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President's Report

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 date for programs this year (2nd Thursday of the month most months) as well as the rotating venues. This is something we are going to try out for a year and evaluate next summer. Keep an eye on the website for the latest program information and make sure to REGISTER EARLY for all programs you plan to attend.

In Spring 2019, the St. Louis Chapter will be hosting the CSI North Central Region Conference. This is a multi-day event that will need many, many volunteers. Steve Gantner and George Everding are chairing the committee, and if you are interested in helping in any way, I encourage you to reach out to one of them. We will need volunteers to help pick location, entertainment, tours, gifts, and several other items. More information to come soon.

It is my privilege to be serving as Chapter President this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at our programs and social events. September 14th is the first program at Duffy’s in Kirkwood, and September 20th is the golf outing at Forest Park. If you have not signed up yet for these events, please do so soon.

David Neuner

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Featured Event

Forest Park Golf Club

1130am Lunch & Check-In
100pm Shotgun Start
600pm Dinner & Prizes

REGISTER

$100.00 Single Golf Registration (includes dinner)
$380.00 Foursome Golf Registration (includes dinner)
$20.00 Dinner Only Registration (no golf)

EVENT SPONSORS NEEDED

$500 Platinum Sponsor

  • Sign on 6 holes and Hole Exhibitor Privileges
  • 2 Dinner/Networking tickets
  • Individual Slide on Sponsors PowerPoint at dinner
  • promoted on STLCSI website and in Spectator

$375 Gold Sponsor

  • Sign on 3 holes
  • 2 Dinner/Networking Tickets
  • Individual Slide on Sponsors PowerPoint at Dinner
  • promoted on STLCSI website and in Spectator

$225 Silver Sponsor

  • Sign on 1 hole
  • Individual Slide on Sponsors PowerPoint at Dinner
  • promoted on STLCSI website and Spectator

$100 Hole Sponsor

  • Sign on 1 hole
  • Individual Slide on Sponsors PowerPoint at Dinner

All sponsors will be recognized during lunch, golf and dinner.

questions? contact event chair Heather Hendricks at golf@stlouiscsi.org

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This Month

Eric Moraczewski, Executive Director at Gateway Arch Park Foundation, will speak on the unique Public Private Partnership used to deliver the complicated Arch Grounds renovations.

5:30-6:00  Registration and Networking
6:00-6:45  Dinner and Announcements
6:45-8:00  Presentation and Q & A

Description: The renovation of the Gateway Arch park site serves as a successful example of a public private partnership (PPP) project. This session investigates the intricacies, benefits, and difficulties of PPP. Using the Arch project as an example, the seminar explores the process from pre-design through post construction. CEU: 1.5 AIA-CES units (LU/HSW)

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, programs are offered at no cost for CSI members and only $20 for non-members.

Reservations are strongly encouraged as seating is limited.

Call 636-447-1357 or email us at stlouiscsi@gmail.com for more information.

TICKETS

$0.00 Complimentary Ticket for Chapter Members

$20.00 Non-Member Ticket

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Next Month

Panelists Andy Howell (Hilti), Jay McGuire (Fire Stop Technologies), and Steve Gantner (Cannon Design) will try to have a cool conversation about firestopping.

5:30-6:00  Registration and Networking
6:00-6:45  Dinner and Announcements
6:45-8:00  Presentation and Q & A

Description: Despite the potential liability if firestopping is incorrectly designed, specified, or installed, building professionals frequently have only a minimal understanding of this important building safety system. The panel, comprising a manufacturer’s representative, an installing contractor, and a construction specifier, provides practical insights on how to assure that your project ends up with an effective and code compliant firestopping system. CEU: 1.5 AIA-CES units (LU/HSW)

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, programs are offered at no cost for CSI members and only $20 for non-members.

Reservations are strongly encouraged as seating is limited.

Call 636-447-1357 or email us at stlouiscsi@gmail.com for more information.

TICKETS

$0.00 Complimentary Ticket for Chapter Members

$20.00 Non-Member Ticket

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From the Webmaster

Now that we've shaken ourselves out of our summer vacations it's time to get involved again with CSI. Now I'm wearing two hats, which means one of them has got to get worn a little less often.

To that end - as I transition to the duties of President Elect - I'm wrapping in more of the Board Members and Committee Members and Chairs into the day-to-day running of stlouiscsi.org. You'll now see content posted directly by the committee chairs, reminders sent directly from the volunteers involved with running our excellent chapter, and generally the website is starting to become the technology platform on which we run.

Some more visible changes: The top menu bar is reorganized to put Sponsorship front and center. You'll now have access to a dedicated store for seeing what Sponsor opportunities remain and to make your purchase online via our PayPal payment gateway (another upgrade from last year). You'll now find board, committee and membership information under About Us. And you'll find links to both the web version of this newsletter and to the individual blogs that are part of it under Spectator.

Keep watching our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news. Pay special attention for announcements about upcoming video content as we expand the reach of our programs and sponsors to those who maybe can't always join us for the live networking and fellowship at our events.

Lastly, the Spectator needs an Editor! The job consists of wrangling the excellent blog content from our contributors each month, copying those and the upcoming event announcements, and hitting Publish. Takes an hour or two each month, I swear.

Sincerely,

Michael Byrd, CSI AIA
President Elect/Editor/Webmaster

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Technical Committee

The Technical Committee is in Providence, RI at CONSTRUCT 2017 learning technical stuff. Steve will return next month with more knowledge.

