The Connection
July 7, 2020
Association News

As we find ourselves solidly in the summer months, we turn our attention to sustainability and modular construction. We open this issue with “Visions” from Immediate Past National President, Dove Sifers-Putman, on NAWIC and the future and follow with news about NAWIC’s new partnership with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Member company Hunt Electric gives us a peek into modular construction through their efforts with Synergy Med to harness containerized solutions for COVID-19. This issue also offers a feature from the Modular Building Institute on women in modular construction, and our "Power Tools" column focuses on women leaders shining through crisis. Rounding things out, we have reports from both our NAWIC-OSHA Alliance and our Safety & Health committees, as well as an article from Doreen Bartoldus on making sustainability a personal commitment, and an article featuring team #HabiMac’s commitment to green and affordable homes. There’s so much you won’t want to miss in this issue, so start making your personal commitment to sustainability now!

Now that we have made the transition to virtual for NAWIC’s 65th Annual Conference (and FIRST ever VIRTUAL conference), we are truly in The Dawn of a New Era!

First, some great news: At just $350 for members and $400 for non-members, our Virtual Conference will be available to you at a fraction of the cost of our typical Annual Conference, and that registration fee gives you total access to every aspect of the event!

Browse our updated Virtual Conference activity and session descriptions, as well as our revised conference schedule, here. Most importantly, be sure to register to attend – you definitely won’t want to miss out on this experience, and we can’t wait to “see” you all there!

A few things to note:

  • The program ad deadline has been extended to COB Thursday, July 9, 2020, and there WILL still be a printed program provided to all registrants, in addition to a digital copy, so be sure to submit your ad!
  • T-shirts and pins will be included in the cost of Virtual Conference, so be sure to give us your shirt size when you register!
  • All registrants will receive a registration packet with their t-shirt, pin, printed program, and a few other goodies.
  • Registrants will have access to all conference materials and recordings until two days after the conclusion of the Virtual Conference - so you'll be able to take the weekend to peruse anything you missed!
  • There will be virtual networking rooms!
  • If you registered for the in-person Annual Conference event, a member of the NAWIC staff will be contacting you soon about your registration.
  • Please send information about any member deaths for the 2019-2020 year to so they can be included in memorials at our conference.

We can't wait to "see" you all at Virtual Conference this year!

Don't forget: In anticipation of our NAWIC rebranding, we’re having a HUGE sale on current NAWIC store items to make room for items with our new logo! Be sure to visit the online store and stock up on “Classic” NAWIC gear before it’s gone!

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Be sure to mark your calendars for the sessions in this webinar series with Michael Riegel of AEC Business Strategies! Our next sessions are Personal Branding on July 7 and Marketing on July 14. 

This presentation will focus on education for the “what, when, why, who and how” tailored specifically for project managers, developers and architects. Dating back to the 1980s the building code documents, structural engineers and code officials have been requiring special inspections on various construction projects. Rather than solely focusing on the mechanics within inspections, this reviews the background and the reasons for and the purpose of special inspections. Ultimately, this is aimed to enhance an overall comprehensive understanding of the results driven by them.

Presented by Rick Hinson, PE.
Mr. Hinson serves as the Facilities Department Manager for the Code Compliance Services in the Mid-Atlantic Facilities Office. In addition to being responsible for the department management, his responsibilities include reviewing construction plans for compliance with the building codes, field inspections for construction compliance as well as training and consulting with code officials, engineers and architects on code compliance issues and measures.

Register today!

NAWIC Benefits Spotlight

Don't forget that one of your member benefits is our NAWIC Career Center. You can access the Career Center here.

If you have job openings to fill, reach out to our Career Center contact:

Marty Rice at 727-497-6565 ext. 3513.

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We're going VIRTUAL August 12-14 for #NAWICAC2020! Get more details and register today!