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Becker Morgan Group Wins Metal Architecture Design Award

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Contact: Elaina C. Iosue
Becker Morgan Group, Inc.
(410) 546-9100

Becker Morgan Group was recently awarded the 2015 Metal Architecture Ribbed Metal Wall Panels Design Award for Audi Cape Fear. The project is featured in the July issue of Metal Architecture and displayed on their website at http://www.metalarchitecture.com. The Metal Architecture Design Awards recognize winning entries based on “creativity in the metal construction industry and showcase exciting uses of steel” incorporated into project design.


Audi Cape Fear is a 21,800 sf automotive dealership located in Wilmington, North Carolina. The triangular-shaped site resulted in a unique triangular-shaped building footprint which allowed for an exciting dynamic between the primary programmatic elements: showroom, sales offices, and the service garage. The angles of the walls helped enhance the dynamic presence of the building, located at one of the busiest intersections in Wilmington. Becker Morgan Group provided consultation as the owner’s architect during schematic design exercises led by Audi’s corporate architect, CDR Studio Architects of New York City, NY. Becker Morgan Group was Architect of Record, providing design development, construction documents, and construction phase services

Becker Morgan Group provides Architecture & Engineering services with offices in Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina. For more information, visit http://www.beckermorgan.com.

Photo taken by G. Frank Hart Photography

Urgent: Corps’ Memos Put EPA in Hot Water over Clean Water Rules

From: Tom Woods, 2015 NAHB Chairman of the Board [mailto:Boardtopics@nahb.org]
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2015 5:16 PM
To: Howard Fortunato <HFortunato@hbade.org>
Subject: Urgent: Corps’ Memos Put EPA in Hot Water over Clean Water Rules

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spacer_46x1.gif Urgent: Corps’ Memos Put EPA
in Hot Water over Clean Water Rules
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spacer_46x38.gif Date: July 30, 2015

From: Tom Woods, 2015 NAHB Chairman of the Board

To: NAHB Members NAHB State and Local EOs

spacer_46x38.gif This week, we learned that before the Environmental Protection Agency released its final version of the waters of the United States rule, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told EPA it was using flawed technical and scientific analysis to craft the regulation – methods so indefensible that the Corps wanted no part of the critical documents that EPA used to support the rule.

This new information is yet another example of how EPA has flaunted the law in completing this rulemaking.

On behalf of our members, and on behalf of the new home buyers being squeezed out of their chance at the American Dream as they suffer the fallout of this regulatory overload, I think this is scandalous. And I said just that in a press release and blog post.

I want you to know that NAHB is calling on EPA to immediately drop its plans to change the way the Clean Water Act is enforced and how "waters of the United States" are defined.

Many of the scientific and economic justifications to support the broad regulatory definitions in this rule – already a new low in federal regulatory overreach – have turned out to not be worth the paper they’re printed on. They fly in the face of the Corps’ recommendations, and as you know, the Corps is in charge of jurisdictional decisions and issuing the permits that allow homes to be built.

By ignoring stakeholders and willingly choosing which regulations to follow, EPA has not only made a mockery of the regulatory process, but it’s impeding our nation’s housing recovery and economic growth with this land grab.

Please be assured that we don’t plan to turn down the heat on this latest public affront. NAHB will continue to work to make a difference for your business and for housing affordability, and I thank you for your support.

Tom Woods

NAHB: 1201 15th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005-2800 USA
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Debra Young presents: Think your buyers are too young for Universal Design? Think Again!


Debra Young, EmpowerAbility LLC, will be presenting, “Think your buyers are too young for Universal Design? Think Again!” at the upcoming 2016 International Builders Show (IBS). This will be Debra’s third year in a row presenting an educational session at IBS.

Debra Young is a certified specialist in environmental modifications, aging in place, and assistive technology. She is a registered and licensed occupational therapist with a Master’s in Education degree with specialization in Assistive Technology (AT) from Bowling Green State University, a graduate certificate in AT from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Elizabethtown College.

Within the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE), Debra serves as the Associate Vice President on the Board of Directors, as the Chair of the Associates Council, and a member of the Mid-Atlantic 55+ Housing Council steering committee.

