Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

August 2016

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"In the commercial real estate business, brokers spearhead major accounts.  But they wouldn't have customers without the people who oversee construction."  

Deep Thoughts

- Roger Staubach

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
CONSTRUCT 2016 will be held in Austin, Texas, from September 7 until the 9th.  Friday Night Lights?  Texas high School football games?  What's not to like about that?  And for you party animals PPG will be hosting a cruise on Wednesday, Sept. 7th in Austin - contact Janie Farmer about joining the fray.  

The CSI Indy Trade Show is sold out!  Now we need to improve on attendance.  Architects, engineers, contractors, interior designers, spec writers - I challenge you to show up.  The Trade Show is the single most important event we put on every year and it helps pay for all the things we do - programs, scholarships, our foundation and social events.  It is the heart beat of CSI Indy and critical to our success - so reward our exhibitors with your presence.  Don't be a wanker.

Thanks to Joyce White for all of her years of service to CSI.  Joyce recently shifted gears and accelerated up the ladder at Xerox and will no longer be with us.  Joyce - you will be missed!

Our program this month is Moisture Mitigation.  This has become a real issue in our industry with all the super insulated buildings and what not - join us for enlightenment.          

The classical Greeks thought of everything - philosophy, literature, warfare, seafaring, food, politics, theater, arÍte - and the Olympics (naked!).  Usain Bolt, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, Wayde van Niekerk, Diana Taurasi, Michelle Carter, Katie Ledecky, Chuck Thompson - great athletes keep surfacing every four years.  Thanks to Brazil for hosting - next stop Tokyo.      


Peace. Out.

- Your Humble Narrator 
Upcoming Events
Programs Committee


2016-2017 Standing Reservation List

Monday August 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM EDT -to- Friday June 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT

Riverwalk Banquet Center


Indianapolis Chapter CSI August Meeting: Moisture Mitigation

Thursday August 18, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

This presentation will discuss moisture and alkalinity and their effect on concrete slabs. The discussion will also cover the anatomy of flooring failures and the difference between dry vs cured concrete.

Willows on Westfield


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show - Attendee Registration

Wednesday September 28, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT

On September 28th, 2016, the Indianapolis Chapter of CSI will present its 42nd Annual Design Indy Tradeshow. It will be held at the JW Marriott in Griffin Hall on the 2nd Floor. There will be three free AIA seminars available for attendees. Click on the "Event Page" link at the bottom of this page for more information about the seminars.

JW Marriott


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

To any chapter members who attended last February's  "CSI Night at the Indy Fuel" and to those of us what weren't at the event but are going to make the next one...We are currently planning another visit to our lucky-pucksters (try saying that fast!)
There will be more information forthcoming in the next few months (the season starts in October).
Also, don't forget DUCKPIN Bowling in October! 93rd times a charm?)

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.
View from the Tower

"Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children" -Walt Disney-

I felt this quote was very appropriate with schools all over starting up this month. The children of the world will one day grow up to run the world, so it makes sense to protect this precious resource and make sure that they grow into adults that make the right choices. It is all too often the minds of our children are filled with disturbing images in the news and video games, as well as videos online, and it is creating an epidemic of a generation that doesn't really seem to care or even try. It will be a rough road for us all if they continue on down the path they are headed. We have to do our best to make sure this natural resource doesn't go to waste. We need to be good role models for our youth and to get involved in their lives by showing them there is more to life than what they hold in the palm of their hands. This is why I want to see our student members more involved in our chapter so they feel empowered and can make a difference when given the opportunity.

Has it really been a month already since taking office? I recall several individuals shared at the Past Presidents' Forum that this time will go by quickly and to enjoy the ride. So far it has been something I look forward to each month. I believe that is particularly true because of the outstanding work our Board and committees do that make it easy on me to be a conductor and not have to manage everything. I want to thank Building Excellence for featuring CSI Indianapolis Chapter in 3 articles including the Trade Show, a 2 page spread on the awards banquet, and a bio on me. I look forward to working more with Gary Price and his staff. This is a FREE publication that we should all be receiving,

Thank you to the program/education committee for putting together an evening program that made us think more about cladding and how to properly use it. Thank you to Jerry Joyce for taking his time in sharing his years of knowledge on the topic of ventilated wall systems/ porcelain stoneware cladding solutions for energy efficient buildings. This month's topic on "Moisture Mitigation" presented by Brian N. Cordak will be something I'll be paying close attention to. Brian has 30+ years of sales, business, and product development experience with organizations ranging from global, multi-billion dollar, industry leading firms and entrepreneurial start-up situations.With more and more renovation and rehabilitation projects becoming common in today's market with HUD, historic preservation, private, and Rural Development this is a problem that needs special attention.

