Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

August 2014

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August Chapter Meeting is just a couple nights away!  Be sure to get your reservations in ASAP!

Also, please see within this newsletter information on the upcoming CSI Trade Show and #designindy2014  
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 August 2014 Chapter Meeting

Thursday August 21, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

Indianapolis Transit Center

Willows on Westfield


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show - Exhibitor Registration

Thursday September 18, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT

The Crane Bay


2014 Standing Reservation List

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

Riverwalk Banquet Center

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David Young AIA, CSI
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The highlight of this last month was the Great Lakes Region Conference held 31 July through 2 August in the NCAA headquarters 2012 addition designed by local firm RATIO Architects.  It was an opportunity for GLR leaders to gather and share insights into successful chapter practices and share building the next generation of leadership.  Sincere thanks to Glen Baines and his committee for pulling off such an outstanding event.  We were honored to have both Bob Simmons, Institute President, and Lane Beougher, Institute President Elect, at our conference.


Our chapter meeting was moved to the Fifth Thursday from the longstanding traditional Third Thursday.  I wonder if anyone will fess up to showing up at the Willows on the usual day.  I know of at least one who was on his way!  Jeff Milliken and Jake Plummer of RATIO gave an impressive and informative presentation on the NCAA design and construction challenges.


The conference locations rotate annually, and it has been 2001 since we were host last.  Indy members hold a controlling interest in the officers of GLR, and it was nice to have the meeting on our turf - and to show off our city, amenities, and hospitality.  Next year's will be a bi-region meeting with North Central Region, and will be held in Chicago.


Praise was heaped on Indianapolis Chapter from both the regional and institute levels.  Among other awards we won a Special Publication Award for those slick business cards designed by Joel Young that I keep handing out.  Congratulations to all who were recognized!


One of the things that came together for me at the conference was the idea that the CSI organization is like a family.  We have our nuclear family, the Indianapolis Chapter, and our extended relatives, the Great Lakes Region, and the whole family tree - the Institute.


I have shared a number of times that it took years for me to reach the point where I looked forward to every meeting because I anticipated getting together with friends - family so to speak.


Part of being a family is bringing the next generation along.  This is a favorite picture of our two granddaughters, Genevieve who is now almost 3 and Louisa who turned 1 this last weekend.


"Lo, children are a heritage from the LORD, . . ."   Psalms 127:3


They are special and precious to us, and we all have people in our lives who mean a lot to us.  I am constantly amazed at the way our longstanding and new members continue to give back to the chapter, and I have to think that much of it is because we are like a family.  It is why we are such a great chapter!


On a different tack, but still following this analogy of our group being family, I am working with various members and committees to make our chapter more family friendly.  On a personal level I want everyone to meet my wife, Carin, at a meeting or social event.  I hope to encourage others to do the same.  We are planning a duck pin bowling event in October at Atomic Bowling in Fountain Square.  More to follow.  The stated goals are to promote fraternity, meet potential members, and just plain have fun.  Again, we have realized that we are the fun group among professional organizations in the City, and we intend to promote that.  If you have any ideas for social events or if you have fond memories of things we used to do, please run them by me or Ariel Su.


Construct 2014, our national conference, is being held in Baltimore from 9 - 12 September.  For many of our members this is a massive family reunion with friends and compatriots from around the country.  Your president, president elect, and many others will be representing Indianapolis.


Let's change gears now:


Many know that I am kind of a gearhead, and I have been driving old BMW's since 1983.  My current ride, which I have had for more than a decade is a special model that I searched nationwide for, a 535is, because I previously had one like it that was not a keeper, but I really liked it.  This car wears its original paint, which is getting pretty sad looking, but underneath it looks only a couple of years old, and there is not too much that has not been modified in some way, from the headlights (Euro) to the exhaust (stainless and loud).  I would say bumper to bumper, but the Euro bumpers are still in the basement.  The August President's Question:   What model year is my pride and joy (within a year)?  Be the first to email me at with the correct answer with the subject heading "BMW" and you will receive a $20 Lowe's gift card.  We are CSI - we are all building something, right?  The correct answer and winner will be revealed at the chapter meeting, and you must be present to win.  Hint:  Google it - they made this model for only two years.


Get excited about our upcoming Chapter Meeting back at our traditional time and location:  Third Thursday 21 August at The Willows on Westfield.  The program will be a presentation on the Downtown Transit Center by our own Joe Fischer of URS.  More information at  This year all meetings will include a member spotlight and the release of our next video.


Save the date!  Get the Trade Show on your calendar:  18 September, #designindy, once again at The Crane Bay and also again a joint venture with AIA and USGBC.  Guest speakers, learning units, and your favorite vendors.  The Trade Show is like a family reunion for me.


Remember:  I am here to serve, and my door is open - well, my phone is on anyway.  317.777.0855 cell

Please contact me at either or just grab me to share any suggestions, complaints, or needs regarding our chapter - or especially if you wish to volunteer for any of our committees.  Or if you saw a vintage BMW somewhere.  I already owe thanks to so many for their advice, guidance, and contributions. 


CSI Indianapolis Chapter . . .          UNITING, CONNECTING, BUILDING . . .





David Young AIA, CSI

2014-2015 Indianapolis Chapter CSI President 

CSI Trade Show





Registration is open for exhibitors for this year's Trade Show.  Please follow this link for more information about this great show!


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.

Be sure to check out this month's update.  Video of last month's awards banquet!
Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster 



1. Which of the following is not a management expertise that contractors bring to the project delivery process?


a. Knowledge of factors that influence cost, time, and quality

b. Identifying codes and regulations applicable to the design

c. Ability to manage multiple subcontractors and suppliers

d. Experience with managing a construction budget in a risk-based setting


2. Equipment and system review and training should occur:


a. Immediately after Substantial Completion

b. Prior to Substantial Completion

c. After system commissioning

d. During the submittal review period


3. When interpreting contract documents, the A/E:


a. Show no partiality to Owner or Contractor

b. Protect the client's best interests

c. Protect the A/E from possible liabilities

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


4. Payment and Performance Bonds are which type of document?


a. Information available to bidders

b. Construction document

c. Preconstruction submittal

d. Closeout submittal


5. Subcontractors are not:


a. The principal providers of labor

b. Original source of most materials

c. Provider of services

d. Providers of technical information


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  

Region Nominations Open

Jack P. Morgan, CSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA, LEED Green Associate, NCARB, SCIP

Great Lakes Region, CSI - Immediate Past President


With the new Fiscal year, one of my region duties is Nominating Chair. My task is to provide candidates for the open Region Offices to be voted upon with the February 2015 Institute Election February, 2015.


I am looking for candidates for the following Region Board of Directors Officers that are members of the Great Lakes Region:


President-elect                          Three year term

                                                               (President-elect, President, Immediate Past President)


Vice President                           Two year term


Secretary                                   Two year term


Emerging Professional - At Large*   Two year term

*Pending Bylaw approval at GLRC

August 1,2014  


Other Region positions open:


Institute Director                                 Two year term


If you have thought about stepping up to serve the Great Lakes Region, now is a great opportunity. The time spent is not great, but helps every Chapter in the Region with Leadership Training and assistance with various Chapter functions.


Please contact me at my e-mail address: or my phone: 317-508-4516 if you are interested or think someone else might be interested. Thanks for your consideration.


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Throwback Thursday

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Chapter Photos
Capturing Memories
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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. - b; 2. - b; 3. - a; 4.  c; 5. - b
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August 21, 2014

The Willows on Westfield
Members - Free
Guests - $25
Retired - $10