Builders hold annual training

By SCOTT AUST, FCEDC Director of Communications

More than 50 local and area builders and contractors attended the Southwest Kansas Builders Education Conference at the Finney County Fairgrounds on Nov. 15.

The Southwest Kansas Builders Association partnered with the City of Garden City to provide builders the CEU hours required to maintain the city’s contractor licenses. It also provided an opportunity for builders to learn more about changes on the horizon as the city moves toward adopting the 2018 building code.

Lance Rupp, Board Member with the Builders Association, said the annual training conference provided six hours of training for certified General Contractor CEU’s, or three hours of General Contractor and three hours of Plumbing CEU’s.

Rupp said the Builders Association brought in Trent Maxwell, currently the Building Official and Inspector for the City of Hutchinson, as the conference instructor. Maxwell went over the changes that will be made from the 2009 IRC, IPC to the 2018 IRC, IPC code.

“The City’s getting ready to adopt the 2018 code. With that, there will be a lot of changes because right now we’re on the 2009 (codes),” Rupp said. “The training went over those changes and what the expectations of the city will be.”

The annual training event drew 53 individuals from Garden City, Liberal, Dodge City, Deerfield, Hugoton, Holcomb, Ingalls and Montezuma, and inspectors from the City of Garden City and the City of Hugoton.

“That was a little bit better than the past. I think it’s because people are interested in the changes to the code,” Rupp said.

Rupp said hours are approved through the Kansas Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association (KPHCC). As a result, those training hours can transfer and be accepted anywhere else in the state.

The Southwest Kansas Builders Association currently has 40 members. Anyone involved in the building industry, from realtors and bankers to contracts and building trades, are welcome to join. Membership dues are currently $288 per year. Membership in the local group also includes a membership in the state and national associations.

Rupp said the local group has monthly meetings with guest speakers, usually on topics related to the building industry. The organization also tries to act as a bridge between the contractors and the city, he said.

Anyone interested in joining or learning more about the Southwest Kansas Builders Association should contact Vicki Germann at, Lance Rupp at, or Gary Judd at Builders FirstSource at   

Rupp wanted to recognized those individuals and their organizations who took part in the training:

Andy Starr, Starr Construction;

John Cogliatti, Cogliatti Construction;

Garrett W., D and H Homes;

Ryan Spangler, G&R Concrete/Precision BLDR;

Gary Greenlee, Premier Homes;

Chris Glaze, C&M Appliance Repair;

Leroy Cabbage, Western Steel & Automation;

Dan Kraus, D&K Enviromental, Inc.;

Jorge Salamanca, J and R Construction;

Josh Grubbs, City of Hugoton;

Charles Wallace, WKBA;

Cesar Leyva, City of Liberal;

Elizandro Perez, Eli Plumbing;

Adam Mendenhall, KOA Construction, LLC;

John Chappel, Casco Homes, Inc.;

Jim Hemmert, J&J Heating and Air;

Robert Dunlap, Dunlap Construction Co. Inc.;

Terry Stoecklein, Stoecklein Construction;

Matt Lee, Lee Construction;

Frank Penner, Frank’s Plumbing, Inc.;

Gary Judd/Sonny Haug, Builders FirstSource;

Scott Stingley, S&S Enterprise;

Jose Gutierrez, Tatro Plumbing;

Roy Sanchez, Tatro Plumbing;

Dylan Bulkley, DV Construction, LLC;

Mel Travers, Travers Construction, Inc.;

Art Contreras, J&J Construction;

Lance Rupp, Rupp Construction;

Joel Garcia, J&L Construction;

Leticia Retamoza, J&L Construction;

Gene Kirby, Superior Home Improvements, LLC;

Tom Chappel, TJ’s Construction;

Steve Stucky, Stucky Builders, LLC;

Harvey Brungardt, Brungardt Plumbing, LLC;

Jesus Regalado, Big D Plumbing and G.C.

Greg Soelter, GBS Enterprises, LLC;

Steve Merz, GBS Enterprises, LLC;

Robert Johnson Jr., RJ’s Plumbing and GC Inc.;

Colt Johnson, RJ’s Plumbing and GC Inc.;

Elva Madrid, Madrid Construction & Design;

Dave Germann, Germann Home Construction;

Ty Rader, T&B Towing, LLC;

Solomon Crist, Solomon’s Plumbing;

Justin Donecker, ETSI;

Esteban Gallegos, E and F A/C;

McMillan Plumbing;

Johnson Septic;

Four City of Garden City representatives;

Two Black Hills Energy representatives