HBA/DE looks forward to her presentation this January. Congratulations Debra!

Registration for 2016 IBS begins on September 1st, 2015. For more information, visit their website: http://buildersshow.com/Home/

Christopher Peterson, Master Impersonator, presents Eyecons at the Schwartz Center

Contact: Mary Field
Mobile: 302.363.5934
Email: mfield@noblespondhomes.com

A feisty benefit in honor of a feisty lady….In Honor of Muriel Schwartz , WE LOVE THE ARTS Presents:
August 29, 2015 8 PM – Info.at www.schwartzcenter.com


We Love the Arts committee is pleased to announce the performance of Master Impersonator, Christopher Peterson, in Eyecons at the Schwartz Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 8 PM. This event will raise funds to support the Schwartz Center and its ongoing entertainment and educational programs for the community. The beautiful Schwartz Center is located in historic downtown Dover, DE.

Christopher Peterson is a master of impersonation with impeccable comic timing. His show is ALL live, no lip sync, and audiences will be thrilled with his characterizations such as Marilyn Monroe Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Tina Turner, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Cher, Judy Garland and countless others. Guests will be amazed as Christopher transforms himself from icon to icon right before their eyes. Christopher is planning a special evening with a variety of his most popular Eyecons for this unique benefit. See more at www.christopherpeterson.net.

This masterful performance will be presented by We Love the Arts, a group of friends working to help the arts flourish in Central Delaware. We invite all to consider a tax-deductible gift to the Schwartz Center for the Arts. Your donation will help keep ticket prices low and accessible, provide a performance venue for local art groups and enhance the quality of life for all through the arts. Your support of this exciting event will ensure that the Schwartz Center for the Arts keeps bringing exceptional shows and educational programs to the greater Kent County community.

Christopher Peterson is excited to play a part in the growth of the Schwartz Center for the Arts. He encourages and invites all to see his show and support this worthy cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available and include premium seating, tickets to future events, an invitation to the encore reception following the show and an opportunity to meet Christopher Peterson.

We Love the Arts committee members for this exciting evening of entertainment are Kathy Andrus, Sydney Arzt, Mary Borger, Rocky Bushweller, Shelly Cecchett, Meghan Clapp Garrison, Mary Davis, Darin Dell, Mary Field, Candice Fifer, Carolyn Fredericks, Sophia Kramedas, Todd Lightcap, Nisha Lodhavia, Tonda Parks, Cindy Small, Ron Pleasanton and Cindy Thurman.

For sponsorship information and opportunities please call 302.678.5152 or email TheArts@schwartzcenter.com or any We Love the Arts committee member.


OSHA Slams Builders with Hefty Fines, Jail Time for Noncompliance

If you’re in the construction business, you may want to ensure that your worksite is free from serious safety risks and hazards. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recently issued several hefty fines, and even jail time, to a number of construction companies that had repeated and serious safety violations.

In May, nine contractors working at a newly constructed luxury housing complex got slapped with more than $150,000 in fines after OSHA inspectors visited the work site last fall. Inspectors cited the contractors for exposing employees to a number of safety hazards and risks, including 35-foot falls, exposed rebar, head and eye injuries and other hazards that could lead to death or serious injury.

This incident is notable because OSHA cited nearly all of the contractors on site, including the developer, project manager, a roofing company, window outfitters, and carpentry, masonry and drywall trade subs. Of the nine companies cited, OSHA had previously inspected four of them for serious violations.

One month later, a president and vice president of a local roofing company were arrested for failing to comply with a civil contempt order that came as a result of nonpayment of fines for multiple OSHA infractions. In 2011 and 2012, OSHA conducted several inspections of the company’s work sites and found multiple fall protection, eye and face protection and ladder safety violations, among others.

When the company failed to pay penalties of more than $195,000 plus interest and fees, and continued to violate OSHA standards, the courts issued the arrest. After spending more than a week in jail, the owners were released on bond and given 30 days to either pay off the outstanding penalties, or demonstrate an inability to pay and certify that they have worked to resolve the OSHA violations cited in prior inspections. Their final hearing is scheduled for Aug. 26.

