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Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

 February 2012

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February, the month of love...love of specifications?  Love of the construction industry?  OK...maybe I'm stretching it a bit this month.

As always, please send comments, articles and suggestions to me as they may come up.


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 Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter Editor

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Upcoming Events
Programs Committee

Upcoming Events

Indianapolis Chapter CSI February Chapter Meeting: Master Planning of Ball State University

Thursday February 16, 2012

Riverwalk Banquet Center


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Pete Kerfoot, CSI, CDT 
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I hope you are able to attend our February Chapter Meeting at the River Walk Banquet Center in Broad Ripple on the 16th. The presentation is by Greg Graham, Director of Facilities Planning at Ball State and concerns the Ball State University Long Range Master Plan. Last month's presentation was an economic forecast and this month has actual planning; good information for our Chapter Members.


Future presentations include a mock trial on a construction related issue, which will inform all who attend of the importance of everyone's role concerning the documents. The objective is to be informative, but from what I am hearing, it will be fun as well. Other future presentations include ADA Changes, and a Recap of Super Bowl Construction and Lessons Learned. A big thank you goes out to our Programs Chair, Andy McIntyre, for keeping the presentations informative as well as entertaining. Our Annual Golf Outing will move from mid summer to spring to capture more interest by being earlier in the year. Catch all the info from Andy Meiring at this month's meeting.


There are other interesting things happening in CSI Indy you may not be aware of; here are just a few.


Dan McCloskey is aiding our new Meeting Arrangement Chair, Joel Young to obtain a live spreadsheet of Members with standing reservations, and can easily be supplemented with web or call-in reservations. One of the benefits of this live spreadsheet is that CEUs can be counted by attendance. The future is here. If you missed the Standing Reservation e-blast you can check out the article in this newsletter.


Chuck Thompson is leading CSI nationally by working on a live Certification Class / Webcast that can be shared with all who seek education and knowledge in construction documents while the class is being given. And speaking of Certification...Did you catch Pete Baker's article in The Construction Specifier? Nice job Pete; good stuff.


I mentioned at last month's meeting that Phil McMullen offered free space to house our CSI Indy Archives. Many years have passed where Committee Chairs and Past Presidents have stored, housed or moved from place to place some of our most treasured awards, documents and memorabilia. Thank you Phil for taking this burden off the hands of many and placing these items in a single space to be organized and archived for current and future Members. Scott Bays and Ed Brown have volunteered to gather and archive, and can be contacted about transferring these items.


As always, I end my article with the Starbuck's Gift Card offer. The first person to send an email to pete.kerfoot@curleybrickwestfield.com with the subject heading "Go CSI Indy" will receive the coveted $10 gift certificate. It's going to be a fun year.



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Continuing Education thru Certification with CSI

by Certification Committee


CSI is the construction community's authority on communication and construction documentation. Through CSI's Certification Program, you can develop a conceptual understanding of the entire construction process, and concrete skills in: 

  • Construction documentation development and administration
  • Specification writing and enforcement
  • Product research and sourcing
  • Communication with the design and contracting teams

CSI's Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) program is prerequisite to CSI's advanced Certifications: Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA); Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) and Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR). 

Exams will be offered April 2 - April 28, 2012, in the U.S. & Canada.

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Final registration deadline: March 2, 2012

Questions? Contact CSI Member Services at csi@csinet.org or 800-689-2900.

Certification Study Classes

by Certification Committee



The Indianapolis Chapter CSI will offer study classes for the various exams. The CDT and CCS study classes will tentatively take place the five Saturdays prior to the exam week. CCCA and CCPR classes will be determined based upon need, meaning if there are students, how many, and when we can coordinate teachers and students. Please watch the chapter website for further details.

CDT & CCS Study Classes: Each Saturday from March 3 through March 31. CDT 9:00 am to 11:45 am and CCS 12 noon to 3:00 pm. There will be a one-time $30 fee for the five classes and these classes will take place at Schmidt Assocs., 320 East Vermont Street, Indianapolis, Indiana; contact Chuck Thompson, 317-263-6226 for more information.   

Bud Reed Memorial Golf Outing

by Golf Committee



A date for this year's golf outing has been set!


