Chapter News – September 2017

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September 14, 2017

Check the source! Find chapter news on RCI Affiliated Chapter websites.

Chapter leaders can download resources, including the Chapter Awards Program Application, from the Member Resources page of RCI’s website.

Reminder: The Document Competition Deadline is September 30. Chapters will now receive chapter awards points for members’ entries. Ten points are awarded for entering and 15 points for placing in the Document Competition!

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Calendar of Upcoming Chapter Events

Great Lakes Shares Upcoming Events

By Great Lakes Chapter Industry Director Sue Baumberger

Upcoming Great Lakes Chapter events are shown below. Mark your calendars now!

10/12: Fall Technical Session
12/8: Annual Banquet & Membership Meeting

Details will be sent to the membership well in advance of all scheduled events.

Volunteers are important to any organization. If you would like to help, please call or email our Chapter President Ron Kinne at 734-591-4444 or

Mid Atlantic Announces 8th Annual Barbeque and Crab Feast Social

By Mid Atlantic Chapter Secretary Matt Schofield

The Mid Atlantic Chapter (MAC) will be holding its 8th Annual Barbeque and Crab Feast Social on October 5th, 2017. The event will be held at 1195 Long Cove Road in Pasadena, Maryland from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The event will include steamed crabs, catered barbeque (including salads, sides, and beverages) great views of the Magothy River and Gibson Island, and networking opportunities. The MAC is also encouraging attendees to bring a guest who may benefit from chapter events and industry networking.

For more information about this event and future events or other chapter information, visit the Mid Atlantic Chapter website at, or contact Matt Schofield at, or Steven Bohlen at

Northern Gulf Coast Announces Charity Golf Tournament and Educational Seminar

By Kellie Katz

On October 12 and 13, 2017, the Northern Gulf Coast Chapter of RCI, Inc. will host a Fall Seminar at The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort at One Grand Blvd., Point Clear, AL. A special room rate of $229 per night (resort view) or $279 per night (bay view) will be available for attendees on Thursday and Friday nights. Space is limited, please book by September 21. Book your group rate for RCI 2017 Fall Seminar.

Contact Josh Tatum with any questions. Program itinerary follows.

Program Itinerary:
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Annual Charity Golf:
Supporting The University of West Florida Scholarship
Tournament Format:  Four-Person Scramble
Registration / Lunch: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Shotgun Start: 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 PM
Awards and Reception: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Dinner: On your own

Friday, October 13, 2017
Educational Seminar:
4 Educational Credits (RCI and AIA)
Program Time: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Breakfast and Lunch Provided

Portland Chapter to Host End-of-Summer Golf Event, Fall Meeting, and Two-Day Education Symposium

By Portland Chapter President Steven McBride

It has been a very busy inaugural year for the Portland Chapter of RCI, Inc., and the Education Committee and Golf Committee are preparing for our final two major events of 2017.

We are excited to announce that the Portland Chapter will be hosting our first annual golf tournament on September 28th, 2017, at the Lewis River Golf Club, located just north of the Portland area in Woodland, Washington. We have received great feedback and support for this event, and are eager to provide an occasion to spend time with industry friends and colleagues after such a busy summer season! The golf tournament will also serve as the start of the election process for available officer positions for fiscal year 2018.

On November 9th and 10th, 2017, the Portland Chapter will present an Education Symposium at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill in Tualatin, Oregon. A total of 16 CEHs can be earned by attendees of the symposium. The two-day program includes breakfast, lunch, and a wide variety of programs, including the following:

Day 1 – Exterior Walls Quality Assurance
A full-day course covering a variety of topics that relate to professionals who are interested in performing observations to assure that exterior wall systems are installed in accordance with construction documents. This course offers information related to requirements for obtaining the REWO certification offered by RCI, Inc. Day 1 will be presented by Colin Murphy of Trinity | ERD, and André Coppin of Cornerstone Architectural Group.

Day 2 – Building Envelope Presentations

There will also be a chapter meeting on the evening of November 9th, during which the election of officers for fiscal year 2018 will be concluded and announced.

Visit the Portland Chapter website ( for more details on our upcoming events, and to register.

So Cal Chapter Hosts Meetings

By So Cal Chapter Treasurer Ivan Chak
The So Cal chapter tours the main fabrication facility of Arcadia, Inc., in Vernon, CA.

The So Cal Chapter of RCI hosted their third meeting of the year on July 20th, 2017 at the Arcadia Main Fabrication Facility in Vernon, CA. This is the first time in two years that the chapter has held an on-site technical outing at a manufacturer’s facility. The event was well attended, with a turnout of approximately 40 participants of diverse technical backgrounds from local A/E/C, specifier/consultant, and industry communities.

So Cal Chapter of RCI President Szymon Zienkiewicz introduced the guest speaker and gracious host for the event, James Fitzsimmons of Arcadia. Fitzsimmons delivered an engaging and comprehensive presentation on storefront and curtainwall systems. He provided valuable information into technical aspects of fenestration systems, and showcased several interesting example cases on how front-end design modifications and custom fabrication can assist in maintaining the overall design intent. Fitzsimmons brought a unique and authentic perspective from his past project experiences, helping to illustrate how a collaborative project team approach assisted in bringing several of his past projects to the finish line despite competing aesthetic, budget, and scheduling priorities.

Attendees enjoyed a behind-the-doors tour.
Following the presentation, Arcadia plant staff took event attendees through a guided tour of the active main plant, providing us with an exciting behind-the-doors look at how commercial fenestration systems— including steel-framed windows, storefront, unitized curtainwall, and terrace doors— are constructed from elemental components. The event was concluded with boxed lunches and cold refreshments, enjoyed in Arcadia’s meeting space.

The chapter would like to extend a special thank you to the employees of Arcadia for providing a warm and generous welcome to our attendees, and is grateful for their hospitality and hard work behind the scenes. The event was a rousing success, and could not have happened without their help and coordination efforts.

A technical presentation regarding commercial vapor retarders is presented at the August meeting of the So Cal chapter.

On August 15th, 2017, the So Cal Chapter of RCI hosted their fourth technical meeting of the calendar year that included networking opportunities, dinner, and a technical presentation regarding commercial vapor retarders delivered by Darren Perry, RRC, PE, of Soprema, Inc. The meeting was held at JT Schmid’s Restaurant & Brewery in Anaheim, CA.

Perry presented on commercial roofing vapor retarders, including condensation and vapor drive fundamentals, vapor retarder material options, challenges facing the industry, and solution options. He also highlighted some of the nuances in navigating code requirements for vapor retarder design, application within common roof assemblies, and aspects of substrate preparation and installation.

The event was attended by 26 consultant and industry participants, who enjoyed a social hour, dinner with choice of beef, chicken or salmon entrée, and earned 1 hour of continuing education approved by RCI and AIA. The chapter would like to thank the volunteers, attendees and presenter for their contribution to another successful technical meeting.

The chapter hopes to see you at their next event on October 10th, a joint meeting with Union Roofing Contractors Association (URCA) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels in Norwalk, CA. The meeting will feature an open forum discussion with a six-member panel of RCI consultants and URCA contractors aiming to shed light on the constantly evolving consultant-contractor interaction, collaboration, and challenges in the modern construction realm. Event attendance, including dinner, is complimentary for RCI members. Stay tuned for further information from our website newsfeed, and get up-to-date So Cal RCI news emails via the email subscription button on the left-hand side of the So Cal Chapter homepage.