Welcome to ASPE Chicago Chapter 7
American Society of Professional Estimators
May 2015 Newsletter
Message From The President

I want to mention again that registration is still open for anyone wishing to attend the annual Summit in San Diego. For more information go to http://www.aspenational.org/


I wanted to take some time here to congratulate and recognize a few that have received their CPE status over the past year or so.


Richard Bertovic , Patrick Meyer, Rick Nolte, Maurizio Magalli, Stan Parke, Cyril Zacharias. Thanks for your hard work and efforts to accomplish this. This is considered quite an accomplishment.


I want to encourage any other members or estimators to consider this important step in your career. As laid out in the "National" web site, Certified Professional Estimators are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of construction estimating through experience and by passing comprehensive examinations developed by some of the nation's leading experts.


The American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) is the only national credentialing organization for construction estimating professionals.


Why Ask for A CPE?


Change orders. Budget overruns. Scheduling delays. If these words sound like "business as usual" in the construction industry, the words Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) can help change your point of view. The CPE designation is one of the most respected credentials in the estimating profession. It is also one of the most reliable indicators that the budget estimate you receive will result in a completed project that meets your expectations for quality, cost, and on-time completion.


Get more information 


Don't forget to join us for our May Chapter meeting on the 21st. Watch for the invites to come out next week.


We look forward to Mel Cowen, our Central Plains Governor to share some information with us during this meeting.



Dave Westfall,CPE, DBIA
Upcoming Chapter Meeting

May 21, 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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What's In the News

It's been nearly 20 years since the demolition of the former Cabrini-Green public housing development began, and finally, a plan is in place rebuild the long-vacant area.


The vision for a new community focuses on mixed-income developments spread across a range of densities in the 65-acre area.


At its peak, 15,000 people lived in Cabrini-Green in more than 3,600 housing units.


The public housing renewal project scattered the former residents around the city and state, many using a voucher program to find living quarters elsewhere, but soon a fraction of those residents could return to the Near North Side community.


The Chicago Housing Authority unveiled its long-awaited redevelopment plan Wednesday night, calling for a three-phase building process.


The goal is to build 2,330-2,830 housing units in buildings on 14 parcels on 50 acres. The mix of rentals and privately owned units hasn't been determined.

The first building phase, considered the most significant, will add 970-1,270 housing units.


The buildings will be built by private developers and bid out in three phases, the first of the bids going out this summer on four parcels of land. Construction on those four developments is expected to start between next year and 2018 and be completed a year later. DNAinfo



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