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Architectural Film Finishes

Posted By Deanne Goodlaxson, Wednesday, April 24, 2019
 

The last time that I ran across architectural graphics film was in 2011.  The glazer added it to his scope, which came to $18.00/sf.  It was being applied to an existing window we were building over and not removing for an addition on the second level overlooking a new 2 story lobby.  Small and high up.  Just recently, I came across Architectural Surfaces - AS-1 and AS-2 in a separate Interior Design drawing and materials legend I had to work off for the initial design of a hotel renovation.  I did not have any specifications, just the manufacturer, the sales rep's name and (of course) color.  They were applying it not only to glazing, but to walls and to "upgrade" the existing elevator doors and frames that were to remain in the cast-in-place shear walls.

 

I was scanning articles in CSI's web newsletter and came across this and hoped it would provide insight:

https://www.constructionspecifier.com/uncovering-design-possibilities-with-architectural-film-finishes

 

I had expected to learn where this product is typically specified.  I also was interested in which trade claims it.  Does this change depend upon where applied?  To glass, is it the glazers?  To walls, is it wall covering? To existing elevator doors and frames?   Interiors of elevators?  Who?  Of course, ultimately, I would have really liked to see an in-place cost reference which would help everyone know it’s viable use. 

 

What have you experienced?  What are your best sources for new materials applications and costs?

 

Deanne Goodlaxson, CPE

Education Committee

 

Tags:  education 

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AEP + CPE Renewal is Required

Posted By Cinder McDonald, Monday, April 22, 2019
 

All AEP + CPE certificate holders are required to renew.  All Certification cycles are now on Calendar year (January 1 – December 31). AEP + CPE Renewal is a purposeful process; which includes an Application + Renewal Fees.

 

Do you know your Certification Dates?

 

All AEP + CPE certificate holders are required to earn + log Professional Development Units into their PDU Journal as they are earned; every year.

 

Do you know where the PDU Journal can be found?

 

Thank you; and remember, I am available for Certification questions or comments.

 

Kind regards,

 

Cinder McDonald

Certification Committee Coordinator

615-316-9200 – Office

615-347-0373 – Direct

Cinder@ASPEnational.org

 

Tags:  certification 

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Architectural Film Finishes

Posted By Deanne Goodlaxson, Friday, April 19, 2019
 

The last time that I ran across architectural graphics film was in 2011.  The glazer added it to his scope, which came to $18.00/sf.  It was being applied to an existing window we were building over and not removing for an addition on the second level overlooking a new 2 story lobby.  Small and high up.  Just recently, I came across Architectural Surfaces - AS-1 and AS-2 in a separate Interior Design drawing and materials legend I had to work off for the initial design of a hotel renovation.  I did not have any specifications, just the manufacturer, the sales rep's name and (of course) color.  They were applying it not only to glazing, but to walls and to "upgrade" the existing elevator doors and frames that were to remain in the cast-in-place shear walls.

 

I was scanning articles in CSI's web newsletter and came across this and hoped it would provide insight:

https://www.constructionspecifier.com/uncovering-design-possibilities-with-architectural-film-finishes

 

I had expected to learn where this product is typically specified.  I also was interested in which trade claims it.  Does this change depend upon where applied?  To glass, is it the glazers?  To walls, is it wall covering? To existing elevator doors and frames?   Interiors of elevators?  Who?  Of course, ultimately, I would have really liked to see an in-place cost reference which would help everyone know it’s viable use. 

 

What have you experienced?  What are your best sources for new materials applications and costs?

 

Deanne Goodlaxson, CPE

Education Committee

 

Tags:  education 

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Professional Development Units – Your Journal

Posted By Cinder McDonald, Monday, April 15, 2019
 

The PDU Reference Table is your resource for information on PDU requirements.

·         www.ASPEnational.org > Login to your Profile > Quick Links >  Certification > CPE Applications + Forms > More Information > PDU Reference Table 

By using the PDU Reference Table, you will learn the information needed to submit the PDU credits you have already earned.

