Maple Grove receives 2012 Building Department of Year Award

The Maple Grove City Council acknowledged an award the city’s Building Department received during its Monday, March 4 meeting.

A separate story from the rest of the meeting can be found in next week’s paper.

The Association of Minnesota Building Officials (AMBO) presented the department with it’s 2012 Building Department of the Year Award. The city was recognized for its dedication to code development and education for its building inspectors and code officials around the state of Minnesota.

Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson stands with AMBO chairman Dave Fisher, Building Official Rick Davidson, Residential Plans Examiner Lisa Vieau, Chief Plans Examiner Larry Huff and Building Inspectors Denny Rambow. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson stands with AMBO chairman Dave Fisher, Building Official Rick Davidson, Residential Plans Examiner Lisa Vieau, Chief Plans Examiner Larry Huff and Building Inspectors Denny Rambow. (Sun staff photo by Alicia Miller)

Maple Grove resident and AMBO chairman Dave Fisher, “I’m really proud to be here and be able to present this award.”

He added the award is way to promote building departments. “The fire and police departments have lights and sirens and uniforms,” Fisher said. “Building departments are never heard of and we’re trying to find a way to promote building departments.”

Roger Axel, AMBO Executive Officer, said the ICC “is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.”

Axel said this award “is tribute to a city that has long understood and provided the complete dedication required for effective code administration, that includes a strong commitment to public relations, sensitivity and communications, training and education of the code and safety officials, proactive code development and code adoption and uniform and appropriate code enforcement.”

He added the city should be proud of going above and beyond to create the legacy they have.

Maple Grove Building Official Rick Davidson said, “This a really nice recognition for the city of Maple Grove and the building department.”

He also thanked City Administrator Al Madsen, Mayor Mark Steffenson and the rest of the council for creating and environment that helps his staff work and take part in things that the award represents.

Davidson said the department also provides residents with free seminars on building decks and finishing basements, this is through its code development education process.

The Maple Grove Building Department consists of 12 technical and four support staff positions whose efforts have made the award possible. Combined, the technical staff has more than 180 years of code enforcement experience and holds approximately 30 state and national licenses and certificates.

Staff members Larry Huff and Lisa Vieau have taken active roles with AMBO as officers and committee members. Jesse Szykulski is an officer of the 10,000 Lakes Chapter of ICC (10K) and is active in chapter education for building departments and contractors. Dave Ding is on the AMBO IRC Committee and the 10K Uniformity Committee. Denny Rambow is on the IBC Means of Egress Committee and a past 10K board member. Others have also been active on state and national committees or in state chapters dedicated to code enforcement.

In addition to Davidson, members of the department are Chief Plans Examiner Larry Huff; Residential Plans Examiner Lisa Vieau; Building Inspectors Denny Rambow, Dave Ding, Jay Huseby and Jesse Szykulski; Electrical Inspectors Rick McKinnon and Larry Wetternach; Plumbing and Mechanical Inspectors Dennis Nowariak, Brian Pierce, and Doug Becker; Inspections Administrative Coordinator Becky Roy; and Permit Techs Mary Howe, Wendy Chapman, and Becky Mandaville.

Councilor Erik Johnson said he worked previously with building officials across the Twin Cities and knew the city’s building department’s reputation was solid. “This award comes as no surprise to me,” he added. “I’m sure it’s well earned and you’re one of the most respected building departments in the metro area.”

Mayor Steffenson added, “You do enough a lot of hard work on our residential side, but you also do great work on our commercial side… I appreciate all the hard work.”

  • http://www.iccsafe.org Steve Daggers

    Congratulations to the Maple Grove Building Department! Wanted to clarify that Roger Axel read a statement on behalf of International Code Council Board Member Patrick Parsley, who unfortunately was unable to attend the meeting due to the weather. Mr. Axel represented the Association of Minnesota Building Officials.

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