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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.

CONSTRUCT also served as the foundation for the 58th CSI Annual Convention, allowing the institute to highlight its brightest and best volunteers for the skills, knowledge, and time they have shared.

Four fine Fellows: Walter Scarborough, Ann Baker, Marc Chavez, and Jon Rao Papke. Photos © Matt Fochs

Four fine Fellows: Walter Scarborough, Ann Baker, Marc Chavez, and Jon Rao Papke. Photos © Matt Fochs

Among the many honors and awards bestowed on CSI members at the conference, ‘Distinguished Membership’ is considered the most prestigious. Conferred on those whose contributions to the construction industry go far beyond what is expected, this status has only been conferred on 44 individuals since its debut in 1954. This year, two members joined the hallowed ranks.

Alana Sunness Griffith, FCSI, Distinguished Member, CCPR, was recognized for her passionate volunteering, leadership skills, and constant pursuit of CSI’s mission and value in the industry, along with the past-president’s dedication to mentoring women in the industry. Paul W. Simonsen, RA, FCSI, Distinguished Member, CCS, CCCA, was named for his work as a teacher in CSI who continually enlightens, supports, and cheers on those around him. He was also cited for his efforts to grow CSI’s education and certification programs and technical documents.

This year also saw the induction of four new members into the College of Fellows (visit www.fcsinet.org), all of whom were lauded for mentoring:
● Ann G. Baker, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA (Denver Chapter), for her long-term diligence to CSI certification practices and programs at all levels;
● Marc C. Chavez, FCSI, CCS, CCCA (Puget Sound Chapter), for efforts in developing educational programs for CSI chapters and members using distance learning technology, along with CDT ‘boot camps’ across the country;
● Jon Rao Papke, FCSI, CCS (Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter), for commitment and contributions to certification and student education programs at the chapter and regional levels; and
● Walter R. Scarborough, FCSI, CCS, CCCA (Dallas Chapter), for contributions to the many scholarly Practice Guides of CSI, which educate those seeking professional certifications.


Robb stands with Paul W. Simonsen.

Alana Sunness Griffith and Paul W. Simonsen, both with CSI immediate past-president Casey Robb, were named Distinguished Members.

Alana Sunness Griffith with CSI immediate past-president Casey Robb, was named Distinguished Members.

At the CSI Annual meeting, numerous other awards were given out. The Communications Award, bestowed on individuals or groups for publications, articles, social media, or blogs were given to numerous worthy winners. The Chicago Chapter took two honors—one for its Change Order e-newsletter and the other for its website, Chicago.csinet.org. Similarly, Memphis was cited for its PerSPECtive newsletter and www.csimemphis.org. Nearby Nashville received the nod for its website, www.csinashville.org.

The Allentown Chapter’s Jon C. Lattin, CSI, CCPR, and Eric C. Lussier, CSI, CDT, were also individually awarded—the former for his marketing resources and the latter for his blogs and tweets. Richard J. Lueb, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, and the Oklahoma City Chapter newsletter, The ConSpec, also received Communications Awards, as did fellow chapter member Melody Stinson, CSI, for her work on the HYPED2! event. Other winners included the San Francisco Chapter’s Specifics, along with the Redwood Empire Chapter’s Redwood Bark newsletter and Lynn Ostensenon, CSI, CCS, editor of New Orleans’ The Invitation.

The Indianapolis Chapter was recognized for its documentary video of its revitalized trade show, now known as Design Indy. As well, Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA—an editorial advisor to The Construction Specifier—was presented with a Communications Award for his blog, Constructive Thoughts, which was cited for “myriad thought-provoking, real world, and practical observations of the design and construction industries.”

The Organizational Certificate of Appreciation—the highest award CSI can bestow on a firm, organization, or association—went to ATAS International, for promoting and assisting its employees’ institute-related educational efforts and for corporate sponsorship.

Author Lori Greene, winner of the ‘article-of-the-year’ award, is flanked by CSI’s Casey Robb and magazine editor, Erik Missio.

Author Lori Greene, winner of the ‘article-of-the-year’ award, is flanked by CSI’s Casey Robb and magazine editor, Erik Missio.

The Hans William Meier Award for Advancement of Certification Programs went to two individuals:
● George A. Everding, CSI, CCS, CCCA, for his work with the Greater St. Louis Chapter’s certification program and webinar series; and
● William A. “Chip” Hayward Jr., CSI, CCCA, also for his work supporting CSI’s certification programs.

Finally, the Moll/Betts Student Excellence Award traditionally goes to the student with the highest score on the (CDT) exam. Comprising a cash prize and one year of CSI membership, this year it went to Nichola Conniff, CSI-S, CDT, and Farrah McCullough, CDT. Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis , Minnesota), the institution winner, receives a suite of CSI member-written publications from publisher John Wiley & Sons.

