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Friday / December 09, 2016 / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Building Shell Acoustic Performance

Gensler, 11 East Madison Street, 3rd floor, Chicago

Fred Moritz (Shiner + Associates) will review the importance of the acoustical performance of glazed and solid assemblies of the building shell. Attendees will review strategies on achieving an appropriate acoustical environment that prevents sleep, speech, and activity interference.

Learning Objectives:

  --  Understanding of applicable codes, regulations and standards.

  --  Review of Design Guidelines available to comply with project requirements.

  --  Review of laboratory and field measurement standards and procedures.

  --  Assessment of acoustic performance in terms of Sound Transmission Class (STC) and Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) single-number ratings as well as more detailed measures will be explored.

Speaker: Fredric A. Moritz, Assoc. AIA, is Vice President and Senior Engineer with Shiner + Associates, Inc.  As project manager and project principal for a wide variety of projects, he is responsible for the establishment of project acoustical criteria and coordination of project team members to implement acoustical design measures throughout the programming, design and construction of new projects. Fred has had more than forty years of experience in architectural, environmental and industrial acoustics. He has authored and contributed to numerous technical papers and presentations.

Registration is mandatory – click here 

Questions? Contact Jeff Diqui at Do not contact Gensler regarding program specifics!

IMPORTANT: Out of respect for our host, please do not arrive more than 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.


Sponsored By

Building Enclosure Council-Chicago and Gensler

Learning Units

1.5 LU/HSW

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Tuesday / December 13, 2016 / 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Architects Advocate for Action on Climate Change - Meeting

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

All are welcome to attend the next meeting of Architects Advocate for Action on Climate Change.

On July 22, 2015, a group of Chicago architecture firms launched an online initiative called Architects Advocate for Action on Climate Change. Architects Advocate is a public outreach campaign that gives voice to important issues affecting healthy and livable communities and cities. As of today, 176 firms have agreed to display the banner on their firm website.

"Climate science has yielded dramatic, potentially irreversible changes to our communities," states Tom Jacobs, AIA (Krueck + Sexton), who helped launch the initiative with Peter Exley, FAIA (Architecture Is Fun, Inc.). "The core of the initiative is the belief that healthy communities are a civil right, that we need to enact meaningful legislation to mitigate climate change, and that architects need to publicly speak out on behalf of this goal by sharing their knowledge of creating livable communities."

The Architects Advocate campaign takes form as a website banner that firms place on their homepages. The banner makes two statements:

  --  As architects dedicated to healthy and livable communities, and guided by scientific consensus and reason, we advocate for action on climate change;

  --  Join us in supporting candidates for public office who affirm climate science and are dedicated to enacting meaningful and needed legislation.

Firms have been invited to adopt both sentences; however, the campaign is flexible, allowing those who have concerns about adopting the proposed second sentence to leave it out.

Click here to learn more or write to Architects Advocate at If you can't attend, you're welcome to listen through the AIA Chicago conference bridge at 312/376-2799, then enter 4240 # .


Sponsored By

Architects Advocate

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Thursday / December 15, 2016 / 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Representing US: Working with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, US Dept. of State

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) directs the worldwide building program for the U.S. Department of State. Working with the Department’s regional and functional bureaus, other federal agencies, and Congress, OBO sets overseas priorities for the design, construction, acquisition, maintenance, use, and sale of real properties and the use of sales proceeds.

Our primary mission is providing safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support our staff as they work to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives. Since 2010, OBO’s efforts have been guided by an Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities initiative. Through this program, OBO works to produce facilities that are outstanding in all respects and represent American ideals - from dignity and stability to openness and innovation. We employ a collaborative and integrated approach that demands solutions that are creative, economical, and environmentally appropriate.

Our success is achieved in partnership with talented, private sector architecture and engineering firms and construction professionals. The primary way OBO contracts with firms for new embassy and consulates, as well as major modernization projects, is through an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contracting mechanism. This contract is typically offered once every five years and allows the Department to award multiple design commissions to selected firms over the contract period. OBO plans to re-compete these contracts in early 2017.

The panel will discuss OBO’s program, review projects currently in design and construction, and provide an overview of the forthcoming solicitation.


  --  Casey Jones, Deputy Director

  --  Angel Dizon, Managing Director Program Development, Coordination and Support

  --  Jason Arnold, Architectural Division Chief

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Top to bottom:

New U.S. Embassy Mexico City by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Davis Brody Bond JV  (credit: MARCH)

New U.S. Embassy Beirut by Morphosis

New U.S. Embassy Maputo by YGH with Allied Works.

Sponsored By

U.S. Department of State and AIA Chicago

Learning Units

1 LU

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