AIA North Carolina Eastern Section

Membership Meeting

Getting Political | Good News and Challenges Ahead

Update on the Recovery/Rebuilding efforts after 2016 Hurricane Matthew and Lobbying your Senator to oppose HB590

October 27, 2017

Trollingwood Taproom & Brewery
707 Dickinson Avenue
Greenville, NC 27834

Noon to 2pm
Lunch Provided
Menu: Shepherd's Pie | Bangers and Mash | Ten Beers on Tap

There is a long tradition in Eastern North Carolina of mixing politics with good food and drink. So we want to invite you to a pub lunch and refreshments while we discuss two pressing topics:

THE GOOD NEWS | Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Dr. Gavin Smith, Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will brief the membership of the Eastern Section of NCAIA on the efforts of a combined program involving students and faculty in city planning, landscape architecture, and architecture with six local communities in our region. Dr. Smith will speak in detail about the efforts to redesign the land use plan for Princeville for greater resilience from flooding.

The back drop for this effort is sobering. Last May, Governor Cooper, who is from Nash County, requested $929 million in federal funds for help to low and moderate income homeowners. This money was to be used for “buy outs” of flood prone properties or assistance in rebuilding structures to higher floor elevations. To date $37 million has been received.  With the economic impact to Houston, the entire state of Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands much more competition for fewer fund dollars was caused by the hurricanes of September.

Contrast this with the needs of small and medium size towns that were flooded and the forgotten people of eastern North Carolina and you will see the need that Dr. Smith’s program is responding to right now. You will also hear how your section, with the help of local Rotary and ACTIVATE North Carolina money is being used to generate a book of plans for affordable houses that flood victims might be able to build for their families.

The need for these plans was first requested by former President of the Eastern Section, Brandon Love, of Lumberton. Brandon is the Director of Community Development in Lumberton; Lumberton is one of the mid size towns flooded a year ago.

Examples of the house plans developed to date will be available for discussion at the meeting.

More Information:
AIA Eastern NC Affordable Housing Plans: Hurricane House Preliminary Plans News Article: Hurricane Mathew: One Year Later
HomePlace: A Conversation Guide for the Princeville Community, Rebuilding After Hurricane Matthew
UNC Coastal Resilience Center


THE CHALLENGE | Lobbying your Senator to oppose HB 590

An Urgent Call to Action – HB590 Workshop

Even with the minor victory earlier this year where architects from around the state were able to stop the Interior Design Practice Act HB590 from moving through the NC Senate, it is very much alive and well. 

At present, the bill sits in the Senate Rules committee awaiting the May 16start of the next legislative session. The lobbyists for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the principal proponents of the bill, have not let up in their work to convince Senators that every Interior Designer passing their profession’s qualifying exam is capable of preparing documents for permit in all occupancy classes listed in the Building Code.  

Many of us work closely with Interior Designers and know them to be valued team members who contribute to very complex build solutions for a diverse range of occupancies.  The level of practice at which these individuals work is not however, the standard of competency that HB590 ensures. 

Under HB590, with 40 hours of Interior Design classes in a two year program, self-reporting of work experience, and an exam with only 23 questions on “document coordination,” compared to 180 questions on this topic in the Architect’s exam, an Interior Designer will be able to seal and deliver to plan reviewers an interior permit set in every occupancy classification.   Oversight for document errors is placed in the hands of plan reviewers with the Department of Insurance providing oversight as to the ID’s competency, a role they have no experience in performing.

Our immediate goal is, between now and May 16, to educate all 50 of our Senators to the fact that this bill presents a danger to the Health Safety and Welfare of the public.And to do this we need every architect, and Interior Design professional,  to fully understand the implications of this bill, what is says and what documentation is available to present a true and accurate portrayal of its consequences.   

To that end we have prepared a single focus workshop on HB590 where we discuss the bill in detail and use published information by each of the agencies involved to make our case for rejecting it.

Link to House Bill 590

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