Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

February 2015

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Deep Thoughts

An arch never sleeps.
- Hindu proverb

Please let us know if you have any ideas for future newsletters.

Your Humble Narrator,

Mike Halstead
Indianapolis CSI Newsletter Co-Editor
Mild Mannered Reporter,

Ryan Muzzillo
Indianapolis CSI Newsletter Co-Editor
Upcoming Events
Programs Committee



Indianapolis Chapter CSI February Meeting: Making the Jump, LEED v4

Thursday February 19, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST

This course will cover common concerns and recommendations for LEED v4. We will review motivations for clients and designers pursuing LEED, their application to LEED v4 compared to v3. The expansion, changes and adjustment made in the LEED v4 rating systems will be summarized.


2015 Standing Reservation List

Thursday December 31, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST

Willows on Westfield

View from the Tower
David Young AIA, CSI
new info     


Last month I devoted this column to CSI's chapter EDUCATION opportunities.  To continue this theme let's cover CSI's certification programs this month.  As a CSI member you have access to some of the best construction-related training available.  In fact, Ball State University's Construction Management program uses our CDT program as part of their coursework. 


The mind of him who has understanding seeks knowledge . . . . Proverbs 15:14


I must fess up:  CDT is the only certification that I have.  I wish I had taken it prior to taking my architectural licensing exams, and I recommend that any architectural graduates do so.  There is no better summary of the whole construction documents and construction administration process.  And remember that CSI developed the whole MasterFormat system that the entire industry uses.

So let's cover the available certifications, starting at the beginning.  This is intended primarily for our newer members but also as a prompt to those who have been putting off one of these for a while.

Construction Documents Technologist Exam (CDT)

CSI's CDT program has provided foundational training in construction documentation for architects, contractors, contract administrators, specifiers, and manufacturers' representatives for decades.  As the cornerstone of CSI's certification program, it is also prerequisite to all of CSI's advanced certification exams.  Whereas the advanced certifications are more specialized, anyone in CSI would benefit from CDT certification.


Pass the CDT and you'll join an elite group of professionals known in the industry for their comprehensive knowledge of the writing and management of construction documents.  Getting your CDT means learning how a project unfolds from conception to delivery and understanding the documentation involved.


Cost for Members:  $240.  Students $105.  Exams will be offered 30 March through 9 May 2015


Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA)


CSI's CCCA certification teaches you to develop, administer, and enforce construction documentation. People who pass the CCCA exam have proven their skill in quality assurance and quality control, bidding and negotiating procedures, construction observation and inspection, enforcement and liability, and Division 01, General and Supplemental Conditions, agreements, and all other documents related to the project.


I have meant for a long time to add CCCA to my name, but the time commitment is heavy, and being president uses up any spare time you think you might have.  Maybe next year!

Cost for Members:  $280.  Exams will be offered 30 March through 9 May 2015


Certified Construction Specifier (CCS)

A CSI Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) is a skilled product researcher who knows how to investigate and identify cost-effective, efficient solutions, and then communicate those solutions through the specifications.  Getting your CCS means developing an in-depth understanding of agreements, conditions of the contract, Division 01, and their relationships to specifications.  It also means having advanced skills in specification development, enabling you to use spec-writing software more effectively and understanding how to research and source products.


Cost for Members:  $280.  Exams will be offered 30 March through 9 May 2015


Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR)

A Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR) is a valued resource called upon by the design team again and again.  Getting your CCPR means making sales calls, presentations, construction meetings, and product shows more effective and knowing the key parts of product binders and other marketing collateral.  It means understanding roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in the project, and how and when to communicate with them plus understanding all phases of the construction documentation and your role in each phase.  It teaches you to speak the same language as the design and contractor teams.


Cost for Members:  $280.  Exams will be offered 30 March through 9 May 2015


Remember that for all of these certifications our chapter offers some of the best chapter-level training in the nation.  We have even begun to webcast them so others can share.  Along with the knowledge gained you will be able to add the appropriate designations after your name on your business card, resume, name tag, email sign-off, etc.  For more information about any of these go here:


February Chapter Meeting

Third Thursday 19 February

The Lodge on Westfield


Making the Jump, LEED version 4.

Describe the current condition of building codes & rating systems from a market perspective.
Compare and contrast LEED v3 and LEED v4.
Outline the requirements/prerequisites which design teams need to address.
Provide highlights of the sustainability aspects included in LEED v4.
Explain definitions, standards and requirements common to the LEED Rating system.

Hot-topic issues such as the product disclosure and certifications by third parties.

SPEAKER: Stewart Whitcomb, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainability Director, Guidon Design Inc.


Our February Chapter Meeting will be back at one of our old stomping grounds:  The Lodge on Westfield.  For those of you who have not been there, go to parking lot on the south side of The Willows where we usually meet and proceed to the "The Lodge" at the south end of the lake.  Follow the crowd.


Remember to register by noon on Monday!



February's President's Question:  It's too hard to resist.  Back to a car question:


I have had the same dream car since junior high, and I still have never had one.  What is it?     

