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Building for the Next Big Storm



By Alan Feuer | October 25, 2014 | The New York Times “All of this was hit pretty hard,” said Kai-Uwe Bergmann, sweeping his arm from the East River toward the looming sprawl of the Baruch Houses, a public housing complex that sits along the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive on the Lower East Side. “If another storm hits here in the future, it will be just as bad, probably worse.”   Mr. Bergmann’s job is to ensure that it doesn’t happen. As a partner at … Continue reading Building for the Next Big Storm

Communicating Your Way to a Stronger Firm



This article has been provided courtesy of XL Group’s Design Professional unit and Alexander & Sanders Insurance for AIA Louisiana Print Article Many firms are so focused on design that they often neglect basic management practices that, when overlooked, can undercut a firm’s profits. One such practice is effective communication. Here’s what you need to do to keep communication —and your projects—on track. Poor communication within a firm and between a firm and its clients can result in more than inefficiencies, mistakes and missed opportunities. … Continue reading Communicating Your Way to a Stronger Firm

Louisiana forecast to gain 66,700 jobs through 2016



By Bill Lodge | blodge@theadvocate.com Work on $103 billion in industrial development and expansion is the primary factor in Louisiana’s expected job growth of 66,700 over the next two years, LSU economists reported Wednesday in Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas can expect the largest job gains for 2015-16. “Louisiana is in the midst of an industrial boom unlike any other in our history, with over $100 billion in industrial projects either under construction or at the front-end engineering and design phase,” economists Loren C. Scott and James A. Richardson … Continue reading Louisiana forecast to gain 66,700 jobs through 2016

New Orleans East Hospital designed to provide modern, storm-ready patient care



By Rebecca Catalanello, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune  The newly opened New Orleans East Hospital is 205,380 square feet of gleaming floors, natural light and organic hues designed to create a warm, welcoming feel for patients. But when facilities director Karl Warner looks around at this modernistic $130 million community hospital, it’s what’s on top that brings him particular comfort: the generators. Before he was airlifted from the former Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital in 2005, Warner spent the days following Hurricane Katrina manually hauling diesel fuel from a … Continue reading New Orleans East Hospital designed to provide modern, storm-ready patient care

Emerging Professional Scholarships



AIA Louisiana has established eight (8) scholarships to the Gulf States Regional Symposium to foster the development of member emerging professionals (intern architects and architects licensed for less than ten years). These scholarships will be used to encourage involvement within AIA and the individual’s career. Selections will be based on geographical location in Louisiana and involvement in AIA and community activities. Scholarships will cover registration and lodging for out of town participants at the convention hotel. Scholarships will not be available for the reimbursement of … Continue reading Emerging Professional Scholarships

2014 AIA LA Continuing Education Survey



In order cheap nba jerseys to respond to the changing needs and interest for learning opportunities, the AIA LA solicits Inmigracion your input.  This Accuracy survey is to determine the topics of importance to  AIA Louisiana members for continuing cheap jerseys education seminars. So please, What take a the few moments Market and give us wholesale jerseys your feedback by slider completing this brief survey. Your honest cheap jerseys opinion is very Ron important to us. Submit your survey by Thursday, October 23, 2014 and be … Continue reading 2014 AIA LA Continuing Education Survey

Thieves in the Night: Write Offs



This article has been provided courtesy of XL Group’s Design Professional unit and Alexander & Sanders Insurance for AIA Louisiana. Print Version Informal surveys conducted by XL’s Design Professional group find project write-offs and rework can amount to as much as 8%–10% of total project budgeted billings—more widespread and severe than previously imagined. At a time when margins are already low and competition fierce, cheap mlb jerseys the difference between a profitable and unprofitable firm can frequently be measured by the amount of money written … Continue reading Thieves in the Night: Write Offs

What a Park’s Design Does to Your Brain



As a student in Poland, Agnieszka Anna Olszewska was fascinated by the way that some landscapes seemed to be more contemplative than others. She wanted to research the reasons behind that calming effect, but she found little encouragement. “People told me I can write a novel, I can write a poem about the contemplativeness of landscape, but not a scientific paper.” One well-respected landscape architect told her it couldn’t be done because of the diversity of human responses: Some of us might find a garden … Continue reading What a Park’s Design Does to Your Brain