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The Protocols of Construction: The RFI

When a contractor has questions about how to perform the tasks required within a scope of work as depicted on construction documents, the contractor issues what is variously called a Request for Interpretation or Information referred to as an RFI.

09/21/2020 | [email protected] 

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New License Requirement for District of Columbia Architectural and Interior Design Firms

Do you practice in DC? You'll want to read this! As of July 1, all professional architecture and interior design firms, not just individuals, must now be licensed in the District of Columbia.

09/13/2020 | [email protected] 

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Signature Elevators & Accessible Design LLC to Supply and Install Waupaca Home Elevators at Parc Redland Design for Life Community

Signature Elevators & Accessible Design LLC is supplying and installing Waupaca Home Elevators at Parc Redland Design for Life Community.

08/21/2020 | [email protected] 

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Virtual Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training

September 15, 2020 9:00 AM to September 16, 2020 1:00 PM
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Virtual Meeting


Newly adapted for a virtual environment, this course will take place on September 15th and 16th from 9am to 1pm each day.


Intended for licensed architects, engineers, or certified building inspectors; this 2-session course certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the nationally recognized Safety Assessment Program (SAP). The program is managed by California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) with cooperation from professional organizations, including the AIA. It utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional architects, engineers and, certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster. SAP is the training standard of the AIA Disaster Assistance Program, which provides leadership, advocacy, and training to architects who are interested in volunteering their professional skills in times of crisis. This workshop will teach participants to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes, wind, and water. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability and will receive a nationally recognized Cal OES registration ID card from the state of California.

After successfully completing AIA’s SAP training, eligible individuals will be sent an exam from Cal OES and need to be able to demonstrate proficiency with the information learned during the course in order to receive their California-issued registration ID card. This nationally recognized certification is often required training for volunteer building safety evaluators nationwide. After course completion, AIA members will see credits recorded in their on-line profile. Only non-AIA members will receive certificates.

If you have any questions regarding this training, you may contact: April Ovens – [email protected] or, Sandi Worthman – [email protected]

Learning Objectives

At the end of this training, the participant will be able to:

  1. Recognize the important role architects and associated building professionals play in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
  2. Accurately conduct a post-disaster rapid building assessment and complete appropriate damage assessment forms.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the Applied Technology Council’s ATC 20 Post-earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings and ATC 45 Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Windstorms and Floods damage assessment procedures.
  4. Earn a Cal-OES registration ID card.

6.5 LU/HSW

AIA Members $100
Non-Members $130

Learn more about AIA Maryland's Disaster Assistance Program.


Registration through Sept. 9



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