Chicago Conference 2007

FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference

May 2-4, 2007 at the Chicago Mart Plaza Holiday Inn Chicago, Illinois. Hear new developments in the FCIA Apprenticeship Program, join in FCIA Committee Meetings where new programs develop, tour UL's World renowned Fire Test Facility for Firestopping, Fire Doors, Fire Dampers, Fire Walls and Floors, Fire Rated Glazing. Hear new developments that can make a difference in your business. 

Conference Registration Information

This is not what you’d expect from a Holiday Inn. The rooms are high quality (Better than Charleston) and have free internet… Lobby Bar area is great, classy. The hotel feels more like an Embassy Suites without the living room.

Mart Plaza Holiday Inn
350 West Mart Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60654
Tel: 312-836-5000
Fax: 312-222-9508

Registration: $169/nite (a bargain…) Free Internet
Location: walk to Michigan Ave, Train, Restaurants, Jazz & Blues Clubs, Shopping, museums.

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Agenda (as of 3/19/07)

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Wed, May 2 Wed, 5/2 Thu, 5/3 Fri, 5/4



7:30a - 4:00p FCIA Registration, Coffee & Pastries
(Wolf Point Room)
7:30a – 11:00a FCIA / UL DRI Education and Testing
(Wolf Point Room)
7:30a – 11:00a FCIA / FM DRI Education and Testing
(Wolf Point Room)
9:45a - 10:00a

Sponsored by Specified Technologies, Inc.
(Wolf Point Lobby)

11:30a - 12:00p

FCIA Lunchone Service & Fellowship

12:00p - 1:30p

FCIA Presidents Welcome
FCIA Updates - FCIA and Industry Initiatives
Luncheon Speaker - Gary Betts, Loebl, Schlossman, Hackl Architects - Past President, CSI Chicago, Region, and Insititute

(Wolf Point Room)

Sponsored by Specified Technologies, Inc.

1:30p - 1:45p BREAK
Sponsored by 3M Fire Protection Products
1:45p – 2:30p

FCIA Apprenticeship Program Where are we, where is it going, what does this mean for your business?
Bob Hasting – FCIA Apprenticeship Chair
(Wolf Point Room)

2:30p – 2:45p BREAK
Sponsored by HILTI, Inc.
2:45p - 5:00p

FCIA Committee Action Sessions

  • Accreditation – Aedan Gleeson
  • Apprenticeship – Bob Hasting
  • Code – Bob LeClair
  • Education – Dan Flynn
  • Marketing & Membership - Bill Hoos, Mike Wellons & Allen Rams
  • Life Safety Digest
  • Program – Scott Rankin
  • Technical – MOP – Mike Dominguez
  • Standards – Randy Bosscawen
    (Wolf Point Room)
4:30p - 5:30p FCIA Welcome Reception
Thu, May 3 Wed, 5/2 Thu, 5/3 Fri, 5/4



7:30a - 8:30a

Continental Breakfast

7:30a - 3:00p Registration Open
9:45a - 2:30p Spouse Program
Chicago Double Decker Bus Tour
8:30 - 9:30a

Introduction to Firestop Estimating Software Programs Take offs and estimating are a large part of a Firestop Contractors’ overhead. How can they make your business more productive?

Greg Duyka, On-Center Software, Inc.
(Wolf Point Room)

9:30a - 9:45a BREAK
Sponsored by Thermafiber, Inc.
9:45a - 10:30a

FCIA Education Session - What’s coming in the ICC and NFPA Codes? What is the future for Effective Compartmentation and Firestopping.

Bill Koffel, FCIA Code Consultant
(Wolf Point Room)

10:30a - 10:45a BREAK
Sponsored by Tremco, Inc.
10:45a - 11:45a Door and Hardware Inspections – Doors are a big part of compartmentation, and a very technical area of our industry. How do you view door and hardware inspections? What should you look for? Most important, learn the business aspect of this important service.

Bob Perry, AHC, CDC and/or Keith Pardoe,
Door and Hardware Institute
(Wolf Point Room)
12:00p - 1:00p

Working Lunch - UL & FM Program Updates; International Firestop Council Update
Sponsored by 3M Fire Protection Products

1:00p - 2:00p

Fire and Smoke Damper Inspections – Firestopping, Fire Doors, Fire Rated Glazing all comprise Effective Compartmentation. What to really look for; procedures for Repair Replacement are included in this session.

Mark Belke, GREENHECK, Inc., Fire Safety Chair, Air Movement and Control Association
(Wolf Point Room)

2:00p – 2:15p BREAK
Sponsored by W.R. Grace & Co.
2:15p – 3:30p

Fire Wall Inspections – Compartmentation is made with walls and floors. Learn 'hole size", patching requirements for Drywall, Gypsum Block, plaster, clay masonry units, Concrete Block, Concrete; How does the thickness of block equate to fire resistance and structural capabilities? hole size limitations?

Bob Lindegaard, USG Consultant
(Wolf Point Room)

5:30– 6:30p FCIA Reception
Fri, May 4 Wed, 5/2 Thu, 5/3 Fri, 5/4



7:30a - 8:30a

Continental Breakfast

8:30a - 9:20a

Firestopping Inspections – How to inspect firestopping…on your own projects, and how to inspect Compartmentation … Focus on inspections for your own company as part of your quality procedures.

John Sinisi, FirestopInspector, LLC
(Wolf Point Room)

9:20a – 9:40a BREAK
Sponsored by Specified Technologies, Inc.
9:40a – 10:15a

Introduction to Structural Fireproofing Systems Firestopping contractors are asked to provide fireproofing services in their contracts frequently. What to look for? How to handle projects where this is required, and you don’t have the expertise…who should you subcontract the work to, what do you look for in a contractor partner? Troubleshoot, Repair or Patch?

Larry Schilling, Carboline Co.
(Wolf Point Room)

10:15a –10:30a BREAK
Sponsored by 3M Fire Protection Products, Inc.

10:30a - 1:30p

Field Trip to UL Fire Test Laboratory, Northbrook, IL Tour of world renowned Firestopping, Fire Door, Fire Damper, Fire Wall and Floor, Fire Alarm and Fire Sprinkler Test facility.

Meeting point at Hotel TBD

Lunch at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Busses from UL go to O’Hare, and Midway, plus back to the Hotel. Leave by 2pm, at O’Hare by 2:35pm, Midway by 3:15 pm.

Busses sponsored by ...


Saturday May 5


Chicago Architectural Boat Tour

See Chicago from the Chicago River, with a great guided tour of the city.  This tour is run by the Chicago Architectural Foundation, and is well done. 

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