Craig Burgess named State Building Commissioner

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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) says Craig Burgess has been appointed as State Building Commissioner.

As the state’s building commissioner, Burgess will administer, enforce and assist with interpretation of all applicable codes and laws as they apply to all structures. He will also oversee the compliance of Class 1 building plans submitted for state review. Class 1 buildings include schools, hospitals, daycares, many businesses and other establishments that are for public or business use.

“Craig Burgess has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will serve Indiana’s design, construction and overall business community,” said IDHS executive director Bryan Langley. “Thoroughly and expeditiously reviewing public building plans is an important part of ensuring public safety while also furthering Indiana’s positive business climate.”

Burgess is a registered architect and is licensed in Indiana and Illinois. His more than 30-year career includes experience as an architect and construction plan reviewer for nearly all construction types and occupancy groups. Most recently Burgess was the chief of the Plan Review Section for Fire and Building Safety, an IDHS division.

He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and holds certifications from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the International Code Council. Burgess is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited design professional. He makes his home in Indianapolis, where he has lived for more than 25 years.