A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing & Supplier Members June 7, 2007
Association News

Updated Pages for Your AWI Cost Book Mailing This Week

While a comprehensive review of the AWI Cost Book is tentatively scheduled for 2008, two of the pages to the current book are updated.  All AWI Manufacturing Members will receive the replacement pages in the AWI monthly mailing next week. Remove the existing pages and update your Cost Book.  The AWI Cost Book is a benefit of Manufacturing Membership in AWI.

If you need additional copies of the Cost Book for your estimating team, visit the AWI Web site store to order them.  Additional copies are $45.00 each.
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AWI Welcomes New Level 2 Sponsor

A belated welcome is extended to returning sponsor M. L. Campbell Company, who joined the ranks of other corporate contributors to AWI in 2007 as a Level 2 Sponsor.  Visit M. L. Campbell at the company’s Web site, www.mlcampbell.com, to check out their products and services.  All AWI sponsors can be reached easily by clicking on their logos at right. 

The editors of AWI e-briefs regret the delay in officially welcoming M. L. Campbell Company to our list of generous sponsors for 2007.  Thank you for your support.

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“Award of Excellence” Winners Gain Exposure to Nearly 25,000 Potential Business Partners

Great projects receive great recognition.  AWI recently announced 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.

All AWI Manufacturing Members are eligible to apply for an “Award of Excellence.”  Don’t miss the opportunity to have your outstanding project showcased to nearly 25,000 architects and design professionals who may be searching for your kind of expertise and creativity.  The deadline for submissions for the fall “Award of Excellence” Program is August 1. Click here for details and submission forms.

Photo Credit: Jim Christy

Pictured here is one of the winning AWI Manufacturing Member projects in the spring – the Phoenix Symphony Hall with millwork manufactured by ISEC, Inc.  Shown here is the towering stairway with custom handrails leading to the massive paneled walls with a geometric pattern.  “Multiple visits during the manufacturing process ensured a product that would ultimately exceed the customer’s expectations,” ISEC’s Steve Bialek, senior project manager, said.

 
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Tap into AWI Member Benefit at AWFS® Fair

The AWFS Fair is July 18-21 in Las Vegas. Remember that all AWI members receive a 10% discount on all AWFS seminars, including “Scheduling the Custom Woodworking Shop,” presented by AWI members Jeff Stück, and Matt Lundahl. Overall, 52 education programs are scheduled during AWFS Vegas. Visit www.awfsfair.org to register for the “College of Woodworking Knowledge seminars. Use code number – AWI599 – when registering.

AWFS show management reports that the 2007 Fair will feature 500,000 net square feet of space showcasing the latest products and services related to the wood and home furnishings markets.
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Professional Development

Successful Member Program Leads to PIE Scholarships: Join the Celebration

The Anthony Galluzzo Corporation is inviting AWI members to an Awards and Appreciation Program at their facilities in Londonderry, NH on June 12, 2007 at 4:00 pm.  Offering their first-ever scholarships to two worthy students from Pinkerton Academy (PA), The Anthony Galluzzo Corporation and scholarship co-funder, Hampshire Hardwoods, designed a special program for completion during the preceding school year. 

Learn about the special project, the scholarship and their Partnering Industry and Education (PIE) initiative that is modeled after AWI’s Adopt-A-Shop program.  Gain outreach ideas to foster interest in the architectural woodwork industry as a career path for tomorrow’s woodworkers. 

For more details about the event, click here.
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AWI Convention Draws “Speed to Market” Author

Watch for your June issue of AWI NewsBriefs and read all about the dynamic “Lean Manufacturing for Job Shops Like Yours” planned for AWI’s 55th Annual Convention/Executive Conference, October 4-6, 2007 in Louisville, KY.

The dynamic AWI seminar will feature Vincent Bozzone, renowned architect of Delta Dynamics, Inc’s. Speed to Market Technology for job shops and order-driven businesses.  He’ll walk chief executive participants through the fundamentals of “Speed to Market” to demonstrate how to cut lead time by eliminating delays in the “quotes to cash process.” 

Don’t miss this interactive program in which attendees will work through an exercise that is typical to the architectural woodworking business.  Come away with practical solutions to reduce lead time and bring your company up to speed.

The June issue of NewsBriefs will be coming to your mailbox the week of June 11th. 

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In the Chapters

AWI Chapters – Sister Association Chapters Have Ample Opportunities to Partner on Programs

Many local professional design associations (AIA, ASID, IIDA and CSI) are planning their 2008 programs for members across the country, and AWI chapters can too.  AWI members who are involved in their local chapters can pave the way for their chapter leadership to co-host interesting programs that benefit members of partnering local associations. 

If you have contacts within a local design association, inform your AWI chapter leaders so that you can be a resource for making contact about future programming and partnering opportunities.  Working with regional professional associations is another avenue for developing well-attended programs for your chapter.  It’s a great way to promote your chapter, your business, and AWI. Now is the time to plan programs for the upcoming year.

