Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

 June 2017

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"What is more gentle than a wind in summer?."

Deep Thoughts

- John Keats

Please let us know if you have any ideas for future newsletters.

Your Humble Narrator,

Mike Halstead
Indianapolis CSI Newsletter Co-Editor
Mild Mannered Reporter,

Ryan Muzzillo
Indianapolis CSI Newsletter Co-Editor
The Insider

Are you ready for the June 15 Awards Banquet at the Skyline Club?  Hoping your name will be called when they hand out the big hardware?  Good luck!  You are all winners in my book and everyone deserves a trophy.  Thanks again to Pete Baker, Terri Truitt and their committee for all their hard work.  Please register online so we can get a good head count for dinner.   

July 19 is the new Roche Headquarters Tour & Program, August 17 our program will be Mold Control in Walls and October 19 we will have a presentation on Drawings and Specs - which are always perfect so I'm not sure what there is to talk about.    September 13-16 is Construct in Providence, Rhode Island and September 28 is our own CSI Indy Trade Show at the JW Marriott.  82 of the 93 booths have been sold - so product reps hurry and register for your booth before it's too late.  This year we have a Spike Lee Joint venture with the AIA Regional Conference that will be in Indy - so even more opportunity to showcase your products to architects - plus our legal partners Drewry Simmons Vornehm will be conducting a seminar on the new 2017 AIA Documents. 

Apparently much fun was had at the Great Lakes Region Conference - Ken Schmidt just can't stop talking about it!  Take a look at the photo documentation later in the newsletter in case you don't believe him.  The Hat resurfaced - he always shows up for the parties - lounging in the pool.  Dude needs a job.  Captain Jack Morgan won the coveted Bud Reed Memorial Award at Region Conference - congrats on the serious bling!  Congratulations also go out to Joel Young who passed his CCCA exam and Bill McGuire who passed the CDT exam.  And welcome to our newest Board Member Matt (Not Michelle) Pfeiffer who is our new student representative on the CSI Indy Board of Directors.  Matt is a Construction Management student at IUPUI and is working on his summer internship.  Always looking for young blood.           

Apparently Dave Fryman has some big news he has been hiding from his in-laws and the Chapter.  What up Dave?  Amanda?  Also - our Mild Mannered Reporter got married recently and just got back from his honeymoon somewhere in the African Congo.  Me Tarzan - You Jane.

Thanks again to Dave Fryman for a fantastic golf outing - noting but glowing feedback and we made some money.  Photographic detail to come in our July newsletter.  Apparently Dave's mother had a memorable run-in with a Gordie Howe puck - maybe Dave will enlighten us with his story in our next newsletter.  As I recall he slapped a shot that hit her square in the chest at a Red Wings game back in the 60's and she lives to tell the tale.         

The Penguins eventually won Lord Stanley's Cup last night - I was hoping for a Game 7.  As the esteemed Randy Vogt pointed out "It would have been a good series if both teams played well during the same game".  Hopefully the Blackhawks will be there next year and end the Penguins run.    The NBA finals have come to their obvious conclusion - Golden State and Cleveland playing no real defense in a parallel universe game they keep calling basketball.  Oh well.  At least Even Bill Murray admitted he didn't play defense. 

I waited 25 years for Twin Peaks to return and I hate to admit it has been disappointing thus far.  Not as disappointing as Da Bears draft picks - wow.  I tried something old school this year - I sat outside and listened to the Indy 500 on the radio.  No TV.  No internet.  No crowd.  No problem.   

Thanks to Lynn Molzan, one of my mentors, who made a contribution to the newsletter this month with a Buck Wilhite story.  I know there are a lot more stories out there - so make your contribution Lovemaster, Bill Brown, Kent Hughes, et al.  

My birthday is June 24 - send gifts to the office.  Cash works. 

- Your Humble Narrator 
Upcoming Events
Programs Committee



2016-2017 Standing Reservation List

Monday, August 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM EDT -to- Friday, June 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT

Riverwalk Banquet Center


2017 Indianapolis Chapter CSI Awards Banquet

Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

The Indianapolis Chapter CSI will host its annual Awards Banquet at the Skyline Club on Thursday evening, June 15th.

