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Summary of 2014 SGN Survey

    Top Advocacy Priorities for 2013/14 - The most common response was Project Delivery. Of 17 respondents, 4 listed P3, Design Build, Alternative Delivery, etc. as their top advocacy priority. Interior Design incursion came in second place with three respondents selecting it as their top priority. Good Samaritan Laws and QBS tied for third with both topics receiving two votes each.

    Legislative Victories – Common top responses included: passage of a legislation expanding historic preservation tax credits; the defeat of taxes on architectural services; and attendance at lobbying and government affairs day.

    Allied Groups – Common top responses for groups with whom respondents worked to accomplish the above legislative goals (section 2) included: ACEC; AGC; ABC; professional engineering societies; and a variety of historic preservation agencies.

    Threats and Challenges – The most common response for the major threats and challenges that may impact advocacy objectives was Interior Design Legislation. This issue was followed by possible pushback against green initiatives. QBS and P3 rounded out the top threats and challenges.

    Opposition groups – Groups commonly working against respondents’ advocacy efforts included interior designers and a variety of governmental actors.

    Licensure – Respondents saw legislative changes on issues including: corporate practice; exemptions and enforcement; digital signatures; ARE timing; and “other” general licensing issues. Regulatory changes included: mandatory continuing education; reciprocity; exemptions and enforcement; digital signatures; ARE timing; and “other” licensure issues.

    Procurement and Project Delivery – Respondents saw legislative changes in the areas of DB expansion/modification; QBS; construction management; school prototype/stock plans; and P3. Regulatory changes included: DB expansion/modification; QBS; and Construction management risk.

    Professional Liability – Respondents saw legislative changes in the areas of: certification of merit; statute of repose; and lien laws. Respondents did not note regulatory changes.

    Taxation and Budget – Respondents saw legislative changes in the areas of: professional service taxes; “other” business taxes (historical tax credit); state budget concerns; school construction funding; reduction in capital construction funds; and transit/transportation funding. One respondent noted a special session had been held or was expected (no further detail supplied).

    State and local code issues – Respondents saw legislative changes in the areas of: adoption of model building codes; permit streamlining; the development of a statewide energy code and the adoption of a statewide energy code. Members serving on code committees and councils was the most common response to how components engaged members in the code adoption process. AGC, ACEC, and professional engineer societies are groups with whom respondents regularly work on code issues. 7 of 12 respondents noted their state had adopted green building codes. 50% of respondents (3 of 6) said they were aware of study commissions on green initiatives.

    Topics for SGN discussion and training – P3; QBS; and the Interior Designer issues were the top 3 topics respondents wished to be addressed at the 2014 SGN Annual Meeting. Moreover, members would like training in PAC/fundraising.

    AIA Contract Document Use - 80% of respondents said their state governments were currently using AIA contract documents when contracting for architectural or building projects. Those who did not use AIA contract documents used custom made contracts. 84.6% of respondents said they were not aware of discussion to use or modify AIA contract documents. Respondents were evenly divided (6 and 6) on whether they would be interested in AIA National discussing the use of or modifications to AIA contract documents with respondents’ home states.

For more information contact Bryan Soukup, Manager of State & Local Government relations at


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