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CONSTRUCT: Charmed by Baltimore

From September 9 through 12, CSI members convened in the Charm City for CONSTRUCT. Billed by its organizers, Hanley Wood, as “the only dedicated national trade show and educational conference for the commercial building teams that spec and source building products,” the four-day event strives for the perfect blend of networking, technical education, and association business. In Baltimore, those aspects took place in the seminar rooms, on the show floor at exhibitor booths, and at special events ranging from ‘game-changer’ presentations and annual general meetings to impromptu lunches and Inner Harbor dinner cruises.

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Clarification Regarding Anodizing

In a recent issue of The Construction Specifier, we published a piece, “VOCs… and Beyond: Powder and Liquid Coatings Reviewed.” Two members of the Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) have since written in, clearing up some of the inaccurate information regarding anodizing.

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Association Cooperation

In the October issue of The Construction Specifier, authors Ward R. Malisch, PhD, PE, and Bruce A. Suprenant, PhD, PE (both of the American Society of Concrete Contractors [ASCC]) wrote our cover story, “Bridging the Specification Gap between Divisions 03 and 09: Concrete and Floorcovering Associations Unite.” The piece looked at how their association teamed up with six other flooring groups to find a solution to a ‘specification gap’ between Divisions 03 and 09 …

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Construct: Saying Bye to Baltimore

Earlier this month, CSI members from across the continent convened in the Charm City for CONSTRUCT. Billed by its organizers, Hanley Wood, as “the only dedicated national trade show and educational conference for the commercial building teams that spec and source building products,” the four-day event also served as the 58th CSI Annual Convention, honoring and highlighting the institute’s brightest and best volunteers. (We’ll have more on some of those winners, along with new Fellows …

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Waterproofing for CMUs: What About Stucco?

In the July 2014 issue of The Construction Specifier, we published the article, “Durable Waterproofing for Concrete Masonry Walls: Redundancy Required,” by Robert M. Chamra, EIT and Beth Anne Feero. A month later, we received the following e-mail from G. Michael Starks, president of the Florida Lath & Plaster Bureau (FLAPB):

I thought this article offers sage advice should your plans call for struck and painted concrete masonry unit (CMU) walls. Unfortunately, …

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The Construction Specifier at Construct

CONSTRUCT & the 58th CSI Annual Convention is now only three weeks away. Held at the Baltimore Convention Center from September 9 to 12, the event brings together design/construction professionals from across the continent for networking, education, association business, and the famous exhibit hall.

As the official magazine of CSI, The Construction Specifier is excited to take part in the week’s festivities. The editor, Erik Missio, is moderating the sold-out “Aspirations vs. Reality: …

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