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Fire Damage Claims

admin : July 23, 2012 12:28 pm : Blog

By WiD Guest Blogger

Matthew T. Blackmer, M.S.C.E., P.E. & Pie Staff

Pie Consulting & Engineering

Anomalistic weather is becoming the norm, causing an increasing number of billion-dollar-plus disasters annually. In 1980, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began reporting an average of three to four of these major storms a year, but the numbers have increased exponentially over the past several years. In 2011, there were a record 14 disasters of this magnitude. And on top of this virtually every federal, state and forest service agency across the nation forecasted that 2012 is very likely to become a record year for extreme wildfire activity in the western and southwestern U.S., with the future heralding a year round state of danger. And it has proven to be the case already. Just recently wildfires were burning in nine U.S. states, already inflicting heavy property damage.

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Everyone at the Table, Please.

admin : July 2, 2012 1:13 am : Blog, Uncategorized

Most of my friends and acquaintances know that along with all aspects of building design and construction, I love the domestic arts…..from cooking and entertaining to creating sculptural handbags and clothing to creating a flower garden with all the native plants of Colorado and compatible regions of the world to sketching.  Since cooking and entertaining is listed first, I will just tell you that I love to cook.  It’s another palette in the tool box of creativity. The ingredients that go into culinary concoctions are like the pencils, pens, paint tubes, rolls of trace, etc. preset in other parts of my world.  Cooking for people and having them all around the table laughing, discussing concepts and ideas, telling stories and experiences, and enjoying great food together, are some of my favorite times in my youth and now.  The table is a place where the head is responsible for ensuring the comfort and hospitality of the folks surrounding it.

Diverse groups of herbs take root in Cheryl's garden to create the complex flavors that come to her table.

As an Executive Co-chair for Women in Design-Denver, it’s important for me to invite you all to the table of WiD-Denver.  I recently attended the USGBC Cascadia Region Living Futures unConference in Portland, Oregon, which highlighted why an affirmative RSVP is required.  The theme of the event was “Women Reshaping the World” and demonstrated through speakers and activities that women have an important role at the table of building design and construction as well as the political scene.  And it’s important for the health of not just our families but our societies and our planet.

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Outreach Committee Attends Dollars for Scholars

: May 21, 2012 6:59 pm : Blog

Last night Molly Blakley and I attended the Dollars for Scholars event. This is the night when seniors who participated in the ACE Mentoring Program are treated to a dinner followed by presentations of scholarships in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction.  Molly and I were mentors at East High School and we were thrilled to watch Journi walk up to the front and accept a check for $6,000.  She has chosen an Architecture major at Kansas State.

Nelson Garcia, education reporter for Channel 9 News, spoke at the event and presented some inspirational stories of students, teachers, and individuals who have inspired him.  They all had something in common: they overcame obstacles with a persistent strength of character and affected those around them in positive ways.  He said that the ACE Program and its mentors are “building something great.”  Nelson closed by saying that “In order to be a great person, you must do great things.  In order to do great things, you must never be afraid to try or to fail.”  He encouraged the students to go forward in their college careers with the confidence that they have benefited from the ACE Mentoring Program experience and to continue to take on new challenges without fear.  These students are entering a new phase in their lives and we wish them the very best!

Written by Kathy Ford, Outreach Co-Chair

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The Cave Where Art History Should Start…

: April 17, 2012 9:56 pm : Blog

“The Cave of Forgotten Dreams” is a visually stunning documentary by the acclaimed director Werner Herzog.  This incredible film explores the recently discovered Chauvet cave in southern France which contains incredible 30,000+ year-old paleolithic cave paintings.  These paintings are thought to be twice as old as any cave paintings previously discovered.  These works are truly the hand of an ancient artist, and must be seen to be believed.  Don’t miss this film.  Now available on Netflix as a “watch now”.

Trailer:  http://youtu.be/kULwsoCEd3g

Written by Gabrielle A. Schuller  AIA, LEED AP BD+C

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Revit 2013:

: April 11, 2012 9:11 am : Blog

It seems that Revit 2013 will include some new goodies for those of us who BIM.  Hopefully, the 2013 version will magically solve all the problems and challenges of previous versions…and bring peace on earth.  Just kidding.  Some of the newest features include a new modeling approach to stairs and new rendering features.  Check out what the blog-o-sphere is saying:   http://autodesk-revit.blogspot.com/2012/03/what-new-in-autodesk-revit-2013.html

Written by Gabrielle A. Schuller  AIA, LEED AP BD+C

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Happenings Around Denver

: April 5, 2012 2:21 pm : Blog

Jiro Dreams of Sushi:

The documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, now playing at the Mayan Theater in Denver, is a stunning film about the life and art of Jiro Ono.  Jiro is the 85-year-old sushi chef from Tokyo who is considered one of the best sushi chefs in the world.  This film elevates the process of making food to an art, and the stunning scenery will be of interest to designers and sushi lovers alike.  If you can’t catch it at the Mayan, make sure to get it on your Netflix queue.  This film is a treat, and will surely make you crave sashimi and a trip to Japan!




