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ACME BRICK COMPANY

Acme Brick Company has a 110 year old tradition in brick making and is the largest US-owned brick-making company in the world. Acme operates 22 plants and 36 sales offices in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and New Mexico. Acme Over 100 distributors also sell Acme brick nationally. Products include brick, tile, pavers, glass block, masonry supplies, and the IBP Glass Block installation system. The company employs approximately 2200 workers, including three full time registered engineers that provide technical assistance and training for customers and employees and that promote masonry education at universities and vocational schools.

BBS CONSULTANTS - STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS

BBS Consultants, Inc., is a consulting engineering firm providing structural investigations and analysis dealing with distressed building structures, foundation failures, and drainage related problems. We also provide structural design for residential and commercial projects.

G.R. BELL AND ASSOCIATES, INC.

G.R. Bell and Associates, Inc., Fire Protection Engineers designs and installs fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems throughout Texas. Service, inspection and testing of fire systems including fire extinguishers and extinguisher systems are included.  Bell and Associates, Consulting Engineers specializes in engineering for building construction. Structural and equipment inspection of residential and commercial buildings, as well as contract municipal construction inpections, are provided along with plan review and structural design. Mr. Bell is certified by the Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors and is a senior member of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

BUILDING OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS (BOAT)

The Building Officials Association of Texas (BOAT), a Department of the Texas Municipal League, is a professional association of 400 members including building officials, municipal inspectors, plans examiners, fire marshals, code enforcement officers, directors of planning and public works, housing authorities, and a variety of companies that deal with them including builders, architects, engineers, building supply companies, and real estate inspectors. BOAT's goals are to establish higher standards of uniformity and efficiency in administering and enforcing model building codes, to create and establish better public relations and understanding at the local level of the Inspection Department with the community, and to educate and inform the membership of new code developments, legislation and events that affect Building Inspection Departments.

CITY OF ARLINGTON

The City of Arlington is located in the middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The City covers 96.3 square miles, with a population exceeding 338,000. Arlington maintains a diverse economy evidenced by thriving retail shopping centers, active industrial districts, and entertainment opportunities anchored by the Six Flags Over Texas Amusement Park, Hurricane Harbor Amusement Park and the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.

CITY OF CARROLLTON

The City of Carrollton straddles the Dallas and Denton County boundary lines in North Central Texas. Carrollton residents are relatively young and well educated with 68 percent of the adult population with post high school education. The current population is about 111,400. The household per capita mean income is $62,4000 - well above the Dallas and Denton County averages. Interstate 35E intersects the City with George Bush Tollway which is about to join at IH-35 in the center of Carrollton. Carrollton has exceptional public schools and is very accessible to higher education opportunities. There are approximately 960 acres of park land within the City of a total of 38 square miles. Seventy-six percent of available land in Carrollton is developed.

CITY OF DUNCANVILLE

The City of Duncanville is located in the southwest portion of Dallas County. The City covers 12 square miles and has a population of about 36,000. Just 10 miles from downtown Dallas, Duncanville offers the advantage of Metroplex life while maintaining the lifestyle of the small community. A shining example of Duncanville's community spirit is our Kidsville Project. Built in 1989, Kidsville is the largest volunteer-built crative playground in the world. A strong per capita household income provides the community with one of the elements which make up a strong pride in the quality economic base. Duncanville takes great pride in the quality of our educational system and our successful athletic programs. The Texas Historical Commission has designated the City of Duncanville as an official Main Street City.

CITY OF FARMERS BRANCH

Farmers Branch, the birthplace of Dallas County, is in the heart of one of the most exciting metropolitan areas in the world. Farmers Branch has over 27,000 residents and a daytime population of more than 80,000 people who come to work here each day. It is a premier commercial, financial, and trading center with a broad diversified economic base that plays an important part of the high-tech area of Dallas County. Farmers Branch is a key component to the areas economy as it is home to more than 65 corporate headquarters, 24 Fortune 500 corporations, and some 2,600 small and mid-sized firms.

CITY OF IRVING

The City of Irving is centrally located between Dallas and Ft. Worth on the eastern boundary of DFW International Airport. Irving was founded in 1903 and has a current population of approx- imately 190,000 with a land area of 69.3 square miles. The property tax rate in Irving is one of the lowest in the area at 48.8 cents per $100 valuation. Irving is one of only 18 cities nationwide that enjoy a AAA bond rating from two major Wall Street investment firms. The total property tax value in Irving is $12.5 billion with building permits being issued for five consecutive years with annual construction valuation in excess of $500 million. Irving is the owner of Texas Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, and is also home to the annual Verizon Byron Nelson Classic.

