Welcome to ASPE Chicago Chapter 7
American Society of Professional Estimators
March 2015 Newsletter
The Time Has Come!
You have one week to register for the Central Plains Regional Conference hosted by your very own Chapter 7, Chicago!
The conference is being held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Des Plaines, IL. March 6th will be an evening social held at one of the local establishments and the on the morning of March 7th the show will begin.
Enjoy yourselves at the local attractions of Rivers Casino or Hofbrauhaus after the conference.
Come out and support your local Chapter 7 Chicago.
For any questions or additional information please contact Mel Cowen or Learn More
Upcoming Chapter Meeting

March 19,2015

1341 Butterfield Road
Downers Grove, IL

5:30PM - Registration
               & Networking
6:30PM - Dinner
7:00PM - Presentation

$40 Cash at Door
2015 ASPE Annual Meeting & Estimator's Summit
June 24-28, 2015
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
San Diego, CA
Mel Cowen
Central Plains Governor
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Construction began 2015 with upbeat employment figures, adding 39,000 jobs in January, pushing the industry's unemployment rate down to 9.8%, well below the year-earlier level.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest monthly employment report, released on Feb. 6, showed that construction's jobless rate last month fell from January 2014's 12.3% but was up from December's 8.3%.

The month-to-month change probably reflected the industry's usual winter work slowdown; the BLS rates are not adjusted for seasonal variations.

All construction sectors recorded increased employment last month. Buildings construction jumped by 19,500, specialty trades firms added 13,300 and heavy-civil construction gained 5,900, BLS reported.

Architectural and engineering services, a separate BLS industry category from construction, added 7,800  jobs in January.

Ken Simonson, Associated General Contractors of America chief economist, noted that with January's increase, construction employment was more then 6.3 million, its highest level since February 2009. ENR


What You May Have Missed

Matt Thomas, P.E., Senior Project Engineer at Thornton Tomasetti's Renewal & Forensics Department, provided a riveting presentation in regards to the historic Harriet F. Rees House.

Monday, November 10, was moving day for the Harriet F. Rees House, a 1,000-ton historic landmark. The house, built in 1888 on Chicago's South Side as part of "Millionaire's Row," stands squarely on the planned site of the new McCormick Place Events Center. To preserve this piece of Chicago history, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) decided to move it one block north, to an area closer to the historic center of Millionaire's Row.

The Rees coach house - weighing in at a "mere" 200 tons - was  moved in early October . Over four to five days, the house will be rotated atop thirty 40-ton-capacity, rubber-tired dollies; rolled carefully up the street; backed into the new site; and rotated into position. Then it will be set down and hydraulically "shoved" into its final position just two feet from an adjacent building. It is the first house move in Chicago in at least ten years, and, at 1,020 tons, may be the heaviest house ever moved in the city.
New Member Benefit Program
As one member and fellow CPE shared on  LinkedIn, "My whole professional outlook has changed. The support you get from other CPE's is profound".

Be sure to check out the  "links" above to learn more about becoming a member of ASPE where you will find more information about our professional organization and how to earn your Certified Professional Estimator status.   

Brock Likens
American Society of Professional Estimators | dwestfall@aspengroup.com | http://www.aspechicago.org
PO Box 6811
Villa Park, IL 60181