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On the behalf of the CSI Richmond Chapter, I want to thank all those who attended our New Year Kick-Off Social and Membership Drive on Thursday, September 24.  Over thirty people attended, and we had a great mix of architects, engineers, manufacturers’ representatives, contractors, and other industry professionals, including two attorneys!  I also want to congratulate Angela Guzy with AIA Virginia and Betsy Dulin with Coates & Davenport, P.C. on winning the Richmond Chapter’s 50/50 drawing for membership.  The Richmond Chapter will be paying one-half of Angela’s and Betsy’s membership costs for the year.  The Richmond Chapter looks forward to seeing Angela and Betsy at many events this year.  I am sorry for our members and friends who could not attend, as we all had a wonderful evening at Ardent Craft Ales.  However, we hope you can attend a great lineup of events scheduled for this year. 

The CSI Richmond Chapter is hosting its first Lunch and Learn of the year on Friday, October 9.  The topic this month is “Architectural and Structural Painted Metal Roofing Systems” presented by Paul Goldrick with Englert, Inc.  Networking begins at 11:45 am and the presentation starts at 12:00 pm.  Lunch is included.  Please join the Richmond Chapter at the James Monroe Building in Downtown Richmond for a great kick-off for our Lunch and Learn programs.  We want to thank John Spain, AIA with Glavé & Holmes Architecture for putting together a super list of topics.  

The CSI Richmond Chapter is partnering with AIA Richmond as a sponsor to AIA Richmond’s Front Porch Event on October 15, at Legend Brewing Co.  This year’s Front Porch looks to be another great event.  The focus of the event will be the BridgePark group’s efforts to build a bridge on the existing stone piers of the historic Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge.  Some of you may be familiar with the Manchester (Climbing) Wall, which utilizes one of these piers.  The BridgePark website provides, “BridgePark is not just a walking bridge, it’s a destination, with wide spaces designed for events, family picnics, quiet contemplation, and recreation.”  Please see the included flyer for the Front Porch event for full details and a link to BridgePark’s website.  This project is not to be confused with the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge.  The City of Richmond is developing the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge as a pedestrian bridge on the existing Brown’s Island Dam.  More information for that project can be found at the following link: T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge (scroll down to “Implementation: Phase One Projects”).  

Out of curiosity, I researched the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge and located an article published in STRUCTURE Magazine from October 2014 written by Frank Griggs.  According to Frank Griggs’ article, the original bridge was designed by the famous bridge architect/engineer Moncure Robinson shortly after the Richmond & Petersburg Railroad was chartered in 1836.  The bridge designed by Moncure Robinson remained in service until April 1865 when Robert E. Lee’s retreating Army of Northern Virginia burned the wooden bridge.  Two more bridges were built on the original stone piers until the last one burned in 1882.  The BridgePark bridge will be erected on these same stone piers.  The full article by Frank Griggs in STRUCTURE Magazine can be located here: “James River Bridge at Richmond, Virginia.” 

Lastly, I want to remind everyone of the CSI Richmond Chapter’s simplified sponsorship and advertising package.  One low price of $350.00 provides our sponsors exposure on the CSI Richmond Chapter website, in the monthly Richmond Report newsletter, and at all Richmond Chapter events.  Also included in this price is the opportunity for sponsors to provide project spotlights in the Richmond Report.  This gives our sponsors multiple opportunities to place their brand in front of our membership, as well as all of our website visitors, and will include a direct live link to your company’s website. Visit the “Our Sponsors” drop-down tab on the Richmond Chapter website for a look. We hope that after considering this opportunity, you will decide to support the CSI Richmond Chapter.  Sponsorship makes our events possible.

The CSI Richmond Chapter looks forward to seeing you at the AIA Front Porch event for the presentation of the BridgePark project.  Please regularly check your email and the Richmond Chapter’s “Calendar of Events” for notices and information about upcoming events.  Attorneys Jim Watson and Betsy Dulin with Coates & Davenport, P.C. will be speaking in November on risk management issues affecting a broad range of industry professionals.  Our events are open to all.  We also welcome participation from members and will be glad to have your assistance on any committee!  Please feel free to email us or grab someone from the leadership team at any of our events! 

 Joseph A. Oglesby III, PE, Esq.

Senior Associate 

Risk Manager 

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