The Construction Codes Coordinating Board is composed of the following thirteen (13) members:
- Office of the Construction Code Official (3 members);
- Office of the Fire Marshal (1 member);
- Executive Office of the Mayor (1 member);
- Council of the District of Columbia (1 member);
- Building Industry-Commercial & Industrial (1 member);
- Building Industry-Residential & Multi-Family (1 member);
- Architectural Design Profession (1 member);
- Mechanical Engineering Profession (1 member);
- Structural Engineering Profession (1 member); and
- Private Citizen (1 member); and
- Green (1 member)
The Mayor shall appoint all members of the Board, except that the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia may appoint the one Council representative. At least one-half of the Board members must be residents of the District of Columbia, and the private citizen member must be a resident of the District of Columbia.
The Board shall be deemed to be constituted upon the appointment of nine (9) members.
Mr. Waters is DCRA Deputy Director for Enforcement and Legislative Affairs. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Department’s Civil Infractions, Vacant Building Enforcement, and Abatement units; as well as the administrative coordination of the Board for the Condemnation of Insanitary Buildings. In addition, he coordinates the Department’s Legislative Affairs and Chairs the District’s Construction Code Coordinating Board.
Alexander C. Berley
Mr. Berley currently works with the consulting firm E&G Group (Edmondson and Gallagher) where he oversees the design and construction of building projects.
Mr. Berley’s experience includes design and inspection of structural systems for buildings and bridges, earth retaining structures, and temporary/permanent building foundation support systems. He previously worked at the full-scale laboratories of the Federal Highway Administration (Turner Fairbank) and Portland Cement Association (Construction Technology Labs, Inc.) where he performed analytical and physical research on the performance of structural materials.
Mr. Berley holds a bachelor’s degree in civil/structural engineering from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Structural Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia.
Department of Real Estate Services (DRES)
Curtis Clay was appointed interim deputy director of the Construction Division for the Department of Real Estate Services (DRES) in February 2011. He serves directly under the Director and manages a
six-year $700 million dollar capital improvement program, which includes the rehabilitation of existing real property facilities and construction of new facilities supporting the District.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Clay served as the Administrator and was responsible for the day-to-day operations along with overseeing all project managers. He was the Senior Project Manager for the Historic Eastern Market Renovation project which was completed both on time and under budget. His philosophy is that “a successful project is only as successful as a successful project manager” and that it is important that his teams have all the necessary tools to achieve success which is measured by completing projects on task and on budget.
Mr. Clay is a licensed Architect and has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelors of Architect from Howard University. He also served as an adjunct assistant professor of architecture at Howard University from 2004 – 2009 where he taught courses in history and theory of Architecture. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).
Gary Englebert currently serves as the Manager of DCRA’s Third Party and Specialty Inspections Division.
Mr. Englebert has over 25 years of construction experience in both Codes Compliance and Management including 10 years with DeKalb County, Georgia where he served as Chief Building Official. Previously, Mr. Englebert was a licensed General Contractor in North Carolina working in both the residential and commercial sectors.
Mr. Englebert holds 36 Certifications from the International Code Council (ICC), including Certified Building Official and Master Code Professional. He is currently the President of the District of Columbia Code Officials Association, an ICC chapter.
Mr. Fetterman established the architectural firm Fetterman Associates, PC, in 1992 and has over 30 years of experience in Washington, DC, and abroad. His projects include historic preservation and adaptive re-use for institutional and commercial clients. Prior to 1992, he worked for RTKL, The Ehrenkrantz Group, Vlastimil Koubek and the Washington Cathedral.
Mr. Fetterman participated in the Building Code Advisory Committee, the predecessor to the CCCB, during five of its six code review cycles. He was active in several subcommittees and, since 2002, served as vice chairperson of the full committee.
Mr. Fetterman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies and a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is licensed as an architect in several states and the District of Columbia.
Robert L. Hershey
Dr. Hershey is a consulting engineer in energy and environmental projects. His work emphasizes cost and feasibility studies for new technologies in electric power, heating, air quality, and noise reduction.
Dr. Hershey previously served as Secretary of the D.C. Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. His experience has included management of consulting groups at Booz Allen & Hamilton and Science Management Corporation. He also worked with Bell Telephone Laboratories, Weston Instruments, and BBN.
Dr. Hershey holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University, a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in engineering from Catholic University of America.
Jatinder Singh Khokhar
Jatinder Singh Khokhar currently serves as the Deputy Chief Building Official for DCRA’s Inspection and Compliance Administration Division overseeing day to day functions of Inspections operation.
