Jurisdictions Celebrate Building Safety Week

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2008-bsw-VA-Spotsylvania1   Spotsylvania County Building Assistant Donna Carter along with Code Enforcement Officer Bodie Williams, Inspection Supervisor Ernie Deihr, Firefighter Griffin, Deputy Building Official David Ansell and Building Official Lewis Watts (not pictured) did a Building Safety Presentation with Codie the Cougar for all 2nd grade classes at Lee's Hill Elementary on May 7th. The Building staff also did presentations for 2nd year trade classes at Spotsylvania Vocational Center for Building Safety Week.
Secretary of Commerce and Trade Patrick O. Gottschalk (front, second from right) meets with Virginia building safety officials to recognize Building Safety Week and present a proclamation signed by Governor Kaine. From left are: Dennis Martinelli, Virginia Plumbing and Mechanical Inspectors Association; Lynn Underwood, Virginia Building and Code Officials Association (VBCOA); Ken Payne, Virginia American Institute of Architects; John Glover, VBCOA; Emory Rodgers, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD); Brian Gordon, Apartment and Office Building Association; Secretary Gottschalk; Mike Toalson, Home Builders Association of Virginia; and Bill Shelton, Director DHCD.
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The Building Officials Institute of New Zealand celebrated Building Safety Week and recommended ratepayers who received their Code Compliance Certificate during the week be given their very own Bob, the Building Officials Bear.   Helena, Montana, water customers found a copy of “Building Codes – How They Help You” when they opened their May water bills. The Building Division of the Community Development Department reached out to Helena's 10,800 residential and commercial accounts to promote the need for plans and permits before starting a project. The Building Safety Week campaign tied in with a City Commission proclamation, a broadcast on the local governmental television channel and a public service announcement article in the local Sunday paper.
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Cache W. Olson (left), president of the Building Safety Professionals of Southwest Idaho, donates books to Steve Hammond, instructor of the construction class at the local Skyview High School. The chapter also donated books to Boise State University for its construction management program.   New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin (seated) signs the proclamation for Building Safety Week 2008. pictured standing from left are Dr. Edward J. Blakely, Executive Director, Office of Recovery and Development Administration; Bhola Dhume, Deputy Director, Safety and Permits; Paul May, Director, Safety and Permits; C. Curtis Mann, Chief Building Official and Ezra Rapport, Director of Policy and Administration.
Children and parents watch a fire sprinkler demonstration by the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board during Building Safety Day in the Village of Richton Park (Ill.). Home Depot brought their Kids Workshop to the village hall. First Alert, Commonwealth Edison, Know Mold Corp. and the CEDA Weatherization Department also participated in the educational and entertaining day.
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This poster welcomes citizens to a Building Safety Open House which the City of Modesto (Cal.) hosted during Building Safety Week. The Modesto Fire Department, International Code Council Yosemite Chapter and Stanislaus County Building Department displayed informational booths at the event.   Chief Mechanical Inspector Ken Nida (left), Building Official Rebecca D. Caldwell and Mechanical Inspector III Joe Tomelevage answer questions at the Palm Beach County (Fla.) Building Administration information display for Building Safety Week.
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Senator Betty Little stands with a delegation of code officials after passing a New York State Senate resolution to memorialize Building Safety Week. From left: Code Enforcement Representative on the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council John Flanigan; President of New York State Building Officials Conference (NYSBOC) Capital District Robert Cordell; Past President of Mid-Hudson NYSBOC and current Secretary of Region 6 New England Regional Coalition Wayne Cichon; Senator Little; Code Council Vice President of State and Local Government Relations North Dottie Harris; Past NYSBOC President Scott Copp; Secretary of the New York State Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association John Palcher; and NYSBOC Vice President Daniel Casella.   Ohio State Senator David Goodman (middle) presents a building and fire safety delegation with a Senate Resolution recognizing Building Safety Week. From left: Corey M. Roblee, William Dolby, Michael Boso, Lloyd Sheets (in back), Ed Ungar (in front), Steve Welsh, Bernie Ingles, Kenneth Fultz (in back) Senator Goodman, Tim Schaffner (in back), Alan Perkins (in front), Mike Boeckerman and Bob Weitzel.
