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President’s Message #4                               

Winnie Ma Sung                                                                                                                        

October 24, 2014


October is the month of CSI happenings! 

  • Board of director’s meeting on October 9th  

  • Lunch and learn meeting on October 10th

  • Regional Board meeting on October 13th

  • Front Porch at Baskerville on October 14th

  • Product Show Committee meeting on October 15th

  • Bid Day Event joint meeting with ASPE on October22nd

Richmond CSI strives to provide a variety of educational and networking programs for our members.  The CM at Risk event was one of the most well attended meeting with over 60 people in attendance. However, there were only about 20% CSI members.  The board of directors were scratching our heads and trying to figure out how we can improve the membership participations.  Some mentioned that it was normal for most organizations to have only about 20% of the members attending the Chapter meetings.  However, Richmond CSI will make an effort to see if the membership attendance could go up.  In the upcoming months. The board of directors will contact members individually to invite them to attend meetings and to get their feedbacks on how CSI could continue to better serve our members.

For the last three years, Richmond CSI has been organizing lunch and learn meetings in Downtown for both members and non-members free of charge.  Although the October lunch and learn meeting had a low attendance, the product representative from Rockfon gave an excellent presentation on suspended ceiling using stone wool.  He explained the differences between Ceiling Attenuation Class (CAC) vs Sound Transmission Class (STC) in acoustic testing, and demonstrated how a room would sounded like adjacent to each other with and without the stone wool acoustical ceiling.   He even tested on different age groups to see who could hear high frequency sounds.  Even as boring as the topic on suspended ceiling, most attendees learned something new.   The food was undeniably delicious.  I hope more CSI members will attend the next one even when the topic might not sound too interesting. 

Richmond CSI is one of the co-sponsor for the AIA Front Porch design networking event which was held at Ardent Craft Ales.  There were plenty of beers, food and networking opportunities.  The Bid Day Event Simulation at Baskerville with ASPE (American Society of Professional Estimators) shared the excitement of the 11th hour activities that took place in the Bid Room on a regular basis in a festive and light-hearted atmosphere.  The evening was fast-paced and fun filled with food.  One of our CSI members, Kevin Riley, won the bid for being the closest to the actual cost. 

Sustainable Development and Rehabilitation is the November breakfast meeting at the Science Museum. The panelist speakers are as follows:

Dave Auman, Capstone Contracting Company

John Dunlap, Dunlap and Partners

Mom Sadler, Sadler and whitehead

Rebecca Aarons-Sydnor, Sustainable Design Consulting

Bob burns, Commonwealth Architects

Lori Garrett with Glave and Holmes Architecture will be the moderator.  Steve L’Heureux  is the committee chairman who organized this event. The focus of this meeting will discuss the sustainable development of our community through rehabilitation projects and programs. Some of the discussions will include the differences between preservation, adaptive re-use and rehabilitation, the challenges and pitfalls in rehabilitations, and good sources for information on materials, techniques, and systems.  This will be a great meeting to learn about sustainable development and to network with the specialists.  Richmond CSI provides a varieties of the programs to our members and we hope you will continue to support programs like these.