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The Rochester Chapter of CSI is pleased to bring you the November edition of its monthly newsletter, The Punchlist. We hope you enjoy it! 


As always, we appreciate your feedback regarding our newsletter.  Also, if you have any suggestions for educational sessions and programs that you would like to see - feel free to tell us! 

Don't forget to check our website regularly for the latest Chapter news and industry job opportunities in our area, and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

We look forward to seeing you at all of our upcoming events!
A Message from the President

Dear CSI Members & Friends,
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays! This time of year is my favorite mainly because it brings us all together to recognize what is important to all of us and be thankful. Friends and family of course should be at the top of all our lists! I know our product show does just that. It gives us a time to get together and see a lot of familiar faces in the industry that we might even dare say are family to all of us. Going from booth to booth and seeing some of the new exciting products that are available in our industry is always enlightening, but seeing my colleagues who I've gotten to know throughout the years is the highlight for me. The presenters and show itself were amazing as they are every year and we could not be happier to kick-off our holiday season in this way. Thank you Steve Rebholz and everyone else who deserves recognition for this great event.
Our next even will occur at Max of Eastman Place on Gibbs St., downtown on December 13th.   We hope you join us as we welcome Mauricio Riveros - President of LECESSE Construction. He will be speaking on the topic of Innovation in Leadership within the Construction Industry.
Mauricio is someone I look up to in many ways, and his enthusiasm and passion for life let alone the topic he will speaking to is contagious. This presentation is one not to miss and we will have a string trio playing music to set the mood at a great venue. I hope to see you all there for a great evening out on the town. A full calendar of our upcoming events is listed on our website
Lastly, we have been talking about holding training classes again for the CDT exam. We would like feedback on who may be interested in attending the classes this year as we usually need a minimum number to make the organizers efforts fruitful. Our intent is send a notice and try to take a poll or get personal feedback on this opportunity.
Thank you all again for attending the product show and I'll see at Max's Place in December.
Lee Curtis, CSI

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CSI Rochester Announces Record Breaking Numbers at their 45th Annual Product Show
With unique forward-thinking educational programs and strategic partnerships with industry professionals, this event exhibits the most innovative trends in the construction industry.
From national and regional manufacturers and distributers, to architects, engineers, students, interior designers, and building owners, over 250 industry professionals, gathered at the Doubletree on Jefferson Road to learn about new products from over 100 exhibiting companies, and network with members of the construction industry at CSI Rochester's Annual CSI Night Product Show.
For almost a half-century, CSI night has been our region's premier product show and networking event. CSI Night is the only way to reach hundreds of the area's construction industry decision makers at one time. 






Atlantic Testing Laboratories

Benjamin Moore & Company

Boise Cascade

Dimensional Metals, Inc.

Drapery Industries, Inc.

Door Security Solutions - Upstate NY Assa Abbloy



Genesee Office Interiors, Inc.

Huber Engineered Woods

Inpro Corporation

Kone, Inc.

Marvin Windows of NY

Mannington Commercial Flooring

Quality Lighting Systems

R.L. Kistler, Inc.

Rulon International

Scranton Products, Inc.

Sherwin Williams Company

Workplace Interiors, Inc.


What is going on with the Whole Foods project?

Whole Foods Market is hanging on for the long haul in Brighton, despite past development offers from other area locations.  The health-conscious food chain is set to open in a retail plaza on Monroe Avenue, a development proposed by the Daniele family over two years ago. 

Whole Foods is apparently not considering any other local site offers, according to company spokesperson Ted Kwong - "We remain committed to our upcoming location in Brighton and there are no plans to open in an alternate location," he said in an email to the D&C. 

So on to the bigger question - when the heck is the store actually going to appear on a property that currently houses the tired looking former shells of Mario's restaurant and Clover Lanes?  The Danieles have submitted all required documents to the Town of Brighton under the state's project review process, said Daniele, and the town board is responsible for finishing a final statement of environmental impact by the end of the year, according to the town documents. "The ball is their hands," said Daniele. "We have done everything that we have been asked to do."  

The Danieles have submitted all required documents to the Town of Brighton under the state's project review process, said Daniele, and the town board is responsible for finishing a final statement of environmental impact by the end of the year, according to the town documents.
"The ball is their hands," said Daniele. "We have done everything that we have been asked to do."  

Meanwhile, the Danieles have been maintaining the property as best they can while they wait for the next step in the project process. They've boarded up a few windows and coned off certain areas of the plaza after people broke into or vandalized the restaurant and bowling lane buildings, said Daniele.
"There's nobody who wants it to look better more than we do," he said, adding that neighbors seem exhausted with the process and just want to see an outcome - "We're hoping we're getting to the finale on this project," he said. 

