Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

July 2013

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Welcome to the Year of Ed!

Please help make Ed's first month as President a memorable one by reading this newsletter!  :)

Inside you will find a great tribute to our friend John C. Fleck and reminders of the Trade Show coming up in September.
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 July Meeting: The Social Media Toolbox

Thursday July 25, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

The social media toolbox: Strategies to connect, communicate and collaborate

Riverwalk Banquet Center


Indianapolis Chapter CSI August Meeting: Prevention thru Design

Thursday August 15, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

A discussion of guidelines for addressing occupational hazards and risks in design and redesign processes.

Riverwalk Banquet Center


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show - Exhibitor Registration

Thursday September 12, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

The Crane Bay


2013 Standing Reservation List


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View from the Tower
Ed Brown CSI, CCCA
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This is my first newsletter article of the new fiscal year. I want to take a moment to say welcome to all of the members. The picture to the left is of me and my son Elliott at Jungle Jim's Store outside of Cincinnati, OH. The store was started by one man back in the '70's and it has grown and grown to the massive store that it is today. I am going to try and include a different picture each month.


I am very excited and nervous to be the new chapter President. I look forward to working with all of you. We have quite a bit going on this month. First, we have the upcoming GLR Region Conference in Cleveland, OH. I encourage those who wish to take a leadership role in CSI to attend a region conference. It is a great way to learn about what is going on throughout the region, meet new people, and develop leadership skills. To avoid conflict with the chapter meeting, the meeting this month has been moved to the fourth Thursday. Speaking of chapter meeting, the program this month will deal with social media and how it affects us in our personal and professional lives.


Also, at the chapter meeting, we will be discussing and voting on the amended chapter by-laws. I hope you all have had a chance to review and comment on them. If you have any questions about them, please let me know.


Finally, I decided to do something a little different this year. I am going to give the chapter a chance to get to know me, a little at a time. I'm going to call it "The President's question of the month". Past presidents have done a little something to get members to read the newsletters and I would like to continue this tradition. There will be one multiple choice question about myself in the President's letter and the first person to email me the correct answer to will get a small prize at the chapter meeting. You must be present to win. So I invite all of you to take a guess, you may win. The answer will be revealed at the chapter meeting. By the time my term ends, you will have gotten to know me better.


July's President's question of the month:

When I was in junior high and high school, what foreign language did I take?:

  • French

  • Italian

  • Chinese

  • Spanish

Remember, email your guesses to the address above. There will be a new question each month.


Thank you all for taking the time to read this. See you on July 25th.


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TradeShow39th Annual Trade Show & #designindy2013

Trade Show Committee


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show - Exhibitor Registration

Thursday September 12, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

The Crane Bay


The Indianapolis Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) invites you to participate in CSI Trade Show 2013, our annual COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION PRODUCT SHOWCASE!  By all accounts: "It's the Best Trade Show Around"!  This is your chance to sign up and be a part of the show.  We always sell out early, so don't wait! This year we have made significant changes to provide enhanced benefit for both vendors and attendees! 



Design Indy is a larger event, featuring the AIA Indianapolis meeting, the USGBC Central Indiana networking event, and the 39th Annual CSI Indianapolis Show. Design Indy will feature keynote speaker Aaron Renn, aka "The Urbanophile," discussing Indianapolis' past, present, and future. Of course it will also have a great Product Show, and new this year, an after party featuring the jazz duo Slammer Jazz on the patio.


Exhibitors Register here!


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.

John C. Fleck, FCSI, Distinguished Member
In Remembrance

It is with great regret and sadness that the Indianapolis Chapter CSI announces the passing of founder and pillar of our Chapter as well as a past Institute president, John C. Fleck, FCSI.  


John was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 2, 1925 and passed away peacefully July 10, 2013 at 88 years of age.  John attended Purdue University prior to active military duty and eventually received his architectural education at the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado, after serving as a 2nd Lt. and bomber pilot in WWII.  Along with his passion for architecture and construction, John continued to fly maintaining commercial, multiengine, and instrument ratings until 2004.


John Fleck was a successful architect and construction industry leader in Indiana as well as nationally.  John maintained an architectural practice for 33 years, having also served Indiana as Public Works Director in 1984 and as Executive Director of Indiana State Office Building Commission from 1984 to 1994, where he provided direction and guidance over the span of two administrations for many projects including the Government complex (approx. 1, 000, 000 sq. ft.), State Capital restoration, and two major parking structures.  In 1988 John Fleck was named to the Council of Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest personal honor an Indiana governor can bestow.


Having been a partner in several architectural firms in Indiana, John was most proud of his association with The Construction Specifications Institute.  As the Charter President of the Indianapolis Chapter CSI (1961-62), he not only steered the chapter as it started, but also helped guide the construction industry in developing standardized specification practices.  In 1973, John was named the national President of CSI and was later honored by CSI by being advanced to Fellow and to Distinguished Member.  John Fleck's greatest contribution and ultimate legacy is the many lives he touched as a leader and mentor.  He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, the construction industry, the Indianapolis Chapter CSI, and the Construction Specifications Institute.






Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster 


1.  The term "Contract Documents" typically includes:


a. Contract Forms

b. Drawings

c. Specifications

d. All of the above


2. In a Design/Build project, there is a contractual relationship established between:


a. The Owner and a single party; typically a Contractor associated with an A/E.

b. The A/E and a single party; typically a Contractor associated with an Owner.

c. The Owner and several other separate parties; typically various subcontractors.

d. The A/E and an Owner directly.


3. Direct selection or Negotiated Contract method:


a. Is generally allowed for public sector projects

b. Is used when the Architect hires the Contractor

c. Does not involve the method of payment

d. Usually is used by the Owner with advice from the A/E


4. The A/E might want to restrict substitutions because of which of the following reasons:


a. Concern that proposed substitutions are inferior to the items specified because they are unknown.

b. Significant amounts of additional time and expense may be required to evaluate the proposed product.

c. The concern that proposed substitute product will not perform in all respects the same as the specified product..,appearance, performance, fire rating, code compliance, maintenance and lifespan.

d. All of the above

e. None of the above


5. Parentheses, quotation marks, and underlining are good Specification writing techniques.


a. True

b. False

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

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  

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Chapter Photos
June Awards Banquet



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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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. - d; 2. - a; 3. - d; 4.  d; 5. - b
In This Issue
Trade Show!
Meeting Innformation

July 25, 2013

Riverwalk Banquet Center
Members: Free
Guests: $20
Retired: $10
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