Skyline Club


First Annual Shooting for Education, Indianapolis Chapter CSI Education Foundation Sporting Clays

Monday, July 17, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

Join the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Education Foundation for the first ever Shooting for Education! The CSI Indy Education Foundation provides scholarships and support for Indiana students of the building industry.

Indiana Gun Club


CSI Indpls Trade Show 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT

Join 800+ Architects, Spec Writers, Interior Designers, Engineers, Contractors, and Sub-Contractors by attending Indy's best Commercial Construction Product Showcase! The CSI Indpls Trade Show will bring together hundreds of industry representatives to showcase their products and network.

JW Marriott


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Trade Show - Exhibitor Registration

Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT

This is a chance for exhibitors to sign up for booths to the 43rd Annual CSI Indianapolis Trade Show, #DESIGNINDY2017. It will be held at the JW Marriott Indianapolis on Wednesday, September 28, 2017 from 3-7pm.

JW Marriott

YouTube Channel  
Visual Education


The Indianapolis Chapter CSI has entered into a new phase of the digital communication era, and now has a dedicated YouTube Channel for the benefit of our membership.
View from the Tower

"Why worry? If you've done the very best you can, worrying won't make it any better." -Walt Disney-

'Worrying never helped anything, and here Walt shows you that if you did your best there's no need to worry.  So instead of wasting mental energy worrying, you should focus that energy on doing the best you can.  Not just the best you can, the very best you can, which takes that a step further.  Worrying is negative goal setting, and it starts getting you to doubt yourself and your abilities.  Do your best work and then stop worrying if it's good enough.  Continually try to improve on what your best is.'

I look at the calendar and see that it has been a year already, and my term as Chapter President draws to a close soon.  This has been extremely enjoyable for me, and I wish it wouldn't end.  I have tried my best and tried not to worry about the small stuff.  There are far too many people to thank for making this year great.  Without all the outstanding talent and time put in by all of the volunteers in the Chapter, it wouldn't have been as fun as it was to me.  I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have.

I want to give a big thank you to, Ex Officio, Joel Young of delv for letting us use his office space for our board meetings and for being there on several occasions when I was in doubt over what to do.  And if he didn't have the answer, he would point me in the direction of one of our many past presidents.

My best wishes and prayers go out to Gene King as he prepares to take the helm.  He has already started to prepare for the coming year.  My hope is that you will be there to support him just as you have supported me.  Remember that I, along with all the other past presidents, will be there to help you when needed with our experience and resources.

Last month's meeting on Roofing 100 was very informative and well attended.  Thank you Programs Committee, IRCA and Lora Manning for their hard work on putting on another high quality speaker covering a topic that most of us don't know enough about.  Underlayment was the hot topic of the evening without a deferent answer on right or wrong.

This week on Thursday, June 15 will be the Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting.  The venue will be the Skyline Club.  This event is the culmination of our Chapter's accomplishments for this fiscal year 2016-17, and recognition will be made to those individuals who have contributed to its continued growth and stature.  The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. on the top floor of the OneAmerica Tower located at One American Square in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.  Valet parking is available and free of charge!  A CASH BAR, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and the timeless piano music of Dick Simon will begin at 6:00 with the buffet meal beginning at 7:00.  We will begin the evening's award presentations at 8:00.  Please check out our website for registration information for this and future events, and mark your calendars; visit

Thank you to the Social Committee for making us the fun Chapter.  My family is looking forward to the Indians ball game and the Duck Pin Bowling in the fall.  If you would like to help by being part of the committee or by sponsoring one or both of these upcoming events, please contact Kent Hughes at American Structurepoint, .

Congratulations to the winner of the May book on Disney from my collection.  It has been a great year of giving away nearly 2 dozen books so far and more to come this month.  I want to say a very special thank you to my wife who has been there to listen and support me knowing I would be gone several times each month.  She has a great 'First Lady,' and I love her.  The photo I have selected this month was taken in 2011 when we visited Disneyland.  Remember, to do your best and have no regrets.

Ralph R. Pitman, Jr. CSI, CDT
Indianapolis Chapter CSI - President 2016-17  

Table Tops
Kent Hughes
Indianapolis Chapter CSI

  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
Be sure to put 'Table Top Request in the subject line
Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster

1.  Mobilization typically occurs after:

a.  Receipt of a Notice to Proceed and following a Pre-Construction meeting.

b.  After a Site Mobilization Meeting and before a receipt of a Notice to Proceed.

c.  Receipt of a Notice to Proceed and before extablishing Environmental Protection Requirements.

d.  After Site Safety Meeting and before receipt of a Notice to Proceed.


