"Don't trust everything you see.  Even salt looks like sugar."    

Jewish Proverb
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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How about that golf outing?  Thanks again to David "DJ" Fryman and his committee for putting together another wonderful event at Southern Dunes.  We had a ton of golfers - none that were any good - and apparently by the photographic evidence there was a lot of merrymaking.         

Congrats to Pete Baker - he correctly identified our mystery guest as Mike McGuire in one of the photos last month alongside Joltin' Joe McGuire & Charlie McGuire.  Pete and his crew are working diligently to prepare us all for the Awards Banquet coming up this month - don't miss out on all the fun at the big gala.           

Randy Vogt and the Strategic Planning committee are expecting to create a sustainable business model for our Chapter.  If we want to remain the World's Greatest CSI Chapter we have to continue to earn it.  To do so we need your help - we don't have a membership chairman and committee - nor do we have a social media chairman and committee.  These are very vital parts of our organization so lend a hand and get engaged in your Indy Chapter.  Have you met your New Year's Resolution and brought in a new member this year?  It never hurts to ask.

We are hoping Captain Jack Morgan receives his CSI Fellowship this month - we will let you in on the good news as soon as the little birdie tells us.  B ill McGuire is working on a Chapter Roster update and is looking for sponsors - a business card ad is only $50.  Bill is also working on an electronic roster that we can put on the new and improved chapter website that Dustin Schrougham & Blake Wagner are working on.  Let's hope the next Indy Chapter roster has a new Fellow! 

Brian Detty and the Trade Show Committee are looking for exhibitors for th e 44th Annual CSI Indy Trade Show Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the JW Marriott.  So far 64 of the 91 booths have been reserved - but we need to sell out.  If you haven't selected your booth let us know.  My offer to tend the Velcro wall and micro-beer garden stands.  My e yes may be too big for my belly - so y'all may need to help me. 

The World Cup starts again next week on June 14 - I'm pulling for Germany - Deutscher Fussball Bund!  I have to find a side because the US Men's team didn't even make the tournament.  Why have the US Men been so bad while the US Women have dominated for 32 years?  Oh well - I have to watch something - the NBA is another rerun, baseball is soooooooo sloooooow and it appears Lord Stanley's Cup is going to the Capitols.

Football can't come fast enough.        

- Your Humble Narrator 

The Indianapolis CSI Chapter wants YOU to join other architects, engineers, contractors, product manufacturers and others in the construction industry for the AWARDS BANQUET on June 21st!

Bar opens at 5:30 - sharp!
Dinner at 6:15

Skyline Club
1 American Square, 36th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46282

Not a member?  Don't worry - contact Amy Herbertz at to become a member today!

CSI wants YOU!
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
Tony Bryan, Bryan Architectural Products LLC
Peter Kim, Bentz Thompson Rietow
Joshua Stinson, PPG
Joseph Summers, Sika Sarnafill

Sincerest thanks to all my CSI friends!

Since I will be retiring at the end of the month, after 42 years with PPG. I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all the friendships that we have built over the past 10 years. Yes it's only been 10 years that I have been a member of the Indianapolis chapter. Seems much longer than that doesn't it?

I have been truly blessed to have met some fantastic people in that 10 year span. I am leaving behind a decade of memories and experiences that I would not trade for anything. CSI has given me the opportunity for personal as well as professional growth. I attribute it to so many good people that I've had the pleasure to work with. For any new members that are reading this newsletter, maybe for the first time. You will not believe the connections and networking that you will experience as a member. Had I not been a CSI member, there is no doubt in my mind that I would not have been nearly as successful in my career. When people ask "what can I get out of CSI", one story that comes to my mind. At my very first meeting I sat down at a table at the Willows. Everyone at the table starting introducing themselves, stating what company they were with. A fellow two seats down from me said "I'm David Young with Ratio (at the time)". I leaned forward and said "David I'm Janie Farmer with PPG. I called your office today and left you a message regarding a project." David said "I was out of the office today, call me tomorrow." That conversation started my friendship with David Young! The same such experiences have happened with many of my fellow CSI members, in all of the markets that I covered.

Retirement is bitter sweet, I will truly miss each and every one of you! I wish you nothing but the best in all your endeavors.

New PPG Paints rep
Mr. Josh Stinson
Josh began his career with PPG in 2007 as a territory manager and his most recent position has been in our training dept. as a Training Specialist. Josh has extensive product knowledge and is experienced with presenting to large groups. Josh is the perfect person to make this a seamless transition.

Warmest regards,

Janie Farmer

Jack P. Morgan
Indianapolis Chapter Quizmaster
1.  Product equivalency, effect on the other aspects of the project, and warranty are the major factors to be considered for:

a.   Alternates
b.  Shop Drawing submittals
c. Substitution requests
d.  Change Order Request
2.  True or False: The A/e may withhold certification for payment in whole or part if in the A/E's opinion representations to Owner cannot be made concerning the progress of the work.
a.  True
b.  False
3.  All of the following could be Articles in PART 1 - GENERAL of a Specification except which one?
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.  True of False - A Comprehensive Policy is a variety of policies providing broad protection.
a.  True.
b.  False.

