM, presenting methods and systems to catalogue equipment, finishes, and complete construction designs, all in one location for permanent future reference. The applications of such systems are numberless, with one valuable possibility being to aid in future building maintenance, or in circumstances when equipment needs to be replaced.
Building upon Ivy Group’s code expertise, Dave also attended a seminar on building codes, which focused primarily on moving towards performance based building requirements, rather than prescriptive requirements. In alignment with Ivy Groups own approach, the seminar proposed the idea that the future of building should be about achieving structural resilience through codes based on scientific data instead of subjective, historic data.
For a more complete overview of the conference’s seminars, NIBS offers detailed recaps on its website.
Between seminars, Dave attended networking lunches where he was able to meet and exchange ideas with other architectural and building experts. After the conference, Dave and his wife toured the National Mall, where they enjoyed many of our nation’s monuments.