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SPP Journal | Issue 57 | February 2013

Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the 57th issue of the SPP Journal. Since 1994, the Journal has been a place where small project practitioners share experiences, lessons learned, and practice tips. With the blossoming of social media, the AIA Knowledge Community discussion boards, and other changes to how architects communicate, the Small Project Practitioners Advisory Group (SPP AG) recognized a need to adapt the format of the Journal. Editor and SPP AG member Marika Snider, AIA, has restructured the Journal to include contributions from allied Knowledge Communities, practice tips from legal and risk management professionals, a design note from SPP AG member Marc Manack, AIA, and examples of small projects and details. If you would like to contribute to a future SPP Journal, please contact Marika Snider.

This quarter’s Journal is organized around the theme of sustainability. Susan Van Bell, Esq.’s feature article, “Sustainability Challenges and AIA Contract Documents for Small Projects Practitioners,” discusses AIA documents that can assist architects in meeting the challenges of sustainable design and construction. Marc Manack offers his opinion on the impact (or lack thereof) of sustainability on architectural design. Two small projects are also featured. BRB’s renovation of a school chapel introduced natural light and an energy efficient displacement ventilation system. Salmela’s sod-roofed off-grid sauna respects the surrounding site. This Journal also includes a photo of a brickwork ventilation detail from the 19th century, reminding us that sustainable elements such as natural ventilation, daylighting, and other passive design strategies were in use well before air conditioning, green building rating systems, or energy codes.

In addition to contributing to the Journal, Marc Manack is coordinating webinars for small project practitioners; please contact him if you would like to present a webinar or suggest a topic. New SPP AG member Jean Dufrense, AIA, is reviving the SPP Tips, a biweekly email nugget of information relevant to small project practitioners. Please contact Jean Dufrense if you have a tip (250 – 500 words) to share with other small project practitioners. Leonard Kady, AIA, SPP AG member and 2012 Chair, recently finished chairing the jury for the 2013 Small Project Awards. Our summer SPP Journal will feature the award-winning projects. Also this summer, watch the SPP website for information on entering the 2014 AIA Small Project Awards.

The SPP Advisory Group is always looking for new ways to connect and serve small project practitioners. If you would like to become more involved with the Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community, please contact me with your ideas for new programs, initiatives, or ways you can volunteer.

I hope you find this SPP Journal useful. We all look forward to receiving your suggestions and feedback.

Linda Reeder, AIA, LEED AP

SPP Advisory Group Chair, 2013


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