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJ DCA) Division of Codes and Standards Director Cynthia Wilk speaks with International Code Council Board of Directors President Steven I. Shapiro (right) and Code Council Board of Directors member Stephen D. Jones (left) during the Cracker Barrel event at the New Jersey Building Safety Week Training Conference held in Atlantic City, N.J.
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Building Inspector Kevin Kelly (left) and Fire Subcode Official Bill Majewski go over building safety handouts with residents, provide construction hats and activity books to kids, and promote Building Safety Week while manning the Bernards Township (N.J.) Code Enforcement booth at the annual Town Charter Day Street Fair celebration in Basking Ridge, N.J.   Mark Lee, building inspector for the City of Basehor, Kans., and a member of the International Code Council Heart of America Chapter, holds up his badge for Basehor Elementary School first-graders to see during a presentation in honor of Building Safety Week. Mark distributed certificates, junior inspector sticker badges, activity books and pencils for the students to take home and share with their families.
Gloucester County, Va., celebrates Building Safety Week at the grand opening of the new addition to Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station in Gloucester. Teresa L. Altemus, Chair of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors, read the Building Safety Week proclamation at the opening ceremony and Building Inspection Office staff spoke with the public during the event about ways to keep their homes safe.
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The City of Saco (Maine) Inspectors David Twomey and Marcel Desrosiers look over an interactive display the Code Enforcement Office set up at City Hall to celebrate Building Safety Week. The display showed electrical hazards inspectors had uncovered over the years, including homemade splices, deteriorated service panels and other hazardous conditions.   The Town of Eagle (Colo.) Community Development Department celebrates Building Safety Week with an open house and displays featuring various safety issues. In attendance are, from left: SAFEbuilt Colorado Operations Manager Matt Royer, SAFEbuilt Building Official John King, Eagle Building Official Bob Kohrmann, Eagle Permit Technician Sarah Braucht, Eagle Building Inspector Paul Phyfer, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Tom Wagenlander, and Eagle Building Inspector Phil Kirby.
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The Carrolton (Texas) Building Inspection Department promotes Building Safety Week at a local home improvement store.   West Bloomfield Township (Mich.) Assistant Building Director Thomas Walsh gives a customer a free smoke detector to celebrate Building Safety Week. The Department also provided same day plan reviews and permits for most home improvements projects.
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Rancho Cordova City (Cal.) Councilman Dan Skoglund (left) presents Chief Building Official Thomas L. Trimberger with a proclamation celebrating Building Safety Week   The Milpitas (Cal.) Building and Safety Department hosts a “Home Owners Night” to answer questions related to construction projects such as new additions, remodeling or new construction. Team members in attendance include, from left: Building Inspectors Mike Mariano and Manny Cabrera, Permit Technician Gary King, Office Assistant Cindy Ingram, Senior Building Inspector Dorsey Wiseman and Plan Checker Bardia Khadiv.
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Governor Matt Blunt and First Lady Melanie Blunt proclaim Building Safety Week in the state of Missouri. From left: Eirene Oliphant, Bill Placht, Traey Lambert, Governor and Mrs. Blunt, David Ginnett, Randy Cole, Greg Carrell and Dennis Jones.   Philadelphia Building Inspector Steve Porreca (seated, left) and Construction Inspections Supervisor Perry Cocco provide construction code, permit and inspection information to contractors and homeowners at the South Philadelphia Home Depot store each morning during Building Safety Week.
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Mayor Ron Rordam signs the proclamation to declare Building Safety Week in the town of Blacksburg, Virginia.   City of Downey (Cal.) Building and Housing Department staff Mark Morris (left), Kim Sodetani, and Tim Boland, and Araceli Jauregui of the California Contractors State License Board Araceli promote Building Safety Week during the Downey Street Fair.
