Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

November 2013

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I hope everyone made it through the nasty weather unscathed.  We are nearing the very busy time of year for Holiday festivities.  Be sure to spend quality time with your family...but be sure to know you have a CSI family too that would love to have you read the happenings of the chapter and the events we have in store.

Besides the things highlighted sure to factor in our Holiday Party into your schedule!

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 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


Indianapolis Chapter CSI November Meeting - Mock Bid Process

Thursday November 21, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST

CSI & ASPE (American Society of Professional Estimators) Central IN Chapter is putting on an 11th hour bid simulation. Participants will be split into teams and will work together to develop bids for a fictional project.

Riverwalk Banquet Center


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Holiday Party

Thursday December 12, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Usher in the Holiday season with the Indianapolis Chapter CSI.

Skyline Club


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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 November is here and it is cold...very cold. It is too early for this kind of winter-like weather. This month's photo is of me in St. Maarten (sic), with my cruise ship behind me. Don't mind the hat, I always wear my straw hat on vacation. I love my hat. I even wore it at my wedding. Anyway, I would first like to thank David Young for filling in for me at last month meeting. I understand that he did a great job and I know that he will make a great chapter president next year. October's panel discussion on the new TCNA (Tile Council of North America) guide went great. Thanks go out to Christine Stull-Walter and Susan Simon for all of their hard work in coordinating the program and to Erin Jennings for moderating the panel. I hope that this will lead to future joint meetings with the IIDA.   


            I also understand that the construction tour of the former Litho Press building went very well. Thanks go out to Joyce White, of Marbaugh, for coordinating the tour for the chapter. Hopefully, we will have more opportunities to tour various construction projects around the city.

            This month, we have a few things going on in the chapter. We will be having an afternoon education seminar on November 21 on code compliant door hardware. It will be presented by Laura Frye, of Stanley Security, at the Riverwalk, from 3-5pm. Registration is available on the chapter website.

            The evening program, also on November 21, will be a joint meeting with the ASPE (American Society of Professional Estimators) on an 11th hour bid simulation. Attendees will be split into teams for this bid exercise. Registration and additional information is available on the chapter website. The mock bid process will last 1 hours, therefore we will be starting the program at 6:00pm. It is important that attendees arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 pm to be placed into teams. Dinner will be plated, instead of buffet and will be served during the mock estimate.In addition, before the program begins, there will be a brief presentation on the upcoming Riverwalk renovation that will begin in January. The board of directors is currently working to find an alternate chapter meeting location during this renovation period.

            I would like to thank those who took the time to complete the catering survey that went out about a week ago. We have received a lot of feedback from the members about the food service at the Riverwalk. The chapter board is working with Riverwalk and their catering staff to improve the catering at our chapter meetings and your feedback will be very helpful in achieving that goal. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or additional comments. Your input is always welcome.

            Finally, I know it has been a little while, but this month's letter marks the return of the President's question of the month. For new members, each month I will have a question at the end of each month's President's letter to give members a chance to get to know me. The first person to email the correct answer to will get a door prize. One guess per email address and you must be present at the chapter meeting to win and receive your prize.


November's question:

I was in the marching band in high school and in orchestra for part of college. I tried out for marching band in college twice but didn't make the cut. What instrument did I play?

  • Trumpet
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Drums  

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and I hope to see you at the chapter meeting.


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Yearly Tradition is Back!


The Holiday season is upon us and your CSI Chapter and its Design Professionals, Product Representatives, Owner and Contractors will usher in the Holiday Season.
When:  Thursday, December 12
Where:  36th Floor Skyline Club - One America Building
6 PM - Cash Bar
7:15 PM - Holiday Buffet
8:30 PM - Entertainment
Register at the following link:
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. Instructions for procurement: 


a. Are used only on private projects.

b. Frequently are standard industry forms.

c. May include the geotechnical report as an attachment.

d. Are binding upon the contractor.


