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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2017-03 Seminar

During his presentation, “Do Green Buildings Really Save Energy?” John Scofield, Professor of Physics at Oberlin College, compared the verified energy use of completed LEED-certified buildings with the design modeling estimates and found little evidience of actual primary energy savings ...

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2017-10 Program on Firestopping

Panelists Andy Howell (Hilti), Jay McGuire (Fire Stop Technologies), and Steve Gantner (Cannon Design) had a cool conversation about firestopping. Description: Despite the potential liability if firestopping is incorrectly designed, specified, or installed, building professionals frequen...

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2017-09 Golf Classic

The CSI Golf Committee would like to say thank you to everyone who came out to participate in our 2017 Golf Classic.  We hit record temperatures that day and even hit some record shots (not saying if they were record good or record bad)!  As always, it was a fun day on the golf course and ...

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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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