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the electronic IN THIS ISSUE:
u 2004 Spring Seminar
Registration Information

2004 Spring Seminar: Mechanical & Plumbing u Lake Wilson Explosion

u Mechanical Unit Updates
The BCSD 2004 Spring Seminar will focus on the proposed mechanical codes u Committee Information
and the recently adopted plumbing codes: u Website Updates
- Residential Makeup Air State Appeals Board
- ASHRAE 62-2001 addendum ‘n’ - Commercial Ventilation Committee Information
- Gas Equipment Venting Advisory committee form
u New Building Officials
- Commerical Kitchen Venting
u BCSD On the Move
- Proposed Minnesota Mechanical amendments
u Survey & Email Request
- Minnesota Plumbing Code (adopted in August 2003)
After being adopted, the new Minnesota Mechanical Code and its
amendments will replace the current Minnesota Mechanical Code and
Minnesota Rules Chapter 1346, and will apply to both residential and Disaster Strikes
commercial construction. Mark Hensen, BCSD Region 4
Representative reports on the
The Spring Seminar will include the following subjects: licensing, residential January 12, 2004 explosion in
and commercial plumbing, residential makeup air requirements, commercial the city of Lake Wilson. The
ventilation requirements, gas equipment venting, and commercial kitchen explosion destroyed the Fire
ventilation and referenced standards. Hall and damaged many other
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Building Officials, inspectors, design professionals, buildings in the SW Minnesota
contractors, skilled trade persons and other interested parties. community of 269 people. (page 2)

CREDITS: Building Official Continuing Education – 2.5 units of instruction. In

order to receive credit, you must attend from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Other
professional continuing education units or credits must be applied for on an
individual basis with the respective college or professional organization.
Dates, locations, and
registration info on
page 3.


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408 METRO SQUARE BUILDING 121 7TH PLACE EAST • ST. PAUL MN 55101 Your one stop for
651.296.4639 • FAX: 651.297.1973 • TTY: (1-800) 627.3529
code information. 1
Lake Wilson
79 Structures Inspected
Disaster Placards used:
Red 9

Orange 12
Yellow 37
Green 21

01-12-04 Priority Structures:

Post Office
Grocery Store
Legion Hall
Liquor Store
Schmitz Grain Elevator
Lutheran Church
Methodist Church
City Hall

City of Lake Wilson Disaster Volunteers:

Population 269 Mark Hensen, BCSD
Mayor, Neal Gilbertson Dan Kelsey, BCSD
Assistant Mayor, Jack Vaneck Ray Henrikson, City of Marshall
City Clerk, Charlotte Vander Schaaf Dan Delgehausen, City of Luverne
Fire Chief, Leroy Reese Ted Hays, Independent, Tyler
Murray County Sheriff Bill Boltjes, Independent, Worthington
Darrin Tinklenberg, City of Pipestone
Jim Kartes, City of Windom
Leonard Middleton, PE, Minneapolis

Monday night, January 12, 2004 at 11:15 pm, an Response group, worked with the building officials
explosion in the City of Lake Wilson Fire Hall destroyed and building owners to inspect the dangerous
that building and damaged many other buildings in the buildings.
SW Minnesota community of 269 people.
The information in the Disaster Preparedness Manual
The damage in the community created by this was put to good use as the inspectors paired up to
explosion was similar to that of a tornado. The City of assess the damages. The damaged buildings were
Lake Wilson is familiar with tornado damage. In 1992, in about a 5 city block diameter around the center
an F-5 tornado tore through the community leaving of the explosion. As the buildings were inspected, a
wide spread damage. 12 years after the tornado, it colored placard was placed on the building to identify
again has city wide destruction to deal with. the degree of damage and habitability. Damage
assessment reports were written for each structure
Early Tuesday morning following the explosion, the and were placed in files for future use by the city.
Murray County Sheriff contacted the State Building
Codes and Standards SW Regional Rep. Mark Since the explosion was in the downtown area, many
Hensen, and requested assistance with damage businesses were damaged and needed inspections
assessment with all the damaged structures in Lake to determine if they could open for business. Mark
Wilson. Mark then contacted the SW Chapter of Hensen worked with city officials and emergency staff
Building Officials via telephone and email to alert the to prioritize inspections for buildings such as the post
members that they may be asked to volunteer their office, grocery store, American legion, banks, Grain
help to inspect the damaged buildings. A few hours elevator, city hall and churches. By the end of the day,
later, Mark was in Lake Wilson to meet with city and 79 total buildings were inspected. 21 buildings were
state emergency management officials to assess either destroyed or sustained heavy damage, and 58
the damage and determine the need for building buildings had moderate to minor damage. A number
inspections. Officers of the SW Chapter made phone of the buildings damaged in this explosion were also
calls and emails to their members and had a number damaged or rebuilt after the 1992 Tornado.
of building officials scheduled to be in Lake Wilson
early the next morning. The Disaster Preparedness Manual was a very
effective tool in working at this disaster. The
Wednesday morning a team of 6 volunteer building procedures, checklists and information provided in
officials were ready to start inspecting damaged this manual are of great use to the building official
building in the city. Also on hand were two structural when faced with a disaster in a community.
engineers to assist in more detailed structural
evaluations of some of the heavier damaged

