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LACSI Newsletter 2010 Jan/Feb

  1. 1. LACSI LACSI L J a n / FE B 2 0 1 0 Los angELEs ConsTRUCTIon spECIFICaTIons InsTITUTE NEWSLETTER JAnuAry/FebruAry 2010 Join us Tuesday, January 12, 2010 2010 Mcgraw-Hill Construction outlook speaker: Mr. Cliff Brewis, Hon. aIaCC Tour the Lutron Experience Center Join us Thursday, February 25 “gREEnIng THE goLDEn sTaTE” LaCsI nITE at the La Marriott Downtown www.LACSI.org 1
  2. 2. LACSI conTenT JAn/FEB 2010 VoLUME 58 nUMBEr 1 Letter FrOM tHe President 3 An important Chapter goal last year was to start “walking the walk” of being Green. We hope you enjoy our first e-newsletter and share it with your colleagues. LACSI Product Show & Seminars Thursday, February 25, 2010 gALLery : OCtOBer Meeting 6 Marriott, Los Angeles, 333 South Figueroa Street EXHIBIT HOURS: 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Meet tHe LACsi BOArd ◾ Product Displays. Technical data, samples 4 ◾ Free Seminars (see schedule below) Here’s a quick introduction Meeting: OrAnge CO-LOs AngLes 7 ◾ Catered Hors D’Ouervres and desserts ◾ Door Prizes to the 2009-2010 LACSI Board of Directors. BuCH nOtes 11 sPeCiAL eVent gOLF tOurnAMent tHAnks 12 8 LAcSI nITe ProducT Show And SemInArS: gALLery: gOLF tOurnAMent 13 “greening” tHe gOLden stAte Thursday, February 25, 2010 West regiOn COrner 15 Marriott, Los Angeles, 333 South Figueroa Street MeMBersHiP neWs 16 VenturA Meeting 10 Join us Tuesday, February 2, 2010 CurMudgeOn’s COrner 18 Program: Historic Preservation in California. JOe BACk inVitAtiOnAL 22 Technical Workshop: High Performance Coatings that Work! 2
  3. 3. LeTTer From The PreSIdenT J a n / FE B 2 0 1 0 The LA Chapter is maintaining a steady We start out with a busy year in January, membership of 300. A few members having our Joint Meeting with Orange leave each year but are replaced with new County January 12th, at the Lutron Facility. members. I want you all to understand Immediately following will be the first official Kathy Greenway, President the value of CSI and what it can do for you. meeting for our newest CSI Chapter, The 2009 brought rough times, but, thru it all, Our chapter has a wealth of experience in Inland Empire Chapter!! Their meeting will our Chapter is in touch with members and its membership. Participation gives you be held at the Mission Inn in Riverside on supporting those in need. We will continue access to accomplished professionals in January 14th. Dignitaries from Institute will this effort in 2010. the construction industry. be attending, table tops will be available and You pay dues, and as the a wonderful opportunity to help jump start An important Chapter Welcome to our first President I need to see that another chapter off the starting line. Contact goal last year was to start Electronic Newsletter the Board responds to your Janet Piccola at jpiccola@frazee.com for “walking the walk” of questions and suggestions. more information. being Green! We hope you We want and need your enjoy our first e-newsletter participation, no matter how much or January– Eric Loyd is leading up our newsletter and share it with your colleagues. how little. It will add the seeds necessary certification programs. If you are interested, Our Newsletter Committee, Laura Sellmer for growth. please sign up on our website: www.lacsi. and Steve Taylor, along with suggestions org, or contact Eric for information at yoj@ from the board, are rolling out the fruits of CSI is an organization for education. We all pacbell.net. their labor. understand that. But, do you understand the importance of networking in this February 25th is our CSI Night which Patrick The Electronic Newsletter allows links to economic time, having contacts that can Comerford and Buzz Harwood have been our website for event registration and gives write reference letters for you and give you working hard to present a trade show rich you the ability to forward this information to