2.  Which of the following is not a document for negotiating a contract?


a.  Invitation to Bid

b.  Request for Proposal (RFP)

c.  Drawings and Specifications

d.  Other Forms and Supplements


3.  The document named "Available Information" is part of the:


a.  Instruction to Bidders

b.  Contract Documents

c.  Specifications

d.  Procurement Requirements

e.  All of the above          


4.  Thorough product selection requires which of the following?


a.  Obtain product information, identify the product's salient characteristics, and establish performance criteria

b.  Match existing material, establish performance criteria, product representatives contact information

c.  Establish performance criteria, product representatives contact information, obtain product information

d.  Obtain product information, identify the products salient characteristics, contractor approval


5.  Which of the following is not a Construction Schedule Milestones?


a.  Submittal approval

b.  Project Delivery and Team Selection Processes

c.  Procurement (Bidding/Negotiating/Purchase) activities

d.  Contract Completion

Buck Wilhite
Lynn H. Molzan, FAIA
I have been an architect in Indiana for over fifty years. I know of two people who significantly influenced me during those years-- Evans Woollen and Buck Wilhite.  Evans significantly influenced my career; Buck influenced my life.  I'll leave it to you to decide which was more important.  

I first met Buck when I started working for the Everett I Brown Company in Indianapolis in 1962. Most of the old-timers still were there, and they all knew Buck.  Yes, he represented Hopes Windows, but he also represented how the real world- outside of we architects- felt about design, and particularly how important it was to preserve the past. Remember, this was in the 1960's.

I met with Buck in his "office", a barn that represented a woodshed both in real and in colloquial terms. He became a close confidant. He gave me advice, not always wanted, on all things architectural and whatever else he had strong feelings about. His physical handicaps did not extend into his mind.

I spent many hours playing bridge with Buck, Don Clark, Doug Crist, and many other architects from around the state. Buck and his partner didn't always win, but I always came away with the impression that he had. We also both had the love of stamp collecting. He was the expert, I was the novice. Much of his collection was given to me after he passed. Eleven years later it remains untouched.

I was one of several architects who, for years, drove Buck around Indiana, visiting small towns and historic buildings that he loved to see, over and over again. He knew them well.

One of Buck's sons, Rusty, became my closest friend and an advisor, particularly when Buck's advice needed re-orienting.  Rusty lost his life in a helicopter accident in 1991. Buck passed away in 2006. Those intervening fifteen years held life-changing events, both good and bad, for me. Unfortunately there were not many good ones for Buck.

People have called Buck a true original, an icon within the architectural community, a person with a unique perspective on the world, and "my friend".  I believe that all of these are true. I particularly like the last one. 
Have you seen this?

Does anyone know where this CSI board is located?  If so, please contact Ralph Pittman at

Thank You!
CSI Indianapolis Golf Outing

Once again the CSI Golf Outing Committee continued its trend of substantial and sustained growth. The 28th Annual CSI Scholarship & Trust Golf Outing saw 100 registered golfers with 75% of all sponsorship opportunities SOLD. Attendance increased in 2017 by over 20% from last year and profits followed by jumping nearly 50%. This year CSI Indianapolis had over 18 architects/specifiers participate representing 12 different firms from across Indiana! The Eagle Creek Golf Club did a phenomenal job along with Ruth's Chris, and all the other sponsors.  In 2018 the golf outing committee looks to have 120+ golfers and potentially to have its first sold out event in over a decade. Thank you again to all who participated and made this year successful for both CSI and the scholarship recipients that this outing will benefit!
David Fryman ACE, CSI - CDT, ISA
National Director of Dealer & Business Development
Cell: 765.667.1226
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Board of Directors' Minutes

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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.
An editorial section for members to "let it out" about the Construction Industry, the Chapter, CSI National, etc. Members can email the Co-Editors anonymously with comments for publish by clicking on the image to the right.


Quiz Answers:

1. - a [PDPG 13.4.8]
2. - a [PDPG 12.8.2]
3. - d [PDPG 11.4.5]
4. - a [PDPG 10.1]
5. - b [PDPG 6.6.8]
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