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Handicap Access by- Heather M. Nemec, Architect

Handicap Access
A short while ago ADA (American Disability Act) updated, and dimensions that have been standard for a while have changed. That information is available online or through design professionals.
When a new commercial building is designed, it must be handicap accessible. When a building changes use, or has a notable modification or renovation, then it is also required to become uniformly handicap accessible.
It is am an important distinction that the ENTIRE building does not need to be ADA compliant, but EVERY SERVICE OR ACTIVITY that takes place in the building must be equally accessible to all. For example, a dental office must provide facility to service a disabled CLIENT as well as provide a work area for a disabled EMPLOYEE. If it is a multi-story building that does not have an elevator or lift to the second floor, then every service or function that is on the second floor MUST be available on the main floor.
The are also exceptions for hardships in existing building that cannot be made ADA compliant without extraordinary efforts. Some property may not have enough space to build a needed ramp or lift to the entrance. In these circumstances, alternate expenditure to assist in providing service can be submitted for approval. Perhaps curb side service can be considered? Every case is different.
Remember to consider all people that need to use the building and spaces we build. The world belongs to all of us.
Heather M. Nemec, Architect
Architectural Sales
[email protected]com
Felber’s Building Supply
5555 Transit Road
Williamsville, New York 14221
(716) 688-5517 Office
(716) 525-0910 Cell 
2018-10-15T15:28:33-04:00 Business Management, Safety|Comments Off on Handicap Access by- Heather M. Nemec, Architect

Dec 6th is the Annual Christmas Party!

SAVE THE DATE!   Make this your company Christmas Party this year!    One of the best-attended events of the year!

REGISTER HERE!   Link to registration form 

Chairperson for the Christmas Party is Lori Swogier   [email protected]

630 PM at Wurlizter Event Center   630pm        Cost is $75.00 include dinner, open bar, & appetizers 
Meal Choices this year:
1) Pan seared Cod Miso Glaze with stir fried vegetables
2) Squash Ravioli with roasted root vegetables
3) 6 oz Filet Mignon with Port wine Reduction.
4) Chicken Saltimbocca Stuffed with Prosciutto and cheese, fresh sage, lemon-white wine sauce.
Corporate Sponsor $1000.00 
Includes: Name on all printed material, part of email blast and social media campaign, mentions in press release, ability to pass out marketing material, listed on event pages and website. ability to address the members and give an overview of your business (5 min) and a dedicated table to showcase your business and work, spotlight in our Jan Newsletter. Includes 2 Tickets
Santa Sponsor $750
Includes: Name on all printed material, part of email blast and social media campaign, mentions in press release, listed on event pages and website.
Elf Sponsor $250
Name on all printed material, part of email blast and social media campaign,  listed on event pages and website.

Basket Auction Sponsor  $Any Amount (Min $50) For any amount contact Lori Swogier  

[email protected]   or Choose these levels in the drop down below.  $200   $150  $100  Choose below.  

Name on all printed materials related to the basket auction


2018-10-05T17:42:12-04:00 Christmas Party, Members, Networking|Comments Off on Dec 6th is the Annual Christmas Party!

NYSBA’s Next President Is From Niagara

NYSBA 2019-2020 President is from Niagara County

Mark your calendars for October 5th, 2018 for the Inauguration of Kristin L. Savard, PE, as the 2019-2020 New York State Builders Association President.  Kristin Savard has been a strong voice for Niagara County’s construction industry all over the state.  Her vision, tenacity, passion, and deep understanding of the industry has led her to the Presidents seat for the New York State Builders.    She’s been a past President of  NRCA and the owner of Advance Design Group in Lewiston, NY. 

She will bring our area and the entire construction industry front and center in Albany.   Kristin has been very active in our Niagara group; serving as past President, on various committees, and as a Board Director, giving a lot of her time to the causes that impact our industry.

About Kristin:

Kristin L. Savard, PE, Civil Engineer, Owner and President of Advanced Design Group Professional Engineering and Land Surveying, PC. is a native of Western New York, who returned home to Niagara County, after 12 years of living out-of-state.  Upon returning home, Kristin utilized the business management, engineering and construction experience obtained while out of state, to become co-founder of ADG in 2005 and then became President of ADG in 2008.

Kristin and her business partner Richard J. Haight, PE teamed to build ADG into a locally owned full-service Civil Engineering and Land Surveying firm that provides planning, design, engineering, surveying, and construction management services for residential, commercial and industrial developments throughout New York and the United States. ADG is certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in the State of New York. Kristin takes great pride in ADG and the family-friendly company that it has become while providing high-quality, on-time, cost-effective projects.

