About Chapter 54

ASPE - Columbia-Pacific Chapter 54

The American Society of Professional Estimators Columbia-Pacific Chapter 54 was founded nearly 30 years after the society's founding in 1956. The first meetings in 1985 were held in the coffee shop of the Burnside Fred Meyer store and were held at noon. Those founding estimators included, Bud Smith, Sue Widmer, Jerry Harris, and Walt Lemon. It started as a group to get a better understanding of the estimating process. After a few short years the group expanded and began having regular meetings at the “High Hat”, a Chinese restaurant in Tigard, and over the years held its meetings at the “Newport Bay” restaurant in Tigard, Portland's Caro Amico, Sylvia's, Mallory Hotel (now Hotel deLuxe), and the University Place Hotel and Conference Center. The chapter held a Christmas party in December and at the turn of the decade evolved them to “river cruise” and later “wine tours”.

While the locations and technologies may have changed, our role remains steadfast: win more work for our companies. This holds true then, as it does now.


ASPE was created with dedication and commitment to the idea of providing its members with tangible benefits:

-A professional society which promotes the highest standards and ethics in the practice of construction estimating.
-Continuing education through seminars and lectures on construction-related topics.
-Our magazine, Estimating Today, and local chapter newsletters carry technical, industry-related and other pertinent articles for the professional estimator.
-An opportunity to become recognized as a Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) through the completion of our training and testing program.
-A means of personally communicating with fellow professionals on a monthly and annual basis, providing an opportunity to exchange information and gain professional recognition for yourself and your company.

Education, Ethics, Standards, Certification, Fellowship..these lead to the ultimate goal –­Professionalism. We think you’ll agree. Estimators carry a great burden, but with a network, constant learning, certifications and monthly education we all in the construction industry win.