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f you like interactive seminars in a relaxed classroom setting and a chance to network with your colleagues, not to mention the latest information on the State Building Code – the Building Codes Fall Seminar is for you. The division will give 11 sets of two-day seminars weekly throughout the state beginning Sept. 24 and ending Dec. 5, each day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This fall’s topics are: Day 1 – introduction to the new Chapter 1300 on code administration, which replaces Chapter 1 of the “I” codes (morning) and the new Chapter 1311 on rehabilitation of existing buildings (afternoon).


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amendments. Clockwise, from upper Two bound workbooks – about 300 pages each – and electronic slide left: Rich Lockrem, Don Sivigny, Mike Fricke, Tim Manz, section chief Mike Godfrey, Peter Page 3 Fall seminars Kulczyk, Curt Wiehle, and Kelly Denno.

Day 2 – the 2000 International Building Code and its Minnesota-specific

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he directors and staff at the Building Codes and Standards Division want to congratulate Al Kleinbeck and his wife, Dorothy, on recently being presented a plaque from the North Star Chapter of Building Officials at the chapter’s summer conference in Duluth. Al and Dorothy were honored for their long history of support to the chapter while Al served as executive secretary. Al is a former code official in Albert Lea, Bloomington, Plymouth, and the State Building Codes and Standards Division and is a familiar face in the code profession. Dorothy, who worked with Al in the City of Plymouth, joined him after her retirement to also become involved in the chapter’s

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Mike Godfrey Section chief

Don Sivigny Senior building code rep

Peter Kulczyk Building code rep

Kelly Denno Support staff

Mike Fricke Building code rep

he Education/Certification Section staff aim to receive 85 percent satisfaction ratings by attendees of their twice-yearly seminars, but they don’t stop at that. Last spring’s seminars earned a 97.5 percent satisfaction rating from their attendees. The team continues to improve its seminars through self-critiquing, poring over seminar attendees’ evaluations looking for things to fix, meeting with building officials, product manufacturers, and others in the construction field to keep up with the latest developments, and performing research on the Web, in the literature, and, yes, at seminars. A critical part of being a building code representative is knowing the finer points of the State Building Code. Built on the International Building Codes with amendments to meet Minnesota needs, the state code is a “living document” with hundreds of oral and written interpretations being made to it during its three-year life. All of the team members and their supervisor, Mike Godfrey, have been in the building field most of their lives and most of them have been local building officials or inspectors. They share a common mission that boils down to “building better communities” – a theme used by the Building Codes and Standards Division. The team is made up of Don Sivigny, the coordinator, and Peter Kulczyk, both of whom devote most of their time to the seminars. The section’s newest employees – Rich Lockrem and Mike Fricke – are building official certification and exam administrators and also teach at the seminars. Curt Wiehle, the division’s accessibility specialist, and Tim Manz, the division’s mechanical code representative, teach seminar courses in their respective areas, as do others in the division as their expertise is needed or requested. Kelly Denno provides the support services that keep the section running smoothly. Continuous improvement has been evident in the section since its inception 30 years ago. The first seminars were taught in public buildings such as city halls and vo-tech schools. “Once we were given a room that connected with – and was the sole entry to – another classroom, so people were walking through our seminar all day long,” Mike Godfrey recalled. “We also would have next-door neighbors who were working on punch presses. And then there was the time we were next door to a group that would burst into song periodically. We all sat and listened, creating a break for us, too, although unplanned.” Today, seminars are taught in hotel conference rooms, which provide an excellent atmosphere for the instructors and attendees. Most seminars run smoothly because of the extensive preparations by the staff. But then there was the seminar darkened by a power outage. “The lights came back on at the time we were talking about the last slide,” Peter said.

Rich Lockrem Building code rep

Tim Manz Mechanical code rep

Working with a ‘living document’
The Education team not only has to be on top of this moving target at all times, it must also teach the code and answer difficult questions at the division’s spring and fall seminars and many other training classes sponsored by other groups in the construction field. “Sometimes it feels like an endless foot race, planning, scheduling, writing, and delivering new material for each seminar series,” according to Don Sivigny, the senior building code rep who coordinates the work of the seminar team. “It’s rewarding, though, to be able to help a building official or builder with a difficult issue and to know that the information we provide will help make safe, sound buildings in Minnesota.”

