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President’s Message

By Winnie Ma Sung

February 25, 2015

The February joint chapter event panel discussion, Gray Area between Disciplines, was postponed due to inclement weather.   It was a difficult decision to make with over 40 people signed up, food catered and speakers lined up.  Anne Durkin and Carissa Mulahn had put in many numbers of hours in preparing for this event. We were all getting so excited that all the pieces were finally in place for this event.  Finding a venue had been most challenging. Thanks to the hospitality of Moseley Architects, we finally found the perfect panel discussion venue.  We hope the reschedule time will draw even more attendees. 

 I was privileged to debut the Construction Document Technologist (CDT) certification jeopardy game for the March Chapter program from Barbe Shaffer. The questions and answers were well thought out, clear and concise. What a great way to have fun and learn a few facts about the basics of project delivery!  I am always amazed how creative and thoughtful the CSI members are. CSI consists of an elite group of people who gives tirelessly to further the construction industry.

CSI was founded in 1948 devoted primarily to improve construction specifications through education and learning, and presently included advancing building knowledge and improving project delivery. The Richmond Chapter started a decade after in June 1959 with 12 active members and 23 associate members.  Today we have about a hundred members. The Richmond Report (RR), the Richmond Chapter monthly publication, has won national recognition several years as best publication of its kind and several articles by Chapter members have found further publications in the national magazines, The Specifier.  Norm Jacob, the RR editor, is waiting for us to uphold this tradition and to write some dynamic technical articles for publishing.     

Last year, we had three board members passed the CDT exam.  I know everyone who has taken the CDT marveled at how valuable it was to learn about the project delivery systems and to understand how the contract documents are related to one another.   Taking the CDT certification helps one to understand how the entire project delivery system is held together in this complicated and complex construction industry and to value the roles we each play in a project.  Having the CDT certificate shows that we are industry leaders, regardless of role, and we have made a personal commitment to better our profession.

Taking the certification exam might only require reading and studying the practice guide for a short period of time.  However, putting the Practice Guide and Certification Exam takes many people and  volunteer hours. The Acknowledgement page of the recently published Sustainable Design and Construction Practice Guide shows that there are over 5-6 task teams with 10-12 members in each of the team to put a practice guide together.  We all benefit from people who give to the industry and we all do a better job at our work because of those who gave.  Richmond CSI is made up of volunteers giving to the construction community to better the industry.  My favorite quote from Winston Churchill is “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” 

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