On September 11th, 2020, the IIBEC SoCal Chapter hosted its 18thAnnual Golf Tournament at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, CA. Despite the unprecedented challenges of 2020, the event served great as always with the attendance of 144 golfers who made it out to enjoy the course with its coastal scenic views. Our event could not be possible without the generous support of our industry partners, including the following:
Platinum Sponsor: Carlisle Syntec
Premier Tabletop Sponsors: Best Contracting and EPRO
As always, we also had many other industry sponsors who came out to contribute tees, golf balls, snacks, beverages and raffle giveaways, and line the course with their company tee signage and tabletop displays.
Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our players, our Golf Committee and volunteers worked tirelessly to transform our annual tournament into contact-free event, including lunch and swag bags set up with pre-assigned cart seating prior to guest arrivals. This year’s goodies included golf balls, markers, tees, towels, and travel-size hand sanitizer. We also included custom SoCal IIBEC logo face masks as part of our IIBEC re-branding efforts and to encourage social distancing best practices while on the course.
Other tournament format changes included starting off three separate groups of golfers at staggered tee times, to reduce how many players would congregate at a given time. Waiting players were able to partake in a delicious spread of breakfast burritos, coffee, juices and refreshing cocktails while catching up with colleagues and sponsors, perusing our membership drive booth, and enjoying the morning air on the manicured club house green.
Lastly, we used the golf cart satellite touchscreens to announce raffle prizes remotely throughout the day. Along with the lucky raffle prize recipients, the tournament winners are as follows:
1st Place Team: Joe Buffolino, Ralph Dion, Corey Actis, Marty Schinker
2nd Place Team: Kevin Taylor, Bob Bligh, Rick Santos, Garrett Smith
3rd Place Team: Josh Bailey, David Byun, Cliff Welch, Brent Hereda
Longest Drive: Thomas Hayward
Longest Putt, Distance of 50 ft. 4 in. Tod Fritts
Closest to the Pin, Distance of 1 ft. 3 in. Lopez
Special thanks go out to the Golf Committee, event volunteers and especially Danielle Ward and Moira Howmann for all their hard work, as we could not have completed such a well-executed, safe, and enjoyable event without their leadership and dedication.
-Arturo Ortiz, Jr.
Chapter Vice President
The IIBEC Southern California Chapter was pleased to host its inaugural Virtual Technical Meeting on July 23rd, 2020.
Recognizing the need to provide technical education opportunities in the age of social distancing, the Chapter pivoted away from our traditional in-person meeting format and instead organized our very first Technical Meeting on Zoom. Approximately 55 attendees logged on to our online meeting space, joining us not only from CA but also nearby region V states including WA, NV, CO and as far as IN, TX, and Ontario, Canada!
Guests were greeted by our Chapter President and Host Ivan Chak, who kicked things off with local Chapter updates along with upcoming IIBEC event reminders. IIBEC’s Region V Director Szymon Zienkiewicz also made an appearance to address attendees and speak to region-specific highlights and news.
Our technical speakers for the evening were Rick Mosco, AIA and Michelle L. Sandoval, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP of WJE Associates, Inc. in Pasadena, CA. Mr. Mosco and Mrs. Sandoval presented an in-depth look into Stucco Detailing for Buildings with Unique Geometry. The presentation discussed a challenging cement plaster case study and illustrated how unusual geometric features in building facades can present unique challenges that often affect the performance of building enclosures. The speakers discussed performance characteristics of detailing for stucco supported by metal lath, and special detailing considerations that can mitigate problems associated with uniquely configured stucco facades. Mr. Mosco & Mrs. Sandoval delivered excellent perspective and technical commentary into the world of lath-reinforced cement plaster which was well-received by our audience.
The So Cal Chapter’s very first virtual meeting was a success and one to put into the books with an outstanding attendance. Guests earned 1 hour of continuing education approved by IIBEC and AIA. We would like to extend our appreciation to Rick Mosco and Michelle Sandoval for their efforts in providing an informed presentation, and thanks to all of those who took the time to attend.
-Arturo Ortiz, Jr.
The IIBEC So Cal Chapter (formerly the So Cal Chapter of RCI, Inc.), hosted the 20th Annual Hawaii Winter Workshop on January 16th and 17th2020 at the splendid Westin Hapuna Beach Resort in Waimea, HI.
