Robert Kurtz, building official for the City of Vermilion, was unanimously elected to the Ohio Building Officials Association (OBOA) Board of Directors. The nomination and election took place at the 2021 Ohio Building Officials Association - Ohio Design Professionals & Code Analysts (OBOA - ODPCA) Joint Conference, held Nov. 7-9 in Dublin, OH. Kurtz will serve a three-year term as board member. The OBOA meets in Columbus monthly throughout the year, and is a chapter of ICC Midwest Region V. It is made up of nine local chapters throughout the State of Ohio.
Kurtz was also recently featured in the International Code Council’s (ICC) Building Safety Journal. Kurtz is an 18-year member of the council, a member-focused association with over 64,000 members dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. ICC protects the public through their commitment to building safety; enforces code compliance to empower and educate stakeholders across the built environment to embrace and integrate safety standards in their work; and supports economic development by making our buildings sturdier, and therefore longer lasting.
Kurtz said in the article, "One piece of advice I would give to someone starting out in the industry would be to be a professional and be courteous. We’re here to help, not hinder. People do appreciate it when you help them understand the process, codes, etc. Be a teacher and help educate. Explain the code requirements but know your audience and explain it in a manner they will understand. When you find something inconsistent with the codes while doing a plan review or inspection it’s usually because the person just didn’t know. Use these opportunities to help educate."
“What I see as most surprising about the work I do is all the wonderful relationships it helps build over the years with community leaders, contractors, business owners and homeowners. I’ve always acted in a professional manner and treated everyone with respect, and the respect is returned. People truly appreciate the help you give.”
The entire interview with Kurtz in Building Safety Journal can be found at https://www.iccsafe.org/building-safety-journal/bsj-perspectives/icc-members-the-individuals-behind-codes-and-safety-robert-kurtz