The time for owners to get into BIM (building information modeling) appears to be now. Every day more specifications and guidelines are being released by owners stating their BIM requirements. But will these requirements get owners what they really want? Read more »
We have all heard how valuable it is to start planning for retirement early. When it comes to providing employee benefits, architectural firms sometimes view a retirement plan as a second-tier benefit to be added as the firm grows. Some may also have the misconception that they don’t have enough employees to start a plan or that the expense of adopting a plan and contributing for employees isn’t worth it. Such misconceptions often lead to procrastination and missed opportunity. The fact is less expensive and less time-consuming approaches to retirement planning do exist.
There are many reasons for an architectural firm to purchase professional liability insurance including business survival and contract requirements among others. There are also many considerations when selecting this insurance for your firm. In evaluating all pertinent considerations, it is important to be aware of current trends within the professional liability insurance market. Read more »
While it is not plausible to presume one can escape an accident, it is entirely possible to prepare for it. While AIA Members can take every conceivable precaution to prevent an accidental death or injury, they still do occur. According to the 2012 Injury Facts Report by the National Safety Council, someone is injured in an accident every second—resulting in over 37.9 million medically consulted injuries in the last year alone. Of those injured, 126,100 men and women died as a result of their injuries. Read more »
It’s time for fall maintenance on your home to tackle any trouble spots outside before winter arrives. It’s a good idea to start with outside jobs before it gets too cold and rainy. For some tasks, such as electrical or plumbing problems, it may be best to use licensed professionals. Here is a list of important maintenance tasks to get you started. Read more »