November 10, 2006
Here are some recent happenings of note.
In accordance with the ANSI-designated 2009 Uniform Plumbing Code/Uniform Mechanical Code code change timeline, the IAPMO Standards Council has issued a call for proposals beginning Oct. 3, 2006, and ending Feb. 1, 2007, at 5 p.m. PST. Anyone interested in submitting a code change proposal should download the form entitled "Form on Proposals," The International Code Council honored individuals and groups for furthering the cause of building safety, fire prevention, safe construction and code enforcement during the association's Annual Conference. Rick Vognild received the Bobby J. Fowler Award. Donald "Mickey" Arp received the Code Official of the Year Award. Robert Davidson received the International Code Council Fire Service Award. A Community Service Awards were presented to Jill Gray and the Washington Association of Building Officials. Shirley Muns received the International Code Council Affiliate Award. California Building Officials was named the International Code Council Chapter of the Year. Four merit awards were presented to chapters of the International Code Council: Association of Minnesota Building Officials, Heart of America Chapter, Idaho Association of Building Officials and North Texas Chapter. New plumbing books from McGraw-Hill include: "Plumbers Licensing Study Guide, 2nd Edition" The Dedication Ceremony for the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Central Shared Use Facility (CSU) was held on October 12, 2006, in Silver Spring, MD. Kling, in association with RTKL Associates Inc., is providing architectural design and engineering services for all phases of the new headquarters consolidation. When completed, the new FDA headquarters will house 7,700 employees and will encompass a 14-building, 3,000,000-sq.-ft. campus comprised of offices, laboratories, and support space. The General Services Administration (GSA) is the owner and developer of the campus for FDA. CSU is the third building to open on the new FDA campus and will serve as its central hub, featuring housing-welcome amenities such as a conference and training rooms, cafeteria and fitness center. T&S Brass and Bronze Works has been named South Carolina's Small Manufacturer of the Year for 2006. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) presented the award at the 12th Annual Manufacturers Appreciation Night held Sept. 26 in Columbia. This annually bestowed award recognizes exemplary companies that reflect world-class standards in manufacturing, employee programs and involvement, community programs and environmental stewardship. T&S Brass and Bronze Works, Inc. has been providing innovative plumbing equipment solutions to the foodservice, institutional, commercial and pet markets since 1947, when it developed the foodservice industry's first pre-rinse unit. T&S is among the first commercial plumbing manufacturers to be registered by UL to ISO 9001 certification, the most stringent certification a corporation can receive.