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May 2018

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Please don't delay registering to attend the SN-ICC Chapter Meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 10 at Sierra Gold on Jones Boulevard and Sunset Road.

The luncheon meeting begins at 11:30 a.m., and will feature a presentation by Fencing Specialists manager Bob Hitch about new safety standards for automatic doors and gates.

Bob Hitch of Fencing Specialists 

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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."

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Nearly 10 years ago, chapter members committed to ensuring safe swimming pool environments in the community; they were motivated by an epidemic of child drownings in metro Las Vegas.

The chapter established a grant program to help fund swimming lessons for toddlers and other efforts to eradicate the problem of child drownings.

In April, chapter leaders were pleased to start handing out the 2018 water safety grant checks to local jurisdictions and other entities participating in water safety programs. 
SN-ICC presented on April 11 the first of its 2018 grant checks to ensure a safe pool environment to the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition. Pictured from the left are Past President Valarie Evans of North Las Vegas, Public Outreach Committee Chairman David Goldstein of Geotek, President Sam Palmer of Clark County and Greg Blackburn of the Child Drowning Prevention Coalition.      
Participants at the Child Drowning Prevention Coalition's "April Pools Day" on April 11 at the Silver Mesa Recreation Center in North Las Vegas included representatives from the coalition and SN-ICC and students from Bruner Elementary School. SN-ICC presented a grant check of $5,000 to the coalition. 
The parks and recreation departments for Clark County, the town of Pahrump, and the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City and Mesquite, will each receive a grant of $2,500 to fund swimming lessons for toddlers, the age group with the highest rate of drownings.

Also, the chapter allocated a $5,000 grant to help fund programs by the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition, and a $6,000 grant to assist the Southern Nevada Health District with its 2018 drowning prevention multimedia campaign.

In total, SN-ICC members voted to grant $28,500 to these entities and organizations for drowning prevention programs and to ensure safe pool environments.

Chapter 1st Vice President Terry Kozlowski of the City of North Las Vegas presents a ceremonial check to City of Mesquite Director of Athletics & Leisure Services Nicholas F. Montoya at a recent Mesquite City Council meeting. The chapter gave local jurisdictions, such as Mesquite, grants of $2,500 each for toddler swimming lessons to reduce child drownings in Southern Nevada.

Building industry professionals worldwide are participating in a variety of ways in "Building Safety Month," a multifaceted campaign by the International Code Council, its members and industry partners to promote building safety.

Each week, the campaign will focus on a different topic. During this first week, the focus is on partnering with code officials to build stronger, safer communities.

"Whether you are going through a minor remodeling job or major construction, the code official wants your project to be a success. Building safety professionals play a major role in keeping the public safe. They can also help avoid potential problems that cost time and money," according to the BSM campaign.


Retired building official Bob Weber is one official who made a major impact on code development and public safety during his 30-plus years experience in engineering and administration.

Then-County Building Official Bob Weber and wife, Sylvia, are pictured on the invitation to the 1995 ICBO Education and Code Development Conference. 
He was Clark County's top building official for more than 20 years until his retirement in 2001. During his tenure, he and staffers oversaw a construction boom in the county - 92,000 hotel rooms, 91,000 multifamily residences and 81,000 single family homes.

During his watch, he witnessed tragedy and catastrophes, which included the infamous MGM Grand Hotel fire on November 22, 1980 in which 87 people died and another 700 were injured.

Shortly thereafter, a fire at the Las Vegas Hilton did less damage, but made it official that stricter codes were needed for high-rise buildings.

Weber was a key player in the development and implementation of the "Retroactive Life & Fire Safety Program," a code model for building and fire departments worldwide to deal with high-rise structures.

After a major explosion at the defunct PEPCON chemical factory in Henderson in 1988, in which two company executives lost their lives, he implemented a "Hazard Program" and training to deal with any similar catastrophes in the future.

In the early 1980s, he developed the "Third-party Inspection Program" to deal with the phenomenal growth in Southern Nevada during that period.

In 1999, the International Council of Building Officials presented him with its prestigious "ICBO Building Official of the Year" award for his outstanding service among the nation's building officials.


Nearly 100 chapter members and guests turned out for the April Chapter Meeting, at which Past President Steve DiGiovanni, P.E., gave a presentation about possible new codes to deal with the growing popularity of tall buildings constructed of wood.

DiGiovanni is a fire protection engineer with the Clark County Department of Building and Fire Prevention.

He chairs the International Code Council ad hoc committee that is exploring 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."

Click here to view DiGiovanni's PowerPoint presentation posted on the SN-ICC website.


The City of North Las Vegas recently announced that within the next two months, design and construction will begin on the long-awaited surface water line to North Las Vegas' Apex Industrial Park. The project will open more than 3,000 acres of land for development and job creation. Click here to read the city's announcement. 

Rocky Cochran 
Longtime Southern Nevada building industry executive Rocky Cochran retired in April. Cochran is a past president and board member of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association. He served for many years on the home builders association's Codes Committee. He was vice president of operations at Pardee Homes.

The Southern Nevada Home Builders Association's HomeAid chapter is wrapping up its "Barkitecture" fundraiser to benefit its mission to build and renovate shelter for the community's homeless. SN-ICC is a major supporter of the HomeAid chapter. 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. Bidding ends on May 21. So far, the chapter has raised about $4,500. Click here for more information about the dog houses and the auction.  

The Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Nevada Energy Forums and Expositions will present a forum, "Growing Rural Economies through Clean Energy" from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 at the Valley Electric Association Conference Room, 800 E. Hwy 372, Pahrump, 89048. For more information and to register, click here. 


Former SN-ICC Student Member Uriel Villasenor, left, recently sent the chapter this photo taken at EduCode in March. Villasenor stopped by the SN-ICC booth to thank Past President Alan Ellis, pictured here, and other chapter members for mentoring him while he was a student at the College of Southern Nevada and student member. He graduated in 2014 and is now a building inspector for the City of Lakeway, Texas.

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