A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members May 17, 2007
Association News

Election Ballots for Directors Due by May 23 – Cast Your Vote!

Don’t miss the opportunity to choose the AWI Board of Directors members who will be representing your interests.  Three seats are open on the AWI Board of Directors for the 2007/2008 term that begins October 1, 2007.  Choose from among the seven candidates whose biographies were mailed to all Manufacturing Members during the week of May 1:

  • Teresa Bell, Kentucky Millwork (Manufacturing Member)
  • Doug Carney, R & S Casework (Manufacturing Member)
  • Skip Heidler, Heidler Hardwood Lumber Company (Supplier Member)
  • Randy Jensen, Leonard Peterson & Company (Manufacturing Member)
  • Rick Kogler, Architectural Wood Products, Inc. (Manufacturing Member)
  • John Leininger, Leininger Cabinet & Woodworking, Inc. (Manufacturing Member)
  • Jim Taylor, Seagull Enterprices (Manufacturing Member)

Use the official ballot that all AWI Manufacturing Members in good standing received in the mail.   Cast your vote and return your ballot to AWI legal counsel – postmarked no later than May 23, 2007.  All votes are held in strict confidence.  AWI staff, directors, volunteers and officers are not privy to any member’s official ballot.  
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AWI Announces “Award of Excellence” Winners for Spring

Great projects receive great recognition.  AWI is pleased to announce the second quarter’s “Award of Excellence” honorees whose outstanding work is featured in the Spring 2007 issue of Design Solutions, the official journal of AWI.  The projects of the award-winning AWI Manufacturing Members are seen by nearly 25,000 architect and design professional subscribers to Design Solutions.

AWI Manufacturing Members honored recently:

  • Hardwood Designs, Inc. – Hillsborough, NC
  • ISEC, Inc. – Phoenix, AZ
  • DeLeers Millwork Inc. – Green Bay, WI
  • Woodmill Products, Inc. – New Berlin, WI

Pictured below is one of the winning projects.  Watch for a snapshot of the other winning projects in upcoming issues of e-briefs

Don't miss the deadline for submissions for the fall Award of Excellence Program is August 1. Click here for details and submission forms.

The Ruth & Herman Albert Eye Institute in Durham, NC is the project of “Award of Excellence” honoree and AWI Manufacturing Member Hardwood Designs, Inc. of Hillsborough, NC that is featured in the spring issue of Design Solutions magazine.  The  slot pattern developed for the two floating ceiling plans of the lecture hall (pictured here) were the most challenging aspect of the project, according to Duda Paine Architects, LLP.

Photo Credit: Robert Benson of Hartford, CT
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Industry News

Annual NA Structural Wood Panel Products Forecast Shows Dip in Production

Annual North American structural wood panel production continues to dip from record highs in 2005, The Engineered Wood Association reported in its annual five-year forecast. 

They expect production to total 40.2 billion square feet in 2007. The association points to the decline in U.S. housing starts as the chief culprit for the dip.  Find out more from the forecast by clicking here.

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NAHB and International Code Council Collaborate on Green Building Standard

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC) announced that the members to the Consensus Committee on the National Green Building Standard have been appointed by the NAHB Research Center Executive Standards Committee.

This Consensus Committee represents the industry in its efforts to develop and publish an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved standard on residential green building. The collaboration between the two groups, announced at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, FL, in February, reinforced the commitment of the organizations to bring uniformity to sustainable building practices.
 
The Consensus Committee is made up of more than forty groups representing a broad spectrum of the industry.  Its purpose is to review the working draft of the national standard based on NAHB’s Model Green Home Building Guidelines and to develop ICC/NAHB National Green Building Standard.  More details are available at the NAHB Web site.

For a full list of members of the Consensus Committee, click here.

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Home Builders Consider Risk in “Green” Claims

For insights into risk issues that home builders and others may face when customer expectations exceed "green" building realities, see the current issue of Nation’s Building News.  Panelists at a recent NAHB Green Building Conference cautioned attendees about avoiding unnecessary risks. 

