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May 19, 2011
AWI Learning Forum

Limited Space Available for Free “AWS Talk” on May 25

Do you have questions about the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS)? Can you find what you are looking for in the Standards?  Get answers.

"AWS Talk"
May 25, 2011
2:00 pm EDT, Online
Presenter: Randy Jensen

Free of charge to AWI members. Details and registration are available by clicking here. Participation is limited to 45, so register early.

About Randy Jensen
For those members who don’t know Mr. Jensen, he is a 30-year veteran of Leonard Peterson in Auburn, AL. He has served AWI in the following capacities: Quality Standards Board of Review, AWILL Executive Management Team and Press Division Bursar, and the AWI Board of Directors. He is currently chair of the AWI Technical Committee and continues as an AWI Representative to the Joint Standards Committee, on which he works with AWI, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI), developers and publishers of the industry-wide Architectural Woodwork Standards released in August 2009.
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“Green Talk” Joins the Online “AWI Talk” Series

Registration is now open for the newest free online delivery of discussions between members and AWI specialists. "Green Talk" makes its debut on June 22 with Rob Ziegelmeier answering your questions about LEED®, FSC, and other sustainable building matters. Register today.

"Green Talk"
June 22, 2011
2:00 pm EDT, Online
Host: Rob Ziegelmeier

Free of charge to AWI members. Details and registration are available by clicking here. Participation is limited to 45, so register early.

About Rob Ziegelmeier
Rob Ziegelmeier is the host of AWI’s "Green Talk." Rob’s multi-faceted committee service began in 1986 and culminated in his election as AWI National President (1996-1997). He chaired the AWI LEED® Task Force from 2003 to 2007 and currently chairs the AWI Sustainability Resources Committee, serves on the AWI Education Committee, and is an AWI LEED Team Presenter and a member of the AWI Speakers Bureau. In recent years, Mr. Ziegelmeier has established Forest Stewardship Council Certification for two companies. He conducts numerous AIA-accredited presentations to Architectural and Design firms on the impact of LEED on the woodworking industry and is a consulting resource to AWI members about LEED projects.
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New AWI eLearning Web Portal Takes a Bow with Estimating Course

AWI eLearning...Always On, a new online resource, is a click away, 24/7. Check out "Fundamentals of Estimating," the first AWI online course delivery – free to members. Save time and travel costs while supplementing your skills and expertise.

The online "Fundamentals of Estimating" course features many of the same components as AWI’s "Fundamentals" seminars.

While you’re in the eLearning site, also check out study modules, PowerPoint presentations, webinars, podcasts, self-directed courses, and other professional development resources. Other new courses and education resources will roll out throughout 2011.

AWI members may enter through the "Members Only" portal, so be sure to login FIRST at www.awinet.org. Then, on the home page, on the left menu column look for "Educational Offerings" to find the "eLearning" tab. Click on that tab and enter a new world of learning opportunities.

Your suggestions and comments are welcome. Remember that the site is under continuous development and refinement while being Beta tested. Check out what is already operative and check back often for new offerings. AWI e-briefs will include announcements about the AWI eLearning...Always On site as new materials are posted.
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Safety Solutions Web Portal in Final Stages of Development

After three years of research and development, the AWI Insurance and Safety Committee has identified a comprehensive resource to help members provide a safe working environment for employees and comply with OSHA regulations while reducing risk.

AWI has made an investment in the service delivered by a leading provider of safety compliance information, best practices, templates, OSHA updates, and much more. All AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members will have free access to the safety portal via AWI’s new Web site, which is also being updated and redesigned.

Watch for news and more information in the June issue of AWI NewsBriefs coming to your mailbox around mid-June.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll find in the AWI Safety Solutions Web Portal:

  • Member only access through new AWI Web site
  • OSHA compliance resources for both Federal and State
  • Forms, templates, resources
  • Safety PowerPoints, audio, training guides and handouts
  • Library of workplace safety topics
  • Safety Quick Links – find what you need quickly
  • Safety News – keep abreast of latest regulations

Stand by for new resources from AWI...helping you make the most of your membership.

