Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

March 2013

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May the luck of the irish be with us all this month.  
This month, as the temps start to warm up, it is time to start thinking about the Golf Outing coming up in early May.  Registration forms are now available via the links below.
Many of your old and new faves are part of this month as well.  Certification Quiz, ADA Corner, and photos!
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

 Indianapolis Chapter CSI March Chapter Meeting: Paint

Thursday March 21, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

Learning Objectives:

Riverwalk Banquet Center




2013 Standing Reservation List

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Andy McIntyre, CSI, CCPR
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Greetings fellow CSIers! As I write this it seems that old man winter has started his concession speech. He's not done yet but winter will eventually concede to spring in this annual election.

Please join us as the next few months will bring some exciting learning opportunities and some finality to this fiscal year. In March we will have a program on paint standards. Specifiers are often confused about which standards to apply and how, and our own Janie Farmer will help set the record straight. April brings us Brian Smith, Superintendent of HSE schools on what capital projects and innovative programs his  district has in store. May will be a program on reflective insulation and radiant barriers. And June will of course be our annual Awards banquet.

Speaking of elections, this month we vote for our next group of leaders to take positions on our Board of Directors. This is an important time for our Chapter and your vote matters! E ballots have gone out or you can fill out a paper ballot at this months meeting. Votes will be tallied at the meeting and our newest Board members will be announced. Thanks again to all who put their names in the hat and to all those that volunteer your time with the chapter.

As always please don't hesitate to reach out if you have a question or concern regarding our chapter.

All the best,


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YouTube Channel  
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.

Please look forward to upcoming updates.


2013 Bud Reed Memorial Golf Outing

Golf Committee


The 24th Annual Bud Reed Memorial Golf Outing / Scholarship Trust 

will be held on May 2, 2013 at the Golf Club of Indiana located in Zionsville.


Dinner will be provided by Ruth's Chris in "The Cardinal Room" -  a brand new 6500 sf  heated and air conditioned state of the art banquet facility. Located virtually in the same location the old pavilion.


The outing will also include: (but not limited to) 

  • Pre-tournament practice tee Instructional tips program with the course pro.
  • on-course Beverage carts
  • on-course Ruth's Chris sliders
  • Awards Banquet catered by Ruth's Chris
  • Door prizes and give-aways for participants
  • On course contests
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • 4 hole in one competitions

Prizes include:

  • Airfare for 2
  • Electronic equipment pkg.
  • $10,000 cash
  • Cruise for 2





For more information, please contact Chris Hughes. 

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.

Job Opening



Lafayette Venetian Blind, a nationally recognized manufacturer of custom window fashions located in West Lafayette, IN, has an immediate need for an individual with contract sales and specification experience.


This individual will: 

  1. Be responsible for direct contact with architects and other contract building specifiers for purposes of specifying Lafayette products.
  2. Work with existing & perspective dealers to increase commercial sales of Lafayette products.
  3. Review and improve product specification documents.
  4. Assist customer service in serving the needs of our commercial dealers including but not limited to pricing, matching specifications, reviewing blueprints & takeoffs.
  5. Work with our product designers to insure that our product offering meets the needs of the commercial market place.

Requirements include:

  1. Background in commercial construction.
  2. Experience working with blueprints and specifications.
  3. Computer proficient including experience with MS Office Suite.
  4. Experience interacting with architects and contractors.
  5. Experience in "Division 12 Furnishings" preferred, but not required. 

For the right individual this is a unique chance to synergize our 60+ years of experience in the residential window treatment business with the immediate growth opportunities in the commercial marketplace.


This is a full time salaried position with good benefits and bonus potential.  Please send resume and salary history to:


Lafayette Venetian Blind

3000 Klondike Rd.

West Lafayette, IN 47906


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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. The document recommended to organize preliminary construction information into

a standard order on the basis of elements or systems:


a. MasterFormat

b. UniFormat

c. Outline Specifications

d. Project Manual


2. MasterFormat 2004 is based on:


a. A six-digit numbering system

b. A five-digit numbering system

c. An alphanumeric numbering system using Division numbers and letters

d. A system using not more than two decimal places to aid in filing and

project identification


3. As part of the ____________, the Agreement is considered a Contract Document:


a. Contract Conditions

b. Contract Forms

c. Bidding Requirements

d. Specifications


4. What contract type is usually the simplest to administer?


a. Single Contract

b. Multiple Contract

c. Turn-Key

d. Competitive Bidding


5. The Construction Phase is not the best time to entertain substitutions because:


a. It may be difficult to appraise the full effect of the proposed substitution or fully evaluate and research the proposed product.

b. Substituted items have not been subjected to the competitive bidding process and the cost may not reflect true market conditions.

c. When specified items are not available, the A/E and Owner feel pressured to approve substitutions with which they have little experience and with which they are not comfortable.

d. All of the above.


