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It is with deepest sadness that we must report the death of our friend, Robert John Lynch, FAIA, ER
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ:  Robert Lynch, 87, passed away May 11, 2014 at Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale, AZ. He was born in Boston, MA to Clement and Eleanor Lynch. He is survived by his wife of 54 yrs Diana Hoover Lynch; children: Stephen Lynch of Scottsdale, Kathryn Lynch Levashoff of Coarsegold, CA and Susan Lynch Lasater of Carrollton, TX; grandchildren: Christina and Natalya Levashoff, Victoria and David Lasater (grandchild Faith Lasater predeceased him); brother Brock Lynch and sister Barbara Lynch Gugger.

Robert graduated from University of Notre Dame. He was an architect specializing in accessibility.  As a polio survivor, he empathized with the disabled and advocated for them.

Robert was an Emeritus RCI Division III- ADA Compliance Inspector and a Lifetime Member of the ACIA.  In honor of Robert’s lifelong dedication to the disabled community and the construction industry the ACIA has dedicated an award to persons following in this discipline, The Robert J. Lynch Award for outstanding service.  The award will be dedicated and the first one will be awarded posthumously to Robert at the 55th Symposium on November 8, 2014, in Long Beach, California.

A funeral Mass will be performed at 10am Sat., May 17 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help  (7655 E Main St, Scottsdale); visitation at 9am at OLPH.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lions Foundation Camp Tatiyee.
 
DSA Construction Oversight Process Improvements
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DSA is significantly changing their Construction Oversight Process. These changes will ensure that educational facilities projects are closed with DSA certification.
 
DSA will soon implement an inspection card process that is used by virtually every building department throughout the country. This process guarantees concurrent submission of required documents and subsequent certification of all future projects.

You: the Architect/Design Professional, the Project Inspector, the District Superintendent, the Engineer, the Contractor, the Construction Manager will be affected by these changes that DSA is making.

Learn how the Inspection Card will affect your project by attending a free training provided by DSA on the fo! llowing dates.  Don’t forget to RSVP by sending your full name, title, and contact information at the email link corresponding with the location of your choice.

April  8th - Location: San Diego Unified School District - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 10th - Location: East Los Angeles College -  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   
 
April 16th - Location: Ziggurat, Sacramento -  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it        

April 17th - Location: Elihu M. Harris Building Oakland -  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please note that a draft agenda with specified timings will be sent out in the coming weeks.  Please reserve most of the day for this training on the New Construction Oversight process.
 
Note: This article reposted with permission from DSA. Original and updated information can be viewed on the DSA website here
 
Private Firms, Hurricane Sandy and the California Safety Assessment Program
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It has come to the attention of the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) that private engineering firms are seeking out persons trained as Cal EMA SAP Evaluator volunteers to be hired by the firms and sent to communities affected by Hurricane Sandy to perform safety assessments.  While employment decisions are ultimately the responsibility of the parties involved, the California Emergency Management Agency does not endorse this, and individuals who are approached by such offers are warned of the following issues.
 
  • Individuals who take time off from their employer and then self-deploy to work for a private firm in a disaster are not to identify themselves using the Cal EMA SAP ID card.  They would be acting entirely on their own, and not representing either the State of California or Cal EMA. 
  • The immunity and liability protections granted to volunteer Disaster Service Workers in California do not apply to paid personnel of private firms on company time.  Consequently, individuals who are paid to do this safety assessment work by a private firm could be exposed to liability for their actions, as could their firm, in certain circumstances, including but not limited to lawsuits from building owners who disagree with their postings.
  • The benefits that come from official deployment across state lines through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), such as interstate recognition of professional licenses, would not apply.
  • Individuals who take leave from their home company to go do work for another company and incur liability in the process would likely encounter issues from their home company.
  • The workers’ compensation coverage that is granted to volunteer Disaster Service Workers also would not apply to paid personnel of private firms working on company time.  The company would be assuming this responsibility. 
 
Partner organizations in the Safety Assessment Program are urged to pass this information on to their members who are enrolled in SAP so they are alerted to these issues.  Thank you for your cooperation.