RCI-IIBEC Foundation Inc.

The RCI-IIBEC Foundation's mission is to support research, education, and the dissemination of information for issues important to the building enclosure industry. 


Welcome to the RCI-IIBEC Foundation Inc.


Letter from Foundation Chair, Mike Blanchette

October 13, 2022

This update is long overdue, and I apologize for my tardiness. You deserve periodic updates from me as to what is happening with your generous donations.

Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, November 29, 2022, both foundations will be holding our annual Giving Tuesday. Mark your calendar, put Post-it notes all over your office, and put a reminder on your phone. Our lofty goal this year is to bring 40 students to the 2023 IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show in honor of IIBEC’s 40th anniversary. Based on our average cost for sending students to Orlando this past March, we plan to raise $72,200 in donations. We need your help. Will you consider joining me in making a significant gift to the Joe Hale Student Sponsorship Fund on or before Tuesday, November 29?

Here is the link for the RCI-IIBEC Foundation donation page:


Here is the link for the RCI Foundation Canada donation page:


Thank you in advance for your consideration of this most valuable fundraiser for the future of our industry.

Research on Unit-Price Procurement

We have funded an in-depth effort to dispel myths, rumors, and other inconsistencies with regard to the very controversial system of bidding roofing and repairs in our ever-changing industry. The final draft is due any day now. I have been very impressed by our researchers, and I believe you will appreciate the findings.

Golf Outing at Convention

The RCI-IIBEC Foundation will become the host organization for the golf tournament at the 2023 IIBEC International Convention & Trade Show in Houston. The tournament is now a charitable fundraising event where all of the proceeds will support student programs through the RCI-IIBEC Foundation and RCI Foundation Canada.  The golf outing will be on Friday, March 3, 2023, at the Wildcat Golf Club Lakes course in Houston, Texas. The format will be a four-person scramble with 120 players maximum. The $250 cost per golfer will include golf fee with cart, range balls prior to golf, breakfast taco bar, BBQ lunch buffet, drinks, and beverage cart service. Performance Roof Systems (formerly Derbigum) and Soprema will be the title sponsors of the event, which will include cash prizes for the longest drive and longest putt.

I’m going to need volunteers at this event. Our goal in taking over the golf outing is to not only generate funds for the foundation student scholarships and sponsorships, but to have an enjoyable round of golf that doesn’t take over six hours.

Here is a link to sign up for the golf outing:


Changes to Foundations’ Auction

Change is good. We have had great success with the silent auction over the years, but the time and effort for staff, volunteers, costs of shipping, and coordination have come with a price that is now too high. Therefore, the silent auction has been discontinued.

The live auction is still on. This year the Foundations Live Auction will take place on Monday, March 6, at 6:00 p.m.,  prior to the Annual Banquet. Sponsored by GAF, the auction will focus on live bidding for 10–12 big-ticket items such as trips and unique experiences.

Thanks to all who contribute and support our auction endeavors.

$40K Sweepstakes

In addition to the auction changes, our newest event will be a special $40K Sweepstakes. We have partnered with TapKat, an online sweepstakes platform, to give away one $40,000 prize. The sweepstakes is open to everyone 18 and over in the US and Canada, with no limit to the number of times you enter. The more you donate, the more entries into the sweepstakes you receive. You do not need be present to win. Drawing will be the week following the convention.

Here is the link to the sweepstakes with more information and rules:


Finally, my heartfelt thanks go out to all who have supported us in the past and those that continue to do so. The gifts we receive come with great responsibilities, and we do not take this lightly. My best to you and your family in the coming months.


Mike Blanchette

Chair, RCI-IIBEC Foundation

Jobs, Internships, and Budding Building Enclosure Enthusiasm: Testimonials on the Impact of Student Convention Sponsorships

Thirty university students from all over the United States and Canada attended the 2022 IIBEC Convention and Trade Show thanks to sponsorships from the RCI-IIBEC Foundation (US) and RCI Foundation Canada.

After the meeting we reached out to the students for their feedback and to see whether they felt their experiences made an impact on their careers. Were they able to find work in the building enclosure industry because of their attendance in Orlando? Their outstanding results follow.

Prabidhi Pandey, George Brown University

“On the evening of March 19, at one of the receptions, I ran into Frank Dippolito from Soprema. After having bonded over LinkedIn intricacies, he mentioned he saw potential in me in sales. Before introducing me to his boss, he mentioned to me that Richard Voyer, the CEO, was there that night. I did not think much of it—that is, until Frank and his team bet me $100 to talk to Richard.

“As someone that is 5’ 1” on a very good day, I squeezed past the cluster of people that were surrounding Richard. When I reached him, I told him that someone in his company thought I would be good at sales and that I was not at liberty to say who. That got a little chuckle out of him. A good start. I was doing fantastic. Within a few minutes of talking to Richard, we had exchanged contact information for me to send him a resume for the Ontario location openings. A connection was to be made with Sales Manager Peter Serino, and I had an interview set up.

