- FCIA CSI Show Report
- FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference Preview
- FCIA Article publicized
FCIA & FCIA Members Display, Speak at the CSI Show
and National Convention in Chicago - FCIA displayed it's
FCIA Trade Show Booth at the CSI & TFM Show in Chicago
at McCormick Place last week. FCIA Members Don Murphy, PPMI,
Inc., Ray Usher & Justin Roy of Superl, Inc., Alec Rexroat
of IMICO, Inc. all donated their time and talent to FCIA promoting
the Specialty Firestop Contractor Concept, FM 4991 Standard
for the Approval of Firestop Contractors and ASTM E 2174,
Standard for the Inspection of Installed Through Penetration
FCIA Presentations at The CSI Show - FCIA spoke on
Firestopping by Professional Specialty Firestop Contractors,
FM 4991 - Standard for the Approval of Firestop Contractors,
and ASTM E 2174, Standard for the Inspection of Installed
Firestop Systems, at a seminar attended by over 75 people
on Thursday, April 22nd. Many thanks to Don Murphy, PPMI,
Inc., Rich Walke, UL-US, and Ken Hercenberg, RTKL Architects
for presenting on our panel of industry issues. Questions
from the architect/specifiers centered around how to firestop
when a rated wall assembly meets a non rated roof assembly,
"L" Ratings, the "Process of Firestopping",
and Perimeter Fire Contiainment Systems. Ray Usher, Superl,
Inc., Jim Shriver and Bernadette Wojtak presented a program
on "Perimeter Fire Containment" on Friday, April
23, where the answers to Thursday's questions were presented.
Comments from attendees were ..... "On Target...you guys
really know firestopping and Perimeter Fire Containment"
- "Great program, but don't forget to educate the inspectors
about the firestopping process" - "This presentation
really hit home, we get questions about systems vs. product
data in submittals all the time". We used an updated
version of the presentation called, FCIA, FM 4991 and ASTM
E 2174. Visit our presentation
page to see the program. Watch the site for the updated
version, after we submit to AIA CES for Approval. We were
pleased to renew relationships, and make new friends at The
FCIA Presentation at the TFM Show - FCIA also spoke
to the Total Facilty Management Show group as well on Wednesday,
April 21st. Rich Walke and Bill McHugh were joined by Karen
Layng, Esq., Vedder Price who spoke to the legal implications
of firestopping incorrectly, and even described how some gray
areas can get architects and contractors in trouble. As always,
Karen was excellent.
FCIA Presentation to SCIP - FCIA's Executive Director,
Bill McHugh spoke to the Specifications Consultants in Indpendent
Practice group reviewing where FCIA's Programs are to date...FCIA,
FM 4991 and ASTM E 2174 at their meeting Saturday, April 24.
FCIA was applauded for it's efforts to bring quality processes
to the subcontracting community by this important group. Mark
Kalin, SCIP Past President, complimented FCIA's generic specification
as one that focused on the Systems Process of Firestopping.
HOK Architects CEO Patrick McLeamy, keynote speaker
at the CSI Show, cited that the manufacturing sector of our
economy is light years ahead of the construction industry
when it comes to partnering, and quality. He cited the construction
industry's lack of embracing the quality process as one of
the reasons for owners displeasure with the construction process.
While listening, it was rough for me to sit still, as FCIA
is leading the way in the quality circle through the FCIA
Manual of Practice and FM 4991 Approved Contractors. We are
working hard to educate the construction team about qaulity,
and the ability to recognize the actual cost of firestopping
when installed to the firestop systems installation protocol
instead of just red caulk installed haphazardly by an unqualified
firm and individuals.
FCIA embraced the circle of quality long ago through FM 4991
Approval and ASTM E 2174 Inspection to verify that the process
used by the contractor is working. FCIA, in fact, offers solutions
to the quality problem, Mr. McLeamy.
FCIA Misc. at the Show - FCIA Executive Director received
a Certificate of Merit and Appreciation from CSI's President
for service on CSI's National Board of Directors, and chairing
the audit committee. Many new friends were made while at the
CSI Show, including Sandro Ubaldino, President and Nick Franjic,
Executive Director of Construction Specifications Canada,
and many more too long to list.
FCIA Member, Specified Technologies, Inc., wins Best Booth
of the CSI Show - STI brought their hands on booth to
the CSI Show, and won the "Best overall Booth of the
Show" Award. Congratulations, STI for developing a great
tool to promote the firestopping industry. FCIA Members are
leaders in whatever they do!!
FCIA Toronto Conference - We're looking forward to
the FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference later this
week...April 28 - 30, 2004. Keynote Speakers Dr. Gene Corley,
CTL, Inc., "Lessons Learned from the World Trade Center",
Bert Polk, The National Association of State Fire Marshal's,
"Partnership for Safer Buildings", Rich Walke of
UL USA and Emmanuel Supeju, UL Canada, John Gryffyn, Ontario
Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, FM Approvals
Jeff Gould & Tom McCarty and Bill Koffel, FCIA's US Code
Consultant have prepared great programs for FCIA. FCIA's Committees
Meet Wednesday afternoon. Don't miss Friday morning's Industry
Strategy Forum and industry discussion on our joint IFC/FCIA
work promoting our industry.
For last minute reservations, Call the Fairmont Royal York
at 800.663.7229. Mention FCIA for the $209/CAN rate. Fly directly
to Toronto's Lester B. Pearson (YYZ). A shuttle, Airport Express,
is $14.95 Can each way stopping at all downtown hotels. Limos
are approx. $39 Canadian, "FLAT RATE" each way available
anytime. The FCIA Golf Tournament will take place at Royal
Woodbine Golf Course, Toronto, about 5 minutes from the airport.
forms are on the website.
Altough we're such close neighbors that we forget that Canada
and the US are different countries, it's important to respect
each border crossing's security checkpoints. Don't forget
to bring proof of citizenship with picture identification.
Passports are always helpful, and birth certificates recommended,
but not required. Should you have any dietary restrictions,
reply to this email with them so we can accomodate your needs.
FCIA Fire Protection TRIAD Article on Consulting Specifying
Engineering Website - FCIA's "Effective Compartmentation"
article on the Chicago City and County Building fire was added
website in the past few weeks. Watch for more of these
in the near future.
FCIA's Firestop Industry Conference - November 10 - 13, 2004.
Bill McHugh, FCIA Executive Director
"Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face
the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are
the magic keys to living your life with integrity."
W.Clement Stone, founder, Combined Insurance, now part of
AON Insurance....born 1902
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1257 Golf Circle
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