January 2018 Print

The Spectator

President's Report

Happy New Year!  The St. Louis Chapter is busy working on several upcoming events.  Starting with our February program, we are having a 3-part series on floodwater management to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1993.  Please make sure to register online (www.stlouiscsi.org) for these programs and to see the full schedule.

On April 26, various exhibitors will be displaying new products at our Products Show, which will be at The Heights Community Center in Richmond Heights.  The call to exhibitors will be going out soon.  Also in April, members of the Chapter will be heading to Duluth, MN, for the CSI North Central Region Conference.  In 2019, our Chapter will be hosting this same conference in May, and we will be needing volunteers to help organize the many events built around the conference.  Please reach out to the Chapter to find out more info.

If you are interested in assisting on a committee, please reach out to the Board.  We are also accepting nominations now for our elections to be held later this spring for our new Board members.  If you would like to be considered, please contact an existing Board member.

Hope to see you at an upcoming program!


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Welcome New Members

Your membership and participation are what make our chapter special. Thanks to renewing members:

Stephen Bowles, Pella Windows & Doors

Scott Brumbach, R-S Products

Matt Drag, Assa Abloy

Patty Gaus, Gaus Architectural Interiors

David George, HDA Architects

Dan Groos, Manchester Hackett & Associates

Rich Manchester, Manchester Hackett & Associates

Bob Messmer, VESTAL Corporation

Frank Meyer

Tom Smith


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This Month

Bridging the Mississippi: James B. Eads

February 08, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Syberg's Dorsett
2340 Old Dorsett Road
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Venue website




This program kicks off a series of three presentations commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1983 Mississippi River floods. First presented at CONSTRUCT 2015 in St. Louis, this seminar looks at the relationship of the river to the city, and explains how James Buchanan Eads designed and built an unprecedented structure that assured the city’s economic survival. 

The Eads Bridge pioneered the use of structural steel, its foundations reached record depths through the use of pneumatic caissons, and its cantilevered temporary supports allowed free access to river traffic during the entirety of its construction. Each of these techniques will be explored as an innovative solution to a design problem, and placed in historical context. 1.5 units AIA-CES (LU/HSW)

George A. Everding, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA, had a 40-year career as an architect, specifier, and construction administrator. He taught classes on specifications and building material selection at St. Louis Community College at Meramec and at Washington University School of Architecture.  An active member of the Greater St. Louis Chapter of CSI, he served as chair of the host chapter event planning committee for CONSTRUCT and was co-chair of CSI’s Certification Committee.


5:30-6:00  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.


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CDT Study Sessions: Register by Jan. 31

February 17, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Masonry Institute of Saint Louis
1429 South Big Bend Boulevard
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
Venue website

The Construction Document Technologist or "CDT" is a certificate program for developing A/E professionals in the creation and execution of contract documents.  Earning your CDT requires mastering a body of knowledge and taking an exam.   The Sessions are locally provided, face to face instruction by working A/E professionals.  Attend all Sessions and earn 18.5 hours of AIA/CSI accredited learning units.  As an alternative to self-study, the CDT Study Sessions provide you focused, organized instruction needed to pass your exam, and comes with lasting benefits to your day to day project performance. 

Study Session Registration is open now and closes January 31st, 2018.**  The Sessions are offered only once per year and enrollment is limited, so act now.  The first Sessions begin on February 17, 2018 and run 8 weeks with 11 topics on weekday evenings and weekends to suit working professionals.   All necessary study materials are included in the cost of enrollment.   Please note: there are no late enrollments after registration closes.  

This is an intensive course of study, but accessible to all experience levels.  Those with 3 to 20+ years of experience have attended, and each realized unique benefits for their work.  Many wish they had earned their CDT much sooner.  What CDT training costs you in time and energy in an already busy life, will pay you dividends over your entire career.  

To get started, see the links below for a program guide, syllabus, schedule and cost.   It is not necessary to be a CSI member to attend the Study Sessions, but significant discounts are available to new (and existing) members who choose to register for the CDT exam.**

Remember:  Your CDT training benefits your firm.  Bring the program guide to your employer and ask them about cost sharing in professional development that adds value to their company.    

Give yourself a gift of knowledge and make a resolution to get your CDT!  Register now!  

**Note:  CDT Exam registration opens in January 2018 and is a separate step at www.csinet.org.   Registering for Study Sessions does not register you for the CDT exam.    


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North Central Region News

2018 North Central Region Conference

April 12, 2018 10:00 AM to April 14, 2018 5:00 PM
Twin Ports Chapter

Duluth, MN
Venue website
Don't miss it!

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Featured Event


ATTEND THE SHOW: Join us for the annual 2018 New Products Show! We'll provide a free lunch, free information about CSI, and the latest new construction products from St. Louis professionals. Click REGISTER NOW to register to get a $0 guest ticket to attend for FREE. Bring the whole office!

CALL FOR EXHIBITS: The Greater St. Louis CSI Products Show is a great way to keep up with what is happening in the industry, and also a valuable opportunity to network among your colleagues – architects, engineers, contractors and owners – decision-makers who select products or technologies. Please complete the registration form to reserve a tabletop.

TIME, AND LOCATION:Exhibits will be open to building professionals during one session:

  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM CDT on Thursday, April 26, 2018
  • The Heights Community Center
  • 8001 Dale Avenue
  • Richmond Heights, MO 63117

TABLE TYPES AND RATES: See registration/table layout for table location, available sizes and table number. All tables will come covered (and include one electrical outlet per table. (Your registration includes lunch: Hot Burrito Bar from Qdoba.)
Visit www.stlouiscsi.org for the online registration form and/or call/Email for updated availability (see contacts below under Questions header).

Rates for tables are:

  • Current CSI Members: $225 per table when you redeem the online $50 coupon credit when you register. Members use code "NPS2018" at checkout.
  • All Other Exhibitors (non CSI members): $275 per table (no coupon available).


  • Show floor opens at 9:00 AM for exhibitor set up. Teardown immediately following the show.
  • Food and Drink Sponsorships are available with special company recognition at the show for $100 per firm/vendor.
  • We are asking each exhibitor to furnish an item that we can promote and give away as attendance prizes. It can be big or small (a bought item like coolers or a company’s promotional item like a shirt, sport event tickets, ect.)

QUESTIONS? Email productshow@stlouiscsi.org or call Gina Ravens 314.402.1818 or Myron Ury 314.995.5717. For online purchase issues contact webmaster@stlouiscsi.org.


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Featured Photos

Photos from the December Holiday Gala

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Past Program Highlights

Our December program

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Peer Events

Tile Marble Terrazzo educational conference

International Masonry Institute (IMI) will host a Tile Marble Terrazzo educational conference for design and construction professionals on March 15, 2018 at Maggie O’Brien’s Restaurant in St. Louis.  This half-day program targets local architects, designers, and others interested in...

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Air Barrier Full Day Symposium

The Air Barrier Association of America in Collaboration with the BEC St. Louis Chapter Presents St. Louis, MO Air Barrier Full Day Symposium Join us on Thursday March 8th, 2018. ABAA is the National voice of the air barrier industry, come join us for industry leading education and discussions on ...

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