PCEA  OF  AMERICA,  INC.Hampton  Roads  Chapter 
 
Why Hampton Roads PCEA?
 
—NETWORKING
—EDUCATION
—PROGRAMS & TOURS
—COMMUNITY SERVICE
—VALUE
 
NETWORKING

 

In today’s economy, relationships in the construction industry are important in being successful. Having the right mix of contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and consultants on a project can determine the level of success the project will achieve. What better way to know the people you may be working with than to network with them outside of the office environment. That is even a great way to become acquainted with your competition!

PCEA and the local Hampton Roads Chapter serves as a valuable networking and business development tool while building professional relationships which make project teaming, client development and peer relations happen. Active chapters, including Hampton Roads, meet on a regular monthly basis. This offers enough networking to last a lifetime. Hampton Roads meets regularly at the Aberdeen Barn on Northampton Blvd. in Virginia Beach on the Second Wednesday of each month (there are a few exceptions to this date and location – see program flyer attached for 2010-2011 meetings). These meetings provide an approximate one hour (6:00 – 7:00) social hour and two hours (7:00 – 9:00) for dinner and the program for the evening.

Hampton Roads Chapter meets annually with the Tidewater Chapter of NAWIC for an evening of networking. NAWIC is the National Association of Women in Construction. This meeting offers an opportunity to network with other companies, some of which do not have PCEA members.

Hampton Roads Chapter also promotes events outside of the standard construction industry program format. Regular events are held at Harbor Park with PCEA Night with the Norfolk Tides. This baseball game gathering is one of the Chapter’s most popular events. The annual Christmas Party which attended by the members’ spouses is also well attended and offers a night to remember. This year the Chapter will hold a meeting on the Peninsula in the Newport News area to encourage participation by individuals that are more local to that location. A large portion of the Chapter’s membership works on the Peninsula so this will be an opportunity to expand the networking opportunities.

The mix of members of PCEA is what makes the networking a large success. Of the current membership in the Hampton Roads Chapter, 27% are General Contractors, 48% are Subcontractors, 11% are Suppliers and 14% are Consultants to the Construction Industry (architects, estimating professionals, insurance representatives, etc.). Whatever your needs might be in the construction industry, Hampton Roads Chapter of PCEA is there for you.

 

Join us at a meeting anytime. Let us know you are coming and we will make your night special.

 

EDUCATION 

Education of employees in any environment, in any industry, is what will allow the employee to gain valuable information needed to perform their job specific tasks and provide the ability to advance their skills. The advances in technology are enough of a challenge to keep up with that without education an employee or a company can get left behind.

Professional Construction Estimators Association of America and the Hampton Roads Chapter offers a comprehensive and relevant mix of educational programs that helps to build the body of knowledge that constitutes the discipline of construction estimating. Membership provides access to the latest industry and technology trends. Leadership training and tools to excel as professionals in the construction industry are a part of the education offered to members.

PCEA members have always been active in the promotion of construction education for the betterment of the industry. The Hampton Roads Chapter works diligently to coordinate, develop and establish programs to assist and enhance the educational endeavors in the community while pursuing the goals of membership. The Chapter supports educational programs ranging from, but not limited to, scholarships to local students, providing construction instructors, and introducing construction as a trade to students. Each year the Hampton Roads Chapter provides at least two educational scholarships at the Chapter Level and participates in providing one scholarship from the National Level. This past year’s recipients included students attending Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College. Two scholarships are provided to students enrolled in a construction related program and one is awarded to a dependent of a member of the chapter that could be studying any field. The National Ted G. Wilson Memorial Scholarship funds scholarships in all states that are represented by PCEA.

Recent presenters at membership meetings have been college professionals from Old Dominion University and Norfolk State and the Technical & Career Education Center in Virginia Beach. We have learned what is going on with their construction program and they learned about PCEA.

By being a member of PCEA, estimators can become certified estimators through an accredited certification program. This is a growing requirement in the construction industry, particularly with the Federal Government. This certification is currently a year long process that includes writing a technical paper, taking an on-line workshop and taking a category specific exam. Once certified, estimators must obtain continuing education units to keep their certification active. PCEA can assist and support an estimator’s decision to become and remain certified.

 PCEA Hampton Roads is currently establishing an Education Committee that will assist in obtaining and providing additional educational opportunities for the members. Lunch and Learns are one way that is being looked at as well as having programs throughout the year at General Meetings that will qualify for the required CEU. Educational related programs for the 2010 – 2011 year include:

  • October 13, 2010 EPA Lead Certification Requirements
  • November 10, 2010 Technology in Construction
  • January 12, 2011 On-Center On-Screen Takeoff

The Hampton Roads Chapter developed a “One Hour Before Bid Time” workshop seminar that emphasizes the most important part of the competitive bid process. The workshop is complemented with discussion of relevant problems during this hour as well as final preparation of an actual bid. At the end of the workshop, all the bids will be evaluated and the closest bid to the actual awarded bid price will be announced and awarded. Many of the Chapter members participate in hosting this program and put it on about twice a year. The program was even included in the Construction Technology program at Old Dominion University one year. 

