Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

 October 2016

winners circle skyline

"Then your apples all is gethered, and the ones a feller keeps
Is poured around the cellar-floor in red and yaller heaps;
And your cider-makin's over, and your wimmern-folks is through
With theyr mince and apple-butter, and theyr souse and sausage too!...
I don't know how to tell it-but ef such a thing could be
As the angels wantin' boardin', and they'd call around on me-
I'd want to 'commodate 'em-all the whole-indurin' flock-
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock."

Deep Thoughts

- James Whitcomb Riley

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 last month was awesome!  Thanks to all who attended our full day of seminars, presentations, exhibits, prizes and fun.  We had nearly 300 architects attend and close to 40 architects attend each seminar.  Well done CSI Indy!   The Hat was there too - and at Construct 2016 in Austin - it's not a party without a tip of The Hat.

October 20 our program will be on Masonry with a full day of seminars and CEU opportunities - thanks to Terry Truitt for all her efforts in accomplishing this extravaganza of masonry.  Terry & Pete Baker are also organizing our Holiday party for December 8 at the Columbia Club.  On Friday, November 4th we have a joint meeting with the Louisville Chapter of CSI at Churchill Downs - a great opportunity to bet on the ponies - thanks again to Janie Farmer for coordinating.  January 19 we start the New Year off with another joint program with the Door & Hardware Institute - thanks to Audrey Wyser.  Exciting programs!

November 17th our program is the Bankers Life Reroof Project.  This will also be a new member and prospective member orientation night.  Come to the Willows at 5 pm and learn about the benefits of being a CSI member and how to get involved through the eyes of old farts (Ken Schmidt and Yours Truly) and young punks (Jan Beyer).

Hey - there are a couple of good westerns at the theater.  The Magnificent 7 starring Denzel Washington - a remake of a remake of a Japanese film "The Seven Samurai" - and The Salvation - an intense interpretation of the western revenge genre.  The last two great westerns were a remake of 3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale and Appaloosa - with Ed Harris, Vigo Mortenson, Renée Zellweger, Jeremy Irons.  I have waited way too long for a good western.  Check them out - it's about time for Westerns to make a comeback - in my mind they never left.  There is even a new tv series - "Westworld" - based on the 1973 movie that combines cowboys, guns and horses with a blend of social science fiction.  Can't turn off a western - as Popeye said "I am what I am". 
Speaking of horses - Lord help our Colts.  And speaking of Lords - how about the start of the NHL and the quest for Lord Stanley's Cup?  Hockey is back!  And it started off with a bang - the 19 year old American rookie Auston Matthews scored 4 goals in his debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs.  GO BLACKHAWKS!        
- 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


CSI-IKSMC-AIA Masonry Learn to Earn Event

Thursday October 20, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

We welcome you with our industry presenters in earning AIA HSW credits. Each program offers valuable information that can help you identify specifications to be included in your next project design & bid package. Take what you learn back to your office and share your knowledge of new masonry updates, ASTM standards, and code relevance to design.

Willows on Westfield


Indianapolis Chapter CSI October Meeting: Dolomitic Limestone

Thursday October 20, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

This presentation will discuss the specification, quarrying, finishes and the many uses of Dolomitic Limestone.

Willows on Westfield


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Duckpin Bowling Event

Friday October 21, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

Duckpin Bowling Night on Friday, October 21 from 7pm-9pm at Fountain Square.

Action Duckpin Bowl @ Fountain Square


Indianapolis Chapter CSI November Meeting: Banker's Life Fieldhouse Re-roof

Thursday November 17, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST

This presentation will discuss the logistics and challenges of the re-roofing of Banker's Life Fieldhouse.

Willows on Westfield


Friday November 4, 2016
CSI Louisville Chapter invites The Great Lakes Region and CSI Chapters to a Day at the Races!
Come cheer on Breeders Cup horses. Gates Open at 12:30 P.M. First Race Post Time 2:00 P.M.
$50per ticket

Includes admission to Millionaire's Row 4th Floor, Daily Racing Program, Buffet Luncheon 12:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M., Desserts and Snacks, Free Parking- Longfield Parking Lot-Gate 10
Free Tours of the grounds at Churchill Downs, Raffle Prizes.

