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August 2018

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Please plan to attend the SN-ICC Chapter Meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 13 at Sierra Gold on Jones Boulevard and Sunset Road.
This will be the chapter's annual joint meeting with the Structural Engineers Association of Southern Nevada, better known at SEASoN.
The luncheon meeting begins at 11:30 a.m., and will feature a presentation by Gerald Gunny, P.E., S.E., past president of SEASoN, and structural plans examiner with the City of Henderson Building and Fire Safety Division.  
Gunny will provide a general overview of the 2018 IBC structural updates and highlight some of the changes of interest to the industry.  
Registration will begin soon. Please watch your Inbox.   

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

Committees include Code Development, 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 Henderson seeks to hire a Fire Inspector II. Click here for additional information on this job opening.

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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SN-ICC Board of Directors
Sam Palmer, P.E., C.B.O.
Clark County
Terry Kozlowski
City of North Las Vegas
1st Vice President
James Gerren, P.E., C.B.O.
Clark County
2nd Vice President
Kevin McOsker, P.E., C.B.O.
City of Las Vegas
Christa Bilbrey
KB Home
Director At Large
Michael R. Gentille, C.B.O.
PCNA Group
Director at Large
Majid Pakniat, P.E.
City of Henderson
Past President
Alan R. Ellis, M.B.A., C.B.O.
EduCode Director
Monica Caruso
Executive Director 
SN-ICC is pleased to announce the first " SN-ICC Night" at a Vegas Golden Knights game set for Saturday, November 3 at the T-Mobile Arena. The Knights take on the Carolina Hurricanes that evening. 
The chapter has secured a limited number of tickets for a section in the Mezzanine area of the T-Mobile Arena. Ticket sales will be limited to SN-ICC members in good standing, who may purchase a maximum of two tickets for the discounted price of $60 per ticket. The chapter is subsidizing the ticket purchase.
Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, August 28.
Members, please watch your Inbox for the launch of ticket sales for what promises to be another outstanding chapter event.   
Note: T-Mobile Arena tickets are transmitted electronically, so ticket purchasers will need an active Flash Seats account in order to receive the tickets. The app can be downloaded from the Flash Seats website, which has links to the Apple App Store and Google Play:   
If you are not an SN-ICC member, but want to take advantage of this opportunity, click here for the SN-ICC Membership Application. 
Nat Hodgson, executive director and CEO of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, presented information about the local housing industry at the Chapter Meeting on July 12 at Sierra Gold. 
SN-ICC thanks member and home building industry chief, Nat Hodgson, for his presentation at the Chapter Meeting in July at Sierra Gold.  
More than 100 members and guests turned out to hear Hodgson's presentation about issues and conditions in the local housing industry. He is the executive director and CEO of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association. He is also an award-winning member of SN-ICC in recognition of his work on local code development and adoption.    
At the luncheon, Doug Nelson, professor of construction management at the College of Southern Nevada, presented an overview of the building inspection, construction management and project management educational programs at the college. Click here for Professor Nelson's presentation materials. 
Congratulations to Cathy Altstatt of Clark County, winner of the raffle prize at the Chapter Meeting in July. Cathy took home a $25 gift card to Home Depot. She's pictured with chapter President Sam Palmer and the luncheon speaker, Nat Hodgson, executive director and CEO of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association.  


Local jurisdictions are adopting the 2018 codes with local amendments.    

The new codes will be effective February 4, 2019.  
SN-ICC salutes the members of its Code Development Committee for their hard work and efforts during this process. 

The International Code Council seeks the involvement and support of its members who are veterans and who are active in code administration for its new Safety 2.0 - Military Families Career Path Program.

The program helps veterans who are transitioning to civilian life and their family members learn more about building safety career options. The ICC's Safety 2.0 program is welcoming a new generation of members and leaders to the building safety profession.

Over the next 15 years, the building industry will lose about 80 percent of its existing skilled workforce. This situation presents a significant opportunity for military families and veterans looking to enter the civilian workforce.

SN-ICC members who are veterans involved in code
administration are asked to contact Dave Nichols, ICC senior regional manager of government relations, at or 1-888-422-7233, Ext. 7701, for more information about getting involved in this program.


