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August APA/ASLA Networking Breakfast @ Valley Metro Office
Aug 2 @ 7:15 am – 8:30 am

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 turns 27 years old this month. We’ve come a very long way, but still have work to do. Design guidelines and standards that keep a transit system in compliance with ADA law often allow for a range of solutions that may meet the letter of the law without necessarily being the best we can do. Early consideration of accessibility issues and engagement of the disability community can often provide superior accessibility for little or no additional cost.

Our Wednesday, August 2nd presentation will outline what it means to be ADA compliant in the public transportation industry, touching on aspects of station platform and stop design, vehicle design, fare payment systems, paratransit programs, wayfinding, and accessible information formats. We are pleased to have Carol Ketcherside, AICP Valley Metro Deputy Director for Service Planning and Accessible Transit share her experiences, successes, and lessons learned at Valley Metro in recent years.

This discussion will explore how to include accessibility-related features in the design of transit facilities so they meet or exceed ADA requirements, incorporate accessibility in a way that is attractive, intuitive, and unobtrusive, and often provide a better experience for all public transit customers.

APWA AZ Statewide Conference @ Hilton El Conquistador
Aug 2 @ 8:00 am – Aug 4 @ 4:00 pm
Lunch & LEED: Risks & Rewards of Energy Storage @ Okland Construction
Aug 2 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The rapidly evolving energy storage industry is exciting and promising, but also full of potential hazards if you don’t clearly understand the life safety risks associated with these systems. In this session, Sharon Bonesteel of Salt River Project will cover the different types of energy storage systems with particular attention to batteries and other emerging systems. This will be an introduction to the different potential hazards and how to apply newly developed standards and code sections. Sharon was a participant in the Department of Energy Task Force developing new code revisions and standard modifications to address this subject.

Sharon will discuss how energy storage can help commercial, industrial and municipal buildings achieve LEED certification. An energy storage installation earns points for certification in both the Building Operations + Maintenance standard as well as the Building Design + Construction standard and others. Understanding the opportunities for energy storage will assist the designer in providing additional options to owners seeking LEED certification of their buildings.

Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the different types of energy storage systems.
    2. Describe the potential risks to occupants and first responders.
    3. Learn how USGBC awards points for energy storage
    4. Understand current and future market challenges related to battery disposal and recycling.

Continuing education — Earn 1 GBCI CE and 1 AIA LU

ACE Monthly Task Force Meeting @ Phoenix Airport Marriott
Aug 3 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Join the ACE Task Force as we gather to hear the latest innovations and trends with projects. Learn what new projects owners having on the horizon and hear from academia about industry changing research.

Network before and after the meeting, 7:00 – 7:30 and 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Please RSVP to attend.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting and thank everyone for their continued support of ACE.

AZ ACI Annual Bowling Tournament @ Brunswick Via Linda Lanes
Aug 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Register NOW for BOWLING!!   

   2 Hours of Bowling and Networking!!!  Door prizes, games, food, drinks, and lots of fun will be had by ALL!  Prize for the BEST TEAM UNIFORM, Most Gutter Balls, Most Strikes and Highest Scoring Team.  Sign up your Team and come join us!!  This Event has sold out the last two years, so sign up early to reserve your spot! 

Friday August 4th At Via Linda Lanes at 90th Street and Via Linda in Scottsdale!   

Registration will begin at 11:00 with Bowling from 12:00-2:00

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We depend on our Sponsors to provide Awesome prizes, so we appreciate your support!  Donate a Prize – contact Beth at

ABA, EM 385 1-1 40-Hour Certification Course @ Tucson ABA Office
Aug 7 @ 8:00 am – Aug 11 @ 4:00 pm

US Army Corps of Engineer
EM 385 1-1 40-Hour Certification Course

Mon.-Fri., Aug. 7-11, 8 am – 4 pm

$395 ABA & AGC Members / $595 Non-members

Location: Arizona Builders Alliance
1661 N. Swan, #144, Tucson, AZ 85712
(520) 881-7930,

Includes: light breakfast, lunch, materials and certification

This training provides a comprehensive look at all regulations outlined in the EM 385-1-1 manual. Completing this course will support worker compliance with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Contractor Safety and Health Requirements. EM 385 1-1 compliance is required by all contractors working on military contracts and projects.

Topics Include:

  • Program Management
  • Accident Prevention
  • Material Handling
  • Vehicle Machinery and Equipment
  • Fall Protection
  • Excavation and Trenching
  • Demolition and Renovation
  • Confined Space Entry

And More!

AAED Phoenix Luncheon – A Look at Commercial Real Estate for 2018 @ Phoenix Country Club
Aug 8 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
EM 385 Fall Protection Competent Person @ Tucson ABA Office
Aug 9 @ 8:00 am – Aug 11 @ 4:00 pm


Wed. – Fri., Aug. 9-11, 8 am – 4 pm

 $175 ABA & AGC Members / $300 Non-members
(includes light breakfast, lunch, manual and training card)

Location: Arizona Builders Alliance
1661 N. Swan, #144, Tucson, AZ 85712
520-881-7930 /

Effective August 1, 2016 changes go into effect for 6 feet or higher regulation.

Topics include:

  • Why the need for Fall Protection?
  • The importance of jobsite safety
  • USACE EM 385 introduction
  • Fall Protection definitions
  • EM 385 Section 21
  • ANSI Z.359
  • Rope rescue-one person
  • Rope rescue-two person
  • Selecting Fall Protection equipment
  • Inspecting Fall Protection equipment
  • Fit testing full body harness
  • Cleaning & storing Fall Protection equipment
  • Rope rescue demonstration

ASCE Phoenix Branch August Luncheon – ADOT 2018-2022 Five Year Transportation Construction Program @ Because-Space for Life
Aug 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

This presentation will provide an overview of the Five-Year Program (highways, airports, transit, and highway support facilities), how the Program is developed, major projects across Arizona, status of funding, and challenges in implementing the Program. Presenter: Dallas Hammit, PE. Deputy Director for Transportation/State Engineer at ADOT.

2017 CANSTRUCTION 11th Annual Awards Gala @ Majerle's Sports Grill
Aug 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm