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Newsletter of the Puget Sound Chapter of The Construction Specifications Institute
Knowledge for Creating and Sustaining the Built Environment

June 2011
2009 Awards Banquet

June 9 Seminars and Awards Dinner

Mirabella, 116 Fairview Ave N
Seminar 1, 1:00-2:00 PM, 1 AIA LUs (HSW & SD)
Hardware Tech - LEED Opportunities / Solutions
Aaron C. Smith, AIA, USGBC, ASHRAE, LEED AP - Director of Sustainable Building Solutions for ASSA ABLOY, Inc., New Haven, Connecticut

Aaron has 20 years of building product and contracting experience. He will provide an overview of the importance, measurement, and choices available to improve energy efficiency for LEED project door openings and related components.

Seminar 2, 2:00-3:00 PM, 1 AIA LUs (HSW & SD)
BIM & Specifications: What's the Connection?
Rob Dean, AIA, CSI, CCS; President, Building Systems Design (BSD), Inc.
Alex Bear, Software Marketing Specialist, Building Systems Design, Inc.

Receive an overview of how specifications software and a Revit model can connect, to maximize the consistency and alignment between construction documents.

Seminar 3, 3:00-4:00 PM, 1 AIA LUs (HSW & SD)
The Role of Specifications in LEED Certification
Rob Dean, AIA, CSI, CCS; President, Building Systems Design (BSD), Inc.
Alex Bear, Software Marketing Specialist, Building Systems Design (BSD), Inc.

Learn about the role of specifications in LEED certification. BSD will demonstrate some of the specification tools that can help move a project toward certification.

Seminar 4, 4:00-5:00 PM, 1 AIA LUs (HSW & SD)
Modern Methods of Spec Writing - Pros & Cons
Alex Bear, Software Marketing Specialist, Building Systems Design (BSD), Inc.

Experience a 1 hour panel discussion about specifications development and the advantages and disadvantages of various specification production methods. This panel will consist of a BSD representative, 2 SpecLink users, and a non-user.

Social Hour 5:00-6:00 PM
Socialize with Design Professionals and Industry Members
Dinner Meeting, 6:00-8:30 PM
Puget Sound Chapter CSI Annual Awards Dinner

In recognition of the hard work and great efforts by our members, service awards will be presented to outstanding individuals in our Chapter. Plan to join in this year-end celebration to highlight and thank these dedicated individuals whose key contributions made this past year possible and a tremendous success.


Kemp Northwest Group
Scott FinlinsonThe Prez Sez
Special Recognition to Special People
By Scott Finlinson LEED AP, CSI, President
Any successful organization has one extremely important component, special people. Our May Program will honor and thank all of our hard working members who have given selflessly so much time and energy to CSI, our Chapter, and our industry over the past year. We do this to recognize their effort and dedication. For some, the value of CSI membership spans many years and even decades. In recognition service awards will be presented to those individuals for continued membership and support in the Construction Specifications Institute and our chapter. All members that appreciate our chapter's efforts to provide high quality educational opportunities that benefit them both personally and professionally should plan to attend this year-end celebration. It will highlight the contributions of the many dedicated individuals that made this past year possible and a tremendous success. Come, meet and greet some fantastic people while enjoying excellent food and drink.
Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 9, at the Mirabella to join us for dinner, special program and have some fun. See you there!
Congratulation to our new Board of Directors for 2011-2012. The board consists of some new members with a mix of returning veterans:
  • President: Jim Fair CSI, President, Fair Building Technologies
  • Vice President: Cindy Black CSI, Cynthia Black Architect
  • President-Elect: Frank Calabrese CSI CDT, Sales Manager, Coastal Specified Products
  • Secretary: Julie Taylor* CSI CDT, Specifications, Integrus Architects
  • Treasurer: Eli Lemanski CSI CDT, UW Construction Management Student
  • Professional 1: Forrest Jones CSI CDT, Specifier
  • Industry 1: Mike Murphy* CSI, Sales, Parker Paint Manufacturing Company
  • Professional 2: Brian Ritchhart CSI, Specifications, Collins Woerman Architects
  • Industry 2: Garth Tait CSI CDT, Sales Representative, Hartung Glass
  • Past President: Scott Finlinson CSI, USG Architectural Services Representative

