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Volume 12, Issue 1
January 9, 2014
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J. Gregg Borchelt Winner of BIA Lifetime Achievement Award
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J. Gregg Borchelt Winner of BIA Lifetime Achievement Award

Award to be presented at the Forum for Brick Distributors on January 29th, 2014


Brick Industry Association Chairman Brett Packer is pleased to announce that the Executive Committee of BIA has chosen J. Gregg Borchelt, PE, as the 2014 recipient of the BIA Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award is presented in recognition of his important accomplishments and dedication to the brick industry and BIA over his highly respected 40 year career. The award honors an outstanding individual who has given substantially of themselves throughout their career to the advancement and betterment of the clay brick industry. Their contribution is viewed with our organization’s mission and strategic goals in mind. The mission of BIA is to promote clay brick with the goal of increasing the market share and to safeguard the clay brick industry. 


Having received both his B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering and his M.S. Degree in Structures from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, Gregg became a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Texas before moving to Virginia to join BIA in 1988 with the support of his wife, Kathy, and their two children. 


Throughout his tenure at BIA as Director, and then Vice-President, of Engineering and Research, and finally as President and CEO, Gregg has been involved in just about every major issue that the brick industry has had to address.  From seismic design provisions which had the potential to limit brick’s use to the environmental, health and safety issues that threaten the industry today, Gregg’s technical prowess has helped keep the brick industry from being regulated out of business.


Gregg’s leadership of Engineering and Research has allowed BIA to maximize their impact on the design and construction community through research, articles, publications, speaking, and advocacy. His oversight of research has significantly benefited the brick industry by demonstrating that brick and brick construction provide the performance and durability required in the marketplace – especially research programs on low IRA brick, high IRA brick, and pavers. Gregg has written, critiqued, and championed many articles, publications, and presentations on brick used and referenced by architects and engineers to set the standard of practice for brick masonry. Some of his or his staff’s papers have been accepted by and presented to national and international masonry conferences. His long tenure has allowed him to mentor many BIA staff members in their professional development as well as maximize their impact for the industry.


Gregg has served in a variety of leadership roles within ASTM, the Construction Specification Institute (CSI), The Masonry Society (TMS), and the Masonry Standard Joint Committee (MSJC). As a voting ASTM member for 39 years of both C12 on Mortars and Grout for Masonry and C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units, he has served with distinction as Chairman of C15 and Chairman of Subcommittee C15.02 on clay brick and tile and worked tirelessly on a multitude of task groups. He has served on the Board of Directors, as Vice-President, and as Treasurer of CSI. Gregg is a founding member of TMS – the technical professional association for the masonry industry - where he has served as Board member, Secretary, Treasurer and President. As a member of MSJC, he has participated in the development of the TMS 402 Building Code for Masonry Structures – the code accepted by engineers and architects across the country.


Gregg has received many notable awards over the years, including:

  • Fellow, Construction Specifications Institute (1990)
  • Fellow, ASTM International (1997)
  • Honorary Member, ASTM Committees C12 and C15 (2005 and 2006)
  • ASTM Alan Yorkdale Memorial Award (1996 and 1999)
  • Fellow, The Masonry Society (2005)
  • ASTM Gilbert C. Robinson Memorial Award (2009)
  • Honorary Member, The Masonry Society (2011)


The Brick Industry salutes J. Gregg Borchelt, PE, winner of the 2014 BIA Lifetime Achievement Award with the plaque inscription:


“To honor our outstanding friend and colleague who has provided leadership for over forty years to the masonry and clay brick industries, expanded the stature of BIA and the clay brick industry nationally and internationally, improved the standards for the brick and masonry industry as a whole, demonstrated exceptional leadership in resolving challenges while forging compromise, and mentored members and staff in their professional development to maximize their impact on the future of the clay brick industry.”
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