the support you need to keep your heads with vendor products and educational your associates and future LACSI members. high and continue to pursue your dreams? seminars. We hope you can attend and bring We all have fallen on hard times, and having an associate to walk the trade show. Take We want people to learn about the support from some friendship bonds you advantage of the great education sessions benefits of CSI, attend our meetings have made, may help you thru some sticky offered and an opportunity to SHARE the and join our Chapter! times. It is always nice to have someone CSI benefits to a non-member! Perhaps, sharing with your management, to bounce ideas and thoughts off of, and It’s a start of a great year. I am blessed to will allow them to see the value of your not worry what they will think. So, in short, have made wonderful friends within CSI and involvement. We want you to “spread education is great, but so is the bonded look forward sharing CSI with new people, the wealth” of CSI. I hope you find this friendship of people in your industry you participating in our education events, and Newsletter a tool to let non-members may become acquainted with by attending meeting all of you at the chapter meetings discover the riches of this organization. our meetings, and events. in 2010. — Kathy Greenway, CSI, CFM 3
  4. 4. meeT The LAcSI BoArd d A President e secretary kathy greenway, Csi, CFM Valarie Harris, FCsi, CCPr Draper Shade & Screen Stanley Security Solutions, Inc. Company 1533 Sierra Bonita Dr. 151 N. Kraemer Blvd., #101 A Placentia, CA 92870 Placentia, CA 92870 Phone: (714) 993-2532 Phone: (714) 396-9732 valarieh@pacbell.net kgreenway@draperinc.com F treasurer B President-elect Frank Bostrom, Csi, Cdt, AiA Patrick Comerford, Csi Frank Bostrom AIA - APA Service Oriented Sales (SOS) B 205 Avenue I, #6 1339 Lawrence Dr. Redondo Beach, CA 90277 Newbury Park, CA 91320 Phone: (310) 540-2066 Phone: (877) 767-4636 e fbostrom@verizon.net sos002@earthlink.net C g Controller C Vice President - 1 Janet Piccola, FCsi eric Loyd, Csi, CCs, Leed AP Frazee Paint Company Construction Specifications F 1515 Shadow Ln. Service Fullerton, CA 92831 3923 W. 6th St., #214 Phone: (714) 936-2890 Los Angeles, CA 90020-4256 jpiccola@Frazee.com Phone: (213) 380-4478 yoj@pacbell.net H director #1 - Professional kathryn Marek, Csi, CCs, d Vice President - 2 CCCA, AiA, Leed AP, rA Mike Pitcher, Csi AECOM Design Crossfield Products Corp. 515 S. Flower St., 8th Flr. 3000 E. Harcourt St. H Los Angeles, CA 90071 Rancho Dominguez, CA 90221 g Phone: (213) 593-8496 Phone: (310) 886-9100 x302 kathryn.marek@aecom.com mikep@cpcmail.net 4
  5. 5. LACSI meeT The LAcSI BoArd conTInued J a n / FE B 2 0 1 0 i director #2 - Professional teena santiago, Csi, Cdt, Leed AP Leo A. Daly Company 550 S. Hope St., 27th Flr. Los Angeles, CA 90071 LACSI Presidents Left to Right: Not Shown: Phone: (213) 316-4432 Ed Buch ..................... 2001-2003 Sue Brown tsantiago@leodaly.com Jan Piccola ................ 2000-2002 2003-2005 J i Kathy Greenway ......... 2008-2010 Steve Izuhara J director #3 - Professional Craig Mount ............... 2005-2007 2000-2001 Carmen Bognot, Csi, CCs Patrick Comerford ...... 2010-2011 Joe Back Port of Los Angeles Mike Fuller ................. 2007-2008 1998-2000 425 S. Palos Verdes St. San Pedro, CA 90731 Phone: (310) 732-3576 cbognot@portla.org n director #2 - industry k director #4 - Professional M steve taylor, Csi Mitch Lawrence, Csi, AiA, CCCA Woodwork Institute 5644 Tyrone Ave. 734 W. 23rd St. Van Nuys, CA 91401-4626 k San Pedro, CA 90731 Phone: (213) 880-8395 Phone: (310) 833-0571 mlla@earthlink.net steve@woodinst.org L director #5 - Professional O director #3 - industry karen Zaterman, Csi, CCs, Leed Buzz Harwood, Csi, Cdt, LeeP AP AP, sCiP Integrated Marketing Concepts, Inc. Moffatt & Nichol 1695 Curtiss Ct. n 3780 Kilroy Airport Way, #600 La Verne, CA 91750-5848 Long Beach, CA 90806-2457 Phone: (909) 392-5500 Phone: (562) 426-9551 buzz@imc-ca.com kittiz@alumni.usc.edu L P Advisor - immediate Past President M director #1 - industry d. Michael Fuller, Csi, Cdt, AiA, William Love, Csi, Cdt Leed AP Arto Brick 747 North Croft Ave. 15209 S. Broadway St. Los Angeles, CA 90060-5303 O Gardena, CA 90248-1823 Phone: (323) 655-3154 Phone: (310) 768-8500 Michael.Fuller@ca.rr.com wlove@artobrick.com P 5
