March 2018 - LET THE MADNESS BEGIN!!

Hello everyone, hope this month’s Presidents Message reaches each of you in good spirits!  Spring is right around the corner and for those of us here in the Midwest….it cannot get here fast enough!  This winter was a rough one.  But hey…it is March…and time for March Madness.  Speaking of madness let me give you an update of the crazy goings on here at CSINext!

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Get the Picture

A picture is worth a 1,000 words. We all have heard this saying, it goes back to 1918 in a newspaper advertisement in the San Antonio Light. An older version dating back to 1911 "On picture. It's worth a thousand words" by a newspaper editor Tess Flanders. Not quite as eloquent, but you get the picture. No pun intended… Fast forward 100 years and I'm in the business of pictures.

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The Meeting

I remember when I started in this business, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (yes, I'm stealing the intro from Star Wars). I got to work in a bubble. I did my drafting, ran the blue line print machine or delivered drawings. Life was simple, but I would look up and all of the managers were gone. Being the only drafter, sometimes the entire office was gone. Where were they? They went to a meeting, but if I had a question and no one was to be found what would I do?

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CSINext March 2018 Meeting

Greetings! We will be conducting our March Chapter Meeting and the presentation will be "The Value of Paint" Presented by Mike Murphy CSI, CCPR NACE 1 with Behr Paint. Mark your calendars for March 14th at 12:00pm EDT. We look forward to having you attend this free webinar, register today as space is limited!

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CSINext March 2018 Anniversaries

Each of the following members joined CSI in March. CSINext is please to congratulate the following CSI members on their continued membership.

  • 1 Year - Hal Waldo, CSI-S
  • 2 Year - Vandna Mittal, CSI-EP
  • 4 Years - Brian Stephens, CSI-EP, CCCA
  • 5 Years - Mark Hagopian, CSI
  • 6 Years - Randall Watterson, CSI, CDT
  • 18 Years - Daniel Hargreaves, FCSI, CDT, AIA, RAS

We would like to do a shout out to Mark Hagopian, CSI for celebrating 5 years with CSI! 

Once again, really appreciate everyone's continued membership in CSI.

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Frīgedæg

No, my keyboard did not have melt down. It is old English meaning the day of the Anglo-Saxon goddess Fríge. But we state it today as "It's Friday!" Well, not really. But we get excited about the "Friday" if you work a typical job. I'm taking a little diversion from my blog and focusing on a random thought (get use to it, it won't be the last time). The days of the week have an interesting history. At one point the Roman calendar had 8 days a week. Which, I would be OK with if we had a 3-day weekend. But in the US, we would probably have a 6-day work week, not so good.

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How much is that doggy in the window?

Most of my work in architecture is new projects, ground up construction. In my previous life, I did a fair amount of remodel work. With government work, typically I have to pull together a cost estimate during the design. There are several types of cost estimates I do. Even when contracts under way, the government wants a general idea if a change from the contractor is fair and reasonable. Last week I was working on a change order presented by the contractor which was caused by an unforeseen condition.

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The Erector Set

I have worked with a lot of really good contractors. I can't finish the clients vision without the contractor. I recognize that while I design project, that the contractor is a critical part of the project team. Typically, I always start every project with the approach of partnering. The first partner in any project is the client. While you may think the last partner in a successful project is the contractor, it is still the client. It is never about how you start a project, but how it finishes.

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The Dream Project

I really enjoy looking at Architecture. That is probably a good thing since I spent most of my life knee deep in it. Actually, it more like neck deep. When I get my new Architecture magazines, I look at the pictures (unlike other magazines where I read the articles). There is always something inspiring about them. I've done some projects, that I feel is really good about, I'm just not egotistical and work in creating the clients vision.

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Sketching the Sketch

I started off on the drafting board during my first job in 1983. About 4 years later our office received its first CAD system called RUCAPS. It was a hybrid of CAD and todays BIM. The system was so complicated, that the office had to hire one of the programmers from Seattle just to make the $100,000 investment worthwhile. I've been working on the computer since 1984 and started on some early systems, including RUCAPS. But my real move to CAD happened in 1988 with AutoCAD.

