Legislative Victories For and By Pennsylvania’s Architects Create Better Commonwealth Communities

Grassroots Victories for Pennsylvania Architects and Communities The $34 billion dollar budget (HB 790) has passed and is in the hands of the Governor. Highlights include increased funding for education, school safety, and added funding for job creation. The legislative victories outlined below include AIA Pennsylvania-led initiatives that have been implemented into the Tax Code,…

District Days Establish Architects As Trusted Resource for PA Legislators & Communities

Throughout the month of April, AIA Pennsylvania arranged for engaged, “citizen architects” to meet with their state legislators back home in the district. The opportunity for AIA Pennsylvania members to build relationships with their elected officials by way of district meetings started last year as a follow-up supplement to Architects Action Day. This year, district…

Updates to Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code Will Take Effect October 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2018 Most comprehensive building code updates for commercial and residential construction since 2009 Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) announced today that the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) recently approved the adoption of updated regulations for the Uniform Construction Code (UCC), marking the first time…

AIA PA Partners with Associated Builders and Contractors to Host Codes Seminar

This August, AIA Pennsylvania partnered with ABC Keystone to host a two-day seminar breaking down the newly adopted commercial, MEP, and residential code provisions that will take effect on October 1, 2018.  An overview of Philadelphia’s 2018 IBC (International Building Code) changes were also covered during the first day of training. Members of the AIA Pennsylvania…

AIA Pennsylvania Members Quoted in PlanCon Advisory Committee’s Report

AIA Pennsylvania’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Amal Mahrouki, was in attendance as the PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee made several recommendations Wednesday (May 23rd) regarding the state’s reimbursement program for school districts for costs associated with construction and reconstruction and lease of public school buildings (commonly known as PlanCon). These recommendations…

Architects Action Day 2018: Advocating for Architects, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Nearly 50 AIA Pennsylvania and AIAS Drexel student members descended on the Capitol to advocate for architects on Tuesday, April 17th Eleven groups of AIA Pennsylvania members met with over 40 legislators/legislative staff and dropped off over 200 educational materials including issue briefs breaking down our key issues and a lego set “leave behind”, the evolution of 2017’s cube….

AIA Pennsylvania Testifies at House Education Committee Hearing on School Safety

Harrisburg, PA (March 15, 2018) – AIA Pennsylvania testified at last week’s House Education Committee hearing on school safety in Pennsylvania. House Education Committee Chairman Dave Hickernell (R-Lancaster/Dauphin) and Minority Chairman James Roebuck (D-Philadelphia) broke the hearing out into four witness panels: Current Landscape of School Safety Views of Pennsylvania Education Organizations National Approaches to School…

Safer Schools by Design

The recent school shooting in Florida continues an unsettling trend of assaults on students in their neighborhood schools.  While the debate will continue at the national level on proposals for arming teachers and “hardening” our schools, in Pennsylvania, we need to continue the conversation on what can be done to make our students safer at…