About our company

Bruce J. Spiewak, AIA, Principal

Our Principal maintains a current knowledge of the Building, Fire Safety and Accessibility Codes, and is involved through professional organizations on a local, state, regional and national level. He has served as Commissioner of the Building Performance and Regulations Commission of the American Institute of Architects, Connecticut (AIA-CT), was 1997 President of AIA-CT, and was a founding member of the International Code Council (ICC – formerly BOCA) Professional Chapter of Connecticut, Inc. He is certified by the State of Connecticut as a Building Official, has lectured at the University of New Haven in Code Administration, has been a visiting lecturer at Yale University School of Architecture, and at the University of Hartford Construction Institute, and is a frequent trainer for the CT State Department of Construction Services, Office of Education and Data Management. He has coordinated and participated in various seminars for the education of Architects, Building Officials, Fire Marshals and Property Owners/Managers in the area of Code Compliance.

Mr. Spiewak holds degrees in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse and Columbia Universities. He has been practicing Architecture for over 35 years. His past participation as President and as Commissioner of Building Performance and Regulations for AIA Connecticut enhances the firm’s ability to know what is happening in the Code arena on a statewide basis. As a member of both ICC and NFPA, he is constantly kept abreast of what is evolving in our consensus codes nationally. This gives an insight into probable future changesin the various jurisdictions adopting those codes and standards.

In response to the need for education about Building, Fire and Accessibility Codes and Regulations, Mr. Spiewak has been involved in presentations for the American Institute of Architects, Connecticut (AIA-CT), the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA), The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).

ARCHITECTURAL LICENSE

  • Connecticut
  • New York

CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION

  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • Building Official, State of Connecticut
  • Interior Designer, State of Connecticut

EDUCATION

B.A. Architecture
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
1966-70

Bachelor of Architecture
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY (Syracuse, New York)
1970-72

M.S. Architecture
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (New York, New York)
1972-73

Continuing Education
1974 to present

Various courses and seminars in Business, Real Estate, Law, Construction and Codes.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

AIA Connecticut; Commissioner, Building Performance & Regulations 1990-96; Chairman, Government Affairs 2009 – present; Board 1988-present; Vice President 1996; President 1997 (AIA/CT)

Connecticut Building Officials Association (CBOA)

New Haven County Building Officials Association (NHCBOA)

New England Building Code Association (NEBCA)

International Code Council (ICC)

ICC Professional Chapter of Connecticut, Inc, Founding Member, Distinguished Merit Award 1994

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Connecticut Fire Marshal Association (CFMA)

New England Association of Fire Marshals (NEAFM)

National Conference of States on Building Codes & Standards (NCSBCS) (until it’s recent dissolution)

CT Building Industry Council, 1995 – 2001, Chairman, Steering Committee 1998 – 2001 (BIC)

American Institute of Steel Construction – Fire Steering Committee member 2001-2002 (AISC)

CT Coalition for the Adoption of a Unified Code, 2002 – present (CAUC)

 


 

Douglas L. Golden, Senior Code Specialist

Doug has been involved with life safety, fire and loss prevention his entire career. From 20 years of experience in his family’s insurance agency doing commercial lines loss control, underwriting and fire rate analysis, to his 19 years with the Yale University, Office of the Fire Marshal at the Yale Medical School (YMS), and since 2004, his work as Senior Code Specialist at BJS.

At the Yale Medical School, as a fire inspector, he was responsible for the inspection of university properties for compliance with life safety and building codes. This included testing of all types of fire protection and life safety equipment and the review of all design, construction and shop drawings for new construction and renovation based on the National Fire Codes, Building Codes and other national codes and standards. Included in this review process was devising alternative solutions to design problems that affected the projects from either a life safety or building code perspective. He developed fire protection specifications and design criteria for YMS so that all design work and fire protection contractors would conform to the same standard and level of compliance. He reviewed all fire protection shop drawings including hydraulic calculations and fire alarm shop drawings for compliance with specifications and codes. He also inspected the installation of all fire protection and fire alarm systems as they were being installed and did the acceptance testing of the systems before and with the AHJ for occupancy permits.

Doug received a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration from the University of New Haven in 1988 and a Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude in Business Administration from Boston University in 1969, and joined the office of Bruce J. Spiewak, AIA, Consulting Architect, LLC in 2004.

Education

Continuing Education in Fire Protection Engineering Studies.
University of New Haven (West Haven, Conn.)
1992-1993

BS. Fire Science Administration.
University of New Haven (West Haven, Conn.)
1988

Fundamentals of Industrial Fire Protection Equipment
Industrial Risk Insurers (Hartford, Conn.)
1984

Home Office Training School for Property & Casualty Underwriting and Rating.
Aetna Casualty & Surety Company (Hartford, Conn.)
1969

BS. Magna Cum Laude. Business Administration
Boston University (Boston, Mass.)
1969

Continuing Education.
1969 to Present

Various courses and seminars in Life Safety, Building Codes, Fire Prevention, Fire Protection Systems, Fire Dynamics, Fire Alarms Systems, and Fire Pumps.

Experience

2004-Present. Bruce J. Spiewak, AIA, Consulting Architect, LLC, West Haven, Conn. Senior Code Specialist. Responsible for the evaluation of existing and new

construction projects for compliance with life safety, building and

other national codes and standards.

1985-2004. Yale University. School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

Fire Inspector. Yale University Office of the Fire Marshal.

1965-1985. Joseph Golden Insurance Agency, Inc., New Haven, Conn.

Commercial Account Engineering and Risk Management Specialist.

 


 

Christian “Chris” Baran, Intern

Chris has been with the firm since September 2002 which was his senior year of high school. Chris attended Platt Tech Regional Vocational Technical High School with a concentration in Architectural Drafting. During his senior year, Bruce J. Spiewak, AIA, Consulting Architect, LLC hired Chris under a student work study program, allowing him to work 3 days a week at the office, while he was in his “shop cycles”. Since graduating from Platt Tech in 2003, Chris resumed working for BJS and in the fall of 2003 attended his freshman year of college at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) majoring in Architecture. Chris continued working at BJS on his semester breaks. Sophomore year of college Chris transferred to The University of Hartford where he studied full time and worked part time for BJS. Since 2005 Chris has been working for BJS as a full time intern and since the beginning of 2007 he has once again been pursuing his education at NYIT and completed his B.S. in 2012.

Education:

Platt Tech Regional Vocational High School

Milford, Connecticut 1999-2003

New York Institute of Technology

Central Islip, Long Island, New York 2003-2004

University of Hartford

West Hartford, Connecticut 2004-2005

New York Institute of Technology

Old Westbury, Long Island, New York 2007 – 2012

BS. Behavioral Health. Concentration in Criminal Justice.

Experience:

2002 – present: Bruce J. Spiewak AIA Consulting Architect LLC West Haven, Connecticut

Intern: Database Management, Document review and evaluation of existing and new buildings, dealing with ICC/ANSI A117.1 -2003 accessibility and other code issues.

E-mail: bruces@conncode.com

Phone: (203) 931-9945

Location: 375 Morgan Lane Unit 405, West Haven, CT 06516