A.  1967 Mini Cooper S                  B.  1965 Corvette Sting Ray     

C.  1965 Shelby Cobra 427            D.  1965 Shelby Mustang GT350

Be the first to email the correct answer to with the subject heading "Dream Car" and you will receive a $25 gift certificate from  The correct answer and winner will be revealed at the February chapter meeting.  You must be present to win.


Remember:  I am here to serve our members.  317.777.0855 cell

Please feel free to share any suggestions, complaints, or needs regarding our chapter - or especially if you wish to volunteer for any of our committees.  We are such a great chapter because so many help in their own way.


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






David Young AIA, CSI

2014-2015 Indianapolis Chapter CSI President 

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. 

Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster 


1.  The Design Negotiate Build Process is more conductive to:


a.  Value analysis and repricing

b.  Complex negotiations

c.  Protracted counteroffers

d.  Multiple Contracts



2.  All of the following Articles are in PART 3 - EXECUTION except:


a.  Examination

b.  Application

c.  Fabrication

d.  System Startup



3.  An Alternate becomes part of the Contract Documents:


a.  When the bids are opened

b.  When the Owner makes a decision to accept

c.  On A/E's recommendation

d.  When stipulated in the Owner/Contractor Agreement



4.  All of the following activities are associated with the Project Conception Stage except:


a.  Predesign

b.  Planning

c.  Commissioning

d.  Programming



5.  Which of the following is a Stage of the Facility Life Cycle?


a.  Preliminary Project Description

b.  Facility Maintenance

c.  Project Permitting

d.  Project Conception

Answers located at the end of this newsletter....

Table Tops

Kent Hughes

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 Jeremy Hoffman - , if you would like to target a particular meeting, be sure to make your reservation 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 after dinner before the speaker 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. Payment is due at the time of setup.

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:


Kent A. Hughes RA CDT - American Structurepoint - 317.690.5820


Be sure to put 'Table Top Request in the subject line

CSI Bi-Region Conference
Chicago 2015

CSI Bi-Region Conference Coming to Chicago

Hosts Northern Illinois and Chicago Chapters will welcome 29 chapters and their leaders from the North Central and Great Lakes regions for the 2015 Bi-Region Conference.

The Chicago Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, with its spectacular views of the river and city skyline, will serve as the venue.  Its location in River North, next to the Merchandise Mart is convenient to transportation, sightseeing, dining and the best of Chicago.  

For those traveling to Chicago, the host committee has negotiated rooms at the extraordinary value of $139 per night.  For our CSI Chicago and Northern Illinois members, colleagues, companions and other welcome attendees, the accessibility and ease of participation is unmatched.  

This conference will offer:

  • Leadership training for chapter officers

  • Technical continuing education seminars open to conference attendees and Chicagoland design and construction professionals

  • Sponsorships/Partnerships to increase visibility with CSI members and the Chicago architectural community

  • Product show for manufacturers to showcase their products to CSI Bi-Region members and Chicago design professionals

  • President-elect training for chapters

  • Technical Tours

  • Companion Events

  • Architectural Boat Cruise for Conference Attendees

  • Region awards banquet

More information, sponsorship opportunities and hotel reservations are available on the conference website:


Elias Saltz, CSI,

Dewain Peterson, CSI,


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Chapter Photos
Capturing Memories
Why is Joe McGuire wearing a bib?  

Glad to see Richard Gere could make it last month!!!    

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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.
An editorial section for members to "let it out" about the Construction Industry, the Chapter, CSI National, etc. Members can email the Co-Editors anonymously with comments for publish by clicking on the image to the right.

The Insider


Just some random thoughts while wondering where have you gone Gary Gaiser?


These past few months I have noticed there a lot of young people in our Indianapolis Chapter of CSI who are taking leadership roles.  As the older members know this is what makes our chapter so strong - every 5 or 10 years or so a new wave of young members comes along and reminds us why CSI is so important to all of us.  They reenergize our chapter, our discussions, our way of approaching the construction industry.  We remain the greatest CSI chapter in the world because we encourage young members to get involved - and they do!


Thanks to Joel Young for reviving the student chapter and getting students to the programs. The next time you see a young member who has made a commitment to our chapter go up and shake their hand and give them a pat on the back.  I hear that goes a long way.  On second thought - shake their hand and thank them every time you see them.


And we need more and more young people to step up.  We need a Trade Show Co-Chairman who can learn from Andy McIntyre.  We also need help with the Indianapolis Chapter website.  Don't make me find you - because I will!  We also need some of the older members to step up again.  We have had a few past Trade Show Committee veterans come forward to help - Mike Brannan, Steve Cain, Henry Stellema, Chuck "The Lovemaster" Thompson and myself.  I also hear that we need help on the golf committee - surely a few of you can drive the beer cart?   


Hats off to Scott Perez for an excellent seminar last month regarding the new 2014 Indiana Building Code.


Condolences to Dwight Armitage - his beloved wife passed last month.

Your Humble Narrator

Quiz  ANSWERS:  
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February 19, 2015

Willows on Westfield

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