Where do bad specifications come from?

It's approaching ten years since I wrote "The Making of a Curmudgeon.*" In it, I reminisced about my decision to run for Institute Director and thinking, "Holy cow, when my term is done I'll be almost sixty!" Well, sixty came and went, and I recently celebrated my twentieth anniversary at my office.

CSINext August 2017 Anniversaries

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

  • 1 Year - Ibrahim Tawfik, CSI, CDT
  • 5 Years - Robert LeClare, CSI, CDT
  • 8 Years - Rachel Grissop, CSI, CDT
  • 26 Years - Ann Baker, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP, SCIP

President's Notes August 2017

Welcome to August everyone! Hope you are staying cool. As summer continues to heat up - things are really heating up here at CSINext! Check out what has been going on.

Welcome CSINext New Members!

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

  • Mr. Hal Waldo, CSI-S - March 2017
  • Ms. Cynthia O Wright, CSI, AIA - April 2017
  • Mr. Jeffrey Saunier, CSI-EP - May 2017
  • Ms. Amy Spanos, CSI-S - June 2017

WELCOME TO CSINext 2017 / 2018!

Hello everyone…where ever you may be I hope each and every one of you are having a great summer!  I cannot tell you how excited I am to be leading the Chapter this year.  And how much I am looking forward to working with the membership and an outstanding Board of Directors. This will be my third year working with the Chapter Board and I can truly say I have enjoyed every minute of it. Being President of the CSINext will be challenge but one I am looking forward to! 

CSINext May 2017 Meeting

Greetings! We will be conducting our May Chapter Meeting and the presentation will be "Krakow: From Castles to Ikeas" Presented by Robert Huserik, RA, CSI, CDT. Mark your calendars for May 24th at 12:00pm EDT. We look forward to having you attend this free webinar, register today as space is limited!

Member Orientation 2017

Starting this year the CSINext Chapter will have a Members Orientation event. It is good way for us to meet you and for you to learn about all of the benefits you can take advantage of with your membership. This is a unique as we will also be digging into the the heart and soul of CSINext, the web site and its social aspects. Take this opportunity to learn more about CSI and CSINext.


Traditionally these have been geared towards New Members. However, this is a great opportunity for old and new members alike, to meet the board, find out about opportunities to get involved with CSINext, and how to take advantage of membership opportunities nationally. Plus, we will do a behind the scenes of what is the CSINext Virtual experience at www.csinext.org. Please, click the link below to RSVP. We look forward to having you attend this free webinar!

Construction Specifications Institute
CSINext Chapter
Member Orientation April 2017 Meeting

Meeting Date: April 26, 2017
Meeting Time: 12:00pm EDT
Meeting RSVP: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6796041070961785858
Webinar ID: 988-933-283

 

CSINext April 2017 Meeting

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


Construction Specifications Institute
CSINext Chapter
April 2017 Meeting

Meeting Date: April 12, 2017
Meeting Time: 12:00pm EDT 
Meeting  RSVP: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3389916775785423361
Webinar ID: 119-182-571

SpeakerMerrlou Peek with Behr Paint

A lively discussion on most of the elements that go into the manufacture of paints. Comparisons on durability of different types, as well as color and gloss retention. Also discussed will be VOCs in paint, where they come from, and what makes a paint low or zero VOC. There are some important lessons to be learned regarding the specification of paint.

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CSINext March Anniversaries

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

  • 1 Year - Firas Al Sharairi Sr., CSI, CCM, CMC
  • 1 Year - Vandna Mittal, CSI-EP
  • 3 Years - Brian Stephens, CSI-EP, CCCA
  • 4 Years - Mark Hagopian, CSI
  • 17 Years - Daniel Hargreaves, FCSI, CDT

Welcome CSINext New Members!

CSINext continues to grow. CSINext is please to welcome the following CSI members on joining CSI & CSINext this fiscal year.

