Architects Declare Support for Administration’s Infrastructure Initiative; Reiterate Need to Treat Buildings as Infrastructure

Washington, D.C – February 20, 2013 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on reports about the Obama Administration’s yet-to-be announced plan to finance and rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. Please attribute the statement to AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA:

“We are encouraged by the Administration’s proposal to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. As we have continually emphasized, investments in upgrading our nation’s infrastructure now always pay off with greater efficiencies, economic growth and learning in the future. This is especially true with regard to the nation’s schools, where the connection between good design and improved education has been proven in study after study.        

“The AIA is also heartened by the Administration’s focus on “American Fast Forward” bonds, a worthy successor to its “Build America Bonds” program launched in 2009. At the time, the AIA estimated that the “Build America Bonds” program financed more $180 billion in infrastructure projects in 2009 and 2010, including between $44 and $50 billion in building construction activity.

“Our only concern is that there is little in the Administration’s proposal that pays attention to buildings as infrastructure, which is a major component of the AIA’s legislative agenda to rebuild America. Investing in new and renovated buildings as part of America’s business, commercial and residential infrastructure is integral to the success of this measure to spur construction activity, improve the quality of life in our communities and create jobs.

“We look forward to hearing more about the Administration efforts and to making this point to policy makers as this program moves forward.” 

A bout The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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