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CSI Richmond Chapter

President’s Message – February 2016

We have a great event planned for this month!  The CSI Richmond Chapter and the Richmond Chapter of the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) have partnered again to provide a panel discussion on “Gray Areas Between Disciplines.”  Our panelists are Mike Cagle, P.E., Executive Vice President of MB Contractors, Lou Wolf, AIA, Principal at SMBW, PLLC, James Willis, P.E., Associate Partner of Syska Hennessy Group, and John Hancock, P.E., Senior Vice President of Stroud, Pence & Associates, Ltd.  Our moderator is Betsy Ennis Dulin, Esq., P.E. with the Construction Law, Public Contracts and Design Liability Group of Coates & Davenport, P.C. in Richmond, Virginia.  AIA Learning Units will be provided.

The panelists will explore the varied aspects of design and construction practices, gaining insight on how cross-disciplinary collaboration can help us all design better projects.  While the panelists will focus on the positive benefits of coordination, I want to remind everyone of their contractual obligations to coordinate.  The AIA suite of contracts provide the following.  These requirements are mutually binding, and failure to comply can be found to be a breach of the contract.

AIA B101-2007: Standard Form of Agreement between Owner and Architect

§ 3.1.2 The Architect shall coordinate its services with those services provided by the Owner and the Owner’s consultants.

§ 5.6 The Owner shall coordinate the services of its own consultants with those services provided by the Architect.

AIA A201-2007: General Conditions of the Contract for Construction

§ 3.3.1 . . . The Contractor shall be solely responsible . . . for coordinating all portions of the Work under the Contract, unless the Contract Documents give other specific instructions concerning these matters.

§ 6.1.3 The Owner shall provide for coordination of the activities of the Owner’s own forces and of each separate contractor with the Work of the Contractor, who shall cooperate with them.

§ 6.2.1 The Contractor shall . . . coordinate the Contractor’s construction and operations with [the Owner’s and separate contractors’] as required by the Contract Documents.

AIA C401-2007: Standard Form of Agreement between Architect and Consultant

§ 2.4 The Consultant shall coordinate its services with those of the Architect and other consultants in order to avoid unreasonable delay in the orderly and sequential progress of the Architect’s or other consultants’ services. The Consultant shall coordinate all aspects of its design of the Work for This Portion of the Project with the Work designed by the Architect and other consultants, as necessary for the proper coordination of the Project.

Mike Cagle, P.E. is Executive Vice President of MB Contractors.  With 22 years of experience in the construction industry, Mike has developed a strong ability to estimate cost and provide guidelines to help keep projects within budget.  He has estimated and assembled bids on various hard-bid public and negotiated private projects ranging from $100,000 to $100 million.  Mike is the primary point of contact and coordinator of projects during the bidding or preconstruction phase. He provides comprehensive conceptual estimates and detailed budgets by working with key subcontractors and suppliers.  Mike graduated magna cum laude from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina.  His engineering background and extensive estimating experience gives him the ability to provide valuable cost savings suggestions to bring maximum value to projects without sacrificing scope and quality.  Mike joined MB Contractors in 2002 as Chief Estimator. Mike was promoted to Executive Vice President in July 2006. As Executive Vice President, Mike is responsible for the estimating department and provides valuable sales and marketing direction to both hard-bid public and negotiated private opportunities.

Lou Wolf, AIA is a Partner with SMBW, PLLC.  Lou joined SMBW in 2001.  Prior to his move to SMBW, Lou worked in the Dallas community for 19 years—17 years working for Corgan Associates Inc. as an Associate. His work included various projects from academic, municipal, historic renovation, adaptive re-use, corporate office buildings, and airport facilities.  At SMBW, Lou served as Principal in Charge of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Expansion project including a Sculpture Garden and a 600 car parking deck while collaborating with Rick Mather of London, England. Lou has played a significant role in SMBW’s success by adding technical skills to various projects, including the University of Richmond Weinstein Hall, United Network of Organ Sharing Headquarters Building, City of Richmond City Hall Re-cladding, University of Richmond Quadrangle Renovation, and numerous Research Buildings at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.  Lou has served various positions on the Board for AIA-Richmond for over eight years and served as President in 2011. He also served as the Vice President of Communications and Outreach on the Virginia Society of AIA Board 2011-2012, Director of the Richmond Chapter of Construction Specifications Institute’s Board, VSAIA Board Liaison for the Virginia Center for Architecture Board, and the AIA-Richmond Chapter representative to Virginia Society of AIA's Government and Industry Affairs Commission since 2005.  Lou is NCARB Certified.  He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from North Dakota State University in 1982.

James Willis, P.E. is an Associate Partner and site leader for Syska Hennessy’s Richmond, Virginia office.  James has over thirty years of experience working as an HVAC consulting engineer.  Currently, his roles include business development, project management, and the engineering of HVAC systems for mission critical facilities, commercial, healthcare, and educational clients in Central Virginia.  James graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.

John Hancock, P.E. is a Senior Vice President of Stroud, Pence & Associates, Ltd.  John serves as the Branch Manager of the Richmond, Virginia office and has been active in engineering since 1984 when he joined Stroud Pence.   His experience includes the design of numerous buildings, water treatment structures, parking structures, etc., ranging from small shopping centers to office buildings up to 14 stories tall, from school additions to award winning museum projects and two $50,000,000 plus performing arts centers.  John also has extensive design experience in the renovation and rehabilitation of many different types of structures and as a Special Inspector as defined by the International Building Code. He has performed field observations, overseen the inspection staff, reviewed shop drawings, monitored test reports, and prepared the final Statement of Special Inspections for numerous projects.  As Branch Manager, John maintains administrative and technical responsibility for structural engineering aspects of a broad range of projects.  Responsibilities include development of project criteria and establishment of preliminary budgets, supervision and quality control for production of construction drawings, and quality control responsibilities during construction.  John received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Detroit and his Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, and Nebraska.

Betsy Ennis Dulin, Esq., P.E., is a civil engineer and attorney with over 25 years’ experience representing clients in the planning, financing, design, and construction of major public and private infrastructure and manufacturing projects.  Betsy’s law practice also has included environmental regulation and compliance, commercial transactions, risk management, professional liability, toxic tort defense, legislation and public policy development.  Betsy is a founding dean of the College of Information Technology and Engineering at Marshall University and is an adjunct professor at Virginia Tech.  Betsy is a graduate of West Virginia University and Virginia Tech, with a BS degree in civil engineering and MS degree in environmental engineering, respectively, and completed her law degree at Washington & Lee University.  Betsy is a member of CSI, NSPE, ASCE, and SAME.

In addition to this excellent upcoming event, the CSI Richmond Chapter hosted its first Lunch and Learn at the Boulders on Friday, February 12.  The topic was “Geotechnical and Environmental Aspects of Sustainable Design and LEED” presented by Ray Destephen of Schnabel Engineering.  We were excited to bring the Chapter’s Lunch and Learn series to the Boulders.  Please check our calendar regularly for when more events will be held there. 

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 all of our events.  Please regularly check your email and the Richmond Chapter’s “Calendar of Events” for notices and information about upcoming events.  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!