"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom"

- Marcel Proust
Welcome to the new and improved CSI Indy newsletter!  

As we embark on our adventure of providing YOU with the most up-to-date (and relevant) information in the construction industry, we encourage you to provide us with any and all feedback.  Good, bad, and even the ugly is welcome.  What type of articles would you like to read?  What type of events are you interested in?  Anything you think the chapter should be aware of is welcome.
Your Humble Narrator,
Mike Halstead
Indianapolis CSI Newsletter Co-Editor
Mild Mannered Reporter,
Ryan Muzzillo

Indianapolis CSI Newsletter Co-Editor

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Our guest speaker this month will be Steve Bruns, ICRI (Husband of Ivette Bruns), discussing Concrete Forensics. On May 16th our program will be Today's Landscape Architectural Trends presented by Barth Hendrickson. Thanks to our Fellow, Captain Jack Morgan, for keeping the hits coming. We have a new CSI Indy Chapter email address - - send all your inquiries and suggestions there while we sort out our new office location. Thanks to Ken Schmidt for providing our temporary home.  
June 20th our Awards Banquet will be at the Willows from 6 to 8 pm at a low, low price of $35 per person. Please contact Pete Baker for reservations - more information to come via this newsletter and our website. I strongly encourage you all to attend the Town Hall immediately following the Awards banquet directed by our President Randy Vogt. We need your feedback to help develop a strategy moving forward to address key issues in our Chapter - income and expenses, attendance at chapter programs, membership and volunteerism.   Speaking of volunteerism - how many of you have stepped forward for the Indy Chapter? I'm holding you all accountable. Don't make me send Guido (aka Amy Baker Fehribach) to take out your knee caps.

A special thanks to our new Indy Chapter Board of Directors - Ivette Bruns, Alan Broderick, Dustin Schrougham, Michael Zunk and Diane Schildknecht. And thanks again to our current CSI Indy Chapter Board Members who have agreed to serve three more years on the Board of Directors. O ur Indy Chapter needs a new photographer - thanks to Ralph Pitman for his many years of service. Did you notice there haven't been any chapter photos in the last several newsletters?
The 2019 CSI Great Lakes Region Conference will be this weekend - April 11th through the 13th - at The Atheneum Suite Hotel in Greentown, Detroit, Michigan. There are great sponsorship and advertisement opportunities. They are in the final lap and need your help to make the Conference a Success! At the very least, the CSI Indy Board, incoming Board Members, and Committee Chairs should seriously consider attending, but all are welcome.  For those who are also looking for CEU's, we are offering 4 CEU's if you do not want/need to be in all the CSI Sessions.  Lots of choices, lots of networking, lots of learning, lots of fun! Find out more details and register online at:

And don't forget the CSI Indy Trade Show on Thursday, October 3 at the JW Marriott again. Contact Joel Young if you want a booth or Brian Detty if you have any questions. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and our sustainability depends on the success of our trade show. We need industry members to purchase booths and professionals to attend the show. Again - don't make me send Guido. We are supporting the 2019 Martin Center Sickle Cell 5K Run and Walk again this year. Registration is now open so please contact David Young and put together a team.

Both teams - Carmel and Ben Davis - played their guts out in the Indiana state basketball championship game. I felt sorry for the Ben Davis kids but Carmel had the lead last year in the championship  game late in 4th quarter against Warren Central and couldn't hold on - so this was their retribution. For you Butler fans John Michael Molloy will be there next year. Virginia got a little redemption too in the NCAA basketball championship - after being the first #1 seed to lose to a 16 seed last year during March Madness they won the championship this year. Didn't Tom Crean at IU say he didn't recruit the Indiana Mr. Basketball Kyle Guy because he couldn't play defense in the Big Ten? Hmmm. He did ok at UVA!    

April showers bring May flowers. Don't forget Easter and Mother's Day!

- Your Humble Narrator 

You are invited to attend the CSI February 2019 Chapter Meeting on Thursday, April 18 at the Willows on Westfield. The program topic is "Concrete Forensics"
Presenter: :  Steve Bruns

Willows on Westfield
6729 E Westfield Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Please contact Jack Morgan at to register.
The Indianapolis Chapter of CSI is accepting reservations for Table Tops for upcoming Chapter meetings. The list of programs for upcoming Chapter meetings is published in this newsletter, the web site, or contact Program chairman Jack Morgan - , if you would like to target a particular meeting, be sure to make your reservation early. We do have a limit of four spaces available for Table Tops in a standard meeting room and 10 if we have a double room.
Table Tops are an opportunity to promote your company, products, or services to all attendees of our regular chapter meeting during the social hour. There is a maximum of 20 minutes for Table Top presentation at a regular Chapter meeting. You have the floor for maximum of five minutes after dinner before the speaker to communicate to the entire group if there are four presenters. If there is a greater demand, the 20 minutes will be divided by the number of presenters and rounded down to the nearest 30 seconds.
The Table Top presentations are FREE, one time, to new members, and cost current Indianapolis Chapter members only $75. Non-members get the same opportunity for $125. A 30 by 60 table with a cover and skit will be included. All proceeds go to support the Chapter. Payment is due at the time of setup.