6.  What is Lawrence Welk license plate?


29th Annual Scholarship Trust Golf Outing
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Southern Dunes Golf Course
8220 South Tibbs Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46217
The 29th Annual CSI Indianapolis Scholarship & Trust Golf Outing took place on June 5th, 2018 at Southern Dunes Golf Course. This year we had nearly 75 golfers and also introduced a Paint Party or Wine and Canvas option this year for any non-golfers to be included on the festivities of the day. Thanks to all our sponsors and participants we had a great time and an equally great turnout to match the beautiful weather. The biggest hit of the day and our second newest addition was the Premier Sponsorship by RAM North America & EXOci. This team prepared both lunch and dinner for all participants. For Lunch we had fresh pulled pork that had been smoked for 24 hours along with sausage, potato salad and chips. For Dinner they went ALL OUT! We had Smoked Salmon, Red Snapper, Pork Chops, Ribs, Caribbean Jerk Chicken, a twenty plus pound beef shoulder roast that was beyond tender, hand cut potato wedges, salad, dinner rolls, grilled corn, with pie & cookies for anyone who could manage to save any room! As one unnamed architect said, "this food is the best I have ever had at any CSI event ever, it was second to none". Thank you again to Jim Yeary and the Ram/EXOci Team who brought 7 volunteers/workers to do all the food prep and serving. We were also able to give away 4 tickets to a Chicago Cubs game with a parking pass thanks to the Aspinall Team and had a smooth and fun event thanks to every single sponsor and volunteer. We cannot thank you all enough for your support and the opportunity to grow this event and the scholarship fund. We look forward to seeing you next year for the 30th!

- DJ Fryman



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It's been thirty-three years since I took my first job as a specifier. This glorious career came to an early end a few months ago when I left my last office, where I had worked for twenty-two years. Add to that the years I worked in "real" architecture after graduating from architecture school in 1975, and it's been a long road.
My last firm regularly announced milestone anniversaries, and, beginning with the tenth anniversary, each honoree was given the opportunity to say a few words. At my tenth and fifteenth anniversaries, I took a project manual to the lectern, opened it, and intoned, "And now for an interpretive reading of a specification section." The next time you speak, try it; it's always good for a laugh.

For my twentieth anniversary, I couldn't help but think back on my career. I decided I should compare myself to another writer, and, for reasons I can't explain, I chose Tom Clancy. That might sound crazy, but we're both prolific writers, and there is a resemblance...

Mr. Clancy's statistics are easy to find. I found the number of books in print, number of video games sold, number of books rated number one on the New York Times best seller list, number of weeks the hardcover version of Hunt for Red October was on the best seller list, number of weeks the paperback version was on the list, number of words per book, and so on. Clancy began in 1984, and I wrote my first specifications in 1985. Unfortunately for him, Clancy died in 2013, so I had the benefit of a few more years. The time we had been writing could have been a factor, but in the end, it played no part.

Oddly, my own statistics were harder to find. I started with the number of project manuals I had issued, then estimated the number of specification sections, the number of words per page, and the number of pages to determine the total number of words. I discounted the mechanical and electrical volumes, and took partial credit for civil and structural specifications, mixed in a few other considerations, and decided I had published the equivalent of 400 books. With that as a start, I thought, I could at  least be competitive.

Tom Clancy is credited with writing over 100 books. I didn't include mechanical and electrical specs in my total, so I didn't include the many books Clancy co-wrote. Also, because much of his celebrity is based on his fiction writing, I decided to not include his non-fiction work. In the end, I gave him credit for 25 books. So, coming out of the gate, I am far ahead, 400 books to 25.

Other than the number of books written, I wondered, how else could I compare our work?

Although I had written more than Clancy, none of my books made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Clancy scored 17.

Producing best sellers obviously means an author's books are being read; Clancy wins this category as well. Assuming all the books he sold were read, more than 100 million people read his books. It's likely that many of those books were passed on to others, so the total could easily be twice that number.

No one bought any of my project manuals, but, at least in theory, each of my project manuals was read by at least the project architect, other staff architects working on the project, our consultants, several people on the owners' staffs, and all the contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and installers working on my projects. Even though I could throw modesty aside and claim all those people had read my project manuals, we all know better. In reality, the number of my project manuals that were read is probably closer to three, and those only partially.

With all the best sellers he wrote, Clancy was an obvious candidate for Hollywood. Of the books he wrote alone, five were made into successful movies. Because of the number of project manuals I issued, I'm sure someone from Hollywood has tried to contact me, but they're probably using an old email address.
And then there are the games. More than forty video games and a few board bear Clancy's name. Although none of my project manuals have been made into games, there have been occasions when one contractor or another seemed to think they were games.

Finally, I compared our incomes. When I learned his net worth was estimated at more than $780 million, I didn't bother to find out what Clancy made for each of his books. I'm still counting on the lottery to get me to millionaire status, but who knows, maybe I'll win one of those billion-dollar Powerball payouts.

With money comes property, and here again I come up just a bit short. According to Wikipedia, Clancy had an 80-acre estate that was once a summer camp in Maryland, with a panoramic view of the Chesapeake Bay. His $2 million home had 24 rooms and a shooting range in the basement; in the yard was an M4 Sherman tank. He also had a condo in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. My wife and I have a five-acre plot in rural Minnesota, with a pond in the back yard. We had a 1949 Ford F3 pickup in the yard, but that's gone.

With that sobering view of my career, you might think I am disappointed. Although it would be fun to publish a real book, and even more fun to have it be a best seller, I don't think I've wasted my time. Working in construction offers a satisfaction unknown in most other occupations; I can point to many buildings that fulfill the owner's needs - and will continue to be useful for decades - and say, 'I had a hand in that!'

© 2018, Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

Contract Issues:  Tip of the Week

Q:  How can I explain to my client that any cost estimates that I might provide are not guarantees for a maximum price on the construction work?

A:  Some design professionals agree to provide cost estimates to their clients based on their professional experience with similar types of projects.  However, it's important that clients who receive these types of estimates understand that factors like the labor market, future cost of equipment and materials, and the actual construction process are beyond a design professional's control, so the accuracy of such estimates is not fully known.

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2. - a [AIA A201.9.5.1]
3. - c [PDPG, fig 11.3  and Section Format]
4. - c [PDPG 11.3.5]
5. - c [PDPG

6.  A1 AN A2
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