Firestop Contractors International Association

Firestop Contractors International Association

Firestop Contractors International Association

FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference Agenda

HolidayInnMartPlaza ~ Chicago, IL~ May 2-4, 2007

Firestopping and Compartmentation Leads Again

Wednesday, May 2, 2007


7:30 AM – 4:00 PM FCIA Registration, Coffee & PastriesWolf Point Room

7:30 AM – 12:00 PMFCIA / UL DRI Education and TestingWolf Point Room

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM FCIA / FM DRI Education and Testing

9:45 AM – 10:00 AMBREAK SPONSORED BY Wolf Point Room

Specified Technologies, Inc.

11:30AM – 12:00 PMLunch Service – Greet old friends, meet new friendsWolf Point Room

12:00 PM – 1:30PMFCIA Presidents Welcome & UpdateWolf Point Room

Luncheon Welcome Speaker:

Gary Betts, Loebl, Schlossman, Hackl Architects

Past CSI Chapter, Region and Institute President


3M Fire Protection Products, Inc.

1:45 PM – 2:30 PMFCIA Education Session~ FCIA Apprenticeship ProgramWolfPoint

What does this mean for your business?

Bob Hasting, FCIA Apprenticeship Chair

2:30 PM – 2:45 PMBREAK – SPONSORED BY Wolf Point Room


2:45 PM – 4:30 PMFCIACommittee Action SessionsWolf Point Room

Committee Chair Invitations

Accreditation – Aedan Gleeson

Apprenticeship – Bob Hasting

Code – Bob LeClair

Education – Dan Flynn

Marketing – Don Murphy

Membership - Bill Hoos, Mike Wellons & Allen Rams

Program – Scott Rankin

Technical – MOP – Mike Dominguez

Standards – Randy Bosscawen

4:30 PM –5:30 PMFCIA Welcome Reception Wolf Point Entry

Firestop Contractors International Association

FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference Agenda

HolidayInnMartPlaza ~ Chicago, IL~ May 2-4, 2007

Thursday, May 3, 2007


7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Continental BreakfastWolf Point Room

7:30 AM B 3:00 PMRegistration OpenWolf Point Room

9:45 AM - 2:30 PM Spouse Program

ChicagoDouble Decker Bus Tour & Lunch

8:30 AM –9:30 AMFirestop Estimating Software ProgramsWolf Point Room

Take offs, estimating is a big expense. How can

this be managed better? Greg Duyka, On-Center Software, Inc.

9:30 AM – 9:45 AMBREAKSPONSORED BY Thermafiber, Inc.

9:45 AM – 10:30 AMFCIA Education Session -What’s coming in theWolf Point Room

ICC and NFPA Codes for Firestopping

and Effective Compartmentation

Bill Koffel, Koffel Assoc., FCIA Code Consultant

10:30 AM – 10:45 AMBREAK SPONSORED BY Tremco, Inc.

10:45AM – 11:45AMFire Door and Hardware InspectionsWolf Point Room

Bob Perry, AHC, CDC, CCS, Perry & Assoc.,

Door and Hardware Institute, Code Committee Chair

12:00PM – 1:00 PMBreak & Box Lunch ServiceWolf Point Room

FM Approved & UL Qualified Firestop

Contractor Program Updates

International Firestop Council & AFSCC Update

1:00 PM – 2:00 PMFire and Smoke Damper Inspections Wolf Point Room

What to really look for…how qualified are you?

Mark Belke, GREENHECK, Inc., Fire Safety Chair,

Air Movement and Control Association

2:00 PM – 2:15 PMBREAK SPONSORED BY W.R. Grace & Co.

2:15 PM – 3:30 PMFire Wall Inspections Wolf Point Room

How to patch fire resistance rated gypsum

& concrete block assemblies

Bob Lindegard, Consultant USG

5:30 PM – 6:30 PMFCIA ReceptionWolf Point Entry

Firestop Contractors International Association

FCIA Education and Committee Action Conference

HolidayInnMartPlaza ~ Chicago, IL~ May 2-4, 2007

Friday, May 4, 2007


7:30 AM - 8:30 AMContinental BreakfastWolf Point Room

8:30 AM – 9:20 AMFirestopping Inspections – How to inspectWolf Point Room

your own projects…and Effective Compartmentation

John Sinisi, Firestop Inspector, LLC

9:20 AM – 9:40 AMBREAK SPONSORED BY- Specified Technologies, Inc.

9:40 AM – 10:15 AMStructural Fireproofing Systems EducationWolf Point Room

Self Perform? Hire a sub? Factors to consider

to find a Cementitious, Fiber, Intumescent contractor

Larry Schilling, Carboline, Inc.

10:15 AM – 10:30 AMBREAK SPONSORED BY3M Fire Protection Products, Inc.

10:30 AM – 1:30 PM 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.

