About the Foundation
Awareness + Education = Advocacy
The Foundation’s mission is to promote secure and safe openings that enhance life safety through awareness and education to the building design, code authority, and facility management communities. A primary objective within this mission is to support the annual fire/egress door inspection initiative by creating awareness of this important update to the NFPA 80 and 101 standards, and their inclusion in the International Building Code and International Fire Code. Through our educational efforts we help stakeholders understand the code implications and complexity of the products and applications.
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Create awareness of the critical role the architectural openings industry plays in achieving and maintaining the balance between life safety and security. This balance begins with technical expertise of the proper product applications and code compliance during initial construction, continuing throughout the building’s life cycle with ongoing maintenance, upgrades, inspections, and remediation.
Provide education on basic architectural opening products and applications to better understand the importance of fire and egress door assemblies within a building. This basic understanding places an emphasis on the code-mandated requirements of maintenance and inspection of fire and egress door assemblies.
Conduct research on key issues of interest in the areas of life safety and security involving doors and hardware, providing these key stakeholders audiences, as well as the general public, access to that research.
Through our relationship with the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI), we utilize resources of considerable experience and expertise to conduct these outreach activities in the building construction community, thereby ensuring that the critical balance of life safety and security is maintained within architectural openings that serve the general public.
The design community, code officials, and facility managers rely on the advice and expertise of a door and hardware consultant to keep them current on standards and technology as it pertains to safety and security. These current standards and technology need to offer the best possible combination of fire protection and security.
With continued support for the Foundation, it is our hope that we can continue to reach out to all types of organizations and individuals that have an interest in maintaining the integrity of the safety and security of every door opening across the country.
The Pinnacle Award recognizes affiliate organizations or individuals who have excelled in their efforts to help advance life safety and security in the built environment.
Walt and Dr. Myrene McAninch
The 2016 Pinnacle Award was bestowed to Walt and Myrene McAninch for their legacy of advancing life safety and security. Walt McAninch was the founding President of Contract Hardware, Inc., of Seattle, and Myrene worked as an advocate for healthcare initiatives in Washington state and later on the national stage at The Joint Commission. Together they had a passion for the work of the Foundation. Through a generous memorial gift, they supported our educational programs for several years before their passing. The executor of their estate, Dale Garrett, DAHC, FDAI, FDHI, President of Contract Hardware, Inc. and former DHI and DSSF President, accepted the award on their behalf.
Paul D. Martin
Paul D. Martin is Chief of the Bureau of Fire Protection with the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, where he served as a principle architect of New York State's nationally acclaimed Campus Fire Safety Program. Under Paul's leadership, the staff of the Bureau of Fire Protection is responsible for: fire and life safety inspections in a multitude of facilities throughout New York State. Paul also serves on the international Building Code's Means of Egress Committee for the International Code Council, where he is active in the development of the codes promulgated under the auspices of the ICC. Additionally he is a principle member of the NFPA technical committee.
Intertek serves a pivotal role as the certified Governing Agency of the FDAI program, making them a deserving selection to receive this prestigious industry recognition. Intertek has partnered with DHI since 2007 to offer professional certification as part of the FDAI program. Upon passing the DAI600 exam,
students are invited to enroll in Intertek's Certified Fire and Egress Door Inspector Certification Program. Intertek's professional certification affords DHI's Fire Door Inspectors prestige and distinction through the credibility of their Warnock Hersey Mark, which
many Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) have come to recognize as one of the symbols that they can rely on in the field.