buildings. BCSD structural engineer Dan Kelsey and The Disaster Preparedness Manual is posted at:
a member of the Structural Engineers Emergency Click on Informational Printouts & Forms
Continued from page 1 Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served
basis. There is limited seating at all sites.
- On-site registrations will NOT be accepted.
Wednesday, March 24 (Registration limit 50) - A seminar book will be provided.
Holiday Inn Lakeside - Fill out this form and mail it with your payment to:
Highway 10, East Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Building Codes and Standards Division
408 Metro Square Bldg., 121 7th Place East
Wednesday, March 31 (Registration limit 100) St. Paul, MN 55101-2181
Best Western Maplewood, 1780 E Cty Rd. D
651-770-2811 Registration Form
(Please clearly type or print. One registrant per form)
Wednesday, April 7 (Registration limit 60)
Best Western
1111 Range Street, North Mankato, MN 56003 Certification # (if applicable) Phone
Wednesday, April 14 (Registration limit 60) Employer
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952-435-2100 City/State/Zip
Wednesday, April 21 (Registration limit 60)
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q Please put me on your list for future seminars.
2400 London Road, Duluth, MN 55812
Registration fee is $35/person. Registrations received later than
10 days prior to the seminar will NOT be accepted.
Wednesday, April 28 (Registration limit 100
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3000 Harbor Lane, Plymouth, MN 55447 Purchase Order # Amount $
763-559-1222 Please make checks payable to State Treasurer.
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1517 SW 16th St., Rochester, MN 55902 Indicate choice of seminar you wish to attend:
507-289-8866 q March 24, Detroit Lakes q May 5, Rochester

Wednesday, May 12 (Registration limit 60) q March 31, Maplewood q May 12, St. Paul

Holiday Inn East St. Paul q April 7, North Mankato q May 19, St. Cloud
2201 Burns Ave., St. Paul, MN 55119 q April 14, Burnsville q May 26, Brooklyn Center
651-731-2220 q April 21, Duluth q June 2, Maplewood

Wednesday, May 19 q April 28, Plymouth

(Registration limit 75)
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100 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud, MN 56301 _______________________________ (VOICE or TTY, circle one)
320-253-0606 q Dietary restrictions (specify)_________________________________
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Wednesday, May 26 (Registration limit 60) materials), please contact me at: _________________________
Earle Brown Heritage Center (VOICE or TTY, circle one)
6155 Earle Brown Dr., Mail to: Building Codes and Standards Division
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 408 Metro Square Bldg., 121 7th Place East
763-569-6300 St. Paul, MN 55101-2181
Wednesday, June 2 (Registration limit 100) Questions: Voice 651.296.1189
Best Western Maplewood TTY 651.297.5353 or Toll Free 1.800.627.3529.
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BCSD Mechanical Updates from the Mechanical Unit
Nirmal Jain, Mechanical Code Representative
Mechanical engineering
I joined BCSD in December 2003 as a Mechanical Code Representative
is a branch of engineering
after working 30 years in HVAC engineering and electrical distribution
concerned primarily with
design, including the last 19 years as a Senior Engineering Specialist for
the industrial application
3M. I was looking forward to the unique challenges of a public service
of mechanics and with the
position, and I have not been disappointed. Each phone call reflects a
production of tools, machinery,
wide variety of customers and construction projects.
and their products. When staff
at BCSD say ‘mechanical’ while 2004 is already proving to be an exciting year as the rule-making process
discussing building construction continues toward adoption of the 2000 International Mechanical Code
they are referencing the many and 2000 International Fuel Gas Code. A second hearing was held on
items included in Minnesota February 6 and information regarding procedural steps will continue to
Chapter 1346. be posted to the website and emailed to customers. We are grateful that
my predecessor, Tim Manz, has continued his involvement in the IMC/
Chapter 1346 governs the
IFGC committee. If you have any questions after viewing the information
installation and maintenance of
posted on the website in the Rules Section, feel free to contact us.
heating, ventilating cooling and
refrigeration systems (HVAC/ Because mechanical is a diverse subject, BCSD works closely with
ACR) which includes furnaces, other government entities including the Department of Labor and
ductwork, hot water heat, Industry (boiler codes), Department of Health (plumbing codes), and
commercial kitchen ventilation, the Department of Commerce (licensing) in developing and conducting
gas piping, exhaust ventilation, training programs. Although I have been with BCSD only a short time,
etc. The Minnesota Mechanical I have already had the opportunity to both participate and present at
code currently consists of the programs presented at division and industry events.
1991 Uniform Mechanical Code
and the amendments to that Our next major training program will be the Spring Seminar. The program
document located in Chapter will cover highlights from the 2003 Minnesota Plumbing Code including
1346. Chapter 1346 applies to licensing, and residential and commercial plumbing. It will also include
all jurisdictions that administer the Mechanical Code including residential makeup air requirements,
the Minnesota State Building gas equipment venting, and commercial kitchen ventilation. Information
Code and their local building has been posted on the website regarding dates, locations, and
officials and inspectors who registration information. I look forward to meeting many customers
enforce this chapter of the at these training events. Don’t hesitate to contact me, especially if
code. there is something relating to mechanical codes I can help you with.
When you call BCSD with a
mechanical code question your Other News:
call will be directed to: New Mechanical Bond Contact:
Nirmal Jain, 651-297-4379 Greg Karow has moved from our Administrative Services unit to the
Paul Heimkes, 651-205-4715 Education unit and is handling any questions regarding the Mechanical
Gerald Norman, 651-296-4636 Bond. Before calling him, please review the information posted at
the top of the What’s New page. Greg’s number is 651-205-4562,
Mike Fricke has moved from our Education unit to join the Code
Administration team in the Administration Services unit. Mike’s number is

