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April 2018

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Angel Park Golf Club
banquet room

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the 2019 SN-ICC Installation and Awards Banquet scheduled for Saturday evening, January 26, at the Angel Park Golf Club.

The board of directors has already made arrangements for next year's banquet at which the incoming board members will be installed and the chapter will honor several outstanding members.

Angel Park is situated at 100 S. Rampart Blvd., 89145, one block south of the Summerlin Parkway, with easy access from the U.S. 93/95 expressway and the 215 beltway.

Please watch for registration to begin later this year. 

Get Involved! 
Join a Committee

EduCODE volunteers set up the registration area

SN-ICC members can maximize the effectiveness of their membership by joining a chapter committee.

Committees include Education, EduCODE, Public Outreach, Communications and Membership.

To learn more about the committees, contact SN-ICC Executive Director Monica Caruso at or sign up at the next chapter meeting.

"Our volunteers are the heart of our association," said SN-ICC President Sam Palmer.  " Please help the chapter meet its mission and goals by signing up at the next chapter meeting to join one of our committees."

SN-ICC Jobs Page

The City of Mesquite seeks to hire a certified building official/plans examiner.

Shums Coda Associates has openings for ICC-certified plan reviewers, ICC-certified inspectors, permit technicians and code enforcement officers.

For more information about these job opportunities, click here to visit the Job Openings page of the chapter's website.

Do you have a job opening for a building industry professional at your company or office?

Are you looking for qualified candidates in the industry? You can post your job openings on the SN-ICC website's Jobs page.

Contact SN-ICC Executive Director Monica Caruso at for more information.

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Please send your news to SN-ICC Executive Director Monica Caruso at, for consideration.

Nearly 100 classes were offered at EduCODE. 

SN-ICC thanks and salutes all those involved in the success of this year's EduCODE educational conference and exposition March 19-23 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino Conference Center.

A record 1,300 industry professionals attended the nearly 100 classes, ranging from sessions on building and fire codes to leadership strategies. Many attendees sat for the testing to achieve certification in various areas of the codes.

Also, 25 vendors offered information and demonstrations about their products and services in the expo area.
The International Code Council Book Store was among the
25 exhibitors at the conference.

SN-ICC and the EduCODE team thank and salute the exhibitors that supported the conference:

AIREX Manufacturing 
American Wood Council 
Applied Bolting Technology 
Bureau of Veritas North America 
Code Professional Certification Studios 
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute 
CSG Consultants 
England Training 
Fire Rated Product Specialties 
Fire Shield 
Int. Assoc. of Electrical Inspectors 
Int. Assoc. of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials 
International Code Council - Book Store
International Code Council - National 
Interwest Consulting Group 
McKeon Door 
Shums Coda Associates 
Simpson Strong-Tie 
Single-Ply Roofing Industry  
Smoke Detector Pole 
Stego Industries 
West Coast Code Consultants 

In addition, there were three major social events - a student appreciation party, a networking event sponsored by the vendors and a "bowling night" at the Orleans Bowling Center.

The events were possible thanks to the generous support of the sponsors - the American Association of Code Enforcement, the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, Shums Coda Associates and Simpson Strong-Tie.

Several hundred conference attendees turned out for the "Networking Social" sponsored by the vendors. 

SN-ICC was pleased to be among the supporters who sponsored a veteran to attend EduCODE. Pictured here, from the right, are President Sam Palmer, retired Air Force Master Sgt. Timothy Thornton, who is a building inspector intern in Abilene, Texas, Elizabeth Rider, building official with CSG Consultants, who spearheaded the effort to bring Thornton to EduCODE, and David Nichols, ICC regional representative for Nevada and Arizona.Click here to read more about the ICC Military Families Project that is assisting veterans to advance their careers in the code field.

SN-ICC extends thanks and appreciation to the outstanding volunteers who put in so much time and effort to ensure the success of this year's EduCODE.

