Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

December 2013

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Holy moly! It's cold outside!  Thank goodness we have our industry that is responsible for giving us great pieces of well constructed architecture that stay warm!
This month is of course is our Holiday month and we will be ringing in the season tonight at the Skyline club. If you have a late registration, please contact Pete Baker to ensure we have enough room.  For those registered, we look forward to seeing you there!
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


Upcoming Events

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


The 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

The Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Center


View from the Tower
Ed Brown CSI, CCCA
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 Here we are, almost at the end of the year and halfway through my term as president. Time does fly by. Thanksgiving is over and the leftovers are still being consumed...well, at least at my house. Christmas is just about upon us. I hope that you have started working on getting presents for loved ones. As you can see from this month's photo, we went a little crazy with the Black Friday shopping. By "we", I mean my wife. I'm just kidding....a little. I usually wait until a few days before Christmas to do any shopping, that is, after payday.  

            I wanted to take a moment to thank Jeremy Hoffman and the ASPE (American Society of Professional Estimators) for hosting the mock bid at the November meeting. It was a lot of fun and I learned quite a bit about what goes into preparing bids for a project. It was quite a simulation. I have a new appreciation for estimators. It was a great chapter turnout and I hope that everyone had as much fun as I did. Our team did quite well in submitting our bids, even though we did not win.

            I also would like to thank Laura Frye for her presentation on code compliant door hardware, during the education seminar before the chapter meeting. I understand that it was well attended and that members of the Door Hardware Institute (DHI) were present as well. I thank them for all of their continued support.

            Also, before the November meeting, we held our new member orientation. We had 7 new members in attendance. To those new members, I would like to welcome you to our chapter. I hope that you will get involved in all that CSI has to offer and that you find value in membership. Thanks to Mike Brannan, Ivette Bruns, Pete Kerfoot, Chuck Thompson, and Jeremy Hoffman for participating in the ceremony.

            This month we are having our annual holiday party at the Skyline Club in Downtown Indianapolis, atop of the AUL Building. The date of the party is December 12, starting at 6pm. Be sure to register on the chapter website if you have not done so already. The price is $30/person and parking is included. Entertainment is being provided by the North Central High School show choir, Counterpoints.

            I would like to let you know that the location of the January and February chapter meetings have changed. Due to the renovations that will be taking place at the Riverwalk, the meetings will be held at the Marten House, 1801 W. 86th St., on the north side of Indianapolis, adjacent to St. Vincent hospital. I will give a reminder at the holiday party.

            There will not be a president's question of the month, due to the holiday party. The question of the month will return in the January letter.

            Finally, as I mentioned earlier in this letter, we are at the halfway point of my term. A lot has happened up to this point. I would like to take a moment to thank the members for their support and input. It is not me, nor the board that makes this chapter one of the best chapters in the region and nation. It is all of you, the members, who makes this chapter what it is. At the new member orientation, I said that the chapter is great because the members care about the future of the chapter and the direction it is headed. Many of you have stepped up and volunteered when it is needed and it is greatly appreciated. You all have helped make this first half of my term a great learning experience. I hope that the second half of my term will be just as memorable as the first. Thank you all for your support and trust in the chapter leadership. I hope that it will continue.

Have a wonderful holiday season and I hope to see you at the holiday party.


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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. Facility managers should perform a postoccupancy evaluation how long into occupancy?


a. Three months

b. Three to six months

c. Six to nine months

d. Just before the one-year correction period completion


2. When interpreting contract documents, the A/E should:


a. Show no partiality to Owner or Contractor

b. Protect the client's best interests

c. Protect the A/E from liabilities

d. Achieve the original design intent of the A/E


3. Which of the following is the recommended sequence for an addendum?


a. Changes to Procurement Requirements, changes to previous Addenda, changes to Conditions of the Contract, changes to the Agreement

b. Changes to previous Addenda, changes to Procurement Requirements, changes to Agreements and other Contract Forms, changes to Specifications and Drawings

c. Changes to Specifications, changes to Drawings, changes to previous Andenda.

d. Contract Documents, changes to Specifications


4. What information is found within Division 13 in MasterFormat?


a. Mechanical Systems

b. Furnishings

c. Equipment

d. Special Construction


5. The dollar amounts of cash allowances are:


a. In the Instructions to Bidders

b. In the Supplementary Conditions

c. In Division 01

d. In the Specification sections of Division 02 through 49 that specify the product installation


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


With the end of the calendar year, it is time to look forward to many GLR activities in 2014:

  • Online CSI Elections are in February - Last month, the very strong list of candidates were listed for Region and Institute offices. The ballots are all electronic, no paper ballots. Look for instructions from Institute at the end of January to help make your decisions on the future of CSI and the region.
  • CSI Academies - The Academies will be held in Indianapolis, March 27-29, 2014. The highly acclaimed Academies will be held in the Midwest for the first time. In depth educational opportunities are organized in three tracks, Specifications, Construction Management, and Product Representation by experts across the country - some of which are local. Indianapolis Chapter members receive a discount for registration. Registration is currently open on the Institute website.
  • 2014 Region Conference - Save the date for the Region Conference in Indianapolis occurring July 31, August 1, and August 2, 2014. Planning is well underway with many educational, social, and networking opportunities. The venue has been established in a downtown location. Those that want to learn how to be more effective about a particular chapter or region office should attend. Information is already posted on the Region website. As in past years, we help share the travel and registration costs with each chapter who sends those that are leaders or yearn to be. Attending a Regional Conference is beneficial as well as good fun.
  • Bylaws update - The efforts to incorporate the Emerging Professional - At Large Director position into the Region Bylaws was affirmably voted by the GLR Board last week. The revised bylaws will be submitted to the Institute Secretary for review. Thanks go to Lane Beougher for establishing the language of the updated bylaws that were adapted.

I wish you and your families much happiness and enjoyment during the holiday season. I am looking forward to the many opportunities that CSI and The Great Lakes Region offer.


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

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October Meeting
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Curmudgeon's Corner

Sheldon Wolfe


 In "Worst case", I said it is time to stop using uppercase font on drawings. Let's continue that discussion, this time looking at specifications. Not that we should be using one set of rules for drawings, and another for specifications; the same rules should apply to both. With a few exceptions, text should use sentence case - capitalizing only the first word of a sentence and proper nouns. This seems reasonable, but, as we will see, it rarely happens.


Let's start with the exceptions. Section titles, Part titles, and article titles typically are presented in uppercase, and though it's not necessary, it has little effect on readability or comprehension, as these elements have few words. In addition, we're accustomed to it, as it's common in many other publications to use uppercase in those locations.


Beyond that, however, use of capital letters is unnecessary, and can be misleading. The AIA (and other) general conditions state, "Terms capitalized in these General Conditions include those that are (1) specifically defined, (2) the titles of numbered articles or (3) the titles of other documents published by the American Institute of Architects." Those are reasonable criteria for capitalization, though I'm not sure why (3) is included, as it's common practice to capitalize titles of all documents. As written, this statement addresses only the use of capitalization within the general conditions.


For consistency, though, it seems it would be a good idea to follow the same rules throughout the documents. CSI's PRM states, "Capitalization should be consistent throughout the contract documents. Capitalization of the initial letter of certain specific nouns and of proper names defined in the conditions of the contract is appropriate" and goes on to list several terms that should be capitalized. Some specifications make the issue perfectly clear, making similar statements about the use of capitalization for defined terms.

Consistent use of capital letters makes it easy to know when a term is used for the defined meaning. For example, the word drawing can be used to indicate several types of drawings, but when capitalized, it refers only to drawings that are part of the contract documents. This shortcut avoids the need to continually explain which drawings we're talking about. The same applies to the words architect, contract, contractor, and so on, all of which might be used in a generic sense, or might be used to refer specifically to entities identified in the contract, or to parts of the contract documents.

Despite the value of these rules, specifications often ignore at least some of them. Most of them consistently capitalize architect, change order, and contractor when used as they are in the general conditions, but do not capitalize subcontractor, sample, or product data. If the change in rules is explained somewhere, it's not a problem. That usually doesn't happen, though, the result being needless inconsistency.


The elephant in the room is the capitalization of all words in a paragraph subject. Although unnecessary, this form of over-capitalization has been formalized in SectionFormat-PageFormat (SF-PF), which states, "Each word in a paragraph title is typed in title case." Example specifications in SF-PF show use of title case for Cold Weather Requirements, Hydrated Lime, and Mortar for Load Bearing Walls and Partitions. Those examples are fairly innocuous, as it's unlikely they will be used anywhere else. But, because an important and common use of capitalization is to identify defined terms, what does it mean when Laboratory Test Reports, Metal Fasteners, Abrasion and Impact Resistance, Outside Corner Units, or Color and Pattern are capitalized? Can you tell if they are defined terms? If they are, they should be presented as such, and capitalized in the same way every time they appear, not just as the subject of a paragraph. And if, for example, Metal Fasteners are used in several sections, are they the same fasteners in each of those sections?


Capitalization of defined terms is useful, but what happens when a defined term occurs at the beginning of a sentence? To avoid any possibility of misunderstanding, I always use the article the with architect, contract, contractor, and work when those words are used in the defined sense; then it doesn't matter where the term appears.


Finally, definitions should use the capitalization used for the term. For example, I define "furnish", "install", and "provide" without capitalizing. Using "Furnish", "Install", and "Provide" in the definitions suggests those words must be capitalized wherever they occur.


2013, Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

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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. - a; 3. - b; 4.  d; 5. - c
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Table Tops



December 12, 2013

Skyline Club
Guests - $30