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Hope your New Year is off to a great start!  The Rochester Chapter of CSI is pleased to bring you the February 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!
February's Featured Event

February 8, 2017:
"Inside look on the design and structure of RIT's MAGIC Center" - Presented by Mark Maddalina, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Matthew Weber, PE, LEED AP BD+C and Ryan Zegarelli, AIA with SWBR Architects

Oak Hill Country Club
145 Kilbourn Drive
Rochester, NY 14618
5:30PM Cocktails | 6:00PM Dinner | Presentation will follow

Join us for an informative presentation from the designers of the state-of-the-art RIT MAGIC Center.  RIT's new MAGIC Center will feature a 7,000SF film soundstate with an adjacent professional sound mixing room, color correction room, and a 180-seat theater.  Several Computer Game Development Laboratories, two Animation Classrooms and related studios support both education and the creation of commercial projects. 
The new Center will focus on supporting students, faculty and staff in turning ideas into marketable products.  The Center is comprised of two parts:  MAGIC Spell Studios and MAGIC - the Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity.  Located in Student Innovation Hall, a SWBR designed building, has been created to help RIT innovators hone in on the burgeoning field of digital media - including games, apps and software - which, according to researchers, is changing the way we communicate, learn and think.
This presentation will provide a preview of the design of the new facility and its structural design, with a focus on the application of insulated structural precast panels. This presentation qualifies for AIA Learning Unit Credits. 
CSI Members are free to attend. Guest registration is available for only $50.

To register for this exclusive presentation, click here

or contact Paige during normal business hours at 585.727.1010.  Reservations made after 2/3 will receive chicken for dinner.
* * 2017 CHAPTER AWARDS * *

Saturday, April 22, 2017 
Check back for more information on location, registration and sponsorship opportunities!!
We are currently forming our committee!  If you are interested, contact our Awards Chair today!
A Message from the President
Ken Christiano, CSI
Dear CSI Members and friends,
It's hard to believe that spring is just around the corner and we can now look forward to getting away from the winter grind. Our spring schedule is full of fun and interesting activities, highlighted by our annual CSI Awards Dinner in April, followed by our Building tour in May, and capping off the year at our golf tournament in June. Information on all events will be available shortly, keep your eyes open for e-mail notices which will soon start making their way to your in-boxes.
There have been some questions and concerns regarding the Chapters website of late, most notably its outdated content, and the difficulties associated with navigating around the site. We apologize for the past trouble but are proud and happy to report that our new and improved website is up and running and can found at: . I hope you all check it out. As with anything new there may be some growing pains that may need some tweaking, but we think that the site is miles ahead of what we've offered in the past. Comments are welcomed and encouraged as we work to make communications with our membership a priority.
Lastly, the February program entitled, "Inside look on the Design and Structure of RIT's MAGIC Center", will be presented by Mark Maddalina AIA, Matthew Weber PE, and Ryan Zegarelli AIA, all of SWBR Architects, Rochester, NY. 
I hope to see everyone at Oak Hill CC on the 8th for this exciting look into this new state-of-the-art building.

See you soon ,

Ken Christiano, CSI
Scholarship winner acknowledged at January Chapter Dinner
Trentin Reese is in his final year in the Bachelor of Architecture Program at Alfred State. 

At the January Chapter dinner meeting at Oak Hill Country Club, the CSI Chaper officially awarded Trentin Reese the Thomas Wurzer Memorial Scholarship prize by Chapter President, Ken Christiano. 
Reese is studying architecture and construction management.  He has been named to the Dean's List six out of seven semesters. His academic success has carried into his commitment to the community, where he participates in design competitions and community revitalization plans. 

Trentin is a member of the AIAS Alfred State Chapter, the Southern Tier Architectural Resource Center, Alfred State Honors Program, and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.  After completing his final year and working in the industry for a year, Trentin will continue his studies to receive a Master of Architecture degree.

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.

Congratulations Trentin!
CSI Chapter Announces New Website Launch
The new completely redesigned website offers visitors richer insight into the organization's mission, and industry and chapter news.

CSI Rochester announced today the launch of its newly revamped website. This redesigned site offers quick and easy access to essential information and features while offering enhanced rich content focused on the Construction industry. 

"We are excited about the new website and the up-to-date information it will provide to our current and prospective members," said Erin Shannon, Electronic Communications Chair of CSI Rochester.  "We believe that this new site will allow our visitors to have a very informative experience as we continue to grow the Chapter."
CSI Rochester's new website will be updated on a regular basis with news, job postings, continuing education information, upcoming events and press releases.  Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for direct emails at

CSI National has also launched a new website. has been replaced by provides instant access, expanded capabilities and increased connection with colleagues and peers in the commercial construction industry.  Please remember to update your bookmarks, as the content on the old site will not be updated.  

CSI Sponsor Spotlight:
Huber Engineered Woods 

ZIP System® R-sheathing for residential, multifamily and light commercial construction is an insulated sheathing panel system with built-in control layers to manage water, air and thermal bridging. Unlike other exterior insulation options, ZIP System R-sheathing panels also meet structural requirements and provide a nailable, flash-able substrate for windows and wall covering.
ZIP System R-sheathing is available with a variety of insulation thicknesses to meet different levels of desired R-value. Originally introduced in R-3, R-6 and R-12 rated insulation thicknesses, ZIP System R-sheathing was quickly adopted by progressive, energy-efficient builders across the country who have been able to prove the significant contributions ZIP System R-sheathing and tape has made to help provide higher R-value and reduce air leakage.
A new R-9 rated option is now available and was designed specifically to help builders meet prescriptive continuous foam insulation R-value requirements outlined in the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code requirements. The 2015 IECC also introduced more stringent requirements regarding the air tightness of structures. ZIP System R-sheathing has an integrated water-resistive barrier that combined with taped panel seams offer a streamlined approach to helping achieve the reduced air infiltration requirements.
"ZIP System R-sheathing and tape eliminates the need for multiple, independently installed products like housewrap, foam sheathing, and metal bracing," said Allen Sealock, product director for ZIP System products. "As building codes continue to change, we hope that builders will look to the expanded line of R-sheathing products as a hassle-free, all-in-one solution that saves time on the job".
If you would like more information, or are considering Zip System R-sheathing on your next project, contact:
NY Regional Sales Manager 
Huber Engineered Woods LLC
M: 518-669-8781 
CSI Rochester Secretary  Featured in Rochester Business Journal