2. Outline specifications aid in the design process for all of the following EXCEPT?


a. Revising cost estimates and schedules

b. Value engineering studies

c. Checklist for selecting products

d. Serving as the basis for subcontracts in fast track construction


3. Lump sum, unit price, or cost-plus-fee constitutes the basis of:


a. Selection

b. Payment

c. Award

d. Contract


4. If the construction budget of a 50,000 square foot project is $5,000,000 based on $100 per square foot, it is an example of which method of preparing the budget?


a. Unit price

b. Cost per measured unit

c. Systems

d. Component cost


5. The design stage of a project includes all of the following EXCEPT:


a. Design development

b. Schematic design

c. Feasibility studies

d. Outline specifications


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


RAP - The Region Allocation Program (RAP) recommendations created by all of the Region Presidents, adopted by the Institute Board at their meeting at CONSTRUCT, were mentioned last month, but not detailed. The following are the highlights of the adopted recommendations:

  • Keep the original RAP Program, but change the way funds are distributed to the Regions.
  •  Remove language stating that Regions in violation of Institute policy could have funds withheld until the Board felt they were in compliance.
  • Change the funding code to make the funds distributed to the Regions a pass through amount similar to how Chapters receive their funding. Remove the funds as line items (income and expense) to the Institute Budget.
  • Continue the 7 percent of member dues back to the Regions rounded to the nearest dollar. The membership rate would apply to all membership categories. RAP is automatic and not optional for members. The RAP fund percentage would be reviewed by Region leaders every two years to ensure adequacy of funding and make recommendations to the Institute Board should changes be needed. In the future, if membership dues are increased, then the RAP fund would also be increased concurrently, based on 7 percent of the increased dues amount.
  • Note in the Operational Guide or other document that any increase in membership dues will cause a recalculation of the funds to the Region to stay 7 percent of the total membership dues amount.
  • Implement an informational campaign to educate members to ensure that RAP is fully explained and not confused or misinterpreted as a new fee or part of the membership dues increase.
  • Institute Dues line items would not change in monetary value, however, a footnote on the application form should be made on the application form should be made indicating that 7 percent of the member dues provided to the Institute will be used to fund Region activities.
  • Continue uninterrupted sending of 100 percent of the RAP funds (7 percent of member dues) collected by the Institute, to the Regions in a similar manner to the Chapter Dues that are collected and distributed monthly based on the Member renewal date.
  • Establish and publish clear recommended guidelines to the Regions on leadership development, mentoring, and Institute-recommended budgeted uses of the RAP funds. These guidelines must contain measureable goals and requirements in order to allow the Regions to measure their successful compliance, however, shall not be mandatory or cause for the Institute to deem the Region not in compliance, forfeiting RAP funding. These guidelines may be in the form of a Region report card, itemizing the Region activities and illustrating how the Regions are implementing the use of the funds through leadership training and other Region/Chapter activities related to the enhancement of CSI.
  • Reorganize the Chapter listing on the member application form, and list chapters by Region. Membership in a region would be based on zip code of the registration address, not Chapter affiliation.
  • Supplemental dues charged by any Region should be listed as a percentage under the Region heading and shall be incorporated into the Chapter dues surcharge. There will be only a Chapter surcharge; however Region supplemental dues will be disclosed as part of a footnote.

The details are to be worked by the Institute Finance Committee. I believe that these recommendations will help establish the validity of Regions and ensure a healthy CSI.


Nominations - Institute Director, Thad Goodman and his Nominating Committee have established a fine slate of qualified candidates to run for Region Offices next Spring.

  • President - Elect       Phiip Babinec, RA, CSI, CCS, CCCA - Cincinnati Chapter
  • Vice President          Donald Bauman, CSI, CDT - Detroit Chapter
  • Vice President          Jeffery Clark, CSI - Louisville Chapter
  • Treasurer                  Henry Hondorp, CSI - Grand Rapids Chapter
  • Treasurer                  Bob Schrock, CSI, CCPR - Cincinnati Chapter

CSI members from the Great Lakes Region, CSI, are slated at the top offices of the Institiute also to elected next Spring:

  • President - Elect       Lane J. Beougher, FCSI, CCS, CCCA - Columbus Chapter
  • Vice President           Gary L. Beimers, FCSI, CDT - Grand Rapids Chapter

Congratulations to all the candidates. Support the Great Lakes Region and VOTE.


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

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Chapter Photos
October 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. - b; 4.  b; 5. - c
In This Issue
Table Tops



November 21, 2013

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