March Chapter Meeting: Building Code Update + Student Scholarships Drive 175+ Attendees

By Beth Winkler posted 03-29-2019 12:30


March_2019_Chater_Meeting_-_Thank_you.pngThe combined efforts of our programming committee and the CSI Chicago Foundation resulted in maximum attendance (175+) on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Maggiano’s Chicago. It was a great night for our Chicago Construction Community to share important building code information while also giving back.


The night lead off with three exciting announcements from the CSI Chicago Foundation regarding their two primary initiatives that give back to our community -  Rebuilding Together and Student Scholarships.

  • Sailing On Lake Michigan Raffle Promotion - It’s easy to enter, contribute $50 to the 2019 Rebuilding Together Initiative using the link above between March 26th (Started at 5 pm) and April 23rd (Ending at 5:30 pm). The winner will be announced at our Chapter Meeting on April 23,, 2019 at 6 pm. The winner does not need to be present to win.
  • Volunteer For 2019 Rebuilding Together Rebuild Day - The Rebuilding Together committee is looking for volunteers on National Rebuilding Day April 27, 2019. If you are interested and available to help rehab our adopted home please click the link above.
  • 2019 Scholarship Winners - Junghyo Woo, Keigo Yamazaki and Sanghyo Kim were named 2019 scholarship winners and presented with their checks. The Scholarship Competition has been an important initiative to support the future of our construction community. Click the link above to learn more about the winners.

The CSI Chicago Foundation announcements were followed by Chicago’s Building Commissioner Judy Frydland and Deputy Commissioner Grant Ullrich's presentation which provided a much anticipated overview and update on the Department of Buildings first comprehensive Chicago Building Code update in over a half century. The overview/updates included a brief history of the Chicago Building Code, highlights of the proposed code changes and why it’s good for Chicago, the process involved with updating the code, and key changes that will occur with the code updates.


Key highlights from Judy and Grant’s presentation included:

  • The goal of the building code modernization is to better align with national building codes.  Some expected benefits of the modernization include streamlining the permitting process, enhancing public safety, and to promote energy efficiency.
  • The code modernization will be rolled out in 4 phases.  The first two sections electrical and conveyance device codes were updated in 2018.
  • Phase 2 will include among other sections the building code.  On March 13, 2019 proposed ordinance changes were submitted to City Council for approval.  Members of the design and construction community who are in support of the proposed changes can write letters to the Mayor or Building Commissioner.  City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed code updates in April 2019.
  • Implementation of code changes will be phased starting June 1, 2019 with the energy code.  The code will be published by ICC in mid-October of 2019, and mandatory compliance with the new code is currently scheduled for August 1, 2020.
  • Helpful Resources:  Commissioner Frydland and Deputy Commission Ullich encouraged everyone to take part in the following:


Thank you to everyone who attended to make this a successful event for our Chicago Construction Community.  Special thanks to Judy Frydland and Grant Ullrich from Chicago’s Department of Buildings and our tabletop sponsors – Cosentino Surfaces, dormakaba USA, Inc., General Shale, HACIA and MetlSpan.

See photos from the event.