After graduating from Clarkson University and The State University of New York at Potsdam in 1995, with Bachelors Degrees in Physics and Civil Engineering, Kristin began her career as a Project Engineer for engineering and construction firms in the New England Area. Upon her return to WNY in 2002, Kristin joined Wendel Duchscherer, in Amherst, NY before establishing Advanced Design Group. Kristin is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of New York and Connecticut with 20+ years of experience.  

She is active in her community, where she has consulted for local Planning, Zoning and Town Boards, is a current member of the Cataract Youth Football and Cheer Board of Directors, is a Past-President of the Niagara County Builders Association, is the current Vice-President of the New York State Builders Association and will the 2019-2020 President of the New York State Builders Association.  

Kristin’s most important credentials are WIFE and MOM. She is married to Todd Savard and is the mother of three very active boys: Tyler Ryker and Maddox.  As a family, the Savards enjoy the outdoors, hunting, sports and traveling.

Kristin has proven to be a strong voice for the WNY construction community and activist for keeping the jobs and our families here!

2018-09-03T16:27:13-04:00 Business Management, Member Meetings, Members, Uncategorized|Comments Off on NYSBA’s Next President Is From Niagara

Golf Outing 2018

Construction Industry Professionals From All Over WNY Came To Golf

Golf Outing 2018

Thank you to our members and friends for supporting our Golf Outing! Because of your support, we nearly sold out!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Golf Outing 2018

We nearly sold out this year!

We want to Thank Joe Cecconi’s Chrysler Complex for sponsoring the putting contest.  They are rebate participants of our Alliance.  Any member who purchases a vehicle (commercial or personal) gets a $500 rebate. To date (that we know of) our members have purchased approx 15 trucks and cars from them.  ALL of whom said they would return for their next vehicle. Tim Stack knows how to find you the right vehicle for your work and your budget.  Their service department has highly qualified and experienced mechanics ready to service your fleet or personal vehicles.  The staff and the ownership have big great partners to our Alliance and our members.  Visit them at joececconischryslercomplex.com   

OR stop in the store at 2380 Military Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Phone: (716) 297-5800

2018-06-26T21:29:55-04:00 Uncategorized|Comments Off on Golf Outing 2018

Joe Cecconi’s Chrysler Complex Hosts Putting Contest

NRCA Member and Member Rebate Participant, Joe Cecconi’s Chrysler Complex will be hosting the Putting Contest at our Annual Golf Outing.  Thank you Tim Stack and Team!  This is going to be a very fun experience for golfers! They have some great stuff planned. Get registered today! Click here! 

Joe Cecconi’s Chrysler Complex has done business in Niagara Falls and the greater Buffalo area for over 50 years. Mr.C’s slogan, “We’ll treat you like family” sets a standard that the staff strives to meet every day. As Western New York’s largest volume Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership, we will be able to find a vehicle that meets your needs. We specialize in offering financing for every situation, whether it’s a lease for your new or used car, or whether our “Guaranteed Credit Approval” program meets your needs. Joe Cecconi’s Chrysler Complex is also a Member Rebate Participant.  They offer a $500 rebate to members on the purchase of a new vehicle.

Tim Stack

[email protected]

2380 Military Rd
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

  • Sales: (716) 286-5840
  • Service: (716) 268-1068
  • Parts: (716) 501-8906
2018-05-18T14:30:47-04:00 Uncategorized|Comments Off on Joe Cecconi’s Chrysler Complex Hosts Putting Contest

Network Niagara Draws Over 200

The Niagara Business Community Comes Together

Network Niagara 2018


Over 200 local businesses showed up for the Annual Network Niagara on April 11th 2018.  Our Alliance, together with over 10 other local business and professional associations hosted the event. The environment was relaxed and new connections were being made everywhere in the room.  This is proof that Niagara County is on the rise. We are positioned perfectly to grow because of the leadership in our business community.

“We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response from the business community,” said Kristin Savard, NRCA past president and 2019 president of the New York State Builders Association. “The mission of this event is to engage with neighboring business and professional organizations within our county and find ways for us to work together and uncover opportunities for the business communities that we serve, said Savard.

Network Niagara was a vision of Kristin’s for over 5 years. She is at the forefront of our construction industry and sees a need in collaborating with other business organizations.  As she said in her speech “Look around you, these are the people who can help you reach your goals.” “…we’re in this county together and we need a united voice.”   Niagara County businesses have a tremendous resource in the local business organizations. They serve the members of their communities with advocacy, business opportunities, and access to funding.   Like us, these organizations face the same challenges of member engagement and attrition.  It’s pertinent the business community understands the importance of getting involved.

  This event really showcased the thought leadership of our county. All the co-hosts had dynamic, motivated leadership.  We were honored to stand side by side with them in this event.

