Yes, There is a Santa Claus!

ACIA Los Angeles Basin Chapter member, Jim Vitale, AIA,RCI, visits the Orange County Chapter of CSI in the guise of Santa Claus at their annual Christmas Party held at the Mission Inn in Riverside. Here he is conferring with Kathy Greenway, of the OCCCSI and talking with ACIA’s own Fred Diamond (South Coast Chapter). Have you been a good little boy, Fred?

55th Annual Symposium Celebrates the RCI and Welcomes New Members

The 55th Annual Symposium “All About the RCI” wrapped up in Long Beach on November 8. Attendees agreed that it was one of the best Symposiums in years. In depth all day seminars to prepare attendees for taking the RCI Division II Building Exams covered Codes and Specifications on Friday and Plan Reading 101 on Saturday. As an alternative, attendees could take the RCI Division IV Public Works Exam preparation course on Friday and/or the RCI Division III Fire Door I prep course on Saturday.

A big thank you goes out to all our sponsors who helped to make this event a real success, they include the following ACIA Chapters who donated to become Crystal Sponsors: La Basin Chapter; Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter; Folsom Chapter; and, Nevada Chapter. The following individuals and companies donated to our success as well: Dynamic Engineering & Inspection, David Karina; Ryan Enterprises, Dennis Ryan; and, ICM Group, Jeffrey Inferrera – Sapphire Sponsors; Construction Quality Assurance Group, Paul Beyl; and Consolidated CM, Inc., Scott Ritter and Lang Scoble – Silver Sponsors.

Our Vendors Exhibit Hall, while cozy, was well patronized and interesting. Vendors included The Woodworking Institute ‐ Mitchel Taylor and Marcia Falk; Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute ‐ Jose Mendoza; Simpson Strong Tie ‐ Bobby Madrid; Orange County Chapter CSI ‐ David Brown; National Clay Pipe Institute ‐ Joe Parker; and, Smart Safety Group Inc – Craig Angarola.

Saturday’s Annual Awards Luncheon and Installation of Officers was lively and filled with surprises. Our Keynote Speaker, Rick McManis, Chief Building Officer of the City of East Palo Alto, received a standing ovation for his outstanding talk on the interactions and expectations of working relationships between Inspectors and Construction Managers on Municipal building sites.

The Awards ceremony recipients were honored as follows:

  • The Inspector of the Year Award was presented to Dave Noel, Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter.
  • Two Ed Gray Awards for Exemplary Service to the ACIA were presented to our incoming President Mel Weidner , Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter and to Gary Green, Nevada Chapter.
  • The Educator of the Year Award went to Tom Durbrow, Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter.
  • The Industry Of The Year was the OES Office Of Emergency Services Safety Assessment Program, and was accepted by Mona Bontty, the Southern California Regional Administrator
  • The newly created Robert J. Lynch Award for Excellence in Providing Access for All was awarded posthumously to Robert J. Lynch, FAIA , Emeritus RCI At Large, and was accepted on behalf of his family by Tom Durbrow.
  • Our outgoing President, Alisa King, received a plaque commemorating her year of service and our thanks for a job well done.
  • President’s Awards for service over and above the call went to incoming Vice President, Jeff Inferrera, Folsom Chapter; incoming 1st Vice President Austen Pell, L A Basin Chapter; Past President (2011) Dennis Dooley, Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter; Past President (2010) David Karina, South Coast Chapter; outgoing Vice President James Vitale, L A Basin Chapter; and, RCI Committee Chair Paul Beyl, San Diego Chapter.
  • Certificates recognizing those achieving Emeritus RCI status went to Carlos Navarro, Inland Empire Chapter; David Rossi, Sacramento‐Sierra Chapter; Tim Briggs, Folsom Chapter; and, Jimmy Foster, Nevada Chapter.

millenium_awardThe highlight of the ceremony, however, was the presentation to Dennis Dooley of the newly created Millennium Award for a Lifetime of Dedication to the ACIA. Dennis is a twice past President, recipient of both the Ed Gray Award and the Inspector of the Year Award, and a tireless proponent of the ACIA.

The luncheon concluded with the Installation of the following officers for 2015: Melvin Weidner, President; Austen Pell, 1st Vice President; Jeffrey Inferrera, Vice President; Craig Angarola, Treasurer; and Gary Green, Region 3 Director.

