In these uncertain times, we know our members value credible information that pertains to the architecture profession in Iowa. We don't know what the coming weeks hold for Iowa architects with the COVID-19 crisis, but we at AIA Iowa will do our best to help keep you informed, to continue to offer opportunities for continuing education, and continue to be your resource for the architecture profession in Iowa.
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Shared AIA Resources
AIA Iowa Town Hall Recap & Recording
Firm Principals and Leaders from over 18 firms gathered virtually to collaborate, share ideas and resources to navigate this time in business.
Some topics discussed include:
-Small Business Support
A meeting recap from the town hall can be found here.
Watch the video recording here.
Iowa Economic Recovery for Small Businesses
Iowa COVID-19 Information
State of Iowa Bidding Process
DAS-Central Procurement is now directing the submittal of solicitation responses to online forum rather than paper submittals to limit the number of people entering State facilities, the possibility of transmission of the virus on the paper, and exposure to staff accepting the responses. Formal solicitations will now be accepted using the State Vendor Self Service (VSS) system. This online system will allow bidders/respondents to upload their solicitation responses electronically. The responses are secure until the due date/time. Once the due date/time has been reached the responses are then available for the purchasing agent to open and review. Responses to informal solicitations may be submitted by email.
In response to Governor Reynolds Emergency Declaration on 3/20/20, bid openings (a public meeting) are to be held virtually rather than in person. Bidders will be provided with a teleconference number of which they can call into at the specified time to listen to the bid opening.
How to Apply for PPP Loans Starting 4.3.2020
"As we all grapple with the new reality presented to us as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, AIA believes it is important for members to stay informed. AIA is committed to sharing information you can use, and to keeping you in the loop about legislative and regulatory activity that may directly impact you and your firm.
At this moment, Congress is debating another legislative package—this time a stimulus measure—that could have a direct impact on architects and our businesses. Although confusing, it is important to know that Congress has passed two of three relief packages, is scheduled to consider a stimulus package, and will likely consider other measures to get funding to the states as soon as possible.
AIA CEO/Executive Vice President Robert Ivy, FAIA, and AIA President Jane Frederick, FAIA, sent a letter to Congress imploring its members to provide relief to business owners and employees, and advocating for investment in infrastructure to stimulate economic recovery. It is our hope that through continued advocacy on your behalf, we will successfully ensure that architects are heard on critical policy issues."
| || COVID-19 Architecture Firm Best Practices, Communications & Policies
"As architects scrambled to adopt policies in a rapidly changing environment due to COVID-19, the team at the Practice of Architecture saw a need to create a living resource to illustrate how firms are responding to keep their practices open, and what we can learn – quickly – from one another as a community.
We are in the process of gathering examples from firms of different sizes to demonstrate various responses in live time to changing operations of architecture firms all over the country. We are particularly focused on case studies that demonstrate communication and policy changes with staff and clients. We will continue to update this document as we receive new information, and will do our best to organize all best practices and templates by firm size.
This living document was started on Monday, March 16 2020 by Practice in Architecture in response to a simple tweet asking firms to share policies that they have already shared with their staff and clients."
|Architecture Firms & Remote Work - Youtube Webinar
Hosted by Boston Society of Architects
Recorded Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 60 minute YouTube
Two Boston firms, Saam Architecture & Margulies Perruzzi Architects, share their experiences transitioning to WFH (work from home – thanks Shannon!)
File sharing platforms, addressing generational/work style differences, VPN, Revit, Skype (for work reviews), testing remote computing capacities, Slack, Teams, BIM 360 and BIM workflow, Bluebeam Redline Sessions, remote work guidelines, design collaboration, and more.
AIA COVID-19 Resources for Architects
AIA List of Federal Relief Packages
AIA Summary of Recently Approved Federal Stimulus Bill
FREE AIAU Courses
NCARB ARE 5.0 Testing and Rescheduling Policies
ArchiPrep Offering Special Promotion for Associate Members
Webinar March 31 12 PM Eastern Time: Is Your Firm Prepared? Business Continuity Planning for Architects
Webinar Recording: When Disaster Strikes
Webinar PowerPoint PDF
BSA Firms Best Practices Guide COVID-19
OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
This 33 page PDF provides specific information about how COVID-19 could affect the workplace including steps employers can take to reduce workers’ exposure. Now is a good time to familiarize yourself with OSHA since your firm may have never been considered a high risk for injury until now.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so. This guidance is intended for planning purposes. Employers and workers should use this planning guidance to help identify risk levels in workplace settings and to determine any appropriate control measures to implement. Additional guidance may be needed as COVID-19 outbreak conditions change, including as new information about the virus, its transmission, and impacts, becomes available.
H.R. 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act expands access to emergency paid sick leave to as many as 87 million U.S. workers. Many of these workers currently have no paid leave and are being forced to choose between their paycheck, their health, and the health of the people around them. This is a critical step toward protecting families’ financial security and mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.
AIA STL reached out to two law firms for assistance in better understanding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and the firms and AIA STL were kind enough to share that information with AIA Iowa. Here is what we learned:
The first resource is from Mark Jansen, CPA, CGMA, Partner, Construction Services Group with Rubin Brown, in the St. Louis office. Go to www.rubinbrowncom. In the center of the home page is their E-focus newsletters and there is a wealth of information dedicated to COVID-19 and it's financial impact. You can sign up for their e-newsletter and receive updates.
The second resource is information from a Chicago land accounting firm, FGMK via AIA Chicago. Visit this link for information.
|Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program|
Small Business Association (SBA) Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners & Renters
The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Autodesk is Offering a Complimentary 3-month Trial
DOL Accelerates effective date of FFCRA effecting employers with fewer than 500 employers
FAQ relating to COVID-19 and force majeure implications
Employer FAQ relating to President Trump's Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Employer Guidance on COVID-19
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Guidance, (Titles I and IV) FAQ
CARES Act Chart FAQ's