LACSI News Jan-Feb 2018

The LACSI News is prepared for members of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute and others interested in the mission of LACSI. The LACSI News provides information on chapter events, chapter members, West Region CSI and Institute activities, and other articles of interest to the Los Angeles architecture and construction community. LACSI is a professional organization providing members opportunities to share information about materials and methods of construction, and to promote improved preparation, delivery and use of construction documents.


2018 Construction and Economic Forecast By Cliff Brewis – Vice President, Dodge Data and Analytics

Join us for the 2018 Dodge & Data Analytics construction and economic forecast. At this annual event the Orange County, Los Angeles, and Inland Empire CSI Chapters join together to learn from economic forecast leaders. Our industry has relied upon the yearly projections of McGraw-Hill Construction/Dodge Data & Analytics for many years. Cliff Brewis never disappoints!

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January 30th – TECH WORKSHOP

No Workshop this month due to special location.

OCCCSI Holiday Party

Photos of LACSI members taken at the holiday party hosted by the Orange County Chapter at Antonello’s Restaurant on Tuesday evening, Dec. 5th.

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LACSI NITE – Feb. 20, 2018

Annual FREE education and product show

To be held at the Omni Hotel at California Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 20th. Education sessions start at 3pm. For Education Seminar Registration and for Sponsorship Registration, please follow the links below.

Sponsor Registration
Education Seminar Registration

LACSI Certification Prep Classes

Begin Saturday morning, Jan. 20th.

Classes will be hosted by Gensler at their office in Downtown LA, 500 S. Figueroa St. See the LACSI website for more information.

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President’s Column

by Monique Birault, CSI, CDT, AIA

Happy New Year!!! Get your calendar ready, the first quarters events are all about the future of our industry! Save the Dates: January 30th, February 20th and March 28th.

We look forward to kicking off the New Year with you on January 30th as we learn the 2018 construction industry economic forecast with renowned speaker Cliff Brewis at our annual joint meeting bringing together LA CSI and Inland Empire CSI, event hosted by Orange County CSI. 

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Institute Report, Winter 2017

by West Region Institute Director, Linda Stansen, RA, CSI, CCS, SCIP

As part of the ongoing efforts to update CSI’s visibility in the construction industry, microsite renovation has been taking place. I’m sure many of you are aware of the proposed changes and have questions. Some of the responses to feedback that has been received are below.

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Member News

West Region Leadership Conference

The West Region held a conference for emerging CSI leaders in Walnut Creek, CA on the weekend of Nov. 3-5, 2017.  Los Angeles was represented by Lola Wilson and Kin Lee.  Here are their comments on the conference.

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constructive thoughts

by Sheldon Wolfe, FCSI, Distinguished Member, CCS, CCCA, RA

Wayward Websites – There’s often a lag between the time something new comes along and the time it is fully incorporated into our lives or work. When websites first came online, in the mid-’90s, they had obvious potential but companies weren’t sure what to do with them. As I recall, many of them focused on the history of the company, stocks and market activity, and various other things useless to most visitors. The content was what the company owner thought was interesting; it was not what the prospective customers needed.

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BuchNotes #75


The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte – Perhaps it’s an unlikely subject for those of us in the design and construction industry, but The Visual Display of Quantitative Information is nevertheless a useful and beautifully designed and printed book on the subject of graphs and charts that each of us encounter every day.  For certain, the subject wasn’t attractive to the publishers the author approached with his manuscript so he ended up publishing the book himself.  What a mistake that was for those who refused him!

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Sustainable Design and Construction Resources

by Kelly McArthur Ingalls, CSI, CDT, LEED AP

New White Paper on Making Sustainability Claims: UL Environment

UL Environment (UL) has released a white paper, “Neither Boastful Nor Bashful: Making Effective Sustainability Claims,” which addresses “greenwashing” or making false or misleading statements about the sustainable attributes of products. The Federal Trade Commission oversees and enforces false advertising, e.g. for misleading claims about a product’s recycled content or biodegradability. 

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The Seven Not-So-Deadly Sins of Punctuation


Ever notice how many things come in sevens? We have the seven continents [1], seven seas, seven days of the week, Snow White’s seven dwarves, seven colors of a rainbow [2], George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” [3], The Seven Samurai, The Seventh Seal, The Seven Year Itch, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. And speaking of movie sevens, we can’t forget Se7en, with its grisly depiction of the seven famous deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride [4]. So today we’re going to talk about seven other sins, just as vile and lethal as Se7en’s seven: The Seven Deadly Sins of Punctuation!

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Continuing Education: Confusion at the Bottom Line

BY Michael D. Chambers FAIA, FCSI, CCS

Continuing education for design professionals is arguably the most effective and powerful marketing opportunity available to construction product manufacturers in North America.  However, there appears to be some confusion as to what continuing education is supposed to accomplish.  In my opinion and experience, continuing education can bring three things to the bottom line.  First is brand recognition, second is getting specified, and third is holding specifications against non-competitive substitutions.

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Chapter leadership

LACSI Board of Directors and Committee Chairs

President: Monique Birault, CSI, CDT | (213) 740-3060 |
Vice President #1: Rene Sarver, CSI | (310) 480-7108 |
Vice President #2: Greg Maechling, CSI | (310) 343-5119 |
Secretary: Mr. Dane Olson, CSI | (714) 330-5110 |
Treasurer: Valarie Harris, FCSI, CCPR | (714) 470-7404 |
Controller: Mitch Lawrence, CSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA | (213) 880-8395 |
Director #1: Kin Lee, CSI, CCCA, AIA, LEED AP | (323) 405-2532 | kinlee823@gmail
Director #2: Kelly Ingalls, CSI, CDT, LEED AP | (818) 439-2976 |
Director #3: Bill Schmalz, CSI, CCCA, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C | (213) 270-8417 |
Director #4: Mitch Taylor, CSI, CDT | (916) 214-9332 |
Immediate Past President: Valarie Harris, FCSI, CCPR | (714) 470-7404 |

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Upcoming Events


January 20, 2018, The Certification Exam Prep Classes Begin
Classes will be held at the Gensler office in Downtown LA.  See the LACSI website for more information.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Sustainability and Energy Conservation Seminar
Hosted by SoCalGas at their Energy Resource Center in Downey.  See their website or use the link above for more information.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Joint meeting with OC & IE CSI Chapters 
Meeting location will be the Phoenix Club, Anaheim.  See the LACSI website for details.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, LACSI NITE, FREE Education Seminars and Product Show
To be held at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.  See the LACSI website for more information.

March 28, 2018, LACSI Dinner Meeting
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center.