Busses from UL to O’Hare, Midway and Hotel

Mark your calendars for FCIA’s Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show

South Florida, November 7-9, 2007

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Speaker Bios

Gary Betts

Gary A. Betts, FCSI, CCS, AIA joined CSI in 1984 and became one of the Institute’s most influential Presidents. During his career with CSI, he has served as Chair of various Chapter, Regional and Institute committees; has earned numerous honors & awards; and elevated to Fellowship in 1996-achieving the Institute’s second highest honor. Mr. Betts has been awarded the Certificate of Appreciation from the Society of American Military Engineers and the Association for Preservation Technology. He is the author of “Construction Documentation-Specifications” part of the AIA Handbook of Professional Practice. Mr. Betts is a Principal and Director of Specifications and Quality Assurance with Loebl, Schlossman, & Hackl Inc., a Chicago-based, multidiscipline architectural firm with a strong regional and international practice.

Gary Betts

Loebl, Schlossman, Hackl Architects

233 N. Michigan Ave., #3000 ~ Chicago, IL60601-5708

Tel: 312-565-1800 ~ Email:

Bob Hasting

Bob is president of SFS, Inc. and C.E.O. of Specialty Firestop Systems. Bob has been in the construction industry for 29 years and started in the seals and electrical circuit protection industry in 1978. His experiences include work in the commercial, industrial, hazardous materials, marine and nuclear industries.

Bob developed, wrote and instructed - 5 state and EPA approved classes for the hazardous materials industry, conducted 90+, 32-40 hour training programs for worker and supervisor classification courses in addition to inspection and design courses for architects, engineers and certified industrial hygienists – he designed, managed and consulted on over 70 projects for remediation of asbestos, lead based paints, underground storage tanks and Superfund sites

Bob has been chief estimator, technical advisor, project manager (major projects) responsible for in-

house training, and has provided over 40 seminars to inspectors, building owners, architects, engineers and

general contractors to promote “sole source” firestop contracting.

Robert (Bob) Hasting ~ Specialty Firestop Systems

4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd #401 ~ Portland, OR 97214

Tel: 503-233-9784 – Email:

Greg Duyka
A graduate of SouthwestTexasStateUniversity, Greg Duyka has over 20 years of estimating and project management experience on commercial and residential construction projects ranging from light industrial, new commercial hi-rise buildings, and multi-family to historical restoration and infrastructure. Additionally, Mr. Duyka has over five years experience as a safety director and OSHA standards instructor. Greg travels all over the world providing training for all On Center products.

Greg Duyka, On-Center Sofrware, Inc.

1400 Woodloch Forest Dr., Suite 400 ~ The Woodlands, Texas ~ 77380-1100

Tel: 281-297-9000 ~ Email:

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Speaker Bios

Bill Koffel, PE, FSPE

Bill Koffel is President of Koffel Associates, Inc, a fire protection engineering and code consulting firm with offices in Maryland and Connecticut. Bill is active in the codes and standards development processes of various organizations. Bill has a B.S. in Fire Protection Engineering, and has over 26 years of experience as a practicing fire protection engineer. He was very active in the code development process of BOCA, ICBO and SBCCI prior to the development of the ICC. He has been involved in NFPA 101 and NFPA 5000 Code Development Processes as well. He is past president and a fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and has consulted worldwide. Bill was formerly with the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office and has been a volunteer firefighter.

Bill Koffel, Koffel Associates

6522 Meadowridge Rd. Suite 101 ~ Elkridge, MD21075
Tel: 410-750-2246 ~ Email:

Jeff Gould, FM Approvals

Jeff Gould, FM Approvals, wrote with FCIA and industry input, FM 4991, “Standard for the Approval of Firestop Contractors”. Jeff has been with FM for over 15 years, in various engineering and managerial capacities. Jeff is a Registered Professional Engineer, represents FM on many NFPA and other industry committees. Jeff lives in Bridgewater, MA, is married, with one baby and two grown children. In his spare time he enjoys coin collecting and yardwork.

Jeff Gould, FM Approvals

P.O. Box 9102 ~ Norwood, MA 02062

781-255-4873 ~ Email:

Betsy Titus, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Betsy Titus is Manager of Business Development for the Fire & Security Sector of UL. In this role, Betsy identifies new opportunities for UL and develops those opportunities into services that provide value to UL’s customers and it’s stakeholders that include authorities, building owners, architects, contractors, insurance organizations, retailers and the general public. Her role and responsibilities also include growing UL’s fire & security business globally through analysis of business environment and opportunities in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America, development of business plans and implementation of plans through partnerships with UL’s management and staff business partners worldwide.

Betsy began her 20+ year career at UL as a project engineer testing and certifying a variety of products for fire safety. Her technical career at UL expanded to include large-scale fire testing in UL’s state-of-the-art fire test facility to address sprinklered warehouse fire protection.

