Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

January 2016

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"Attack life - it's going to kill you anyway"

Deep Thoughts

- Steve McQueen

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
Are you ready for CSI Indy Chapter hockey night with the Indy Fuel?  Put on your pads and take out your teeth and get ready for some hard hitting action on Saturday, February 6that 7:30 pm.  Thanks again to Ralph Pitman for coordinating.  I'm hoping for my own personal Gordie Howe hat trick - a goal, an assist and a fight.

Our January program is an updated version of the ADA Quiz by Steve Cain.  We had a very last minute cancellation of our previous program, and Steve is willing to pinch hit - thanks Steve.

Early Birds get the worm - so sign up for your exhibit booth space for the 2016 CSI Indy Trade Show.  Once again we will be at the JW Marriott on Wednesday, September 28.  Architects, spec writers, interior designers, contractors, sub-contractors, engineers and students - please reward our sponsors and exhibitors by attending! 

While you read this I'm in the Bahamas soaking up the sun.  Ain't technology grand? 

- Your Humble Narrator 
Upcoming Events
Programs Committee


Indianapolis Chapter CSI January Meeting: The ADA Quiz

Thursday January 21, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST

This presentation builds upon the first one ever given at the Indianapolis Chapter CSI meeting in April 2014. Since that time, this speaker has traveled the State and beyond, including to CONSTRUCT 2015 in St Louis.

Willows on Westfield


Indianapolis Chapter CSI New Member Orientation

Thursday January 21, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM EST

Join us for the New Member Orientation, to be held before the January chapter meeting. This is a chance for new and recent members to learn about the ins and outs of CSI. Attendees will learn about the Great Lakes Region, the chapter board, chapter bylaws, chapter communications, and a lot more.

Willows on Westfield


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Night Out to the Indy Fuel Game

Saturday February 6, 2016 from 7:35 PM to 10:00 PM EST

Join us for a night out at Indiana Farmers Coliseum, at the State Fairgrounds, on Saturday, February 6, 2016. The chapter has reserved a block of seats to the Indy Fuel vs Cincinnati Cyclones. The game starts at 7:35 pm. Please RSVP January 28, 2016. Questions? Contact Ralph Pitman at

Indiana Farmers Coliseum

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Joel H. Young, Assoc. AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED Green Assoc.
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It's the New Year!  I don't know about you, but for me, this is the time for optimism and laying out goals for the year to come.  It's a new beginning.  A chance to say, "This year will be better than last year..."  I am one of those people who sit down each year and write down my goals.  I enjoy this exercise.  I think of it like I'm designing the year ahead, so-to-speak.  If you haven't done it lately - try it.  You might be surprised.
Of course, along with that comes the busy aftershock of the holidays, and in our industry, it seems like a lot of owners are feeling optimistic too.  It appears that this will be a fruitful year with plenty of work to be done.  Cheers to that!
Our Chapter volunteers are hard at work to make this year a success.  All committees are busy, but to just name a couple... the Trade Show meetings are ramping up (contact Brian Detty if you are interested in the Trade Show).  The Special Events committee is bringing some new fun events, starting with the Indy Fuel Hockey game (February 6th, reserve your ticket by January 28th).  The Golf outing promises to be one of the best we've ever had, as the golf committee is hard at work to make this a success.  Of course, as always, there are a lot of moving parts.  Thanks are due to all active committee members, and please take a moment to recognize their efforts and thank them if you get a chance.
About the photo:  Collin is loving life right now.  He is walking proficiently, running at times.  And you can see in the background - we had to move the photos and DVD's out of our living room... just to make room for all his toys.  My goodness, I can't believe how many toys he got for Christmas.  We have a large family, and he is the first grandchild on my side, and Breanna's side.  Needless to say, he is well taken care of for holidays and his upcoming 1st birthday (January 28th).  As a side-note, his baby boy second cousin was born yesterday, so he will have someone to play with growing up!
Keep an eye out in your email for upcoming events!
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 . . .


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.
Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster 

1.  Mobilization typically occurs after:
a.  Receipt of a Notice to Proceed and following a Pre-Construction meeting.

b.  After a Site Mobilization Meeting and before a receipt of a Notice to Proceed.

c.  Receipt of a Notice to Proceed and before establishing Environmental Protection Requirements.

d.  After Site Safety Meeting and before receipt of a Notice to Proceed.

2.  Which of the following is not a document for negotiating a contract?
a.  Invitation to Bid

b.  Request for Proposal (RFP)

c.  Drawings and Specifications

d.  Other Forms and Supplements


3.  The document named "Available Information" is part of the:

a.  Instruction to Bidders

b.  Contract Documents

c.  Specifications

d.  Procurement Requirements

e.  All of the above          


4.  Thorough product selection requires which of the following?

a.  Obtain product information, identify the product's salient characteristics, and establish performance criteria

b.  Match existing material, establish performance criteria, product representatives contact information

c.  Establish performance criteria, product representatives contact information, obtain product information

d.  Obtain product information, identify the products salient characteristics, contractor approval


5.  Which of the following is not a Construction Schedule Milestones?

a.  Submittal approval

b.  Project Delivery and Team Selection Processes

c.  Procurement (Bidding/Negotiating/Purchase) activities

d.  Contract Completion


Answers located at the end of this newsletter....
CSI Indianapolis Chapter Education Foundation, Inc.
2016 Memorial Trust Scholarship
The Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016 Memorial Trust Scholarship.  Applications may be found online at  Completed applications must be received on or before Friday, February 26, 2016.
The CSI Indianapolis Chapter, Education Foundation, Inc., is a tax-exempt 501(C)3 charitable organization chartered in 2010 to further the educational goals of the Chapter.  Chartered in 1961, the Indianapolis Chapter CSI is the one of the largest and most successful chapters of the Institute.  The Indianapolis Chapter has granted scholarships since 1991, with annual awards ranging from $500 to $4,000.  CSI is a national individual-membership technical society founded in 1948.  CSI seeks to enhance communication within the non-residential building design and construction industry.  CSI members include architects, engineers, specifiers, interior designers, contractors, building owners, facility managers, and product manufacturers and representatives.
Great Lakes Region 
Elections / Nominations / Strategic Plan Update 

We can add another member of the Great Lakes with your help. Edmund Brown, CSI, CCCA is on the ballot for Director-at-Large in the upcoming balloting. Ed is a former Indianapolis Chapter President, and current Region Secretary. He's in a tough category and needs lots of support from us as a Region. You can view the total candidate slate at   When you get your e-mail as a CSI member in good standing, take a minute and push Ed into the winners circle.

Region Past President Ivette Bruns is working on two major projects. She is looking for nominations for Region positions at President- Elect, Vice- President and Treasurer. Are you interested? Look to our Legacy Training tutorials for information on what to expect on the region website.

She has also released a survey to get member feedback as we update our Strategic Plan for the Region. If you haven't, please click on the following link and give us your help in identifying current and future needs, programs.    It's available for a short time, so act today!


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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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.
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.


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