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NCARB Selects Michael J. Armstrong as Next CEO

NCARB Selects Michael J. Armstrong as Next Chief Executive Officer

29 March 2011

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has selected Michael Armstrong, currently a senior vice president at the International Code Council (ICC), as its next chief executive officer, effective June 2011. Armstrong has spent over two decades in executive roles in nonprofit, government, and for-profit organizations. During his four years at ICC, Armstrong’s leadership has included oversight of their testing and certification programs, along with the administration of various activities ranging from communications and marketing to membership, chapter relations, and continuing education.

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04/13/11 Lunch and Learn Meeting

AIA & CSI Lunch and Learn

April 13, 2011

Unlocking the Mystery of Electrified HardwareASSA ABLOY

Objectives for the course:

  1. This introductory course is in the basic components of basic electrified hardware systems.
  2. Upon completion, the participant should know how simple access control systems can be used in planning and specifying electrified hardware and how they affect building fire codes, accessibility standards, and life safety.
  3. The participant will learn to specify the four vital components and the four operational elements required in every electrified hardware opening to achieve the desired function.
  4. Participants will learn to write a description of operation for an electrified opening.

Course presenter, Tom Pekoc, AHC, CSI, CDT is a Division 8 specification consultant with Assa Abloy.  He has vast experience in the door and hardware industry having been the fourth generation in a family hardware company. He has been in the industry for 30 years and assist architects and designers with their division 8/hardware specifications/sets.  He is also well versed in electronic hardware including automatic openers and access control.  He currently is the education chairperson for the Akron/Canton and the Cleveland chapters of the Construction Specification Institute.

Location: AIA/CSI Office, 2841 Riviera Drive, Suite 120, Fairlawn OH 44333 | Enter at the back of the building, down the stairs, and first door on right. Free parking is available
in separate lot directly behind Riviera Bowling Lanes (next to AIA/CSI Office Building)
Time: Promptly 12:00 noon – Lunch is provided.
Cost: AIA & CSI members are free. Non members will be charged $15. | NO-SHOWS (member & non-member)- will be invoiced $15 + 5% administration fee. Must contact Carolyne Tinsley five by noon April 7 to cancel reservation to avoid being invoiced.
To Register: Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or
by noon Thursday, April 7, 2011
Learning Units: 1.0 AIA Learning Units or 0.10 CSI Continuing Education Units will be issued for the Lunch and Learn presentation. This presentation is equal to 1.0 contact hours for other organizations requiring continuing education.


Specifying basic access control products and systems is more important today than ever before. Ensure your specifications for access control and electrified hardware security are complete. Learn how simple access control systems can be used in planning security and how they are affected by building fire codes, accessibility standards, and life-safety. Ensure your specifications have the four vital components and the four operational elements required in every electrified hardware opening to avoid incomplete specifications. Course Program Number: DSS313. AIA/CES Learning Units: 1.

Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC Akron-Canton Extension Launch

Akron-Canton Extension Launch

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Greystone Hall / Barrister’s Room
103 South High Street
Akron, OH  44178

The Northeast Ohio USGBC Chapter has had plans to increase its outreach in Stark, Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Wayne counties.

Join them for this “launch” meeting to discuss some of the regional green building highlights, confirm programs being facilitated in the months ahead, review committee initiatives and how you can engage with the Akron-Canton Extension.

They want to learn what green building projects you’re working on and what local programming should be developed to meet your needs.

There is no cost to attend this event. Cash bar. Registration strongly encouraged here, so they can adequately staff the bar and make you a name-tag.