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2020 POLICIES, PROCEDURES & BENEFITS SURVEY REPORT Zweig Group surveyed AEC Industry firms on their workplace policies, benefits, HR staff composition, HR operating expenses, and other important workplace issues and challenges. Data was collected from firms of every size, type, and region of the country completed the questionnaire. A separate survey focusing on travel reimbursement collected responses from firms as well. The results of both these surveys were tabulated and analyzed for this publication. This publication also includes a collection of articles and interviews from successful AEC firm leaders on what workplace policies, procedures, and benefits have helped their firms run smoothly. The results of this study will help you benchmark your AEC firm in all areas related to benefits and compensation. The 2020 Policies, Procedures & Benefits Survey Report of AEC Firms provides you with industry statistics on policies and procedures, so you can support your policy decisions with hard data.

Use the 2020 Policies, Procedures & Benefits Survey Report to: ❚ ❚ Ensure your firm’s benefits and policies are competitive with industry norms, to help you recruit and retain employees. ❚ ❚ Identify HR operating expenses that you can – or can’t – afford to cut ❚ ❚ Benchmark your firm’s medical, dental, and life insurance packages. ❚ ❚ Support your firm’s paid-time-off and other policies with hard data on industry norms ❚ ❚ Find out if firms are projecting benefits increases and make sure your budget aligns with the industry ❚ ❚ Get data on HR directors’ typical backgrounds, education, roles, and compensation.

The key to growing your firm and reaching your strategic goals often rests with the quality of your employees, and the quality of your firm’s policies, procedures, and benefits is critical to hiring and retaining a top-notch workforce. The data presented in the 2020 Policies, Procedures & Benefits Survey Report is broken down by firm type, size, region, and other important factors, so you can make accurate comparisons between your firm and others.

BUSINESS NEWS SVA ARCHITECTS’ DESIGN FOR SACRAMENTO’S MIRASOLVILLAGE FULLY ENTITLED The Sacramento Planning Commission has approved SVA Architects ’ site plan and design reviews for the last two primary blocks of the Mirasol Village redevelopment. Formerly known as Twin Rivers, the Sacramento public housing community and the surrounding River District neighborhood will be transformed into a fully connected, vibrant community with new transit, employment centers, services, retail, and recreational amenities. The Mirasol Village redevelopment joins SVA Architects’ extensive portfolio of public housing developments, cultural institutions, and vibrant urban communities. Ernesto Vasquez, FAIA, CEO of SVA Architects, states, “Along with McCormack Baron Salazar, we hosted many community meetings with the local residents to develop the vision for Mirasol Village. We’re very proud of the master plan, incorporating the best of urban design and the goals of the community.” Poised for redevelopment, Twin Rivers was one of the first public housing developments built in the County of Sacramento, and has become isolated from the rest of the city by railroad tracks, levees and rivers, and limited roads and sidewalks. Built in the 1940s, the deteriorated buildings had also reached the end of their usable life. The redevelopment includes replacing the previous 218 units with 427 new mixed-income homes, adding multi-modal connections to the

heart of Sacramento including a newSacramento Regional Transit Light Rail Blue Line Station, providing comprehensive supportive services to residents, and revitalizing the neighborhood with new amenities and recreation. Community spaces include a 1.2-acre community park, 2/3-acre community garden, fruit tree orchard, garden learning center, pool, playgrounds, and walking paths. Construction will commence this summer. The project is a collaboration of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency and McCormack Baron Salazar. The recently entitled parcels, known as Blocks C and D, include 200 housing units and an early childhood education center. Nathan Herrero, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, principal at SVA Architects, states, “We are thrilled to be a part of the work that SHRA and McCormack Baron Salazar are doing to breathe new life this region. Like its Spanish ‘sunflower’ namesake, Mirasol Village will blossom into a bright, vibrant neighborhood full of vitality, hope, and new beginnings.” Founded in 2003, SVA Architects has become one of the Country’s most innovative and respected design and planning organizations. The award-winning firm specializes in urban planning, architecture, and interior design of public, private, and mixed-use projects. Among the firm’s portfolio are civic, educational, residential, commercial and mixed-use developments.

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