Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

September 2013

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Look in the rest of the newsletter for all you need to know about this great event.
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
Ed Brown CSI, CCCA
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 Well here we are in September and it's almost fall. It's nearly time for all of those fall festivals that we all enjoy. The summer went by way too quickly. The photo above is of my two kids, Elliott and Olivia. Elliott has just started kindergarten and Olivia is still in preschool. As you can see, it was taken during our day trip to Indiana Beach, in Montecello, IN. The kids had a blast and I got to attend of my favorite wineries that is located in Montecello, Whyte Horse Winery. They have such great wines there. Their Chautauqua Red is one of my favorites, along with their Tranquility.

           Well enough about me, we have so much going on this month. For starters we are having our annual trade show, which has been renamed "Design Indy 2013". It is going to be held, not at the Riverwalk, but at The Crane Bay downtown. The Crane Bay is located at 551 W Merrill Street, just west of Lucas Oil Stadium. This event is going to be held on September 12 from 4pm-9pm. It is being held in conjuction with the AIA and USGBC. I would like to thank the tradeshow committee and their chairperson, Andy McIntyre for all of their hard work in coordinating this annual event. I would also like to thank the AIA Indianapolis Chapter and USGBC Central Indiana chapter for agreeing to have their meetings at this event. If you have not yet registered for this free event, you can do so at The keynote speaker for this event is Aaron Renn, aka "The Urbanophile". His topic will beIndy: From Naptown to Super City and Beyond.

            Another event happening this month is the annual CSI National Convention, CONSTRUCT 2013. This year, the convention is going to be held in Nashville, TN. Not too far from Indy. The date of the convention is September 24th-27th at the Music City Center. This will be a great chance to earn educational credits, network and meet other CSI members from around the Great Lakes Region and the nation. In addition, attendees will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of Nashville, TN. If you wish to attend, go to for more information.

            Finally, due to the trade show, there will not be a regular chapter meeting. As a result, I will not be including a question of the month this time. Don't worry, there will be plenty of opportunities for members to get to know me in the near future. Thank you all for taking the time to read this. I hope to see you at Design Indy 2013.


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TradeShow39th Annual Trade Show & #designindy2013

Trade Show Committee


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show - Attendee Registration

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

The Crane Bay


Welcome to the first annual #designindy2013! This exciting new event is for commercial design and construction professionals in the greater Indianapolis area.


Held at the awesome new Crane Bay near Lucas Oil Stadium, this event brings together 3 great organizations under one roof. #designindy2013 is the co-location of The Indianapolis Chapter CSI Product Show, The AIA Indianapolis monthly meeting, and the Central Indiana USGBC membership social event.


Featuring dynamic speaker Aaron Renn, aka "The Urbanophile," who will discuss Indy: From Naptown to Super City and Beyond.


There will be 65 booths showcasing the latest innovations and proven technologies for designing and building commercial, healthcare, education, and multifamily projects.

And don't miss the after party on the Patio at Crane Bay featuring jazz duo Slammer Jazz.

This event is free to design and construction professionals, and includes free parking onsite!


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.

Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster 


1. For public sector projects, which method is normally followed for contract award?


a. Bidding to a preselected group with contract award to the lowest bidder(s).

b. Competitive bidding

c. Negotiated contracts with pre-approved bidders

d. Direct Selection


2. A Cost-plus-fee may include:


a. Cost of material plus an additional fee for overhead and profit

b. A guaranteed maximum price

c. Shared savings

d. Incentives for early completion

e. All of the above


3. All of the following are broad categories of UniFormat EXCEPT:


a. Substructure

b. Shell

c. Interiors

d. Systems

e. Equipment and Furnishings


4. All of the following are Construction Contracts EXCEPT:


a. Design-Bid-Build (D-B-B)

b. Design-Negotiate-Build (D-N-B)

c. Turnkey (T)

d. Design-Build (D-B)

e. Construction-Management as Agent (C-Ma)

f. Owner-Build (O-B)


5. If the courts view the amount specified for liquidated damages being used as a threat to secure performance:


a. The courts generally interpret the liquidated damages as a penalty and rule it unenforceable.

b. The courts award the damages in the case of not meeting the time of completion of the contract.

c. The courts rule in favor of the Owner since it is the only way to get the d. Contractor to meet the schedule.