Autodesk announces new BIM 360 platform
Autodesk is set to release the next generation of its BIM 360 platform, a cloud service that connects the construction project lifecycle.

Autodesk has also launched the Connect and Construction Exchange, a BIM 360 integration partner program that delivers third-party software applications and data tot he workflow.  So far, it includes more than 50 partners.  BIM 360 connects workflows across preconstruction, execution, fabrication, installation and facility managements.  The exchange aims to add value to each of those components.
Convenient though the "app for that" world can be, it also can lead to disjointed, disparate information that can be difficult to piece together. Autodesk aims to change that with the next generation of BIM 360 cloud software, announced earlier this month at Autodesk University in Las Vegas.
Sarah Hodges, director of Autodesk's Construction Business Line, explains that BIM 360 will bring features and functionalities that previously had lived in separate solutions into one unified platform. Initially built on cloud development platform, Autodesk Forge, one of BIM 360' s goals was to create an open platform that fosters better collaboration, efficiency, transparency and quality for all project stakeholders, Hodges said.
" Any contractor on any given day has a plethora of tools they are using across various phases of their projects,"  she said. " We' re making connections to existing solutions our contractors and their design teams are using and unifying that information. This will be an open solution that connects to the broader eco-system of products the contractors and design community are using."

CSI Rochester Chapter Calendar
Check out all our upcoming events! 
December 13: December Program Dinner
Speaker: Mauricio Riveros, President, LECESSE Construction
Topic:  Innovation in Leadership within the Construction Industry
Register today by clicking here

January 10: January Program Dinner
Speakers: Joe Snyder, John Moore, Tom Zimmerman
Topic:  Round Table Discussion on Front-End Contracts

February 9:  Architect Ski Day 2018!
CSI Rochester members and guests are invited to join CSI Buffalo - WNY for Architect Ski Day 2018, on February 9th at Holiday Valley Ski Resort in Ellicottville, NY!  Architects, Engineers, Designers, Builders and Suppliers are all welcome to participate in the fun; whether you ski or not! 
February 15:  February Program Dinner
Speakers: Mark Maddalina, Kristin Schuster, SWBR
Topic: LEED V4
March 14: March Presentation and Tour
More information coming soon!
April 11: CSI Awards Dinner and Presentation
More information coming soon!

Membership Corner

Still thinking of joining? What are you waiting for? 

Here's a quick list of just some of the benefits CSI Members receive:
  • Develop valuable cross-discipline contacts at local chapter meetings and national CSI events.
  • Build a network of mentors you can contact when you're facing a new challenge at work, or hunting for a new job.
  • Save with members-only discounts and special rates on CSI education, certification, publications and  partner programs.
  • Learn to use CSI's standards and formats to do your job better and faster.
  • Earn continuing education credits at chapter meetings and CSI events.
  • Stay current on BIM, sustainability and other hot topics while improving your skills through chapter meetings, CSI's education programs, and Construction Specifier Magazine.
  • Raise your profile with CSI's certifications after your name.
  • Participate in the development of standards and formats that shape your work, such as MasterFormat.
  • Meet potential clients and increase your company's visibility at both the local and national level.
  • Be among the first to hear about new projects in your area.
  • Develop a network of professional contacts your company can turn to when you need help and information.
  • And so much more!

"CSI has helped me in many aspects of running my business such as planning, communication skills, and honing my product presentations. Many of the committees, task teams, and projects that new members get involved in can provide training in many of these areas."
- John Hamilton, CSI, CCPR, AHC, Manufacturer's Representative

"I have grown as a person with an established reputation through my CSI activities."
- Bob Molseed, FCSI, CCS, FAIA, Architect


Contact Paul Mahoney, Member Chair today to find out more!
Job Corner
Check out these great job positions available in our community!  For more information on these positions, visit CSI Rochester's Job Page on our website!

Smith + Associates Architects is currently hiring for the following positions:
  • Senior Architect / Project Manager - Rochester, NY
  • Project Architect - Rochester, NY
  • Architectural Technician - Rochester, NY
To apply for these positions, contact  Serene McRorie to apply.  


NH Architecture is looking for an Architect/Project Manager and a Junior Architect!

To apply for these positions, contact  Marissa Williams today.


SWBR Architects is currently hiring for the following positions:
  • Project Architect/Project Manager - Syracuse, NY
  • Construction Project Coordinator/Administrator - Rochester, NY
  • Architectural Designer II - Rochester, NY
  • Specifications Writer - Rochester, NY
  • Architectural Designer I - Rochester, NY

To apply for these positions, contact Michele Michaels.
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