Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

October 2013

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Upcoming Events
Programs Committee

Indianapolis Chapter CSI Education Seminar: 800 North Capitol

Thursday October 17, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

A tour of a redevelopment of the former Litho Press Building into 111 apartment units. Much of the activity so far is interior concrete and plumbing work. When finished, the 105-year-old building will feature 150 industrial-designed windows to help maintain its original look. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Former Litho Press Building


Indianapolis Chapter CSI October Meeting - Panel Discussion on the 2013 TCNA

Thursday October 17, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

A panel discussion on the highlights of the new Tile Council of North America (TCNA) handbook. The focus of the discussion will be designing with large format tile. The panelists will include experts from HB Fuller Construction Products, Laticrete, IMI, and Custom Building Products. The panel will be moderated by Erin Jennings, President of IIDA.

Riverwalk Banquet Center


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Education Seminar: Code Compliant Door Hardware

Thursday November 21, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Sifting through the ever changing codes affecting Section 08 71 00.

Riverwalk Banquet Center


2013 Standing Reservation List

Tuesday December 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST

Riverwalk Banquet Center


Indianapolis Chapter CSI January Meeting - Deep Rock Tunnel Project

Thursday January 16, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST

A discussion on the progress of the ongoing Deep Rock Tunnel Project

Riverwalk Banquet Center


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View from the Tower
Ed Brown CSI, CCCA
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Here we are in October, and fall is just beginning. September passed by so quickly.  I'm now more than a quarter of a way through my presidency and so much has been done. I hope that you all enjoyed last month's trade show. The turnout was great and we received some great responses from the exhibitors. Thanks go to the trade show committee for their hard work and dedication.


A number of members, including myself, attended CONSTRUCT, the annual CSI convention in Nashville, TN a couple of weeks ago. For this letter, I have decided to go with two pictures, on the right is the Country Music Hall of Fame and on the left is the Music Center, where the convention was held. I had a wonderful time touring Nashville and meeting friends from other chapters throughout the country. There were plenty of education seminars to be had at the convention, as well as a lot of fun. You haven't lived until you have heard the Institute President, Casey Robb yodeling. I wish I was kidding. If you have never been to a convention, I urge you to attend. Next year, the convention will take place in Baltimore, MD.


A number of chapter members won awards at this year's convention. Chuck Thompson and Jack Morgan won the Hans William Meier Award for the Advancement of Certification Programs. Ariel Su and Thomas Frank won the Institute Communications award. Congratulations to all of these award winners.


This month's chapter program will be a panel discussion of the 2013 Tile Council of North America (TCNA) handbook. The discussion will emphasize designing with large format tile and the requirements necessary for successful installation, addressing Divisions 03 and 09. The moderator of the panel will be Erin Jennings, Assoc. AIA, Assoc. IIDA, President of the Indiana Chapter of IIDA. I hope that you can all attend. The chapter meeting will be held on October 17.  Also, on October 17, we will be hosting a construction tour of the former Litho Press building, located at 800 N. Capitol, across from Marbaugh Reprographics.  This historic building is being redeveloped into apartment units. The tour will begin at 4pm at Marbaugh and will last about an hour. Registration is available on the chapter website and is limited to 30 people. Thanks to Joyce White, of Marbaugh, for coordinating this tour for our chapter.


I would like to remind the members that this month's chapter meeting, we will be voting on the bylaws that have recently been approved by the Institute. I hope that you have gotten a chance to review them. In addition, President-elect David Young, will be presiding over this month's chapter meeting. I will be on vacation during the week of the chapter meeting. As a result, the president's question of the month will resume in November's newsletter.

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions or chapter issues. I will see you at next month's meeting.



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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.

Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster 



1. It is important for the long-term success of the facility's operations and maintenance

that project closeout activities include all of the following EXCEPT?


