Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

February 2013

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Thank you for reading this great installment of the Winner's Circle.

This month, as always, has a lot of great info and even a new article series by our very own Steve Cain on ADA issues.  Be sure to check it out.

In the newsletter this month, directly below this intro, you will find two of our latest sponsors for the Chapter.  ACP and The Boots Group have stepped up in a major way to become Platinum Sponsors.  If you or your company would like to become the next supporter of the Chapter and its mission, please contact Jami Spice.

Please let us know if you have any ideas for future newsletters.


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 Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter Editor

Upcoming Events
Programs Committee
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View from the Tower
Andy McIntyre, CSI, CCPR
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Greetings fellow CSIers!


While the weather teases us with spring like temperatures, we are reminded that we are still in winter yet again. Things at CSI Indy Chapter are beginning to heat up. We follow up last months meeting on NFPA 285 fire testing requirements with an equally important discussing on forensic building envelope lessons by locally based Dan Weekes with American Structurepoint.

At this months meeting we will be taking nominations for upcoming vacant Board seats and we will also have several committee chair positions looking for leaders. CSI Indy has always been a place for leaders to grow and flourish and I expect this year will be no different. If you've been thinking about running for a Board seat or Committee Chair position please don't hesitate to throw your name in the proverbial hat. We as leaders of the Chapter will do our best to seek out and ask for you to take leadership role, but if we miss you it's ok to put your hand up!

To the current leaders and committee chairs I thank you kindly for your service to the Chapter: I could not do it without you.

See you all this Thursday!



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Visual Education


The Indianapolis Chapter CSI has entered into a new phase of the digital communication era, and now has a dedicated YouTube Channel for the benefit of our membership.
CSI Indy Member Spotlight - Marty Stinson, CDT
CSI Indy Member Spotlight - Marty Stinson, CDT
Please look forward to upcoming updates.

Table Tops

Jeremy Hoffman

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  or (317) 713-7777

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

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.

Pinch Hitters

To all Indianapolis CSI Chapter members:


The Education and Program committee is compiling a contingency list of members that could fill in as a Program speaker. Notice could be as little as several hours or maybe a day or two. The substitute speaker's presentation needs to be a prepared topic eligible for educational credit under industry guidelines. We will endeavor to choose from the list a topic not covered within the prescribed time limit, in order to issue credits, although this may not always be the case.

Those interested in submitting availability and topic(s), please do so soon and include the following:




Program name:

Contact (best ways: cell, email, text):

Minimum notice needed/desired:


Please forward information to both:                                                       Ed Brown:

Douglas Pearmain:

Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster

1. Construction Contract Administration (CCA) begins:


a. When the Contract Documents are issued for bid or negotiation.

b. When the Owner-Contractor Agreement is executed.

c. When construction commences.

d. During the Contract Document phase of A/E's services.


2. According to the standard General Conditions, the Owner is not required to provide the Contractor:


a. Legal description of the site.

b. Evidence of Insurance.

c. Evidence Owner can fulfill financial obligations.

d. The Building Permit.


3. The basic lines of communication among participants on a construction project are established in the:


a. Conditions of the Contract.

b. Owner-Contractor Agreement.

c. Specifications.

d. Division 01 - General Requirements.


4. Project Delivery systems include:


a. Cost-Plus-Fee Contract.

b. Negotiated Contract.

c. Stipulated Lump Sum Contract.

d. Owner-Builder Contract.


5. Who is normally responsible for preparing the Agreement for Construction?


a. The Owner.

b. The Contractor.

c. The A/E.

d. Owner's legal counsel.  


Answers located at the end of this newsletter....
ADA Question of the Month

Steven J. Cain  -  President SJC Architecture, Inc.
ICC Certified Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner


As a new feature of the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter, real life questions and answers to accessibility issues based on observations in my practice of architecture and accessibility consulting. With your submitted questions, this will be regular monthly feature in the Chapter Newsletter. Feel free to send your questions for possible inclusion in future articles to Steve Cain at


Question: If we only have valet parking for a Denver hotel, what are the requirements for ADA parking spaces?


Answer: Under the old ADAAG (1991 Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities) there was an explicit exception in the parking requirements that exempted valet only parking facilities from the required minimum number of accessible parking spaces (1991 ADAAG Section 4.1.2(5)(e)). The new 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design does NOT include a similar exception.


The Denver Building Code (2009 International Building Code) has requirements for accessible parking (2009 IBC Section 1106) but also had no exception for valet only parking facilities.


In both the 2010 ADA and 2009 IBC, the only reference to valet parking is in requiring a passenger loading zone where valet parking services are provided. In this project, passenger loading zones meeting the requirements of 2010 ADA Section 503 are being provided at the main entrance to each hotel, where the valet drop-off and pick-up service will be provided.


Since there is no longer a valet only exception, the 2010 ADA should be interpenetrated that if parking is provided, accessible parking must also be provided. There are a couple of reasons why a valet parking facility should meet accessibility requirements. First, valet parking is a service, not a facility type. The parking facility operator could at any time decide to eliminate the valet service or only have the valet service available at certain times of day. Secondly, some vehicles for the disabled are specially adapted with hand controls or lack a driver's seat and may not be operable by a valet parking attendant.


With the Denver hotel parking facility being a multilevel garage with a layout requiring the accessible parking and the accessible route from this parking to be on a sloped surface, I highly recommend it be designed to fully comply with the 2010 ADA and 2009 IBC accessibility requirements. This recommendation would be the same even if there was a valet only exception in the new standard. Primarily because the decision to operate as a valet only facility today does not mean that will be the same decision of the operator a couple of years from now when the hotel opens. Alterations to accommodate the new provisions would go beyond changing some painted stripping to create accessible spaces; it could involve changing the slopes of elevated concrete garage ramps. Not an easy thing to do after construction.

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Chapter Photos
January 2013


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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Scholarships Applications
Education Foundation 


It's that time again.  Time for those that are furthering their education to gain additional funds to do so.


The Education Foundation's call for scholarship applications has begun and can be found on our website.


The scholarship is open to any Indiana resident, or anyone attending an Indiana school studying a construction related field.



Board of Directors' Minutes

Online Archive 


Minutes of the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Board of Directors can be read here.  Please contact the president with any comments or questions.
Standing Reservations 
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. - b; 2. - d; 3. - a; 4. -d; 5. - a 
In This Issue
Table Tops
Meeting Innformation

February 21, 2013

Riverwalk Banquet Center
Members: Free
Guests: $25
Student: $10
5:30 Social Hour
6:30 Dinner
7:30 Program
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