More recently, two sister companies were cited with willful and repeat safety violations, including fall hazards for workers installing wood framing more than 10 feet off the ground. The citations resulted in proposed penalties of $153,090.  According to the agency, the parent company has a history of OSHA violations and was shut down earlier this year. Its former owner restarted the company as two new ones in February, but continues to ignore OSHA regulations.

Visit nahb.org/safety for information, tools and resources that can help you avoid fines and penalties like these.


HBADE Butch Alfieri Associate of the Year July 2015 Nominations

This past month, our Board of Directors met and nominated for consideration of Associate of the Year 2015: John Johnson, Karins & Associates, Debra Young, EmpowerAbility LLC, and Jim McCulley, WatershedEco.

All three nominees are active within the Associates Council, with Debra Young serving as its chair. They’ve worked this year to coordinate Bowling, Clay Shooting, and more recently, the 2015 Ramp Build. Which was a collaborative effort of the Associates Council of the Home Builders Association of Delaware (utilizing the volunteer efforts and sponsorship of its members) along with a recent graduate of Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, and State Representative Bill Carson.

John Johnson and Debra Young were nominated for their work on the 2015 Ramp Build.

Jim McCulley was nominated for his expertise and participation during our meetings with Senators Carper and Coons regarding COE/EPA Waters of the US Regulations.

Congratulations John, Debra, and Jim!

Joseph Capano Named A Senior Life Director Of NAHB

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2015 Joseph Capano of Wilmington, Delaware, was designated a Senior Life Director of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) by the Association’s board of directors at their Spring Board of Directors’ Meeting in Washington, DC., on June 6, 2015.

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Joseph M. Capano recognized as NAHB Senior Life Director.

“Serving the housing industry by participating on NAHB’s board of directors for more than 20 years is an incredible accomplishment,” said NAHB Third Vice Chairman Randy Noel. “NAHB commends Joseph for his dedication to advancing housing opportunities for all Americans.”

Joseph Capano founded Capano Homes Inc. in 1994 after 20 years of experience in the home construction field, which includes a long family history of experience in land acquisition, land development, construction, rental units and home sales. He has served as a voting director at NAHB for 20 years, and, at the local level, Capano is actively involved within the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBA/DE), having served as its President from 2000 until 2001 and currently serving as a Life Director for the organization. “We are very appreciative and proud of Joe, having represented us at the national level, in addition to his local participation,” said HBA/DE President, Kevin Whittaker.

In order to be designated as an NAHB Senior Life Director, an NAHB builder or associate member must have attended at least two board meetings each year for 10 years before being elected as a Life Director, then two meetings a year for an additional 10 years to become a Senior Life Director.

From everyone at HBA/DE; Congratulations to Joseph M. Capano for this momentous achievement!

NAHB Housing Pirates Warning

As the Fall Board Meeting and the International Builders’ Show approach, exhibitors and attendees often receive unauthorized solicitations from hotels or third-party housing agencies which are not affiliated with NAHB.These unaffiliated third parties typically advertise a lower rate than NAHB’s official hotel block rates. However, the lower rates may be a reflection of the lower quality of the rooms offered, and/or significantly less favorable terms that apply to the reservation. For example, cancellation policies imposed on guests who book with such third parties are often harsh and unforgiving. And in other cases, these groups turn out not to have any rooms available on the relevant dates at the low rates they advertise but they request credit card and other sensitive information nonetheless. For these reasons, and to support NAHB’s efforts to give you the highest quality meeting experience, we strongly encourage you to book your housing accommodations using the reservation tools provided by NAHB.Only Official NAHB Hotels hold room blocks reserved for NAHB guests. Any offers or calls you may receive from other hotels and/or housing agencies are not affiliated with NAHB and are not authorized communications, even if they appear to offer rooms at an Official NAHB Hotel.

A company called Exhibitor Housing Services, 800-217-4227, is one of the companies described above. If you are contacted by Exhibitor Housing Services, please do not give them any personal information and contact Barbara Rapp immediately at brapp@nahb.org.

Enforcement of Confined Spaces Rule Postponed

Enforcement of the new Confined Spaces in Construction Standard, issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) on May 4, will be postponed until Oct. 2, the agency announced today. Extension requests indicated that employers needed more time for training and acquiring the equipment necessary to comply with the standard.

