Thu, Feb 10

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Crowne Plaza

Plans review, building inspections, zoning, and codes

Is your building up to code? Can you pass an inspection? Do you plan to add on? Come join us to find out the latest and greatest on building requirements, inspection information, and more. Peter Ahrens and James Tente are the keynote speakers. Sean Greenway of ServPro will be our vendor spotlight

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Plans review, building inspections, zoning, and codes

Time & Location

Feb 10, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Crowne Plaza , 401 W Summit Hill Dr SW, Knoxville, TN 37902, USA

About The Event

Keynote speaker - Peter Ahrens, Director of Building Inspections, and James Tente, Chief of Building Inspections and Plans Review.

Vendor Spotlight presented by Sean Greenway of ServPro Rocky Hill.

Mr. Ahrens, a Virginia Tech graduate who's worked as a building inspector and building official in Virginia and Pennsylvania and who ran his own commercial construction company joined the City of Knoxville in 2014.  Peter M. Ahrens is an International Code Council Master Code Professional - the council's highest level of certification, held by only about 800 select experts in the United States.  "This is an amazing opportunity," Ahrens said. "We'll be looking for ways to increase efficiency and consistency with City of Knoxville plan reviews and inspections as we enhance customer service.  "From a personal standpoint, it's a step up. I was looking to grow professionally, in a progressive and growing area."  Ahrens will have 29 employees and a $2.4 million annual budget.  "Peter will be a great fit here," said Christi Branscom, the City's Chief Operating Officer and Deputy to the Mayor. "We're looking forward to benefiting from his expertise and management style. I am pleased to report also that Mr. Tom Reynolds will remain in the position of Deputy Director for the department."  Ahrens has more than 14 years of experience in building code application and enforcement. In Franklin County, Va., as the chief building official, he implemented new technologies, repositioned staff and revised office practices to dramatically increase the number of reviews and inspections, increase efficiency and save tax dollars.  Before that, he worked as a building inspector in Manheim Township, Lancaster, Pa. In the late 1990s, Ahrens was an athletic field grounds specialist for Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, and he also worked as vice president of DPA Construction Inc. in Lynchburg, Va.  Ahrens, who's married with three children, is an outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, fishing and camping.

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