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Business Tools

CODBS Survey Benefits Coming Soon for Participants

The AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey data has been compiled for 2011. Find out about its availability for participants and members-at-large, a free webinar, and more.

The 2011 AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey & Compensation Study Report will be shipped to all AWI Manufacturing Member participants the week of June 1.

Each participant will receive an invitation to attend an analysis webinar to be presented in late June or early July. It will be hosted by a recognized authority in business management. Check your e-mail in the coming weeks for an exact date and time. The webinar will be free of charge to CODBS participants as an added benefit.

AWI would like to thank all those who participated in the 2011 survey. 

All AWI Manufacturing Members will be able to view the 2011 CODBS Executive Summary in the "Members Only" section of the AWI Web site as soon as it becomes available. Watch for announcements in upcoming editions of AWI e-briefs.
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Spring Design Solutions Posted; Projects Sought for Summer Edition

Whose projects are being showcased in the new spring edition of Design Solutions Magazine?

Click here to see the Award of Excellence winning projects for the spring quarter.  Congratulations to the AWI member honorees.

  • Millerblaker Woodworking (NY)
  • Low Country Case Millwork, Inc. (SC)
  • Lange Brothers Woodworking Co., Inc. (WI)
  • Richard E. Stephenson II Construction Management(FL)

If you want YOUR project to be spotlighted in the summer 2011 edition of Design Solutions, contact AWI Executive Vice President Phil Duvic at pduvic@awinet.org immediately. A few opportunities are still available; but hurry!  Don't miss out on showcasing your outstanding project to more than 25,000 design professionals who receive Design Solutions.

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The Talk this Week on the AWI LinkedIn Network

Check out the hot topics this week among AWI members connecting on the AWI LinkedIn network.

What are AWI members talking about?

  • EPA Announcement about Polyurethane
  • Software Applications
  • Employment opportunities

Click into the forums anytime to find out what’s important among architectural woodworkers. The AWI LinkedIn home page is here. See what your peers are saying. If you’re not yet registered with LinkedIn, do it when you check out the current discussions. It’s free and it’s a useful networking tool among AWI members and now over 1100 participants strong.
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Construction Industry

AIA, CSI and NIBS Release Updated United States National CAD Standard®

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) have released V5 of the United States National CAD Standard (NCS).

The NCS helps architects, constructors and operators coordinate efforts by classifying electronic design data consistently and making information retrieval easier. It improves communication among owners and project teams, cuts or eliminates costs of developing and maintaining company-specific standards, and reduces the expense of transferring building data from design applications to facility management applications.

The NCS is based on three components from its partnering organizations: NIBS’s Foreword, Administration and Plotting Guidelines modules; AIA’s CAD Layer Guidelines module; and CSI’s Uniform Drawing System modules. By combining these resources, the NCS prescribes CAD layer names, drawing set organization, and drafting, notation and plotting conventions. It includes an extensive symbols library and thousands of terms and abbreviations.

NCS V5 is the first update to the standard in three years. Unlike previous versions, Version 5 is web-based, making it available at any time for purchase and use. The NCS Web site received an update as well, making it easy to login to the new NCS online product.

For details about the changes, click here. To learn more about the National CAD Standard or to order NCS V5, visit www.nationalcadstandard.org.
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MasterFormat 2011 Update Available

The Constructions Specifications Institute (CSI) has released an updated version of its MasterFormat®.

MasterFormat® is a master list of numbers and titles classified by work results or construction practices, used throughout the North American construction industry to organize project manuals, detail cost information, and relate drawing notations to specifications.

The primary changes in the 2011 update include:

  • Reorganization of the Concrete Reinforcing section of Division 03.
  • Significant changes to Division 43 to help it correspond with the addition of Division 46, Water and Wastewater Equipment.
  • Nearly a hundred other miscellaneous changes throughout MasterFormat, updating old content and adding new standardized titles and numbers for use on projects to address new work results, information exchanges, and project delivery methods.

The cost is $119 for CSI or CSC members, $169 non-members. Click here to visit the CSI store to order a copy.

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Trade Shows / Industry Forums

2011 LIGNA: International Trade Show for Forestry and Wood Industries

AWI members are eligible for a complimentary Gold Pass to attend the show on May 30 through June 3, 2011 in Hannover, Germany.

