ABOUT THE FIRM

Since the founding of the firm in 1982, Bruce J. Spiewak, AIA, Consulting Architect, LLC (BJS) has been providing a unique technical consulting service to Owners, Architects, Engineers, Code Officials, Builders, Attorneys, Institutions, and others. Our recent work has been exclusively in the area of Code Compliance and Document review. We have a special interest in the concept of Building, Fire Safety and Accessibility Codes as an integral part of the Design Process.

An important aspect of the Code Compliance Consulting profession is the ability to concentrate the practice on the ever-changing sets of regulations and laws which apply to buildings. One must be aware of the new National codes and standards as they become available to be adopted by the various states. We maintained membership in the National Council of states on Building Codes and Standards (NCSBCS) and have had access to updates on all state code adoptions. This office participates heavily in the code change process on a state level in Connecticut by submitting documented requests for code change and by attending the public hearings. We also keep in close contact with the State Codes and Standards Committee, attending most of their meetings, in order to monitor the proposed changes prior to publication. We keep abreast of proposed state laws, and present testimony at public hearings for legislation which could affect the State Building and Fire Safety Codes. We are in touch with the CT State Department of Administrative Services on the adoption schedule proposed new editions of the CT Building and Fire Safety Codes.

Through the creative use of the Code Modification Process, Bruce J. Spiewak, AIA, Consulting Architect, LLC has enabled the use of alternate safeguards where strict compliance with the provisions of the Codes would have involved practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship, or would otherwise have been unwarranted.

Bruce J. Spiewak, AIA, 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 American Institute of Architects, Connecticut (AIA CT) Building Performance and Regulations Commission, was 1997 President of the AIA CT, and was a founding member of the ICC (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 trainer for the CT State Department of Administrative 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. In 2010 Bruce served as the representative of AIA Connecticut on the Thomas Commission Panel, following the Kleen Energy Plant explosion in Middletown, CT

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 CT, and his attendance at State Codes and Standards Committee meetings enhances the firm’s ability to know what is happening in the Code arena on a statewide basis. As a member of ICC and NFPA, he is constantly kept abreast of what is evolving in our consensus codes nationally. This gives an insight into probable future changes.

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), the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA), and the Institute for Senior Living Education (ISLE).

In 1993, Bruce J. Spiewak, AIA formed ConnCode ® Publications, publisher of the combined Connecticut Building Code. This document combined the BOCA ® National Building Code with the adopted Connecticut Supplement and amendments into one comprehensive volume. Mr. Spiewak was also the technical editor. ConnCode ceased publishing the Connecticut Building Code when the (then) CT State Department of Public Safety finally negotiated with the national consensus code publishers to publish the 2005 CT Codes.

Douglas L. Golden, Senior Code Specialist, 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 20 years with the Yale University, Office of the Fire Marshal at the Yale Medical School.

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 basis. 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.

At Bruce J. Spiewak AIA, he is responsible for the review of construction project drawings for compliance with the building codes, fire codes, accessibility and other standards based on the state in which the project is located. Works with the client to find solutions to code requirements based on the design that the client desires and completes requests for modification or exemption as needed as an alternative solution to the codes that have been adapted.

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 in 2004.

Christian “Chris” Baran, Office Administrator, 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 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 Bruce Spiewak 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 the office 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 the firm. Since 2005 Chris has been working for the firm as a full time intern and since the beginning of 2007 he has completed his education at NYIT in 2012. In December 2018 Chris took over as Office Administrator and Mentor for our current Platt Tech Intern.

 


 

Bruce J. Spiewak, AIA

ARCHITECTURAL LICENSE

  • Connecticut
  • New York

CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION

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

EDUCATION

1966-70 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
B.A. Architecture
1970-72 SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Syracuse, New York
Bachelor of Architecture
1972-73 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
New York, New York
M.S. Architecture
1974 to present CONTINUING EDUCATION
Various courses and seminars in Business, Real Estate, Law, Construction and Codes.

TEACHING

2000 to present CT DEPARTMENT OF CONSTRUCTION SERVICES (formerly PUBLIC SAFETY) – Office of Education and Data Management
Lecturer / trainer for code officials and design professionals
1997-99 YALE UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
Visiting Lecturer, Fire Safe Design
1998 to present UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD, Construction Institute
West Hartford, Connecticut
Presenter of Various seminars, Codes in Connecticut
1984 UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN, SCHOOL OF ENGINEERINGAdjunct Professor, Code Administration

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)
  • 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 – 2014 (CAUC)
  • Thomas Commission Panel – Investigation of CT Kleen Energy Plan Explosion 2010 – member

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1982-present BRUCE J. SPIEWAK, AIA, Consulting Architect, LLC
West Haven, CT

Principal: Providing Building and Fire Safety Code Consulting to Architects, Engineers, Code Officials, Attorneys, Developers, Contractors, Owners, Municipalities, Institutions and others.

1993 – 2005 CONNCODE ® Publications
West Haven, CT

Principal, Technical Editor: Compiling the Connecticut Supplements with the BOCA® National Building Code to form one comprehensive document, The ConnCode ® Connecticut Building Code.