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presentations will support staff instruction. Building officials are encouraged to attend both seminars, at a cost of $35 each day, which includes meals and work books. Attendees who choose to stay overnight are responsible for their own arrangements and costs. Although building officials are the main target for the seminar, architects, engineers, builders, and other interested persons are also welcome. Breaks and lunch will offer time for networking with from 60 to 100 colleagues

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each day. Attendance at each of the two seminars earns building officials 21⁄2 continuing education units. Others may also earn CEUs if their licensing agency has approved the course. “This seminar schedule is perfect timing, with new codes being finalized this fall,” said Mike Godfrey, Education/Certification Section chief. “Learning the changes is better before they’re made.” Mike added that any last-minute changes to the newly adopted code will be announced on the division’s Web site, in the newsletter, and in broadcast e-mails or memos, whichever is more appropriate. No formal tests are given, but pop

quizzes and question-and-answer sessions are among the learning tools that have been used. Attendees may ask questions throughout the presentations. “We try not to put them to sleep,” Mike added. Brochures for the fall seminars have been mailed. If you have not received them, call Kelly Denno at (651) 296-1189 or e-mail her at Registration must be made by U.S. Postal Service and be postmarked at least 10 days prior to the seminar date. For more details about the seminars, go to the division’s Web site at buildingcodes.


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he Education/Certification team has plenty of building code work experience. Here’s a brief accounting:

Locations and dates of Fall 2002 Seminars

Curt Wiehle, an accessibility specialist, began work as a carpenter in commercial construction. After sustaining a spinal cord injury, Curt became involved in disability rights and access issues. Since 1990 he has worked with the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as other disability rights laws and issues. He was employed at the Minnesota State Council on Disability for four years. Curt transferred to Building Codes and Standards in fall 1996 and is actively involved in development of the state’s accessibility code. Tim Manz, the division’s mechanical code representative, administers the state mechanical code. He chairs the Mechanical Code Advisory Committee, which is finalizing amendments to the International Mechanical Code that will be adopted in Minnesota. He was previously mechanical inspector and assistant building official in Grand Forks, N.D. Prior to that, he was employed in the sheet metal and steel fabrication industry after receiving his mechanical engineering degree from the University of North Dakota. Don Sivigny, senior building code representative and energy specialist for the division, administers and teaches at the division’s fall and spring seminars and other


DULUTH Oct. 23 - 24

ST. CLOUD Nov. 20 - 21

Nov. 12 - 13


Oct. 2 - 3, Dec. 4 - 5


ST. PAUL Nov. 26 - 27

PLYMOUTH Oct. 30 - 31

NORTH MANKATO Sept. 24 - 25

Oct. 16 - 17


ROCHESTER Nov. 6 - 7

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The following inspectors deserve recognition for their efforts assisting the Roseau Building Department in inspection of the flood-damaged buildings: * Terry Zelenka PHOTOS: Above left, downtown shows the * Ray Williams aftermath of rising water; * Bjorn Sveinson above right, flood damage to * Kevin Storstad a residential structure; and * Tom Spoor below, the cleanup is just the beginning. * Jerry Skyberg * Guy Sharpe * Gina Schulze ork continues for Roseau Building Official * Dale Schoeppner Kevin Wiskow. Preliminary June flood impact * Richard Rock estimates are in and show the widespread * Duane effect on Roseau’s 2,500 residents. Approximately 300 Ostrowski families were still displaced in early August, with 131 * Don Munson families living in FEMA travel trailers. * Michael Miller Of Roseau’s 1,200 dwelling units, 900 were affected, with a total estimated damage of $11.4 * William Mesaros million. The damage to businesses was also * Bruce Melin widespread: 60 of the 100 businesses were displaced, * Michael McAlister with estimated damage of $8.3 million. The cost * Cal Mayfield impact on the city’s infrastructure and public buildings * Joe Kalenze was $53.6 million. The total estimated damage from * Don Hayes the flood is $84 million. * Bernard The Disaster Preparedness Manual developed by the North Star Disaster Mitigation Committee, the state Gonshorowski

A SALUTE to the volunteers

Photos by Doug Nord • Text by Jim Muyres


Division of Emergency Management, and the Building Codes and Standards Division staff was extremely useful. The complete manual is available online by going to and clicking on “informational print-outs.”