Though the ruling will still become effective Aug. 3, OSHA will not issue citations to an employer that is making good-faith efforts to fulfill training requirements and comply with the standard.  The agency will consider the following factors when evaluating these efforts:

  • Has the employer trained its employees as required under the new standard, or at least scheduled such training?
  • Does the employer have the equipment necessary for compliance, including personal protective equipment?
  • Has the employer ordered or arranged to obtain the equipment required for compliance, or taking alternative measures to protect employees from confined space hazards?
  • Has the employer engaged in additional efforts to educate and protect workers when it comes to confined space hazards?

In general, the new rule requires employers to:

  • Evaluate the jobsite to identify confined spaces
  • Develop a written program and permitting system for permit-required confined spaces
  • Control physical hazards and conduct monitoring for atmospheric hazards in confined spaces that are permit required
  • Provide training for confined space entrants, attendants, supervisors and emergency duties.

Find more information on the rule at nahb.org/confinedspaces. Also, read what builders have to say about the new ruling and NAHB’s stance on it as well.

HBA/DE Members can email us at info@hbade.org to get a copy of the members only confined spaces toolkit.


Science & Engineering Firm Welcomes New Principal Owners Rudy and Apostolico


Contact:  Janet Pippert
(302) 323-9377 ext.  144 / janetp@landmark-se.com

New Castle, Del., July 15, 2015, the board of directors of Landmark Science & Engineering, one of the region’s largest consulting site/civil engineering, environmental and land surveying firms, is pleased to announce that two new principals have joined the firm: Keith A. Rudy, P.E., LEED AP and Helen V. Apostolico, with a mutual commitment to help the company grow and prosper as the firm begins its 29th year in business.


Keith Rudy is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy. Mr. Rudy is a licensed professional engineer in Delaware and New Jersey and is certified as a LEED accredited professional. He has 23 years of experience in civil engineering projects, with broad exposure to the fields of environmental, geotechnical, site/civil design, water resources, planning, and construction review. Keith has been with Landmark for over five years and serves as Director of Sciences and Water Resources and Vice President of Operations. He is the current president of the Manufactured Housing Installation Board and is a member of the DAPE Law Enforcement / Ethics Committee.

Keith and his wife, Linda, reside in the Millcreek area with their two children who are students at St. John the Beloved and Skyline Middle Schools. Keith is actively involved as a Cubmaster for Pack 205 at Holy Angels and a committee member for Boy Scout Troop 50 at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. He is licensed as a soccer coach and a Delaware Soccer Referee. For Delaware Rush, he has been an Age Group Coordinator for instructional soccer for 14 seasons and a Coach/Assistant Coach.


Helen Apostolico earned a M.S. in Accounting at Widener University and a B.S. in Consumer Economics at University of Delaware. Mrs. Apostolico has 21 years of experience working in financial business management. She has worked at Landmark for four years and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Helen and her husband, Jim, reside in Hockessin with their two children who are students at University of Delaware and Padua Academy.

President Ted Williams says that “Keith Rudy is an engineer’s engineer and Landmark is fortunate to have a new owner of his professional caliber, high ethical standards, and a commitment to lead the company forward into our next generation.”  Chairman Bruce Tease has worked closely with Helen and credits “her dedication to learning the business and attention to detail, along with high skill-level, to helping the firm achieve its strong financial position.”

Landmark Science & Engineering is an award-winning consulting firm with a staff of 42 in offices in New Castle, Dover and Havre de Grace, and is committed to providing the highest quality services with a comprehensive focus on sustainable design practices. The firm helps public and private clients with planning and site design for land development projects, with special attention to stormwater, wetlands, Brownfields/site remediation, and environmental permitting.


Landmark Science & Engineering is a Delaware firm, started in 1987 as Landmark Engineering, Inc. The firm is one of the regions’ largest and most diverse  integrated civil engineering and environmental consulting firms, providing professional services across the disciplines of site/civil, water resources and environmental engineering, land surveying, environmental remediation, environmental sciences. The firm  of 42 serves clients in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania from its headquarters in New Castle, Delaware and regional branch offices in  Dover, Delaware and Havre de Grace, Maryland.  www.Landmark-SE.com

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