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Building Safety Group Presents Awards
October 18, 2006

The International Code Council (ICC) honored individuals and groups for furthering the cause of building safety, fire prevention, safe construction and code enforcement during the association’s Annual Conference. The conference theme was “Working to Build a Safer World.”

Rick Vognild, Retired Director of Technical Services for Southern Building Code Congress International, received the Bobby J. Fowler Award. The award, the highest honor given by the ICC, is in memory of the late Bobby Fowler, who is credited with being the founding father of the ICC.

Donald “Mickey” Arp of Chattanooga, Tenn., received the Code Official of the Year Award for his work to further the cause of building safety.

Retired Fire Marshal Robert Davidson of South Brunswick, N.J., received the ICC Fire Service Award.

A Community Service Award, recognizing service to promote public safety, health and welfare, was presented to Jill Gray, Permit Technical for Farmers Branch, Tex.

A second Community Service Award was presented to the members of the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO). WABO was honored for its work in coordinating with the state of Washington to provide assistance to Gulf Coast communities following Hurricane Katrina.

Shirley Muns, Code Specialist, Energy Systems Laboratory, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, Texas A&M University, received the ICC Affiliate Award for her support of code development and building safety.

California Building Officials (CALBO) was named the ICC Chapter of the Year. CALBO was recognized for working in partnership with the California Office of Emergency Services to activate CALBO Call-Out, a mutual aid program to coordinate disaster response volunteers.

Four merit awards were presented to chapters of the ICC: Association of Minnesota Building Officials, Heart of America Chapter, Idaho Association of Building Officials and North Texas Chapter.

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