Member News – August 2017

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August 4, 2017

IMI Hires Jeff Diqui

Jeff Diqui has joined International Masonry Institute (IMI)‘s technical team as director of technical services in the Chicago Metro area. He holds a bachelor of science degree in architectural engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering, and has more than 26 years of experience that has primarily focused on the building enclosure. His range of knowledge includes building condition assessments and moisture intrusion investigations. He has presented nationally regarding the importance of maintaining continuity of heat, air, and moisture controls of the enclosure and stressed the ever-important interface detail.

As director of technical services for IMI, Diqui will advise on masonry assemblies from a holistic design and construction perspective, including knowledge transfer of industry information. Support will be provided through education and project-related activities for architects, engineers, contractors, owners, code officials, academia, etc.

Diqui has been an RCI member since 2004.

Keener Joins WJE’s San Antonio Office

On July 31, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) announced the hiring of Pete Keener as an Associate III in their San Antonio Office. Keener has over 28 years’ experience in all aspects of roofing and building envelope systems. He will project-manage multiple key clients in the San Antonio area. Keener will also maintain his commitment as  liaison to the San Antonio Branch of the Central Texas Chapter of RCI. Keener has been a member of RCI since 1994, and was one of the founding members of the Great Lakes Chapter of RCI. WJE looks forward to utilizing Keener’s experience and expertise in solving their clients’ difficult building envelope issues.

Grant Writes Book for Students of Architecture

Elizabeth Grant, RCI member since 2004 and recipient of RCI Foundation funding, has recently published a book entitled Integrating Building Performance with Design: An Architecture Student’s Guidebook. The book is now available on the Routledge website and also on The book includes work from student design competitions sponsored by the RCI Mid Atlantic Chapter at Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design. The book is primarily intended as a textbook for architecture students, but will also be of interest to intern and early-career architects, consultants, and engineers, and those who employ them. Following is a short summary of the book:

Architects aim to design places that occupants care about and care for, and maintain and enjoy for a long time. Unfortunately, in practice, architects too often relegate concerns of building integrity and comfort to consulting engineers or other specialists. This can result in buildings where these fundamental considerations become afterthoughts, or even worse, are not considered at all. To ensure the creation of truly sustainable structures, architecture students must learn strategies for addressing building performance and ecologically responsible design in their work. But how can students address these seemingly complex parameters while also designing beautiful spaces? This book answers this question with a straightforward approach to incorporating building performance within the design process. It offers simple exercises, along with examples of successful student projects that have made this connection. It also includes case studies of built work to stimulate creativity and show what is possible when performance is considered early and often in architectural design.


Kittye Rouse

Kittye Leah Kiper Rouse, RRC, RRO, RA, CCS CCCA, NCARB passed away on July 20, 2017 after fighting cancer. She had a degree in architecture from Louisiana State University, and joined RCI in 2011. She was a member of Region IV, and held RRO and RRC designations.You can visit her obituary (quoted below) to leave condolences.

Sometime after she passed the licensing exam (on her first attempt!), she formed Kiper Architects of Baton Rouge with her father, a Shreveport architect. In 2007, she joined the Office of Facility Planning and Control (FP&C) in the Louisiana State Division of Administration. At FP&C, she represented the interests of the State of Louisiana on many projects including the waterproofing of the Cabildo and Presbytere and the construction of the championship golf course in New Orleans City Park.”

Leo Legatski

On July 15, 2017, Leo Arne Legatski passed away from cancer at the age of 74. He held bachelors and masters degrees in civil engineering, and a masters of business adminstration. He used this expertise in the formation and running of his company, Elastizell Corporation of America. He has been the owner and president of Elastizell since 1971. Over the years he was a member of ACI, ASTM, CSI, and RCI. Legatski joined RCI in 1994, and was a member of Region III. In May of 2000, he wrote an article for RCI Interface about his subject of expertise, cellular concrete. You can visit his full obituary (quoted below) to leave condolences.

Leo will be fondly remembered for his unending generosity, intelligence, quick wit, helpfulness, and ethical business practices. He dedicated his life to his company, Elastizell Corporation of America. Its success and network of country-wide loyal Applicators (customers and associates) throughout the US are testaments to Leo’s attention to detail, honesty and skills as an engineer.”

