Public Comment Period Opens IBC 2021 Proposed Changes

The Alaska Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire and Life Safety has proposed changes / alterations to the life & safety regulations within the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). The public comment period is now open, and will close on December 13, 2021.

To review the proposed changes, and for information on how to submit public comment, click here.

ASHRAE Hosts ‘Young Engineer Bootcamp’

This fall, ASHRAE launched a “Young Engineer Bootcamp” series with monthly training seminars presented by leaders amongst the organization. The series seeks to share soft-skill mentorship, guidance, and advice with emerging practitioners. While ASHRAE is focused on Mechanical Engineering, the content of these presentations goes beyond the discipline, and beneficial to all young professionals represented by APDC.

The first two seminars were held in September & mid-October, and the September recording, presented by Craig Fredeen, PE is now available for viewing for those who missed attending, here.

R&M Welcomes Clark Rosencrans

R&M Is pleased to welcome Clark Rosencrans as Group Manager of Special Inspections. Rosencrans formerly worked for R&M from 2012 – 2016, and has over 16 yars of experience in constrution, materials testing and special inspections. In his new position as Group Manager, Rosencrans will be responsible for managing R&M’s Special Inspections Group, including on-site supervision of special inspectors. To read the full press release from R&M, click here.

President’s Letter, October 2021

October has been a quiet month for APDC.  The Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors Board of Registration is working on a survey to get feedback on the continuing education regulations, which should come out through their email list. There is nothing to report from the Fire Marshal’s office regarding updated building codes, nor from the legislature about the state fiscal situation.  The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has been following proposed changes to Anchorage Municipal Code that would remove the requirement for PLAs to stamp landscape site plans in Anchorage, and APDC will be discussing this at our upcoming board meeting.

We will begin planning for our 2022 legislative season soon and I will use this space to let you know of any opportunities for you to help petition our elected officials for our shared interests.

One final note – 2021 is a professional license renewal year, so don’t forget to top off your PDHs and renew!

Will Webb, PE