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Rob Pickett Earns S.A. Walters Award at Showcase 2015

Rob Pickett (left) Accepts S. A. Walters Chairman's Award from BSC Chairman Mark Elliot at Showcase in Florida.

Rob Pickett (left) Accepts S. A. Walters Chairman’s Award from Mark Elliot Chairman of the Log and Timber Homes Council at Showcase in Clearwater, Florida.

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Log and timber home industry veteran Rob Pickett of Rob Pickett & Associates, was honored with the S.A. Walters Chairman’s Award on Nov. 6, 2015, during the Building Systems Council’s Showcase, the only national conference and educational event focused exclusively on the systems-built industry.

Rob has been highly engaged in the building systems industry for over 35 years.  Since 1993, Rob has been an active part of the Log and Timber Homes Council (LTHC), serving as the LTHC Log Grading Program Chairman for five years, the LTHC Technical Committee Chairman for two years, and a member of the LTHC Steering Committee for four years.  He’s also a three-time LTHC President’s Award winner.

Rob has also served as Chair for the ICC IS-LOG Committee for the 2007 and 2012 editions of ICC400 Standard on the Design and Construction of Log Structures.  In 2007, he became the Founding President of the ICC Building Safety Association of Vermont, the last state in the U.S. to form a chapter of ICC, serving on the Board of Directors for six years.

2015 SA Walters PosterAdd to this record that Rob is a Charter Member of Build Green NH Council, is a Quality Supervision Agent third-party log grading inspector, the 2012 NH HBA Associate Member of the Year, and in January of 2013 earned the NAHB designation of Master Green Building Professional.

Pickett credits his friends, associates, and peers in the industry with helping him along his path.  His exposure to the Log Homes Council began with Steven Winter Associates and the creation of the LHC Log Grading Program.  One of his clients there, was Timber Log Homes where he became friends with Jerry Rouleau (1994 S.A. Walters Award Recipient).  Later at Real Log Homes, Jerry convinced Rob to move to Hartland, VT.  Before he settled in, Rich Horn (1991 S.A. Walters Award Recipient) called and asked him to take over as Chair of the LHC Log Grading Committee.  Offering an opportunity with Southland Log Homes, Joe E. Taylor (former BSC Chair) convinced Rob to move to Irmo, SC.  When opening a consulting office came up, Joe graciously offered to support the effort and became the first client.  Grading Committee work built friendships with Ed Burke, Ph.D and Alex Charvat, P.E.  Joining forces, their collaborative effort generated several projects and excellent products under the TimberLogic name.

Working with the LTHC since the early 1980’s, Rob has gained many great friendships spawned out of a common dedication, enjoying discussions with talented, intelligent peers, committee members and BSC Staff.  A long list of accomplishments by the LTHC Committees is testimony to the quality of work that is generated by a united effort of Associate and Producing Members.

Pickett closed by identifying new challenges that will require the cooperative efforts of LTHC Members – Upholding the importance and value of ICC400 which responds to the core issues that spawned the organization; partnering with other organizations to foster sustainable log resources; and continued evolution of business models to embrace the performance of the entire, finished home as a combination of systems.

ABOUT THE S.A. WALTERS AWARD: The S.A. Walters Award for Systems-Built Achievement is the highest honor one can receive in our business.  It recognizes a dedication to excellence, advancement of the industry and contributions to the Building Systems Councils.

ABOUT THE BSC: The Building Systems Councils of the National Association of Home Builders is made up of manufacturer, builder, and associate members who advocate building with concrete, log, timber, modular, or panelized systems. Systems-built homes are constructed to the same code standards and reflect the same, and often enhanced, quality levels as any site-built construction. Why systems-built?  They are completed in a fraction of the time, with a fraction of the waste, which can significantly reduce costs.  Many systems-built homes also are inherently environmentally friendly adding a “green” label to the finished home.

ABOUT NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.

CONTACT: Rob Pickett, RobPickett &Associates, LLC, 1-802-436-1325, robpickett@vermontel.net, www.robpickettandassoc.com
or John Lingerfelt,  Director, Building Systems Councils, 1-800-368-5242, x8357,
jlingerfelt@nahb.org, www.nahb.org