  6. 6. LACSI G A L L e r y: o c T o B e r m e e T I n G J a n / FE B 2 0 1 0 Sommer Lira, Les Long and Mike Fuller. Judy Holleran and Next generation technology picks up Melisa Sharpe. where traditional polymeric wraps leave off! Patrick Bandy, Rayne Sherman Judy Holleran and Air Tight emphasizes his point. Vince Overmyer. Water Tight • Self-adhered Weather Tight (no nails, no staples) • Vapor permeable • Air and rain barrier membrane • Provides superior moisture and water protection • Reduces energy costs • Improves insulation performance • Helps prevent mold growth For a FREE Blueskin VP™ Demo Kit and more information, contact Judy Holleran, RRC, CDT, building science specialist, at (323) 363-3468 or judy.holleran@henry.com Karen Zaterman and Stuart Fricke. A great LACSI buffet dinner. www.henry.com 6
  7. 7. LACSI uPcomInG ProGrAm J a n / FE B 2 0 1 0 orAnGe counTy cSI & LoS AnGeLeS cSI AnnuAL JoInT meeTInG PrOgrAM tuesdAy, JAnuAry 12, 2010 2010 MCgrAW-HiLL COnstruCtiOn OutLOOk 5:00 tO 6:30 pm, Is the construction economy in Southern California finally starting to turn around? Join tOur LutrOn sHOWrOOM us to hear McGraw-Hill Construction’s thoughts for the economy and construction this 5:00 to 6:30 pm, Social year in Southern California. 6:30 pm, Dinner & Program sPeAker Mr. Cliff Brewis, Hon. AIACC, Senior Director of Editorial Operations for McGraw- Reservations Required by Hill Construction Information Group. Cliff is a nationally recognized speaker on Friday, Jan. 8th, 4:00 pm. construction economics and a past speaker at CSI events. COst BeFOre dinner Free to LACSI members with reservations. Tour the Lutron Experience Center for a hands-on demonstration of the very best in Lutron electric lighting and electronic shading systems. Lutron systems enable you $40 to Non Members with Reservations. to control lighting, shades and draperies, security, entertainment, everything –at the $10 For LACSI members without reservations. touch of a button. $45 for Non Members without reservations. LOCAtiOn PArking LUTRON Experience Center Free on-site parking. 2458 DuPont Drive Irvine, CA 92612 reserVAtiOns Call 213-243-6658 Please leave your name, company name and phone number or reserve at www.lacsi.org Program Chairman Ed Buch, CSI, CCS, AIA 7
  8. 8. LACSI Product Show & Seminars “GREENING” THE GoLDEN STATE SEMINAR SCHEDULE Thursday, February 25, 2010 2:00 – 4:00 pm Tabletop Setup Marriott, Los Angeles, 333 South Figueroa Street 3:00 – 4:00 pm LEED 3.0 Credential Maintenance EXHIBIT HOURS: 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Program Requirements. Speaker: Nellie Reid, LEED AP, Gensler & Associates ◾ Product Displays. Technical data, samples 3:00 – 4:00 pm SPEKT™, Substitution Abuse™ ◾ Free Seminars (see schedule below) Sounding the Alarm about Substitutions ◾ Catered Hors D’ouevres and desserts Speakers: Michael & Aaron Chusid, Chusid Associates ◾ Door Prizes 4:00 – 5:00 pm High Performance Exterior Building Envelopes Building Enclosure Commissioning. Speakers: Judson Taylor, AIA, CSI, LEED AP, Senior Principal, and Octavian Vlagea, Senior Project Engineer at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. 4:30 – 7:00 pm Product Show 6:30 – 8:30 pm California Green Building Code Speaker: Steven R. Winkel, AIA, Preview Group, Inc. ExHIbIT QUESTIoNS? Patrick Comerford, CSI Office Phone: (805) 375-6599 Cell Phone: (805) 402-2167 FAX Number: (805) 375-6599 e mail: sos002@earthlink.net Special metro rail/bus service will be provided for new Inland Empire Chapter members who would like to attend this event. Details to follow.
