From Harford County government:
Jim Elwood of the Harford County Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits (DILP) was recently presented with the Maryland Building Officials Association (MBOA) President’s Award. Elwood, a residential plans reviewer, received the award at the MBOA annual conference held in Ellicott City early this month.
Each year the MBOA president selects a recipient to receive the annual President’s Award based on the individual’s service and dedication to the organization, promotion of the code enforcement profession and service to other Maryland code officials. Elwood was selected for the award by this year’s president Richard Truitt for his work and dedication in promoting and educating high school students on the proper application of building codes.
Elwood’s work started two years ago with students at Harford Technical High School in the Construction Program and has progressed to similar programs in Anne Arundel, Cecil and Washington Counties in Maryland, as well as York County, Pennsylvania.
Approximately every 18 months, students of Harford Technical High School work to complete a two-part modular home in conjunction with Harford Habitat for Humanity. As students complete each phase of the home, Mr. Elwood works with them explaining the different building code aspects and helps them to understand why building codes are important for the safety of the public.
Mr. Elwood recently completed discussions with the Maryland Codes Administration and obtained final approval for a Certification of Recognition to be presented to students who can demonstrate proficiency with the 2009 International Residential Code.