Richard Fricklas, FRCI, of Centennial, Colorado, received RCI's Lifetime Achievement Award during its 29th International Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, California.
Fricklas was honored for his lifetime of contributions to the education of three generations of roofing professionals.
Richard "Dick" Fricklas is a researcher, author, journalist and educator. He retired as director of the Roofing Industry Educational Institute (RIEI) in 1996, but continued to lecture and publish frequently. He is coauthor of the "Manual of Low-slope Roof Systems," now in its fourth edition, and has been a contributing columnist for RCI Interface, RSI and Buildings magazines. In addition, Fricklas helped develop RCI curriculum and taught roofing seminars at the University of Wisconsin.
Fricklas earned a master's degree in physical chemistry from Rutgers University, and was a research and development chemist for Johns-Manville (JM) and Riegel Paper Corp., as well as director for JM's Built-up Roofing Systems Institute (BURSI). He received a patent for a fire-rated vapor retarder system, codeveloped other patented product lines, and has worked with FM Global and UL on fire- and wind-rated roof systems.
At the RCI convention, Fricklas was also named a "Fellow" of RCI's esteemed Jury of Fellows, an honorary title bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated meritorious service. Other awards Fricklas has previously received from RCI include the Outstanding Educator Award and the William C. Correll Award.
RCI is an international association of building envelope consultants, whose members specialize in design, investigation, repair, and management of roofing, exterior wall and waterproofing systems. RCI regularly hosts education programs designed to demystify and explain the application of roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall technologies.