Approximately 87 attendees took a break from enjoying the beautiful Big Island coastline to attend our offering of 10 informative and interesting presentations about the advancement of modern building enclosures, for up to 12.5 hours of AIA LU|HSW and IIBEC CEU approved credit. As we enter a new decade and a rapidly changing and dynamic environment, the 2020 workshop theme was appropriately entitled “Adapting to Change: Building for the Future and How to Get There.” IIBEC So Cal Chapter President Ivan Chak introduced each of the accomplished and skillful presenters, who we would like to recognize for their technical contributions and being an integral part of the event:
Our 2020 workshop received an unprecedented amount of sponsorship support, with 20 tabletop exhibitors and one banner sponsor. On Thursday afternoon, participants attended a hour-long “speed dating” style exhibitor tour where attendees interacted with exhibitor over a fast-paced three-minute interval to connect and discuss new or improved products. We would like to recognize our sponsors for their avid participation in facilitating networking opportunities and providing the latest industry updates on construction product developments.
Thursday evening ended with a lovely ocean view networking reception, sponsored by our Platinum event sponsor Versico. This year’s raffle prize drawing was awarded to one of technical presenters and IIBEC So Cal Chapter Consultant Director, Rick Mosco! We hope you enjoy your new Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth smart speaker.
On both days, attendees started their mornings off with a delicious breakfast spread including delectable pastries, energy bars, fresh tropical fruit, granola and yogurt, coffee, tea and fruit juices, sponsored in part by Evonik Corporation.
We appreciate everyone that made the time to attend and help make the 20th Annual Hawaii Winter Workshop a wonderful and truly memorable experience! We would like to thank each of event sponsors for helping to make our event possible:
The IIBEC So Cal Chapter (formerly the So Cal Chapter of RCI, Inc.), hosted its annual Membership Drive & Summer Social on August 1st at Splitsville - Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA.
For the first time, we held our event at a bowling alley as a fun way for our local Chapter community to get together, mingle and knock down some pins! Splitsville graciously hosted our approximately 52 guests, many of which participated in our exciting and outrageously fun bowling tournament. Attendees escaped the evening heat while enjoying delicious appetizers and food, refreshing beverages, and of course, great company. IIBEC So Cal Chapter President Kyle Eazor led the evening with a warm welcome for all in attendance, including some Chapter news updates and rallying potential speakers for our fall lineup of technical dinner meetings. The event offered the opportunity for members and non-members to network and socialize in a casual and interactive open setting, while enjoying some good competitive team bowling.
Even though everyone was a winner for showing up, we would like to recognize Ryan Garcia and Joseph Schettino for achieving the highest and lowest scores of the tournament – we won’t say who got which! Ryan and Joseph took home the grand prizes, complementary registrations to either one of SoCal Chapter’s big 2020 events, our 20th anniversary Hawaii Winter Workshop in January, or our 18th Annual Golf Tournament in April. Congratulations, gentlemen!
We appreciate everyone that made the time to attend and help make the IIBEC SoCal Chapter Membership Drive & Summer Social a wonderful and truly memorable experience!
We would like to especially thank our event’s refreshment sponsor, Brian Carrillo with Encore Building Products.
-Arturo Ortiz Jr
The IIBEC SoCal Chapter (formerly the SoCal Chapter of RCI) hosted its third technical dinner meeting of the year on May 16th, 2019 at The Hacienda in Santa Ana, CA.
Despite some wet weather and worse than usual rush hour traffic earlier in the day, we had an impressive turnout of 41 attendees arrive to network and enjoy delicious Mexican cuisine in a lovely rustic event venue. Even more exciting was that over a fifth of our attendees were roofing contractors, adding some welcome diversity of experience and technical knowledge in the space. Our guest speaker was Mr. Brandon Mark, a specifier services representative for Johns Manville. Brandon spoke on “Re-Roofing and Recover”, covering a wide range of topics including both tools and techniques for evaluating an existing roof in consideration for re-roofing or recover, the importance of performing building inspections, and taking roof cuts for analysis. He also discussed commonly encountered different low-slope roofing membranes, substrates, and code requirements to consider including designing for wind. Brandon also went through some general pros and cons for common re-roof and recover design strategies, manufacturer guarantees and maintenance requirements.