I have asked each Board member to be more involved in the Chapter by attending, not just the board meetings, but monthly programs and committee meetings, as well as Region and national events. CONSRUCT is coming up on September 7-9, 2016, in Austin, TX, and this year's schedule will provide some great education opportunities (some are already sold out), leadership training, Region Caucus, and special evening events. It's not too late to attend this event or start planning to attend the Great Lakes Region Conference in Canton, OH, in 2017. We are also looking to get more members to attend the region and national events by providing help through reimbursement. The reimbursement policy can be found on our web site,
Also in September, we have our 42nd Annual Trade Show held September 28, 2016, at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. This FREE trade show will include 91 booths, 3 FREE education seminars during the show schedule, and networking with both local and national participants. All 3 classes will provide AIA continued education units. The trade show committee will be sending out emails and postcards soon with additional information and a link to register for this great event. There will be additional postcards available at the August program meeting or by contacting Joel Young at Delv Design. Take several and pass them out to people in your office, job sites, students in construction, or professionals in the construction industry. If you can't attend please tell a friend. We want to make this another great show for the vendors, for without them we would not have a trade show. Please check out the website for registration and future events and mark your calendars,

The Chapter is in need of a 2nd photographer for the months that Terri Truitt is unable. The immediate need is for the upcoming Trade Show. If you are willing to help the chapter out, please contact either Terri or me. And if you don't have a camera, one could be provided to you.

Our membership committee is also looking for additional help. They need a few members to join from the sales representative side and a student who can spread the good word about CSI. They also have a special new promotion coming up. Anyone who signs up as a new professional member or new emerging professional member at the Trade Show or within 30 days after the Trade Show will receive a 30% discount in the form of a check from the Chapter. This offer does not apply to reinstatements. Student members can join for free because of our generous sponsors of scholarship funds. Please contact David Young at Brenner Design. The Region has challenged all the chapters to increase their membership this year. I don't see any reason why we can't help make this happen.

Last month's Disney book give away went better than I thought it would. Book number 2 will be another nice addition to your collection. Remember the more tickets you buy the better chance of winning and the funds go to help the student scholarship funds. The photo at the end was taken on our family trip to Walt Disney World in 2003 at a special event called "Haunted Mansion 999 Happy Haunts." The gentleman that I am standing next to is one of my favorite Disney living legends Xavier Atencio born 1919. 