Click here for more details about the panelists’ comments.

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Professional Development

Mark Your Calendar for Fall AWILL Education Program

Seattle, WA beckons AWI Manufacturing Members for fall AWILL events, September 13-15, 2007.  Mark your calendar.   Don’t miss the core education courses.

Fundamentals One-Day Courses
 Estimating  - Thursday, September 13
 Project Management  - Thursday, September 13

Advanced Two-Day Courses
 Estimating  -  Friday-Saturday, September 14-15
 Project Management  -  Friday-Saturday, September 14-15

The traditional courses are vital for training new employees and are also excellent refresher courses for more seasoned estimators and project managers.  Knowledge is power and power leads to profits.

Sessions will be held at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in downtown Seattle, WA. The hotel is steps away from Seattle's Qwest and Safeco Fields, Pike Place Market, the new Seattle Public Library, as well as Seattle's downtown shopping. With close proximity to the freeway and convenient location on Madison Street, the Renaissance Seattle Hotel is well situated for easy access.

Watch for news about course details, instructors and registration in upcoming issues of e-briefs and NewsBriefs.  Plan to attend!
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Third AWI Best Practice Group Forming – Find Out Why One Member Values Participation

In the May issue of NewsBriefs, AWI Manufacturing Member Ralph Peterson, President of ONSITE Woodwork Corporation tells readers how he and his company benefit from participation in one of the two existing AWI Best Practices Groups. 

“I know that I will surely come back with some new idea, process, question or even solution to things that our company or I might be struggling with,” Peterson says. The Best Practices Group is an outside source that helps him keep focus on making sound business decisions.

To explore opportunities available and benefits of participation in a Third Best Practices Group being formed, contact AWI Executive Vice President a pduvic@awinet.org.

Click here for the May issue of NewsBriefs, which is coming to your mailbox this week. 
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In the Chapters

Chapter Events Ahead

What’s happening in local architectural woodwork communities?  Check out the informative AWI chapter programs sponsored in your area. Tap into your local AWI chapter for vital information that can help your business grow and put you in touch with fellow AWI architectural woodworkers and suppliers.

AWI Chicago Chapter
When:
June 14, 2007 (11:15 am- tee off)
What: 2007 AWI Golf Outing and Dinner
Where: St. Andrews Golf Club, West Chicago, IL
Contact: Ned Thompson, (P) 773.522.3633, nedthomp@thompsonfinishing.com; Ed Schavitz, (P) 847.417.1626, cuied@yahoo.com
Registration & Sponsorship: AWI Chicago Web Site
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Legislative News

House Bill Would Limit Super-Contracts; Small Businesses Would Benefi

The Small Business Fairness in Contracting Act (H.R. 1873) would limit “contract bundling,” a practice in which several contracts are grouped together and awarded as one contract, according to the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).

The practice reduces competition and limits the ability of specialty contractors to bid on the projects because of their size and complexity.  “The bill would also require prime contractors to report the percentages of contract volume (in dollars) that their small business subcontractors perform, and increase the government-wide goal for awarding federal contracts to small businesses,” ASA reported.

The House Small Business Committee unanimously approved the bill on April 21.  It is now waiting for consideration by the full House.
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About QCP

The Value of QCP; What’s It All About?

The value of the Quality Certification Program (QCP) is unique to each participant, but, one AWI member and QCP participant shared his views recently on why the program is important to his firm. 

Here’s what AWI Manufacturing Member and QCP participant Richard Ungerbuehler, Sr. said:

“Federal Millwork was the first certified shop in Florida.  To date, we have not been involved in a certified project.  Nonetheless, the Fact that we have qualified to proudly display the QCP logo, knowing full well that we are capable of producing the finest millwork and cabinetry available, sets us apart from the competition.  Coupled with our unblemished history since 1939, remaining a QCP certified shop remains among the best marketing dollars we have ever spent.”

Learn more about the benefits of participation in QCP by visiting the program Web site.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published June 7, 2007. 

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