BCxA Northwest Chapter

Welcome to the BCxA Northwest Chapter of the Building Commissioning Association, serving BCxA members in the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The BCxA was founded in our region, and we have worked tireless to set the standard of practice for the industry ever since. Our diverse membership base spans engineers, architects, government, private and public institution owners, and commissioning providers. We promote a collaborative, holistic approach to building commissioning conforming to the BCxA Essential Attributes. We embody this as a chapter through our outreach to fellow industry organizations and trade groups, and our support of the National Conference on Building Commissioning (NCBC). Whether you’re looking to learn more about the commissioning practice, searching for a qualified commissioning provider, or wanting to get involved in the industry, you’ve come to the right place! Check out the Resources tab for great information and to see what we’re doing next.

 

Message from BCxA Northwest Chapter President, Treasa Sweek

A new decade is upon us. Together with my 8 board colleagues, our NW BCA chapter wants to enable you to do your best work. This year we are offering you time to hang out and network with other BCA members, time to learn something new both on-line and in person, and access to the latest BCA info through 4 lunch-n-learn type business meetings.

March 4th is IFMA Annual Symposium for Oregon & SW Washington. Our chapter is considering hosting a booth. Contact John Herboth if you want face time with IFMA members at this event.  We need your input by February 10th so we can decide whether to host a booth.

Also in 2020:

Four business meeting lunch-n-learns are on the calendar, like last year, each meeting will be hopefully an hour, 12pm-1pm, on a web-based conference call. Format is going to focus more on what’s relevant to members with business details reduced and minutes to be posted regularly.
   Q1: March 19th, 2020 from 12PM – 1PM
   Q2: June 4th, 2020 from 12PM – 1PM
   Q3: September 17th, 2020 from 12PM – 1PM
   Q4: November 19th, 2020 from 12PM – 1PM

1 day in-person BCA chapter conference originally planned for June has been postponed to later in the year located in the Seattle area.  More information will be available at the March 19th lunch-time meeting.  To help with this conference, contact Travis Lynn.

Informal meet-ups will start soon.  Will you host a meeting in your city?  Contact Angela Templin for more information. We are planning an in-person holiday party for the end of the year.  Do you want to host it?  If so, contact Treasa Sweek.

Our website is full of awesome resources including past presentations, energy code links, historical meeting notes, and all the 2020 event information.  Check it out at https://www.bcxa.org/northwest/.  If you have any comments or questions on the website, connect with our chapter webmaster Janelle Kolisch.

We have four sub-committees this year run by the board, several have openings for members to get involved in small and larger ways commitment wise.

  • Meet ups:
    Angela Templin will be coordinating local meet ups to encourage networking and collaboration of our membership.  There is a need for representative help in each location where members could potentially meet in groups from Anchorage Alaska to Bozeman Montana or if someone is willing to fly, meet our one member, Jeff, in Honolulu Hawaii.
  • Educational/Conference:
    Travis Lynn will be working with Caleb Aring, Scott Usselman, Myra Ferriols, and Angela Templin to put together our chapter’s second annual conference. With a goal of making this year’s event better than the last, we would very much appreciate additional chapter members’ participation as we work to develop our budget and revenue goals, identify partner organizations and sponsors, find a venue and address the logistics of the event, and assemble our educational program. Reach out to Travis if you’d like to leverage your skills to help us put on another great educational event later this year!
  • Advocacy:
    This is a new committee this year, led by Treasa Sweek. Our committee includes members from Montana, Oregon, Washington, & Hawaii. We are collecting legislative information that is impacting commissioning, especially energy code updates. We are also training code officials on how to support the commissioning process.
  • Membership:
    John Herboth will be greeting new members and checking in with current members so we make this chapter work for its member’s changing needs. He is also performing outreach to attendees at BCxA and affiliated organization events to grow the chapter’s network and membership base. If you are interested in growing your personal network and meeting members in person, please contact John to be a sub-committee member for your state or region.

I am looking forward to another decade of enabling our buildings to operate at their best. Please contact me at any time to chat or volunteer.  Did I mention that we love volunteers?!

Treasa Sweek