In 1992, Betsy transitioned from a technical role at UL to a business role in which she had the opportunity to lead teams responsible for establishing UL facilities worldwide, developing partnerships worldwide and developing new services to expand UL’s service offerings. Betsy graduated from ValparaisoUniversity with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Betsy Titus, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

333 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062-2096

847-272-8800 ~ Email:

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Emmanuel Sopeju

Emmanuel Sopeju joined Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada (ULC) in 1986 as a project Engineer in the Fire Protection Division. In this capacity Emmanuel was involved in large-scale fire testing including testing of Fire Resistant assemblies and Firestopping. His current role is as Staff Engineer with ULC and includes active participation in numerous fire test Standard committees such as ULC, ASTM, and NFPA. He also chairs several ISO fire test committees. Emmanuel also participates on the Ontario Building Code. Emmanuel graduated in 1978 with a B.A. Sc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Emmanuel Sopeju, Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada

7 Underwriters Rd., ~ Toronto, ONT, M1R 3B4, Canada

Tel: 866-937-3852 ~ Email:

Bob Perry

Bob Perry has been involved in doors and hardware for over 45 years. Bob was one of the first industry people to earn the Construction Specifications Institute Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) designation, is a ‘Distinguished’ Architectural Hardware Consultant (DAHC), a Certified Door Consultant, locksmith, and serves on the Door and Hardware Institute(DHI) Code Advisory Technology Committee. Additionally, Bob is a member of the NFPA Means of Egress and Detention Occupancy Committee, an instructor for the Architectural Hardware Institute of DHI, and also for the Corps of Engineers.

Bob Perry, Robert Perry & Associates

470 Waubonsee Circle ~ Oswego, IL60543

Tel: 630-554-4525 ~ Email:

Mark Belke

Mark has 10 years experience with Greenheck, first as a Damper Sales Specialist and presently in the role of Sales and Marketing Manager for the damper division of the Air Movement Products group. As the current Air Movement and Control Association Chair for life safety code action review, Mark has helped influence recent revisions to NFPA and IBC publications. Mark recently worked with the State of California Fire Services department to adopt the 2006 IBC statewide. Mark has presented on life safety dampers in forty-two states and 5 countries. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical/Industrial Distribution from the University of Wisconsin Stout.

Mark Belke, Greenheck, Inc.

525 Western Ave. ~ Schofield, WI54476

Tel: 715-359-6171 ~ Email:

Robert Lindgard
Bob Lindegard, a 38 year technical and management specialist for USG, is currently a consultant to USG on special projects. Bob’s firm, Lindegard Enterprises, tackles tough projects for firms in gypsum products and systems. He has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (BCE) from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Robert J. Lindegard, Lindegard Enterprises, Inc.

865 E. Baldwin Rd.~ Palatine, Illinois60074

Phone: 847/202-9387 ~ Email:

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Steve Hunt

Steve Hunt is President – Architectural Sales, Northfield Block Company, A Division of Oldcastle APG MidWest, Inc., and chairman of the National Concrete Masonry Associations (NCMA) Fire Safety Subcommittee.Steve has been instrumental in working towards design using masonry fire resistance rated systems for effective compartmentation in buildings. He was involved in making a study on masonry fire resistance rated construction available nationwide for promotion of total fire protection and balanced design for fire safety. Steve has been very active in the Construction Specifications Institute in Chicago, along with many masonry and architectural associations in the Chicagoland Area.

Stephen A. Hunt,Northfield Block

One Hunt Court ~ Mundelein, IL

Tel: 847-816-9600 ~ Email:

John Sinisi
John Sinisi is president of Firestop Inspector LLC in Manasquan, N.J. Sinisi’s firm provides a full complement of consulting services intended to optimize firestop planning, application and inspection. These services include: plan review and site surveys to identify fire barrier breaches; forensic investigation for the same purpose for renovations; barrier documentation and labeling; inspection and verification to ASTM standards; training and education; and expert testimony. Sinisi also offers third-party inspection services.

John Sinisi, FirestopInspector, LLC

250 East Main St. ~ Manasquan, NJ08736

Tel: 732-232-2100 Email:

Larry Schilling

Larry Schilling has been involved in the fireproofing industry for about 25 years. He has direct experience working with three major manufacturers of spray applied fire resistive materials (cementitious and intumescent coating fireproofing). Larry has been in manufacturing, contracting and consulting during his career, bringing a broad base of technical, estimating, and contractor qualification information to FCIA.

Larry Schilling, Carboline, Inc. ~ Fireproofing Technical Sales

931 W. 75th Street; # 137-253 ~ Naperville, IL60565

Tel: 630-718-9485 ~

“Reliability = Design, Install, Inspect & Maintain”

Firestopping and Compartmentation Leads Again