While walking along the waterfront, I saw an osprey today with a menhaden in its talons, a sure sign of spring. The beauty of it reminds me why so many people like myself prefer to live on or near the water. We are 4.5 years from superstorm sandy and coming to the close of the New York Rising federally funded programs for house elevation and future flood mitigation. Most of the projects need to be under construction by September 2017 which means for most municipalities you should be filed at the building department already. It’s been a long road in the reconstruction process, I see a tremendous change in the landscape along the south shore, particularly Long Beach as its starting to look like the Carolinas and the panhandle shoreline where they have already been taught their lesson and built for storm and flood resilience. As this program concludes those firms that were concentrating on the elevation work will be looking to supplement it with other construction projects. Although so many homeowners missed the boat when it came to applying for elevation at some point after the flood insurance rates catch up with them they will be calling architects again.
The April 5 Product fair was a great success for the chapter. Again, like every other preceding year the number of professional participants has increased and all the trade booths were filled. Over 350 architects attended with 75 trade booths showing, there were 21 classes offered with up to 25 continuing education credits.
In two weeks, we will be traveling up to Albany for lobby day meeting with the legislators on the important issues that affect architects and the profession. Although an ongoing struggle to get the bills past, that is politics, we will try anyway.
We were invited to judge the AIA Brooklyn + Queens 2017 Design Awards and just completed a jury selection of the winners. It wasn’t easy selecting from such a great pool of excellent projects but if you look up the results I think you will be inspired.