Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

May 2016

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"Determination that just won't quit - that's what it takes."

Deep Thoughts

- A.J. Foyt on winning Indy 500

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
The CSI Indy Trade Show is fast approaching - don't miss out, get your booth now and secure a spot in our 42nd Annual event on Wednesday, September 28th.  We are a strong Chapter due to our Exhibitors & Sponsors - call and thank them all!

May 19 our CSI Indy program will be celebrating the 100th Indianapolis 500 at the Willows in Broadripple.  Show us your teeth! 

June 2 we have our Golf Outing at the Golf Club of Indiana- we have a lot of sponsors but we need golfers!  Contact David Fryman if you want to ruin a good walk by playing golf. 

June 16 is our annual Awards Banquet at the Skyline Club - bring your significant other and enjoy the downtown view from the 34th floor.   

Ralph Pitman will bet taking over as our new Chapter President in July and already the wheels have fallen off - no photographer!  You don't have to be Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibovitz, Mathew Brady or Ansel Adams - you just have to show up every month and take photos of our events.  I suppose they could all be selfies.  Come on - you know you would rather be behind the camera rather than in front.  Why do you think Ralph did it for so many years?   

- Your Humble Narrator 

Upcoming Events
Programs Committee



Indianapolis Chapter CSI May Meeting: Project 100

Thursday May 19, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

This presentation will discuss the history of design at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which has a capacity of 257,325 spectators and is the largest facility in the world to host sport related events. Also, design considerations regarding updating the facility in regards to safety, ADA, security, and fan experience will be discussed.

Willows on Westfield


2016 Indianapolis Chapter CSI GOLF Outing!

Thursday June 2, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM EDT

It's time to "GRIP 'EM & RIP 'EM"! The golf course is calling your name. Hire your caddy, get out your mojo, & join us for a fun-filled event! Prizes awarded, lunch included, raffle tickets available, optional dinner following, & fun for all. Let's hit 'em looonggggg! SPONSORS: If you want to sponsor but not play, select the SPONSORS under FEES.

Golf Club of Indiana


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


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show - Exhibitor Registration

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

This is a chance for exhibitors to sign up for booths to the 42nd Annual CSI Indianapolis Trade Show, #DESIGNINDY2016. It will be held at the JW Marriott Indianapolis on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 3-7pm.

JW Marriott




View from the Tower
Joel H. Young, Assoc. AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED Green Assoc.
new info     

This month, at our annual Great Lakes Region Conference in Louisville, Kentucky - our annual region meeting and strategic planning session was searching and met with passion for those in the room.  There were two main themes: leader attendance at conferences; and promoting student attendance at these leadership conferences.
Before going any further, first let me express my gratitude to the Louisville Chapter for an excellent conference.  It was a great event and a lot of man-hours obviously went into the planning.  Well done.
My recollection of the exact attendance numbers are a bit hazy, but I recall that someone in that meeting said there were somewhere around 45 registered attendees (we had about 7 Indianapolis representatives).  As someone in the room said, "This is unacceptable."  What followed was a discussion regarding how to get people, namely our elected Chapter leaders, to attend.  On this front, I'll take my share of the blame, as perhaps I could have promoted the GLRC a little better.  Despite the multitude of possible reasons, attendance was down this year.   Let's see if we can do better next year, and we sincerely thank all who graciously attended this excellent event from Indianapolis and all Chapters.
For the other main discussion topic, admittedly, in my own outspoken way, I began the debate on bringing in the student members to the conferences.  It is my belief that our future begins with our Student CSI Members.  In my view, we must capture their interest, and show them how we pass knowledge to our incoming leaders.  Everyone was in favor of the sentiment, but there were differing opinions on logistical means to fund student attendees.  By the end of it, I volunteered to participate in a committee to spearhead this effort.  That's what I get for speaking up!  But I think it will be worth it in the end.
About the photo:  Some of you that know me well, may be aware that I am a drummer, and that I actually signed a record deal with a small label while playing with my rock band, 0 for 4, in 2009.  We (the band) all have careers and families now, but we still reunite every now and again to play music.  This last weekend, I decided it would be fun to take Collin, along with my wife, Breanna, to our local Guitar Center for some random fun.  After I played on this electric drum kit for a bit, I had Collin sit in the throne to see what he would do.  I'm telling you - he was a natural.  He knew exactly what to do, and I think I may see some drumming in his future.  It was a proud moment that I will forever treasure.
And now for some house-keeping items...
In case you missed it, your 2015-16 Chapter Officers (beginning with the July Board Meeting) are:
Ralph Pitman, President
Gene King, President Elect
Randy Vogt, Vice-President
Christine Walter, Secretary
Jeremy Hoffman, Treasurer
Upcoming Events:
Special Meeting for final By-Laws Voting:
A Special Meeting for our proposed Chapter By-Law Amendments will be held in conjunction with our Board of Directors meeting on 9 June, 6pm, at Scotty's Brewhouse on 96th Street.  Electronic ballots will be sent prior to this meeting for anyone wishing to cast a vote the easy way.  Paper ballots will only be distributed at our Special Meeting, and we will have an open floor for discussion to make sure all are heard.  Please vote on the By-Law Amendments, as it has great significance for our Chapter.
Golf Outing!
2 June - Bud Reed Memorial Golf Outing at the Golf Club of Indiana.  Big thanks to David Fryman and the golf committee for putting together a quality event.  You can find links to the golf outing website on our Chapter website, which is listed here for your convenience:
Awards Banquet!
Don't miss the Awards Banquet, June 16th at the Skyline Club.  The evening will have the traditional qualities of our past banquets, but I will be taking measures to keep the meeting moving.  To do this, we will have a paper business meeting to substitute most of the Annual Chapter Meeting.
CSI Phone Hotline Discontinued:
As a reminder to all Chapter members, we no longer have a hotline for reservations and cancellations, as we have embraced digital communications in lieu of voicemail.  Essentially, we were holding a line item on our budget for something that was seldom being used.  Anyone wishing to still use the phone for reservations, etc. may contact the current Chapter President or Reservations Chair to speak with them or leave voicemail.
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.  According to AIA Document A201 who has the authority to accept non-conforming work?