We were extremely pleased to host the greatest number of attendees for a technical dinner meeting this year thus far, including a large contingent of local roofers. We would like to thank Brandon Mark for his time and efforts in providing an informative and well-received presentation.
Special recognition to our event sponsors:
· Robert Larez, Axis Building Envelope Design
· Erica Reynolds, McGinnis Chen Associates
· Brian Carrillo, Encore Building Products
We would also like to extend our appreciation to our attendees for their support and helping us close out yet another successful meeting. Attendees earned 1 hour of continuing education approved by IIBEC and AIA.
On April 18th, 2019, the IIBEC SoCal Chapter (formerly the SoCal Chapter of RCI) returned to the Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton, CA for our 17th Annual Golf Tournament. As always it was a great event, with a sell-out crowd of 160 golfers hitting the links. Our annual event could not be possible without the generous support of our industry partners, including the following:
Diamond Sponsor: Lowry’s Inc.
Premier Sponsor: Structural Materials
Platinum Sponsors: Letner Roofing, Sika Sarnafil, Carlisle SynTec
We also had many other industry sponsors who came out to contribute tees, golf balls, snacks, beverages and raffle giveaways and line the course with their company tee signage and tabletop displays.
Our volunteers helped check golfers check in during our early morning registration, handing out goodie bags with custom Under Armour golf jackets, golf gloves with custom ball markers sponsored by Polyguard, and taking on-site purchases for raffle contest entries, putting contest tickets, and mulligans. A Bloody Mary and breakfast bar sponsored by Fibertite offered a tasty selection of breakfast burritos, fruit salad, juices, and refreshing cocktails. The golfers teed off at 11 a.m. under clear sunny skies and a enjoyed a light breeze throughout the day.
By 6:00 p.m. the carts rolled in for a delicious southwest style dinner sponsored by Versico with brisket, grilled chicken and all the fixings, plus cookies and brownie desserts to top it off. Golf committee co-chairs Danielle Ward and Moira Howmann emceed the evening.
Following dinner, we had the opportunity and bonus prize drawings. The sale of opportunity drawing tickets allowed us to offer an extensive array of tiered prizes, including numerous premium-level prizes donated by vendors including: Sonos One smart speaker set, Yeti Tundra Haul cooler, Frigidaire 30-bottle wine chiller, and a LG 70 in. 4K Ultra LED UHD television.
A golf cannon staged at our Charity hole helped raise $1,170 in donation funds for the In STEPPS Academy, a school for young children with autism located in Irvine, CA.
The revenue collected from the golf tournament also helped the So Cal Chapter to provide donations to both the RCA - Jim Nienow and URCA - Don Banks Memorial Scholarship programs. We continued our support of these organizations with $1,500 presented to each of these industry scholarship funds.
Special thanks go out to the Golf Committee, event volunteers and especially Danielle Ward and Moira Howmann for all their hard work, as we could not have completed such a well-executed and enjoyable event without their leadership and dedication.
Chapter Vice President
The IIBEC SoCal Chapter (formerly the SoCal Chapter of RCI) hosted its second technical dinner meeting of the year on April 4th, 2019 at JT Schmid’s Restaurant & Brewery in Anaheim, CA.
Approximately 24 attendees made their way to JT Schmid’s to enjoy some great networking along with refreshing beverages and some delicious dinner plates. Our guest speakers were Kent Lawrence, Senior Account Representative of Eagle Roofing Products & Michele Morse, Senior Architectural Coordinator for Eagle Roofing Products. Kent and Michele presented on “Concrete Roof Tiles”, highlighted key topics such as: design versatility of concrete tiles, the manufacturing process of concrete roof tiles from the introduction of raw materials to finished product, installation methods, and key performance characteristics of concrete roof tiles. In addition, they discussed the longevity, durability and overall life cycle cost analysis of concrete roof tiles compared to other steep-sloped roofing options.
The event was a success, and we would like to thank both Kent Lawrence & Michele Morse for their time and energy in providing an informative and enjoyable multimedia presentation, complete with many hands-on product samples to keep our audience engaged. Attendees earned 1 hour of continuing education approved by IIBEC and AIA. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the event’s tabletop sponsor, Robert Larez of Axis Building Envelope Design.
-Arturo Ortiz Jr.