Ralph R. Pitman, Jr. CSI, CDT
Indianapolis Chapter CSI - President 2016-17 
DSV Acting as Chapter Counsel for FY 16-17
Hello, everyone! I would like to (re-)introduce myself.  My name is Chris Drewry and I am a partner at the law firm of Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP ("DSV") where I focus my particular practice on construction law as well as labor and employment law.  For those of you who may not know me, I am also a former board member and past treasurer of the Chapter and have been a member of CSI since several years prior to that.  I have very much enjoyed my time being a part of the Chapter and also serving the Chapter in various capacities.
I am very pleased to announce that DSV has been retained as Chapter Counsel for the upcoming fiscal term, effective July 1, 2016.  While there are a number of tasks and duties (i.e., accounting and other business services) that DSV has already performed or which we will continue to perform directly on behalf of the Board, there are a number of other services which are available to the entire membership as a whole.  As such, I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you of some of the additional benefits available to all of you, not just the Board or overall Chapter.
To start, as part of the Chapter Counsel relationship, DSV will present an annual seminar at a future chapter meeting.  We are also very excited to announce that we will be presenting on a legal topic at the upcoming CSI Trade Show (more details to follow).  Additionally, I will also be submitting various articles for publishing in future newsletters. On a side note, if anyone has a particular topic or issue that they would like to see addressed - either in an article or for a presentation - please do not hesitate to contact me. 
In addition to providing the Chapter with information about relevant legal issues, there are a couple of other features of the Chapter Counsel relationship that I am very excited to inform you about.  For one, DSV will provide a "first call free" to any and all Chapter members (be it the individual member or any member's respective company).  All you need to do is simply contact our firm, ask for me, and state that you are calling from CSI, and you can get initial advice about a particular issue...for free!  In addition to the initial call, if the matter is something that needs further attention and specific representation, DSV is also pleased to offer a 10% fee discount for members on any separate engagement.  So, be sure to take advantage of these unique opportunities and be sure to let your companies know!
Since when do law firms and attorneys offer free calls and discounted rates?!?! Why is DSV doing this?  The answer is simple. I have been a part of CSI in various capacities for several years.  I have cherished my time being a part of the organization and I value the relationships that I have built over that same time period.  In short, it has been a great pleasure serving the Board and the Chapter as a whole in the past, and it is my sincere hope that my continued commitment (and that of DSV's) to the Chapter will remain strong moving forward.  I truly believe that DSV's status as Chapter Counsel can provide a great benefit to the Chapter as a whole and to each and every member.   
I look forward to seeing all of you soon.  If you have any questions, comments, ideas for topics, or any other feedback, please feel free to contact me. 
Chris Drewry
Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP
736 Hanover Place, Suite 200
Carmel, IN 46032
(317) 580-4848

Education Foundation News
Indianapolis Chapter CSI
At the July 2016 meeting of the Education Foundation, the following were re-elected for three year terms as new members of the Education Foundation Class of FY 19:
          Kristin Welty
          Mike Brannan
          Jack Morgan
Officers for the upcoming Fiscal Year, continuing in their present roles are:
         President            - Kristin Welty
         Vice President   - Mike Brannan
         Secretary            - Chuck Thompson
         Treasurer            - Blake Wagner
Congratulations to all the winners!


The Education Foundation is raising money by seeking donations of items to fill a basket to be raffled at this year's Trade Show, September 28.  Donations include various spirits including alcohol, wine, cheese, crackers, and other items to fill the basket.  They can be brought to the August Program or given to Jack Morgan, who will collect all items and prepare the basket.  If enough items are donated, more than one basket will be prepared.

The Indianapolis Chapter, CSI - Education Foundation, helps encourage the construction education of students attending Indiana Colleges and Universities by awarding scholarships to help defray the student's costs.  The scholarship applications are sent out at the first of the year with the submission deadline at the end of February.  The Foundation is a tax-exempt IRS 501, (c), (3) not-for- profit organization. Tax- deductible donations are appreciated.

- Jack P. Morgan, CSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA, NCARB, SCIP
Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster

1.  The basic lines of communication to separate contractors as identified in the General Conditions is through the A/E?

a.  True

b.  False


2.  Which bond protects the Owner from losing the benefit of an accepted bid?


a.  Maintenance bond

b.  Payment bond

c.  Bid bond

d.  Performance bond

3.  Submittal requirements for Facility Services Divisions 21 through 28 are specified in:

a.  The first section in each respective division.

b.  Supplementary Conditions.

c.  Division 01 Section "Submittal Procedures".

d.  Section 01 12 00 "Summary of Multiple Contracts".

4.  Why are addenda issued?

a.  To modify the Contract Documents after award of the Contract.

b.  To clarify, revise, add to, or delete information before the award of the Contract.

c.  To formalize verbal instructions given on the jobsite.

d.  To modify drawings and specifications only.


5.  Limitations of the Design-Bid-Build Project Delivery method include:


a.  Linear sequence shortens the Project Schedule.

b.  Bids may exceed budget.

c.  Partnering is a natural result.

d.  Low bids may encourage Owner Changes.

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

Time for some fun!
Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC
Each summer, boards of directors make plans for the next year, education and certification committees begin preparing study courses, newsletter editors start bugging chapter presidents for articles, and planning committees search for good technical programs and tours. All of these are serious, necessary things that must be done to provide the services members expect.