a.  Architect

b.  Contractor

c.  Owner

d.  Subcontractor

2.  What is the method of describing aspects of the Schematic Design in written form?

a.  Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

b.  Preliminary Project Descriptions (PPD)

c.  Building Information Modeling (BIM)

d.  Intern Development Program (IDP)

e.  None of the above.


3.  The acronym "RFI" stands for:


a.  Request for Information

b.  Request for Interpretation

c.  A and B

d.  None of the Above


4.  Three types of Control Plans the Contractor may be requested to submit during Preconstruction include:


a.  Erosion Control Plan

b.  Pollution Control Plan

c.  Site Control Plan

d.  Traffic Control Plan


5.  Owner purchased items that are then added to the Project by the Contractor are referred to as:


a.  Owner Purchased and Contractor Installed

b.  Owner Furnished and Contractor Installed

c.  Owner Purchased and Contractor Provided

d.  Owner Furnished and Contractor Provided

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

Please - say "Thank you!'
Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC
Among the first things parents drum into their children's heads are the words please and thank you. Parents do such a good job that these words become automatic, and, to a great extent, they become white noise. If they are used automatically, without conscious thought, what good are they? Do they mean anything? Why do we insist children use them, even if they don't mean what they say?

Human interactions are more complex than they appear. Unlike the parts of well-oiled machines we often have trouble working with each other. Instead of smooth, machined gears, we are more like rough, unsynchronized cogs. Polished gears require only a touch of light oil for lubrication, but to function socially humans need thick grease, and a lot of it. This essential lubrication is provided by accepted norms, manners, and etiquette, a good part of which is provided by little words like please and thank you, and by other nearly involuntary responses. (The ticket agent says, "Have a good trip!" and your programmed response is "You too!")

The odd thing is, even though these common words and actions should have no meaning because they are reflexive, they are essential. Even when said without forethought, we hear them and respond to them.

Obviously, please and thank you serve different purposes. We use please when we want something, and we use thank you to acknowledge receipt or completion of something of value. The former softens the blow of a direct order, asking for voluntary cooperation, while the latter expresses gratitude for something already done. Both are useful and appreciated, but thank you appears to be more an option because you no longer need anything. Unfortunately, because it doesn't help fulfill an immediate need, thank you is more likely to be forgotten.

If you had to choose one or the other, thank you would be the one to keep. Please may prompt immediate action, but thank you, by giving value to what has been done, will encourage future cooperation. An added bonus is that thank you can cause the omission of please to be forgotten. In other words, you may be able to get away without please, but you must never forget thank you.

This just happens to be a time when you have the opportunity to thank members who have made important contributions to our members. Each year, CSI at all levels presents awards to acknowledge the work of individuals and committees. Think about the members of your chapter and region; I'm sure you can identify at least one person who has made a significant effort to improve our organization. Before you do anything else, call that person and express your thanks! Then contact the chair of your awards committee (or any board member) and describe what this person has done.

In the future - starting now! - remember that awards are not earned just in the spring. Pay attention throughout the year to what other members are doing. Again, express your thanks personally, and then make sure your awards committee knows about it. And don't forget non-members!

More information about Institute awards and honors. Hurry; submittals are due 6 May!

More thoughts about awards: Why have Awards and honors? How many awards should we have?

CSI Honors acknowledge those whose contributions are Above and beyond...

2016, Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

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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. - c [CAPG, 6.9]
2. - b [PDPG 9.3.2]
3. - b [CAPG, 8.12]
4. - a, b, d [PDPG 13.4.4]
5. - b [PDPG 12.9.1]
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