NEWSLET TER OF THE ARCHITECTURAL WOODWORK INSTITUTE NOVEMBER 2014 | VOL. 65 , NO. 11 Excellence Among Peers W hat does it take to produce a work of art? Competing for the project; winning the bid; estimating the costs; designing the millwork according to the specifications; understanding the environmental impact on the properties of the wood species; securing adequate supply of the wood; manufacturing the millwork; fitting the millwork onsite; and installing the millwork with precision — all within budget and on time! And that’s only a fraction of what’s involved. Each year AWI recognizes the best of the best woodwork with a Standard of Excellence Award. Awards are bestowed on AWI Manufacturing Members whose exemplary projects have been featured among the beautiful and skillfully executed projects in AWI’s official journal, Design Solutions, within the past two years. The choice is difficult because all of the 2014 Overall Standard of Excellence Winner beautifully photographed projects featuring a wide Gaithersburg Cabinetry & Millwork, Inc., Warrenton, VA range of wood species and Project: Fred W. Smith National Library woodwork design have for the Study of George Washington, been honored with an Mount Vernon, VA Award of Excellence in Photo courtesy of George Washington’s the past two years. Mount Vernon continued on page 4 CONVENTION ISSUE Garry Astles… AWI President’s Award Honoree Someone very special to AWI was honored at the AWI 62nd Annual Convention in San Antonio. AWI President Randy Jensen took the opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments of one of AWI’s leaders, “an AWI evangelist and friend”. One of AWI’s most prestigious honors is the President’s Award, which was conferred on the President of AWI’s newest Capital Region Chapter, Garry Astles of Northway Industries. In introducing the 2014 honoree, Mr. Jensen said, “This gentleman eats, sleeps and breathes AWI. He has championed countless programs for AWI, partnering his chapter with others to guarantee top notch events.” Mr. Jensen added, “He has worked hard with the Central Pennsylvania Chapter, left them strong, and started up a new chapter, the Capital Region continued on page 3 W H AT ’S I N S I DE Chapter News...................................... 2,3 Convention Sponsors.............................3 AWI News.................................... 4,5,6,7,8 AWI Sponsors.......................................... 6 Safety Matters........................................ 8 Coming Next Month • 2014 Accomplishments • Volunteer Recognition Skills USA : OFFICIAL SPONSOR FOR 2014 ConsensusDocs : ENDORSED BY AWI AWI NewsBriefs l AWI’s monthly newsletter is published as a service for members to help them improve operations and grow their businesses. NewsBriefs is also a resource for news and information about AWI’s products, programs and publications and other membership benefits and services. • © 2014 - Architectural Woodwork Institute 46179 Westlake Drive, Suite 120 • Potomac Falls, VA 20165 • 571.323.3636 P • 571.323.3630 F • www.awinet.org AWI Honors 11 Chapters; New England Nabs Top Award AWI’s 21 chapters enable us to have a robust grassroots outreach throughout the architectural woodwork industry. Chapters are vital to our association. “Running a CHAPTER NEWS chapter is no different than running a business,” AWI convention Master of Ceremonies Greg Lutz said in announcing the chapters that attained “distinguished” status in 2014, which is a record number. The chapters recognized have done an outstanding job this year, growing from nine in 2013 to 11 in 2014. Their accomplishments were honored on October 24 by AWI members during the AWI 62nd Annual Convention in San Antonio. 2014 AWI Distinguished Chapters Carolinas Chapter Capital Region Chapter Great Lakes Chapter Heart of America Chapter Iowa / Nebraska Chapter New England Chapter New Jersey Chapter Texas Chapter Virginias Chapter Washington Chapter Wisconsin Chapter Special congratulations go to the New Jersey and Virginias Chapters, who are new Distinguished Chapters this year, and kudos go to the brand new Capital Regional Chapter in its first year of operation. Mike McNulty (right), President of the AWI New England Chapter, receives the Chapter of the Year Award from Greg Bednar, Chapter Services Coordinator. 2 2014 AWI Chapter of the Year “While all of our distinguished chapters have done an exceptional job of promoting and creating the ‘AWI Experience’ in their respective market, there is only one AWI Chapter of the Year — 2014,” Mr. Lutz said. The Chapter of the Year is a most prestigious honor. Each year, there is only one selected, and it is the single AWI members applaud the chapters for achieving Distinguished Chapter status. chapter that has the most accumulated points in the AWI Distinguished Chapter Program. The New England Chapter took top honors among AWI’s chapters, and Chapter President Michael McNulty accepted the handsome award for display at chapter activities. The chapter name also will be engraved on the Chapter of the Year plaque at AWI National, recognizing their contribution and achievement. “The New England Chapter showed its commitment to winning the coveted award