Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

March 2016

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"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself."

Deep Thoughts

- Mark Twain

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

Congratulation to Ed Brown!  Ed was just voted in as a Director at large for CSI National.  I'm sure he will represent our Cheater and Region well.  I again provided my annual write in vote for CSI National President - Gary Gaiser - but he did not win.    

This month's program on March 17th is "High Performance Coatings" presented by our very own Janie Farmer of PPG Paints (and a former Eagles roadie).  Conveniently on St. Patrick's Day.  Sorry - Joe McGuire Day.  Green coatings?  Green beer?  Green Snakes?     

The deadline for Early Bird Registration for the 42nd Annual CSI Indy Trade Show is April Fool's Day.  So don't be a fool and complete your exhibitor registration - only the early birds get the $100 worm.  

March Madness.  Is there anything better than the first four days the NCAA Basketball tournament?  Non-stop college basketball, tons of upsets and lost productivity at the office.  This year the Hoosiers are goin' deep!

Hah!  I'm in Fort Lauderdale on the beach while you read this.  The Hat and I are having a great time.  Kickin' it old school with my droogs.

- Your Humble Narrator 

Upcoming Events
Programs Committee


Indianapolis Chapter CSI March Meeting: High Performance Coatings Use in Commercial Construction

Thursday March 17, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

This presentation will discuss high performance coatings, as well as the importance of surface preparation. The discussion will define the different types of coatings: epoxies, urethanes, polysiloxanes, fluoropolymers, acrylics and water reducible alkyd.

Willows on Westfield


Indianapolis Chapter CSI April Meeting: BIM Innovation

Thursday April 21, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

Whether you're currently using BIM software or feeling the pressure to implement it, this presentation will look at what one small architecture firm did differently to move their practice into innovation. Discover how they're staying competitive and are overcoming the barriers that can often keep firms on the sidelines of BIM engagement.

Willows on Westfield


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show - Early Bird Booth Registration

Wednesday September 28, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT

This is a chance to sign up for early bird booth registration to the 42nd Annual CSI Indianapolis Trade Show on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis.

JW Marriott


View from the Tower

Joel H. Young, Assoc. AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED Green Assoc.
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CSI has a lot to offer professionals as every stage of their career.  Many are fortunate enough to realize it, and they are the people I have the pleasure of shaking hands with on a monthly basis.  To me, and to many, there is something genuine about face to face interactions that somehow helps solidify a relationship.  And there is also some sense of community that arises when we combine our efforts to do successful things for the Chapter, as Committee members, Chairs, Directors, etc.  Quite simply: there is an intangible reward.
I had lunch today with Past President, David Young.  During the course of our conversation, we focused on our membership and marketing efforts, and I mentioned that I cannot understand why more young professionals (you know, the ones MY age..) don't see the value in participating in organizations like CSI.  Often, they don't even make an attempt.  I've had conversations with some, and I hear excuses - nine times out of ten, they are convinced that they are far too busy.  They are too busy with their young kids; too busy working late; too busy testing... I've heard it all.  I am not trying to single anyone out - there are in fact many legitimate reasons not to be there once in a while, and definitely merit to knowing when to say 'no' to some things when your obligations are piling up.  But, I would like to disagree with anyone who thinks they are too busy to participate in the Chapter in some way. 
I just completed my examinations for architectural licensure.  Ask any architect, and they all vividly remember this time in their life because it drains you, and is not easy.  I did this while balancing time at home with a 13 month old, working increasing hours, and attending to my duties as Chapter President.  Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am extremely humble and would not mention this under normal circumstances.  But I do want to point out that even I was able to make time for our Chapter amidst the chaos.  CSI is more than an 'extra' activity; it is part of who I am, and I would never let the Chapter down because of a little busy-ness in my life.  My hope in writing about this, is that some Chapter members realize that volunteering for leadership roles in our Chapter is not detrimental to your time, and is in fact quite rewarding -  in a similar way to seeing your project take shape and being genuinely proud.  Hopefully, we can all make time for our great organization in some way, and convince our peers that it's worth the time to join CSI.
About the photo:  Collin has learned that he has a tongue, and that it's pretty darned funny to stick it out.  He has a lot of other funny behaviors, and it's getting increasingly difficult to keep him away from danger.  Seriously, I never realized how many ways there were to get hurt in my house, until he pointed them out to me.  There is never a boring moment around Collin, and I'm sure it will continue to get better and better!
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). 