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educational events. He is a licensed building official and builder and is HRAI-certified in residential mechanical ventilation installation. He has been with the division since 2000 and before that was a building inspector for the city of Woodbury. Don also was a construction manager for 13 years and a carpenter before that. Mike Godfrey, supervisor of the Education/Certification Section of the division since 1998, was a building inspector and later building official for the City of Winona, and before that owned his own contracting business. He began his building career as a carpenter in Maryland and Florida. He studied math and science at Montgomery College in Maryland. He began work with the division in 1986 as a building code consultant. Mike Fricke joined the division this year as a building official examination and certification administrator and also teaches at the division’s fall and spring seminars and other training events. He started as a building inspector in 1990 and was the building official of White Bear Lake the last seven years. His earlier construction experience includes owning his own remodeling construction company. He was also a rehab project manager for a Vista low-income housing program, a lather, and a framing and remodeling contractor. Rich Lockrem, a building official examination and certification administrator for the division, also leads training sessions at the division’s fall and spring seminars and other events. He joined the division this spring. He had been Woodbury’s assistant building official since 1984. Earlier construction experience includes two years’ project management for a local commercial glazing firm and six years’ project management for an Iowa-based commercial developer. Peter Kulczyk, a building code representative, develops training programs and teaches for the division. Prior to joining the division four years ago, he spent a decade working for five construction companies, followed by the next 15 years in municipal code enforcement. Kelly Denno has been with Building Codes and Standards for nearly five years. She started with the Elevator Safety Section and just recently accepted the position of administrative support for the Education/Certification Section. Kelly assists in the process of certification and re-certification of building officials. She also sets up hotel accommodations for seminars and handles the registration process.

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Al Kleinbeck receives plaque from Nell Bean

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activities. They provided administrative and secretarial support for the chapter and conducted the chapter’s contractor education programs around the state. Nell Bean, the current president of the Northstar Chapter, presented the award. Nell said, “The North Star board and members wanted to show their appreciation for all the hard work, dedication, and selfless sacrifice Dorothy and Al have given to benefit the chapter and its members.” We here at the division want to echo those comments and thank Al and Dorothy for all they have contributed to the code enforcement profession in Minnesota.

BCSD account tech chairs AGA committee

Jeff Conner, the division’s account tech, has been selected as chair of the Education Committee for the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) for the next year. Last year, he served as a committee member.





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Fall seminars begin . . . 1 Meet the education team . . . 2 Waters recede, Roseau cleans up . . . 4

Sept. 4 – Minneapolis – State Building Codes and Standards program for BOMA on miscellaneous codes and code items. Contact Don Sivigny at (651) 297-3600. Sept. 18 – Redwood Falls – Southwest Chapter of Building Officials education seminar on architecture by Doreen Frost, AIA. Contact Russell Thornberg at (507) 238-9461. Sept. 19 – Mankato – Building official certification exams. Contact Mike Fricke at (651) 205-4802. Sept. 24 – North Mankato – State Building Codes and Standards Fall Seminar on administration and existing buildings. Contact Don Sivigny at (651) 297-3600. Sept. 25 – Rochester – State Building Codes and Standards Division seminar on IBC amendments. Contact Deanna Christiensen at (612) 338-6763. Sept. 25 – North Mankato – State Building Codes and Standards Fall Seminar on IBC. Contact Don Sivigny at (651) 297-3600. Sept. 28 – Baxter – State Building Codes and Standards presentation for Minnesota Building Permit Technicians Association on code changes. Contact Katy Okerstrom at (763) 767-5121. Oct. 2 – Maplewood – State Building Codes and Standards Fall Seminar on administration and existing buildings. Contact Don Sivigny at (651) 297-3600. Oct. 3 – Maplewood – State Building Codes and Standards seminar on IBC. Contact Don Sivigny at (651) 297-3600.

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ongratulations to the state’s recently designated building officials: Robert Hegner – Greenvale Township Michael Fabini – City of Cambridge Jeff Fagerstrom – City of Northome, City of Warren Kurt F. Wenzel – City of Moorhead Donald Rawls – City of Benson Matthew Simoneau – City of Mound Nancy Scott – City of Rockville (newly created this year by consolidation of City of Pleasant Lake, City of Rockville, and Rockville Township)