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MAY 2013

Our 15th A nniversar

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Spend Some Time at the Truckee Home & Building Show The Truckee Home & Building Show on Memorial Day Weekend May 25 & 26 is coming up soon! CATT has two activities going on at the Show: CATT Booth #27 – we have a booth at the entrance to the north display area (old gym). This is the location where CATT members give out “hot off the press” copies of the 2013 Building & Remodeling Guide. Members explain the Job to Bid procedure to homeowners and we usually see Jobs come to CATT as a result of the Show. Because the Show this year includes the Sierra Health & Recreation Expo, we expect a broad cross section of people to attend. Additionally, CATT has organized the “Green Building Symposium” at the Show, two days’ worth of informational presentations geared to homeowners. 17 speakers will give 20 minute presentations on a variety of topics. More details on the Symposium are posted on the CATT website ( All CATT members receive free admission to the Show – use this complimentary admission coupon to get in. CATT members who want to set up an exhibit can still reserve a space. There is also a $50 referral credit for exhibitors who refer a new exhibitor. Contact the Truckee Home Show for more details: 530-587-3477 or Please contact the CATT office 530-550-9999 if you have any questions.

THREE EVENTS ONE LOCATION! Memorial Day Weekend Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26, 2013


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A Note from THE

CATT Calendar


(All meetings at the CATT office unless otherwise noted)


s the 2013 President of the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe, I’m proud to announce that CATT has been serving the construction industry in the Truckee Tahoe area for 15 years. In celebration, CATT is hosting a 15th Anniversary Party to acknowledge this achievement. Mark your calendars for Friday, August 16th at the Regional Park in Truckee. We are inviting all of our members, their families and friends to attend. Please stay tuned for further details on this celebration. Michael Forshee, President NEWS from THE

CATT Board Meetings

Executive Director


May 14 15th Anniversary Party Committee Meeting May 16 Remodeling Committee Meeting May 20 Local Government Affairs Committee Meeting May 21 Christmas Holiday Party Committee Meeting May 25–26 Truckee Home Show – Truckee High School May 27 Office Closed for Memorial Day Holiday May 29 Golf Tournament Committee Meeting June 3 Board Meeting June 5 Membership Committee Meeting June 11 15th Anniversary Party Committee Meeting June 12 Golf Tournament Committee Meeting June 17 Local Government Affairs Committee Meeting June 19 Golf Tournament – Old Greenwood Golf Course June 20 Remodeling Committee Meeting June 25 Christmas Holiday Party Committee Meeting

elcome to two new faces at CATT— Office Manager Amanda Bullard and Membership & Event Coordinator Kim

Cross. Amanda began her career in the construction industry right out of high school, then worked for a power sports retailer for five years before returning to the construction industry. Her background in bookkeeping will come in handy as she covers all aspects of CATT records, financial and membership-related, as well as serving as mixer and website manager. Kim has more than a dozen years of customer service, sales and marketing experience complimented by strong ties to the construction industry. Promoting products and services gave Kim the right skills to be CATT’s face to prospective members and donors. Kim provides staff assistance to the membership and event committees as well as maintains the Facebook page. As you can see, Amanda and Kim are multi-talented and wear many hats. The simple fact is that we as staff are here to serve you—the members. It is our job to help you succeed. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you today!

Monday, May 6, 5:00 PM Monday, June 3, 5:00 PM Meeting location: CATT Office, 12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G, Truckee Call the office 530-550-9999 for details or to get the agenda

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CATT’s new faces: Office Manager Amanda Bullard Membership & Event Coordinator Kim Cross


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Training/Education “IBC 2012”

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Registration 7:30 AM, Class 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Coffee and pastries will be provided from 7:30 to 8:00 AM. Reno Fire Station #11, 7105 Mae Anne Avenue, Reno This is a technical workshop presented by CATT member Simpson Strong-Tie. The class is designed principally for engineers interested in the 2012 IBC Code changes, especially as the changes relate to high winds and seismic areas. Credits: Professional Development Hours (PDH), Continued Educational Units (CEU), and AIBD Continuing Education Credits will be awarded for completion of the workshop. RSVP via website:; email: robeasley@strongtie. com; or phone toll free 800-999-5099 ext. 1055.