In January, Kristin Schuster, CSI Rochester Chapter Secretary, and project architect and associate at SWBR, was featured in Fast Start. Fast Start is a biweekly feature published in the Rochester Business Journal that profiles young professionals and entrepreneurs. It first appeared in the Rochester Business Journal print edition more than 10 years ago. Over the years, the people featured on the Fast Start page have come from almost every sector of the local economy - high-tech, arts and culture, sports, medicine, human services, manufacturing and much more. What has united them is their belief in Rochester ,and the opportunities it offers.
Schuster, a life-long Rochester resident says it's the Rochester community that has shaped her professional development. Several of Kristin's clients are Rochester-based, and have included Nazareth College, Cornell University, Colgate University, Roberts Wesleyan College, SUNY College at Geneseo and McQuaid Jesuit High School. With a creative and technical eye, Schuster brings any project design back to a simple question.
"We spend so much time indoors, especially in Rochester. How can we make people enjoy being inside?" she says.
Kristin blends the technical and creative as an architect at SWBR Architects. She has been known to focus on combining practical design with creativity. The two ideals needed to create a balance for any project, she says.
"The marriage of the technical and creative (aspects)-you can't have the success of one without the other, so there's an order," she says. "I'm a very organized, logical individual, but then there's this other side of me that enjoys the creative process of design. How you bring that all together is to me what's so exciting about the profession."
The passion Schuster has for her work has not gone unnoticed. The Rochester Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute awarded Schuster the Starlight Award in 2016 and the President's Award of Merit and Appreciation in 2013 and 2015. In 2016, she was named Emerging Architect of the Year by the American Institute of Architects' Rochester chapter.
Congratulations Kristin!

Sign up for the CDT Study Class!

Construction Specifications Institute's CDT program has provided foundational training in construction processes, roles and responsibilities, and construction documentation for architects, contractors, contract administrators, specifiers, and manufacturers' representatives for decades. 


This study class will help you prepare for the CDT exam and can also be a good study aid for taking the Architect Registration Exam.

Study Class Information

Class Dates
February 21, 2017 through March 28, 2017.  Class meets every Tuesday night for six weeks from 6:00PM - 7:45PM.

Rochester Colonial Training Room, located at 1794 Lyell Ave, Rochester, NY 14606. 
Continuing Education
6.0 AIA/CES/HSW (tentative)
Class Fee
$100 for CSI Members  |  $150 for non-CSI Members
Practice Guide Material: The Project Delivery Practice Guide is a recommended study guide for this course and for preparation of your CDT exam. 




* * 2017 CSI NIGHT * *


Wednesday, November 8th


Information will be coming soon regarding vendor and attendee registration. 


                          Stay tuned!  

ACE Mentorship Program Seeks Sponsors
Annual Fundraiser that provides scholarships for high school students interested in the Architecture, Construction or Engineering fields.
The ACE Mentorship Program of Rochester is requesting your help for their 5th Annual Silent Auction fundraiser.  The mission of the ACE Mentor Program is twofold 1) To engage, excite, and enlighten students in pursuit of careers in the integrated construction industry through mentoring, and 2) To support their continued advancement in the industry through scholarships and grants.
The fundraising event this year is being held on March 31, 2017 at The Strathallan Hotel (550 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607) from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. We hope that you will be willing to participate through one of the following sponsorship opportunities:
Platinum Event Sponsor ($1,500)
  • 4 tickets to the fundraising auction event
  • Full page corporate ad in auction program booklet
  • Company logo on projector
  • Recognition on ACE Mentor Program of Rochester Facebook page
Gold Event Sponsor ($1,000)
  • 3 tickets to the fundraising auction event
  • 1/2 page corporate ad in auction program booklet
  • Company logo on projector
  • Recognition on ACE Mentor Program of Rochester Facebook page
Silver Event Sponsor ($500)
  • 2 tickets to the fundraising auction event
  • 1/4 page corporate ad in auction program booklet
  • Company logo on projector
  • Recognition on ACE Mentor Program of Rochester Facebook page
Bronze Event Sponsor ($100-499)
  • Recognition on ACE Mentor Program of Rochester Facebook page
Ticket Sponsor ($40 each ticket)
  •  Purchase tickets for your company to attend the fundraising event and receive recognition on ACE
  •  Mentor Program of Rochester Facebook page
Auction Donation ($50 value minimum)
  • Donate a silent auction gift basket or item and receive a placard with company name and logo next the item
With your help, the ACE Mentorship program can provide a unique opportunity for students to understand how architects, contractors and engineers work together to construct buildings we live and work in every day.
For more information on the Silent Auction Fundraiser Event, click here!

For more information on the ACE Mentorship Program, contact Jessica Kruse today!

Membership Corner

Jamie Szczesny
Stacy Welch
Jodi Campbell
Christopher Wopperer
Joseph Guarrera
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!
LECESSE Construction is hiring! 
  • Senior Superintendent
  • Project Manager
  • Project Executive for Rochester, NY
To apply for these positions, please contact Erin Shannon, or check out for more information!

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
For more information on these projects, visit , or contact Michele Michaels to apply.
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