VOL. LIII NO. 3 | MARCH 2017
NEWSLETTER OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTER | CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS INSTITUTE
Specifics
Monthly Meeting: April 12th
Construction Outlook
Wednesday, April 12th, 6:00-8:30p

S peaker: Cliff Brewis, Vice President Operations, 
Dodge Data & Analytics

Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Many of you attended the April, 2016 Economic Forecast presentation provided by Dodge Data & Analytics. Now it’s 2017, and it’s a whole new ballgame!  For a fuller understanding of the issues impacting construction, join Cliff Brewis as he reviews the industry and the influences impacting residential, commercial, institutional, and public works.
Remembering Herman R. Hoyer FCSI, CCS

Our dear friend and long-time member of SF CSI, Herman Hoyer was memorialized on February 17, 2017, after passing in August 2016 at the age of 89. He was an active leader in our Chapter serving many roles as well as president in 1970-71. He joined CSI in 1963 and was an outstanding mentor, educator, leader and inspiration to many members for more than 50 years. In 1972-73 he served with distinction as the Vice President of the Institute, one of the few from the West Region and the San Francisco Chapter. (Douglas Day being the only other SF CSI member to serve as VP.)


Herman was most honored and proud of CSI Fellowship to which he was elevated in 1971. His dignity and gentle nature inspired many to emulate his character. And his sense of humor and pleasant demeanor will be remembered by many. 

Save the Date
Design Detail Disasters Symposium 2017
Presented by:  CSI-Eastbay / RCI Northern CA / AIA Eastbay 

Friday, April 21th

Registration: 8:00 to 8:30a
Program: 8:30a to 3:30p

Includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch
                                                             
AIA East Bay Office
1405 Clay Street
Oakland, CA

May Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, May 10th

"Where do you see yourself in five years?" It's an interview question, but so much more. Whether you're just starting out in the AEC fields or running a firm, you've got to have your eye on the future. San Francisco CSI is doubling down on career development for our May meeting: an afternoon career fair followed by social hour, dinner, and panel discussion. Sponsors will bring hiring managers for mini interviews. Volunteer mentors will offer portfolio reviews and career path counseling. And as our keynote, a panel will share what they see as business and hiring trends in the public and private sectors of design and construction. 

Twenty students and emerging professionals will be invited to attend the career fair, dinner, and panel discussion as guests of the Chapter. Whether you're hiring or seeking, this is an event you won't want to miss. Sponsors and volunteers may sign up right away at link below. Registration will open in April for the rest of us - save the date! 

Thank You to Everyone Who Attended ProFair! 
President's Message

Pro-Fair must be the headline this month. What a great event – a fascinating speaker, great turnout, and an inspiring event for all who participated. Many thanks go to Edwin Essary, Pro-Fair Chair for the second year, and his excellent committee. It’s an enormous effort, and a very important one for our Chapter. Speaker Paul Doherty is founder of The Digit Group – early to the BIM revolution and now exploring new technologies that offer enormous potential for energy production and urban integration. If you were not able to attend, you may want to check out The Digit Group website for more inspiration. There’s lots to read, and links to many provocative articles. Smart Cities is a topic that offers an antidote to environmental anxiety.

Next month, we hope you can join us for our annual Economic Forecast presentation. Please see the announcement for more details. It’s an interesting year, and I think we’re all trying to anticipate the impact of new leadership in Washington on businesses across the country. Our April meeting promises to be thought provoking, and we hope you’ll be able to attend and bring a colleague or friend.

In May, we plan to be CSI-centric, hosting an event for students and emerging professionals that will be a departure from our monthly meeting format. We hope this will become a successful annual event, scheduled to coincide with the end of the academic year.  

More changes: Many of us have wonderful memories of Herman Hoyer. Herman passed away last month, and those of us who had the privilege of knowing and working with him remember him with fondness and respect. He was a wonderful exemplar of CSI at its best. Please read on for an appreciation of Herman Hoyer, contributed by Lawrence Merrion. CSI/ AIA, and Paulette Salisbury, FCSI - friends and colleagues.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

April 12:        Monthly Meeting
April 21:        Design Details Disaster Symposium
May 10:         Monthly Meeting 
May 19-20:
  West Region Conference
June 14:
       Awards Banquet

Building Technology Education Program

By Ed Buch, CSI, CCS, AIA, LEED AP

What's happened to the Building Technology Education Program?  Following Bob Johnson's, FCSI & Distinguished Member, initial suggestion for this in June of 2012, there were many encouraging comments on the benefits of this for CSI and for our industry contained in two threads on the 4specs.com discussion forum.  The Institute's task team also issued a positive report on the topic at the Institute convention in 2013.  But since then, the topic seems to have gone dormant.  This is not good.  It's not good for the many architects and spec writers who would benefit from the program and it's not good for the Institute when this program could have beneficial effect on CSI membership.

On the other hand, if this project is moving ahead and I'm just not aware of it, then disregard my comments here...

The Pacific Energy Center
At 851 Howard Street, San Francisco

Presents its series of Programs

Most are free of charge and carry CEU credits.

Register at 415-973-7268 or  www.pge.com/pec

Tabletop Sponsor Package For 2017
We’d like to encourage tabletop sponsors to stay for the dinner and presentation, and to take advantage of a brief opportunity to tell the assembled guests about their products and services from the podium. The new price for a tabletop, effective November 1, 2016 will be $200 - including one dinner reservation. Please register via Constant Contact, and feel free to invite additional guests. Thank you for your sponsorship!
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