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Mayor Donna DeFrain (center) proclaims Building Safety Week in Warrensburg, Missouri. To celebrate the week, the city presented a set of the recently adopted 2006 International Codes to Trails Regional Library Branch Manager Mary Barnhart. Pictured from left: Building Inspector/Project Manager Brett Penrose; Joe Kupersmith, building technology instructor at the University of Central Missouri; Barnhart; Building Official Roland Kitchen; Mayor DeFrain; Permit Clerk Vickie Wright; Assistant Director of Human Resources and Programming Alicia Morgan; Building Inspector Steve Fuchs and Fire Prevention and Safety Officer Justin O’Neal.   Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Steve Sviggum (front row, center) presents a proclamation to Minnesota Chapter leaders in recognition of Building Safety Week. Front row, from left: Code Council Region III President Pat Parsley, Commissioner Sviggum, and Deputy Commissioner Tom Joachim. Back row, from left: Minnesota State Building Official Tom Anderson, ICC Ten Thousand Lakes Chapter President Dale Schoeppner, MN Building Permit Technicians Association President Britt Pease, and Association of Minnesota Building Officials President Gary Yoder.
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The Boone County (Ky.) Building Department celebrated Building Safety Week with a proclamation issued by Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore on May 6. Pictured from left are Building Inspector Robert Tolliver, Building Inspector LuAnn Bauman, Judge Moore, Commissioner Cathy Flaig, Building Inspector Paul Stephenson, Commissioner Charles Kenner, Building Inspector Kathy Gripshover, Commissioner Terri Moore and Building Inspector Tim Gavin.   Award winners from the City of O’Fallon, Ill., 6th Annual International Building Safety Week Art Contest, each receive safety certificates and take their picture with Mayor Gary Graham. Six winners submitted artwork depicting building safety themes. Front row from left are Building and Zoning Supervisor and Certified Building Official Jeff Stehman, Mary Jines, Julie Warchol, Riley Mason, Kenny Peters and Kirsten Costello. Back row from left are Mayor for the Day Madison Bray and Mayor Graham.
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Washington County (Md.) Commissioner President John Barr (left) presents Washington County Code Official Dan Divito (back center), Deputy Director Angela Smith and Chief Building Inspector Rob Smith with the county’s Building Safety Week proclamation.   The Board of Directors for the Bend Chapter of the International Code Council stands behind the chapter’s Building Safety Week information table displayed in the City of Bend (Ore.) City Hall Forum. The proclamation, signed by Mayor Bruce Abernethy, hangs on the right side panel. From left are Vice President Bob Anderson, Secretary Jovi Meyers, President Donna Hamilton and Treasurer Billy Staten.
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Caldwell Idaho High School Principal Mike Farris (center) and Professional/Technical Instructor Jim Dux (right) receive a set of International Building Codes from Caldwell Idaho Building Official, Brett Clark (left). The code books were donated as part of Building Safety Week, by The City of Caldwell Idaho, BSPSI, and IDABO. Brett also sent a letter to the editor explaining Building Safety Week and it's importance.   The City of Rancho Palos Verdes (CA) celebrates Building Safety Week with the California Building Official's (CALBO) moving wall demonstrating walls built to code and not built to code. Building Inspector Mike Wiener (left), Building Official Paul Christman, Staff Assistant Tyna Towell, Building Inspector Mike DelRio and Permit Technician Sandra Ishman hosted the display at City Hall.
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City of Sweet Home, Oregon, Permit Tech Molly Laycock host the Building Safety Week booth at the Tree City USA program.   Wisconsin Commerce Secretary Jack Fischer presents a "Building Safety Week" proclamation from Governor Doyle to the Safety and Buildings Division. View the video.
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City of Fayetteville (Ark.) Inspection Clerk Claudia Rutherford stands beside the Building Safety Week informational display she created, with the signed state proclamation as its centerpiece. Rutherford is a member of the Code Officials of Arkansas.   Village of Round Lake (Ill.) Mayor William Gentes (left) presents Building Commissioner Dale Engebretson with a proclamation for Building Safety Week.