New Registrations May through July 2017

NameNew DesignationCompanyCertification DateRegion
Michael W. Brogan, RRORROConstruction Systems Group Inc.7/19/2017Region II
Brian Carroll, RRORROCarroll Group, LLC5/20/2017Region II
Edward A. Crank, RRORROTechnical Assurance Inc.5/5/2017Region I
Stephen Epp, RRORRORead Jones Christoffersen Ltd.6/28/2017Region VI
Kevin J. Gardner, RRORROGardner Engineering Inc.5/31/2017Region I
Jacob E. Hebert, RRORROBuilding Management Consultants5/10/2017Region II
Scott R. Hillard, RRORROPolyglass USA, Inc.6/19/2017Region II
Matthew J. Hopkins, RRORROBLUEFIN LLC6/20/2017Region II
Kyle M. Jones, RRORROTremco Inc.6/16/2017Region I
Hari K. Korpal, RRORROAUM Building Science & Engineering Ltd.5/27/2017Region VI
Samantha N. Maki, RRORRORead Jones Christoffersen Ltd.6/26/2017Region VI
Wesley R. McNeely, RRORRORaymond Engineering-Georgia, LLC5/8/2017Region II
Gary Nassibian, RRORRONassibian Inc.7/26/2017Region VII
Walker J. Ozier, RRORROFuller Group Inc.5/3/2017Region II
Bradley K. Pranke, RRORROIntertek PSI5/25/2017Region II
Francisco C. Reina, RRORROPie Consulting & Engineering7/27/2017Region V
Robert Robertson, RRORROTechnical Assurance6/2/2017Region I
Hannah Safren, RRORROPolyglass USA6/13/2017Region I
Rebekah Seals, RRORRO7/20/2017Region II
Jeffrey D. Sebring, RRORRORoofing Technology Associates6/5/2017Region III
Stephen Soutar, RRORROPinnacle Group Inc.5/5/2017Region VII
Daniel E. Sowell, RRORRORDH Building Science5/31/2017Region V
David Wegemer, RRORRORaymond Engineering-Georgia, LLC7/25/2017Region II
Miles C. Wolfgang, RRORROTerracon7/28/2017Region II
Justin L. Bell, B.Com, RRC, RRO, CDTRRCGoodwin Roof Inspections and Consulting (1999) Ltd.7/12/2017Region VI
Geoffrey F. Besse, RRC, RRORRCGBI Consultants & Public Adjusters7/28/2017Region IV
Robert Zmijewski, RRC, AIARRCRZ Associates, LLC7/10/2017Region I
Derek Cundiff, RRC, RWC, AIARWCCornett & Cundiff Inc.5/12/2017Region II
Jason McKenzie, RRO, RWCRWCPie Consulting & Engineering6/14/2017Region V
Daniel Atwell, RRC, RRO, REWO, CDTREWOADC Engineering Inc.5/8/2017Region II
Derek Josephson, RRO, REWOREWOProfessional Roof Consultants Inc.5/10/2017Region V
Steven J. Walker, REWOREWOTerracon7/18/2017Region II