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




CONSTRUCT is rapidly approaching the last week of this month in Nashville, TN. This is a great opportunity to attend a National Convention that is within driving distance. Those that go will find out about the latest things from Institute, receive information on various products from industry experts, renew ties with CSI Members across the country, make new friends, and see a beautiful city with much history and new activity. At a minimum, come down for a day to see the Product Show. Remember, our Caucus Meeting is Thursday, September 26 at 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm. In Room   .


Outstanding Chapter Commendation - This year, 28 Chapters have been recognized for distinction of the 142 Chapter in CSI. Congratulations to the Chapters in the Great Lakes Region for earning this distinction: Akron-Canton, Columbus, and Louisville. They will receive the Commendation at the Annual Meeting in Nashville.



As I mentioned last month, we had many Award Winners at the GLR Conference. At CONSTRUCT, three more awards will be presented with Great Lakes Region ties:


Distinguished Service Award - Lane J. Beougher, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


Hans William Meier Advancement of Certification Award:

Charles Thompson, CSI, CCS & Jack P. Morgan, CSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA, NCARB, SCIP

Both awards will be awarded at the Gala, Friday evening, September 27, 2013.

Communication Award - Ariel Su, CSI, CCCA and Thomas Frank, CSI

This award will be awarded at the Annual Meeting in Nashville.

Congratulations to all of the Award Winners.

Certificates of Appreciation - Recognition of this past year's Officers, Director's, and Committee Chairs was overlooked at the GLR Conference. They are being recognized now as part of my Monthly Column and will receive a Certificate of Appreciation in the mail.


President - Thad Goodman, CSI

President-Elect - Jack P. Morgan, CSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA, NCARB, SCIP

Vice President - Ivette Ramirez Bruns, CSI, CCS, CCCA

Vice President - Jim McDonald, CSI

Secretary - D. Blake Wagner, CSI, CCCA, AIA, LEED AP

Treasurer - Ralph J. Pitman, CSI, CDT

Immediate Past President - Brandilyn B. Fry, CSI, CDT

Committee Chairs:

Education Committee Chair - Helaine K. Robinson, CSI, CCS, CCCA, SCIP

Certification Committee Chair - Scott Mitchell Taylor, CSI, CDT

Technical Committee Chair - Ed Avink CSI

Awards Committee Chair - Henry W. Stellema, CSI, CDT, AIA

Product Show Committee Chair - James C. McDonald, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, USGBC

Planning Committee Chair - Brandilyn B. Fry, CSI, CDT


Akron-Canton - Bryan Corban, BS, CSI, CDT

Bluegrass - Scott Noel, CSI

Cincinnati - Allen Thomes, CSI

Dayton-Miami Valley - Todd Poeppelmeier, CSI, BS, MBA

Evansville - Mike L. Vannatter, BA, CSI, CCPR

Ft. Wayne - None

Grand Rapids - Lisa Berryman-Render, CSI, CDT

Indianapolis - Andrew McIntyre, CSI, CCPR

Lansing - Matthew A. Guzinski, CSI

Louisville - Randy Reifsnider, CSI, CCS

Metro Detroit - Frank Reed, CSI

Saginaw Valley - Lane J. Beougher, FCSI, CCS, CCCA

Toledo - Bret E. Penrod, CSI


Many thanks for all of your efforts to better the Great Lakes Region, CSI.


Jack P. Morgan



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Chapter Photos
August 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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Constructive Thoughts

Observations and musings about architecture

and the construction industry.

Awards and honors...
Each year, most organizations set aside one day to acknowledge the efforts of their members, and to honor those who have made significant contributions. CSI is no exception; we have award ceremonies at chapter, region, and Institute levels. The crowning moments take place at the annual convention, where Institute awards are presented, where we honor those selected for Distinguished Membership, and where we honor those who have been elevated to Fellowship. While the criteria for most awards are fairly straightforward and easy to understand, there is a mystique surrounding Fellowship; but more on that later.

