SMPS Chicago Blog

SMPS Chicago Job Bank is Hot

Perhaps it is time to dust off that resume. The SMPS Chicago Job Bank has an increased number of various types of openings. Look at who is hiring. Could one of these be your next position?

SMPS Chicago Job Bank

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Build Business 2015 Team Registration

For Build Business in LA our SMPS Chicago Chapter team can have a registration. A discount of $90/person is available for firms sending 3+ employees to Build Business. Complete the form and send to Nikki Dvorak. Team registration must be complete by June 12.


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SMPS Chicago Call for Nominations

DUE: May 22, 2015

Dear SMPS Chicago Chapter Members:

On behalf of your current SMPS Chicago Board of Directors and Nominations / Elections Committee, I would like to announce SMPS Chicago’s call for nominations to fill Executive Committee roles and Board of Director positions.

With your participation on the SMPS Chicago Chapter Board, you give our chapter the opportunity to embrace your new ideas, talent, and energy as we invest in our chapter’s future and take our amazing organization to the next level. Through monthly meetings where we will discuss and act on Chapter business, strategy, goals and policy matters, you as an elected representative of the local membership will help steer the SMPS Chicago ship and ensure that we always maintain fiscal health.

Not only that – when you join the SMPS Chicago Chapter Board of Directors, we are committed to investing in you. With support from your fellow SMPS Chicago Chapter Board members, the Executive Committee, and the Executive Advisory Panel, you will be exposed to endless opportunities to develop your leadership skills, expand your network and broaden your company’s visibility in the A/E/C marketplace. I encourage you to view your nomination as a commitment to not only your chapter but also yourself.

Open Positions for 2015 - 2016

The following positions are open on the 2015 – 2016 Board of Directors:

  •   President-Elect
  •   Treasurer
  •   Director of Professional Development
  •   Director of Special Events
  •   Director of Sponsorship

All other positions on the Board will be filled by members of the current Board whose term continues into 2015-2016.

For the complete details on requirements and deadline, click here.

Thank you,

Shelley C. Finnigan, S.E.

SMPS Chicago President-Elect / Nominations and Elections Committee Chair

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SGH Chicago Lecture Series: May 19

Renaissance Roofing, Inc. and Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) invite you to a complimentary educational lecture at SGH's office in downtown Chicago.

Robert W. Raleigh, III, President, Renaissance Roofing, Inc. and
Niklas W. Vigener, P.E., Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

SGH Chicago
135 South LaSalle Street, 43rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Take elevator to 43rd Floor and conference center staff will direct you.
Click for directions and parking information.

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM  Registration & Networking
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM  Presentation & Questions 
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM  Cocktail Reception 

Attendance is free. Space is limited to the first 60 guests to register. We will serve complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.

Traditional clay tile roofs combine both modern and time-proven materials with traditional craftsmanship to produce a durable, aesthetically pleasing, and architecturally distinct steep-slope roofing system.  However, designing and constructing clay tile roofs present both technical and aesthetic challenges to the performance of even the most durable materials. An incorrect tile color or finish can negatively alter the appearance of a building. In addition, material failure, leakage, or wind uplift can damage a poorly-designed or poorly-constructed roofing system.  Like clay tile roofs, slate roofs can be extremely durable and visually pleasing, but they present similar challenges during design and construction. 

Achieving maximum durability is key to a successful roofing project and requires careful material selection, meticulous detailing, and construction by knowledgeable and diligent craftsmen. This presentation explores the specific design considerations crucial to clay tile and slate roofing systems. It also looks at methods for identifying issues early in the project design phase, to help ensure better-informed decisions, make more accurate calculations, and achieve a durable and effective roofing system. Through case studies and detailing concepts, this presentation offers practical advice to help designers and builders design, specify, and construct durable clay tile and slate roofs.

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to: 

  • Recognize common indicators of hidden deterioration within a historical slate or clay tile roofing system. 
  • Understand specific conditions causing deterioration and how they can affect project success.
  • Learn how to select durable materials for traditional clay tile roofs.
  • Understand roof detailing and construction principles that maximize roof service life. 
  • Understand logistical considerations of roof investigation, design, material procurement, and construction of for both new construction and rehabilitation work.


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Did you ignite your career?

Whew! What a whirlwind of a couple days of networking, taking many notes, and getting ideas on how to ignite our careers and help our firms!

Attendees - an overall survey will be coming to your email inboxes. Please look out for it. Your feedback is extremely important.

Stay tuned for a conference recap.

Pittsburgh will be the 2017 Heartland Regional Conference host!



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High Fives for the Membership Drive

SMPS Chicago launched a Membership Drive for the month of March to boost new membership in the Chapter. Thanks to the over 30 SMPS Chicago Members and Guests who came out for the Membership Drive event at River Roast on February 24, we added six new members! (the 4th highest number of new members in the Nation!)

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Your opinion counts

Help us plan the Programs for the next program year. We sent a survey request via email last week. The survey closes May 5. We look forward to your input.

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