January 2013

January 2013 posts

Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture Names New Chairman

Andrew Seamans, AIA was named Chairman of the Board at Friday’s Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture meeting.

Andrew is the principal and owner of D5 Architecture in Norman. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Architecture and is a State of Oklahoma Licensed Architect. Andrew has worked on a wide range of projects in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area over the last 10 years. He has been involved in public libraries, business office renovations, restaurants, retail, public school facilities, medical buildings and condominium developments.

Status Update on the Efforts to Save Stage Center

It has been a year and a half since the AIA Board published a position paper on the future of Stage Center sparked by an article in the Oklahoman by Steve Lackmeyer and concerned callers to the AIACOC office from members and others. An ad hoc group of architects and other interested parties created a Facebook page called “Save the Stage Center”. Postings on the Facebook page have most recently included renderings of schematic ideas for saving stage center and maximizing site density with new square footage for corporate office use. In fact, the Facebook page was intended to be an opportunity for other designers to upload their ideas to create an overwhelming resource to potential re-developers. There is a lot of room for more ideas on the page. Regular postings also help to keep the spirit of saving the building alive. John Johanson, the architect of the building then known as Mummers Theater passed away on Friday, October 26, 2012.

The need to preserve this world renown piece of architecture and signature composition of the Modern Movement is even more palatable. The next opportunity to show support for the building will be on January 17 at the meeting of the State Historic Preservation Review Committee where they will consider a National Register of Historic Places nomination sponsored by Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. Those interested in showing their support are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will begin at 1:30 pm in the board room at the Oklahoma History Center. The full nomination and meeting agenda can be veiwed by going to http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/hprc.htm?full .

If you have questions or would like to send a letter of support, please contact the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office at 521-6249 or by mail to 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

Sincerely,

Catherine Montgomery, AIA
Preservation and Design Studio

Construction jobs forecast looks good for 2013

Dayton Business Journal
Date: Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 7:25am EST

The nation’s construction industry is expected to post job gains in the coming year, with a solid improvement seen in the housing market in the second half of 2012 that may provide the industry a foundation to build upon going into next year, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal reports that Zillow Inc. predicts a 4.1 percent increase in year-over-year prices when the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price Index is released this week.

That could indicate that construction jobs will increase soon.

The Dayton region lost 700 construction jobs in the past year as of October, according to a report from the Associated General Contractors of America. Dayton had 11,100 construction jobs as of October, down 6 percent from the 11,800 in October of 2011. That ranks the region No. 275 in the country for percentage change.

However, the moderate recovery that the construction industry has seen nationwide is expected to continue in 2013, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors.

The ABC predicts that nonresidential construction spending will expand 5.2 percent in 2013.

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