October 2017 Print

The Spectator

President's Report

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 board, and we can help you figure out your best fit based on your interests.

In September, several members of our Chapter attended CONSTRUCT in Providence, RI.  It was an opportunity to hear the latest news from Institute, caucus with fellow North Central Region members, visit exhibitor booths, and catch up with old friends.  One thing we also did was shoot a short video promoting the 2019 North Central Region Conference, which the St. Louis Chapter will be hosting and organizing.  We need all hands on deck for this undertaking and will be asking for volunteers to help with a laundry list of tasks in the coming months.

The Chapter is what we make it, and we could not do it without your help.  See everyone at the October program on the 11th.

David Neuner

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Next Month

All Day Seminar: Meaningful Measurements of Building Performance

November 03, 2017
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Engineering Center of St. Louis (The Engineer's Club)
4359 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
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How do we cut through conflicting claims and confirm that our built environment – building products, assemblies, buildings, or neighborhoods and cities – actually performs the way we expect it to? Are we merely creating an image of energy efficiency and sustainability without solid reality to back up our promises? How do we meaningfully measure the performance of our built environment?

This seminar brings together researchers and professors who have done substantive science in building performance. Each presents a different aspect of the built environment, ranging from the micro level of heat and moisture mechanics in wall assemblies to the macro level of public policy and urban demographics:

  • Manfred Kehrer, Dipl.-Ing., Senior Associate at Wiss Janney Elster (WJE), was group manager responsible for developing WUFI software and is Official WUFI Collaboration Partner for USA/Canada. His work includes seminal studies into thermal and moisture movement through building envelope assemblies, and he will be discussing “Hygrothermal Engineering in the 21st Century: Motivation, Basics, Examples.”
  • James E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D., PE, is a Fellow and Distinguished Member of the American Society of Heating Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and retired William E. Jamerson Professor of Building Construction at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He will be presenting his recent work “Evaluating Indoor Environmental Performance in Eldercare and Other Occupied Facilities.”
  • John H. Scofield, Ph.D., experimental physicist and Oberlin College professor, describes himself as having “…the heart of an engineer and the head of a physicist." The co-author of 47 peer-reviewed research papers, he recently completed detailed studies of energy consumption performance of green buildings.  Dr. Scofield asks and answers the question, “Do Green Buildings Really Save Energy?” 
  • Wendell Cox, MBA, Principal at Demographia (Wendell Cox Consultancy), is an urban policy analyst specializing in housing affordability, transportation, and demographics. Author of the annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, he spent nine years as Visiting Professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts and Metiers, Paris. His topic is “Does Stopping Sprawl Improve Urban Performance?”

Our Chapter’s partner for this seminar, Alberti Group, is an interdisciplinary consultancy that brings together highly qualified professionals with expertise in risk management, law, architecture, construction, and forensic assessment. “We’re pleased to bring this intensive seminar to St. Louis,” said Ujjval Vyas, J.D., Ph.D., Alberti’s Principal. “Construction professionals often misunderstand the methodology behind serious scientific work. Marketing, not science, frequently drives performance predictions. We hope our presentations increase rigor, objectivity, and comprehension among our participants.”


7:00AM - 8:00AM  Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00AM - 5:00PM  Seminar, including Lunch and Snacks
5:00PM - 6:00PM  Optional Social Hour and Networking 

FULL SEMINAR Cost: $75 (CSI members), $90 (affiliated organizations); $100 (non-members). Early registration and payment at these rates required on or before October 20. Registration and payment will be accepted after that date, if space is available, for $100 (CSI members) and $125 (all others).  Cancellations with full refund accepted until October 27, no cancellations after that date.

Reservations are required as seating is limited.

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


$100.00 Ticket for Chapter Members
$75.00 Earlybird rate before October 20

$125.00 Affiliate Members (AIA, BEC, AGC, USGBC)
$90.00 Earlybird rate before October 20

$125.00 Non-Member Ticket
$100.00 Earlybird rate before October 20

$500.00 November Seminar Lunch Sponsorship

$300.00 November Seminar General Sponsorship

AWI Quality Program

November 09, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Shack Frontenac
731 South Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63131
Venue website




Description: An introduction and a tutorial on the use of the new Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS), Second Edition to specify architectural cabinetry. Take control of woodwork quality; understand the cost effectiveness of quality; visually identify compliant vs. noncompliant architectural woodwork products. Each seminar participant will receive a complimentary copy of the new AWS manual.


Speaker: William A. Munyan, AIA, NCARB, CSI, CDT, SCIP, AWIQCP

Bill is a Past President of the Architectural Woodworking Institute (AWI) Quality Certification Corporation, and was directly involved with creating the new ANSI certified Architectural Woodworking Standards as a member of the AWI Technical Committee and the AWI’s Joint Standards Committee.

A Past Secretary/Treasurer for CSI’s South East Region, Past President of the Charlotte Chapter of CSI, and a frequent presenter at national, regional, and chapter CSI events, Bill is a Registered Architect and Principal for R&M Group Architects in Charlotte, NC specializing in quality control, Building Code research, specifications, facility assessments, and ADA investigations.

Bill has been teaching construction courses at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte in both the College curriculum and Corporate and Continuing Education Departments for twenty-eight years. He has also taught the CSI certification programs for Construction Document Technician (CDT) and Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA).

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

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.


$0.00 Complimentary Ticket for Chapter Members

$20.00 Non-Member Ticket

$500.00 November Program Exclusive Sponsor

$250.00 November Program Shared Sponsor

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Past Program Highlights

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 we appreciate all of your support.

This year, the proceeds from the event went to the CSI Scholarship Fund.  We are happy to report that we were able to donate just over $2,400.00. I would also like to take this opportunity to once again recognize our awesome sponsors!  We appreciate all you do to help us have a successful event.

Assa Abloyhttp://tnemec.com

I would also like to say a special thank you to all those who contributed to our Goodie Bags - Pella, Hager, WSP Architects, PPG, Allegion, Clark Dietrich, Stego, Mapei, and Woods Basement Systems. Again, thank you all for your support and we look forward to making next year even bigger and better!

- The CSI Golf Committee

Heather Hendricks, Mike Lewis, Ron Berra, Mike Cerutti

Fun presentation last week by Jay McGuire, Andy Howell and Steve Gantner.  We learned quite a bit about compartmentalization and the importance of proper fire stopping of penetrations and joints with in a building.

As Jay noted, "If it isn't 100% right, it's 100% wrong".

- Steve Gantner

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Featured Photos

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