Richard A. Piccolo

Richard A. Piccolo

Chief Managing Employee
Building & Fire Code Academy


"The Most Common Plan Review Comments"  
11:25 AM-12:25 PM CDT, Thursday, May 18, 2023

Chief Managing Employee of the Building & Fire Code Academy, Richard A. Piccolo brings over 30 years of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to BFCA. A Vietnam War veteran, Mr. Piccolo began his civilian career as a firefighter with the Elk Grove Village Fire Department in 1971 where he utilized his knowledge to conduct community education programs and fire protection code enforcement. During his 18 years as a firefighter, lieutenant and public educator, Mr. Piccolo also became involved in other construction disciplines by conducting building plan review and mastering model codes and standards, understanding the positive impact of code compliance.

Among his many achievements, Mr. Piccolo holds a degree in Fire Science and has earned the top certification in his field as an International Code Council Master Code Professional. He holds certificates in building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection codes. 

Recognized nationwide for his contributions to building code enforcement, he has served and continues to serve in many distinguished leadership positions within the construction industry and related associations and has been honored with many awards for extraordinary industry service. He is currently chairperson of the Codes & Standards Committee for the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association and a member of the Illinois Building Commission subcommittee.

As past president of the Illinois Council of Code Administrators, Mr. Piccolo continues to participate in code organizations nationwide. He has authored numerous training courses taught nationwide. He also served for 8 years as an adjunct faculty member at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Ill., where he taught building code and fire science courses. He also is an appointed court-certified expert in building and construction codes.

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