  9. 9. LACSI NIGHT 2010- “GREENING” THE GOLDEN STATE ExHIBITOR REGISTRATION FORM tables will be assigned in the order that written registration is received. no-ShowS wiLL Be BiLLed. Product Show and SeminarS Please print Thursday, February 25, 2010, Exhibits 4:30 – 7:00 pm eXhiBitor comPanY name __________________________________________________ Marriott Hotel, 333 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles contact name________________________________Phone ______________________ You are cordially invited to exhibit at our annual “table top” Show at the beautiful marriott hotel. our show will feature education SeminarS before and after the Product Show, with aia ceS e-maiL______________________________________FaX ________________________ Learning units, and cSi-cen Learning units available on all education seminars presented. addreSS _______________________________________________________________ FREE ADMISSION, FREE CONVENIENT PARKING, FREE FOOD AND A NO-HOST BAR citY/ZiP ________________________________________________________________ eXhiBitor Set uP time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm Show time: 4:30 – 7:00 pm SHOW BADGE ORDER Seminar a1 3:00 – 4:00 pm two exhibitors for each exhibit space. there will be a $35 charge for each additional exhibitor attendee. LEED 3.0 Credential Maintenance Program 1. name____________________________ 3. name ___________________________ nellie reid, Leed aP, director of Sustainable design, Gensler 2. name ____________________________ 4. name ___________________________ Seminar a2 3:00 – 4:00 pm SPEKT™ Substitution Abuse™ Sounding The Alarm About Substitutions amount Paid $________ includes: r electricity r Gold Sponsorship r Booth no._____ michael chusid, ra, FcSi, ccS, SciP and aaron chusid, cSi r enclosed is my check payable to Los Angeles CSI. Seminars B 4:00 – 5:00 pm High Performance Exterior Building Envelopes mail check and form to: LoS anGeLeS cSi, 1145 oBan driVe, LoS anGeLeS, ca 90065, Jud taylor, ra, associate Principal, Simpson, Gumpertz & heger, inc. or register by credit card on-Line at the LacSi website: www.lacsi.org Product Show 4:30 – 7:00 pm table top displays, technical info, hors d’oeuvres and desserts Seminars c 6:30 – 8:30 pm California Green Building Code Steven winkel, Faia ExHIBIT TABLE TOP REGISTRATION COSTS Before January 15, 2010 8’ table $795.00 after January 15, 2010 8’ table $895.00 i will need 110V electrical r YeS $15.00 (add to fee above.) r no e tables to be assigned on a first come, first served basis. e Please make sure to bring your own extension cord(s) and power strip. GOLD EVENT SPONSORSHIP add $300.00 to your exhibit table top fee and include your company logo in a 3-5 minute continuous stream promo (presentation material provided by sponsor) to be displayed at the registration table, on the courtesy transportation bus, on large projection screen at the event, and on signage recognizing our Gold Sponsors. a maximum of 10 Gold sponsors will be accepted. Gold Sponsors will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. QuESTIONS ? Please contact Patrick comerford at 877-767-4636 or email him at: sos002@earthlink.net = electrical available.
  10. 10. LACSI uPcomInG ProGrAm J a n / FE B 2 0 1 0 V enTur A m e e TI nG PrOgrAM tuesdAy, FeBruAry 2, 2010 Historic Preservation in California 5:00 tO 6:00 pm, teCHniCAL WOrksHOP Our after dinner presentation will be by Mr. Charles Kibby of Preservation Arts, a Los 6:30 pm, Dinner Angeles based historic restoration & conservation firm. Over the course of its 25 years in the historic restoration and consulting business, Preservation Arts has worked on many 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Program landmark structures in California. These include the Los Angeles Central Library, the Please reserve before 4:00 pm, Huntington Library & Museum, Kerckhoff Hall at UCLA, Oakland City Hall, San Francisco Friday, January 29, 2010 City Hall, the Million Dollar Building, the Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, the Hollyhock House, and numerous others. COst Using his signature projects, Mr. Kibby’s presentation will illustrate restoration techniques used on various historic architectural materials including terra cotta, $40.00 for non-LACSI members. masonry, mosaic tile, stone, and other decorative materials. LACSI Members: Free with advance reservations. teCHniCAL WOrksHOP No show reservations will be billed. High Performance Coatings that Work! Corrosion protection, abrasion resistance and ultra-violet resistance add up to coating PArking performance beyond traditional architectural paint. The workshop will discuss high Self parking is free. performance attributes of acrylic emulsions, alkyds, performance epoxy primers, industrial urethane finishes, polysiloxanes and field applied fluorinated-polymer systems. Our presenter, Mr. Nye Miller, is a principal of Pacific Southwest Coatings, reserVAtiOns a representative for several coatings companies including PPG Protective and Marine Call 213-243-6658 Coatings (Amercoat and Sigma Coatings), Precision Coatings, and Prime Coatings. Please leave your name, company name and LOCAtiOn phone number or reserve at www.lacsi.org Four-Points sheraton Hotel Program Chairman Ed Buch, CSI, CCS, AIA 1050 Schooner Drive Ventura, California 93001 10