A special "thank you" goes to retired building official Bob Weber and retired board member, Bill Laub, who served as greeters, answering questions, giving directions to the classrooms and, in general, being nice guys to assist the EduCODE attendees from early in the morning to the evening hours all week.

EduCODE hosts Bob Weber, left, and Bill Laub. 

Click here to view additional photographs from the conference and exposition on the Photo Gallery page of the chapter's website.

For more information about EduCODE, please contact EduCODE Director Alan Ellis at or 702-265-2770.

Please watch future e-newsletters for more information about EduCODE 2019, which is already scheduled for March 11-15 at the Orleans' Conference Center. 


SN-ICC anticipates a strong turn out for the Chapter Meeting scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 12 at Sierra Gold on Jones Boulevard at Sunset Road, so please don't delay registering to attend. Seating is limited.

Past President Steve DiGiovanni, P.E., a fire protection engineer with the Clark County Department of Building and Fire Prevention, will give a presentation about tall wood building code proposals.

The International Code Council established an ad hoc committee to explore the feasibility and development of proposed changes to the International Building Code to include provisions for tall wood buildings. The committee includes architects, engineers, code officials and manufacturers.

Advances in materials and technology have led to an increase in construction of tall wood buildings, including the new T3 Tower, a seven-story, 220,000-square-foot high-rise in Minneapolis that ranks as the largest modern mass timber building in the United States. T3 stands for "Timber, Technology, Transit."

Please don't miss this important and informative meeting of the SN-ICC members. Click here to RSVP now.

Pictured at the award presentation are, from left, Councilman Dan Shaw, Councilman John Marz, Plans Check Manager Majid Pakniat, Mayor Debra March, SWEEP representative Tom Polikalas, Councilwoman Gerri Schroder and Councilman Dan Stewart.

The City of Henderson has earned regional recognition for saving its residents and businesses more than $2.3 million on utility bills and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by about 30,254 metric tons over the past four years.

The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) presented its "Energy Codes Count Award" to city officials at the council's March 20 meeting.

Henderson is the only city in SWEEP's six-state region to receive the award this year, and just the second municipality ever to earn the honor.

SN-ICC President Sam Palmer, left, reads a salutation to
Chuck Ramani at Ramani's recent retirement party.

SN-ICC was well represented at the recent retirement party for Chuck Ramani, P.E., C.B.O., president of the International Accreditation Service at ICC. Ramani retired after 44 years of service to the industry.

Welding equipment
During the festivities, SN-ICC President Sam Palmer, P.E., C.B.O., presented Ramani with a special gift from the chapter's board members - welding equipment. Palmer said that Ramani plans to take up welding in his retirement.

Congratulations and good luck to Chuck!


ICC is spreading the word that the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning & Natural Resources' building officials need assistance from plans examiners, building and electrical inspectors to handle the ongoing recovery work following a series of devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean.

Click here to read the details of the request.

For additional information, contact Shandy Heil at and copy Corey Roblee at

The International Code Council named Neil Burning its new vice president of government relations technical resources to develop and direct programs and resources that support the adoption of the International Codes, the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the United States.

Previously, Burning was vice president of construction, codes and standards for the National Association of Home Builders. Prior to NAHB, he was the manager of building plans examination and the permit application center in Clark County. Click here to read the full announcement.

The Southern Nevada Home Builders Association's HomeAid chapter has launched a major fundraiser to benefit its mission to build and renovate shelter for the community's homeless. Eleven SNHBA builder members designed and constructed innovative dog houses for the "Barkitecture" project. The houses are on display and on the auction block through May 20 at Downtown Summerlin. Click here to view KTNV-TV report featuring Nat Hodgson. Click here to read more about this program.


The City of Henderson has promoted Stephanie Garcia-Vause to assistant city manager, effective April 9. She has served as the city's community development and services director. Click here to read the announcement. 

The local chapter of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials shared the sad news of the passing of Sheree Bless, owner of Carl's Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal. She was the daughter of Carl Butler who founded the company more than 50 years ago. Click here to read the obituary in the Review-Journal.

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