as they consulted the GPS Manual as a guide, tracked their points in the annual chapter D.R.I.V.E. The Chapter of the Year is a most prestigious honor. Each year there is only one selected. program, and seized opportunities to earn extra points that assured their place among Distinguished Chapters,” AWI Chapter Services Coordinator Greg Bednar told NewsBriefs. “The key to success is planning, structure, and customer service by dedicated and dynamic leaders,” Mr. Bednar added. The awards were presented during the Final Evening for Farewells concluding the 2014 AWI Convention on October 24. z The Architectural Woodwork Institute l AWINET.ORG The Architectural Woodwork Institute Gary Astles... AWI President’s Award... (cont. from page 1) Chapter.” Having received the chapter’s charter from the AWI Board of Directors on December 17, 2013, Mr. Astles guided the group on a fast track to achieve Distinguished Chapter status within its first year of operation. l AWINET.ORG NOVEMBER l 2014 Mr. Astles guided the group on a fast track to achieve Distinguished Chapter status within its first year of operation. On a Fast Track Web site, where there is also an online By November, 2013, the chapter had “Community Discussion” forum for defined its mission and goals; became chapter members and the industry. incorporated in the state of Maryland; obtained a Federal ID number from A Remarkable Year the Internal Revenue Service; wrote Whew! What an impressive start for bylaws; created a Board of Directors; creating a strong regional community tapped into the AWI Education of 21 architectural woodworkers and Outreach program and organized its suppliers in the Maryland and the first event, “The Ten Commandments Washington, DC Metropolitan area. of Contract Management,” presented “To get recognition from someone on November 16 by Michael Davies, I respect and admire immensely, our Esq.; planned and organized a second president Mr. Randy Jenson, and event for April 29, 2014, “The New from our AWI family in general, is very QCP” with speaker Joe Sorrelli; progratifying. It puts a spring in my step! moted the events to the industry in For an immigrant to this great counMaryland and the DC Metro area; cretry it is especially rewarding. To be ated a Facebook page, a Linked-In page, Garry Astles accepts the 2014 President’s Award from AWI President Randy Jensen. congratulated by so many industry icons and a Twitter account; secured insurance; and strong members of our association is and planned a third event . simply wonderful for our fantastic volunteers at Capital Region Not letting the grass grow under his feet, Mr. Astles then AWI and, of course, for my outstanding employer, Northway took the chapter to the next level with the launch of a Web site, Industries,” Mr. Astles said. www.capitalregionawi.com. The chapter began positioning A 20-year veteran of the architectural woodwork industry, Mr. itself to realize its strategic goal to be the “go to” resource for Astles is Sales Representative for Northway Industries. Prior the design community in the region. The chapter’s outreach to formation of the Capital Region Chapter, he served for one included contacting organizations representing Architects, year as a Director, one year as Vice President, and eight years Design Professionals, Subcontractors, and others. as President of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter. What next? Since then the Capital Region Chapter has attracted new More success, no doubt. z members offering each company a high profile on the chapter’s Convention Sponsors Make It Happen AWI is grateful for the gracious support of its Annual Sponsors whose year-long commitment to AWI contributes to the success of the annual convention. Their generosity is supplemented each year by Convention Sponsors. AWI’s heartfelt appreciation is extended to each of the Convention Sponsors represented here as well as to the Annual Sponsors whose logos appear on page 6. Thank you! z 3 Excellence Among Peers... (cont. from page 1) AWI NEWS T he AWI Manufacturing Members whose projects won them AWI’s top honors – a Standard Excellence Award – are congratulated for their outstanding projects that illustrate the quality of work which AWI members produce. Fetzer Architectural Woodwork Comprised of 35,000 sq. ft. on six floors, this corporate project had a short timeline and a tight budget. The logs of Walnut obtained for the project were “So beautiful, in fact, that we used the sapwood to maximize the width of each leaf and accentuate the lovely dark and light contrasting grain,” said architect Alan Gerencer at ZGF. SOE Winner: Corporate 2014 Overall Standard of Excellence Winner Fetzer Architectural Woodwork, Salt Lake City, UT Project: Law Offices of Kirton McConkie, Salt Lake City, UT Photographer: Richard Springgate, Park City, UT Gaithersburg Cabinetry & Millwork, Inc., Warrenton, VA Project: Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mount Vernon, VA Photo courtesy of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Gaithersburg Cabinetry & Millwork, Inc.renton, VA Woods used throughout the 45,000 sq. ft. library include 27,000 sq. ft. of quarter sawn American Sycamore, quarter sawn White Ash, plus quarter sawn non-figured and highly figured Mahogany. “Every aspect of the inner rooms adheres to an archival, museum standard governing the veneers and hardwoods, substrates, glues and finishes — all required by Mount Vernon to safeguard the books and objects collections,” noted Richard Molinaroli of the design firm. D&L Wood Products, Inc. The luxury rental high-rise residential project features high-gloss Eucalyptus wall panels for the ground floor lobby; quartered Elm wall panels for the curved business lounge and library; quartered Walnut for wavy wall in the party room; and reclaimed barn wood for the fame lounge. There were numerous intricate items produced for the project. 