AEP + CPE Certificate holders have the responsibility to log PDU credits as they are earned, thus streamlining the Renewal process.

·         www.ASPEnational.org > log in to your Profile >  Quick Links > Certification Journal

 

*Note:  When possible, be certain to upload appropriate documentation, in PDF or DOC format, to back- up your journal entry.

 

Once you hit submit, the entry is directed to the Certification Team for review and approval.  We strive to address all Journal entries within a week.

 

Thank you; and remember, I am available for Certification questions or comments.

 

Kind regards,

 

Cinder McDonald

Certification Committee Coordinator

615-316-9200 – Office

615-347-0373 – Direct

Cinder@ASPEnational.org

 

 

Tags:  certification 

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Membership vs AEP or CPE Renewal: They are different!

Posted By Cinder McDonald, Friday, April 12, 2019
 

Membership fees are a completely separate subject from AEP / CPE Renewal.  All ASPE Members pay Membership fees, annually, in December.  They are invoiced to you and payable through your profile.


ASPE is paperless. Please note that your PDU journal, Renewal Applications + all Renewal Fees are completed online, within the individuals ASPE Profile.

 

AEP + CPE Certificate Holders are responsible for the entire certificate Renewal Process, which includes PDU submission, Renewal Application + Renewal Fees.

 

All Certification Cycle Dates (AEP / CPE) are calendar year (January 1 – December 31).

 

Thank you; and remember, I am available for Certification questions or comments.

 

Kind regards,

 

Cinder McDonald

Certification Committee Coordinator

615-316-9200 – Office

615-347-0373 – Direct

Cinder@ASPEnational.org

 

 

 

 

Tags:  certification 

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Snippets and Sayings from History

Posted By Chris Ray, Wednesday, April 10, 2019
 
 

Whoever said history was boring?  They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to pee in a pot.  Once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery.  If you had to do this to survive, you were, “piss poor.”  But worse than that were the really poor folks who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot.  They “didn’t have a pot to piss in” and were considered the lowest of the low.

 

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and they still smelled pretty good by June.  However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.  Hence, the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

 

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.  The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women, and finally the children.  Last of all the babies.  By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.  Hence, the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!”

 

Houses had thatched roofs with thick straw piled high and no wood underneath.  It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof.  When it rained, it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.  Hence, the saying, “it’s raining cats and dogs.”  There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.  This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed.  Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.  That’s how canopy beds came into existence.

 

The floor in most homes were dirt.  Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.  Hence the term “dirt poor”.  The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing.  As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside.  A piece of wood was placed in the entrance way.  Hence, a “threshold.”

 

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.  Every day, they lit the fire and added things to the pot.  They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat.  They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.  Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there quite a while.  Hence the rhyme, “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.”

 

Sometimes they would obtain pork that made them feel very special.  When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.  It was a sign of wealth that a man could “bring home the bacon.”  They would cut off a little to share with guests, and would all sit around and “chew the fat.”

 

Those with money had plates made of pewter.  Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death.  This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

 

Bread was divided according to status.  Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and the guests got the top or “upper crust.”

 

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky.  The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.  Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.  They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.  Hence the custom of, “holding a wake.”

 

In old, small villages, local folks started running out of places to bury people.  So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone house and reuse the grave.  When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside, and they realized they had been burying people alive.  So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.  Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell.  Thus, someone could be “saved by the bell” or was considered a “dead-ringer”.

 

Who said history was boring?

 

Anyone have any snippets or sayings related to the history of estimating?

 

 

Chris Ray, CPE

Education Committee

Tags:  education 

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What is an AEP?

Posted By David Battle, Wednesday, April 3, 2019
 

 

What is an AEP ?

 

This is our newest ASPE Certification designation for estimators desiring to be certified, yet lack 5 years estimating experience. One of the best advantages, the 4-hour General Estimating Knowledge (GEK) Exam, can be applied towards your CPE test, after attaining the required 5 years of experience.

 

College Students LOVE IT !