Approximately 150 SN-ICC members and others attended the IRC and IBC transition classes in July. The chapter and the ICC Learning Center partnered to present the classes to assist local code and construction professionals prepare for the transition from the 2012 codes to the 2018 codes. Local jurisdictions are adopting the new codes, which go into effect in early February.    



Student Interns Wanted 
The Clark County Department of Building and Fire Prevention has openings for three interns, who will be able to apply their college/university education with practical work experience.
The county is recruiting for a student engineer, a student building inspector and a student building plans examiner. 
Recruitment is open to September 7.

Targeted candidates are current college and university students, and those who graduated from college and university within the past 12 months.

Code and building industry professionals are asked to encourage prospective candidates to apply for an internship.  Click here to apply for the internships.   


SN-ICC President Sam Palmer, right, presented a Barcelona soccer team jersey to Mo Jadid at this surprise retirement party in early August.

Henderson Building Official Mo Jadid recently retired from his duties with the city. He is now manager of operations in Southern Nevada for Bureau Veritas. The city has appointed Majid Pakniat, plan check manager, as interim building official.

In addition, Jadid has stepped down as chairperson of the Southern Nevada Building Officials. SN-ICC Secretary/Treasurer Kevin McOsker, the building official for the City of Las Vegas, has accepted the chairperson duties for SNBO.

Congratulations and best wishes to members Kathleen Gerdon of Nevada State College and Kevin Smith of the City of Henderson who married in June.


The State of Nevada's Mechanical Unit is no longer part of the the state's OSHA Section. The unit is now the Mechanical Compliance Section in the Nevada Department of Business and Industry Division of Industrial Relations.   
The City of Las Vegas has appointed Tim Hacker the new chief of Public Safety Services to oversee the departments of Public Safety, Municipal Court and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. Hacker was parks and recreation director. Hacker's new position fills the void created by the retirement in late July of Deputy City Manager Orlando Sanchez. 
The American Concrete Institute will host the Concrete Convention and Exposition October 14-18 at the Rio Hotel. Click here for additional information about the conference



Two local non-profit groups recently expressed their thanks for SN-ICC's support.  
The local chapter of the American Cancer Society sent a thank-you card to express gratitude for the chapter's donation to the "Construction vs Cancer" campaign benefiting local children and their families battling cancer.
"Your generous donation provides the funding necessary for continued research, services and advocacy to improve the lives of children with cancer," the card stated. SN-ICC members are invited to get involved with the industry-wide Construction vs Cancer campaign.   
Also, the Public Education Foundation sent a letter, thanking the chapter for its contribution of $25,000 for student scholarships. The students plan to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, construction management and public administration.    


Alexia Hsin Chen
Alexia Hsin Chen 
Alexia Hsin Chen, AIA, is an active member of the chapter's Communications Committee. She's assisted the chapter with its social media sites, Building Safety Month marketing and the EduCode conference and exposition.
Alexia is a project architect at LG A. She joined LGA full-time in 2013 after graduating from UNLV with a master of architecture degree. Prior to that, she earned a bachelor of a r ts in theater design and technology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is a board member and a set designer for Cockroach Theatre, a local company based downtown. Alexia was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan; she is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese .
Alexia may be best known to chapter members as the project manager of the award-winning Solar Decathlon Team Las Vegas. The team' s " DesertSol " home won second place in the overall competition and was the only U.S. team to place in the top three during the competition in 2013. The international competition is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.  
Alexia is now a co-facilitator for the Living Building Challenge Collaborative and works closely with the AIA Las Vegas Committee on the Environment to continue pushing forward sustainability in Southern Nevada.
Some of the notable projects she worked on at LGA include: Nevada State Railroad Museum Visitor Center in Boulder City, Ruffin Family Organic Garden & Plaza at The Alexander Dawson School, the Opportunity Village Oakey Campus Renovation and Expansion, Baker Park and Pool Reconstruction, the Southern Nevada Water Authority's Warm Springs Natural Area, the Discovery Children's Museum, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church's parish hall and the UNLV Graduate Commons.
Alexia Chen was the project manager for the award-winning "DesertSol" home now on permanent display at the Springs Preserve. 


A Special Feature of the SN-ICC Communications Committee 

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