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The Rochester Chapter of CSI is pleased to bring you the March 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!
March's Featured Event

March 8, 2017:
"Code Compliant Exterior Systems for Wood Framed Building Envelopes" presented by Mike Duval, Huber Engineered Woods

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

Come explore the next generation of integrated solutions that simultaneously provide protection against moisture penetration, air leakage, and thermal bridging. During this presentation, we will also investigate the most recent code changes emphasizing building envelope performance, and will allow you - the designer, specifier and builder to assess the various product approaches to meet air barrier and water-resistive barriers available today.  Discover the differences between multi-product solutions and single product solutions for your next wood framed building project.

About our Speaker:
Mike Duval is the Regional Sales Manager with Huber Engineered Woods.  He has extensive knowledge and experience in the building material supply industry.  Mike is always searching for ways to solve problems, and delivers the highest quality products and service possible. 
Huber Engineered Woods' primary goals are to provide solutions for customers across an array of industries.  This fifth-generation family company that has always provided solutions that its customers can trust. With a dedicated R&D group, Huber develops products to solve specific problems and to meet specific customer needs.  Huber's cutting-edge advances in the way its products are made and installed make customers ask for them by name.   And, the reputation of the company's people as partners in industry solutions is one that never wavered during the 125 years since the company's inception.
 This presentation qualifies for AIA/HWS Learning Unit Credits. 
CSI Members are free to attend - just one of the many member perks. Guest registration is available for only $50.

or contact Paige during normal business hours at 585.727.1010.  Reservations made after 3/3 will receive chicken for dinner.
CSI Rochester Announces Call for Entries for 2017 Outstanding Project Awards
Recognizing the outstanding documents, talents, achievements and contributions to Rochester's construction industry.  

The construction and engineering industries are the hidden heroes of the building landscape: they change the face of the world around us, but are often overlooked when it comes to recognition and praise.  As such, the CSI Rochester 2017 Outstanding Project Awards have been designed to turn the spotlight on everyone involved at every stage in the construction process.

On April 29, 2017, industry leaders, project teams, and construction professionals will convene at the Memorial Art Gallery for the Annual Awards Dinner.  These awards recognizes outstanding project documents and talents, achievements and notable contributions to the Rochester construction industry that support the mission of CSI.

The goal of these awards is to highlight the role of how exemplary communication can positively influence the process, quality and successful outcome of a project.  The awards program is unique because it provides a platform for the A/E/C industry to showcase the work of our members in the construction process.  This includes communicating information of existing and new industry products, documenting solutions and implementing them in the construction process.
Think your work is worthy of an award?  Submit today!

Projects, teams or individuals can be nominated. Do you have:
  • A project that showcases outstanding construction documents?
  • A CM team who carried an idea to an outstanding solution?
  • A Product Rep who communicated information of their projects in an exemplary way?
  • A Product Supply Company who goes above and beyond?
To submit your project or nominate a peer, click here for the 2017 Outstanding Project Award forms.

A Message from the President
Ken Christiano, CSI
Dear CSI Members and friends,
We are working very hard putting the final touches on April's Design Award banquet and things are coming together nicely. Call's for entry have been published and distributed, judging will begin shortly after the cut-off date.
Last year's awards dinner was a big success and we hope that this year's is even better, keep an eye on your e-mail as information blasts should begin later in the month. Additional information is available on our website,  or contact the Awards Chairman; Bill DeVos.
There is a little known fact that CSI Rochester has supported a successful golf league for the past 10 seasons. The league meets Wednesday evenings (tee times start at 4pm) throughout the spring/summer months at Mill Creek Golf Club in Churchville, NY. The league is a great opportunity to meet and network with our peers in the construction industry on a casual basis, and is a lot of fun. In the past there is usually a waiting list of golfers wanting to participate, currently there are 4 available spots offered on a first come first served basis. If interested please contact Tim Zigarowicz at SWBR Architects, (585) 232-8300 during business hours.
Lastly, the March's program entitled, "Code Compliant Exterior Systems for Wood Framed Envelopes", will be presented by Mark Duval, of Huber Engineered Woods Rochester, NY. I hope to see everyone at Oak Hill CC on the 8th for this exciting look into the next generation of integrated solutions that simultaneously provide protection against moisture penetration, air leakage, and thermal bridging. 

See you soon ,

Ken Christiano, CDT, CSI

CSI Rochester Chapter
formally invites you

2017 Annual Awards Dinner & Program

Saturday, April 29, 2017
6:00 PM Social Hour | 7:00 PM Dinner

Join us for hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner with stations, live band,
awards presentation, games and prizes, and a scavenger hunt within the galleries
Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

To register for this event

To become a Sponsor
SWBR Architects elects Gears as president
Thomas Gears has served as a principal and board member with SWBR since 1996.

SWBR Architects' board of directors has elected Thomas Gears, AIA, president of the firm. Gears is a licensed architect, LEED Green Associate, and has served as a principal and board member since 1996. He assumes the president and CEO role effective immediately.

David Beinetti, AIA, immediate past president, has been elected chairman of the board of directors. The transition in leadership is part of the firm's strategic plan for continued growth and excellence.
Thomas R. Gears
Gears joined SWBR Architects in 1985 as a summer intern. He became a full-time employee in 1987, worked his way up to principal in 1996, was promoted to vice president in 2007, assumed the role of CFO in 2010, and has now accepted the highest position at the firm as president and CEO.

"Tom has demonstrated thoughtful leadership and a thorough understanding of SWBR corporate matters, client relations, culture, community and corporate oversight, and meaningful design, all with an entrepreneurial spirit, agility, efficiency and competency," Beinetti said. "He is a big-picture thinker with a calm demeanor. As a mentor to Tom, I have watched him grow professionally and develop strong firm leadership."