a. Start-up and load testing

b. Receipt of final punch list

c. Demonstration for new operators

d. Operational training if necessary

e. Commissioning


2. Under AIA A201, who has the responsibility to pay sales, consumer, use, and similar taxes for the Work provided?


a. A/E

b. Owner

c. Contractor

d. Installing sub-contractor

e. None of the above


3. Substitution requirements and procedures during bidding ____________.


a. are not allowed under most public bidding statutes

b. are modified by the Supplementary Conditions

c. are governed by the Instruction To Bidders

d. provide for requests by telephone


4. Marked up or corrected Contract Drawings that indicate changes incorporated in the Work, are known as:


a. Contract Forms

b. Closeout Submittals

c. Record Drawings

d. As-Builts

e. Not required for private work


5. All of the following are Articles in PART 3 - EXECUTION EXCEPT:


a. Examination

b. Application

c. Fabrication

d. System Startup  


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  - CONSTRUCT was held the last week of September in Nashville, TN.  Among the best that I have attended, Nashville put on a great show.  From the keynote address, educational offerings, the show itself, host events, the networking, I believe everyone who attended had a great time.  Indianapolis Chapter members made a good showing.  I spent much of my time participating in Leadership offerings at the Leadership Training Center presented by Matt Fochs and Joy Davis.  They are working to put much of this information on the "Leaders" part of the Institute Website.  A great source for leadership knowledge for all CSI leaders.
  • I did not attend the host event, but those that did go, thought it was a memorable evening.  Held at the Country Music hall of Fame which recently opened in a new architecturally interesting building.  Much country music memorabilia was on display, good food selections, and musical entertainment was present all evening.
  • CAUCUS MEETING - We had over thirty attendees for this meeting - a great turnout from the Great Lakes Region.  At this meeting, we were offered an invitation to participate in a Bi-Region Conference in Chicago, May 2015 with the North Central Region.  I am pleased to announce that the GLR EXCOMM has voted to accept that invitation at it's October meeting.  Look for more information to come.
  • Certificates of Appreciation -Unfortunately,  two Directors were accidently omitted from my list from the Great Lakes Region:                   

                 Cleveland - Ibrahim Hakki, CSI

                 Columbus - James C. McDonald, CSI, CDT

They will get their certificates in the mail along with those listed last month.

  • RAP - The Region Allocation Program (RAP) was created as a way for Regions to receive a portion of everyone's membership dues sent to Institute in a better, more equitable manner than the old chapter assessment program that was in place.  Many smaller chapters never did send their assessments to the Regions, thus depriving them valuable resources.  Plus there was no way to receive any dues from the At-Large Members.  This last summer, The Institute board considered lowering the percentage of dues received by the Regions and considered a dues increase.  Both measures failed.  Immediate Past President,  Greg Markling, organized an "Ad-Hoc" Committee consisting of all current region leaders to come up with recommendations to  the board  modifications to the RAP Program before the fall Board meeting at CONSTRUCT in Nashville, TN.  The Region Leaders (including myself representing the Great Lakes Region) had several meetings, and came up with recommendations for the Board to consider.  The Board at the CONSTRUCT Board Meeting, voted to accept the recommendations and charged the CSI Finance Committee to look at ways to implement  them.  I will talk about  those recommendations next month.
  • Nominations - If you have an interest in joining the leadership team of the Region, the Nomination Committee is looking for candidates for three offices: Vice President , Treasurer, and the new position of At Large Director who is an Immerging Professional.  Contact Institute Director, Thad Goodman at by October 18.

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



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Also check out the Construct 2013 photos at the link below!!

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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Sponsor Spotlight

2013 Chapter Sponsor




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ACP is comprised of a team of experienced commercial roofing professionals ready to assist the Specification community in material, product, and system design options for new construction and re roofing.


ACP sells and services the Commercial Roofing Contractors who have been trained at Firestone's Beech Grove training center and licensed to provide extensive warranties. ACP pays special attention to the Architectural Community with continuing education presentations on demand.


Some of the services ACP offers are: 

  • Complete CSI formatted specifications for all systems
  • Cost estimates and Budget estimates for roofing projects
  • For re roofing needs - complete roof analysis, core cuts and recommendations
  • A roof maintenance system - TotalGard, that guarantees in depth inspections, repairs, and replacements to exact Firestone specifications.
  • Building code needs for specific systems - UL and FM in particular
  • In house design and layout using tapered insulation
  • Standing seam metal panel selection layout and design
  • Jobsite installation inspections
  • In depth educational opportunities regarding roofing by way of Indianapolis based - Building Products University.
  • Plant tours of our Beech Grove Asphalt plant
  • Comprehensive literature and samples available. 

Included in the wide range of commercial roofing solutions are: membranes, systems, insulations, roofing accessories such as:


EPDM thermoset rubber both black and white

TPO - Thermoplastic roofing systems in three colors

Modified Bitumen - asphaltic systems produced at Beech Grove, IN

Standing seam metal panels - from 6 different locations

Polyisocyanurate  insulation from 8 plant locations - flat and tapered.

Cover boards of High density ISO, Dens Deck, and wood fiberboard.

Comprehensive metal products including: Fascia and Coping.


System enhancements also include Firestone's vegetative roofing system offerings - SkyScapes and Photovoltaic solar roofing options, SunWave which is a premium daylighting package for an energy savings option.- all of  these are offered with a No Dollar Limit very comprehensive long term warranty.

