Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

March 2014

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The luck o' the Irish must be upon us, because it's time for another newsletter from the Indianapolis Chapter CSI!!
The weather is getting nicer, the glwoing orb is back in the sky on a semi-daily basis.  Reminder, we are at the Marten House again this month.
Be sure to get your President's Question guesses in to Ed this afternoon!
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 March Meeting - The Air Barrier Association of America

Thursday March 20, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

The presentation provides a brief history of air barriers and the Air Barrier Association of America. The presentation will focus on what makes up an air barrier system and how a site quality assurance program will benefit the building owner.

Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Center


Indianapolis Chapter CSI April Meeting - The ADA Quiz

Thursday April 17, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

An opportunity to test your knowledge of subjects related to accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Willows on Westfield (formerly Riverwalk)


CSI Great Lakes Region Conference, hosted by CSI Indy

Thursday July 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM EDT -to- Saturday August 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT

The Indianapolis Chapter welcomes you back home again to Indiana as host of the 2014 CSI Great Lakes Region Conference.



2014 Standing Reservation List

Wednesday December 31, 2014 from 12:00 AM to 1:00 AM EST

Riverwalk Banquet Center


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Ed Brown CSI, CCCA
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Finally, spring is here and the weather is finally improving. For many of you, the lenten season has begun. The snow, for the most part, has melted and it is starting to get warmer. This month's picture features my son dressed up as a teenage mutant ninja turtle at his first Indy Comic-Con (Michelangelo is his favorite turtle). As you can tell from the photo, there were tons of people at the convention center. He received lots of attention for his costume choice. He had a great time and wants to do it again next year. I, on the other hand, do not wear costumes.

            Last month's chapter meeting was a panel discussion on energy modeling. I would like to thank Dr. Thanos Tzemplikos, of Purdue University, for moderating the panel. I would also like to thank Dan Overbey with BDMD, Eric Broemel with Schmidt Associates, and Amanda Doenges with Butler University for participating on the panel. It was a great discussion on the topic and I hope that those who attended got a lot out of the presentation.

            I would like to take this time to welcome all of the new members, both student and professional to our chapter. We had a number of new members attend last month's meeting and I would like to say thank you for attending and I hope that you will get involved in our chapter. I look forward to working with all of you.

            A brief note, our chapter does have a Youtube Channel online for the benefit of our members. Recently, we have added a video that talks about last year's annual trade show that was held downtown. If you wish to take a look at the video the link is

            This month's chapter meeting will be held at the Martin House Hotel and Conference Center, at 1801 W. 86th St. This month's meeting topic will be on air barriers and the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA). The presentation will provide a brief history of air barriers, and the some of the benefits of installing an air barrier system in a building. The value proposition of using ABAA as part of a project specifications will also be discussed. The speaker for the presentation will be Mr. Laverne Dalgleish, Principal of Building Products Inc.

            There are various events coming up in the next couple of months. One of these events are chapter elections. We will be holding chapter elections in March for board of director positions that will soon become vacant. Electronic ballots were emailed to each member earlier this month. The electronic voting will be open until 5pm, March 20. Paper ballots will also be available at the chapter meeting for those who are unable to vote electronically. Keep in mind that if you are elected, you will be expected to serve a three-year term on the board.

            As a reminder, CSI Academies will be held here in Indianapolis, March 27-29. There will be educational opportunities that will follow three tracks: specifications, construction administration, and product representation. Registration is available on the institute's website, As a reminder, discounts are being offered for Indianapolis members.

            Planning is underway for the 2014 CSI Great Lakes Region Conference that is also being held here in Indianapolis, July 31-August 2. Check the region website for updates. Also, if you have not done so, be sure to cast your vote for CSI region and Institute officers. Each member should have received ballot instructions, via email, from the Institute.

            That is all that I have for this month. I would like to conclude with the president's question of the month. For those who have not read past president's letters, each month I ask readers a question about myself as a way of getting to know their president. The first person to email the correct answer to gets a door prize at the chapter meeting. I give away pretty good door prizes. It is multiple choice and it's one guess per email address. Also, you must be present at the meeting to win. Since we are having the Great Lakes Region (GLR) Conference here in Indianapolis this summer, that should be the subject of this month's question.