“Walking back, I told Frank I did not need the $100 dollars. I had a job, which was exponentially better.

“On March 30, back home, I had my first interview. After a few more phone calls and negotiations, I had a second interview on April 26, where I was offered a position of Trainee Architectural Sales Representative. I cannot wait to sign the contract!”


Sadil Eidda, Drexel University

“(I’m excited to report) I got a job with Walker Consultants at their Houston office as a restoration engineer. I am starting on August 1. I am glad it all worked out before graduation. IIBEC helped me out in getting this job through all the connections and mentorships. I think after attending twice, I was able to know exactly what I want to work on in the building industry. Thank you for this opportunity, I appreciate everything IIBEC has done to help us in the industry.”


Philip Pachade, Western University

“I have met so many professionals, gained knowledge, and even made a group of good friends by attending two IIBEC conventions in 2021 and 2022. The IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show has also provided me the opportunity to interview for positions within the building enclosure industry.”


Montre’ale L. Jones, University of Kentucky

“The IIBEC experience is unlike any other. The community and wealth of knowledge shared as part of my experience with the organization thus far have been a significant enrichment to my personal and professional development as a young emerging architect and urban designer.

"I am currently an architectural design intern at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) in New York City, and from my opportunities as part of IIBEC, such as attending the international convention and trade show in Phoenix, Arizona, and Orlando, Florida, I have absorbed a magnitude of valuable information that has helped guide me in my strategies of creation in the realm of design and execution and in how I may contribute to my team and project.

"Indeed, the seminars, lectures, and engagement with those professionals with years of experience in their fields have been transformative in my thinking and in how things or systems of the built environment are practiced or innovated through consultancy or

"This is an opportunity and experience I hope for students everywhere interested in the built environment in some way. May they take part in these meetings and leave enlightened and empowered, just like me.”

Jeanine Hegwood, Ashworth College

“I love the Claus Moser quote, ‘Education costs money. But then so does ignorance.’ Thank you RCI-IBEC Foundation for helping to educate us.”

Matthew Sacdalan, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

“I am truly humbled and extremely blessed to have participated in a scholarship of a lifetime.

"Thanks to the generosity of IIBEC and the many outstanding professionals that lead the committee, students that strive to learn and expand our knowledge through our passion and drive for construction get to experience an educational and networking environment like no other.

“Through the IIBEC convention, I have partaken in many educational seminars, networked with many outstanding and charismatic industry professionals, and gained tremendous insider knowledge of the construction industry across Canada and the United States.

“Thanks to the conventions in Phoenix, Arizona, and Orlando, Florida, I have gained invaluable lessons, industry wisdom, and knowledge that cannot be expressed. As a result, with the many opportunities to network, I have been asked by several outstanding architectural, engineering, and construction management firms from across Canada and the United States to potentially relocate.

"Additionally, I gained current industry knowledge on problems and solutions of what is important in the industry and learned about several innovative products that will produce efficient solutions.

“I have been extremely thankful for an opportunity to attend, thankful to represent the students from Canada, thankful to represent Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and thankful to experience an opportunity of a lifetime.

“I hope every student seeking to learn and educate themselves through construction does seek out IIBEC because what they can do for a student and what they do for the industry is truly magnificent.”


Eric Fernandez, Florida International University

“Thank you for allowing me to take part in such an amazing event. I made great connections and spoke to very knowledgeable people. It was an incredible experience and I look forward to contributing to the organization in the future.”


Foundation Announces 2022-2023 Scholarship Awards

The RCI-IIBEC Foundation is excited to announce its 2022–2023 academic scholarship recipients of the Robert W. Lyons and RCI Lewis W. Newlan scholarships. The $5,000 Lyons scholarship is specifically for undergraduate education expenses for students studying construction or building sciences, architecture, or engineering. The RCI Lewis W. Newlan scholarship is for $2,500 and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students—again for studies in construction or building sciences, architecture, or engineering. Scholarship winners are selected based on financial need, letters of recommendation, and the student’s request for consideration.

This year’s scholarship recipients follow.

Robert W. Lyons Scholarship Recipients

Cesar Bedolla Hurtado

Cesar Bedolla-Hurtado from East Wenatchee, Washington, is a civil engineering student at Washington State University. He is president of the WSU American Society of Civil Engineers as well as the team captain of the Design Build Institute of America.

Imandra Mudalige

Imandra Mudalige of Toronto, Ontario, is a third-year student at George Brown College studying Civil Engineering Technology. Mudalige’s passion lies in sustainable building design and green construction. She is currently a student council member with Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) – Toronto Chapter and is a Live Green Volunteer with the City of Toronto.