Register FIRST at www.ligna.de/en/gold_package. Enter the AWI code – AWI20165. The Gold Pass gives access to free admission to LIGNA HANNOVER 2011 and admission to the VIP Lounge in the IC, first floor.

Full details about the show are available at www.ligna.de.
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Green Scene

New FSC Chain-of-Custody Directive

On March 30, 2011 the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) issued a new FSC CoC Directive named "FSC-DIR-40-004 EN COC Certification 011-03-30."

The Directive contains one change and two new Advice Notes. For a summary of the changes, click here. You’ll find a link to a red-lined copy of the Directive, which identifies the former language as well as the changes.
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SFI Reports on Its “Big Picture” Impact

The independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Inc. has released a progress report.

The report shows how the program goes beyond its rigorous forest certification standard to improve forest practices across North America through conservation research, community partnerships, logger training and landowner outreach, SFI announced.

The report, entitled The Bigger Picture: Conservation. Integrity. Community., highlights the important contributions made by the SFI program and its many partners in the last year. "When the goal is improving the welfare of the world's forests and communities, no one organization can claim to have all the answers or resources to achieve optimal results," SFI President and CEO Kathy Abusow said.

After reviewing the progress report, the SFI External Review Panel – an independent expert panel that advises the SFI Board of Directors – concluded the SFI program is "substantially improving the quality of forests and forestry in North America," according to an SFI news release.

Click here for the progress report, which is posted on the SFI Web site. Information about the SFI External Review Panel is available here.
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Member News

AWI Past President Albert Morante Passes Away

Past President Albert "Bud" Morante, age 81 of Pittsburgh (South Fayette Township), formerly of Monroe Township and Cliffside Park, NJ died on 5/12/11 at the Family Hospice in Mt Lebanon, PA.

Bud worked in his grandfather’s woodworking business out of high school for one year, was drafted into the navy and came home to work an additional two years when he inherited the business at age 25 after his grandfather died of a heart attach. Bud realized at a young age that he needed help to succeed, and joined the AWI. Over the years, Bud worked on several committees and was one of the committee members that purchased the first National office of AWI.

In 1975, Bud sold his grandfather’s company and joined a third generation woodworking firm, Frederick Schill & Company. Several years later, he purchased that company from the retiring owner. In 1976, Bud served as National President of AWI and remained an active Board member until he retired.

In 2003, Bud and Marie served as co-chairs of the AWI 50th Anniversary Celebration in Phoenix, AZ, one of the most exciting and well attended events in AWI’s history.

Bud is survived by his wife Marie and two sons, Kurt and Carl. The Morante family asks that memorial donations in Bud’s name be contributed to the "William Winter Scholarship Fund." The mailing address is Architectural Woodwork Institute Education Foundation, 46179 West Lake Drive, Suite 120, Potomac Falls, VA 20165-5874.
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Federal Scene

IRS Showcases Tools, Resources; Spotlights Tax Benefits Available in 2011

During Small Business Week, May 16-20, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is encouraging those who are self-employed or own a small business to take advantage of certain tax benefits and learn about IRS resources that can help them meet their federal tax obligations.

"When you’re running a business, you don’t need to be a tax expert, too. But you do need some basics to stay tax compliant so your business can thrive," said Faris Fink, IRS Commissioner for the Small Business and Self-Employed Division. "There are many tax credits and deductions currently available. So now is a good time to learn about the tools and services the IRS offers."

The Small Business Tax Center (www.irs.gov/smallbiz) has links to some of the most useful tools the IRS offers, including the Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop, a downloadable tax calendar, common forms and their instructions and help on everything from how to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) online to how to engage with the IRS in the event of an audit.

Health Care Tax Credit, Accelerated Write-Offs

The IRS today also urged small businesses to take advantage of tax-saving opportunities available when they file their 2011 returns. Two key provisions that business owners should consider are the small business health care tax credit and faster write-offs on certain capital expenditures.

