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Central Section: Eat & Educate Special Session – “Code Help Today” w/ Mark Whitaker, Plans Examiner-Office of the Fire Marshal

6.26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

“Code Help Today!” – A Crash Course in the IBC and More with Mark Whitaker, Plans Examiner – Office of the Fire Marshal – State of Arkansas

Location: studioMAIN (413 Main Street, Argenta)
Time: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm (doors open at 11:45 am)
Submitted for 1 AIA CEU/HSW – Pending Approval

Mark Whitaker, the Plans Examiner from the Arkansas State Fire Marshal’s office, returns to us from Fayetteville with a long career in municipal public service. No stranger to Little Rock, he served the building codes department for the city of Little Rock in various positions for 18 years in positions that included plans examiner, plans examination administrator and deputy building official.

While in Little Rock, Whitaker also taught part-time in the ETAS Department of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for 12 years, establishing and teaching a new senior level codes class as well as other construction classes. He has also served as the senior project construction manager for the Arkansas Department of Education, which involved all new construction for grades K-12; overseeing and determining construction project funding, code compliance to applicable fire, building and PME regulations; and site visits for compliance on approved construction plans.

Whitaker has also served on the International Code Council (ICC) National Storm Shelter committee and helped publish the inaugural edition of the ICC 500, which is considered the premiere guidebook of Storm Shelter Design. In 2005 he traveled to Russia and met with civic leaders in Moscow, including the Vice Deputy Minister and Department Heads and gave a presentation on the I-codes. Similar presentations were also made in Novosibirsk, Siberia, and St. Petersburg.

Course Outline

  1. Codes Analysis and Life Safety Plan: How to make your project information shine and expedite the review process every time.
  2. Code Spotlight: Chapter 5 and Appendix B of Volume I of the “Arkansas Fire Prevention Code”, aka the International Fire Code. Prepare to enter the “Forbidden Zone” Information you need to know to be a successful designer.
  3. Expedited Plan Review Service: A special service for special situations.
  4. “ITS FINALLY HAPPENING!” News and information about the adoption process to convert the 2018 “I” codes into the 2019 Arkansas Fire Prevention Code.
  5. Code Questions and Answer Time: Everything you always wanted to know about the Code but were afraid to ask…

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Lunch Sponsored by: 

Mays Maune McWard


AIA AR – Central Section


1423 South Main Street
Little Rock, AR 72201 United States
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