The event concluded with golfers playing a celebratory round at El Dorado Golf Course on Sunday morning before heading home.

Winter Building and Construction Courses Now Available at UC Davis Extension

DAVIS, CALIF.— Take a winter course in BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION from UC Davis extension. Visit our website for a full listing of courses and to learn about the certificate programs in Sustainability and the Built Environment, Energy Resource Management and Construction Management.


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Photos of Napa Area Earthquake Damage

A number of ACIA/RCI members who responded to the Office of Emergency Services Safety Assessment Personnel call out for First Responders in the Napa Earthquake Disaster area have sent us photos of the area. These are from Frank Presley, Sacramento-Sierra Chapter. We will be posting them from time to time as interest indicates. Information on how to receive OES/SAP training from the ACIA will be posted here soon. We appreciate our members who volunteered in this emergency situation.

Oak Street Victorian Home

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CALBO Legislative Update: AB 2188 Sent to the Governor

As of today Assembly Bill 2188 (Muratsuchi) has now passed both the Senate and the Assembly. The next and final step for AB 2188 is the Governor’s Office. There have been countless letters of opposition and many meetings held to explain the negative impacts of this bill on local jurisdictions.

Please help us continue our fight against AB 2188 by sending a VETO LETTER to Governor Jerry Brown.

Please fax your letters to (916) 558-3160 or mail them to Governor Jerry Brown, c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, California 95814.

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6.0 Earthquake Jolts Napa, ACIA Responds

Earthquake crew

ACIA Inspectors continue to respond to requests from Napa area for assistance. From left Dickie Rundorss, S.E. (CEOC), Dave Karina, ACIA Past President, Jill Mercurio, Napa City Engineer, unknown inspector, and Bill Davis, also an ACIA Past President.

A 6.0 earthquake jolted Napa, California awake in the wee hours of Sunday morning, causing severe damage to buildings and infrastructure and injuring residents. Within hours, Cal-OES Safety Assessment Program personnel trained by the ACIA were gearing up to help. Once Governor Brown had declared a state of emergency and local officials had requested assistance, members of the American Construction Inspectors Association were mobilizing to head for Napa to perform assessment duties regarding damaged buildings and systems. Initial responders include ACIA Past President Dennis Dooley, President Elect Melvin Weidner, President Alisa King, Sacramento-Sierra Chapter President David Noel, and Sacramento-Sierra Chapter members Bob Johnson, Ed Hooper, and Frank Presley. Three additional ACIA trained first responders involved in this deployment are Dean Ismael, Don Dumford and Gabriel Orick. Dozens more ACIA members who hold Cal-OES SAP certifications are waiting in the wings if needed.

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CASp Report: Summer 2014

The DSA (California Division of the State Architect) has created a new quarterly Certified Access Specialist (CASp) newsletter. Each issue will feature information regarding state and federal regulations that affect CASp work, sample exam questions with explanations, and other CASp related resources.

Please check out the Summer 2014 CASp Newsletter.

OCCCSI Turns Golden! Construction Products & Services Expo 2014

Seminar: California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards

Speaker: Martyn Dodd

Residential Session One: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Non-Residential Session Two: 3:15 – 4:30 PM
Products Show: 4:30 – 7:30 PM

California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards are updated approximately every three years, with new 2013 standards in effect as early as July 1, 2014. Session One will explore changes that will impact residential Title 24 Standards while session number two will concentrate on non-residential changes.

This seminar will explore changes that impact residential and non-residential Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards. Discussion will focus on how these updates are intended to achieve significant energy savings through the development of reasonable, responsible, and cost-effective code change proposals.

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EPA Seeks Comment on Document Related to Lead

EPA Seeks Comment on Approach Document Related to Lead Renovation, Remodeling, and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings

As part of EPA’s effort to determine if renovation, repair, and painting (RRP) activities in public and commercial buildings (P&CBs) create a lead-based paint hazard, EPA is seeking public comment on “Approach for Estimating Exposures and Incremental Health Effects from Lead Due to Renovation Repair and Painting Activities in Public and Commercial Buildings” (or Approach). The document describes in detail the modeling methodology that can be used to estimate the amount of lead in the environment, in people’s bodies and health effects related to exposure to lead-based paint as a result of renovation, repair and painting activities. Following public input, EPA will seek independent scientific peer review of the report.

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