But as they say, all work and no play can make things dull and boring. Chapters, usually through region conferences, show other chapters what their committees are doing and discuss best practices. I wonder, how often do we show each other what we do to have fun? In the next couple of articles, I'm going to recount stories from North Central Region conferences; I invite you to respond with your own tales of mirth and merriment.

The first event took place at the 2003 North Central Region Conference, which was held in Duluth, Minnesota. This was a special occasion, because Gary Betts, a member of the Chicago Chapter and the North Central Region, had just been elected as Institute president. Some years before, when Robert L. McManus, another NCR member, had been elected as Institute president, he was honored by a somewhat rowdy coronation.

A couple of Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter members, Alana and John Griffith, I believe, suggested we do something similar for Gary. Not being one to break a long-standing tradition, or to miss a chance for some good-natured fun, I wrote a script for Gary's coronation and prepared a suitably eloquent proclamation.

To set the scene, the Twin Ports Chapter, conference host, arranged a dinner cruise of the Duluth/Superior harbor. That ensured the guest of honor would be where we wanted him, with no way of escape. At some point in the evening, I presented the following speech, which segued into the coronation.

For nearly three centuries, beginning around AD 800, the Vikings dominated the European scene. From their homelands in Scandinavia, they struck westward, their superb ships carrying them to Britain and Ireland, to the northern and western coasts of mainland Europe, and on across the Atlantic to Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland. Other Vikings journeyed eastward, down the great rivers of the Russian interior. They reached America five hundred years before Columbus.

The Viking longboat, the most advanced ship of its time, was a major factor in the success of the Vikings. Built of wood and iron, these boats were fast and able to handle both open seas and inland rivers with ease. Their shallow draft meant that fully loaded boats could be sailed in rivers only three feet deep, and they could be put ashore anywhere there was a beach. (If you haven't seen one, there is a replica in a park here in Duluth.)

Blonde, burly, and brutal, hungry for loot and land. That is the disgusting stereotypical image of the Viking. Violent they may have been, but they lived in a turbulent age whose values were not ours. Recently, modern scholars have revealed another side of these sturdy folk. Contrary to popular belief, the Vikings were a sensitive, caring people, full of civic virtue, with strong family values, a great interest in birdwatching, a love of delicate pink and yellow flowers, and a fondness for lacy undergarments.

Since those glorious days of yore, the Vikings seem to have vanished. We no longer see their graceful ships or their horned helms, and we no longer hear the ghostly call of their long battle horns. Indeed, the only reminder we have of those great warriors of old are the hapless purple and white dwarves of Minnesota, who annually do battle against the green and gold elves of Wisconsin.

Yet all is not lost! Odin, god of warriors and battle, along with his son Thor, god of thunder, and Frey, the god of fertility, colorful things, and interior design, have conspired to restore the glory of the Vikings and to reclaim the Middle Kingdom.

Years ago, in their infinite wisdom, they saw promise in one young man, who might one day be fit to rule. Chivalrous and wise though he was, a series of tests was planned to prove his mettle. Year after year he was called upon to serve in many ways. Each task was a challenge: some would test his strength, some would test his wit, and all would test his patience. In the end, he passed each trial.

Tonight, the not quite so young man who was chosen, and who has survived his trial by fire, faces the last test of his worth - the will of the People. I call to your attention a man whose actions are known to all, a man truly fit to wear the crown. Let the Lords and Ladies of the Court bring forth Gary, Lord Betts the Terrible, Master of the North Central Kingdom!

For the rest of the story, see the Form and Order of Service for The Coronation of His Highness Gary, Lord Betts the Terrible at

Gary, Lord Betts - Gary Betts
Jan the Griffith - John Griffith
Archbishop Saumur - Bob Saumur
Gaor the White - George White
Lady Alana - Alana Griffith
Lady Marta of Sandvik - Marthe Brock
Lord Hewitt - James Hewitt
Great Wulff, Lord Chambermaid - Sheldon Wolfe

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

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2. - c [PDPG]
3. - c [PDPG, 11.3.10]
4. - b [CSPG 9.3.2]
5. - b [PDPG 7.2.5]
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