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Certification Quiz

Jack Morgan - Quizmaster

1.  Under AIA A201, the responsibility to pay sales, consumer, use, and similar taxes for the Work provided is by the:
a.  A/E.
b.  Owner.

c.  Contractor.

d.  Installing subcontractor

e.  None of the above

 2.  All of the following may be accomplished through issuing of a Change Order except:
a.  Change in the bid date

b.  Decrease in Contract Sum

c.  Extension of Contract Time

d.  Reduction in Scope of Work


 3.  True or False:  The A/E may withhold certification for payment in whole or in part if in the A/E's opinion representations to Owner cannot be made concerning the progress of Work.

a.  True

b.  False


 4.  Builder's Risk Insurance is typically provided by the:

a.  Owner

b.  A/E

c.  Contractor

d.  Each subcontractor


 5.  The Negotiating  Process includes which of these steps:

a.  Offer

b.  Exchange

c.  Compromise

d.  Restitution

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

Key clauses of the general conditions; means and methods

Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC
In the last post, we looked at the complementary clause, and saw how powerful it can be; we also looked at the limits of that power. Many architects know of that clause, and I have occasionally heard it cited, something like this: "I don't care if there is no specification for it; it's on the drawings, and you have to provide it!" In the same conversation, it wouldn't be unusual to hear, "No, I don't know how you're going to do it - that's means and methods!"

Although architects aren't shy about citing "means and methods" it seems many of them don't understand the full impact of what they're referring to. Turning again to the AIA A201, here's what Article 3 says (my italics).


3.3.1 The Contractor shall supervise and direct the Work, using the Contractor's best skill and attention. The Contractor shall be solely responsible for, and have control over, construction means, methods, techniques, sequences and procedures and for coordinating all portions of the Work under the Contract, unless the Contract Documents give other specific instructions concerning these matters.

3.3.3 The Contractor shall be responsible for inspection of portions of Work already performed to determine that such portions are in proper condition to receive subsequent Work.


3.4.1 Unless otherwise provided in the Contract Documents, the Contractor shall provide and pay for labor, materials, equipment, tools, construction equipment and machinery, water, heat, utilities, transportation, and other facilities and services necessary for proper execution and completion of the Work, whether temporary or permanent and whether or not incorporated or to be incorporated in the Work.

Read that again, and again if necessary, and think about what is required. Now let's list the contractor's responsibilities.
  • Supervise and direct the Work.
  • Decide the proper way to do everything (means, methods, techniques).
  • Decide when and how everything should be installed (sequences, procedures).
  • Schedule the work of subcontractors and suppliers (coordinate).
  • Determine if work already done is ready for the next step.
  • Provide and pay for everything needed to complete the Work.
If architects understand all that, why do they waste time specifying things the contractor is responsible for? Is it necessary to explain how ceramic tile, or floor coatings, or roofing should be installed? Is it necessary to tell the contractor when activities should take place? Is it necessary to state that work of one section should be coordinated with work specified in another section? Does the architect need to state that prior work must be ready before proceeding with subsequent work? Does the contractor need to be told what is included for a specific activity, or who will pay for it?

The answer to all those questions is "No!" Unless, that is, the architect has decided to do those things, in which case the contractor is relieved of responsibility for them, as stated at the end of 3.3.1.

What then, is the architect's responsibility? After seeing what the contractor is required to do, there isn't much left. The architect must:
  • Design and draw the appearance of the building, in sufficient detail to allow the contractor to build it.
  • Specify those items that are needed to achieve the design intent. As noted in the last post, if the documents show tile but do not state what it is, the contractor can get it at the dollar store.
  • Specify reference standards as needed to get the desired performance.
  • Observe the construction as required by the owner-architect agreement, process payment applications, and so on.
  • Use Division 01 to specify requirements not found in the general conditions.
Relying on the conditions of the contract and Division 01 will allow the architect to eliminate common redundancies, resulting in shorter specifications that will be easier to write, easier to understand, and easier to enforce. Needless references to the conditions of the contract and Division 01 can be eliminated, as can repetitive specifications for bidding requirements; submittals; substitution requests and prior approval requests; delivery, storage, and handling; cleaning; responsibility for payment of testing and corrective work; and so on. Instead of regurgitating manufacturers' specifications, a simple "Comply with manufacturer's installation instructions and recommendations", stated once in Division 01, will suffice.

Does that mean the architect cannot say anything about installation? No, but it's good to remember that when that happens, the architect has usurped the contractor's authority, and assumed the contractor's responsibility. Before doing so, architects must make sure they know more than the manufacturer and installer.

Note that nowhere do the general conditions require the architect to explain to the contractor how to run the job, nor do they require the architect to explain to installers how to do their jobs. A moment's thought should be enough to understand why this is so. Manufacturers' representatives have often told me that they have difficulty keeping up with changes in their products, even though those products represent only a small part of the entire building. If that's the case, how can an architect be expected to know everything about the multitude of products in a typical building?

As noted in the conclusion of the previous post, there is no substitute for showing everything required both on the drawings and in the specifications. However, doing so without understanding the means and methods clause will result in needless repetition and greater potential for contradictions, but more important, it may also result in the architect assuming additional risk. 

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Quiz Answers:

1. - c [AIA A201, 3.6]
2. - a [PDPG and PDPG 13.9.2]
3. - a [AIA A201, 9.5.1]
4. - a [PDPG 11.3.20]
5. - a and c [PDPG 12.8.3] 
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