Location:  Golf Club of Indiana

Date:  May 3, 2012

Time:  12:30 Shotgun Start


Catering to be provided by Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for dinner.


Registration forms will be forthcoming, we just wanted you all to get this great date on your calendar!

Table Tops

Ralph R Pitman, Jr., CSI, CDT

Indianapolis Chapter CSI


The Indianapolis Chapter of CSI is accepting reservations for Table Tops for upcoming Chapter meetings.  The list of programs for upcoming Chapter meetings is published in this newsletter, the web site, or contact Program chairman Andy McIntyre, so if you would like to target a particular meeting, make sure to get your reservation in early.  We do have a limit of four spaces available for Table Tops in a standard meeting room and 10 if we have a double room.


Table Tops are an opportunity to promote your company, products, or services to all attendees of our regular chapter meeting during the social hour.  There is a maximum of 20 minutes for Table Top presentation at a regular Chapter meeting.  You have the floor for maximum of five minutes during the dinner to communicate to the entire group if there are four presenters. If there is a greater demand, the 20 minutes will be divided by the number of presenters and rounded down to the nearest 30 seconds.


The Table Top presentations are FREE, one time, to new members, and cost current Indianapolis Chapter members only $75.  Non-members get the same opportunity for $125.  A 30 by 60 table with a cover and skit will be included.  All proceeds go to support the Chapter.


Another opportunity for a Table Top is during an Education Seminar.  The cost is if you combine it with the Chapter meeting and Education Seminar the cost would be $100 for current members and $150 for non-members.


If you would like to schedule a Table Top for a future meeting or seminar, contact:


Ralph Pitman - Sebree Architects, Inc

rpitman@sebreearchitects.com  or (317) 272-7800




Matt Maier - Edgewood Building Supply

mmaier@edgewoodbuildingsupply.com or (317) 846-6060

make sure to put 'Table Top Request' in the subject line  

Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster

1. The Procurement Requirements are:


a. A part of the Contract Documents, but not the Construction Documents.

b. Part of the Project Manual.

c. A part of the Construction Documents, but not the Project Manual.

d. In the same part of the Contract Modifications.


2. In 1964, the term "Project Manual" was introduced by the:


a. American Bar Association

b. American Institute of Architects

c. Construction Specifications Institute

d. Department of Defense


3. A disadvantage of using standardized agreement forms is:


a. Familarity of the forms

b. Uniformity of terminolgy

c. Legal precedents interpreting the documents

d. May not meet specific project requirements

e. Recognized customs resulting from longtime use


4. Which is true regarding level two specifications sections:


a. They provide the widest latitude in describing a unit of work.

b. They contain the broadest categories of work.

c. They should be used extensively.

d. None of the above.

e. a and b only.


5. "Record Drawings" are:


a. Usually general in nature, with few dimensions

b. Revised to include shop drawings

c. Often required of the Contractor to indicate changes incorporated

during construction


Answers located at the end of this newsletter....


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Chapter Photos
February 2012


We hope you have enjoyed seeing these previews of the latest images from our events.  To view more, visit our online photo album.
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Education Foundation  


Scholarship applications for this year's Education Foundation Scholarship are now available.  If you or someone you know are a student in a construction related college program, please consider this opportunity!


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Charitable Donation

Education Foundation 


The Indianapolis Chapter CSI Education Foundation is nearing the opening of the Scholarship "season" and will be sending out applications to students across the state.  This is a great benefit for the students in the construction industry.


For the first time, you have the opportunity to donate directly to the foundation in a secure way.  The donations to this foundation are tax deductable.  If you are considering this good deed and have any questions about the tax aspect, please don't hesitate to contact the Foundation.



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Online Archive 


Minutes of the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Board of Directors can be read here.  Please contact the president with any comments or questions.
Quiz ANSWERS:  1. - b; 2. - b; 3. - d; 4. - e; 5. - c  
In This Issue
Study Classes
Table Tops
Meeting Innformation

February 16, 2012

Riverwalk Banquet Center

Members: Free
Guests $20
Students: $5
Retired: $5

5:30 Social Hour
6:30 Dinner
7:15 Mtg/Program 
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