Monthly Archives: June 2013

Plans and Specifications Reading 101 – July 15th and 17th, 2013


This course introduces participants to reading and interpreting basic construction drawings and specification manuals.  Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of the requirements of contract drawings, understanding terminology, symbols, and conventions used in commercial and industrial drawings, including architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical plans and sections.

MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:

°  Demonstrate an understanding of  how a set of Contract Documents comes to be: “The Traditional Scope of Services”

°  Demonstrate the use of engineering and architectural scales

°  Read and understand a set of drawings including plans, elevations, sections and details

°  Read and understand scheduled, symbols, and other drafting conventions

°  Recognize the inter-relationships between Architectural, Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing  elements of a project

°  Read and understand the basic sections of Specifications

°  Explain the important complementary relationship between Plans and Specifications

The presenter for this eight hour course is Lane Stumler.  Lane is an adjunct faculty member with Ivy Tech Corporate College and a practicing architect in Kentuckiana.

The fee for this program is $295 if registered before July 5th, $325 after the “early bird” date.  The course fee includes participant materials, light dinner and beverages for both evenings.  Reserve your spot today by contacting Mary Ellen Higgins at 502-459-9800 or via email at

Supercharged SAM Search Now Available on the Online Planroom

The Spec and Addenda Mining (SAM) search has been a powerful tool for members utilizing the Builders Exchange Online Planroom and it just received a big speed boost!

Recent upgrades to the online planroom have dramatically increased the speed of SAM Search. Previously, searches could take anywhere between 3-20 seconds to generate results. That time has now been reduced to a second or less!

Furthermore, members can now conduct searches on broader terms such as concrete, lighting, and other more general phrases without “timing out” the search.

What is SAM Search?

SAM Search is an online planroom tool which allows members to search the entire spec book for specific keywords or phrases. Trade names such as “honeywell”, “dupont”, “prosoco” and “trane” can be located quickly and easily. Other words that are difficult to find are readily available as well, such as “retaining wall”, “valve”, “crane” and all other types of specialty work.

Click here to find out how to set up a new SAM search filter or here for how to conduct a SAM Search on an individual project.

Note: The SAM Search option is available only to members with upgraded memberships. Contact Builders Exchange if you would like to know more about the upgraded membership.

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Builders Exchange Scheduled Online Planroom Maintenance – Friday, June 7th

Attention Builders Exchange Online Planroom Users:

Builders Exchange will be conducting maintenance to the Online Planroom this Friday, June 7th from 10 p.m. to approximately 12:00 a.m. (midnight). We will have a temporary disruption of our online services during this time.

There will also be a very brief disruption of services (5 to 20 minutes) on Thursday, June 6th at 6:00 p.m.

We apologize in advance for these interruptions. We will complete the required work as quickly as possible.

Once the maintenance is complete on Friday, members who have their user ID and password saved on the planroom login page will need to re-enter and re-save their user ID and password.

If you think you may have forgotten your password, use the “Forgot Password” link on the login page and use the e-mail address option to have your password e-mailed to you (instructions below). If you think you may not remember your password, we recommend looking up your password before the maintenance on Friday.

Password E-mail

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Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your understanding & cooperation.

Builders Exchange of Kentucky


Builders Exchange Annual Member Gala

1What do you get when you have a room full of construction professionals, a Master Distiller of bourbon, great food, and many unique items up for bid?  You get a great time had by all!  This spring, the Builders Exchange of Kentucky hosted its 86th Annual Member Gala at The Olmsted, and Maker’s Mark Master Distiller, Bill Samuels, Jr. was our featured keynote speaker.

With an estimated 300 guests in attendance, which was a record for our event, we started the evening with a social hour of cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and our first ever silent auction.  The auction was created by the Special Events Committee of the Builders Exchange.  More than twenty-five items were up for bid with all proceeds going to support the Builders Exchange scholarship fund.

3After the crowd enjoyed a wonderful plated dinner served by the staff at the Olmsted, we were delighted to have Bill Samuels, Jr. share stories about his family’s creation and planning of the Maker’s Mark Distillery.  Mr. Samuels drew several similarities between his family’s business challenges and what our members are facing right now in a tough economy.

As the program continued, we paid tribute to our members for their long tenure with the Builders Exchange starting from 25 years up to 55 years!  It was exciting and rewarding to honor many of the members who have been associated with the Builders Exchange for such a long period of time.

2We also recognized the Builders Exchange Scholarship Award recipients who received almost $40,000 in funds to attend a college of their choice.  This brought the total awards to more than $300,000 since the scholarship was created over fifteen years ago.

After the scholarship awards were presented, one randomly selected person at each table received a commemorative Maker’s Mark bottle that had the Builders Exchange of Kentucky logo engraved on it.  Naturally, Mr. Samuels was more than gracious to stay afterwards and sign many of the bottles and have his picture taken with our members.

To close the evening, our Board President, Sam Tommie of River City Glass & Mirror, gave our toast with a theme for all of us to remember in that “we are all ONE membership”.  A great message to end a great evening enjoyed by everyone.

View the gallery below for more pictures.

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