Estimators have to be smart people to assist their companies in survival in this challenging economy. So what better way to sharpen the skills of your estimators and project managers than to enroll them into Professional Construction Estimators Association right now.   

 

PROGRAMS & TOURS 

The Hampton Roads Chapter of the Professional Construction Estimators Association of America is proud to bring to the membership and guests programs of interest to the construction industry. Even though the title of the organization references “estimators” many of our members are more than just estimators. Therefore, the information provided in these construction related programs increase the awareness of trends in the industry as well as the latest advances in technology. With these programs, the Chapter promotes the construction industry and even estimating as a professional field of endeavor as well as enhancing the personal progress of those attending. This comprehensive and relevant mix of educational & informative programs helps build the body of knowledge that constitutes the discipline of construction estimating.

The Chapter Board of Directors works diligently each year to find new and informative programs that will benefit everyone. Construction related programs in the past included presentations on:

  • Green Roofing
  •  Loss Control & Prevention in the Construction Industry
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Tours of In-Progress Construction Projects
  • On-Screen Take-Off Systems
  • Construction Contract Law
  • LEED Program
  • Design/Build Forum
  • Construction Safety
  • Environmental Programs
  • Construction Scheduling
  • American Red Cross
  • Construction related programs for 2010-2011 include:
  • EPA Lead Certification Requirements (new regulation) October 13, 2010
  • Technology in Construction November 10, 2010
  • On-Center Take-Off System by MC2 January 12, 2011
  • U.S. Army Business Opportunities February 9, 2011
  • Doing Business with NAVFAC May 11, 2011

The Hampton Roads Chapter also conducts joint meetings with other associations such as National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Construction related programs & tours as well as networking opportunities are expanded during these joint meetings that are held at least once a year.

Membership in PCEA and the Hampton Roads Chapter is a considerable benefit to anyone within the construction industry. Access to the cutting edge techniques, tools and procedures available to the construction industry are made available through membership and participation. Join us at a meeting anytime. Let us know you are coming and we will make your night special. Better yet, complete your membership application and become a part of our growing chapter.

So now is the time to reward yourself or someone within your organization. Where else can you obtain the networking, educational and informative opportunities at such a reasonable cost?

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

The Hampton Roads Chapter of Professional Construction Estimators Association participates in Community Service projects throughout the years and encourages our members and potential members to be a part of this service to the community. Individual members are involved in a variety of Community Service opportunities.

Through our Scholarship program, the Chapter supports the community by providing educational opportunities to individuals that are furthering their education in construction related fields. The Chapter provides one scholarship and works with the National Office on providing one scholarship for the state as well.  Recently the chapter added an annual scholarship that benefits a dependent (child or grandchild) of a chapter member that is attending college in any program.  

For the past several years, the Chapter has gathered toys at the annual Christmas Party and distributed them to Toys For Tots. Our membership has been very generous in this community service and a truckload of toys for special kids has been delivered to the Marines for this great event.

Last year the Chapter became involved with Equi-Kids. EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program was established in 1989 to offer horseback riding lessons to individuals with mental and physical disabling conditions such as Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Learning Disabilities. In 2009 the Hampton Roads Chapter provided construction and maintenance services for the program as they moved into their new facility in Virginia Beach. After that, the Chapter assisted in helping the facility prepare for their annual Stall Ball fund raiser. This year the Chapter will again assist with these preparations in November.

Membership in PCEA and the Hampton Roads Chapter is not a requirement for anyone to be a valuable asset within the community. There are many ways you can help those that need your assistance. Hampton Roads is a platform for you to provide assistance in a different method. We invite you to become a member and help us support our community. Through community service, we can promote the construction industry as well as Hampton Roads PCEA as well as have the satisfaction of working with those in need.

 

VALUE

Hampton Roads Chapter of PCEA offers all of the above opportunities for a great value. As a Pre-Paid member a minimum of 10 events are held annually which are covered in the annual dues. This always includes dinner wherever we meet. The baseball game that we normally attend in June is covered including the Patio Box and the food served there. Our normal meeting place is Aberdeen Barn in Virginia Beach. Have you ever ate there? Their food is wonderful. They normally offer to our group four (4) choices between a steak, prime rib, a seafood selection and a chicken selection. The annual dues also includes the National Association fees.

Value? How do you put a price on Networking? How many times has meeting the right person assisted you in obtaining that right job for yourself or your company? In today’s economy climate, having a friend or colleague anywhere can possibly be the edge you need.

Value? How do you put a price on being all you or your fellow employees can be? Who will fill our shoes when it comes to retirement if we don’t educate the next generation?

Value? Staying fresh with what is going on in our industry provides all of those that participate in the programs and tours the latest in cutting edge information.

Value? Supporting the community is the best way to give back and is Priceless! 

 

 So, Why PCEA? Because it is the best group of construction individuals I know. We are not just estimators. We are project managers, business development professionals, company owners, sales representatives and dedicated advocates for our industry. It is never too late for you to be a part of Hampton Roads PCEA. We are here to serve our membership and our industry.

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