MCA Denver:

Make sure to catch the newest exhibition at the MCA Denver.  “Bruce Conner and the Primal Scene of Punk Rock”  and the photographs of Richard Peterson are now on display at the MCA.  Both artists explore the subject of musicians, and punk rock specifically, in a way that focuses on the intimate and ecstatic moments that unfold in a punk performance.  Don’t miss it!   www.mcadenver.org




Written by Gabrielle Schuller

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ACE Mentoring

: April 3, 2012 6:54 pm : Blog

WID volunteers and other professionals from our Denver community have helped mentor at East High School for the past 3 years in support of the ACE Program (www.ACEmentor.org). Working with high school students has its challenges. You may have 20 years of experience in your field and patiently brainstorm with a student design team, explaining site grading, placement of the building, ADA access, solar orientation, massing, and much more. In return, there is usually a lot of silence and blinking… and then some sketching of what all this means to the teens. It’s a lot to process, but by taking it one step at a time we can help remove the stress of the design challenge and start producing something that they can sink their teeth into and proceed on their own with occasional help from patrolling mentors.

Last week we had a quick 45 minute model exercise where the teams cut up cereal boxes to tape together mass models of the buildings.

ACE action shot, photo by Kathy Ford

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February Networking Event

: March 11, 2012 11:42 pm : Blog
What a fantastic turn out we had for WiD’s first networking event of 2012.  We gathered at Fado Irish Pub in Denver for after hours sweets and networking in our themed setting;  “Post-Valentine’s Day”.  Yes, we all forgot about a date and focused on our career in the purely social networking, yet casual environment.  We had a fantastic turnout of triple the number we had planned.  We also grew our membership by a dozen women that night.
I personally made some great connections.  As the new Membership Director of WiD Denver, I am thankful for the attendees and look forward to getting to know each and every one of you better throughout the year.
Jeni O’Brien
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Successful Snowshoe Excursion!

: March 5, 2012 11:12 pm : Blog

Twelve brave Women in Design members met Saturday morning for a outdoor networking event; snowshoeing at St. Mary’s Glacier. After organizing carpooling arrangements we were on our way! Once we got to the trailhead we were greeted with strong winds! Four women decided the weather conditions were too harsh for them, so decided to head into town and meet back up with us for lunch. The rest of us braved it out and went on a short hike up to the glacier. The trees cut the wind some but we were definitely glad we brought as much warm gear as we did! After getting blown around enough in the cold we headed to Idaho Springs for some much needed warmth and lunch! We got seated in our own little corner table on the balcony of the restaurant where we were finally able to chat and get to know each other. We had great food and even better company. Although the weather conditions weren’t ideal we all agreed that it was still a very successful trip! Thanks to all that attended!

Author:  Carmen Schechinger

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Cardboard Metropolis!

admin : April 19, 2011 3:17 pm : Blog, Share

Several WiD members volunteered at the AIA’s Box City event this year. On Saturday, April 16, we welcomed over 150 children and their parents/guardians and watched as a brand new city was created inside the atrium of the Wellington Webb Building. At the “store” we supplied our designers/builders with various materials to help them take their sketched designs to 3D forms. There was a mouse hospital, a nuclear power plant, a couple of roller coaster parks, several high rise apartment buildings, the Eiffel Tower fitness park, a candy factory, a puppy playground and doggie daycare, an elementary school, a Mexican restaurant, the capital bldg., a soccer stadium, the Rockies stadium, an aquarium (which also served as a bridge over the river), a house boat, and many more. There was an abundance of creative energy. Inside the “construction zone” the builders turned paper towel rolls in to smoke stacks and roller coaster piers; cereal boxes were sliced up to make coaster cars, canopies and domes; boxes of all shapes and sizes were stacked, taped and wrapped with colorful paper and then markers were used to add more detail. In most cases they remembered to draw in a door or two.

    Box City 'build'   

 Speaking of doors, in the past the Denver Metro Fire Dept. has attended the event and talked with the aspiring designers/builders about their designs and any safety/exiting issues that they may want to consider in their buildings. This year we had the unexpected excitement of a fire alarm going off (due to some work in the basement allegedly) and we all had to evacuate to the street while the fire fighters did their jobs. The kids may have assumed it was all planned so they quickly formed a line at one of the fire trucks and began tours with the help of some very friendly fire fighters. Leave it to the kids to make the best of an unexpected event.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help and who even came back on Sunday to tear down the city. We had a really good turnout and it is with friends like you that we have so much fun at our events!

Box City 'after'

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