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: Conflicts in Sustainable Construction” panel on the kick-off Tuesday. After that, he’ll be walking around the show floor (and occasionally hanging out at the CSI booth) in between attending various seminars to meet with potential authors for articles in 2015 (and trying to work in a trip to nearby Geppi’s Entertainment Museum to see some of the comic-book exhibits).
Quite a few contributors to the magazine will also be presenting technical sessions at the show. They include:
● Christopher O’Hara discussing “High-Performance Façades: Deviation from the Norm,” (T16) and “God is in the Details: A Detailed Case Study Review of Non-traditional Façade Detailing” (F03);
● Lisa Podesto on “Maximizing Value for Mid-rise Construction” (T18);
● The 2013 Construction Specifier Magazine Article of the Year-winner David Stutzman exploring “Evolving Specifications: MasterFormat to UniFormat” (W02);
● editorial advisor Vivian Volz on “Designing Contractors: The Project Team’s Guide to Design-Assist, Delegated Design, and Design-Build” (H06);
● former editorial advisor Paul Bertram looks at “Material Transparency and Evaluation Work Session” (H09);
● Peter Babaian and Emily Hopps discussing “Building Enclosure Commissioning: Coordinating Specifications” (H11); and
● Richard Ruppert on “Specifying Transitions: Utilizing Continuous Insulation for Maximum Building Performance” (H14).
The Construction Specifier’s presence will also be felt after-hours, as the magazine co-sponsors the inaugural CSI Night Out—an evening of drinks and dancing at two of Baltimore’s most popular club venues. On Thursday, September 11, CSI members and their guests will take over Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden and Luckie’s Tavern at Power Plant Live! from 7 to 11 p.m. to try some of the Charm City’s famous local beers before hitting the dance floor. The night calls for ‘party-casual’ attire, and includes a performance by the band Lost in Paris, along with appetizers and a cash bar. Registration includes two drink tickets. (The event’s other sponsors include CSI Corporate Partners Assa Abloy, Behr, Sherwin-Williams and Tnemec.)
The next day, author Lori Greene, CSI, CCPR, will be presented with the 2014 Construction Specifier Magazine Article of the Year Award during the Annual Meeting for her October 2013 piece. The feature, “Questions About Fire Doors: Everything You Always Wanted to Know (But Were Afraid to Ask),” was lauded by the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board for its relevance to the industry as a whole, readability, impact, and alignment with CSI’s mission and technical standards and formats.
Of course, recent copies of the magazine will also be made available at the show.
Are you attending Construct? What are you looking forward to, either at the convention or in Baltimore itself?