Does anyone know a good rain dance? Or have some magic beans to make it rain? We are drying out!
We are in the midst of summer, while many people have gone on vacation, your Indianapolis Chapter is still hard at work trying to make this the best chapter it can be.
A couple things to note in this issue: Trade Show registration, and all the other good stuff you normally look out for.
As always, please send comments, articles and suggestions to me as they may come up.
Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter Editor
View from the Tower
Pete Kerfoot, CSI, CDT
Greetings fellow CSIers! Is it hot enough for ya? I don't know about you, but when I need to go to South Florida to "cool off" there's something wrong with that picture.
Speaking of things heating up, FY 2012 and 2013 is underway! I am terribly excited by all the great things we have going on in the next few months. July will feature the Great Lakes Region Conference just down the road in Cincinnati! And our Program will (finally!) be the "Super Bowl Construction Post Mortem." Don't forget that we have moved this month's program to the 4th Thursday of the month (July 26th) to accommodate those traveling to the Region Conference on the 3rd Thursday.
And don't forget right around the corner is the Greatest Construction Product Trade Show in Central Indiana, the 38th Annual Indianapolis Chapter Trade Show. Mark your calendars for 9-20-12 and bring a friend! Come see the latest and greatest product innovations, get technical questions answered, or just catch up with old friends.
Speaking of old friends, I'm going to include in each letter one of 12 reasons why you should be proud to be a member of the Indianapolis Chapter of CSI. So July's reason is: old friends! As the theme song to Cheers says, "you want to go where everybody knows your name." (Right now, some of you are humming along in your head). One reason to be proud of CSI is that this is where your friends hang out on the 3rd Thursdays. At one time, you didn't know them, but then you started coming to meetings regularly, and got to know them in a comfortable environment (sometimes over cocktails, always over dinner), and then they became your friends. Lifelong friendships can be had at Indy CSI, and that's one of 12 reasons why you should be proud to be a member.
Just a quick reminder, we are still looking for a passionate, happy go lucky leader to step up and take over the Programs Chair position. If you would like to be considered, please let me know at your convenience. Most of the groundwork has been laid through the end of the calendar year!
Also, I'd like to continue a process Pete put in place to ensure that the Tower's message is being read all the way through (at least by some!). So, if you've read this far, be the first to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject heading tower, and the answer to the following question: What are the 4C's?
Last, I hope most of all that we will be able to look back on FY'12-'13 and say that we had FUN! We may get creative with some events and topics for discussion, and there's sure to be a return of the Pecha Kucha. You should have fun attending our events. Learning and making new friends is important too. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, or just want to discuss the state of the Chapter, CSI, our industry at large, please don't hesitate to contact me!
Take care, drink plenty of water while it's hot, and see you at the meetings old friend!
2012 Trade Show
Trade Show Committee
Registration is now open for the 2012
edition of the Greatest Trade Show around!
Booth locations will be assigned on a first come first serve basis, with previous year's exhibitors getting first choice (on or before the early bird deadline of July 21)
For more information about this opportunity, please visit the following link. And remember, this event isn't just for the exhibitors, this is for the designers, specifiers and architects in the community to get in on the latest technologies and systems available for their projects.
2012 Trade Show
Trade Show Committee
Look for information coming soon about some of the great incentives for attendance to the 2012 Trade Show.
Increased Communicaiton with the exhibitors.
Also, coming soon...information about the educational seminar!
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:
Jeremy Hoffman - CREW Technical Services
email@example.com or (317) 713-7777
Make sure to put 'Table Top Request' in the subject line
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 October 1-27, 2012, in the U.S. & Canada.
Early registration deadline: August 1, 2012
Final registration deadline: August 31, 2012
Questions? Contact CSI Member Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-689-2900.
The Indianapolis Chapter will be offering study classes each Saturday from September 1 to the 29th. Contact Chuck Thompson at 317.263.6226 for more information.
Perfect Attendance Pins
What number are you?
If you have received a Perfect Attendance Pin in the past and know what your last achieved number is, please contact Ken Schmidt, either at the chapter meeting or shoot him an email.
In an effort to ensure we have accurate records, this would be greatly appreciated.
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster
1. Selecting the type of specification to be used on a project is a decision that is usually made by:
a. Project architect/engineer
c. A/E's attorney
2. Division 01 sections should be fully coordinated with:
a. the Procurement Requirements
b. the Agreement
c. the Conditions of the Contract
d. other Specification Sections
e. all of the above
3. What is the code that governs contracts dealing with the sale of goods except in the State of Louisiana?
a. Uniform Construction Code
b. Uniform Commercial Code
c. Universal Commercial Code
d. Universal Construction Code
4. The four essentials of performance specifying are:
a. Attributes, requirements, criteria, tests
b. Inspection, requirements, criteria, tests
c. Solicitation, attributes, criteria tests
d. Legal aspects, design characteristics, and tests
5. The detailed scope of each contract in a multiple prime contract should be defined:
a. In Division 01 - General Requirements
b. In the Supplementary Conditions
c. In the Instructions to Bidders
d. On the Bid Form
Answers located at the end of this newsletter....
