“Simpson Strong-Tie was honored to be invited by the Niagara Frontier Building Officials to speak at their annual conference on January 23rd. Doug Stercho (Simpson Strong-Tie Territory Manager), Chuck Frisicaro (Simpson Strong-Tie Sr. Dealer Rep for Western NY) and Jim Mailey (Simpson Strong-Tie Technical Training Manager and NADRA Structural Advisor & Educator) all had a major part in the success of this program.
The subject was on Deck Construction and the class was 6 hours long. There were 379 people in attendance and the class was primarily made up of code officials from the Niagara Frontier region. Although, there were numerous comments in the beginning about a class that is 6 hours in length on decks, those same people were amazed at how much was covered, how much there is to know about deck construction and how quickly the time seemed to pass. At the end there were a lot of people requesting more information and asking if there are other classes on deck construction that they could attend. The NADRA Deck Evaluation checklist, the best document currently available for assessing new and existing decks, was a big hit along with some of the other literature provided.”