On behalf of the NRCA board and it’s members, THANK YOU to our co-hosts for participating with us.  However, such success is not possible without the support of our business community.

More importantly, THANK YOU to all who attended.  We’ll be tracking the success stories coming out of the event and share them with you throughout the year.  One event can’t change everything, but it can spark change. We hope we did that.

 NRCA encourages all the attendees to get involved with their local Association or Chamber of Commerce. It’s up to us as individuals to continue the momentum.   They are there to help us learn, grow, connect and be heard!


Niagara Region Construction Alliance, Kristin Savard, Past President [email protected] 716-946-2410
Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Pauley President [email protected] 716-754-9500
Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas Jay Ganz VP, Board of Directors [email protected] 716-713- 0225
Niagara Small Business Development Center Lynn Oswald Director [email protected] 716-210-2515
Niagara USA Chamber Kory Schuler Executive Director [email protected] 716-285-9142
Town of Niagara Business and Professional Association Janiene Ennis-Garcia Co-President [email protected] 716-402-2166
Downtown NT Merchants Association Susan Todaro [email protected]hoo.com 716-510-6909
Lockport Business Association Kevin Sullivan Co-President [email protected] 716-970-4448
Leadership Niagara Liz Zulawski CEO & President [email protected] 716-908-8787
BBB of Upstate New York Melanie McGovern Communications Director [email protected] 716-558-7976
Lockport Main Street Jessica Dittly Director [email protected] 716-434-0212
Women’s Business Center Sara Vescio Executive Director [email protected] 716-888-8285
Jennifer Grier, Oliver Street Merchants Association 716-297-5944 ext 314 [email protected]

2018-05-02T16:20:29-04:00 Business Management, Member Meetings, Members, Networking|Comments Off on Network Niagara Draws Over 200

Room Painting 101

Ready for a new look in your home, but don’t have a budget for a big remodel? There’s nothing faster or more economical to give your home a quick update than by painting your rooms a new color. A well-planned and executed paint job can make a room look larger or cozier, can accent features or hide flaws, or reflect your own personal flair.

Here are some tips to help make your painting project a success.

Choose the Right Color

paint samples

Go to a paint or home improvement store and get swatches of colors to take home. Select a lot of options, chances are the fluorescent lights in the store will make the colors look completely different than they will in your home.

See how you like the colors on different walls and in different lighting conditions — early morning sun, midday and nighttime lamplight — to make sure you’re happy with your final choice.

Another option is to paint a few colors on your walls. Many companies offer sample sizes in either a selection of popular colors, or in any color they offer. These samples cost much less than a full gallon and give you the opportunity to try them out on the wall before spending a lot of money.

Select an Appropriate Finish

Choose a paint finish depending on how the room or surface will be used:

  • A flat or matte finish helps conceal flaws and absorbs light in well-lit rooms.
  • Satin or eggshell finishes are a good choice for high-traffic areas such as foyers, family rooms, kitchens and bathrooms because they clean more easily than flat or matte paint.
  • Baseboards, molding and railings look best in a semi-gloss finish, which is a shiny finish that is the easiest to clean and provides a contrast to the walls.

Many paint companies also now offer “all-in-one” paints that already contain primer. These enable you to paint over a darker paint color or area that’s been repaired with patching compound without having to apply a coat of primer before the paint.

Stock Up on Supplies

Here are the basic supplies you’ll need whether you’re painting several rooms or just one:

  • Brushes and rollers
  • Paint trays
  • Painter’s tape
  • Sheets or tarps to cover furniture

Prepare the Room

Give yourself adequate space to maneuver while you paint and protect your valuable furniture and belongings. Move as much of the room’s contents as you can either out of the room or away from the walls.

Cover whatever is going to stay and the floor, especially where it meets the walls, with old sheets or plastic tarps.

Next, remove the switch plates and electrical outlet covers. It’s easier than trying to cover them with painter’s tape and definitely looks better — and is safer — than just painting over them. Don’t forget to repair nail holes, dents or chipped spots with a patching compound.

If you have any doubt about your ability to paint a perfectly straight line, or you don’t have a very steady hand, use painters tape to protect features you don’t want paint to get on. This could include baseboards, window and door trim, and where the wall meets the ceiling or crown molding. Make sure the tape adheres properly by running a finger or mixing stick along the tape.

Clean the walls with a mild detergent solution or wipe them with a damp lint-free cloth to remove cobwebs and dust that will cause blemishes in your paint. Vacuum or dust the room to make sure dust or animal hair doesn’t get in your paint and on your walls.

Now you’re ready to make a colorful change!

2018-03-23T11:41:05-04:00 Consumer|Comments Off on Room Painting 101