As of today, nearly 200 architects and designers have received SAP training from AIA WA/AfH and SEAW. None of this effort would have been possible without a generous seed grant from AIA National and AfH HQ.
To increase the effectiveness of our volunteers, the Committee has been busy coordinating a Washington statewide credentialing and deployment system with the Washington Association of Building Officials and the Structural Engineers Association of Washington. These efforts have recently overlapped with Washington EMD and core critical infrastructures groups. As of today, the committee is working to be involved in statewide disaster preparedness and response drills beginning in 2016. All of this is in addition to our readiness to provide interstate mutual aid in the case of an event along the pacific coast.
We look forward to continuing our SAP training events in the upcoming year and we will announce future SAP training courses here on the OAN.
The last SAP training class of the year will be held October 23rd at the NW&Pacific Region Conference - held in the award winning LMN Architecture designed Vancouver West Conference Centre. The committee will have a full day at the conference center to educate architects throughout the NW&Pacific Region, as well as Canadian architects, about their role in disaster response, and provide attendees with CEUs and SAP / ATC-20 / ATC-45 Training & Certification. Space is limited and sure to fill up.
Sign up is available on the SeaChange website at: http://www.aibc.ca/ac2013/
AIA Washington Council joined with Structural Engineers Association of Washington to present to SAP Training sessions in Tacoma April 5th and 6th. Paul Brallier, PE presented the first training event at the Tacoma Power facility on Friday, attracting 60 architects, engineers and public employees. The Saturday session, held at BCRA Architects, was taught by Rachel Minnery attracted nearly 50 A/E professionals.
A total of 102 individuals filled out their Safety Assessment Program Evaluator Registration Form that have been sent to CalEMA for certification.
Due to the momentum provided by the Disaster Plan Grant to provide training sessions in Western Washington state, AIA Northwest & Pacific Region has asked the Disaster Response Committee, in conjunction with the Structural Engineers Association of Washington, to provide a full day disaster response training session at the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Conference in Vancouver, BC.
This joint conference with the Architects Institute of British Columbia, Canada, will be held October 23-26, 2013 at the LMN Architect designed Vancouver West Conference Centre. The committee will have a full day at the conference center to educate architects throughout the NW&Pacific Region, as well as Canadian architects, about their role in disaster response, and provide attendees with CEUs and SAP / ATC-20 / ATC-45 Training & Certification.
As of 3/19/13, the SAP Training Classes in Tacoma on April 5 and 6 or full or filling. The Friday session, at Tacoma Power facilities, is at capacity - 60 total architects and engineers are registered to attend. The April 6th session, at BCRA Architects, is at 33 attendees, with a maximum room capacity of 45. Publicity will go out tomorrow, 3/20, to continue to fill the BCRA venue.
The Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) have become a partner in AIA's Disaster Preparedness Trainings. The AIA Committee has regularly attended SEAW's Disaster Preparedness Committee's monthly meetings. With a common goal to train professionals to respond to disasters, AIA and SEAW are now planning to do back-to-back seminars in April in Tacoma, and present a combined educational event in Vancouver, WA in May. This collaborative approach provides added value to attendees, reaches a broader audience, and bring architects and engineers together to enhance how the A/E community performs in response to disaster.
The team thanks ARC Document Solutions for agreeing to print all the attendee training manuals for the Burlington, Tacoma, and Vancouver, WA SAP Training sessions. In return, ARC placed an ad in each manual. There sponsorship significantly cut the cost of putting on the program.
An April 6th all day SAP Training session is planned in Tacoma, WA. The Saturday session will be taught by Rachel Minnery, AIA and be held at the architectural offices of BCRA.
Over 45 architects gather in Burlington, WA at Puget Sound Energy's Skagit Service Center on Jan. 18 to undergo Safety Assessment Program Evaluator Training and Certification. Taught by Rachel Minnery, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, the all day session proved invaluable to area architects, engineers, and other design and construction professionals.
32 architects, designers and engineers received a certificate of training for California's Safety Assessment Program training on November 10, 2012 in part due to the support of the Grant Program. The instructor was the chair of the AIA's Disaster Assistance Committee, Rachel Minnery.