Over the course of CONSTRUCT, The Construction Specifier was present throughout the proceedings, even co-sponsoring the CSI Night Out social evening. As the magazine’s editor, I hosted the lunch-box panel discussion, “Aspirations vs. Reality: Conflicts in Sustainable Construction,” in front of a packed house. Panel members Paul Bertram (director of environment and sustainability/government affairs for Kingspan Insulated Panels and CSI past-president), Brendan Owens (U.S. Green Building Council’s [USGBC’s] vice president of LEED Technical Development), Stephen Hess (attorney at Sherman & Howard LLC), and Doug Pierce (senior associate at Perkins+Will) discussed everything from environmental product declarations (EPDs) and the evolution of green design to USGBC’s recent announcement of cooperation with the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

I was also pleased to present Lori Greene, CSI, AHC/CDC, CCPR, FDAI, with The Construction Specifier Magazine Article of the Year Award for her October 2013 piece, “Questions About Fire Doors: Everything You Always Wanted to Know (But Were Afraid to Ask).”

Next year’s CONSTRUCT will be taking place in St. Louis, Missouri. Visit www.constructshow.com for details.

CONSTRUCT Panel to Explore Conflicts in Sustainable Construction

A boxed-lunch session at Construct will feature four very different design/construction experts reflecting on the state of sustainability. Photo © BigStockPhoto/Pennyann

In the pages of The Construction Specifier, we’ve tried to present many different facets related to the continuing goal of sustainable, but practical, building design, construction, and operations. On Tuesday, September 9, as part of CONSTRUCT & the CSI Annual Convention in Baltimore, the discussion goes ‘live,’ as the magazine’s editor, Erik Missio, moderates a luncheon panel bringing together four industry experts with distinct opinions on sustainable building.

Aspirations vs. Reality: Conflicts in Sustainable Construction” intends to cover several issues related to how sustainability can be improved in the built environment, including:
● concerns about the realistic pace of change in pursuing aspirational goals;
● use of rating systems like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and the impact on sustainable practices adoption;
● growing focus on evaluation of actual building performance rather than pre-construction ratings;
● employing chemicals of concern/red lists in improving sustainable outcomes;
● roles and responsibilities of project team members to the owner and third parties; and
● obligation of professionals to limit their practice to areas of training and expertise.

This is, of course, a lot of ground to cover over the course of an hour-and-a-half lunch, so we’ll be looking to magazine readers and show attendees to help steer the conversation. What are the issues most important to you? What would you like to see addressed? E-mail Erik at emissio@constructionspecifier.com or tweet your thoughts to @SpecifierMagCSI (with hashtags #CONSTRUCT #T13B).

The panelists for the event are:
● Paul Bertram, FCSI, CDT, LEED AP, GGP—a CSI past-president, and the director of environment and sustainability/government affairs for Kingspan Insulated Panels where he participates in development of Product Category Rules (PCRs), Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), and Health Product Declarations (HPDs);
● Brendan Owens, PE—USGBC’s vice president of LEED Technical Development, for which he collaborates with volunteer technical committees to advance the technical content of the green building rating system;
● Stephen Hess—attorney at Sherman & Howard LLC, an adjunct professor in construction law at the University of Denver, editor of The Construction Lawyer, and co-author of the two-part “Assessing Liability for Green Building Failures;” and
● Doug Pierce, AIA, LEED AP—senior associate at Perkins+Will (Minneapolis) with more than 25 years of experience in sustainable design and planning, including work as an international speaker, author, and instructor, along with more than a decade of experience with sustainable materials and lifecycle analysis (LCA).

Aspirations vs. Reality: Conflicts in Sustainable Construction,” will be held in Room 307 of the Baltimore Convention Center from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9. Available to all who purchased a full education package, the panel also yields 1.5 American Institute of Architects/Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) Learning Units/Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) credits and 1.5 Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) Continuing Education (CE) credits.

Do You Need CSI’s GreenFormat?

George Middleton, CSI, AIA, LEED AP

Those who follow the green and sustainability dialog know CSI’s GreenFormat was released back in 2006. Two years later, GreenFormat.com enabled manufacturers to pay for product information listings while users accessed that information for free. The cost and complexity of maintaining this web-based tool suggested CSI take a different approach. Continue reading

CONSTRUCT 2013: Looking Back on Nashville

As the editor of The Construction Specifier, I attend CONSTRUCT & the CSI Annual Convention every year. It’s a busy few days, but it’s always nice catching up with writers, friends, and editorial advisors. There are also lots of opportunities to meet with building product experts on the show floor. Between the exhibit hall and the various seminar rooms, CONSTRUCT is a direct or indirect source for many of the features and articles finding their way into the pages of this magazine. Last month in Nashville was no exception. Continue reading