  • Mr. Ibrahim  Tawfik, CSI, CDT - August 2016
  • Mr. Jason Kamihira, CSI, CDT, B. Arch, LEED AP, USGBC - November 2016
  • Mr. Nicholas Bolton, CSI - January 2017
  • Mr. Ric Doedens, CSI - February 2017

Tower of Babel

Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

I recently enjoyed watching a video clip of a senate confirmation hearing, in which Scott Pruit, EPA Administrator nominee, was being grilled by Joni Ernst, Senator from Iowa (the fun starts at about 2:14). At issue was the term WOTUS, or "Waters of the United States." Not knowing at the time I watched it what the term meant, it was amusing to see that 97 percent of Iowa would be governed by expansion of the existing definition. Further discussion focused on puddles and on a definition of a parking lot puddle as a "degraded wetland."

CSI Certification Spring 2017

CSI Certification Registration is now open for the Spring 2017 exam cycle. Register now! or visit www.csiresources.org for more information.

CSINext February Anniversaries

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

  • 1 Year - Paul Bradford, CSI
  • 4 Years - Mark Kohn, CSI, CDT
  • 5 Years - Joni Zimmerman, CSI-EP, CDT
  • 5 Years - Richard Poindexter, CSI
  • 25 Years - Bryan Varner, FCSI, CDT, LEED AP

CSINext March 2017 Meeting

Greetings! We will be conducting our February Chapter Meeting and the presentation will be "Earned Schedule" Presented by Mark Ogg, CSI, CDT. Mark your calendars for March 8th at 12:00pm EST. We look forward to having you attend this free webinar, register today as space is limited!

CSI SouthWest Region Education Conference

Building Construction Knowledge & Leadership in the Southwest

APRIL 20-22, 2017
Lodge on the Desert, Tucson, AZ

CSI Southwest Region is very excited to announce our annual educational conference in Tucson, AZ at Lodge on the Desert Hotel, April 20 – April 22, 2017.

CSINext February 2017 Meeting

Greetings! We will be conducting our February Chapter Meeting and the presentation will be "Earned Schedule" Presented by Mark Ogg, CSI, CDT. Mark your calendars for February 8th at 12:00pm EST. We look forward to having you attend this free webinar, register today as space is limited!

CSINext January Anniversaries

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

  • 3 Years - Lenora Hamilton, CSI, CDT, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, RCI
  • 5 Years - Ganapathy Nagasubramaniam, CSI, CCS, LEED AP, M. Arch
  • 10 Years - Steve Tubre, CSI, CCCA
  • 12 Years - Keith Robinson, FCSI, CSC, FCSC, LEED AP, RSW
  • 32 Years - Lee Orosco, FCSI, CCS

CSINext January 2017 Meeting

Greetings! We will be conducting our January Chapter Meeting and the presentation will be "Coordinating Divisions 8 and 28" Presented by Brad Alexander AHC/EHC, CSI, CCPR; Matt Gelsomini, CSI, CDT and Stephen Richardson, CSI, CDT with Allegion. Mark your calendars for January 11th at 12:00pm EST. We look forward to having you attend this free webinar, register today as space is limited!

Building envelope - or building enclosure?

In October, I published "Tegularity," a discussion of the proper term for acoustic ceiling panels. (The title came from the name for a specific type of panel edge.) Shortly thereafter, in December 2016, I received a question from Anthony Capkun, editor for Electrical Business Magazine and former editor for the Construction Specifier. He asked, "What is the correct term these days: a) Building Envelope or b) Building Enclosure?"

CSINext December Anniversaries

The following members joined CSI in December. CSINext is please to congratulate the following CSI members on their continued membership!

  • 1 Year - Ric Doedens, CSI
  • 8 Years - Ryan Harrington, CSI, CDT
  • 22 Years - Edgardo Cruz, CSI, CDT
  • 27 Years - Kent Kile, FCSI, CCPR