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Upcoming events

    • 16 Oct 2017
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)

    October 16th-17th, 2017 Meeting

    The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

    Join us in Kansas City and enjoy real KC BBQ
    at the Mill Dinner.

    October 16, 2017
    12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    CFA Board of Directors Meeting

    Westin Kansas City Crown Center; Penn Valley Room

    3:00 PM – 5:00 pm – Note special start time
    General Session
    Westin Kansas City Crown Center; Shawnee Mission Room


    Randall Bernhardt, Sr. Consultant for forensic Structural Engineering Systems, Inc.

    Harold O. Sprague, PE, Fellow ASCE, Principal Technical Consultant

    Michael A. West, Emeritus Vice President, Computerized Structural Design

    Our presenters will explore the collapse of the Hyatt Regency Walkway in Kansas City in 1981. The collapse caused the death of 115 people and injury of more than 180 and traumatized countless others as well as the Kansas City Community.  The effects were felt throughout Kansas City and the United States and served as a wake-up call to the engineering community.

    The presentation will compare and contrast provisions of the 19765 and the 2016 editions of the AISC Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges that are pertinent to the walkway collapse. The tragedy was the result of multiple actions and inactions. The presenters will discuss how current standards such as the 2016 edition of the AISC Code of Standard Practice and AISC’s Certification program now provide additional checks and balances that wil help prevent such incidents in the future.

    6:30 pm – 9:00 pm 
    Mill Dinner & Reception

    101 W. 22nd Street
    Kansas City, MO 64108

    We’ve rented out the whole place!

    IT STARTED WITH A STOREFRONT: Started by Russ Fiorella in Kansas City back in 1957, Jack Stack began as a traditional storefront barbecue with a modest selection of five to six items. Jack Fiorella, the eldest son, worked with his father until 1974, when he decided to branch off and start Fiorella’s Jack Stack of Martin City.

    To stand out in the competitive Kansas City barbecue scene of the mid 1970's, Jack and his wife, Delores, began cooking gourmet meats over hickory wood and created the most extensive barbecue menu in the country. The menu included Certified Angus Beef® Steaks, fresh seafood, award-winning Lamb Ribs, and mouth-watering side dishes like Hickory Pit Beans and Cheesy Corn Bake.

    Today, Jack Stack Barbecue is in its third generation of the Fiorella family and has evolved into the largest, full-service wood cookery in the industry. Along with five Kansas City restaurants, Jack Stack operates a Catering company that serves at events all over the nation, ranging from intimate gatherings to celebrations feeding several thousand, and a Nationwide Shipping division that delivers their delicious barbecue to anywhere in the country.

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    7:30 am – 10:00 am
    Fabricator Round Tables and Large Group Discussion
    Westin Kansas City Crown Center; Shawnee Mission & Penn Valley Rooms

    Contact CFA with any topics you would like to see discussed via

    10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    PEER LEARNING GROUP Session (for committed members only)

    Westin Kansas City Crown Center; Shawnee Mission Room

    • There is an additional Annual fee to participate in the Peer Group. Unless you have paid this fee, please do not sign up for this portion of the meeting. Committed participants will receive a separate agenda and communication regarding the Peer Group session.
    • Committed companies can bring up to 2 participants
    • Please plan to attend the complete session until 1:00 pm
    • 11 Feb 2018
    • 4:00 PM (MST)
    • 13 Feb 2018
    • 1:00 PM (MST)
    • Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas 78701



    Historic Driskill Hotel

    The Driskill Bar: recently chosen as the best cocktail bar in Austin


    Built in 1886 as the showplace of cattle baron Jesse Driskill, The Driskill Hotel remains a legendary landmark in Texas hospitality offering its guests an elite level of luxury accommodations and services for more than a century.

    Located in downtown Austin, the iconic and historic hotel is convenient to the best of Austin - including the Texas State Capitol, the Austin Convention Center, Lady Bird Lake, The Long Center for the Arts, Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater, opera, symphony, casual and fine dining, shopping, and Austin's world famous 6th Street music scene. Known as the Live Music Capital of the World®, Austin is home to almost 200 music venues, many within walking distance of The Driskill.

    The Driskill Grill, established in 1929, has received numerous awards and accolades through the years, and is legendary for incredible service and inventive cuisine. Recently, the Grill has been included in Zagat's Top 25 Hotel Restaurants, secured the coveted Foder's Choice Award and received OpenTable's Diners' Choice Award. Wine Spectator, America's leading wine publication, has honored The Driskill Grill with their "Best of..." Award of Excellence given to restaurants whose wine lists offer a unique selection of "quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style."

    More info and agenda to follow.  Lot's to do and see in Austin, Peter has been to three of the Formula One races in Austin, email him if you have any questions.

    Home of Texas BBQ

    Peters Favorites:

    Texas Tacos

    6th Street Guide

    If people are interested in a track day at Circuit of the Americas let me  know and maybe we can put a group together for the day after the meeting. Track is close to airport, 30 minutes from hotel.


    I currently have the Feb 12 – 16 available for our Audi Driving Experience.  Minimum required for a class are shown below.  If another group or individuals have signed up for a day your group can probably join them.

    Here is a new link with details CLICK HERE.

    Audi Sport Dynamic: 7 people

    Audi Sport Track Initiation: 9 people

    Audi Sport R8 Track Initiation: 9 people

     Best regards,

     Rachel Beaudine

    Sales Manager, Driving Experience

    O: (512) 536-1461

    9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd | Del Valle, TX 78617

    • 23 Apr 2018
    • 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • 24 Apr 2018
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Chicago Athletic Assn., 12 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

    April 23-24, 2018 Meeting

     Chicago Athletic Association Hotel 

    Chicago, IL

    • 06 Aug 2018
    • 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • 07 Aug 2018
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Chicago Athletic Assn., 12 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

    August 6-7, 2018 Meeting

     Chicago Athletic Association Hotel 

    Chicago, IL

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