700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208
Dress: Business Casual-Rain or Shine

If you have questions about this event, please contact Jeff Clark (502) 648-1512 or
Janie Farmer (502) 216-8997
Please register online at by October 28th, 2016.
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

"That's the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up."   -Walt Disney-

If we all kept that inner child alive and well the world would definitely be a different place. It's true that much of the violence and hatred in the world has been learned, and is due to things that only adults find important like land, power, possessions, and religion. There's a childlike innocence in each of us, but unfortunately it gets covered up by all sorts of societal pressures, cultural norms, and other influences. Walt understood this and this quote shows that things could be a lot better if more of us had the Peter Pan syndrome. During these times I hear people refer to children as being color blind and that some adults are not being the role models they should be. October and Halloween have always been my favorite month where we get to dress up and not act like we have grown up. My wife Lisa will tell you that when I visit the Parks I'm the biggest kid there. Disneyland was that place that Walt built for parents to go to with their kids and to have fun together as a family. 

September's Indianapolis Chapter of CSI 42nd Annual Trade Show was held September 28, 2016, at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. This event had over 400 attendees despite the bad weather. The gift basket that was raffled off by the Foundation brought in over $300 and congratulations to Kenney Meyer. A BIG thank you to the Trade Show Committee, NAWIC, JW Marriott, Fern, and all the student volunteers for making this event run so well. Please check out the website for registration and future events and mark your calendars,

The Disney books for September were part of the gift basket and went for a good cause. Book number 4 will be Disney villain themed and perfect for Halloween. Remember the more tickets you buy the better chance of winning, and all the funds go to help the student scholarship funds. The photo at the end was taken at a party for the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World in 2005. The lady in the photo was just a head and torso on a table, and the table next to her was just a head on a silver platter.  

Ralph R. Pitman, Jr. CSI, CDT
Indianapolis Chapter CSI - President 2016-17 
The traveling hat


Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster

1.  Product equivalency, effect on the other aspects of the project, and warranty are the major factors to be considered for:

a.  Alternates
b.  Shop Drawing submittals
c.  Substitution requests
d.  Change Order Request

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

a.  True

b.  False


3.  All of the following could be Articles in PART 1 - GENERAL of a Specification except which one?







4.  To be effective in communicating, specifications should be:


a.  Complete, concise, and clear.

b.  Concise, clear, and correct.

c.  Clear, concise, correct, and complete.

d.  Concise, correct, coordinated, and complete.


5.  True of False - A Comprehensive Policy is a variety of policies providing broad protection.


a.  True.

b.  False.

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

Get your hands dirty!
Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC
Among the things specifiers grumble most about are the typical architect's lack of knowledge about how things work and how they go together, and the belief that "If I can draw it someone can build it!"
Some architecture schools do include courses about the practical aspects of architecture, but those courses are often optional, so most architects graduate with a lot of knowledge about visual design, planning, and presentation, but little understanding of materials or construction.
It's fine to have a presentation about masonry, but so much more could be learned from participants getting their hands dirty. It's easy to draw a 4 x 4 x 8 brick, but what does it feel like? It takes no more effort to draw a 3-5/8 x 2-1/4 x 11-5/8 brick or a 3-5/8 x 3-5/8 x 15-5/8 brick, or, for that matter, a 12 x 8 x 16 concrete masonry unit, but what difference does it make to the mason? It doesn't take any longer to draw a large masonry unit, but does the size affect installation time?
Until you pick up a brick, mix the mortar, and try to build a wall, you simply cannot appreciate what your details mean in the real world. This shortcoming presents a tremendous opportunity for continuing education programs.
In June of 2000, twenty-five architects from my office went to the masonry apprentice school in St. Paul for an afternoon of fun, down-and-dirty continuing education. The program was set up by Olene Bigelow, our local International Masonry Institute (IMI) rep, and contact for the Brick Industry Association (BIA).
The apprentices set up a series of stations, each showing a specific part of the job. Demonstrations included reading drawings and specifications, estimating, mixing mortar, laying brick and CMU of various sizes, installing door frames, and more. After the book learnin' discussions, the architects got their hands dirty at each station and learned how their decisions affected construction and schedule.
In 2004, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter visited the school and followed the same program. It's easy to complain about what architects don't know, but they are not alone. Specifiers may know more of the technical properties of materials, but many have had no more practical experience in construction than architects.
I used masonry as an example, but similar programs could be done for everything that goes into a building. All of us can do better if we know more about how other team members do their jobs.

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

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