Grand Island, Nebraska Adopts 2018 Editions of UPC, UMC
Nebraska’s fifth most populous city, Grand Island, maintained the highest level of health and safety standards available for plumbing and mechanical systems by formally adopting the 2018 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC), updating from the 2015 editions. Grand Island has utilized the Uniform Codes since the 1960s, recognizing early on that IAPMO’s codes represent the gold standard as the only plumbing and mechanical codes accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Read the full report here.
New staff added
Christoph Lohr, PE, CPD, LEED AP BD+C, was recently hired as VP of Strategic Initiatives. He has more than a decade of experience designing plumbing systems for health-care, laboratory, hospitality, sports, and university projects. Lohr’s primary responsibilities will be to identify long-term, high-impact technical projects, assume leadership roles on industry research efforts and represent IAPMO at diverse industry venues. Prior to joining IAPMO, he was the Director of Education and Strategic Projects for LiquiTech: Legionella & Waterborne Pathogen Prevention.
Before that, Lohr was the Healthcare Plumbing Technical Leader for Henderson Engineers, where he oversaw and performed quality control for a number of large projects and created design standards for the company. He also served as an associate, a role in which he was responsible for team scheduling, leading training sessions, and helped manage and direct team towards objectives. Lohr is a distinguished graduate from the Virginia Military Institute with a Bachelor of Science Degree in mechanical engineering.
His professional activities in the industry extend into multiple volunteer associations, of which he has assumed leadership roles setting strategy and direction for teams including the ASPE Phoenix Chapter, ASPE Society Board-of-Directors (AYP Liaison), ASPE Legionella Working Group, ASHRAE 514, ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force, PIPE Trust of Arizona Medical Gas Committee and IAPMO Best Practices Manual, among others. Additionally, Lohr has been involved in numerous strategic planning initiatives to help organizations to which he has belonged with improving their overall effectiveness.
Woods McRoy has joined the Uniform Evaluation Service (UES) staff as a senior engineer. His professional background includes more than 40 years in the codes and construction industry. McRoy’s experience working with code development organizations began with the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) and he remained with the organization as it transformed into the International Code Council (ICC) in 2003. He has a strong background in product evaluation, plan review, code interpretations and education.
McRoy has served for more than 10 years on both ASTM committees associated with cold-formed steel and the AISI Committee on Specifications and he was involved in the various subcommittees supporting the AISI North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members. His experience in product certification covers a wide range of products, including cold-formed steel products, roofing products, flood vents, concrete foundation forms, foundation drainage products, precast/prestressed concrete, structural composite lumber, wood I-joists, shipping containers, shrinkage compensating devices, interior and exterior veneers, and many other one-off products.