This month's question:

Since I have been involved with CSI, I have attended many GLR conferences. I attended my first conference in what city?

  • Cincinnati
  • Evansville
  • Toledo
  • Detroit 



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Edmund Brown, CSI, CCCA, Assoc AIA

2013-2014 Indianapolis Chapter CSI President  



Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope to see you at the chapter meeting.
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. Contractual clauses in the Conditions of the Contract:


a. Have priority over Division 01.

b. Are superseded by Division 01.

c. Are expanded upon by the provisions of Division 01

d. Are independent and Division 01 provisions have no effect


2. An alternate becomes part of the contract documents:


a. When the bids are opened

b. When Owner makes a decision to accept

c. On A/E's recommendation

d. When stipulated in the Owner/Contractor Contract


3. The contractual relationship governed by the Conditions of the Contact is between:


a. Owner and Contractor

b. A/E and Contractor

c. Owner and subcontractors

d. Owner, Contractor, and A/E


4. All of the following activities are associated with the Project Conception Stage except which one?


a. Predesign

b. Planning

c. Commissioning

d. Programming


5. The A/E is required to determine the project delivery method.


a. True

b. False



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 Report




GLR activities are continuing into 2014:

  • CSI Elections Results - CSI Elections occurred in February. Great Lakes Region winners are - Philip Babinec - Cincinnati (President-Elect), Jeffery Clark - Louisville (Vice President),and Bob Schrock - Cincinnati (Treasurer). Additionally, Great Lakes Region member - Lane Beougher   was elected Institute President- Elect. Congratulations to the winners and all candidates for stepping up to run for an office. The Great Lakes Region and Institute will be capable hands for the upcoming year.
  • 2014 Region Conference - Save the date for the Region Conference in Indianapolis occurring July 31, August 1, and August 2, 2014. The Conference activities will be held at the NCAA Headquarters in downtown Indianapolis. On-line Registration will be available soon. Planning is well underway with many educational, social, and networking opportunities. Sponsorship opportunities are available to give your company great exposure while supporting a great event. Attending a Regional Conference is beneficial for leadership training as well as good fun. Check the Region Website for updates.
  • Award Nominations - With the new year, it is time to start thinking of those in the Chapter and Region that you feel are deserving to be recognized with awards. Many of the awards need recommendations which take time to collect. The due date is May 2, 2014. You can receive more information at Involved/Honors-Awards Our Region's Awards Chair is Henry Stellema, for more information.
  • Call for Volunteers - CSI Institute is looking for those that would like to serve on various Institute Committees. This is a chance to expand your exposure and experience by joining the various committees of CSI. Look in leaders/volunteers for information about each of CSI's various committees that need participants. Additionally, if you are interested in getting more involved in the Region, we would welcome you. Contact President-Elect, Ivette Bruns, for more information.
  • Future Events - CONSTRUCT 2014 will be held in Baltimore, MD, September 9 through 12, 2014. A Bi-Region Conference between the Great Lakes Region and the North Central Region will be held in downtown Chicago, May 7 through 9, 2015. Planning is underway, stay tuned for further updates. Returning to the Midwest, CONSTRUCT 2015 will be held in St. Louis, MO, September 29 through October 2, 2015. 

Spring's coming is refreshing after this terrible winter. Many opportunities that CSI and The Great Lakes Region offer should be refreshing reminders to get out and enjoy our Region by going to various Trade Shows and Special Chapter events. Check out the various Newsletters of our Region to find out about the various events. Go the Institute Website,, click on the Chapter Locator, click on the Great Lakes Region, then click on each of the chapters of our Region. Many thanks for all of your efforts to better the Great Lakes Region, CSI.



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Chapter Photos
Throwback Thursday
Last month started a #TBT due to other circumstances, so here is another edition:
Why do I have a feeling many of these will have Joe McGuire in them??picasa icon  

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Chapter Photos
Capturing Memories
I don't think Jack likes what Kathy has to say? 
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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.
ANSWERS:  1. - c; 2. - d; 3. - a; 4.  c; 5. - b
In This Issue
Table Tops



March 20, 2014

The Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Center
Members - Free
Guests - $20
Retired - $10