May 2020 Newsletter Print

President's Report


First of all on behalf of the ASPE board, I am truly sorry for being so out of touch these past few months. You would think in this age of electronic media we could stay on top of it all. No such luck. We are just deer, frozen in the headlights of this COVID-19 crisis. We are all getting used to the new normal. This means working from home, sheltering in place, and some of you may not be working at all. Do not despair, ASPE has options for you!

Obviously with the current stay-at-home orders, we are not meeting in person for our monthly meetings. In fact Pyramid Alehouse has informed us that they are permanently closing! Gone are the days when we could casually have a beer with our friends and then go see a ball game. We have tried a webinar for our April meeting but this resulted in a very low turnout. We will not have any meetings until possibly the Fall.

To our advertisers we have decided to offer a three month extension to your annual rates, due to our publishing issues the past 3 months. David Price will get in touch with you when it is time to renew.

Normally in May we would have our elections and the swearing in of the new board officers. We will postpone this until September if we can meet again. For now we will hold the same positions until September. If you are interested in serving on the board please let us know. We have all summer to figure this out.

Thank you for bearing with us. We value you as our ASPE members, non-members, and supporters! I may see you at the Golf Tournament on July 31. I think the driving ranges are open now!

Please read the following board member reports below on our upcoming events.

Frank van der Harst

President, ASPE Seattle Chapter

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Legislative Report


SDCI has been planning to adopt the 2018 edition of the codes to be effective July 1, 2020.  However, due to several factors, including the impacts of COVID-19, they have delayed the planned adoption until November 1, 2020. Click the link to learn more about the 2018 Seattle Code Adoption:


The focus of this guidance is to reduce Legionella growth and other pathogen and corrosion concerns that occur when there is a large drop in building water use. The guidance focuses on potable water systems inside larger buildings with complex plumbing and the information is general in nature. Each building is different and will require different actions based on its plumbing systems, use patterns, and source of water supply. Please see the department’s Guidance for Shutting Down and Reopening Water Recreation Facilities for information about how to maintain and treat pools and spas. More information about cooling towers and HVAC systems are found on the CDC website10. You may also want to make sure that the buildings p-traps do not dry out. You can do this by flushing water down all drains to prevent sewer gas intrusion into the building.

The entire document is available here:



Public Health Seattle/King County- (Seattle) Plumbing Permit:

Seattle Plumbing plan review projects are currently taking up to (8) weeks. No intake appointment required. Plans are dropped off to Public Health Seattle/King County office.

  • Due to the Governor's "Stay Home—Stay Healthy" order, the Plumbing and Gas Piping program will limit the business hours for plan review document submittals to every Wednesday morning between the hours       of 9 AM to 11 AM.
  • Until further notice, the front office will suspend operation. Permits may continue to be processed online, by mail, or over the phone.


City of Bellevue Plumbing Permit:

No intake appointment required. Documents are submitted online.

Bellevue’s ESTIMATED target review time: (2-3) weeks

  • City of Bellevue is continuing to process permit applications, review plans and perform inspections. City Hall is closed to public access.


City of Tacoma Plumbing Permit:

No intake appointment required. Documents are submitted online.

Tacoma’s ESTIMATED target review time: (4) weeks.

  • No intake appointment required. Documents are submitted online.
  • As of Wednesday, March 18th, the permitting counter will be closed for an indefinite period of time. In-person services will not   be available. Permit applications will be submitted online.


City of Redmond

Plumbing review time can take up to (2) weeks, unless more information is needed.

  • Intake appointments are required for complex projects. Intake appointments are available this week! Documents are submitted in person.
  • Redmond City Hall will remain closed through Thursday, April 30, 2020, unless an earlier date is possible. In-person services will not be   available. Permit applications will be submitted via email.


Washington State Department of Health (DOH):

For all healthcare facilities, a construction review process is required by DOH. The expected review time…… (25) business days.


City of Bothell  

Plan review time is currently (3-5) weeks. Review times are dependent on current workload. 

  • All city buildings are closed to the general public, but will continue to provide many services remotely.


City of Lynnwood

Review time is typically (6-8) weeks, but can vary depending on the type, size and complexity of your project.

  • The city no longer issues OTC permits same day until further notice. Please allow (2) business days for processing and review time.
  • City Buildings closed to the Public Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. They will continue to serve the community via phone, email, US Postal mail, and through online services.


City of Kent Plan

Review time is currently (3-4) weeks.

  • No OTC commercial mechanical and plumbing permits. All commercial projects are plan reviewed. No exception.