CITY OF PLANO

The City of Plano, a northern suburb of Dallas, has a population of 237,000 and a land area of 75 square miles. Plano is home to many prestigious corporate campuses including Electronic Data Systems (EDS), J.C. Penney Corporation, Frito-Lay, Dr. Pepper, Alcatel, Ericsson, Lacerte Software, Texas Instruments, Perot Systems, Cinemark and Rent-a-Center, to name a few. Plano has won numerous awards for its beautiful parks and school system. With its malls, hotels, theaters and restaurants, Plano has become a popular destination for North Texans.

CITY OF SOUTHLAKE

The City of Southlake is the 4th largest city in Tarrant County with an approximate land area of 22 square miles. Southlake was the fastest growing city in the county over the past 10 years and has a current population estimated at 22,270. The site of the first permanent settlement in Tarrant County, Southlake has a rich history and city leaders strive to maintain the unique charm and beauty that residents have come to expect and enjoy. Nationally recognized projects such as the Southlake Town Square and Sabre's Corporate Campus headquarters symbolize the quality of development characteristics of Southlake. Visit our award-winning website at: www.cityofsouthlake.com for additional information.

CITY OF WICHITA FALLS

The City of Wichita Falls is comfortably nestled in the North East corner of the Panhandle/Plains area of North Texas.  Wichita Falls is an economically progressive city home to commerce and industry with worldwide interests.  The City also has several institutions of higher learning, a strong international presence through Sheppard Air Force Base, a well educated, eager workforce and a community spirit geared toward family, friends and a desire to see that this thriving city continues to grow and prosper. By most accounts Wichita Falls can be summed up with two words, pleasant and comfortable.  This is a family oriented city conveniently located within two hours of two metropolitan areas with populations exceeding a million or more citizens; Dallas-fort Worth and Oklahoma City.  Wichita Falls has a population of approximately 107,000 and is the county seat of Wichita County and considered the population center of North Texas.

CONSTRUCTIVE ENGINEERING

Constructive Engineering applies forensic-civil engineering technology skills to a wide range of project problem-solving needs including those related to construction, materials and structural performance problems, and inspection services for residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. In addition, technical services are provided for construction materials and construction product research and development, production studies, QC/QA program development and evaluations, personnel training, product use troubleshooting, and marketing assistance. Related litigation case fact study, construction site failure investigations, strategic planning and expert witness testimony are also provided.

HKS, INC.

HKS, Inc., headquartered in Dallas with offices in Atlanta, Detroit, Denver, Ft. Worth, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Orlando, Palo Alto, Orange County, Phoenix, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Tampa, Washington, D.C., and alliances in India and China, provides professional services in architecture, planning, structural engineering, interior architecture, and graphic design. Founded in 1939, the firm has executed commissions for structures valued in excess of $31 billion. Since its inception, HKS has grown to be one of the largest architectural and engineering firms in the nation with over 1,300 employees and projects in 400 cities located in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 19 foreign countries. The firm’s project experience includes corporate headquarters, office buildings, healthcare facilities, sports facilities, hotels and resorts, banks, justice and aviation facilities, religious, public buildings, multi-family housing, educational facilities, retail, and a variety of industrial projects.

HANSON LEHIGH HEIDELBERG CEMENT GROUP

Hanson Company produces and sells bricks, ready mix concrete, aggregates, cement and concrete products, including concrete pipe and boxes, prestressed and precast bridge sections, and retaining wall panels. Hanson's Technical Services Department operates a laboratory which provides technical support and customer service to Hanson operating units. These services include testing and evaluation of construction materials, problem solving, and assistance in quality control/quality assurance programs.

HUCKABEE & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Huckabee is a 75-person architecture, engineering and program management firm that was founded in 1967. The firm focuses solely on educational facilities from K-12 to Higher Edu- cation. During the firm's 35 years Huckabee has completed over 1,000 educational facilities. Huckabee is focused on building High Performance Schools built of all masonry construction.

JERALD W. KUNKEL, P.E.

Jerald W. Kunkel Consulting Engineers, Inc. was founded in 1993, now employing a staff of seven, including three structural engineers.  Since the firm’s origin, it has provided structural engineering, inspection and expert witness services for commercial, single family and multi-family projects not only in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area but throughout the country. Mr. Kunkel’s design experience includes bridge design, steel and concrete design of commercial buildings and concrete and wood framing design of residential structures.  The firm is also involved in the design of slab-on-grade foundations in the expansive clay soils of north central Texas and at various locations nationwide.