The small business health care tax credit aims to help small employers provide health insurance coverage to their employees. It is specifically intended for those who employ low- and moderate-income workers. IRS says the credit is designed to encourage both small businesses and small tax-exempt organizations to offer health insurance coverage for the first time or maintain coverage they already have. More information about the credit is available on the Affordable Care Act page on IRS.gov.

Many small businesses that invest in new property and equipment can deduct most or all of these purchases on their 2011 returns. Normally, businesses recover capital investments through annual depreciation deductions spread over several years. But many small businesses can get these deductions sooner during 2011. Claim these tax benefits on Form 4562. Special rules and limitations apply. Details can be found in the instructions to Form 4562, Publication 946 and Revenue Procedure 2011-26.
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Federal Bid-Listing Legislation Introduced into House of Representatives

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) hailed legislation introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), as a major step in the right direction to improve the management of the federal government’s construction projects.

The legislation will "deliver the best return-on-investment on Federal constructions projects," the ASA announced. By requiring contractors to use the subcontractors identified in the contractors’ bids, the Construction Quality Assurance Act of 2011 (H.R. 1778) would promote open competition among subcontractors and ethical bidding and other business practices endorsed by the construction industry, and ensure that the highest quality subcontractors bid and work on the projects paid for with taxpayer dollars.

Rep. Maloney’s bid-listing legislation would require construction companies that bid on federal agency solicitations over $1 million to list each subcontractor they plan to use for $100,000 or more of the work. After the contract award, if a prime contractor replaced a listed subcontractor without the permission of the contracting officer, the prime contractor would be subject to penalties in an amount equal to the greater of: 10% of the amount of the subcontractor’s bid; the difference between the amount of the listed subcontractor’s bid and the replacement subcontractor’s bid; or the difference between the amount of the bid by a substituted subcontractor and the dollar value specified by the contractor to self-perform the work.

The bid-listing requirement would eliminate post-award price negotiations between contractors and subcontractors that can lead to corruption, wasteful spending, cutting corners, and can drive quality contractors and subcontractors out of federal construction markets, ASA reported.

The practice of "bid shopping" occurs when a prime contractor divulges one subcontractor’s bid to secure a lower bid from another subcontractor.

By requiring contractors bidding on federal agencies’ construction projects to inform agencies of the major subcontractors they would use on projects and the types of work that those subcontractors would perform, the legislation also would add another welcome measure of protection to the nation’s infrastructure, given today’s heightened national security concerns.

The bid-listing bill was introduced on May 5, 2011.

To join ASA and its members in contacting their members of the U.S. House of Representatives to ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 1778, visit the ASA Web site and select "Support Federal Bid-Listing Legislation."
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Chapter News

Record Numbers Attend Revitalized Virginia Chapter Meeting

Good program; good job.

The AWI Virginia Chapter attracted 34 registered attendees for its second meeting in 2011 on May 4. The meeting included an update on AWI national issues provided AWI Board of Directors’ member Stephan Smith of Gaithersburg Cabinetry. AWI Quality Certification Corporation President Craig Elias also updated attendees about the AWI Quality Certification Program. The chapter meeting and program was capped by a plant tour of Gaithersburg Cabinetry (shown below).

Chapter President Bruce Cody of Architectural Wood reports they are in the process of organizing a joint meeting with AWI Carolinas Chapter on September 14 at the Stiles Machinery facility in Greensboro, NC.

Chapter members listen to presentations by guest speakers. 



Chapter members tour the Gaithersburg Cabinetry plant in Warrenton, VA.  The company hosted the meeting. 


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Upcoming Chapter Events

What’s happening in your local AWI chapters and 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.  To reach any of the chapter officers for more information, visit the AWI Web site chapter page here.