City of Everett

Plan Review time is currently (8) weeks.

  • The Permit Services public counter is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. They will remain available during regular business hours via email and postal mail.


City of Tukwila

Plan Review time is currently (8) weeks.

  • No OTC commercial mechanical and plumbing permits. All commercial projects are plan reviewed. No exception.
  • Permit Center temporarily closed to walk-in customers. At this time the city is accepting all new permits and revisions to existing permits. Permits for facilities deemed essential by the Governor’s order and permits for emergency repairs will have priority. A letter is required for an essential inspection.


Michael Curtright, LEED AP, CPD, Vice President of Legislative

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T&S Brass

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Cole Industrial, Inc.

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Technical Report

What a strange world we find ourselves in these days. I’m sure everyone has had to make adjustments, whether that’s working from home, home schooling the kids, or even for those essential workers on job sites, everything is different.

Since last we met, we’ve seen a dramatic shift to e-learning, both at the Chapter level and also by ASPE national. I encourage everyone to take advantage of some extra time and tune in to some of these webinars and learn some new skills or brush up on things you haven’t designed for a while. We will plan to resume our normal monthly meetings in the fall hopefully, pending decisions by King County and Washington Public Health officials.

The 2020 ASPE CPD exam will be delivered via remote proctoring. To protect the health and safety of 2020 Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) exam candidates, ASPE is now delivering this year’s exam online. Candidates will not be required to go to a test center to take their exam. Instead, they can take the exam from the comfort of their home or another location that has a stable Internet connection. The dates to take the exam have also been extended to June 15-28, 2020, and the new deadline to register is June 19, 2020.

You can find more information here:

ASPE Revit Workshops

ASPE is still hosting webinar versions of their popular Revit training sessions. Due to popular demand, we have added new dates for our online Revit MEP workshop, but they are selling out fast. If you want to attend on July 10, July 17, or July 31, register soon at ASPE Education. This full day of virtual training was created to help mechanical/plumbing designers take their Revit 2020 projects to the next level. If you want to know how to get a project started and maximize your workflow, this is the class for you. It also offers 0.65 CEUs upon successful completion.
You can find more information here:

ASPE Upcoming Webinars & Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Resources

COVID-19 Impact to Plumbing Systems Webinar

Leading Through Chaos

ASPE 2020 ASPE Convention & Expo

Mark your calendars now for the 2020 ASPE Convention & Expo. It will be held September 11-16, 2020 in New Orleans, LA. The 2020 ASPE Convention & Expo is dedicated to quality education, connections and experiences for those skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems. Planning is already underway for technical sessions and fun activities in the Big Easy! More details will be available on the ASPE website in the Spring.

Jonathan Franzese PE PEng CPD

VP Technical ASPE

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Columbia Hydronics

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JR Smith

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VP Membership Report

I hope everyone is doing well during these trying times.  It’s been awhile since I’ve sent anything out, so I thought I might just let everyone know what’s going on with Seattle ASPE.

First, our Product Show, which was postponed from March to June, is being postponed again and is not going to take place this year.  We are planning to have the show happen around March of next year.

Second, our Seattle Chapter Golf Tournament has been cancelled this year.  Please save the date though for July 23, 2021 for our tournament next year at the Willows Run Golf Complex.  No one is more disappointed than I that this isn’t happening this year.

I know things are rough out there, so I wanted to let our members know that ASPE has a Compassion Waiver of Society Dues.  If you have been furloughed or laid off, for example, there is an application on the website to help continue your membership.  Log into the member only page on the ASPE site and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the application.

We are planning to have the elections of new Seattle chapter officers at our first general meeting in September.  If anyone has an interest in joining the chapter board, let any of the current board members know and we can put you on the list.

I’m sure you’ve all heard that our regular chapter meeting venue, Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery, and Restaurant, has shut down for good.  If anyone has some ideas for a new venue that can handle a group of our size, that would include social distancing, please let us know.

Please welcome Lisa Carson to the Seattle ASPE chapter.  Lisa comes to us from the New Jersey chapter.  Matthew Freije has also transferred from the San Diego chapter to join us in Seattle.  Ryan Carlson has joined us as a new member to the Seattle chapter.  Ryan has also volunteered to be our Seattle AYP (ASPE Young Professionals) Representative.  Matt Tharp, with Zurn, has also joined the Seattle chapter.  Please make sure when we can get together again to go out of your way to welcome these new members to the club.

Please stay safe and I look forward to the time we can get together again.


Gary Fox

VP Membership

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