"Communications" needs you!
Jan: "Specifications meet BIM"
Feb: Facility Tour: Centerline Prefab
Mar: CSI Jeopardy
LUNCH: Switch Pyramid
Apr: Pecha Kucha
Jun: Golf Outing
Hello esteemed CSI GR members!
This is Christopher Alexander, Communications Chair for the Chapter and I have a special request of everyone to join a committe and become more involved in our chapter. We have a variety of events and exciting presentations that occur each year, but it is done through the hard efforts of a select few. Start your New Year right by using your own interests and strengths in the Committe of your choice - just reach out to the Chair indicated on the next page and any one of tem would be happy to speak with you.
In the Communications Committee, we are unergoing a dramatic change in a variety of ways. We are growing our communication and making it better every day; however, this is a large task and we need more people to help. If you are interested in graphic design, newsletter editing, social media, or web design or management, then please reach out to me right away and we can get you "plugged in."
I - and the other Chairs - look forward to hearing from you!
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2... chapter leadership
3... next meeting
4... next women's event
masterformat application guide
5... membership committee
6... we saw you
featured new member
7... masterformat number pickin'
8... around the region
9... CDT Information and Registration Form
12... CSI Registration Form
Welcome to the new year and new decade!
The first quarter of 2020 at CSI Grand Rapids is taking a turn toward technology. January brings us an excellent presentation about linking BIM and Specifications and I’m particularly thankful to Ben from Anguleris for driving around the lake from Chicago to present to us. It’s at a new venue for CSI, so let us know what you think!
February will bring a presentation and factory tour of a panelization
factory. With offsite construction continuing to grow in popularity, it’s sure to be a great event.
March rounds out the first quarter of the year with a presentation and tour of the SWITCH data center, formerly the Steelcase pyramid. Please keep your eyes peeled on your inbox, social media, and csigrandrapids.org for all of the events coming in the future that interest you whether you’re looking to earn your CDT, network with other Young Professionals, or get together with the ladies of CSI for a ladies-only event. Whatever it is… we’ve got you covered!
Though the calendar year doesn’t mark the beginning of the CSI fiscal year (we’re just half way in the CSI fiscal year) it’s time to begin the nomination process to elect officers for the positions coming vacant at the end of June. We will be looking for a President Elect to support when Ed Avink takes over as President and to prepare for their 1 year term as President and then another 1 year term as immediate past President. We’re also planning to elect two directors and a treasurer in 2 year
terms. Our immediate-past-president, Jeff Murphy, is leading the nominating committee so please reach out to him if you are interested in serving as a board member in the 2021 Fiscal Year.
As always, please reach out to any board member (present or past) with questions about what being a
board member looks like. You get out of CSI what you put in.
Wishing you a great start to the new year and look forward to seeing you out there!
Women's Group Chair
FCSI, CDT, SCIP
Become Involved. Join a Committee! Reach out to any chair (*); we'd love to have you.
AIA, LEED AP
CDT, ASSOC. AIA
Expo Liaison, Golf Outing Chair, Nominating Chair
President, FY 2020
Young Professionals Chair
Justin DeMarco, CDT
President, CSI Grand Rapids
CSI GRAND RAPIDS: NEXT EVENT
Specifications Meet BIM
Architect turned BIM Technologist, Benjamin Glunz, is a high energy entrepreneur with a passion for BIM Technology. Focusing on BIM Strategy for Building Product Manufacturers, Ben and his team have led the development of hundreds of best in class strategies for global BPMs across multiple verticals.
Ben has helped to reshape the way Building Product Manufacturers think about BIM in the US and abroad. Ben is a coffee aficionado with a love for technology and classical architecture. He enjoys teaching students about Revit at Judson University in Elgin, IL, reminding them consistently that “content is King.” He resides in the Chicagoland area with his wife.
Founder and CEO, Anguleris Technologies
Interested in sponsoring this or a future meeting? Contact us!
More information and RSVP
January 9, 2020
Networking: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Presentation: 7:00 pm
City Built Brewing Company
820 Monroe Ave NW #155, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
first-time guest: free
<Your company here>
Charlie Appleby, firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us at City Built Brewing Company Thursday, January 9 for Puerto Rican inspired food, craft beer, and to learn from Ben Glunz, Founder and CEO of Angularis, about the BIMsmith Market & Forge platforms and how a partnership with Deltek is enabling connections connections to be made with project specifications.
csi grand rapids: women's event
January 30, 2020
Target Axe Throwing
3661 Plainfield Avenue, NE
Throw out any post-holiday season angst at our next Women’s Event in January.
A 1-hour session for up to a maximum of 10 people! Closed-toe shoes required. No food or alcohol allowed on site but we will go out afterward somewhere nearby.
mASTERfORMAT application guide
none this month.