1980-82 THE KAGAN COMPANY, Architects and Developers
New Haven, CT

Vice President: Responsible for administration of design, construction and development services.

1976-82 CONNECTICUT EQUITIES & DEVELOPMENT, INC.
A Division of THE KAGAN COMPANY

1978-82 Vice President: Responsible for supervision of design and construction services.

1976-78 Architect and Construction Manager: Responsible for coordination and supervision of residential and commercial projects.

1975-76 KAGAN & ASSOCIATES
New Haven, CT

Project Architect: Responsible for design, production and coordination of construction contract documents.

1973-75 JOHN FODOR AND ASSOCIATES
Norwalk, CT

Assistant Project Architect and Project Manager: Supervision and coordination of architectural and engineering personnel. Management of projects from schematic design to construction.

1968-73 VARIOUS New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Architectural firms: Part time and summer assignments.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Cub Scout Pack #5, Orange, Cubmaster, 1986-88
  • Boy Scout Troop 41, Woodbridge, Assistant Scoutmaster, 1989-90
  • Jewish Home for the Aged, New Haven, Past Physical Facilities Committee Member
  • Tower One / Tower East, New Haven, Towers Facilities Support Committee Co-Chairman, Member, Board of Directors Member 2009-present, Vice Chair Facilities 2010-13, Vice Chair Finance 2013-2018.
  • The Connecticut Hospice, Branford, Advisor to the Board, Volunteer
  • Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven, Orange, Past New Facilities Committee Chairman, Past Board Member, 2009/10 Board Member, 2010/2012 Vice President, 2012/2014 President, current Board Member
  • Orange Soccer Association, Past Board Member and Treasurer
  • Orange Community Nursery School, Past Board Member and Facilities Committee Chairman
  • Orange Historical Society, Member
  • Orange Players, Member , 2009-present Board Member, Membership Chairman

PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES:

  • Christopher Laux, AIA, Former State Building Inspector, P.O. Box 636, Woodbury, CT 06798 (203) 263-5787.
  • Louis Free, AIA, Former Chair, State Codes and Standards Committee, (203) 339-6517.
  • Michael D. Macri, Former Chair, CT State Codes and Standards Committee, (203) 357-7696.
  • Marjorie F. Shansky, Attorney, Former Chair, CT State Codes and Standards Committee, (203) 469-3004.
  • Donald Vigneau, AIA, Former State Building Inspector, 45 Brigham Road, Coventry, CT 06238-1700.
  • Leo Belval, Former State Building Inspector, Former Manchester Building Inspector, (860) 645-0079.
  • Daniel Tierney, Deputy State Building Inspector, 450 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT, (860) 713-5915
  • Rob Ross, Former State Fire Marshal, Currently Chief, South Fire District, 445 Randolph Road, Middletown, CT 06457 (860) 347-6661
  • Sgt. Joe Versteeg, Office of State Fire Marshal, (Retired) 86 University Drive, Torrington, CT 06790. (860) 489-0924
  • Mike Pfeiffer, P.E., Vice President, ICC, Country Club Hills, Illinois. (888) 422-7233 x 4338.
  • Steve Sawyer, Life Safety Specialist, NFPA, Quincy, MA. (617) 770-3000.
  • Andrew Rizzo, Former Chief Building Official, New Haven. (203) 668-4943.
  • Dan O’Neill, Deputy Building Official, New Haven. (203) 946-8048.
  • Bill Marr, Building Official, Greenwich. (203) 622-7754 x 8
  • Terry Gilbertson, Building Official, Woodbridge. (203) 389-3418.
  • John J. Butkus, AIA Former Chair, CT State Codes and Standards Committee. (203) 377-0390

 


 

Douglas L. Golden, Senior Code Specialist

Education

1992-1993 University of New Haven
West Haven, Conn. Continuing Education in Fire Protection Engineering Studies.
1988 University of New Haven
West Haven, Conn. BS. Fire Science Administration.
1984 Industrial Risk Insurers
Hartford, Conn. Fundamentals of Industrial Fire Protection Equipment
1969 Aetna Casualty & Surety Company
Hartford, Conn. Home Office Training School for Property & Casualty
Underwriting and Rating.
1969 Boston University. School of Management.
Boston, Mass. BS. Magna Cum Laude. Business Administration
1969 to Present Continuing Education.
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.
Review construction projects for compliance with building codes, fire codes, life safety, accessibility standards and other national codes and standards.
1985-2004. Yale University. School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.
Fire Inspector. Office of the Fire Marshal.
1969-1985. Joseph Golden Insurance Agency, Inc., New Haven, Conn.
Commercial Account Engineering and Risk Management Specialist.

Professional Affiliations

Associate Member, AIA Connecticut

 


 

Christian “Chris” Baran, Office Administrator

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

Experience:

2002 – 2018: 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.

2019: Bruce J. Spiewak AIA Consulting Architect LLC
West Haven, Connecticut

Office Administrator: Works with Quickbooks®, Access® and provides information for our Accountant. Leads our billing and collections processes. Coordinates all office administration procedures. Mentors our Platt Technical High School Intern.

E-mail: bruces@conncode.com

Phone: (203) 931-9945

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