  11. 11. J a n / FE B 2 0 1 0 I purchased a copy Romanesque church. It proceeded in gritty of how the design and construction of Phillip Ball’s book, phases, apparently without a clear idea were implemented. He describes the Gothic Universe of Stone, A of what the final design would be. The era as the “first renaissance”, hundreds Biography of Chartres author deduces this because of the many of years before Leonardo de Vinci or Cathedral, hoping it would provide insight asymmetries and discontinuities that exist Michelangelo, a time when thought from the into design and construction in the medieval in the finished cathedral. They must have Greek and Classical eras was resurrected. era. While the book did not disappoint in planned it as they went. The aesthetic foundation expressed in the this, it also made clear that to write a history Gothic churches was order and geometry The master masons who lead the design based on Plato’s philosophy of “abstract of anything, you need and construction, (and historical records. In the over material”. This was a major change in who also had to deal western thought and religion, from the literal case of Chartres, as well as Imagine building with donors, the clerics, interpretation of the Scriptures, toward a other buildings of the time, very few written records something as large and finding suitable stone, logical and rational world and was the start complex as a gothic finding and keeping stone of society based on scientific thought. or drawings exist. There’s cutters, stone carvers, also a good probability cathedral without carpenters, metal smiths, The book contains chapters describing the that they may never have drawings. and laborers), probably work of medieval stone masons, a good been created in the first had at most a rudimentary description of Gothic construction principles place. Imagine, building knowledge of geometry vs. those used in something as large and complex as a gothic and mathematical proportion. These Romanesque period, cathedral without drawings. The history were their only design and layout tools. and a long chapter of Chartres as presented in the book is A unit of measure had to be established on the stained glass based mostly on what’s observable in the for the project. They probably had only a windows at Chartres. physical presence of the cathedral today very sketchy idea about the design of the The windows are plus additional indirect references to the finished cathedral. Drawings were rarely probably the most era written by historians describing work on used due to the lack of drawings tools and stunning feature of the other cathedrals. The names of the builders paper. Parchment was available but it was church, certainly for of Chartres are not known nor is there any expensive and often had to be scraped worshipers in the 13th first hand written record of how it was built. clean and reused. More commonly, crude Century, and even for a It took 66 years to build Chartres, 1194 models were built to show the design, but visitor to the church today. to 1260. This was during a 300 year it’s difficult to imagine these had sufficient detail for use in construction. The book has 322 pages including period when over 80 cathedrals and 500 photographs, some useful drawings, and large churches were built in France alone. The author’s principal objective in the book a lengthy bibliography. It was published in Construction of the cathedral began on was to explain the intellectual basis for the 2008 by HarperCollins. top of the 11th century crypt of an earlier design of Chartres, not so much the nitty- 11
  12. 12. CSI FALL CLASSIC AnnuAL GoLF TournAmenT T hank YouTo Our Sponsors Golf Sponsors Tournament Sponsors AnGeLuS BLoCk omeGA proDuCTS ConTrArIAn meTAL SherwIn wILLIAmS AnGeLuS BLoCk reSourCeS SoS Closest to the Pin DrAper (muLTIpLe TeAmS) SpeCIFIeD DeSIGn SySTemS GenerAL poLymerS STonhArD BSD SpeC LInk InGerSoLL rAnD VISTA pAInT lonGest DRiVe InTeGrATeD mArkeTInG w.h. STeeLe ConCepTS wooDwork InSTITuTe FLoorSeAL TeChnoLoGy PUttinG Contest Golf Hole Sponsors Jo DrummonD FrAzee pAInT & zInSSer AllAnA Buick & Bers inc. nAturAl stone Veneers BeVeRAGe CARt Armstrong ceilings internAtionAl AssA ABloY Dss omegA ProDucts contrAriAn metAl resources PArtition sPeciAlties Craig Mount, crossfielD ProDucts sAfetY steP tD.com LACSI Golf Tournament DrAPer inc. siPlAst roofing Committee Chairman Dunn eDwArDs PAints tresPA / w.H. steele HAger comPAnies VAProsHielD / w.H. steele integrAteD mArketing concePts w.r. grAce ISeC (ALSo GoLF BALL SponSorS) XYPeX
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  15. 15. weST reGIon corner J a n / FE B 2 0 1 0 quality hotdogs at the best price. People came I can’t believe from far distances just to have a great tube Sometimes we need to think critically about I am writing steak. what we hear and how affects us. Do we an article for one day a man came in to find out if all the believe everything we hear? I recognize that January 2010. rumors were true. After inhaling two or three the global economy is in a real economic great hot dogs he called the proprietor over to down turn today, but maybe the economic David A Willis, West Region Vice President concern should compel us to question what ask a few questions. “How in the world can you serve such high quality hot dog at such we hear and reach higher for solutions. The What a year we have had in the West story reminds me of an old saying, “Get told Region. A new Virtual Chapter was started reasonable prices?” he asked the proprietor. enough times something is happening, and in Redwood Empire in 2009, and the “Don’t you know there is a recession going sure enough it will happen”. Inland Empire Chapter will be on? How can you afford to do inaugurated on Jan. 14, 2010. this”? Let’s remember that we are the ones that will We have a great West Region After the man left, the hotdog bring back the business. Those who can, conference to look forward Sometimes we need stand owner started to think need to take the steps to keep things moving to this fall and the programs to think critically about what he had said. along. We need to believe in our future and almost in place. For all you about what we hear Maybe this guy was right. keep our friends in business by continuing to Industry members, be on the and how it affects Maybe he should raise the buy the things we need and