State Appeals Board includes Mechanical Code Appeals

The State Appeals Board has heard its first appeal. Disputes regarding
mechanical code issues are included in their scope. For more information

regarding the State Appeals Board go to:
What’s New - State Appeals Board
Active Advisory Committees
As committee information becomes available it is
posted on the website:
F.Y.I. Congratulations to the state’s recently
designated municipal Building
• David Neisen – Menahga • Jay Kruger – West Concord
in the Rules Section
• Duane Stensland – Afton, St. Mary’s
Information may include committee chairs with contact
Point, Grey Cloud Island
information, committee members, meeting dates and
• Jon Ludwig – New Scandia
specific information pertaining to each committee.
• Paul Waldron – Watkins
1300 - Administration of the State Building Code • Brita Vanhorne – Elko
• Paul Waldron – Kimball and Green Isle
1305 - Adoption of the 2003 International Building Code
• Dean Busse – St Peter
1307 - Elevators and Related Devices

1309 - Adoption of the 2003 International Residential Code Be sure to check the website
1311 - Adoption of the Building Conservation Code at least once a week:
1341 - The Minnesota Accessibility Code
1350 - Manufactured Homes
Current notices in What’s New:
Energy Code Advisory Committee u Mechanical Bond information is
currently posted at the very top of this
Structural Advisory Committee section because cities frequently access
the list.
Reminder: In the Rules Section there is a Rule Change
u State Appeals Board information is
Request form.
currently posted near the top of this

BCSD Updates section.

Mike Fricke has moved from the
What’s New:
Education unit to join the Code
u Planning review commentary regarding
Administration team in the Administration
IBC Chapter 29 (number and type of
Services unit. Mike’s number is
required plumbing fixtures in a “unisex”
u Disaster Memo
u Memorandum Regarding the Use of
Greg Karow has moved from the
Platform Lifts in Change of Occupancy,
Administrative Services unit to the
Minnesota Rules Chapter 1311
Education unit. One of his assignments
u Information Regarding Manufactured
is answering questions regarding the
Structures Seminars
Mechanical Bond. However, before
Rules Section:
calling him regarding the bond, please
u Advisory Committee List and Information
review the information that is posted
u Rule Change Request form for Advisory
on the website under What’s New.
Greg’s number is 651-205-4562, Committees OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST:
u BCSD Calendar (exams, seminars)
Congratulations to Jeff Conner,
u The Standard (current and past issues)
Business Unit, for receiving a
Certificate of Appreciation from the u Minn. State Building Code in pdf format

Minnesota Chapter of the National u Map with directions to BCSD

Institute for Governmental Purchasing u Counties that have adopted the code.
(MN NIPG). u Question Form and Contact Info
Request for Email Notification
Email is an efficient and effective method for Check your most recent contact with us:
distributing information and announcements. q Accessibility Staff q Office Staff
However, we respect your time and promise: q Accounting Staff q Plan Review Staff
- To keep emails very brief. q Certification Staff q Reception Staff
- To limit the frequency of email distribution. q Code Administration Staff q Regional Services Staff
q Director’s Office q Rules Staff
- To not include attachments. Any documents
q Education Staff q Structural Engineering Staff
referenced in emails are posted on our q Elevator Safety Staff q Website Staff
website unless otherwise noted. q Manufactured Structures q Other: ____________________
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