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: June 7, 2011 (11:00am - 1:00 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting & Lunch
Update: Brief Overview by Alana Henderson, Meyer and Lundahl, about their flat line finishing line
Where: Meyer and Lundahl factory, Phoenix, AZ
Information & Registration: Carlos Castillo, ccastillo@jowat.com

AWI Chicago Chapter
When: June 9, 2011
What: Gold Outing
Where: St. Andrews Golf Course, West Chicago, IL 

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: June 13, 2011 (5:00 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting
Special Guest: Greg Heuer, AWI Chief Learning Officer
Where: Salem, OR

AWI Iowa / Nebraska Chapter 
When: June 17, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Sponsor: Jaeckle Distributors / Scott Neubauer
Where: DMAC

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: June 21, 2011
What: Board of Directors Meeting
Where: Milwaukee, WI 

AWI Central PA Chapter
When: July 14, 2011 (8:30-9:30 am Registration; 10:00 am Shotgun Start; 3:00 pm Dinner/Awards)
What: Chapter Golf Outing, Dinner & Awards
Where: Four Seasons Golf Course, Landisville, PA
Registration/Information: See attached  AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: July 21, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting

AWI New England Chapter
When: July 25, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting on FSC & Annual Golf Outing

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: August 2, 2011 (5:00 – 8:30 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting
Information: Carlos Castillo, ccastillo@jowat.com 

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: August 5, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting & Golf Outing AWI New England Chapter
When: August 12, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting & Annual Fishing Outing

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: August 16, 2011
What: Board of Directors Meeting & Program
Where: Milwaukee, WI 

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: August 17, 2011 (12:00 noon)
What: Chapter Meeting and BBQ Lunch
Host: States Industries 

AWI Central PA Chapter
When: September 1, 2011 (1:00 – 3:00 pm)
What: Lunch, Presentation, Tabletop Exhibit
Program: "Business Relationships in an Electronic Age" Program
Presenter: Herb Meldahl, Meldahl Consulting Services
Where: C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
Information/Registration: See attached
Contact: Garry Astles, gastles@northwayind.com; (p) 717.503.6295

AWI Wisconsin Chapter 
When: September 8, 2011
What Annual Golf Outing

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: September 14, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Where: Greensboro, NC
Host: Stiles Machinery

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: September 14, 2011
What: Annual Golf Outing & Chapter Meeting
Where: The Bog-Saukville, Madison, WI

AWI Heart of America Chapter
When: September 16, 2011
What: Golf Outing & Meeting
Host: Salina Planing Mill

AWI Iowa / Nebraska Chapter
When: September 16, 2011
What Chapter Meeting
Where: DMAC
Sponsor: Hafele America / Shawn Svoboda

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: October 4, 2011 (5:00 – 8:30 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting

AWI Florida Chapter
When: October 7-9, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting and Changeover Program of Officers and Board of Directors Meeting
Where: South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, FL

AWI Wisconsin Chapter
When: October 18, 2011
What: Chapter Board of Directors Meeting
Where: Milwaukee, WI

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: October 19, 2011 (12:00 noon)
What: Chapter Meeting

AWI Central PA Chapter
When: November 3, 2011
What: "LEED® & FSC Certification" Programs (1:00 – 3:00 pm); Lunch (12:30 – 1:30 pm); Tabletop Exhibits
Speakers: Garry A. Astles, Northway Industries; Keith Atherholt, Lewis Lumber Products
Where: C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
Registration: $35 (Chapter / AWI Members); $70 (Nonmembers); $10 (Students)
Information: See Attached

AWI Virginia Chapter
When: November 9, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting & Plant Tour in Ashland
Host: Rex Lumber
Where: Richmond, VA

AWI Heart of America
When: November 17, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Host: Woodwork Manufacturing & Supply

AWI Iowa / Nebraska
When: November 18, 2011
What: Chapter Meeting
Where: DMAC
Sponsor: Blum/Kevin Voit

AWI Arizona Chapter
When: December 6, 2011 (5:00 – 8:30 pm)
What: Chapter Meeting

AWI Oregon Chapter
When: December 9, 2011 (5:00 pm)
What: End of the Year Meeting / Celebration

All chapters are encouraged to plan their events early to allow for ample promotion of your activities in this section of AWI e-briefs as well as through other avenues. Contact Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services at gbednar@awinet.org.

Members are encouraged to check chapter event listings in the most recent issue of AWI e-briefs, as well as with chapter officers and chapter Web sites for program changes. As plans become finalized, dates and presentations may change for chapter programs previously listed. This issue of AWI e-briefs contains the most current information available to AWI National.
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Next Issue of E-briefs

The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published June 2, 2011.

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