From a young age, Ed Roether has focused on the built environment. He was raised on a farm and worked in construction in his youth. He continued that through college to pay for his education. In addition to running farm equipment, he was a concrete flat worker, rough-in carpenter, mason, telephone repairman, electrician, plumber, landscaper and a heavy equipment operator.
After graduating with his degree in architecture from Kansas State University,
Ed Roether served as a project architect for several architectural firms in the Kansas City metropolitan area from 1977 to 1990. He started working for Populous (formerly known as HOK Sport, Venue, Event) as a project architect in 1989, and then from 1990 to 2010, he was responsible for the Populous Quality Assurance program, including code and ADA compliance. He directed this program, which included measuring performance, identifying problems, developing solutions and facilitating office wide quality improvements. This program focused project teams on meeting: 1) client expectations relative to design, schedule and budget, 2) the design’s constructability and compliance with construction standards, 3) the firm’s high standards of design, professional practice and client service, and 4) the needs of the public relative to accessibility and life safety.
As head of the Populous’ Quality Assurance Program, Ed worked on many projects simultaneously at various stages of development, working on about $4 billion in project construction costs at a point in time. During those 20 years as head of Quality Assurance, Ed worked on more than 150 projects ranging in size from a $5 million project to over a $1 billion project. Ed’s impact on design standards and codes has been recognized industry-wide.
Ed Roether’s more than 15 years of involvement in the code/standard development process provides him historical perspective on their requirements.
As a member of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code Assembly Occupancies Committee, the ICC/ANSI A117 Accessible and Usable Buildings Committee and several task groups for those committees he debates issues in detail with other committee members. His commitment to consistent comprehensive and objective interpretations of the codes/standards and his genuine interest to understand the purpose of requirements provides him with greater awareness of their intent.
In 1977, Ed Roether graduated with a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture
Kansas State University
Ed Roether was the co-author of:
Section 20, Chapter 20-9
NFPA Fire Protection Handbook
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Ed Roether was the co-author of:
NFPA Journal Article
in the July/August 2011 Edition
Professional Organization Memberships
American Institute of Architects
International Code Council
National Fire Protection Association
Ed Roether is currently registered as an architect with the state of Missouri.
NFPA 101 Assembly Occupancies and Membrane Structures
ICC/ANSI A117 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities
Ed has been a member of several task groups for the ICC/ANSI A117
Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities.
Ed chaired the Assembly Task Group for the ICC/ANSI A117 Accessible and
Usable Buildings and Facilities Committee.
Ed currently chairs the ADA/A117.1 Harmonization Task Group for the
ICC/ANSI A117 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities Committee.
He has been a member of several task groups for the NFPA 101 Assembly
Occupancies and Membrane Structures Committee, including the NFPA
101/5000-72 Joint Task Group on Occupant Notification.
Ed currently chairs the Operational Requirements Task Group for the NFPA
101 Assembly Occupancies and Membrane Structure Committee.
Ed currently chairs the Aisle Transition Task Group for the NFPA 101
Assembly Occupancies and Membrane Structure Committee.
He has also assisted several task groups of the Code Technology Committee
for the International Code Council.
Ed is currently a member of the CTC ADA/IBC Accessibility Coordination Task
Group for the International Code Council.
Ed is currently working with the CTC Guard, Open Stair and Bleacher Task
Groups for the International Code Council.