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 will be presented. 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: Are detectable warnings on curb ramps still required? I don't see anything about them in the new 2010 ADA.


Answer: The issues related to raised truncated domes on curb ramps along accessible outdoor pedestrian paths has to be one of the most confusing topics throughout the history of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Although requirements for detectable warnings to assist the visually impaired were included in the original 1991 ADAAG (ADA Architectural Guidelines), there was a period of years where these requirements were suspended by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as the Access Board was completing additional research on the topic.

Just when everyone finally figured out what they were supposed to do, the new 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (2010 ADA) was published by the DOJ and then became mandatory on projects permitted after March 15, 2012. Good luck trying to find the requirements for detectable warnings for curb ramps in the 2010 ADA. Section 406 Curb Ramps includes nothing about the raised truncated domes. 2010 ADA Section 705 Detectable Warnings provides all the specifics on the geometry of the truncated domes and Section 810.5 explicitly requires the warning surface for rail boarding platforms. But what about curb ramps? Are they no longer required?


Let's look at a couple of other documents before we jump to that conclusion.


First, ICC/ANSI A117.1-2003 Section 406.13 Detectable Warnings at Curb Ramps at least acknowledges at the fact that curb ramps may be required to have detectable warnings and sets requirements when provided. But ANSI A117.1 is not a scoping document, meaning it does not indicate when something is required, only how to do it when it is required. ANSI A117.1 is a part of most Building Codes, being referenced by both the 2006 and 2009 International Building Code (IBC) Section 1101.2. Therefore, ANSI A117.1 can be enforced by a building inspector. However, there is nothing in the 2006 or 2009 IBC that says curb ramps must have detectable warnings. But before you delete detectable warnings from your office master specifications forever, let's keep researching a little further.


In the Department of Transportation's (DOT) ADA Standards for Transportation Facilities, which is primarily the same as the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design published by the DOJ with just a few modifications, the following paragraph was added:


"406.8  A curb ramp shall have a detectable warning complying with 705. The detectable warning shall extend the full width of the curb ramp (exclusive of flared sides) and shall extend either the full depth of the curb ramp or 24 inches (610 mm) deep minimum measured from the back of the curb on the ramp surface."


The DOT requires state and local governments that receive federal financial assistance from the Department to use its accessibility standards with this added paragraph 406.8. For that reason, most state and local governments will have standard details for curb ramps within the public right-of-way with detectable warnings.


Why didn't the Access Board just put this paragraph in the 2010 ADA? At the same time it was developing the new ADA Standards, it was also developing Proposed Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way, which was published July 26, 2011. Though not yet an official requirement of the DOJ, this document does very clearly spell out that detectable warning surfaces are required at curb ramps at pedestrian street crossings.

So what does all this mean?

  • Curb ramps from a private sidewalk down to a private parking lot or private driveway are NOT required to have detectable warnings. Private facilities and their adjoining amenities are covered by the 2010 ADA Standards.
  • Curb ramps which are in the public right-of-way ARE required to have detectable warnings. Curb ramps on public sidewalks or down to public streets must have the raised truncated domes.
Now remember, the 2010 ADA Standards like all of the various codes and standards for design and construction list the minimum requirements. There is nothing in the 2010 ADA that states you cannot include detectable warnings when the curb ramp is on private property. Many times within large developments it is very difficult, if not impossible, to visually tell the difference between a private drive and a public street. With the primary enforcement of ADA being legal action brought by someone who feels their civil rights have been violated, it may be easier to just put in the truncated domes everywhere it seems reasonable than to later hire a lawyer later to explain the difference. This is especially true given all the drive-by law suits occurring much too frequently. 
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Chapter Photos
February 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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Phil McMullan Scholarship Applications
Education Foundation 


This year, in remembrance of our friend and colleague Phil, Thermo Scan Inspections, along with the Foundation is offering a scholarship to those students involved in the sustainable aspects of our profession.


If you or someone you know is interested in this, please click the link below for more information.


Applications will only be accepted via email, and are due on March 31.



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. - a; 3. - b; 4. -a; 5. - d 
In This Issue
Table Tops
Meeting Innformation

March 21, 2013

Riverwalk Banquet Center
Members: Free
Guests: $20
Student: $10
5:30 Social Hour
6:30 Dinner
7:30 Program
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