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What Does Inspected by an ACIA/ RCI Member Mean? PDF Print E-mail
Written by James V. Vitale, AIA, RCI, LEED AP, CASP   
Consider that ACIA members come in many flavors, including DSA, OSHPD and Public Works as well as numerous deputy inspectors. They span the gambit from recently certified to grey hairs. Each of you has entered your profession with a minimum tested level of knowledge skills and ability with which to inspect public projects. You continue to supplement your certifications with continuing education and field experience.
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From the Executive Director PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dale Lacasella   
There is an old Hebrew curse that goes, “May you live in interesting times”. Well, we certainly do live in “interesting times” now. Whether it is a curse or a blessing remains to be seen. Over the past year there have been many changes in the A.C.I.A., some good and some not so good. 
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Who IS in Charge? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bernard Cook   

THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION COMMITTEE was contacted by a Registered Construction Inspector who was the Project Inspector, on a one hundred million dollar five year capital improvements contract located in a mid-western state. The Project Inspector was selected by the Owner, from an ACIA referral and contracted for the project duration. The Owner retained a Construction Manager to act as the Owner’s Agent. The Engineer of Record was never invited to participate during the inspector’s interview, and was prevented from supervising the Project Inspector.

During the third year of the contract, the Project Inspector was audited by the state employment department for allegedly hiring clerical personnel to perform administrative tasks and claiming them as independent contractors rather than employees. The state agency levied a claim of fifty thousand dollars in back-due payroll taxes and penalties!

The inspector shared the inspection contract with us and this article summarizes what we discovered. The Project Inspector’s original contract with the Owner required “continuous inspection”. The Construction Manager’s field office was under-staffed so the Construction
Manager directed the Project Inspector to hire additional personnel to assist with the clerical and administrative tasks associated with project management.

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Treated Lumber & ACQ PDF Print E-mail

ON JANUARY 1, 2004 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has banned the use of Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) as a preservative in treated lumber in residential and commercial construction. This was in an effort to reduce the use of arsenic and increase the safety level. Alkaline Copper Quanternany (ACQ) is a non-arsenic wood preservative that has become the treated lumber industry’s answer to this EPA requirement.

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Building Inspectors: the Quiet Heroes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tony Falcone, CBO   

NOWHERE WILL YOU FIND a museum, monument, or statue or even a plaque honoring the heroic efforts of our building inspectors. Although they have saved countless lives over the years, most people are unaware of the silent vigil over our safety.

The fact is that a large segment of our society is complacent about building safety. How many people take it for granted that the buildings in which we live, work and shop are structurally sound and can be safety exited in the event of an emergency? We don’t worry about the water coming from our faucets being contaminated, the risk of fire or electrocution when we plug-in our electrical appliances, or the possibility of getting sick due to improper ventilation systems. These examples point our just a few minimum standards that the public at large has come to assume are enforced throughout the county.

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