4 SOE Winner: Residential D&L Wood Products, Inc., Crown Point, IN Project: 500 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL Photographer: Mike Crews, Naperville, IL The Architectural Woodwork Institute l AWINET.ORG The Architectural Woodwork Institute l AWINET.ORG NOVEMBER l 2014 Photo courtesy of SkillsUSA SOE Winner: Hospitality Central Wisconsin Woodworking Corporation, Wausau, WI Project: Mile North Hotel, Chicago, IL Photographer: Scott Nava, Chicago, IL Central Wisconsin Woodworking Corporation This was a hospitality conversion project into a new 5,000 sq. ft. bar, coffee shop, market, restaurant, and lobby. The herringbone ceiling and fireplace wall in the lobby were made of rift, quartered, plain and flat cut Walnut veneer with a color variation from dark chocolate with heavy figuring to creamy sapwood in a random pattern with a distressed natural finish. SOE Winner: Education Interior Woodworking Specialists, Redmond, WA Project: University of Washington, Husky Union Building, Seattle, WA Photographer: Benjamin Benschneider, Seattle, WA Interior Woodworking Specialists This comprehensive remodel and renovation education project features pivot panels, mural, wall and ceiling panels, benches and casework of Eastern Elm veneer and hardwood. The 22 tall, pivoting Elm panels lining the sides of the 20-foot-high auditorium were the most challenging aspect of the project. SOE Winner: Healthcare Lange Bros. Woodwork Co., Inc., Milwaukee, WI Project: Promega Feynman Center, Fitchburg, WI Photographer: Reed Andrew, Plain, WI Lange Bros. Woodwork Company In keeping with the nature theme of the space, three different woods are featured through the facility: Maple, quarter sawn Cherry and Walnut trim. The stair treads and wood clouds (enormous structures lifted in place by wires to cover the mechanicals and lighting that add a decorative element to the rooms) are among the most impressive elements of this healthcare project. 5 AWI NEWS Long-standing Members Recognized 50 Year Anniversary This year, one member firm hit the fifty year golden anniversary mark in membership, having joined AWI in 1964. Congratulations to: Recognition was given to the 25th Anniversary members attending the AWI convention (l to r): Doug Mock, Mock Woodworking Company; Robert Stout, RLS Commercial Interiors, Inc.; and Randy Lange, Lange Bros. Woodwork Co. Thompson Industries, Baltimore, MD No matter what your longevity status is, your membership helps AWI thrive. How long have you been a member of AWI? No matter what your longevity status is, your membership helps AWI thrive as the voice of the architectural woodwork community. When AWI flourishes, members benefit from enhanced programs, publications and services. The AWI community grows and becomes stronger. A few of AWI’s members are celebrating very special anniversaries in 2014 and have contributed to AWI’s success through their membership for many decades. 2014 AWI Sponsors A.F. Johnson Millwork Company, West Des Moines, IA Architectural Forest Products, Two Rivers, WI Carocraft Cabinets, Charlotte, NC Cassady Woodworks Inc., Dayton, OH Lange Bros. Woodwork Co., Milwaukee, WI Mock Woodworking Company, Zanesville, OH O’Keefe Incorporated, River Falls, WI Petersen Geller Spurge, Inc., Hudson, NY RLS Commercial Interiors, Inc., Wendell, NC Steve Ward and Associates, Inc., Nashville, TN WoodByrne Cabinetry Inc., St. Louis, MO YFI Millwork, Cape Neddick, ME Note: Those not present at the AWI convention will receive their gifts in the mail. Sustaining Sponsor Level 2 Sponsors Level 3 Sponsors Level 4 Sponsors ) ) AWI thanks its 2014 Sponsors whose support helps AWI to fund its programs, publications and other services for members. Visit www.awinet.org to contact our sponsors whenever a need arises for their services. Founding Sponsor 25 Year Anniversary Another group of members have been a part of our association for a quarter of a century. During the 2014 AWI convention, they were recognized for their continued support. Company leaders attending the convention were presented with a 25-year gold and ruby membership pin by AWI Executive Vice President Phil Duvic. 