want. So, let’s look out for Fresno Product us. Do we believe prices, and maybe he should get out there and keep the world turning. show discounts when signing everything we hear? buy lesser quality hotdogs to up for both the annual spring I wish you all a Happy and Safe New Year, cut expenses. So, he made the product show and conference and I look forward to serving you all in the changes with the idea that he product show later in the Fall. year ahead. could probably keep the stand in business and I have searched my mind for what to say for weather the economic storm. He reasoned that my New Years article. Duane always seems he could always go back to the old ways when the economy improves. Jerry L. Pozo, BS ,CSI, CDT to have plenty to say and I wish I had his Architectural/Technical Consultant gift of gab, (sorry Duane). Anyway I have As days went on, business started to fall off. Cell: 408.595.2031 Phone/Fax: 530.885.6828 decided to tell a story about the economy. At first slowly, and then gradually picking up E: jpozo@bmi-products.com www.bmi-products.com Here goes. to where now it became hard to pay the bills. He had to layoff his help and do all the work BMI Products ¤ Stucco himself. As he was sitting one evening after of Northern California, Inc. ¤ 690 Plaster once upon a time...there was a hotdog 990 Ames Avenue ¤ Tile Mortar closing time, he thought to himself. “You know, ¤ Masonry Mortar Milpitas, CA 95035-6303 stand on a busy highway. This hot dog stand that fellow was sure right about the recession.” Tel: 408.293.4008 ¤ Acrylic Finishes was known around the country for having best Fax: 408.293.4103 THE EnD 15
  16. 16. LACSI memBerShIP newS noV/dec 2009 J a n / FE B 2 0 1 0 neW MeMBers Welcome to all these new members! We retireMent neWs look forward to meeting you at chapter Ð David Stokes, CSI, Quatro Design activities Group EVERETT NELMS, Woodwork Institute, Ð Megan Koons, CSI Director Of MeMBer reCOgnitiOn Architectural Ð Ken Dandrea, CSI, Frazee Paint Services Ð Michael French, CSI, SunBrook Congratulations to all these members who southeastern California, Partners joined in January and February and have southern nevada, & Ð Nick Campbell, CSI, Green & maintained continuous membership. arizona Campbell, LLP MOre tHAn 40 yeArs AgO: December 31, 2009 - After nine years Ð Scott Anton, CSI, Door Components Ð Albert Grossman, CSI, Member with the Woodwork Institute (WI), Everett Inc. Emeritus Nelms has retired from his position as the Director of Architectural Services for Ð Ð Jerry Orland, FCSI, Orland Consulting the Southeastern California, Southern Group Ð Nevada, and Arizona. Since joining Ð Ali Alimento, CSI, Member Emeritus, WI in 2000, Everett was responsible for Ð Alimento Consulting Associates the inspection of millwork using WI Ð Ð Morely Simon, CSI, Member Emeritus, standards for certification. He worked Consulting Archtiect closely with Architects and many LACSI Ð members knew him personally. With 40 Ð Ð Eugene Trotter, CSI, Member Emeritus, years experience in architectural millwork, Building & Construction Specifications Everett brought his knowledge of design, (Continued on page 17) specifications, estimating, manufacturing From left to right: and installation of cabinetry and millwork. Everett was active in many chapters of Ð Matthew McCuffee CSI; Acentech Inc. the Construction Specification Institute Ð Nick Campbell CSI; Green & including Los Angeles, Orange County, Las Campbell Vegas, and Phoenix. LACSI wishes Everett Ð Jeannie Alderson-Parkman CSI, CDT the very best for a great retirement. Ð Bruce Morrison CSI; Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Ð Rex Revard CSI; Mapei 16
  17. 17. LACSI m e m B e r S h I P n e w S n o V / d e c 2 0 0 9 Continued J a n / FE B 2 0 1 0 (Continued from page 16) will be the person who brought in the most new members between November 5 yeArs AgO: 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. Joe will Ð Frank Bostrom, CSI, CDT, Frank personally select a bottle of wine to be Bostrom AIA-APA presented at the July dinner meeting. He says Craig set the bar really high, so it Ð Jerry Pozo, CSI, CDT, BMI Products should be a good one. Both Craig and of Northern California Joe would be glad to share some of their Ð Ardie Tavangarian, CSI, Arya membership recruitment ideas with you– just ask. need A MeMBersHiP BAdge? neW MeMBer OrientAtiOn Many thanks to Vince Overmyer and Wednesday, March 24, 2009 at 5:00 PM Melissa Higgins of Merlex who have prior to the monthly meeting. Learn how taken on the challenge of ordering to get the most from your membership, badges. A message went out to the get your questions answered and hear email list based on the information in the about all the things that CSI is involved Institute Member Directory. If you don’t in at the Chapter, Region and institute. remember getting an email, please check Not only for new members, everyone is your membership listing at www.csinet. welcome. org or call Member Services at 800- 689-2900. If you need a badge contact valarieh@pacbell.net. ideAs! Do you have an idea for something that AnnOunCing “tHe JOe BACk the chapter could do to make membership inVitAtiOnAL” MeMBersHiP even more valuable? We’d love to hear COntest about it. valarieh@pacbell.net As winner of last We can always use more help, our chapter year’s Craig Mount is all volunteer. To help or share your Invitational, Joe ideas, just contact our President, Kathy Back has graciously Greenway, CSI, CFM or Membership offered to continue the Chairs, Valarie Harris, FCSI, CCPR and tradition. The winner Teena Santiago, CSI, CDT. See pages 4-5 for contact information. 17
