The FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference "Back
to Basics" (Codes, Legal, Economy, Committees) was
a huge success. Almost 60 FCIA Leaders gathered to hear industry
leading speakers and participate in committee meetings. FCIA
President, Kathy Taraba, focused her comments on "Visions
for the Future" . Kathy's points were that we have developed
the best programs with talented membership. Now is the time
to promote these programs and the single source firestop contractor
model through specification and code development. Additionally,
FCIA Contractor participation in FCIA programs helps the Passive
Fire Protection cause nationally. For committee reports, visit
the FCIA website, www.fcia.org. Below are a few highlights
of the speakers assembled by the Program Committee, Tom
Hottenroth (Firestop Solutions), Bob LeClair (A.F. Underhill)
and Kathy Taraba 1 Source Firestop, Inc. ) and the FCIA Office:
Bill Koffel, Koffel & Associates, FCIA Code Consultant
presented to the membership an objective presentation about
the opportunities and challenges we have in the code environment.
With his and the Code Committee's guidance, FCIA can protect
life safety in buildings through Firestopping and Passive
Karen Layng, Esq., Vedder Price advised us to "read
the contract documents" that the GC is agreeing to in
addition to your contract with the GC. The construction documents
that cover the scope of work are of utmost importance to prevent
future disputes. Karen was recognized for being a charter
member of FCIA, and has been a paid member ever since our
inception. Thanks, Karen for your expertise and commitment
to our industry.
Rusty Sherwood, F.W. Dodge, did a fabulous job working
with McGraw Hill Economist, Bob Murray, to develop and present
an economic outlook for the construction industry. Members
will be able to make growth plans from the information gained.
Thanks, Rusty, for your preparation and help.
FCIA Panel Discussion - Firestopping - Greg Markling,
MOA Partnership, Architects, Taryn Edwards, Hensel Phelps,
Inc., General Contractor and Jim Thelen, City of Littleton,
CO Code Official - Along with Robert Gomez, Firestop Specialties,
Kathy Taraba, 1 Source Firestop, Inc., Scott Rankin, Pyro-Stop,
LLC, Doug Walsworth, Diversified Thermal, Inc. all participated
in a discussion about firestopping from all perspectives.
Each offered insights about our industry from their point
Website Tour - Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director,
gave the attendees a tour of the new FCIA Website. If you
haven't been to the site lately, go to www.fcia.org and take
a look . If you haven't paid your meeting fees, go to the
links page and you'll find an easy way to charge your fees
on your credit card!!
Website Discussion Forum - Need some material for
a project? Need to clear your warehouse of some older, non
expired product? Use the FCIA Discussion forum on the website
to list your excess inventory. Bill Hoos and Rich Jenkins,
have listed some material for sale there.
Check it out. When you register your email address and password,
you receive an email of your posting.
FCIA First Ever Golf Tournament - Tom Hottenroth (Firestop
Solutions) claimed the prestigious "Silver Caulk
Gun Trophy" for turning in the Low Net score of 70. The
newly minted "Silver Caulk Gun" trophy donated by
Albion Engineering, Inc is a prestigious award.
The best round of the day was carded by Scott Rankin (Pyro-Stop)
who recorded a Low Gross of 89. Several skill awards were
also at stake. The Longest Drive was grabbed by Bill Hoos
(JHC). Chad Landry (Tremco) took Closest to Pin
honors not once but twice. Bill McHugh (FCIA) and Tom Hottenroth
also were recognized for their accuracy with Closest to Pin
awards. Breck Spain (Performance Contracting), Bill Hoos,
Chad Landry and Joe Taraba (1 Source Firestop) combined
for a Team Low Net score of 311 in the blind draw foursome.
Thanks to our tournament day sponsors who helped to make
the day a success: Tremco, Inc., (Bus Sponsor) FireSafe
Systems, Inc., Firestop Specialties, Inc. (Hole Sponsors)
and Performance Contracting, Inc. (Golf Balls) Proceeds
from the event (almost $1000) will be used to fund FCIA committee
FCIA Thanks FCIA Education and Committee Action Sponsors
- RectorSeal, Inc. (Break )Specified Technologies, Inc., (Lunch)
3M Fire Protection Products (Break) We at FCIA appreciate
FCIA Members speak! - The Eastern States Insulation
Contractors Association, Inc. (ESICA) will receive a presentation
on Firestopping by Ed Dougherty (TEDCO) and Scott Rankin,
(Pyro-Stop, LLC) Thursday, May 9, 2002 in Annapolis, MD at
ESICA's Spring Conference.
FCIA Members to participate in the IFC Passive Fire Protection
Seminars. These seminars, aimed at educating code officials
about firestopping, will be held from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
at the following locations:
May 1, 2002 - Phoenix, AZ - Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel
- 1600 South 52nd Street - Tempe, Arizona 85281 - Phone: (480)
May 2, 2002 - Denver, CO - Doubletree Hotel Denver - 3203
Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207 - Phone: (303) 321-3333
FCIA Members are welcome to attend. Fee is $25 and pre-registration
is required by calling IFC's office at (914) 332.0040. Wear
your FCIA Shirts so the code officials know who you are! Buy
the shirt on the FCIA website, links page.
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