LACSI News July-August 2017

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.

JULY 26TH TOUR & DINNER MEETING

Tour the Battleship USS Iowa

Have you visited the famous Battleship USS IOWA? We hope you and your friends will join LA CSI on July 26th for a private tour followed by dinner on the ship.  The ship is permanently docked in the Port of Los Angeles and includes a Museum.  As always, see our website, where you can read more about the event and make reservations.

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TECH WORKSHOP 5:30 – 6:30

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We will not hold a Tech Workshop in July or August due to the special meeting locations both months. We’ll be back with a Tech Workshop at the September meeting.



NORTHWEST+WEST REGION CONFERENCE

Held in Seattle in May

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President’s Column

by Monique Birault, CSI, AIA

Greetings LA CSI community! I am honored to serve as your President for the next year. I look forward to working with you to carry out your vision and broaden our reach within the design and construction industry. To share a little about me, I am a registered architect with over 20 years of experience in the Los Angeles area. I received a Master’s Degree in Architecture from…

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WEST REGION CORNER

The West and Northwest Regions held a very successful bi-region conference in Seattle, WA from May 18th to 20th. The conference was attended by approximately 150 professionals and was packed with excellent technical presentations on both Friday and Saturday, a provocative keynote speaker, and a sold-out product show. The chapter leaders development sessions…

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MEMBER NEWS

BY Valarie Harris, FCSI CCPR

As my two years as LACSI President are closing out, I am very proud of what we have accomplished at the chapter and look forward to the next years as well. Our fiscal year and terms of office begin July 1st. LACSI is a great place to make a connection that enhances not only our ability to do our jobs today but to make lasting connections that help though out our careers. If you are a design…

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constructive thoughts

by Sheldon Wolfe, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, RA

Small Brush with Fame
One of the most treasured awards I received from CSI is the Ben John Small Memorial Award. First presented in 1996, and limited to one per year, only eleven people have received this award. The award, originally intended “to honor those who have achieved outstanding stature and proficiency as specifiers,” is named after Ben John Small, charter member and president of the…

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BuchNotes #72

by Ed Buch, CSI, CCS, AIA, LEED AP

Dearest of Geniuses, A Life of Theodate Pope Riddle describes life in high society America in the first half of the 20th Century through the personal and professional experiences of one of the first women architects in New York. Born into a wealthy Ohio family in 1867, Theo Pope attended Miss Porter’s School for Girls in Connecticut until 1887. Her first interest in design or construction…

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In Praise of Plain English

BY BILL SCHMALZ, CSI, CCCA, FAIA

If you’re like me, you’ve been in a lot of hotel elevator lobbies, but I bet you’ve never seen a lobby sign like the one above. And for good reason: If there were to be a fire, people would panic, so they need to understand the sign’s message in a moment’s glance. They can’t afford to waste an extra second thinking about what the sign is trying to say. Of course, the sign you have seen…

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Chapter leadership

LACSI Board of Directors and Committee Chairs

President: Monique Birault, CSI, CDT | (213) 740-3060 | Birault@usc.edu
Vice President #1: Rene Sarver, CSI | (310) 480-7108 | rsarver@weatherizationpartners.com
Vice President #2: Greg Maechling, CSI | (310) 343-5119 | gmaechling@malarkeyroofing.com
Secretary: Mr. Dane Olson, CSI | (714) 330-5110 | dane.olson@prosoco.com
Treasurer: Valarie Harris, FCSI, CCPR | (714) 470-7404 | Valarieh@pacbell.net
Controller: Mitch Taylor, CSI, CDT | (916) 214-9332 | mitch@woodinst.com
Director #1: Kin Lee, CSI, CCCA, AIA, LEED AP | (???) ???-???? | ???
Director #2: Kelly Ingalls, CSI, CDT, LEED AP | (818) 439-2976 | kelly.lacsi2018@gmail.com
Director #3: Bill Schmalz, CSI, CCCA, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C | (213) 270-8417 | bill.schmalz@perkinswill.com
Director #4: Mitch Taylor, CSI, CDT | (916) 214-9332 | mitch@woodinst.com
Immediate Past President: Valarie Harris, FCSI, CCPR | (714) 470-7404 | Valarieh@pacbell.net

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES

Chapter Dinner Meeting – July 26th
TOUR & DINNER MEETING, USS IOWA, PORT OF LOS ANGELES.

Chapter Dinner Meeting – August 23rd
CAFE PINOT NEXT TO THE CENTRAL LIBRARY ON 5TH ST. DOWNTOWN.

Sept. 13-15, Institute Convention
PROVIDENCE, RI

Chapter Dinner Meeting – September 27th
DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION AT THE MUSIC CENTER, (PROGRAM TO BE ANNOUNCED)