AWI also offers ready-made programs through its AWILL Ambassador Program and Design Pro Presentation CD-ROM.  Contact Ilaria Fekeza (ifekeza@awinet.org) at AWI National about these opportunities.

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Greg Bednar Appointed AWI Chapter Development Services Liaison

Contact the new AWI Chapter Development Services Liaison Greg Bednar at 571.323.3629 or at gbednar@awinet.org, if you need assistance with chapter issues, partnering with design professional associations, and more. 

Read all about this new member of the AWI National Team in the June issue of NewsBriefs.  Working out of his offices in Wisconsin, this 20-year architectural woodwork industry veteran will be helping AWI chapters become stronger for their members in each region across the U.S.
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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

AWI Georgia Chapter
When:
June 15, 2007 (11:00 am Registration)
What: Golf Outing and Meeting
Where: Orchard Hills Golf Club Newnan, Georgia
Contact: Dan Cox, dcox@peachstatelumber.com, (P) 770.428.3622, (F) 770.428.4517
More Information: AWI Web Site

AWI Central Pennsylvania Chapter
When:
July 12, 2007
What: Golf Outing (8:30 am – Registration: 10:00 am Shotgun Start; 3:00 Dinner)
Where: Cross Gates Golf Club, Millersville, PA
Contact: Dave Sanders, (P) 717.637.8977
Registration: Early bird by July 5
More Information: (Registration Form)
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Industry News

AIA Reports Steady Conditions in Nonresidential Design Activity

Prospective business for architectural woodworkers may be promising based on the leading economic indicator of construction activity, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI), which continues to reveal solid demand for nonresidential design activity.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the April ABI rating was 52.7 (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings), nearly identical to the 52.6 mark in March. Inquiries for new projects shot up a full two points to 63.8, up from 61.8 the previous month. With an approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending, and significant inquiry levels for new projects this news continues a forecast that remains favorable for the nonresidential construction market throughout 2007.

Key April ABI highlights:

• Regional averages: Midwest (54.9), West (54.0), South (52.2), Northeast (49.3)
• Sector index breakdown: institutional (56.1), commercial / industrial (55.2), residential (50.8), mixed practice (47.9)
• Inquiries index: 63.8

For more details about the ABI, click here.
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ENR Announces Top 400 Contractors for 2007

Who are the top contractors around the country ranked by construction revenue?  How do they compare with 2006 rankings? 

Discover the top 400 contractors identified by Engineering News RecordClick here for more information and for links to back issues.
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Wood Design Awards Book Released

Some of the best designed wood structures are showcased in a coffee table book available from the Canadian Wood Council (CWC).  The full color book features 15 nonresidential and residential projects – from studios, to a corporate headquarters, to a classroom, and more. 

Quantities are limited.  Order your copy by visiting the CWC online book store.  Click here for a peek at the beautiful projects.
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Legislative News

First Minimum Wage Hike in 10 Years Becomes Law

The federal minimum wage entailing a gradual change from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour for covered, nonexempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act is now law.  President Bush signed the bill on May 28. 

“Within 60 days of that date, the minimum wage will increase from $5.15 to $5.85 per hour. One year later, it will rise to $6.55 per hour, followed by one final increase to $7.25 per hour a year later,” according to an analysis of the bill by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).

The law also includes small business tax breaks and an extension for expensing of purchases of equipment, software and other assets.  For full details, consult your tax advisor. 

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Retainage Cap Signed into Law in Tennessee

On May 22, Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) signed into law a bill (H.B. 1003) that will “limit retainage on all public and private projects to 5 percent, while requiring that retained funds be kept in interest-bearing escrow accounts”, the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) reported.

The law becomes effective July 1 with provisions affecting contractors, subcontractors, sub-subcontractors and suppliers.  To review the new law, visit the Web site of the state legislature.  To find the bill, click on “legislation” and search by the bill number – H.B. 1003.
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USGBC Testifies Before the U.S. Congress about Green Building

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) testified before the U.S. Congress on May 15 about the important role of green building in meeting the challenges of global climate change and energy dependence, and the ability of the LEED® Green Building Rating System™ to deliver immediate and measurable results in this area. 
 
Speaking before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Peter Templeton, Vice President of Education and Research for USGBC, stressed the fact that buildings are an often overlooked solution to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The building sector is the single largest source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, accounting for 39% of such emissions in the U.S.
 
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee member Senator Frank Lautenburg (D-NJ) is sponsoring a bill that would make LEED Silver certification the minimum benchmark for all Federal buildings in order to reduce the Federal government's "carbon footprint."
 
Find out how the USGBC positioned green building as a highly effective strategy for reducing the carbon footprint.  For more details, click here.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published June 21, 2007. 

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July 19-21, 2007
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July 20
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