Gegory Farrer Sr.
TMP Architectur, Inc
Vincent Mattina III
BlackBerry Systems, Inc.
MEMBER chapter ANNIVERSARIES
Pella Windows and Doors
Commercial Sales Rep
Construction and Modernization Sales
Ben Buter, CDT
Membership Committee Chair
Over the past decade, we have seen the emergence of what many call the fourth industrial revolution as a byproduct of the rapid advancement inherent to the digital age. In the midst of this revolution sits a construction industry that operates today very similarly to how it did 50 years ago. While we have certainly seen product advancements and the incorporation of digital technologies, one can make the argument that significant change could be in store for the construction industry and how it operates.
Touching on these concepts, industry CEOs at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos were polled on what they felt were the most pressing needs for our industry moving forward. Of those polled, 74% placed emphasis on new talent and improving the skills of our current workforce, 65% indicated that integration and collaboration along the industry value chain is most needed, and 61% said the greatest need is the adoption of advanced technologies at scale. (World Economic Forum Report: The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about to hit the construction industry. Here’s how it can thrive (June 13, 2018))
Regardless of how anyone sees it, we should all be able to recognize the importance of collaboration amongst professionals within the construction industry. Contractors, manufacturers and representatives, architects, engineers, designers, and others must be more connected than ever before should major change be coming. Revolution aside, last year, ABC Young Professionals gathered a group of West Michigan’s top foreman and superintendents for a Q&A session. When asked what the greatest need is on any given project to ensure success, the panel responded resoundingly: greater collaboration across all project roles on the front end.
CSI – Grand Rapids is a construction industry organization that draws professionals of all roles. There is no association nor organization that opens itself up to the integration and collaboration of the construction value-chain better than CSI – Grand Rapids. The personal benefits one receives through membership are only exceeded by the benefits we—as a whole—provide to the industry.
Rick Ensing (guest)
David Gervais (guest)
Joseph Barker (guest) (absent)
Cris Birdsong (absent)
Jake Boonstra (guest)
Terry Bourassa (guest)
Kelly Bublitz (guest)
The Spec Guy
Mull It Over
Nick Mendenhall (presenter)
ATAS International Inc.
Jeff Murphy (excused)
Cory Chandler (guest)
Nate Potter (guest)
Kevin Clausen (absent)
Great Lakes Systems
Alex Rautio (guest)(absent)
Zack Tozer (guest)
My Hanh DetVo (guest)
Tyler VanderMuelen (g) (abs)
Stan Elenbaas (excused)
Jim Vanderwall (presenter)
Matt Ensing (presenter)
Gabe Ensing (presenter)
Greg Widener (guest)
...don't miss another meeting
Graham Forbes, AIA, CDT
Thank you to those who came out and joined us for the Fowling event - and almost everyone participated in the Ugly Sweatshirt Contest as well. It was a good time and a well deserved fun an socializing event for CSI GR!
last month's SPONSOR
FEATURED NEW MEMBER
To advance construction documentation and educate building teams to improve project performance in West Michigan
I have been working in the field of architecture for over 19 years in various architectural and engineering firms ranging from a staff of 3 to 150+. I received my BS in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from Lawrence Technological University. I have been in the Grand Rapids area for over 5 years now, coming from the Detroit area. I am currently working as a Senior Architect at Progressive AE in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Progressive AE started as a four-person engineering firm in 1962 and has grown into a full-service firm with over 150 full time employees, serving markets including Community, Healthcare, Housing, Industrial, Learning, retail, Senior Living, Workplace, and Worship.
WE SAW YOU
Fowling / Ugly Sweatshirt Contest
Jim Hojnacki, CCS (retired), Member Emeritus
Collision Avoidance Device or Low-Clearance Warning Device. It’s a device (bright yellow PVC tube) designed to hang in front of and slightly below overhead doors and fixtures or throughout warehouses to warn drivers of forklifts or over-height vehicles of impending collisions. When contact is made, flashing red lights and a 120-decibel siren are triggered, signaling the driver to stop before damage occurs from impact with door header or fixture. The one I ran across is called Watchman and is from Alvarado Manufacturing Co.
11 13 00 Loading Dock Equipment ???
No specific level 4 here. Loading Dock equipment is sort of a garbage can potentially covering almost anything related to Loading Docks. Truck restraints are here, and they often include visual signals. Dock lights are here too. Wheel chocks; dock bumpers; etc.
In addition to overhead doors, device can be installed to protect conveyor systems, canopies, walls, pipes, sprinklers, ducts and other fixtures. So there are applications other than dock doors. Although I think generally it would find application in a warehouse, is there a more generic specification location?
. . . so maybe
10 26 33 - Door and Frame Protection - - - not too bad, but still limits to doors
. . . or maybe . . .