* New Board Member

Thanks again for all your great support.
Best Regards,
Bechtel Industrial Coating and Supply
ProSpec Committee Appeal  
By David Huffman, AIA, CSI
Our committee is looking for someone to work with us in the coming year to secure the speaker for the next ProSpec. The committee will provide guidance and assistance as needed to support the effort (and free lunches). If you know of someone you feel can help us out, or if you are that person, please give me a call, 206-232-1700.
VendorFormat: Lunch and Learn Listings
Talking HeadIn the News... 
By Andrew L. Estep, CAE, CSI
There have been a few changes in employment recently. Rumor has it that David Axt is now working for BLRB Architects in Tacoma. He can now be reached at 253-627-5599 or daxt@blrb.com.

Board member Brian Ritchhart has been picked up by CollinsWoerman Architecture. He can be reached at britchhart@collinswoerman.com or (206) 245-2063.

While we have all enjoyed Ann Whitacre's company at recent chapter meetings, she is leaving us again for California. This time she headed to the Bay Area. As of June 1 she will be working for Gensler in San Francisco. She can be reached at 415-836-4373 or Anne_Whitacre@Gensler.com.
Andrew EstepAdministrator's Angle
By Andrew L. Estep, CAE, CSI
In recent years I have noticed a recurring refrain within associations: What's in it for me? (WIIFM). More and more, members are demanding good value for their membership dollars. It used to be enough that one was a member. It was a point of pride and the reason why many associations include the privilege of adding specific letters after one's name, identifying that person as a member. These days, it is often not enough.
Today members want to know that the dollar spent in dues and fees is worth 100 pennies. This is a trend I can understand. With increasing demands on our time, attention, and energy, I want to know that everything I do is worth what I put into it. With our volunteer leadership I work hard to build value into the membership experience, and to communicate that value to everyone.
However, as part of WIIFM a troubling trend has arisen. More and more I hear volunteers asking for compensation for their time, usually in the form of a volunteer discount or free registration. According to Dictionary.com, a volunteer is "person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task." Freely - no recompense. One who is compensated is an employee, not a volunteer.
In fact, volunteering is a benefit of membership. As a best practice, one may not be a volunteer in an association unless one is also a member. The time served on committees and boards of directors is time spent with colleagues, and can advance one's standing in a profession. It usually builds group interaction and leadership skills. It can open up career opportunities.
What's in it for you? You are lucky, you get to volunteer.
New and Renewing Members 
Following are the new and renewing chapter members as of May 2011.
Mr. Mark D. Boden, CSI-S
Mr Tony Chiang, CSI, PE, Hilti Inc.
Ms Frances Gooding, CSI, AIA, LEED AP, NAC|Architecture
Mr. Ian S. MacCoy, CSI-S
Tom Nieswander, CSI, SNC-Lavalin Constructors Inc.
Mr Paul Nicholas Volkoff, CSI, LiteSteel Technologies America, LLC
ChuChun Wu, CSI-S
Ms. Nancy M. Alice, BA, CSI, CDT, AIA, LEED AP, AIA, 4 years
Mr. Bill Alma, CSI, Building Systems Northwest, 10 years
Charles T. Calvano, CSI, 4 years
Mr. James R. Merritt, CSI, Merritt Arch, 32 years
Mr. Eric A. Peterson, CSI, Anderson Specialties, 20 years
Mr. George E. Pfeiffer, CSI, Coastal Specified Products, 2 years
Mr Brian B. Ritchhart, AIA, CSI, CSI, Brian Ritchhart, AIA, CSI, 4 years
Tim W. Spencer, CSI, BASF Wall Systems, Inc., 24 years
Mr. Dan Swinton, CSI, Premier Window Group, 5 years
Mr. Ron Tatley, CSI, Tatley-Grund, Inc., 5 years
Mr. Sam C. Whitehead, CSI-S, Lake Washington Tech, 2 years


2010-2011 No. 12

2009 Awards Banquet
Seminars and Awards Dinner
The Prez Sez
In the News
Administrator's Angle
New and Renewing Members
Join Our Mailing List

Chapter Meeting
Awards Banquet


President Elect
Vice President
Cindy Black

Frank Calabrese


Director P-1

Director P-2

Director I-1

Director I-2

Past President

Academic Affairs










Operations Guide



Public Relations


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