The SoCal Chapter of RCI made it out to the 34th RCI International Convention and Tradeshow, held on March 14th to 19th at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, FL. The convention included professional examinations, continuing education seminars, various national and regional committee meetings, tradeshow exhibition, annual golf tournament and other festivities. Also featured was the much-anticipated reveal of the new IIBEC organization name and logo which was received with much fanfare and was an exciting treat for attendees.
This year’s opening ceremony featured Mr. Jamie Hyneman of MythBusters fame, who delivered an intriguing keynote address in the form of a Q&A discussion conducted by First Vice President Scott Hinesley. The interview touched upon Jamie’s wide range of diverse jobs and skills, valuable lessons learned, and his unique life experiences both on and off the set. Jamie provided some words of wisdom in addressing some of the challenges faced by our industry, including: the importance of being aware of the entire project process and scope, anticipating unknowns, embracing innovation, having a methodical mindset in experimentation and investigation, and how diversity can help to elevate your team to be greater than the sum of its parts.
Our Chapter was recognized for several notable distinctions during the event, including our donation of $10,000 to the RCI Foundation (RCIF) which elevated our overall contribution amount to $61,200 since the Chapter’s formation. It gets lonely sometimes being the first Chapter representation at the “Benefactor” level, but we hope it won’t be for long! Members of our local Chapter board had the opportunity to present the check and appear in a photo op with (US) Chairman Joe Hale. During the Awards Luncheon, The Chapter was also presented with an Outstanding Affiliated Chapter Award for achieving Platinum status in the 2018 year. The award was received by several board and chapter members who attended the Awards Luncheon.
Hope to see you at the next convention where we will be returning to the Marriott Marquis Houston and George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX from March 26 to 31, 2020.
-Arturo Ortiz Jr.
The SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc. hosted its first technical dinner meeting of our 2019 education series on February 21st at JT Schmid’s Restaurant & Brewery in Anaheim, CA.
Approximately 26 attendees came out to enjoy some great networking along with refreshing beverages and some delicious dinner plates. Our Chapter Vice President Ivan Chak got things going as the host for the event, introducing the new 2019 SoCal Chapter board of directors in attendance. Also in the audience was our very own Region V Director, Szymon Zienkiewicz. Szymon provided announcements to our membership on national and regional level updates, including the RCI, Inc. re-branding efforts and the upcoming Region V meeting at the Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV on June 12th.
Our guest speaker was Mr. Osvaldo Joya, Director of Pre-Construction with LJP Construction Services. Osvaldo presented on the topic of “Constructability of 1-Coat Stucco and EIF Systems”, drawing on his past project experiences and role as a certified EIFS inspector. Osvaldo discussed topics such as identifying key differences between traditional stucco, 1-coat stucco and EIFS. He highlighted challenges with insurance coverage and exclusions for EIFS, and dove into multiple aspects of EIFS including design, construction and field QA/QC inspection. Osvaldo also spoke to the importance of critical components to verify on EIFS. The presentation concluded with a Q&A session with good audience participation and interaction between consultants and industry members alike.
We were pleased to start our year with an informative and engaging technical presentation, and we would like to thank Osvaldo Joya for his time and valuable contributions. All attendees earned 1.0 hour of RCI CEH’s and AIA LU’s. We would also like to extend our appreciation to our event table top sponsors, Robert Larez of Axis Building Envelope Design & Jim Hill of BASF Senergy Wall Systems.
-Arturo Ortiz Jr
The SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc. held its 19th Annual Hawaii Winter Workshop on January 14 & 15, 2019 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, HI. Approximately 100 attendees made it out from Canada and the US, including a strong contingent of local Hawaiians, and into the beautiful paradise of Waikiki to partake in the two-day seminar. The event featured guest speakers from across North America who provided well-informed and engaging presentations that covered a wide array of building envelope topics centered around the theme of “Innovation in Building Envelope Design & Solutions”.
