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ACIA Election News.


To All ACIA Members in Good Standing:

As you know, elections are a major topic of the news, social media and pretty much every facet of ourdaily lives these days. The ACIA is no different.

Nominations will open on August 1 and close on September 1, 2016.


This year the following offices are up for election:

First Vice President (President Elect): a 3 year term

[1st VP 2017/President 2018/Past President 2019]

Vice President: a 1 year term (2017)

Treasurer: a 2 year term (2017-2018)

[backup includes the Executive Director, a bookkeeper and a CPA]

Region 2 Director and Region 3 Director: a 2 year term (2017-2018)

[Region 2 is Southern California/Region 3 is Nevada and At Large Members]

The Board meets four (4) times a year. Three (3) telephonic meetings and one (1) in person meeting at the Symposium in November. The Executive Committee may have additional telephonic meetings from time to time as needed. The duties of the Officers and Directors are set out in our Bylaws, which can be accessed on the ACIA Website.

If you are an ACIA Member in Good Standing for 2 years or more, you are eligible to be a National Executive Officer or Regional Director of the American Construction Inspectors Association. To be an Executive Officer you must hold an RCI certification; Regional Directors need not be RCIs.

Now is your chance to become a moving force in the ACIA. You may self-nominate or nominate someone else for office. You should specify the office for which you are applying or nominating. We would like to have a brief biography or CV for each person being nominated and photograph for addition into our ballot. You may also include a “campaign statement” not to exceed 50 words.


Qualified candidates will receive one free year of ACIA membership!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dale LaCasella or Danielle Rubio at 626-797-2242 or for additional information.




MR. PAUL MENARD presided over the installation of our 2016 officers at the 56th Annual Symposium Luncheon on November 7, 2015. PAUL MENARD is a Senior Facilities Planner with the California Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), Office of Court Construction and Management (OCCM). The Judicial Branch of California State Government, is currently undertaking a $6.5 billion Courthouse Facilities Program with lease-revenue bond funding. The program comprises 50 projects ranging in cost from $6 million to $634 million in 43 of California’s 58 counties. All new capital projects will achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating of Silver. Mr. Menard was President of Paul Menard Associates (PMA), a full service design/build firm. He has been an active and influential member of the architectural and design/build communities since 1979 and holds licenses both as a registered architect and general building contractor. Projects completed by PMA include commercial buildings, office, retail, veterinary, and restaurant tenant improvements, private residences, and multi-family housing. Mr. Menard is an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a member of the American Institute of Architects, past president of the AIA Central Valley Chapter, and a member of the project review committee of the Smart Growth Leadership Council (a joint program of the Environmental Council of Sacramento and AIA Central Valley Chapter).

The following individuals were installed as 2016 officers for the ACIA:






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.

Volunteer for the ACIA

By ACIA Executive Director Dale E. LaCasella

I have been the executive director of the ACIA for almost 8 years now, and I continue to be amazed at the opportunities and the challenges that I encounter every day.

What keeps me coming back? Good question. The answer is you!

I’ve come to care about the organization, the programs and the members in a way that I never expected. But I could not do this job at all if it were not for the dedicated board members and chapter officers who give their time, experience and talents to help keep ACIA moving forward.

However, in order to keep moving forward in the future, we’re going to need some new faces. The ACIA is a great place for younger construction industry professionals to meet and network. A few years ago, when I was first practicing law, I joined every organization I could find that I thought would give me contacts in the industry, or opportunities to learn and grow in the profession. Networking, networking, networking!

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