A Denver man has taken home the prestigious RCI Lifetime Achievement award presented annually during the organization’s International Convention and Trade Show, held this year in Anaheim, California. The award is presented to those who display outstanding service and contributions to the industries of roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall systems.

Richard “Dick” Fricklas, who lives in the Denver Suburb of Centennial,  has taken part in the education of three different generations of roofing contractors. Fricklas is an educator, author, journalist and worked as the Director of the Roofing Educational Industry Educational Institute before his retirement in 1996. Fricklas continues to contribute articles to RCI Interface, RSI and Building magazines. Fricklas helped develop the curriculum implemented by RCI and taught roofing seminars at the University of Wisconsin. Fricklas is the coauthor of the Manual of Low-Slope Roof Systems.

Fricklas holds a Masters Degree in physical chemistry from Rutgers University. He has worked as a research and development chemist for Johns Manville and served as their director of Built-Up Roofing Systems and has also worked for Riegel Paper Corp. He has filed and received a patent for fire-rated vapor retarder system and used his patent and findings to help develop product lines for FM Global and Underwriters Laboratory.

After the award, Fricklas was also named to RCI’s Jury of Fellows, which is an honorary titles given to those who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the development of roofing education.

These awards are icing on the cake for Fricklas, who has already received RCI’s Outstanding Educator Award and the William C. Correll Award which demonstrates dedication and significant contribution to growth and development of RCI.

RCI, Inc. (formerly known as Roofing Consultants Institute) is an international association of professional consultants, architects and engineers who specialize in the specification and design of roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall systems.

The association was founded in 1983, whose stated mission is “to advance the profession of building envelope (roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall) consultants. The organization does not hold ties with any particular product or manufacturer and currently holds a membership of 2800 contractors in both the US and Canada and is based in Raleigh, North Carolina.