6 The Architectural Woodwork Institute l AWINET.ORG z The Architectural Woodwork Institute l AWINET.ORG NOVEMBER l 2014 Blankenship & McCain Named Honorary Life Members of AWI AWI Honorary Life Member Awards are conferred on individuals who have contributed exemplary service to the association, its members, and AWI’s Mission as deemed by his/her peers. Two extraordinary people have been selected this year to receive the distinction of Honorary Life Member of the Institute. AWI’s 2003-2004 President, Jay Blankenship of Columbus Cabinet Company in Columbus, Georgia, has provided service and expertise to both AWI and the industry and was an active member in the former Georgia Chapter. Mr. Blankenship joins a renowned list of prior year recipients. The other Honorary Life Member has dedicated more than 18 years to AWI and the industry, providing innovative ideas, superior leadership and living the mission of AWI. She has advanced from receptionist to Senior Director of Operations, and has worked with membership, chapters and countless AWI initiatives and committees. She has given more than just time…she has made AWI her passion. AWI’s Teresa McCain also joins a distinguished list of Honorary Life Members. z Teresa McCain receives Honorary Life Member distinction from AWI Executive VP Phil Duvic (left) and Master of Ceremonies Greg Lutz while AWI members applaud her long-standing service to AWI. 2014 AWI Outstanding Supplier AWI Supplier Members are an important component of our community of members. One such member has been singled out for his loyalty and support of AWI through continued contributions to the association, the industry and his peers. The recipient of the Outstanding Supplier Award has worked diligently with the New Jersey Chapter and has always stepped forward to further AWI. Antoni Jakubowski of Adservco Group was recognized during the AWI 62nd Annual Convention as the 2014 AWI Outstanding Supplier. The firm is an AWI Annual Sponsor and has been a national Supplier Member since December 4, 2006. Congratulations and thank you for your continued support of AWI. Adservco Group is a Polish-American company specializing in architectural woodwork engineering and drafting. In addition, it provides consulting and assisting services to Manufacturers, General Contractors, Architects, and Engineers for complex projects. z Antoni Jakubowski (right), Adservco Group, receives AWI Oustanding Supplier Award from AWI Executive VP Phil Duvic. 7 AWI NEWS New AWI Members MANUFACTURERS Advanced Woodworking Industries (AWI), LLC Oakland Park, FL 16 Members Recognized for Safety Without a safe shop, your most important assets — human resources — are at risk. When company leaders make safety an important goal, company personnel make it their goal. It takes a team to achieve safety improvements. Zero Lost Time Accident Achievement Award The AWI/Federated Zero Lost Time Accident Achievement Award is presented to manufacturers in all categories with no lost time accidents. SAFETY MATTERS 10,000 to 19,999 Hours Woodtronics, Inc. CFF - Central Florida Furbishing Orlando, FL 20,000 to 99,999 Hours Antreasian Design, Inc. Luttrell Architectural Woodworks, Inc. Lyndan, Inc. Mass Cabinets, Inc. Vaughn Interior Concepts, Inc. Victory Woodworks, Inc. Wend-Wood, Inc. Windsor Architectural Woodworking Wright Architectural Millwork Classic Woodwork Inc. Sainte-Thérèse, QC, Canada Goebel Fixture Company Hutchinson, WI Grizz Custom Cabinets, Inc. Forest Hill, MD Heritage Restoration and Design, Inc. Peoria, IL Riax Contractors Corporation San Juan, Puerto Rico SUPPLIERS KegWorks Buffalo, NY SJS Architectural Millwork Installation, LLC Altamonte Springs, FL Note: These new members joined AWI in September 2014. Use the online Directory of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members at www.awinet.org for contact information and access to the Web sites of these and other AWI members. The resource is open 24/7 for use in seeking manufacturers and suppliers of architectural woodwork. 8 Stefan Smith (left), Gaithersburg Cabinetry & Millwork Company receives A Best Safety Achievement Award from Jack West, Federated Insurance (AWI’s safety insurance partner). On October 24 during the AWI 62nd Annual Convention, time was set aside to celebrate safety and 16 AWI Manufacturing Members were applauded for their safe workplace records. Best Safety Achievement Award The AWI/Federated Best Safety Achievement Award is presented to the manufacturing member firm with the lowest incident rate in category hours. 10,000 to 19,999 Hours Woodtronics, Inc. 20,000 to 99,999 Hours Mass Cabinets, Inc. More than 100,000 Hours Gaithersburg Cabinetry & Millwork Company, Inc. More than 100,000 Hours FADCO, Inc. Fetzer Architectural Woodwork Gaithersburg Cabinetry & Millwork Company, Inc. Nielsen Builders, Inc. RCS Millwork, L.C. Safety Improvement Recognition Award The AWI/Federated safety improvement certificate of recognition is presented to manufacturers in all categories that reduce their incident rate from the previous year. 20,000 to 99,999 Hours Antreasian Design, Inc. Fairfield County Millwork Lyndan, Inc. Wend-Wood, Inc. More than 100,000 Hours FADCO, Inc. Fetzer Architectural Woodwork Gaithersburg Cabinetry & Millwork Company, Inc. z The Architectural Woodwork Institute l AWINET.ORG NOTE: The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) makes every effort to ensure that published information is accurate and current. 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