Gears' work over the years has focused on independent/assisted-living and skilled-nursing environments. He has led high-profile design efforts for several continuing-care communities across New York. His recent work has focused on incorporating person-directed-care environments for skilled nursing and assisted living in urban and suburban settings. Several of his projects have incorporated elements of new urbanism into senior communities.
He is a trusted resource to Leading Age members. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University, is a member of the American Institute of Architects, is certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is licensed in five states.
During his nearly 40 years of experience with SWBR, Beinetti has contributed significantly to the Rochester architectural landscape. He is active in the community, serving on the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation and Monroe Community College Foundation boards. As chairman of the board at SWBR, he will continue his role as principal and chief marketing officer, with a focus on strategic growth and business development. He was elected president of SWBR in 1998, having previously served as architect, principal and project manager since 1979. In addition to urban development, he has devoted much of his career to university clients, such as Roberts Wesleyan College, Monroe Community College, Nazareth College and the University of Rochester.
"It has been my privilege and honor to serve as SWBR president and work with our brilliant, esteemed team and clients," Beinetti said. "I am confident that SWBR Architects will continue to make a difference in people's lives through design that enriches our communities. Tom will lead our talented team members in a collaborative, energizing and forward-thinking way."

(article originally published in NYREJ 2.21.17) 

CSI Sponsor Spotlight:

In air leakage testing, DuPontTyvek® commercial air barrier assemblies  exceed Air Barrier Association of America ASHRAE 90.1 and IECC air leakage requirements, when tested in accordance with ASTM E2357.
Assembly Tested
Experts agree that the overall performance of an air barrier assembly is of far greater importance than the air permeance of any single component. An air barrier assembly includes not just the main air barrier membrane (such as Tyvek® CommercialWrap®), but also other materials, such as flashing, tapes, fasteners, primers, and sealants.
Rigorous Standards
DuPont performs air leakage testing on all of its air barrier systems in accordance with ASTM E2357, "Standard Test Method for Determining Air Leakage of Air Barriers."
DuPont believes temperature fluctuation, and the expansion and contraction that accompany it, can also play a role in the performance of air barrier assemblies. To address this, DuPont test protocol for commercial air barrier systems goes well beyond the ASTM E2357 test methodology.
Additionally, DuPont also subjects Tyvek® air barrier assemblies to rigorous thermal cycling and high-pressure testing. This helps to further ensure a truly high-performance air barrier system, one that can positively impact a building's durability, comfort and energy efficiency over time.
If you would like more information, or are considering DuPont or Tyvek products on your next project, contact:
Edward Osterhoudt, CSI
Building Product Specialist
Certified DuPont™ Tyvek® Specialist
Cell (585)-704-0823
Genesee Brewery Breaks Ground on Eco-Brewery District
North American Breweries Inc., the parent company of the Genesee Brewing Co., broke ground Tuesday on a 13,000-square-foot brewery "cold block" on St. Paul Street.  The groundbreaking is part of the brewery modernization project. The project is part of the company's five-year plan to form a Genesee Eco-Brewery District in the region.

Courtesy of Pardi Partnership Architects


"We're investing to sustain Genesee and build on its potential," said Kris Sirchio, CEO of North American Breweries, in a statement. "By modernizing our brewery, we will make it more efficient, allowing us to sustain and expand our business. In addition, this project will improve our environmental footprint, reducing our energy consumption, conserving water and reducing emissions. 

"This, along with a focus on our surrounding neighborhoods, and collaboration with other breweries, will help Rochester and New York State become a destination for beer and sustainable brewing."
The brewery modernization project is a $50 million project that includes investments from Empire State Development Corp. of up to $4.5 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits and up to $5 million through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative tied to North American Breweries' capital investment and commitment to hire people out of poverty, officials said.

Eight years ago, Genesee employed roughly 350 people in Rochester. Currently the firm employs 600 people here. Over the next five years, the Genesee Eco-Brewery District will produce up to 128 new jobs, including 64 jobs for people coming out of poverty, the company said.

"Monroe County has become a top destination for breweries in our region," Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said in a statement. "We are proud to see a local company like Genesee Brewing enjoying success and we could not be happier that they've chosen to expand right here at home."  The Genesee Eco-Brewery District will be completed in 2022, officials said. (from RBJ 2.21.17)
NAWIC to Hold Guest Bartending Event
The Greater Rochester Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction will host a guest bartending event from 4:30 to 8 p.m. March 2 at Scotland Yard Pub, 187 St. Paul St., Rochester.

The fundraiser will include raffles, drink specials and food.
Proceeds will support NAWIC scholarships to help women with their educational needs in construction-related fields of study.


* * 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!

The SOPREMA Scholarship Program


SOPREMA has established a scholarship program as a commitment to the continued success and growth of our industry by investing in the next generation dedicated to the building envelope.  The SOPREMA Scholarship was founded to assist students pursuing a degree in architecture, engineering, construction management or a similar field at an accredited four-year college or university. 

The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.


Applicants to the SOPREMA Scholarship Program must be:
  • High school seniors or graduates or current postsecondary undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in architecture, engineering, construction management or a similar field*.
    *Similar field must be applicable to those seeking a career related to the building envelope (i.e. roofing, wall systems, below grade waterproofing, etc.). Exceptions will be approved by SOPREMA.
  • Planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire 2017-18 academic year.
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to seven (7) awards will be granted nationwide.  Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study.  For an informational flyer, please click here.

To apply, visit  Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year.

If you have questions pertaining to the program, please contact Scholarship America at

Membership Corner

Michael Harper
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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