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North Central Region News

The NCR liason is in Providence, RI at CONSTRUCT 2017 learning technical stuff. Dave will return next month with more regional news.

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Featured Photos

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 chapter.

The ball pit photo was taken at our chapter party during CONSTRUCT 2015, CSI’s national convention held in St. Louis that year. We “owned” City Museum for five hours, and hosted some 450 of our closest CSI friends from around the country (including the Southwest Missouri Chapter members shown in the photo) to a night of “Mirth, Mystery, and Mayhem.” Bryn Owens, the talented wife of former Greater St. Louis Chapter member Aaron Owens, took this photo along with hundreds of others from the party, including the sunset view of City Museum’s outdoor play area. The Owens’s have moved to Indianapolis, but we appreciate Bryn and Aaron and all they did for us while they were here.

The Tiffany glass “Allegorical Window” at St. Louis’s Union Station depicts three women representing New York, St. Louis, and San Francisco. At its heyday, Union Station was the world’s largest and busiest railroad terminal. We toured the building and captured this image during our chapter’s bus tour of historic St. Louis architecture in March 2013. Union Station was completed in 1894, extensively renovated, and converted into a hotel and shopping area in the mid 1980’s. Our September 2015 chapter meeting was a tour of the station and a review of its most recent renovations and improvements.

Our Program Committee tries to include at least one tour of a notable building or construction project each year. The cast iron front of Raeder Place in Laclede’s Landing was taken during the 2013 architecture tour. Laclede’s Landing historic district features dining and nightlife venues in restored and renovated warehouses dating from the mid to late Nineteenth Century. Architect Frederich Raeder designed this six-story building for the Christian Peper Tobacco Factory in 1874, and it remains today as one of the finest examples of Victorian Italianate cast iron architecture in our city.

Another highlight program for our chapter happened when we toured the St. Louis Art Museum’s newest addition in October 2014. As delightful as the new addition and modern collection is, Cass Gilbert’s original building from the 1904 World’s Fair remains the star of the show. The north entrance, facing Art Hill, has the more famous entablature, “Dedicated to Art, Free to All,” but it’s the south façade that resonates more in troubled times: “Art Still Has Truth, Take Refuge There.”

The detail view of the Climatron at Missouri Botanical Garden seems contemporary contrasted with the historical architecture of some of the other banner photos. It’s hard to imagine that this prototypical Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome is in its sixth decade as a St. Louis landmark. Over the last decade, we’ve partnered with the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Gateway Chapter, headquartered at the garden, to provide educational programs on sustainable building topics to the St. Louis construction community.

Another portrait of modernism in St. Louis is the reflective glass of the Equitable Building, an elegant glass box office structure dating from the 1960’s. The view we display on our website banner catches contrasting styles: the concrete brutalism of the Gateway Tower and the timeless beauty of our favorite stainless steel monument, the Gateway Arch, celebrating fifty years since it’s completion in 2015. Our chapter toured the recently renovated Arch Grounds in May 2017.

Of course, although we try to get out at least once a year to tour projects of interest in our community, most of what we do as a chapter involves monthly meetings and other indoor events. The last photo in our scrolling banner is a shot of the annual New Product Show, traditionally an April event featuring innovative products from many of the member manufacturers who support our efforts. There’s no charge to attend the show, and lunch is on us.

Get a sense of the diversity of our monthly programs and our other chapter activities by visiting the Photo Gallery, linked to our homepage. We’ll keep you up to date on the website, on Twitter (@stlouiscsi), and on Facebook, with announcements of our upcoming events. The 2017-2018 programs schedule will be available soon, including our Holiday Gala in December and our Awards Banquet in June. And we’re about to announce a region-wide CSI event in St. Louis, to be held in May 2019. Stay tuned.

If you have suggestions for programs, let us know, and join us for a fun and informative time at the Greater St. Louis Chapter of CSI. Maybe you will star in one of our upcoming Photo Galleries, or contribute some pictures of your own. It’s been fun adding photographs to our chapter’s website over the past year, and I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing them as much I have enjoyed taking them.


George A. Everding, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA, has been behind the camera for several of the photos appearing on our website. He encourages you to submit your favorite photos of our chapter events, our city, and other CSI-related activities.

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Special Section

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 "President Veto". 

As we roll into June and the new Board prepares to take over, I wish to thank the current Board for their assistance in governing our Chapter in FY17. We have had some interesting conversations about our future direction and I leave the Board in the capable hands of Mr. David Neuner Jr. I wish him and his Board all the success that they can bring to our members. Keep on top of your committee chairs and drive the Treasurer crazy and you will do fine.

I would also like to thank all of our committee chairs this year for their time and energy in supporting our members. Your hard work paid off and we delivered a great FY17 to our Chapter.

I look forward to seeing all June 7th, 2017 at Syberg's in Maryland Heights, MO for our 2017 Awards Party. We have about 50 people signed up for the event, and a full slate of fun schedule, and nothing but fun and good times on the agenda. Party starts at 5:30pm and goes till around 9pm. See you there.

In closing, I will still do my best to assist the Chapter as Immediate Past President and Region Director. Please reach out at anytime if I can help or be of assistance at dobryan@rustoleum.com or 618-978-9971. Thanks again and see you soon!!

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