“General Construction Review”

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Registration 12:30 PM, Class 1:00 to 5:00 PM Reno Fire Station #11, 7105 Mae Anne Avenue, Reno This is also presented by CATT member Simpson Strong-Tie. This workshop is intended to provide those in the construction industry with information about proper connections. Common construction practices will be addressed in conjunction with Simpson Strong-Tie products for general construction. Credits: Professional Development Hours (PDH), Continued Educational Units (CEU), and AIBD Continuing Education Credits will be awarded for completion of the workshop. RSVP via website:; email: robeasley@strongtie. com; or phone toll free 800-999-5099 ext. 1055. NOTE: A box lunch will be provided to those who register for both classes.

“Proper Tax Structure: S-Corporations v. LLCs”

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM with a 30 minute Q&A following the presentation. Lunch is provided. CATT Office, 12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G, Truckee This free workshop is presented by new CATT member Mann, Urrutia, Nelson CPAs. Are you operating as a sole proprietorship and wondering if you should incorporate? This class will help simplify the decision process and break down the advantages and disadvantages of various business types. It is intended to inform and educate on different business tax structures such as s-corporations and LLCs. RSVP to Amanda at the CATT office 530-550-9999 or

“Fire Resistive Construction Using Western Red Cedar Shingles”

Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, lunch included. CATT Office, 12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G, Truckee This free workshop and lunch, presented by new CATT member SHAKERTOWN, is designed for architects and contractors. The focus will be on designing roofing and siding systems of “Western Red Cedar” that conform to CA code and WUI (Wildland Urban Interface) requirements for fire resistance throughout the state. Credit: AIA One Learning Unit (Health Safety Welfare) RSVP by Tuesday, June 18 to Amanda at the CATT office 530-550-9999 or info@

Membership News

Top Photo: Membership Committee phone-a-thon in April (L to R): Ryan Swenson (Simpson Strong-Tie), Gary Crosswhite (Meridian Concrete), Paul Griggs (Griggs Custom Homes), Tim Kane (LP Insurance). THANK YOU Ryan, Gary, Paul, and Tim! • Bottom Photo: Happy winners of the iPad mini drawing (L to R): Existing member Mitch Clarin (Mitchell T. Clarin) and his new member referral Ken Ball (Ball Painting).


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The North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association gave its “Small Business of the Year” award to the Sierra Sun/North Lake Tahoe Bonanza at a March 27 dinner. Ward-Young Architecture & Planning recently received the 2012 Commercial Project Award from the TRPA for the Cedar Glen Lodge in Tahoe Vista. This is the fifth year Ward-Young has won a Best in the Basin award. The project Rebuild was designed by architects David Bourke and Don Fulda. The Cedar Glen Lodge was originally built around 1950 with a beautiful rustic style. After much needed updates, Ward-Young took on the challenge to re-create the main lodge, which features casual fine dining, a guest lounge and the quaint wine bar, all overlooking spectacular views of Lake Tahoe. On April 5, Reno Iron Works received two awards from the Nevada Chapter of Associated General Contractors. The two awards were “Sensitivity to the Environment/History/Culture” (more than $500,000) for the Hawkins Peak communications facility in Alpine County, and “Contractor’s Innovation” for the 3 span curved bridge at UNR. For a thrill at your desk, check out the YouTube videos showing the installation of the Hawkins Peak tower ( Look for “Iron Workers and Helicopters.” One clip is 4 minutes 28 seconds and the other clip is about 14 minutes long. The elevation of Hawkins Peak is 10,024 feet.

Photos Clockwise: Reno Iron Works award winners (L to R): Jamie Winans VP of Engineering, Chuck Thompson, Superintendent, and Ralph Schindler, CEO. Photo courtesy of Susan Mantle Photography. • Longtime CATT member and attorney Jim Porter (Porter Simon) speaking at the April 9 “Construction Law/ Mechanics Lien Seminar” in Truckee. • The welcoming façade of Cedar Glen Lodge.

