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Institute Honors 2012 Award Winners

Tuesday, January 22, 2013  
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Each year, the National Institute of Building Sciences recognizes individuals and organizations that have provided outstanding service to the Institute, the building community and the nation. The 2012 recipients included the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Tom Gay, The American Institute of Architects and Steve Hays.

The Institute celebrated its 2012 award winners at an Annual Awards Reception and Dinner January 9, held during Building Innovation 2013—The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo.

FIMA Receives 2012 Institute Honor Award

2012 Institute Honor Award

On behalf of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Edward M. Laatsch (center) accepts the 2012 Institute Honor Award from Institute Chairman RK Stewart (right) and Institute President Henry L. Green.

The Institute Honor Award goes to an individual or organization that has made an exceptional contribution to the nation and the building community. Institute Chairman RK Stewart, FAIA, Hon. FRAIC, Hon. JIA, LEED AP, presented the 2012 Honor Award to the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). FIMA was recognized for its efforts to identify and mitigate natural hazards that occur across the United States, thereby working to improve public safety.

FIMA manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and a range of programs designed to reduce future losses to homes, businesses, schools, public buildings, and critical facilities from floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural disasters. FIMA serves as one of FEMA’s representatives to the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), which seeks to mitigate earthquake losses through research and implementation activities in the fields of earthquake science and engineering. A collaborative effort of FEMA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Geological Survey, NEHRP develops in-depth guidance documents on earthquake-resistant building and infrastructure design to prevent losses to life and property.

FIMA also is instrumental in the development of scientific-based standards that are included in the International Building Code and within the ASCE-7 Standard. The support of the Institute’s Building Seismic Safety Council, Provisions Update Committee and Code Resource Support Committee all work toward the development of these protective provisions in the codes and standards to assure the safety of the built environment and the citizens who inhabit the structures.

"NIBS is certainly one of our oldest, most productive partners,” said Edward M. Laatsch, Senior Civil Engineer in the Building Science and Technology Branch of the Engineering Science and Technology Division of FIMA, who accepted the award on behalf of the Administration. "We look forward to working together more in the future.”

Gay Receives 2012 Institute Member Award

2012 Institute Member Award

"What a great bunch of people to work with,” says Tom Gay (center), about the buildingSMART alliance, upon accepting the 2012 Institute Member Award. "They let me do what I do. As a team, we have been able to do a great deal.”

The Institute Member Award goes to a member of the Institute or affiliate council who has made a substantial contribution in support of the mission, goals and objectives of the Institute. Chairman Stewart presented the 2012 Member Award to Tom Gay, Chairman of the buildingSMART alliance.

Gay, who is the Assistant Vice President-Manager, Engineering Plan Services at FM Global, has chaired the buildingSMART alliance (bSa) since it transformed from the International Alliance of Interoperability (IAI) North American Chapter in 2007. He was instrumental in the development of the transition plan to bring the IAI to the Institute and establish bSa.

"Tom, this award is in recognition of your strong advocacy of the work of the buildingSMART alliance and your years of leadership guiding the Alliance,” said Chairman Stewart. "Since the initial merger, you have given your time and dedication to advancing the work of the Alliance.”

Gay provided the needed leadership to the buildingSMART alliance to advance building information modeling (BIM) and improve the utilization of building information throughout the entire life cycle of a facility. He has been involved from the beginning of the Alliance, and has a unique and broad perspective on its history and the capabilities of BIM.

AIA Receives 2012 Institute President’s Award

2012 Institute President's Award 

Henry L. Green (left), presents the 2012 President’s Award to The American Institute of Architects in recognition of the cooperative work being done between the two organizations. AIA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Ivy (center), accepts the award on behalf of that organization’s 81,000 members.

The Institute President’s Award is given to an individual or organization in recognition of extraordinary efforts to assist in advancing the mission of the Institute. Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, presented the 2012 President’s Award to The American Institute of Architects in recognition of the cooperative work being done between the two organizations.

The AIA and the Institute have developed a working relationship to address the development and support of over 25 local Building Enclosure Council chapters. The local organizations include more than 3,000 affiliated architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and others with an interest in building enclosures. In May of 2011, the two Institutes signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the development of local BECs and to support existing chapters.

In addition, the two Institutes have worked cooperatively to develop the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK), an interactive portal that offers online access to peer-reviewed research projects and case studies in all facets of building, from predesign through occupancy and reuse. This cooperative project provides a user-friendly approach for those involved in creating the built environment to help them find the building research, information and knowledge they need to design, own and operate high-performance buildings.

AIA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Ivy, FAIA, accepted the award on behalf of that organization’s 81,000 members.

Hays Receives 2012 Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award

2012 Mortimer Marshall Award 

Institute Chairman RK Stewart (center) exchanges a heartfelt embrace with Steven Hays (right), recipient of the Mortimer H. Marshal Lifetime Achievement Award. Hays is the longest serving presidential appointee on the Board of Directors, with over 17 years. "I thank you all and I love you all,” said Hays. "I consider you my family.”

The Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award, the Institute’s highest honor, goes to someone who has demonstrated a lifetime of dedication to the mission and goals of the Institute. Established in 2011 and named after the first member of the Institute, this award is bestowed upon those who exhibit the passion upon which the Institute is founded. Chairman Stewart presented the 2012 Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award to Steven Hays, PE, CIH and FACEC.

Hays first got involved with the Institute in 1980. He became a member of the Institute and the Consultative Council. In 1995, Hays was appointed to the Board of Directors by President William Jefferson Clinton. He served on the Board until September 2012, serving as Vice Chairman from 1998-99, Chairman from 2000-01, and continuing as a Board Member until his replacement by a recent presidential appointment. Hays has the distinction of being the longest serving presidential appointee on the Board of Directors, with over 17 years, serving throughout the entire terms of President Clinton, President George W. Bush and into the third year of the Obama Administration.

Hays has had many roles on the Board, most notably he has chaired or served on every Strategic Planning Session since his appointment to the Board. Steve has continued to serve as the voice of history, including the latest strategic planning effort just completed, providing insights and foresight in planning for the future of the Institute.

"Steve’s passion for the work of the Institute is evident in all that he does for the Institute and the building community, as well as in his practice,” said Chairman Stewart. "His preparation for board meetings, his insightful comments and calming guidance over the years has provided focus for the organization to achieve the goals of the Institute.”

Each year, the Institute issues a call to industry for nominations to identify potential award recipients. In the summer of 2012, the Awards Committee reviewed the 2012 submissions and selected winners from the nominees, based on how their work meets the mission, objectives and goals of the Institute. The Awards Committee will solicit nominations for the 2013 awards in late spring of 2013, with nominations due in July.


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