ROOF TECHNICAL SERVICES, INC.

Roof Technical Services, Inc. (Rooftech) is an architectural and engineering firm specializing in roofing and waterproofing. Rooftech was established in 1983, offering a broad scope of services including testing, inspection, analysis, maintenance, design, and quality assurance programs. Rooftech's projects include some of the most prestigious projects in the Metroplex, including the Kimbell Art Museum, Infomart, the Dallas General Mail Facility, TCU's Daniel Meyer Coliseum, and American Airline's Alliance Maintenance Base.

SIMPSON STRONG-TIE CO., INC.

The Simpson Strong-Tie Company was founded in Oakland, California in 1914 and has been manufacturing wood-to-wood and wood-to-concrete connectors since 1956. Since then, Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc. has grown to be the world’s largest manufacturer of construction connectors and to expand to include a complete line of anchor systems products.

SOUTH CENTRAL WALL, CEILING & PLASTER ASSOCIATION

The South Central Wall, Ceiling & Plaster Association (SCWCPA) is a 60 year old trade association that represents, educates and promotes the application of stucco, EIFS, manufactured veneer stone, drywall, fireproofing and ceilings. The SCWCPA also helps the code official community by assisting them in jobsite reviews or questions about EIFS, stucco, or manufactured veneer stone as it relates to the IBC, IRC, and IECC.

SPEED FAB-CRETE CORPORATION

Speed Fab-Crete is celebrating 50 years of service as a design-build general contractor and a precast concrete products manufacturer. The firm produces produces precast load bearing, high strength concrete walls for all types of construction and highway retaining walls at manufacturing plant in Fort Worth, Texas, then delivers the panels to the project site for erection. This process allows site preparation and foundation elements of the construction process to occur simultaneously, accelerating owner occupany. The concrete walls of five Speed Fab-Crete buildings stayed intact during an F-2 category tornado that struck Fort worth in 2000 with winds up to 157 mph!.

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE INSPECTORS (TAREI)

The Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors (TAREI) is a statewide organization located in Austin representing licensed real estate inspectors. TAREI is committed to the highest quality in real estate inspection services and education. TAREI is dedicated to exerting a beneficial influence upon the real estate industry by uniting those in, or interested in, the profession to provide a strong voice in matters affecting the inspection industry; and by promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct in the profession as expressed in the TAREI Code of Ethics. The Association holds seminars, maintains an ongoing public relations program, publishes a quarterly newsletter and is involved in government relations on the state level. TAREI was founded in 1977 and is the oldest inspection association of its kind in the U.S.

UNIFIED BUILDING SCIENCES & ENGINEERING, INC.

Unified Building Sciences & Engineering, Inc., is a professional engineering firm providing services to industry, contractors, architects, municipalities, other engineers, and the insurance industry. The company specializes in structural engineering design and analysis as well as providing construction management services. We strive to stay abreast of the current technology and automation in an effort to professionally address our clients' needs. We are located in Richardson, Texas, at Apollo and International Parkway.

WEATHERIZATION SYSTEMS, INC.

Celebrating its 200th birthday in 2002, Dupont® is a leader in both science and technology. A multinational company, Dupont® employs thousands of people around the world and is involved in almost every industry from medical, petroleum, packaging, and absolutely the construction industry. Dupont® is broken into many parts, one being Dupont® Tyvek®. Dupont® Tyvek®, manufactured in Virginia, is the only finished product Dupont® manufactures. Dupont has positioned over 100 "Tyvek Specialists" throughout the U.S. to serve as educators. All of the specialists are certified to teach to AIA-registered seminars and educate building officials, builders, and students throughout the country.

WISS, JANNEY, ELSTNER ASSOCIATES

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates is an inter-disciplinary engineering, architectural, and construction materials science firm specializing in the investigation and remediation of commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings and all types of structures and pavements. Since its establishment in 1956, WJE has provided a wide range of consulting, research, and design services for all areas of construction technology. WJE resources include a headquarters office and laboratory facility in the Chicago area, and branch offices in most major U.S. cities. WJE services include assessment of existing structures, failure analysis, instrumentation, construction materials evalutaion, historic preservation, research and development, and specialized design and problem solving services for new construction.