New California Codes


he State of California is required by law to adopt new building codes every three years. The 2013 California Codes are on schedule to be published July 1, 2013 and become effective throughout the state January 1, 2014. The new codes will include the 2013 California Building, Fire and Residential Codes. These will be based on the 2012 editions of the International Codes. The 2013 California Plumbing and Mechanical Codes will be based on the 2012 Uniform Codes, and updated 2013 Green Building and Energy Codes will also be adopted. New codes reflect changes in technology and lessons learned. Some of the more significant changes include: • By increasing minimum insulation and window U values, the new California Energy Code will improve new home energy efficiency by about 30%. California is on schedule to require zero net energy homes by 2020. The new code is a step in that direction. • California Building Code chapter 11B, accessibility to public and commercial buildings, is entirely rewritten to be consistent with the federal standard. This is a big deal for businesses and architects. It will make building design simpler having to deal with only one standard. • CalGreen, the California Green Building Code, expands its scope to include dwelling additions. Additions that expand a building’s conditioned area, volume or size will need to comply with the new standard with regard to water efficiency, indoor air quality and waste diversion. The new codes will make buildings safer, more efficient and will help to preserve California’s resources. Please contact Town of Truckee Building Official Michael Lavallee with questions on the new codes. He can be reached at 530-582-2905.


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Capitol Connection

Q&A Resource for Contractors

By Shauna Krause & David Kalb, Capitol Services, Inc.


contractor unsure about what license is required to ‘cut the deck’ is in the cards this time. We offer a second ‘deal’ on a ‘bad hand’ dealt to a contractor who got incorrect advice on asbestos abatement from a friend, but begin with a sub-contractor who ‘folded’ on the game before it was finished… Q: I am a General Building Contractor and one of the sub-contractors that I hired to do some installations left the job unfinished. What can I do about this? A: While it depends on the specifics of your situation, there are several options for you especially if you’ve already paid the subcontractor. You can file a claim against the sub-contractor’s bond; take the sub-contractor to small claims court; or file a complaint with the CSLB. You can visit the CSLB’s website for more information on the complaint procedure. Q: I recently sent in my contractor’s license renewal application. On the renewal form I had updated our Officers so that the CSLB would in turn update their system. I noticed that the renewal was processed and our license is good for another two years, however the Officers have not been updated. Is there a way you can check on this for us? A: Without checking on this I can tell you that the CSLB did not update your Officers because you cannot make any personnel changes on a renewal application. To remove, change, or add personnel you are required

Classified Ads FOR SALE 800 SF white oak plank 5/8” x 11 1/2”; S4S glue-up; Premium material – Beautiful solid floor material; $4,000; $5/square foot! OBO. (105) Units 4” THERMASHEATH fixed to 5/8 OSB structural roof panel (nailable base roof panel) with R Value of 25.7; $7,600. Light Fixtures: Hinkley Outdoor sconces; very good condition; size: 8”high x 12 3/4” wide; qty 6 @ $90 each OBO. Uttermost Marcel Light drum 12.5” high x 16.6” diameter metal mesh shade; qty 1 @ $160 OBO. Bruck LED Sconce; Bronze finish with white opal and mesh; qty 2 @ $80 each OBO. 1 x 10 Rough Sawn C & better Cedar 1,500 SF; make offer for all or part. Items can be seen at 10603 East River Street in Truckee or call 530.587.4000. FOR SALE Fully improved residential building lots on Timberline View Court/Mt. Rose Highway, Reno NV: APN 04907049 @ 7.34 acres, MLS# 120002275, $345,000 and APN 04907047 @ 1.90 acres, MLS# 120002276, CURRENTLY $119,000. Seller may carry & subordinate – terms negotiable. Best views in Reno. Call or email Rick Dyess 775.742.4609 or FOR SALE Pettibone C 450 LIFT with 38 ft. reach. 4WD Cummins diesel. Rebuilt Boom. Excellent condition. Make offer. Call Jim at 775.831.5624. FOR SALE Lowest priced Lot in BIG SPRINGS $339,000. Level, all day sun, views of Northstar. Owner will carry on approved credit for 5% interest. Call, text, or email Mitch@ or 530.308.9124. FOR RENT Gradall. 45 FT reach with truss boom and 1 yard bucket. Great for backfill. For questions and rental price, please call Jude at 530.567.5150. FOR SALE REDUCED PRICE! Glenshire Lot $29,000. .41 acres in cul-de-sac, 10319 Eton Place, Truckee. Gentle upslope, HOA pool & tennis courts. Call 530.448.9874 to discuss finance options. FOR SALE #1 5/8” x 24” all heart Redwood taper-sawn shakes. Random width. 5 BND = SQ@10” exp. 239 BND available. $43.34 cost per BND + tax. Call Jim @ Washoe Building Supply 775.691.9633. FOR SALE Redwood Siding. Square edged redwood siding available in 4”, 6”, 8”, 10”, or 12” widths and lengths up to 20 feet for $7–9/board foot. This full 1” thick recycled green building material is resawn from salvaged old-growth redwood logs. Contact Pam at info@ or 530.587.3700. FOR SALE Equipment, Tools. Lawn tractor, snow blowers, generator, pressure washer, trash pump, underground line locator, tigersaw. Also hand tools of all descriptions, ladders rolling scaffold and aluminum plank. Office equipment and furniture. Any reasonable offer considered. Call Mike for details 530.414.1446.