I suspect many members don't give these affairs much thought, unless they are nominees, but it's worth taking a few moments to consider what awards and honors signify. To be meaningful, an award must be earned, and it must represent something important.

Contributions must be acknowledged

Acknowledgement of effort and contribution is always important, perhaps more so in a volunteer organization. In the business world, success and achievement are rewarded by increased salary, bonuses, and other perquisites; the commonly accepted, though often inaccurate, measure of one's value is the paycheck. The more important you are perceived to be, the more you make. Honors and recognition may be important in business, but rarely do they take precedence over money.

In the world of professional organizations, there may be an occasional cash reward, but in most cases, outstanding work is recognized by an award or honor, often accompanied by a plaque or other object of little intrinsic value, presented at a ceremony attended by the recipient's peers.

The value of any award depends on a number of things: the requirements that must be met, the uniqueness of the award, the total number of awards presented, the importance of the organization making the award, and so on. Even though a plaque in itself isn't worth much, what it represents can mean a great deal to the recipient, the organization, or a larger community.

There is no doubt that we must recognize effort and contributions, but for that recognition to have meaning, differentiation is necessary. If awards are to have value, they must reflect the degree of effort they represent. Is sitting at a registration table equivalent to creating a new education program? Is merely holding an office and voting at board meetings equivalent to demonstrating leadership while in the same office? All of these things deserve recognition, but that recognition should reflect the effort involved. The logical result is a hierarchy of awards, ranging from a simple "Thank you!" to honors that are intended to acknowledge achievements that are "above and beyond."

Always say "Thank you!"

Work of short duration should be acknowledged immediately. A simple "thank you" often is enough, but that is the absolute minimum required. Most people don't expect a plaque for doing small jobs, but they do expect and deserve an expression of thanks. An oral expression of thanks at a chapter meeting is appropriate for the people at the registration table, and certainly for those who organized the current chapter meeting. Some will consider it an anachronism, but I believe a short written thank-you remains appropriate, and may have even more impact in today's world of tweeting and texting.

Formal letters of acknowledgement, on the organization letterhead, should be used for more significant contributions. A copy should be sent to the recipient's employer, especially if the work recognized is related to the recipient's job. This will tell the employer that the employee is respected in the construction industry, and will promote CSI at the same time.

Finally, for the most important awards at each level, plaques or other gifts that can be displayed are appropriate. Using such gifts for all levels of awards reduces their value, and, because volunteers usually keep volunteering and receive more than one award, recipients must decide which ones to display.

I suspect all people enjoy having some visible manifestation of awards, but after receiving a few, they may not have a place for them. I have seen offices with walls full of plaques, but not many; most people choose their favorite few for display and store the rest, eventually throwing them away. Awards committees should look for alternatives to plaques; useful gifts with the organization logo will be appreciated. Shirts, hard hats, hats, key chains, coasters, Matchbox toys, tape measures, levels, business card holders, and other gifts may be more welcome than plaques.

How many awards?

Awards committees are in an awkward position. Understandably, they want to present awards; unfortunately, at least from what I have seen, nominations are rare. Without voluntary suggestions, committees have little choice but to solicit nominations. While there is nothing wrong with that, it's important to not present awards just for the sake of presenting awards. Many people do work that goes unrecognized, but it's entirely possible that no one in a given group did anything worthy of note!

Presenting too many awards reduces their value, and the more important the award or honor, the greater the devaluation. I once saw a chapter newsletter with the banner headline, "104 awards presented!" We aren't first-graders; we should understand that if everyone gets a trophy, those trophies mean nothing. I recall a tale about a local police chief, who, after making a presentation, was given the usual plaque. His sotto voce comment: "Just what I need; another sh***y plaque." Of course, the value of such a plaque may depend on how many a person has received, something the awards committee should consider.

Think of it this way: The more awards there are of a given type, the less the value of that award - and the higher the award, the greater the impact.

Next month, we'll look at CSI's highest honors: Distinguished Membership, Honorary Membership, and Fellowship.  


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. - e; 3. - d; 4.  c; 5. - a
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September 12, 2013

The Crane Bay
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