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Washington, D.C. – May 13, 2014 – Leaders of America’s design and construction industry, which generates more than $1 trillion in GDP, have agreed for the first time to promote resilience in contemporary planning, building materials, design, construction and operational techniques as the solution to making the nation’s aging infrastructure more safe and secure.
CEOs of almost two-dozen leading associations representing a half-million members of the design and construction sector today used the occasion of “Building Safety Month” to issue a joint statement on resilience, which can be found here. The statement was unveiled at a press conference at the National Building Museum.
The CEOS committed the design and construction sector to significantly improve the resilience of the nation’s entire built environment through research into new materials, construction procedures and other methods to improve the standard of practice. Among other things, they also committed the industry to educating itself through continuous learning; to advocating for effective land use policies; to responding to disasters alongside first responders and to planning for future ones with a strategy for fast recovery.
“We want architects to take the lead in encouraging resilience, particularly in the non-government and private sectors,” said American Institute of Architects CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA. “I would like to congratulate my fellow leaders in the design and construction sector for joining together to make sure resiliency is not viewed as just a fad but remains front and center in our efforts moving forward.”
In addition to the AIA, here is a list of organizations signing onto the joint statement on resilience:
About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.
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The Western Regional Office has moved from the Whittier location to 3060 Saturn St., Suite 100, in Brea. The new office opened on Sept. 2. Minutes from the Orange Freeway and the Brea Mall, the new, state-of-the-art facility will enable ICC to better serve Members and customers with codes, standards, products and services to help building safety professionals create better buildings and more resilient communities.
The facility houses ICC, ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and International Accreditation Service (IAS) staff. The relocation of the office was complete at the end of August, and staff can't wait for you to visit and show you around.
At its new office, ICC is investing in an environment conducive to continual growth and improved efficiencies that provides clients and ICC Members with expanded services. The new office enables ICC to continue to lead the industry in accreditation and product certification services and act as the global gateway for ICC Evaluation Service, LLC (ICC-ES) and the International Accreditation Service (IAS) subsidiaries.
The new Western Regional Office is easily accessible for clients, Members, employees and partners, and has close access to essential business amenities, such as restaurants and hotels in a town known for its hospitality and patronage to the arts.
The facility features the newest technology and infrastructure to enable ICC’s clients and Members to interact seamlessly with each other and with ICC, ICC-ES and IAS technical staff. Features of the new office include a state-of-the-art training center ready to host industry meetings and events to help build and expand the ability of ICC to serve its Members’ needs.
Consistent with the ICC’s commitment to efficiency and environmental excellence, the new facility meets or exceeds CALGreen standards.
“ICC is committed to serving as a catalyst for innovations that build a safer world,” said Dominic Sims, CBO, CEO of ICC. “Our new Western Regional Office location is the perfect place for us to further our mission that all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment have access to resources and tools that help ensure safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient communities.”