Time for change?

Time for change? When I became a specifier, in 1985, all of the projects I worked on used the "traditional" design-bid-build (DBB) delivery method. And when I started my current job at BWBR in 1996, all we used was DBB. That shouldn't be a surprise because, at the time, there was nothing else, at l...

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2017-10 President's Message

CSI is an organization made up entirely of volunteers.  Their efforts across a variety of committees are what keep the Chapter going.  We are always looking for new people to join these efforts, so if you are interested in getting involved in a committee, please reach out to anyone on the ...

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Meaningful Measurements of Building Performance

It’s a confusing environment for responsible building owners who want to create sustainable buildings. Architects claim their efficient design skills will save an owner 20% in energy costs over a comparable non-efficient design. Product representatives tout their white roofing material as a co...

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2017-09 Program

Eric Moraczewski, Executive Director at Gateway Arch Park Foundation, speaks on the unique Public Private Partnership used to deliver the complicated Arch Grounds renovations. Description: The renovation of the Gateway Arch park site serves as a successful example of a public private partnershi...

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2017-18 CALENDAR SET

Welcome to the new year! I hope everyone had a fun summer and is now ready for a full slate of programs. Mark Walkenbach and the entire Programs Committee have been working hard to bring you a wide variety of topics from all aspects of construction. Speaking of variety, please make note of the new ...

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Behind the Lens: About our Website Photograph

Our new website went live in September last year, so you might be interested in the story behind the eight banner photos that have been rotating at the top of the homepage. They document our recent history and they illustrate some of the many activities that make us both a typical and a unique CSI c...

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Thoughts on the Grenfell Fire, and “Trusted Advisors”

The cause of the June 14, 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London became readily apparent within a few days. A defective refrigerator in a fourth floor apartment caught fire, rapidly igniting flammable materials on the outside walls of the building. Within minutes, the exterior was engulfed in flames as ...

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Thanks for the Memories

Time flies when you are having fun. I could not be more gracious and humbled by the opportunity to lead this great group of people this year. It seemed like the other day I was at a Board Meeting in September trying to not forget something about "Robert's Rules" and laughing about using my "Presiden...

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North Central Region Awards to Greater St. Louis Chapter 2010-16

Gary Betts Memorial Award   No Awards to Chapter Distinguished Service Award   2013 - Tom Smith CSI 2014 - J. Brok Howard, CSI CDT, NIBS, AIA Region Commendation   2016- Greater St. Louis Chapter Construct 2016 Committee ...

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Spring Cleaning Equals Great Surface Preparation

As we breeze through springtime and quickly into summer, I begin to think about projects around the house that need attention and maintenance. As with the start of any project, surface preparation is a key to success. The type of substrate will dictate the type of surface preparation. If working wi...

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