New RCI Members May through July 2017

Kevin AinscowABIndustry Affiliate
Matt AllenRoyal Adhesives & Sealants Inc.ILIndustry
Daniel AndresRTC Waterproofing & Restoration Inc.TXIndustry
Matthew AngioloCarlisle Construction MaterialsWIIndustry
Thomas BroughtonTerraconTXQuality Assurance Observer
Lionel BussiereAMEC Foster WheelerNCQuality Assurance Observer
Joanna CarboneSoprema Inc.FLIndustry Affiliate
Roman CherkasovWetherholt and Associates Inc.WAQuality Assurance Observer
Jason CherryCherry Infrared LLCVAIndustry
David CoggiolaAtlas Roofing CorporationTXIndustry Affiliate
Adolfo CotillaACAI Associates Inc.FLConsultant
Wardell CouteeConley Group Inc.TXQuality Assurance Observer
Dennis CroughwellDouglas J. Wooliver & Sons, Inc.MAIndustry
Michael CrowRedTree ConsultingAZConsultant
Jon CrumrineATech NorthwestORConsultant
Alex CuffieMorrison HershfieldGAConsultant
Jim CullitonNA Engineering Associates Inc.ONConsultant
Gabriela DepillisSoprema Inc.FLIndustry Affiliate
William DeryThe Vertex Companies, Inc.MOConsultant Affiliate
Joshua DeweyIKO IndustriesSKIndustry
Jamieson DroheimMA Caputo Associates LLCCTConsultant Affiliate
James ElkinElkin EngineeringSCConsultant
Chad EllisRTC Waterproofing & Restoration Inc.TXIndustry Affiliate
Antonio EretzianMegatec DevelopmentNYConsultant
Virginia FeredayMalarkey Roofing ProductsCAIndustry Affiliate
Charles FerretteSR ProductsOHIndustry
Linda FuMarx OkuboCAConsultant Affiliate
Ralph GalvanTrufast Corp.TXIndustry
Kyle GrunderWiss Janney Elstner Associates Inc.TXConsultant Affiliate
Karl GuderianRTC Waterproofing & Restoration Inc.TXIndustry Affiliate
Buddy HallNelson Hall & Associates Inc.NCConsultant
Rob HawksNRCAILAssociate
Roy HaynesRaymond Engineering-Georgia, LLCGAQuality Assurance Observer
Michael HendrycksFishburn Sheridan & Associates Ltd.ONQuality Assurance Observer
Clyde HenryCEH Consulting LLCPAConsultant
Richard HollisCOIndustry
Ernesto InfanteEnglert Inc.FLIndustry Affiliate
Paul JohannessonPinchin Ltd.ONConsultant Affiliate
Frank JonesHDH Associates PCVAQuality Assurance Observer
Mark JonesWilliamson & Associates Inc.GAConsultant Affiliate
Roderick JonesILStudent
Charles KempEmersion DesignOHConsultant
Eric KleinschmidtITW Valeron Strength FilmsILIndustry
Larry LeeTerraconGAConsultant
Michael LeonardILConsultant Affiliate
Susan LinkAmerican RestorationTXIndustry
Roman LipiecNelson ForensicsTXConsultant
William LongCarlisle Construction MaterialsUTIndustry Affiliate
Robert MackerronReconroofing & Gutter ServicesMAIndustry
John MarkarianJohn Markarian ConstructionCAConsultant
Eric MeehanRaymond Engineering-Georgia, LLCNCConsultant Affiliate
Mark MeshulamMark Meshulam LLCILConsultant
David MontrossMontross Companies, Roofing, Decking and Weatherproofing SystemCAIndustry
Andrew MorseRoyal Adhesives & Sealants Inc.MAIndustry
Hamid MukhtarStar Consultants Inc.OHConsultant
Ryan NashECS Mid-Atlantic LLCVAQuality Assurance Observer
James NelsonNelson RoofingSCIndustry
Ryan O'ConnellRMT Roofing & Waterproofing Consultants Inc.MOConsultant
Rony ParedesThe SK&A GroupMDConsultant
Mike PerryARMKO Industries Inc.TXIndustry Affiliate
Arvil PriceAmericas Choice InspectionsNCQuality Assurance Observer
Christopher ReedFry RegletCAIndustry
Luis RodriguezGAF Materials CorpFLIndustry Affiliate
Robert RuscaAIA Florida NorthwestLAConsultant
Adam SafadiWSP GroupONConsultant
Judith SalinasCertified Contracting Group, Inc.FLIndustry
Kyron SchuchPolyglass USA, Inc.FLIndustry
Keith SchutterGresham, Smith and PartnersFLConsultant
Ivan SekularacWSP Canada Inc.ONConsultant Affiliate
Marco SieberPolyglass USA, Inc.FLIndustry
Zachary SmithStudentTXStudent
Justin SockFlorida Rep GroupFLIndustry
David SpauldingICP Adhesives & Sealants, Inc.OHIndustry
Jared StephensonStephenson & Murphy Group, LLCKYConsultant
David StubbsSheffield Metals InternationalCOIndustry
Trenten SwankTXQuality Assurance Observer
Daniel TempasDow Building SolutionsCAIndustry Affiliate
Matthew ThebergeJohns ManvilleCTIndustry
Ron ThomasSika Sarnafil A Division of Sika CorporationGAIndustry
Shanna ThweattTime Equities Inc.NYAssociate
David TormaProfessional Engineering AssociatesMIQuality Assurance Observer
Hans TurnerSika CorporationFLIndustry Affiliate
Rob Van WinkleLos Alamos National LaboratoryNMFacility Manager
Val VargaJ Taylor & Associates Ltd.BCConsultant Affiliate
Lucio VasquezSherwin WilliamsFLIndustry
Marvin WagnerVAQuality Assurance Observer
William WalkerFLConsultant
Derek WansbroughSemple Gooder Roofing CorporationONIndustry Affiliate
Peter WenzSika SarnafilA Division of Sika CorporationNYIndustry Affiliate
Lauren WhitneyTBS Services Inc.NJConsultant Affiliate
Stuart WilliamsFacility Engineering Associates PCCOConsultant
C. Bruce WilliamsonConley Design Group Inc.VAQuality Assurance Observer
Seth WorthenWetherholt and Associates Inc.WAQuality Assurance Observer
Robert ZmijewskiRZ Associates, LLCNJConsultant