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Happy Holidays! 

The Rochester Chapter of CSI is pleased to bring you the December 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! 

We look forward to seeing you at all of our upcoming events!
December's Featured Event

"Economic Expansion in the Greater Rochester Region" - Presented by Mark S. Peterson

City Grill
384 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
5:30PM Cocktails | 6:00PM Dinner | Presentation will follow

Join us tomorrow evening for an informational presentation with Mark S. Peterson, President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise.  Mark Peterson is an experienced economic development expert who has successfully attracted more than 2 billion of new capital investments to the Greater Rochester, NY region. Through this program, attendees will learn about site selection industry trends, barriers to economic growth, and major potential business attraction construction projects available to the local AIA community. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of critical construction requirements necessary to insure the Rochester region has market ready sites necessary to win major new business attraction projects.
  • Learning Objective #1: Understand key factors required for successful site selection
  • Learning Objective #2: Comprehend emerging barriers to economic development growth
  • Learning Objective #3: Recognize industry trends impacting planning and construction industry
  • Learning Objective #4: Understand major pending construction projects and site requirements
This presentation qualifies for AIA Learning Unit Credits.  CSI Members are free to attend. Guest registration is available for only $50.

or contact Paige during normal business hours at 585.727.1010
A Message from the President
Ken Christiano, CSI
Dear CSI Members and friends,
With the holiday season in full swing, and winter setting in, we can now set our attention to spending some quality time together by taking advantage of CSI Rochester's winter program schedule of presentations at Oak Hill Country Club.    We highly encourage attendance to these monthly events from our membership as these programs are prepaid and funded by your yearly membership fees. If you're a current member and haven't seen us in awhile, I suggest giving us another chance, I truly think you'll like where we're heading. Program information and schedule is always available and noted within our monthly Punchlist publications, AIA Learning Units are also available.
This year's Holiday program has a new wrinkle, the venue has been changed to "The City Grill" in downtown Rochester. This change was made to provide a change of pace from our regular meeting place at Oak Hill Country Club, as well as provide a central location for those who work in the city. Our program this month is an interesting one, and features a discussion on the topic of "Economic Expansion in the Greater Rochester Region". Mark S. Peterson will be the presenter and is a economic development expert with a successful track record, bringing in over two billion dollars worth of new capital investments to our region. Mark is currently the President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise and will provide our group with a greater understanding of critical construction requirements necessary to insure the Rochester region has market ready sites necessary to win major new business attraction projects. This program is scheduled for Wednesday December 14, 2016 with "Attitude Adjustment Hour" starting at 5:30pm, dinner and presentation to follow.
My hopes are that our various electronic communication efforts are making their way to each and every one of you. We have some special events coming in the near future so please continue to look for our regular electronic mailings and save the dates. Additionally, we are live on all social media outlets - including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Links to our CSI Rochester pages can be found on the left side of this newsletter- visit us often for updates and news. Feel free to visit us often.
Lastly, but most importantly,I like to personally thank our hardworking Board of Directors for their tremendous efforts and wish you all Health and Happiness during the Holiday season.

See you soon ,

Ken Christiano, CSI
CSI Rochester Members Honored at AIA Annual Meeting
Thomas Zimmerman, Kristin Schuster and Bud Knapp receive Medal of Distinction, Emerging Architect and AIA Past President Awards

A timely and harmonious confluence of political discourse, disruptive technology and its practitioners, and women of achievement underlined the American Institute of Architects, Rochester Chapter (AIA Rochester) Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 25th at Locust Hill Country Club in Henrietta.
Following a wide-ranging speech by Center for Governmental Research (CGR) Chief Economist Kent Gardner that will touch on the upcoming election and its potential effects on the built environment, as well as what technology might mean to the design community in the next decade, the AIA will give its highest awards to two Rochester architects, Tom Zimmerman and Bud Knapp, whose careers and retirements have been marked by progressive achievements. Moreover, Kristin Schuster captured the association's 2016 Emerging Architect Award .
The Medal of Distinction winner, Thomas Zimmerman, FAIA, was described by one AIA Past President, Richard Pospula, AIA as
Thomas Zimmerman
maintaining a half-century career marked by "broad reaching and inherently relevant" professional and generous volunteer efforts. A longtime partner at SWBR Architects and subsequently a founder of Z2 Architecture, PLLC, Zimmerman also assumed leadership roles at the AIA, the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the Architectural Foundation of Greater Rochester, and various other bodies. His vitae has been further burnished by academic stints at Arizona State University, Montana State, and the University of Texas, and he has published innumerable white papers and articles.
Bud Knapp
For his part, Bud Knapp, AIA, a colleague of Zimmerman at SWBR, received the AIA's annual Past President's Award . After a 15-year hiatus, Knapp reassumed the AIA presidency in 2015, and according to one board member, "Bud was way ahead of the rest of us in urging adoption of technology and fostering an environment where those conversations could be vigorously entertained, whether in our boardroom or at RIT".
The AIA's Emerging Architect Award winner, Kirstin Schuster,
Kristin Schuster

 AIA, also hails from SWBR. Her vitae is packed with a list of accomplishments worthy of a senior design practitioner, and it includes four CSI Awards - Presidents, Starlight, and two Merits. A 2007 University of Buffalo School of Architecture graduate, Schuster immediately plunged into community service posts throughout the region, and at the AIA alone she has led or participated in over seven efforts, highlighted by her leadership of two programs -- the
Boy Scouts Explorer and Girls in Architecture and Engineering.

Schuster's passion for "modernization, sustainable design, and innovative thinking" has already resulted in successful design and collaborations at Monroe Community College, Nazareth College, and Cornell University.


Winner of 2016 Thomas Wurzer Memorial Scholarship Announced
Alfred State College Student Receives CSI Rochester's Prestigious Honor
Trentin Reese
Trentin Reese of Red Creek, NY, was awarded the 2016 Thomas Wurzer Memorial Scholarship from the Rochester chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). Reese is in his final year in the Bachelor of Architecture Program at Alfred State.  He is a member of multiple organizations at Alfred State and in the community, has been named to the Dean's List multiple times, and has completed numerous projects and design competitions outside of his normal course work. 
The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize a deserving student in an architectural, engineering, or constructional technology program, based on Merit and by intent to aspire to a career in the design or construction profession.

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