26 55 33 Hazard Warning Lighting - - - does have flashing red lights
26 55 36 Obstruction Lighting - - - - same general idea
. . . or . . .
10 14 53 - Traffic Signage - - it does have lettering and is bright yellow.
10 80 00 - Other Specialties - - security mirrors are here as 10 83 00
. . . and . . .
Div 28 doesn't quite cut it with existing sections. Topics deal mostly with access, surveillance, detection, and alarm. All from a different point of view than collision (accident) avoidance.
. . . and way out in left field . . . In some of the warehouses I've been in, if they included an incident counting feature, I could maybe live with 11 66 43 - Interior Scoreboards.
Which probably brings us back to a fall-back position of 11 13 00 or one of the 26 55 XX sections.
01 55 26 Traffic Control . . . Clearly intended for temporary use during construction (usually road construction).
10 75 13 Automatic Flagpoles . . . they do have a pole and are automated, but wrong
11 12 00 Parking Control Equipment . . . nope, although it may seem like you are parking when waiting in line
34 41 00 Roadway Signaling and Control Equipment. . . This is for permanent installation of roadway and signaling equipment.
10 14 53 Traffic Signage . . . This section is also intended for permanently installed signage.
33 37 23 Flow Regulators . . . they are supposed to regulate traffic flow
34 71 00 Roadway Construction . . . Topics here are barriers and delineators.
34 71 13 Vehicle Barriers . . . . well they are in a way
34 71 19 Vehicle Delineators . . . when they are working, they create lines (line-ups that is)
Collision Avoidance Alarm
Did you change status in contact, job title or employer? If so, take a moment to update with CSI in addition to LinkedIn and your other social media presence. Go to www.csiresources.org log yourself in and select “profile” under your avatar button in the upper right of the web page. It is the best way to let your fellow members contact you and to assure you receive CSI updates and newsletters. If you would like to be featured in the newsletter for a change, please notify either Brian Welsh at BWelsh@kingscott.com or the communications chair, Christopher Alexander at email@example.com to share your news!
MASTERFORMAT NUMBER PICKIN'
Do you have a change of status?
The following article is the 11th of several revisiting a series originally published between 2005-2008, called “Number Pick’n”. They take some obscure or interesting item and present a sometimes semi-serious, sometimes just plain fun pondering of where to specify it. Enjoy! ⁓ Gary Beimers, FCSI, CDT, CSC, SCIP
Sponsorship is a great way to contribute to our Chapter, and a great way to share your company with a wide range of people - members and others!
If you are interested, please contact Ed Avink (firstname.lastname@example.org), our Sponsorship Chair, or Justin DeMarco (email@example.com) the Chapter President.
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Grand Rapids, MI 49505
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Whatever you call it - and whatever you want to get out of it - we want you aware of our affiliates and related industry groups and what they are up to.
AROUND THE REGION
Ed Avink, CSI CDT CCS - Hans William Meier Award for Innovation of Certification Programs
This award is presented to a CSI member or team recognized by their peers as providing innovations in certification preparation and training methods or procedures.
Ed has served as Certification Chair at both the Chapter and Regional levels. He has been an instructor of the CDT Exam Training Classes for the Grand Rapids CSI Chapter and Progressive AE for over 12 years to over 300 students. His innovations to the program include personalizing the Project Delivery Education Program, teaching two classes each session, preparing a voice-over presentation and utilizing Go-to-Meeting for off-site classes. Throughout the Chapter, Region and Institute, Ed is known as one of the primary resources regarding the CDT program. His experience and knowledge in project delivery and specifications has been shared with many of his students and CSI cohorts over the years. This is a great honor to recognize Ed’s efforts in the CSI Certification Program. Ed was the sole recipient of this award this year.
AROUND THE REGION - FULL SERIES
What benefits can be found through joining CSI? Our Grand Rapids members provided their answers. While many benefits were given, the three main responses were: NETWORKING, EDUCATION, and FUN!
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You may have noticed some (more) changes around. We've been working hard to make it easier for us to communicate - including our new (again) website! Check it out.
Additionally, our own Adam Rottschafer has spear-headed the creation of a new Local Product Rep Locator database! http://csigrandrapids.org/local-product-locator/
This page was designed to bring even more value to your CSI membership by connecting architects/contractors to the appropriate product rep in the Grand Rapids area. If you missed the initial emails asking for your input and you are willing to have your contact information published on the CSI Grand Rapids website, please email Adam Rottschafer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Of course, email.
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Members of our Chapter were recognized and honored during the CSI Honors and Awards Ceremony at CONSTRUCT 2019 in National Harbor, MD, Thursday, October 10th. Our Chapter submitted for and received two awards that evening.
AND THE AWARD GOES TO …
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