  18. 18. curmuGeon’S corner J a n / FE B 2 0 1 0 tHe First sPirit government agencies’ documents, standardize building codes, and bring greater “Wake up, Scrooge!” efficiency to the industry as a whole. Ah, “Who is that?” those were exciting days!” “It is I, the Spirit of the Past. Come, let us “You certainly were enthusiastic, and set revisit those wonderful days!” As the words some lofty goals. And in the early days, you were spoken, they were transported to a city made significant progress.” by Sheldon Wolfe, long ago. They stood in the midst of a group Although it seemed to Scrooge that he and of young men busily engaged in excited RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA the Spirit remained stationary, the scene discussion. around them shifted and changed; different Scrooge was an old man, set in his ways. “Good Heaven!” cried Scrooge, looking locations came into focus, and vivid images And why not? He had been doing things the about. “I know these people! They are of people and documents materialized, then same way for many years, and the resulting specifiers, one and all! Oh, what a marvelous faded away. success was sufficient time that was, with the evidence of the wisdom construction industry “There is Carl Ebert!” Scrooge exclaimed. of continuing in that path. expanding, and so much “He was there from the beginning - Institute “Once you started President, first editor of the Construction Whenever it was suggested growing, what did work to do.” that change might be a Specifier, charter member of the DC Chapter. you do to address the “Yes, it was. Do you recall I see Ben John Small, a founder of the New good thing, “Bah, humbug!” was his response. “I like issues that brought you why these people met, York Metropolitan Chapter, and author of things the way they are! I together?” what they planned to do?” a column in Pencil Points. He was a great started this business, I’ve promoter of the value of good specification “It comes back to me been doing things the same writing. And J. Norman Hunter! When he now! We were a group way for fifty years, and I don’t see any reason was president, we added twenty-two new of specifiers who were unhappy with the to change!” chapters!” haphazard way specifications were done. One evening, a strange series of events Not surprising, considering we worked “Once you started growing, what did you befell our dear Mister Scrooge. Having had for the government! We met and decided do to address the issues that brought you a particularly trying day, he tried to enjoy specifications could be improved, and we together?” asked the Spirit. a rich repast and a few glasses of wine in formed an organization to work toward that end. We thought that, by working “Why, isn’t it obvious? Look there - it’s the an effort to forget his problems. As he fell together, we could improve the practice of CSI Format for Construction Specifications. asleep, he was thinking of how much fun he writing specifications, make them simpler The industry needed organization, and had in his youth. and easier to understand, standardize building designers quickly began using it (Continued on page 19) 18
  19. 19. LACSI curmudGeon’S corner conTInued J a n / FE B 2 0 1 0 (Continued from page 18) to bring order to their specifications. It “What is it this time? Are you real, or am I even though specifications often ignored was so useful, it was also used for filing having indigestion?” the rules established in CSI’s venerable information about products, and it became Manual of Practice, communication was “I am the Spirit of the Present. It isn’t your the industry standard MasterFormat. much improved over that which existed dinner, though you really should watch what And see there? It’s SectionFormat. We before CSI’s standards existed. And, where you eat. You seemed to enjoy your visit didn’t stop with an overall grouping before specifiers were forced to create their with the first Spirit, so let’s take another of information, we also established an own documents, there were now several journey.” order for the information for a specific commercial master guide specification product! Or “work result” as today’s young “If it’s like the last one, it will be fun. Let’s systems, some of them automated to the whippersnappers say! There again, we saw go!” point that the user no longer had to worry the need for better communication through about section numbers or titles, cross Once again, Scrooge and the Spirit were standardization, and we responded. And references, or all of the other nagging surrounded by changing scenes of places what about PageFormat? Once more, we minutiae that consumed so much of a and faces. But it wasn’t quite the same. created a standard for the industry!” specifier’s time in the past. The construction industry was even stronger “Yes, you did all of that - and you created Scrooge was delighted, thinking he would than before. Despite a few economic a forum where design professionals, continue on and become even more setbacks along the way, there were many product manufacturers and installers, successful. Still filled with such thoughts, more design professionals, contractors, and building product manufacturers than ever he was taken aback when the Spirit showed and contractors could meet and discuss before. The industry appeared to be moving him a smaller part of the industry - his problems and solutions. CSI grew from ahead at a frantic pace, with plentiful new own business. “Whatever is happening?” a handful of people to a nationwide construction and renovation of existing asked Scrooge. “The industry is growing by organization of nearly twenty thousand. buildings, seemingly without limits. leaps and bounds, yet my own part of it is Indeed, those were the good old days!” Projections of future work indicated more not keeping pace! There are so many fewer Suddenly, the Spirit disappeared, and work would be done in the next several members, and the chapters that once were Scrooge found himself wondering if he had years than ever before. thriving and growing have lost their