Constructive Thoughts

Observations and musings about architecture

and the construction industry.


Published each year, CSI's "Honors & Awards Guide" describes the requirements for each Institute award and honor, and contains the information needed to make a nomination. Despite the availability of the Guide, which is posted on the Institute website, many nominations are deficient in one way or another. Given the amount of information in the guide's forty-five pages, it is not surprising that questions arise, but staff, the chair of the Awards Committee, and the chair of the Jury of Fellows will gladly answer those questions.

Requirements for awards are relatively straightforward, each having specific qualifications that must be met. In contrast, honors acknowledge a body of work, often lifetime contributions of many types. In particular, there always seems to be a bit of mystery and confusion surrounding Fellowship.

Of the awards, the highest are the Distinguished Service Award, and those awards named in honor of historically prominent members - Andrew J. Drozda, Ben John Small, Dale C. Moll, J. Norman Hunter, Robert P. Brosseau, and Hans William Meier. One of the things that emphasize the importance of these awards is that they can be given only once each year, and many years, one or more of them are not presented. 

CSI has three honors: Distinguished Membership, Honorary Membership, and Fellowship. Honors differ from awards in several ways. They:

  • have no specific requirements for achievements,
  • are not controlled by the Awards Committee,
  • are a membership status,
  • reflect extensive contributions in support of the Institute,
  • are for contributions above and beyond those of awards and other forms of recognition.
Distinguished Membership and Honorary Membership are CSI's highest honors. Essentially the same award, for "distinguished services to the construction industry in fields of activity related to the purposes of the Institute", the former is for members, the latter for non-members. Nominations for Distinguished Membership and Honorary Membership are submitted to the Institute board of directors; to be selected, eighty-five percent of the board members present must vote in favor. 

The honor of Fellowship is second only to that of Distinguished or Honorary Membership. Although there is no limit to the number of Fellowships that may be conferred in a single year, few are elected, as it is an honor reserved for those who perform beyond the call of office, and who have made extraordinary contributions to CSI. 

Perhaps the most common questions about the process relate to endorsement letters. The Guide states, "a limit of ten letters is strongly encouraged." This often is incorrectly interpreted as an absolute limit. The Jury of Fellows certainly doesn't want to be inundated with fifty letters per nominee, but the nomination won't be rejected if they receive more than ten. In some cases, it's possible that a nominee did something spectacular that was known about by only half a dozen others. If those six people write good supporting letters, that's may be enough. 

The most important things to know about endorsement letters for honors nominees are that they must support the assertions made in the nomination, and they must clearly state what the nominee has done that is "above and beyond." To do that, it is necessary to read the nomination before writing an endorsement letter. Endorsement letters must have substance; simply saying someone was a great guy and attended all chapter meetings isn't enough. It's also important to remember that the person writing the letter must speak from personal knowledge, not secondhand information. A clearly written and well-documented nomination package, and letters of endorsement that support that nomination, are essential for being considered for Fellowship. 

Other questions are related to the Jury's decisions. Not all nominees are selected for Fellowship, and those who were not selected may wonder why. It's tempting to ask, "What about John Doe? I did the same things, so why wasn't I chosen?" It's fair to say that juries vary from year to year, and some may have been more inclined to cast positive votes than others. Even so, the actions of the jurors are private - they don't even discuss nominees with other jurors - so we can't know why they voted the way they did. They are required to base their decisions on two things, and two things only: the nomination package and the endorsement letters. And so, it may be that while a given person may not be impressed by what a Fellow appears to have done, there are things that person may not know. 

It would be a lot easier to understand a jury's decision if there were a checklist for Fellowship. "Hmm, attended fifty meetings - check; chaired chapter certification and technical committees - check; served as chapter president - check; served as Institute director - check; oops - was not Institute vice president. Better luck next time!" 

It may help to remember what Fellowship recognizes: noteworthy, extraordinary accomplishments; outstanding service above and beyond what is expected; and an impact that made a significant difference. Fulfilling the requirements of an office, participation in organization activities, serving on committees, and promoting the organization are what is expected; even together, these activities may not be enough to attain Fellowship, though some have achieved Fellowship for contributions over the course of a career. While accumulating a large number of awards does not, in itself, assure Fellowship, it can be an important indication that the nominee has consistently demonstrated above-and-beyond performance. 

To avoid misunderstanding and disappointment, awards committees and boards of directors at all levels should know the requirements for awards and honors, evaluate potential nominees based on those requirements, and resolve questions before submitting nominations.


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. - c; 3. - c; 4.  c; 5. - c
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Table Tops



October 17, 2013

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