Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

August 2013

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Back to school!

It feels like fall outside sometimes in this weird summer, but we are still in August and that can only mean we need to read another great newsletter from the Indianapolis Chapter!

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 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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It seems like this summer has already flown by. It is already August and the kids are back to school. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! The photo above is myself at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, OH. It was taken during the Great Lakes Region (GLR) Conference a couple of weeks ago. If you have never been to the museum, you really must include it in your "bucket list." I had a blast. I could have stayed there all day listening to great music from Motown to Rolling Stones and everywhere in between. In addition, the GLR conference is a great way for future leaders to learn the ins and outs of the region and what makes the GLR tick. I would like to thank those who attended the conference for the first time and I hope that you enjoyed the experience. Next summer, the GLR conference will be held here in Indianapolis and I anticipate a great turnout from our chapter at that time.

            This month's chapter meeting presentation will be a discussion on Prevention thru Design. It will be giving by John Lindenschmidt, President of RMS Safety. I hope to see many of you at this month's meeting. I would like to thank Holly Bolton for giving a great presentation on social media at last month's chapter meeting. It was a very informative presentation.

            Finally, for all those who are reading this letter for the first time, I am giving 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. 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.


August's President's question of the month:

I attended my first concert in college. Who was the performer?

  • Barry Manilow
  • Neil Diamond
  • Rod Stewart
  • Santana

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 August 15th.


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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.

Remembering John
In Remembrance

 As members of CSI we remember John for his many contributions to our organization and the construction industry. Among his greatest could be the contributions he made to so many of our membership as industry professionals. Having such an accomplished professional and distinguished leader reach out to provide encouragement and support on an individual basis had such a profound impact on the organization. Although he may have never spoken of it, John must have realized he could improve and grow the organization by providing support to members through his encouragement and recognition of their individual contributions and achievement. From a historical perspective the benefit of John's personal involvement with members on an individual basis contributed greatly to the success of the Indianapolis Chapter. If we are to continue to be successful we need leaders who inspire and encourage us as individuals to do great things. John was that type of leader and as the Indianapolis Chapter of CSI's founding President he was our first. Rest in peace John; you will be missed but not forgotten. 


Gary Gaiser, AIA, FCSI


If you would like to submit anything to the newsletter in remembrance of John and what he meant to your career and life, please email them to me and I will post in an upcoming newsletter.  -

Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster 


1. The Construction Manager (CM) is normally hired by: 

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



a. The A/E

b. The Owner

c. The A/E and the Owner

d. Public agencies


2. Multiple Contracts are normally a part of:


a. Turn-key Construction

b. Phased Construction

c. Long duration construction projects

d. Fast Track Construction


3. A Unit Price Contract is used when:


a. Extent of work cannot be fully determined or where actual quantities cannot be accurately calculated.

b. Extent of work is known, but the Owner desires a unit cost for portions of the work.

c. It is anticipated that bidders will not examine soil bearing reports prior to submitting the bid.

d. Bidding quantities of equipment.


4. Who should review all modifications to the Agreement Forms before they are issued for bidding purposes?


a. The A/E's lawyer

b. The A/E

c. The Owner's lawyer

d. The contractor


5. All of methods in which the cost of a contract can be based are noted below, EXCEPT:


a. Estimated Costs

b. Stipulated or Lump Sum

c. Unit Prices

d. Cost-Plus-Fee 

e. Cost-Plus-Fee with Guaranteed Maximum Price
Anwers 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  

Great Lakes Region President's Report

Jack Morgan

Monthly Presidential Address


Region Conference - The Great Lakes Region Conference started the year with a strong note!


Michael Adams and the Cleveland Chapter were very good hosts with many activities planned.

Those attending, were exposed to Educational Sessions, Leadership Training, a wonderful tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, important Region meetings, and a look at a prosperous downtown Cleveland! Joy Davis, tech guru from the Institute, lead our lunch and breakfast sessions with a discussion derived from the book given to the Board of Directors, The End of Membership as We Know It by Sarah Sladek. The book addresses how we need to start thinking of how organizations such as CSI will be led, not by us Baby Boomers but the younger Generation X, Y, and Millennials. How do organizations change to attract those potential leaders. The successful organizations will succeed and those that do not will fade away! Many great examples are noted in the book! My hope is that CSI can and will change to embrace those younger generations. To that end, at the Annual Meeting, Lane Beougher made a motion to create a new "At Large Director" Position who is an Emerging Professional on the Great Lakes Region Board! That motion passed unanimously! I am currently in the process of developing the blueprint of implementation and defining what the charge of this position will be!


If you would like to offer me your ideas concerning this new position, please do so by calling me or sending me an e-mail to the address or number found below!


Awards are important to recognize the leaders who volunteer their time for the betterment of the Region and CSI! Awards were awarded at the Conference including the highest award offered by the Great Lakes Region, the Bud Reed Memorial Award! This year the award was awarded to Blake Wagner of the Indianapolis Chapter! He has demonstrated the ability to improve the stature of CSI working on various Boards of other groups such as AIA Indianapolis as Treasurer and The Indiana Chapter of DBIA as President! Other Indianapolis Chapter awards include Electronic Media Awards awarded to Arial Su and Thomas Frank for creating an

u-tube video highlighting various CSI Members; Dan McCloskey and Blake Wagner for maintaining our Region website and informing our members of all the Region's activities. An Education Commendation Award to Edmund Brown, President of the Indianapolis Chapter for all his work on the Indianapolis Education Committee. An award not presented at the Conference, but no less deserving, is the Continuous Service Award for the Region to Lane Beougher of the Columbus Chapter! All his contributions to the GLR and CSI are very impressive! The Award will be awarded at a future Columbus Chapter Meeting. Congratulations to all the winners! More on awards in my next address!


Next year, the Conference will be in Indianapolis. The dates have been established - July 31, August 1 and 2, 2014. Our Great Lakes Website: already has preliminary information including those dates! As more details become available, check the Region Website! Mark your calendars now!


Chapter Visits - President-Elect, Ivette Bruns, is organizing Chapter Visits to the various Chapters in the Region by members of the Region EXCOMM. We are blessed that four of the six members are from the Indianapolis Chapter! We can get the information first hand!



Jack P. Morgan



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Chapter Photos
July Meeting



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

August 15, 2013

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