Austin's adopted codes: explained!

What are these new codes that the City of Austin has adopted? Is Austin’s version different from other cities? Do we need to change how we design buildings?     For our October committee meeting we hosted several key plan review and inspection officials from the City of Austin- Jose Roig, J.B. Meier, Ron Menard, Carl Wren, and Joe Limon. They presented slides, videos, and handouts to shine some light on where the building and fire codes have changed this month.     I will mention a few items here, and link to the full powerpoint presentations.

Potential 2011 Design Award Jurors

At the last Design Awards Committee Meeting on 10/13/10, the committee discussed potential jurors for the 2011 AIA Austin Design Awards.  They are sorted into the three categories below to help narrow down our selection while maintaining diversity.

UTSOA lecture options:

Nader Tehrani, MA /

IH-35 Corridor Tunnels and Alternates

Our September topic included future transportation options along the IH-35 corridor.  Comparisons and alternatives included a sunken roadway section, a tunnel, and a boulevard.  Particularly of note was the discussion on rail—on the surface, within a tunnel, or along other corridors altogether. 

A City Architect for Austin

A 28 July 2010 job posting at City of Austin Public Works for "City Architect" unintentionally launched an avalanche of emails within our Committee pondering what a "City Architect" should be:  What would the impact be of a staff architect point person for design issues?

Event Pro Practice 101

August 17, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

This event has already occurred.

Please join us on Tuesday, August 17th at 12:00 for a lecture from Keith Shuley.  He will discuss and explain the basics of liability for an architect, insurance and other items related to professional practice.
There will be a Q&A afterwards for anything that was not covered.

$5 to attend - includes lunch