to complete the appropriate CSLB forms. For adding new officers you need to submit an “Application to Add” personnel, and to remove current officers you should submit a “Disassociation Notice”. Please contact our office if you need assistance with these modifications to your license. Q: What classification is required to build a deck with a patio cover? A: There are several classifications that would permit you to build a deck with a patio cover. The “B” General Building, the “C-5” (Carpentry), or the “C-27” (Landscaping) classifications would each allow you to perform that work. Q: I would like to obtain a California contractor’s license for asbestos abatement but I’ve been told that I first need to obtain a General Contractors License. I don’t have the required experience to qualify for a General license! Is there any way around this? A: First of all, asbestos abatement by itself is not a CSLB license classification. The asbestos certification is issued only to currently licensed contractors and only allows for the contractors to perform asbestos-related work exclusively within the license classification that is held by the contractor. There is no requirement that the classification specifically be General Building. Contractors who want to become certified to perform asbestos removal and/or abatement are required to pass an exam administered by the CSLB and they also must register with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). While knowledge is power, knowing where to go for the answers is half the battle. Get expert assistance immediately when you call 866-443-0657, email, or write us at Capitol Services, Inc., 1225 8th St. Ste. 580, Sacramento, CA 95814. Research past columns at

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12313 Soaring Way, Suite 1G Truckee, CA 96161 (Located across the street from Truckee Town Hall) Ph: 530-550-9999 | Fx: 530-550-9998 |

2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Michael Forshee, President Forshee Construction Gary Crosswhite, Vice-President Meridian Concrete, Inc. Barry Lease, Secretary Incline Builders Paul Griggs, Treasurer Griggs Custom Homes Tillio Olcese, Past President Olcese Construction DIRECTORS Mitch Clarin, Mitchell T. Clarin Andrew Cross, Truckee Tahoe Lumber Co. Ken Foster, K.B. Foster Civil Engineering Doug Gadow, Linchpin Structural Engineering Richard Loverde, Loverde Builders Michael Nethersole, M.D. Construction & Consulting Ted Reviglio, Western Nevada Supply Josh Root, Root of Design Electric Dennis Schlumpf, Dennis L. Schlumpf & Assoc. STAFF Pat Davison, Executive Director Kim Cross, Membership & Event Coordinator Amanda Bullard, Office Manager

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CATT’s MISSION: To promote a positive business environment for the building and housing industry and enhance opportunities for its members and the community

Welcome New Members Soil Tech Environmental, Dan Rockwell Blacktop Paving, Brittany Rupp The Michael Horn Co., Inc., Mick Horn R.J. Lazzareschi Construction, Richard Lazzareschi Larry Jackson Construction, Larry Jackson Painted Rock Construction, Inc., Robert S. Graham Cruz Construction Company, Inc., Kale Peery McBride’s Nursery Landscape Maintenance, Artemio Munoz The Glass Guru of Truckee, Aaron Lary Blacktop Sealing and Striping Inc., Dylan DeVre JP Drywall, Jim Papola Kawcak Masonry, Tim Kawcak Bear Busters, Ryan Welch Ball Painting, Ken Ball Shakertown Cedar Shingle Panels, Todd Harrison Henkel, Delaney Attebery

CATT Stats General Contractors Sub-Contractors Associates/Suppliers Professionals Organizations Retired

68 94 63 68 7 1

Total 301 BareBones WorkWear, Clay Van Osdol Alpine Home Furnishings, Stephen Silveira Meek’s Lumber and Hardware, J.R. Kinzel Spirit Interior Design & Gallery, Dan Mullins Linchpin Structural Engineering, Doug Gadow Lake Tahoe Designs, Gordy Cross Alpen Engineering, Inc., Paul Laudenschlager Boice O’Neal Realty, Bill Whitehead Ryan Group Architects, Scott Ryan

CATT-A-LOG May 2013  

Official newsletter for the Contractors Association of Tahoe Truckee

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