Hannah Power

Hannah Power from Newark, Delaware, is completing her degree in structural engineering at the University of Delaware. Power is active with the Women’s Transportation Seminar, Engineers Without Borders, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, American Galvanizers Association, and the Deep Foundations Institute.

Izma Siddiqui

Izma Siddiqui from Chicago, Illinois, attends Harold Washington College and is studying architecture. She is a 22-year-old, first-generation Pakistani American looking to tackle the housing crisis one life experience at a time. Siddiqui loves to read, bake, and bike around the city exploring the ethnically diverse neighborhoods.

RCI Lewis W. Newlan Recipients

Blake Murr

Blake Murr from Macon, Missouri, is an undergraduate at Moberly Area Community College studying civil engineering. He is involved with Phi Theta Kappa and currently is interning with Capital Construction out of Jefferson City, Missouri. He plans to pursue a job in project management after graduation.

Juan Perez

Juan Perez from Aurora, Nebraska, is studying mechanical/civil engineering at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska. Perez plays football and is member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society as well as the Cardinal Key Honor Society.

Arwa Yafai

Arwa Yafai is from Chicago, Illinois, and is studying architecture at Harold Washington College. Yafai is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and serves as treasurer of the Student Government Association.

Alim Zannatun

Alim Zannatun is from Warren, Michigan, and is studying architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Design. She just came back from a two-week study-abroad trip in Mexico. She is working with the National Academy Foundation in collaboration with University of Michigan’s College of Engineering to mentor and teach at a special summer camp for Detroit high school students. Zannatun is the first female in her family to pursue a college level degree.

Since these scholarships were established, the foundation has donated $150,000 to support students through these academic scholarships. Thanks to all the foundation donors who made these scholarships possible. Donations continue to be accepted to support both scholarship funds. For more information, visit the foundation’s website at https://rci-iibecfoundation.org/donate.aspx or contact Foundations Development Officer Rick Gardner at 919-859-0742 or rgardner@iibec.org.




Foundation Supports Research on Thermal Bridging via Roof Fasteners

The RCI-IIBEC Foundation approved funding for a study, titled “Laboratory Testing of Roof Assemblies for Comparison with Simulated Models: Thermal Performance Assessment of Thermal Bridges due to Roof Fasteners” at Virginia Tech. The team, consisting of Dr. Elizabeth Grant and Dr. Georg Reichard, along with their students, as well as industry sponsors Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) and GAF, will conduct selected laboratory tests to compare the thermal performance of physical models of simple roof assemblies under different controlled laboratory environmental conditions with computational models of these assemblies.

The overall goal of the project is to provide a better understanding to the industry of simulated versus tested thermal conductance in 3-D configurations, in support of relative comparison of quantitative thermal effects of fasteners in different roof assemblies.

The expectation is that the study will contribute to a better overall understanding of thermal performance of roof systems, enable both our members and the industry to understand the thermal penalty incurred by the use of roof fasteners in their designs, and ultimately provide validated simulations of approaches geared toward justification of any performance impact.

The expected completion date is December, 2021. Following conclusion of the study, the research team hopes to share results through presentations at IIBEC conferences and meetings, as well as through scientific papers.

Funding for this research is made possible through gifts to the Foundation’s General Fund for Research and Education and, specifically, through GAF as well as through in-kind donations from SGH. “GAF and SGH are both very excited to support this research and the information it will provide for the entire building industry,” said Helene Hardy-Pierce, Secretary of the Foundation and GAF’s Technical Director.

“After running computer models for an SGH-sponsored paper published by ASTM in 2015, it became apparent that roofing insulation fasteners will cause significant thermal bridging,” said Eric Olson of SGH, the lead author of a 2015 paper considering thermal bridging of roofing details. “These effects are not considered by many in the roofing industry, and there exists no clear guidance on how to deal with them. Validation of the computer models with physical laboratory analysis—the aim of the current study—is the next logical step to building practical methods for considering their effects.”


How Would You Like to Help?

The RCI-IIBEC Foundation has implemented a focused effort on various initiatives within our organization.  We want to give you, our wonderful donors, the opportunity to choose to earmark your pledges and donations in the areas that matter most to you!
As such, we are garnering focus on four separate initiatives, each encompassing a different area supporting our industry.  Please take a moment to make yourself familiar with what the Foundation is doing!
Robert W. Lyons Scholarship
RCIF Lewis W. Newlan Scholarship
llBEC Convention Student Participation Fund
General Research & Education Contribution Fund

The RCI-IIBEC Foundation's mission is to support research, education, and the dissemination of information for issues important to the building enclosure industry. With your help, we can make a difference for the industry, its professionals, students and the world at large. Thank you for visiting!



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