We hope you have enjoyed seeing these previews of the latest images from our events. To view more, visit our online photo album.
You have the opportunity to donate directly to the foundation in a secure way in order to boost the number and financial quality of the scholarships. 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.
|What happened to the architect?
We started this series of articles with a question - What happened to the master builder? - and went on to talk about how the architect no longer is the master builder of old, for a couple of reasons. First, the continual increase in construction products, methods, and computer technology makes it virtually impossible for any one person to know all there is to know about construction, or even a significant part of it, and, more important, there was a conscious effort to divorce architects from hands-on experience and technical knowledge. Finally, as we will see, architects themselves have, through contract documents, reduced their importance, at the same time increasing the importance of the contractor.
Today, no one expects a single person to know all about construction today, but a semblance of a master builder can be found in the collective knowledge of an architectural firm and its consultants. However, because of the lasting impact of the design-bid-build process, there remains a schism between the design and construction activities of architecture.
Which, of course, means that an architect, in the original meaning of the word, no longer exists. In case you forgot from the earlier article, the word comes from the Greek arkhitekton, meaning "master builder, director of works," from arkhi- "chief" plus tekton "builder, carpenter". Notice that design is not part of the definition, though it can be inferred from the meaning. In that context, it's easier to see the architect-master builder being a contractor who knows how to design, than a designer who knows how to build. Despite the derivation of the word, we now think of an architect as one who designs buildings, but is not directly involved in construction. In fact, by today's standards, an architect is expected to know only about design.
It's been that way for a long time, so what's the big deal? If you don't care who is in charge, it doesn't make much difference, but architects seem to care. Let's look at some of the ways buildings get built, and the role of the architect in each.
The simplest case is an owner with its own in-house design and construction departments. The owner decides what is needed, designs it, and builds it. The designers and builders work for the owner, and while there may be some interdepartmental differences of opinion, they do what they're told. End of story. The designers and the builders are approximately equal in status, though the owner - as is always the case - may care more about cost than aesthetics, and the functional design is usually of paramount importance.
The design-build process, a rough equivalent of how things were done by the Master Builder of old, is similar. The owner hires a single entity, which provides both design and construction services, and answers to the owner for everything. Again, design and construction work together toward a common goal. Again, at least in theory, design and construction have similar status. In practice, the leading entity - usually a contractor - has more clout.
With design-bid-build, the owner hires one or more firms to design the building, and one or more contractors to build it. The owner is still the boss, but historically relies on the architect to more or less run the project. Many owners have no choice, as they don't have knowledgeable staff capable of managing the entire process. Because of this relationship, the design professional appears to be the most important entity, and the owner expects the contractor to build what's in the documents. At least, that's the way it has worked until recently; contractors now often have much greater influence than in the past. In many cases, contractors drive decisions, and the architect makes changes to accommodate the contractor's recommendations to the owner.
One of the strange things about design-bid-build is that we accept it as normal, as the way things should be done. In fact, it is a recent innovation, supplanting hundreds or thousands of years of construction led by the Master Builder. Some will argue it is superior to other delivery methods, and at one time, I agreed. I now believe that objections to design-build - most of which are based on the assumption that the design team knows more about what's going on than the contractor, and that the design team is more concerned about the owner - can be addressed in the same way owners like to choose architects and contractors, i.e., by careful selection, based on past performance. Choosing a design-builder by low bid makes no more sense than selecting either an architect or a contractor solely on the basis of cost.
For whatever reason, design-bid-build is the way we've been doing things in the US for a long time, and it seems most architects believe things are just fine the way they are, with an architect-led design team firmly in charge, and the construction team faithfully doing what they're told. However, unless you've been sleeping, you may have noticed that the contractor's role and importance have been increasing. I've been seeing more negotiated contracts, more construction management projects, and more design-build projects with our private sector clients; it seems only government agencies are holding fast to design-bid-build, and even they are looking at other options.
How did we get to this point? Next time, we'll look at important changes in contract documents that have affected the relative importance of architect and contractor.
p.s. If you're interested in learning more about the Master Builder and the architect, register for the CONSTRUCT (the CSI Show), September 11 - 15, and go to the presentation, "The Evolution and Demise of Construction Documents".
© 2012, Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC
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Board of Directors' Minutes
Minutes of the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Board of Directors can be read here. Please contact the president with any comments or questions.
Meeting Arrangements Committee
For those of you who know you will be attending each chapter meeting and don't want to mess with making sure they have a spot each month, the Chapter offers to its members in good standing the Standing Reservation List.
Please review the terms of this program at the following link.
Quiz ANSWERS: 1. - d; 2. - e; 3. - b; 4. - a; 5. - a
July 26, 2012
Riverwalk Banquet Center
Members - Free
Guests - $20
Retired - $5
5:30 Social Hour