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The Artichoke Life

Shortly after I received my Architectural license, my daughter made a joke and called me an Artichoke. I know where she picked it up, but it was funny, and I still refer to it today. While being an Architect is a serious business, I always try to interject some humor throughout the day. I've been a passionate member of CSI for almost 20 years now and dedicated to CSINext since its founding in 2009. I've invited every member of the CSINext chapter to write a Blog for the website and it occurred to me that I should being the same.

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Something New for 2018

Happy New Year!

Wait, it is already February... As time marches on, I swear it is picking up pace. Yet, as I march on, I'm only slowing done. I have a greater appreciation for life and the people who are in it. But a little less of the sentimental stuff. I wanted to welcome everyone the the new look at CSINext. I've spent the past couple weeks revisiting the backend code and looking for way to improve the member experience.

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CSINext Febraury 2018 Anniversaries

Each of the following members joined CSI in Febraury. CSINext is please to congratulate the following CSI members on their continued membership.

  • 5 Year - Mark Kohn, CSI, CDT
  • 6 Years - Richard Poindexter, CSI
  • 6 Years - Joni Zimmerman, CSI, CDT
  • 26 Years - Bryan Varner, FCSI, CDT, LEED AP
  • 30 Years - James Whitfield II, FCSI, CCPR, CTC, LEED AP, USGBC
  • 39 Years - Terrence Lunn, PE, FCSI, CCS

We would like to do a shout out to Mark Kohn, CSI, CDT for celebrating 5 years with CSI! 

Also special recognition for Mr. James Whitfield II, FCSI, CCPR, CTC, LEED AP, USGBC... Celebrating 30 years with CSI!

Once again, really appreciate everyone's continued membership in CSI.

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Welcome CSINext New Members!

CSINext continues to grow! We had a new member join just last week. CSINext is please to welcome the following CSI member on joining CSI & CSINext.

  • Philip Babinec, RA, CSI, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP - January 2018

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CSINext February 2018 Bonus Program

Greetings! We are excited to present a second program for the month of February and the presentation will be "BIM 4D Scheduling" Presented by Mike Prefling with Synchro. Mark your calendars for Febraury  28th at 12:00pm EST. We look forward to having you attend this free webinar, register today as space is limited!

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CSINext February 2018 Meeting

Greetings! We will be conducting our February Chapter Meeting and the presentation will be "Advantages of Using Cover Boards in Low-Slope Roofing Assemblies" Presented by Warren Barber, CSI, CDT, LEED GA with National Gypsum. Mark your calendars for Febraury  14th at 12:00pm EST. We look forward to having you attend this free webinar, register today as space is limited!

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Roster Review

Each month I review the roster provided by Institute. I'm looking for the new members and each member's anniversary date for the month. This month, January 2018 stood out. We had a new member who joined CSI in 1979. Next year will be Mr Terrence Lunn, PE, FCSI, CCS 40th anniversary with CSI! This got me to dig a little deeper into the roster.

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CSINext January 2018 Anniversaries

Each of the following members joined CSI in January. CSINext is please to congratulate the following CSI members on their continued membership.

  • 1 Year - Nicholas Bolton, CSI, CDT
  • 6 Years - Ganapathy Nagasubramaniam, CSI, CCS, LEED AP, M. Arch
  • 13 Years - Keith Robinson, FCSI, CSC, FCSC, LEED AP, RSW
  • 27 Years - William Rains Jr., CSI, CDT
  • 33 Years - Lee Orosco, FCSI, CCS
  • 39 Years - Terrence Lunn, PE, FCSI, CCS

Special recognition for Mr. Terrance Lunn, PE, FCSI, CCS... He has wears the honor of two hats. Not only has he become our longest standing member in CSI of the Chapter, but also has joined CSINext just last week. A special congratulations and welcome!

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Welcome CSINext New Members!

CSINext continues to grow! CSINext is please to welcome the following CSI members on joining CSI & CSINext.

  • Todd Hansen, CSI, CDT - December 2017
  • Terrence Lunn, PE, FCSI, CCS - January 2018

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HAPPY NEW YEAR CSINext & Welcome to 2018!

HAPPY NEW YEAR CSINext!!!

Welcome to 2018!

Hello everyone, Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! I hope each and everyone of you had a very happy Holiday season!

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