Another opportunity for a Table Top is during an Education Seminar. The cost is if you combine it with the Chapter meeting and Education Seminar the cost would be $100 for current members and $150 for non-members.

If you would like to schedule a Table Top for a future meeting or seminar, contact:
Kent A. Hughes RA CDT - American Structurepoint - 317.690.5820
Be sure to put 'Table Top Request in the subject line
Hard to believe that my tenure as President is entering the 4th quarter. It has been a challenging year for us all for various reasons. Just to name a few:

1)    Not enough volunteers at the Committee level.
2)    Financial Challenges.
3)    Engaging young people in our chapter.
4)    Offering value to members.

I feel there is general confusion within the chapter membership about where our Chapter is going. Your CSI Board of Directors want to make sure our members are aware and knowledgeable about the direction our chapter is taking. We also want the member's voices to be heard.

With that in mind, we will be making a change to our standard Monthly May meeting. Jack Morgan has discussed and worked out an alternate time for the "Todays Landscape Architectural Trends" meeting to be presented later in the year.  Thank you, Jack.

In its place, we will have a State of the Chapter - Town Hall Meeting.

Your Board and Key Committee Chairpersons will be in attendance to present strategies and tactics to grow our Chapter as well as answer and discuss your questions.

There will be much more information to follow over the next few weeks.

As President, I feel this will be the most important meeting of my term. However, without a strong and constructive turnout of the membership I'm afraid we won't achieve the desired results.

So Please Mark May 16TH on your calendars and don't miss this opportunity to help drive CSI Indianapolis successfully into the future.

Randy Vogt, CSI

Indianapolis Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute, Inc.

Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative 23 rd  Annual 5K;  Saturday 22 June 2019 in Indianapolis, IN at Riverside Park 
Thanks to the leadership of our President, President-Elect, and the Board, CSI Indianapolis Chapter has adopted the Annual Sickle Cell 5K event as one of the great causes for our support.   If you would like to know more about Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative (MCSCI), please visit their website by clicking on this link:
A group of our CSI members have participated in the annual Sickle Cell 5K Walk and Run events for the last three years.  With the Chapter's official support, we look forward to having an even larger presence at our fourth event.  Let go for the "Largest Team Trophy."
I have set up "Team CSI" on the MCSCI 23rd Annual Sickle Cell 5K Walk and Run event site on   Please go here for registration:  
Registration is very easy following these steps:
  1. Click on the link above to get to the 23rd Annual Sickle Cell 5K Walk/Run registration site.
  2. Scroll down to the "Visit Fundraiser Homepages",  click on "Team CSI" and get to Team CSI Homepage.
  3. Click on "Register", and select "5K Group or Team Registration" to enjoy a group discount.
  4.  Happy registration!  
Early registration prices extend until 29 April.  Joining Team CSI gives you a discounted registration.
Please note that if you are not able to participate, there is an opportunity to contribute.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.   Thank you for your support!

David C. Young, AIA, CSI
CSI Indianapolis Chapter Past President 2014-15

Jack P. Morgan
Indianapolis Chapter Quizmaster
1.  Standard General Conditions are published by all the following, except:
a.  AIA.
b.  CSI.
c.  EJCDC.
d.  DBIA.
e.  Government Agencies.
f.   Large Corporations.

2.  It is important for Subcontract and Purchase Order documents to reference the:

a.  Contract Documents.
b.  Specifications.
c.   General Conditions.
d.  Supplementary Conditions.

3.  These documents become Contract Documents when the Owner-Contractor Agreement is signed.

a.  Specifications.
b.  Bid Solicitation.
c.  Contracting Forms.
d.  Instructions to Bidders.

4.  To be effective in communicating, specifications should be:

a.  Complete, concise, and clear.
b.  Concise, clear, and correct.
c.  Clear, concise, correct, and complete.
d.  Concise, correct, coordinated, and complete.

5.  Life cycle costs require several considerations, including:

a.  Initial construction cost as well as renovation, remodeling, and improvements
b.  Initial cost of construction including cost of materials and permits.
c.  Alteration, renovation, and demolition.
d.  Maintenance and code changes costs over the life of a project.

6.  In Hammurabi's Code what was the punishment for a collapsing house that killed the Owner?


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Rhode Island Convention

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Minutes of the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Board of Directors can be read HERE.  Please contact the president with any comments or questions.

Just in time for Earth Day!
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The Indianapolis Chapter, CSI was founded in 1961 and continues serving the local construction community. The Chapter is currently the largest chapter in the Great Lakes Region. Our membership is made up of architects, engineers, interior designers, facilities managers, contractors, product manufactures and representatives, and others involved in the construction industry.

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