vigor! Is seen the Spirit, or if it was just something it possible I am mistaken? How could I have The results of Scrooge’s earlier work were missed such ominous portents?” he ate for dinner. He took a couple of evident. That part of the construction antacid pills and went back to sleep, Sadly shaking his head, the Spirit replied, industry involved with buildings was making remembering the way things were, so many “What you see is what now is. From the good use of CSI’s Formats: manufacturers years ago. time of your visit with the first Spirit, your included MasterFormat numbers on their literature; design professionals and membership has decreased by a quarter. tHe seCOnd sPirit contractors alike knew where to look for Many of your chapters seem to have trouble “Wake up, Scrooge!” whatever information they needed; and, understanding what they are to do. And, (Continued on page 20) 19
  20. 20. LACSI curmudGeon’S corner conTInued J a n / FE B 2 0 1 0 (Continued from page 19) in the comfort of your middle age - I’m “Well, yeah, but there was this organization have been done by design professionals all trying to be kind - you lack the energy and with the same name, that had a huge along. In the end, the things CSI did were purpose of your youth. You have become impact back in the latter part of the absorbed by other organizations, and they complacent, satisfied with your great twentieth century. They did some really didn’t have anything to do anymore.” accomplishments of days gone by.” cool stuff, like organizing construction information - back when it was all on paper. “I bet it was pretty sad in the end, when it “You have been, perhaps, too successful, You wouldn’t believe how crazy construction was just a bunch of the same old people and, pleased with that success, failed to documents were before they came along.” getting together, reliving the good old days, see the opportunities to further improve waiting for each other to die.” communication in your industry. You “So what happened to them? If they had so have continued to concentrate on paper much going, how did they let it slip away?” Scrooge cried out in agony, “Spirit, please documents, even though the problems tell me that what you have revealed is of the past have been solved, and little “I don’t understand it. What they did only what might be, rather than what is remains to be done with them. It is in for paper later needed to be done with destined!” electronic communication that today’s electronic documents. Maybe it was just a case of turning into a bunch of old farts, After a pause, the Spirit replied. “It’s not challenges lie.” that you no longer do useful things. Your who didn’t understand computers and couldn’t see the new problems.” work with interoperability and global tHe LAst sPirit standardization are truly worthy efforts, The second Spirit vanished, only to be “Didn’t they do a lot with education and and will one day make the industry better replaced by yet a third Spirit. certification?” - but those things are of no immediate concern to your existing members, and they “Judging by what has gone before, am I “They did, but they were so busy telling each won’t bring in new members. You have not correct in assuming you are the Spirit of other how important they were that they accepted the possibilities of the near future, Yet to Come? If so, I fear what you may forgot to tell anyone else. Here’s a funny when the value of information itself will far have to say. And yet, I sense that the visits thing: After all the good things they did, outweigh the value of explaining it in words by you and your kin are meant to help, and and not telling others how important those - a process that continues to demand less I am ready to listen.” things were, other groups came along, and less expertise.” and in just a few years each convinced Scrooge and the third Spirit were government agencies across the country “Some have said that all professional transported to an indefinite, yet not that what they did was the most important organizations have suffered loss of distant, future. Around them appeared a thing. First it was energy-efficient buildings, members and inability to connect with group of young people, engaged in serious then accessible design, commissioning, younger people. That may be true in most conversation. design-build, construction management, cases, but it is not an excuse to relax. “I thought CSI was a TV show way back “sustainable design”, and somewhere in Those organizations that survive will have when!” exclaimed one. there was “partnering”. All of which should found something of value that will attract (Continued on page 21) 20
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  22. 22. LACSI J a n / FE B 2 0 1 0 MissiOn The Mission of the Los Angeles Chapter of The Construction Specifications Institute is to provide its members the opportunity to share information about materials and methods of construction, and to promote improved preparation, delivery and use of construction The Los Angeles Chapter of CSI Membership documents. Committee presents The Chapter fosters the professional development of its members and provides service to the construction industry by promoting education, research, certification, recognition of outstanding accomplishments, The Joe Back Membership and networking opportunities within the Chapter, Region, Institute, and construction industry. Invitational 2009-10 Simply bring in the most new members to the Los Angeles chapter from November 1st to June 30th and win a very good bottle of wine. The prize will be carefully selected by Joe and presented at the July Dinner Meeting. Just let Valarie Harris know when you refer new members. valarieh@pacbell.net Valerieh@pacbell.net Newsletter Editors Laura Sellmer and Steve Taylor. 22

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