Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

July 2015

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"I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to."

Deep Thoughts

- Shaquille O'Neal's response when asked if he visited the Parthenon while in Greece for the 2008 Olympics

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
The Insider


A shout out to my compatriots who wore bow ties to the June Awards Banquet in honor of Joltin' Joe McGuire.  Amazing that it took 55 years for Joe to win Member of the Year - if he only had worked a little harder for CSI.  Maybe we should name the Member of the Year Award after Joe?  Hmmm.  And thanks to Gearhart Wolfgang Gaiser for driving all the way from Iowatucky - wearing his son's bow tie!   Hey Gaiser - plaid on plaid doesn't work.   


How about that Trade Show Committee?  Looking forward to a wonderful event at the JW Marriott on September 10th.  Remember all you architects, designers, spec writers, students and contractors - the best way to reward our exhibitors is by showing up!  I will buy the first drink for anyone who attends for their first time - and students, interns or graduate architects.  Thanks to Brain Detty and his posse for herding the cats and moving us forward.   


Speaking of posse - I watched Sam Peckinpaw's The Wild Bunch last weekend for the 65th time.  Gotta love that movie.  Actually - anything by Peckinpaw is worthy of your time.  I also went back and watched The Getaway for the 78th time.  There are some things you just can't turn off - Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, Cate Blanchett, Caddy Shack.   


Don't want calls from me or Ken Schmidt?  Then pay up and become an Indianapolis Chapter Sponsor!  If I can be a sponsor so can you - remember sponsorships and trade show booths go directly to supporting our chapter and scholarships.  Not only do we need financial support for our chapter we need help with getting the word out about CSI Indianapolis - how come you young kids aren't sending out tweets and facebook likes and instagram stuff?  Get on that will you?  We need help with our social media!  The more people in the Chapter who send likes and tweets the more people will know about us.


The Hat was in Chicago last month.  Dude gets around.     










- Your Humble Narrator


Upcoming Events
Programs Committee



Upcoming Events

Indianapolis Chapter CSI July Meeting: The History of American Hardwood

Thursday July 16, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

This presentation will cover the history of sustainable American hardwood. Topics will include veneers, kiln drying, FSC Certification, and grading lumber. Quartersawn hardwoods will also be discussed, along with its historic use and applications. This seminar will conclude with a talk on the global applications of American hardwoods.

Willows on Westfield


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show - Attendee Registration

Thursday September 10, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT

JW Marriott


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show - Exhibitor Registration

Thursday September 10, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT

JW Marriott


2015 Standing Reservation List

Thursday December 31, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST

Willows on Westfield



View from the Tower
Joel H. Young, Assoc. AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED Green Assoc.
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As I begin my term, and write my first "View from the Tower", I can't help but think that this is a bit surreal.  July is here, and we are full-steam ahead! 


Many thanks to David Young for a successful year, and I also want to extend a personal thanks to David for making every effort to prepare me for my duties that lie ahead.  I also want to thank everyone for their continued dedication to our Chapter: Past Presidents, Board Members, Committee Chairs, Committee Members, Sponsors, and the list could go on.  Many people continue to give their valuable time and resources to keep things going - you know who you are, and please know that everything you do is appreciated.


I am truly honored and humbled to lead this great Chapter.  As so many great Chapter Presidents before me, I will serve you to the best of my ability, and continue to serve the Chapter in years to come.  I am here to serve all Chapter Members, and as such, I will do my best to listen and take actions toward progress.  I recognize that there is no silver-bullet for all the challenges we face, but by trial and error, we will figure out what works and what doesn't.  If we do this, and learn from our experiences, we will make real progress. 


I am not one to make unrealistic goals, or make promises I can't keep.  But if I had to put forth a vision for the year, there are two goals I want to shoot for:

  1. Increase our Student and Emerging Professional membership by promoting exciting targeted activities and leadership opportunities.
  2. Make progress on the goals outlined on our Strategic Plan.  There are so many great ideas packed into this, that if we make progress on half of them, we will be in great shape.
  3. Promote fun activities for our families.  Things like Duckpin Bowling, Day at the Zoo, etc. have proved to be good family fun and it seems to bring our CSI family together too.  This culture of fun shall continue!

As done in previous years, I will be extending the "President Question" gift card prize, but with a slight twist.  In the spirit of supporting the young generation, I will offer a gift card as a second prize from our Raffle - to further encourage people to buy tickets and support the Education Foundation.  There will still be a primary Raffle winner drawn first, and a second ticket will be drawn from the hat to win the gift card.


The photo I've included this month is a picture of my son, Collin.  At 4.5 months, he began sitting up by himself, and I couldn't be a more proud daddy.  He is now doing all sorts of amusing things.  I'll be sure to report on his development and anything entertaining from time to time.  I'm sure many folks won't care much about my rambling, but maybe you'll get some joy out of seeing a cute baby grow!


Save the Date: Our 41st Annual Trade Show will be on Thursday 10 September, and will be held at the J.W. Marriott in Griffin Hall from 3pm-7pm.  I'm proud to report that the Trade Show Committee has done a lot of great work, and we expect our 2015 Trade Show to be a huge success.  Thanks to all who continue to participate, and to Brian Detty for leading the charge!  If you would like to get involved, contact Brian at


Please feel free to contact me at any time.  I welcome any suggestions, questions, concerns, or constructive criticism regarding Chapter business.  You can reach me at 317.879.6052, and by email at (for normal correspondence), or (for more urgent matters).



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




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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.
Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster 

1.  Which of the following are best designated on the drawings? :

1.  Specific requirements     

2.  Location\

3.  Quality of materials

4.  Dimension and size

5.  Shape and form


a.  1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

b.  2, 4, and 5

c.  2, 3, 4, and 5

d.  1 and 3

e.  3, 4, and 5


2.  Outline Specifications aid in the design process for all of the following except which one?

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.  All of the following activities are associated with the Project Conception stage except which one?:

a.  Predesign

b.  Planning

c.  Commissioning

d.  Programing


4.  The written formats can each be employed for a variety of applications; the chief advantage of using standard formats is a:

a.  standardized numbering system.

b.  standardized location within the drawings for subject matter.

c.  standardized means of organizing, storing, retrieving, and communicating an enormous body of data.

d.  standardized set of Contracts between the Owner and Contractor.


5.  Facility Managers should perform a Post-Occupancy evaluation after initial occupancy at:

a.  Three months

b.  Three to six months

c.  Six to nine months.

d.  Just before the One-Year Correction Period completion.


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

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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.



Quiz  ANSWERS:  
1. b         2. d         3. c         4. c          5. b
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