First and foremost, the Chapter would like to thank the following workshop presenters for their technical contributions and in being an integral part of the event:
· Richard Mosco, AIA, Associate Principal / WJE Associates Inc. / Pasadena, CA
· Jeff Neilson, AIA, Senior Associate / WJE Associates Inc. / Pasadena, CA
· Karim Allana, PE, RRC, RWC, Senior Principal / Allana Buick & Bers, Inc. / Palo Alto, CA
· Peterson Lambert, PE, Principal / Allana Buick & Bers, Inc. / Seattle, WA
· Philip D. Dregger, PE, RRC, Vice President / Technical Roof Services a Salas-O’Brien Company / Concord, CA
· Christopher Giffin, RRC, AIA, Principal / WJE Associates Inc. / Duluth, GA
· James Brown, RRC, AIA, Associate Principal / WJE Associates Inc. / Duluth, GA
· Stéphane P. Hoffman, M.Arch., M.Eng., PE, Principal / Morrison Hershfield / Seattle, WA
· Elena Kessi, President / Aquafin, Inc. / Elkton, MD
· Kenrick Hartman, PE, RBEC, LEED AP, Senior Associate / WJE Associates Inc. / New York, NY
· Douglas Stieve, RA, RRC, GRP, Principal / WJE Associates Inc. / New York, NY
· Gary Weaver, Principal / Atlas Consulting / Irvine, CA
· Amy Chitilian, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., EIT, Engineering Intern / Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. / Toronto, ON
· Gene Keeton, CxA+BE, BECxP, QAO, President / KDENT, Inc. / Monett, MO
The 2019 workshop saw a record number of attendees as well as event sponsorship support, with 15 table top exhibitors and one banner sponsor. We built upon last year’s creative initiative in organizing the exhibition tour as a “speed dating” hour, with small groups rotating between each table top at timed intervals. It was a fast-paced session with all hands on deck, allowing every table top sponsor to have exposure with each attendee. Thanks to our energetic sponsors, it was a great networking opportunity all around while participants got a chance to enhance their product and material knowledge.
At the conclusion of Day 1, attendees were treated to a networking reception sponsored by the Platinum event sponsor, Versico. As per our tradition, we held a raffle at the end of the reception where Jim Hill of BASF Senergy Wall Systems from our very own SoCal Chapter was the lucky winner of a slick new GoPro Fusion Camera. We hope it comes in handy while catching some big waves, Jim! Gold sponsor CanDo Supply helped to keep our attendees well fed on both days, with our delicious catered lunches held in the pleasant outdoor lounge space just outside the conference.
As always, the event could not have been possible without support from our industry colleagues and the building envelope community. The Chapter would like to thank the following:
· Platinum Sponsor – Versico Roofing Systems
· Gold Sponsor – CanDo Supply LLC
· Bronze Sponsors – Hydro-Gard, Malarkey Roofing Products, BASF Senergy Wall Systems, Cell-Crete Corporation, Drexel Metals Inc., Fibertite
· Tabletop Exhibitors – GE Silicones, USG, Sika Greenstreak, Georgia-Pacific, Drone Vantage LLC, General Coatings, AVM Industries
· Banner Sponsor – Situra Inc.
We would like to thank all the attendees for their participation and taking the time to join us in Honolulu. We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s workshop, which will be our 20th anniversary event!
-Arturo Ortiz Jr.
On a cool and rainy Wednesday evening, over 40 event attendees came out to the festively decorated Hacienda in Santa Ana, CA to attend the SoCal Chapter of RCI’s Annual Dinner and Holiday Party on December 5, 2018. We received many generous contributions to our annual Toys for Tots donation drive – in total, we collected 20+ toys to give to the U.S. Marine Corps for distribution to less fortunate children in low-income families. Guests were greeted with champagne flutes and enjoyed passed appetizers, refreshments, buffet dinner and taco bar in a cheery and warm atmosphere complete with live Mariachi music.
Chapter President Danielle Ward and Vice President Kyle Eazor delivered updates on the SoCal Chapter of RCI, Inc., summarizing the year in review and looking ahead to 2019. Our Region V Director Szymon Zienkiewicz provided a comprehensive overview of RCI, Inc. current and upcoming events at the regional and national levels. Danielle returned to the podium to present special awards to chapter officers and volunteers for their hard work throughout the year.
The evening festivities concluded with our annual raffle ticket drawing, which included a prize of sponsorship of RCI, Inc. member dues for one year. The SoCal Chapter would like to extend a special mention to our generous sponsors, who helped to make the event a rousing success:
Event Sponsor: Union Roofing Contractors Association
Refreshment Sponsor: AQUAFIN Inc
Tabletop Sponsors: EPRO, Axis Building Envelope Design
We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season, and best wishes in the New Year. We look forward to seeing some of you in Honolulu at our upcoming 19th annual Hawaii Winter Workshop on Jan 14-15, 2019!