Mr. Khokhar has over 28 years of construction experience in Codes Compliance and Management. His previous experience includes 6 years with the City of Falls Church, Virginia where he served as City Building Official overseeing permit, plans review and inspection function including fire plans review and inspection. He also served as chief code enforcement official in Reading, Pennsylvania with responsibilities including zoning, property maintenance and new construction inspection. He was instrumental in establishing Berks County building Code Official association (an ICC local chapter in Reading, PA) and served as a board member. Recently, he has worked as a Community development director with the Town of Dumfries, Virginia with responsibilities for town planning, zoning administration and building inspection.
Mr. Khokhar has a BSEE degree from Punjab University, India. He is a certified building official in Virginia and Pennsylvania and holds various inspection certifications from ICC including Certified Building Official designation.
Mr. Landis has over 25 years of experience in residential remodeling and real estate development. Brother and architect Christopher joined Mr. Landis in 1990 to form Landis Construction Corporation, a design/build firm that just celebrated its nineteenth year serving hundreds of clients in DC, MD and VA. Between 1984 and 1990, Mr. Landis was involved in the development of a number of small apartment buildings and homes.
The company designed and constructed its own geothermal heated and cooled, 16,000 square foot, three story office building in Takoma, DC in 2006 and in 2009, completed its first LEED for Homes project. The home is located in historic Georgetown and was only the second in DC to be certified at the Platinum level.
Mr. Landis is a National Association of the Remodeling Industry Certified Remodeler, a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional and holds a B.S degree in Political Science from Swarthmore College and an MBA in Finance from the George Washington University.
Armando M. Lourenco
Mr. Lourenco founded the consulting firm Lourenco Consultants Inc. (LCI), in 2000, and has since been involved in code consulting and code compliance activities in the Washington metropolitan area. His firm worked in some of the most complex projects of the last decade in the District of Columbia, including the Washington Nationals Ballpark, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Arena Stage's new Mead Center for American Theater, and the United States Institute of Peace headquarters.
Prior to that, Mr. Lourenco was the Administrator of Building and Land Regulation Administration, in DCRA, in charge of enforcing zoning regulations, historic preservation law, construction, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, boiler and elevator codes, as well as maintaining the official surveying records, in the nation’s capital.
Mr. Lourenco previously worked as a senior code consultant for one of the major fire and life safety consulting firms in the United States, and was the Deputy Director of the Code Enforcement Bureau, in Alexandria, VA. Mr. Lourenco was a member of the D.C. Building Code Advisory Committee (BCAC), predecessor of CCCB, from 1988 through 2008, and served in several code writing committees of BOCA, ICC and NFPA between 1990 and 1999.
Mr. Lourenco holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Lisbon University of Technology, Lisbon, Portugal, and a master's degree in Nuclear Engineering from the National Institute of Nuclear Sciences and Technology, Saclay, France. He has been a registered Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia since 1989.
Rabbiah “Robbie” Sabbakhan
Rabbiah "Robbie" Sabbakhan currently serves as the Chief Building Official for the District of Columbia, overseeing implementation and enforcement of the District's Construction Codes, including permitting, inspections and property maintenance. Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of DCRA's Permitting Operations Division overseeing day to day functions of Technical Plan Review and the Permit Center.
Mr. Sabbakhan has over 15 years of construction experience in both Codes Compliance and Management including 12 with the City of Richmond, Virginia where he developed and oversaw the Special Inspections or critical structures program. In fact, he played an integral role, from permit issuance through certificate of occupancy, in all of Richmond’s most recent high profile development projects including the Philip Morris Research & Technology Center & other biotech facilities, the new Convention Center, new pedestrian mall, new residential & mixed-use high rise, dormitories, gymnasiums and other university buildings, new elementary schools plus major adaptive reuse development projects.
Mr. Sabbakhan holds a BS in architecture from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Herbert S. Taylor
Mr. Taylor has more than 20 years experience in public fire and emergency response and is currently a Lieutenant in the DC Office of the Fire Marshall's Code Enforcement Division.
Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Northwestern University and Master of Public Administration from the University of the District of Columbia.
William (Bill) Updike
William (Bill) Updike currently works as a program analyst on energy financing and green building policy for the District Department of the Environment. Prior to his work with the District, Bill served as a project manager for a solar company, a construction manager specializing in green building for an architecture firm, and as a sales representative for a green building supply company. Early in his career, Bill worked as a journalist and editor, covering national environmental policy and initiatives.