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President’s Message #3                               
Winnie Ma Sung                                             
September 20, 2014

CONSTRUCT 2014 was held in the Baltimore Convention Center this year.  Tony Hawkinson and I represented the Richmond Chapter.  We received two Outstanding Chapter Commendation Awards for 2013 and 2014, and I am looking forward to getting our 4th chapter award next year!

Pablo Holman, a notorious inventor and technology futurist, was the keynote speaker. He gave the CSI attendees a glimpse of how new technologies could change the future of the construction industry.  He showed us the application of 3D printing, and how his team invented the use of laser gun to eliminate mosquitos.

There was a lunchtime panel discussion on conflicts in sustainable construction moderated by Erik Missio, the editor of Construction Specifier.  The panel discussed product transparency and LEED v4 using Health Product Declarations (HPD) and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

There were many excellent educational programs including evolving specification by David Stutzman.  He presented a talk on using the application of CSI Uniformat as a standardized strategy to produce specification contract document.  During his presentation, he questioned if the Masterformat is the right approach in specification. Since BIM objects and preliminary project descriptions are currently using the Uniformat, the process of switching to Masterformat in Construction Document tends to create coordination and integration issues.  Masterformat, which is based on element material description, is a cost reporting tool and as such has its limitation in describing work results.  On the other hand, Uniformat is a cost analysis tool based on building system specification. Mr. Stutzman mentioned about the trend toward specifying complete systems and assigning responsibility to a single contractor to ensure overall coordination and ultimate performance.  Could using Uniformat assist the design team in better coordinating design solutions and evaluating against cost and system performance? Something that would prompt us to do more thinking.

There were over 200 exhibitors in the trade show.  The product representatives (PR) were knowledgeable and gave educational seminars throughout the day.  Some of the seminars topics included “How to build a better hardware schedule,” “Specifying performance testing requirements for building envelope,” and “Effective building envelope commissioning.”  

CSI annual meeting was held on the last day of the conference.  A resolution to revise the method of electing Institute Directors was on the ballot for consideration.  The members voted against the revision and preferred the current process of election whereby only the respective region select the most qualified individuals to promote to an Institute Director position.  The Institute Directors elected by individual regions are functionally not considered as the Region’s representative, instead their responsibilities are for the management of the Institute.  However, members preferred to have one Institute Director selected from each of their respective region. The second item the members passed was the request for consideration to support the concept of the Board exploring options to conduct the CSI Annual Meeting through a virtual platform to encourage a greater number of members to participate. In the future, if you could not attend the CONSTRUCT, members could still participate in the annual meeting through a virtual platform. 

CONSTRUCT 2014 was a conference that provided the members a vision of how technology would propel us into the future.  As CSI members, being the educator of the construction industry, members need to think strategically and embrace future trends. Building technology and material composition are changing.  There are changing client expectations and designer relationships. We need to understand what are the drivers behind the trends.  CSI recognizes the need for our industry to embrace technological changes and be creative to advance the CSI mission.


Joint Chapter Meeting - CM At-Risk panel Discussion

Richmond CSI would like to thank everyone who helped to make the CM At-Risk panel Discussion on September 3, 2014 a successful event. We had over 65 attendees signed up for the event.

Richmond CSI thanks the following individuals and sponsors:

  • Women-In-Design for co-hosting and for providing the delicious hors d'oeuvres.
  • Kevin Riley for helping with the sound system and the room rental.
  • Jennifer Wimmers, the moderator, for facilitating the discussion.
  • Mary Ann Petry, the hospitality chair, for coordinating with the attendees and sign in.
  • Carissan Mulahn, the program chair, for helping with wrapping the gifts.
  • Panel Speakers,   Blake V. Peck, PE, CCM, President and COO – MBP; Fulton Sensabaugh, Partner and PIC - Kjellstrom + Lee, Inc.; James Watson, Esq. - Watson Trial & Litigation Group P.C.; Todd Donaldson, Executive VP - Hourigan Construction Corp; &  Sandy Whitehead, State Review Architect, Commonwealth of Virginia, DGS.for sharing their insight regarding CM At-Risk.
  • Event Sponsors, Clark Nexsen, Baskerville Architects, Kjesllstrom and Lee, Wink and Snowa Architect, and CMAA  for their generous support.