Allows the student to list on their resume, a certification designation, demonstrating the student has a desire for “continuing education” and communicates to a future employer, the student makes an effort to “go the extra mile.”

 

How do I apply for the AEP Certification ?

Go to: www.aspenational.org/certification

 

Please respond if you are interested and you have other questions.  

 

David Battle, FCPE

Chair, Certification Committee

 

Tags:  certification 

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Certification Communication

Posted By Cinder McDonald, Monday, April 1, 2019
 

The ASPE Certification Team sends emails through the website that contain reminders and sometimes links. I understand, in many circumstances, these emails get held up in spam or junk or stalled from the IT Department.  It may be because of the links themselves, or because we have a .org email address.

 

Please look in your junk or spam folder and ask your IT department to “white list” the email address certification@aspenational.org.

 

Communication is key.                                                          

 

Thank you, and remember I am available for Certification questions or comment.

 

Kind regards,

 

Cinder McDonald

Certification Committee Coordinator

615-316-9200 – Office

615-347-0373 – Direct

Cinder@ASPEnational.org

Tags:  certification 

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Electric Vehicles: Get Charged Up for How Much?

Posted By Brian Wright, Friday, March 29, 2019
 

As Electric Vehicles become accepted and increasingly affordable, building owners, corporations and retail outlets are installing chargers to help employees and offer customer service to shoppers.

 

As in all estimating, costs per charger have varied widely.  My best case project [these are real life numbers], saw the charger material cost at $5,000 for a dual-cord Charger serving 2 cars with Corporate purchasing leverage, and under $1,500 for GPR to miss the PTS Steel in the concrete, Charger installation and the power run to a Panel Board 10’ away that allowed all surface mount conduit in a Concrete parking deck.  Total cost $6,500 including commissioning. [Best case unit cost to date]

 

A record high cost seen to date is $37,500 per Dual Charger, 2 Dual Chargers were installed.  

 

How could the range be that large and jump from $6,500 each to $37,500 each for a single dual-cord charger?  This was a worst case scenario where an over 200’ underground run through complicated hardscape, landscape, multiple underground utility intersections required multiple demo trades and vacuum truck excavation at close to $100 a foot for 24” width and 18” depth to allow for Structural roadway put back.  The previous reasons, upsized copper for voltage drop as well, and slurry back fill with final complex hardscape and landscaping put back.  One would think Value Engineering would bring this unit cost down; but when you see the dominoes as a Pre Con estimator flow in real life, having a Vacuum Truck worst case scenario unit cost arrow in your estimating quiver at least gives the owner a chance to pause and locate chargers in that low cost concrete parking deck a 1,000 feet away. [A long walk for employees, and they wanted to reward them for being green and buying an Electric vehicle with a prime parking location.]  Serving the customer/employee outweighed install costs, and they went ahead and installed them in the most convenient short walk location but also the most expensive location.

 

The takeaway is all construction needs a Certified Professional Estimator to vision the large cost impact swings before design is placed on costly engineered drawings and allow the Team to make informed decisions as early as possible.

 

Brian Wright, CPE

Chair, Education Committee

Tags:  education 

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Productivity + Use of Phones

Posted By Heather Boulanger, Wednesday, March 27, 2019
 

How do you deal with employees that are constantly checking their phones?

 

We have 3 employees.  I can walk by their offices at any time, and 2 out of 3 times they will be looking down at their phones.  I’m not sure if they are actively texting, handling personal email, just checking in on the multitudes of social media platforms, or what.

 

Have you had to talk to them or discipline employees?  Has your company implemented a policy regarding personal phone use or internet use during company hours?

 

And, to answer the question you are probably asking as your read this, are they getting their job done? Yes; one employee is.  Another employee is doing the bare minimum of tasks, and the third is not.

 

So the one that is getting his job done is not pushing to work harder because he doesn’t need to; all he needs to do is look at the other two (who accomplish less and continue to hold their jobs).

 

Heather Boulanger, CPE

Education Committee

Tags:  education 

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