Saturday, July 19, 2008

July AIA-SWO Chapter Meeting Recap

Flavorsome food, perfect weather, and good company: What more could you ask for? The 2008 edition of our annual picnic on a warm, sunny evening at Armitage Park was a well-attended success, and included representatives from AIA-SWO, and the local chapters of CSI (The Construction Specifications Institute), NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction), and ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects). The menu was expanded this year to include kabobs (veggie, shrimp, and tofu), buffalo wings, and teriyaki chicken breasts, in addition to the traditional picnic fare of hot dogs, hamburgers, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon, and potato salad. Yummy!

Our joint events with related professional organizations are a great way for AIA-SWO members to break out of our insular shell and navel-gazing ways. We should consider expanding the picnic’s invitation list even further in future years such that it includes other groups whose company we would enjoy.

Big thanks to AIA-SWO board members Jody Heady, Jean Duffett, and Becky Thomas for organizing the picnic, selecting the menu, preparing and purchasing the food. I’m especially grateful to Jim Robertson for sharing the grill-master duties and rescuing me from BBQ ignominy.

Next month’s meeting is our annual foray to Corvallis, so plan on joining us on August 20th as we tour the new Elements Building. MOA Architecture designed the LEED-Silver facility, which houses the 7stones Spa and Strega Restaurant & Bar (where we will dine while enjoying the panoramic views of Corvallis from the rooftop). The Elements Building is already widely known for its unique blend of sustainability and luxury, featuring superior craftsmanship in all of the building’s details. See you in Corvallis!

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