LACSI News Mar-Apr 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.


Los Angeles Community College District Measure CC Bond Program In Conjunction with the American Society of Professional Estimators

Join LACSI and ASPE for an evening of great food and an informative presentation by David Salazar, Chief Facilities Executive for Los Angeles Community College District, at an historic Los Angeles restaurant! This month’s meeting will be held at Taix French Restaurant in Silver Lake.  For details on the location and program click here.

As always, see our website,, where you can make your reservation.

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March 28th – TECH WORKSHOP

No Workshop this month due to special location.

LACSI Certification Prep Classes

Attendees at the first CDT class on Jan 20th

LACSI Certification Prep Classes

LACSI’s certification exam prep classes will wrap up on March 24th with a presentation on the AIA General Conditions of the Contract for Construction. This is the 14th consecutive year LACSI has offered exam prep courses. Classes are in session for the CDT, CCS, and CCPR exam. The CDT classes have been hosted by Megan Lubaszka at Gensler in their office Downtown.

President’s Column

by Monique Birault, CSI, CDT, AIA

We are pleased to announce the sold out 2018 LACSI NITE was a success!! We are reminded that one of the greatest benefits of LACSI is participation! The knowledge of experts in a supportive community of talented people = great outcomes that help you get your job done successfully!

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Northwest + West Region Conference

Come to Alaska May 4th & 5th!

The Cook Inlet CSI Chapter will host this year’s bi-region conference at the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska. This will be an exciting weekend of Education, Networking, 2-Day Manufacturer Trade Show, sightseeing, and the opportunity to experience all there is to enjoy in the LAST FRONTIER. Use the Read More link for more details and for registration.

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Institute Report

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

Credentialing is Getting a Makeover! 

New credentialing criteria have been established for the CDT in order to align it with the other certifications offered by CSI.  This involves new requirements for maintaining a CDT certification as well as renewal fees.  The Institute Board feels that there is greater value in making the CDT a certification rather than a certificate.  Those who presently have the CDT certificate have 3 years to renew under the new system.  

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constructive thoughts

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

Are Specifiers an Endangered Species?

For many years, there have been debates about the future of construction specifiers. Where will we find new specifiers? Are they all dying off? Is the profession no longer needed? While I believe there is reason for concern, I don’t think much has changed.

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BuchNotes #76


Wedding of the Waters – When New York Governor DeWitt Clinton emptied a keg of Lake Erie water into New York harbor on Nov. 4, 1825 he celebrated the end of construction of the Erie Canal, America’s first great public works project and the beginning of a new era in which traffic on the Canal would lead to explosive growth in both population and commerce in western New York State and the area to the west of the Appalachian Mountains.  As one speaker at the ceremonies described it, “They have built the longest canal in the world in the least time, with the least experience, for the least money and to the greatest public benefit.”  And they surely had.

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Sustainable Design and Construction Resources

by Kelly McArthur Ingalls, CSI, CDT, LEED AP

LEED® Version 4.1 – New Version.

An updated version of LEED Version 4 was announced at the GreenBuild Conference in November 2017. USGBC expects to release the draft rating systems for review. LEED Version 4.1 Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2018, followed by LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C), Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) and LEED Residential and Neighborhood Development (LEED ND). LEED projects will have the option of continuing with LEED v.4 or review the changes and try…

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Finding Your Inner Editor, or How to Grow an Extra Pair of Eyes


Imagine for a moment that it’s June 28th, 1776, and that you are a delegate to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Two weeks ago, you and your fellow delegates appointed a Committee of Five, including Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, to draft a statement explaining why the thirteen American colonies ought to be independent of Great Britain. Now, the committee has submitted its draft document, written mostly by Jefferson, for Congress to review and, the committee assumeshopes, approve. But despite the stature of its authors [1], you and your colleagues did notdon’t approve it. In fact, Congress spendst two days editing it [2], creating—to posterity’s benefit—the Declaration of Independence we know today. Jefferson, however, was appalled at the result. As Bill Bryson says in his book Mother Tongue, “Congress did not…

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Competitive Advantage

BY Michael D. Chambers, FAIA, FCSI, CCS

There is a lot of talk about competitive advantage in the construction product industry. Mostly it is about “faster, better, cheaper”, in terms of how a product is sold and delivered. To my mind it is a rather dated and archaic notion of competition, especially when discussing selling products to design professionals. In my experience, one of the most critical elements in developing a competitive advantage with design professionals is to control the specification process for your product or system. Another element is managing and delivering the knowledge that design professionals need to successfully…

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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


March 28, 2018, LACSI Dinner Meeting with ASPE
Special Location Taix Restaurant – 1911 West Sunset Blvd. – Los Angeles.

Go to details.

April 25, 2018, LACSI Dinner Meeting
The after dinner program will present the unique design for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures currently under construction on the LACMA campus located at Fairfax and Wilshire Blvd.

Watch for meeting location and details.

May 4-5, 2018, Northwest + West Bi-Region Conference 
Anchorage, Alaska

May 23, 2018, LACSI Dinner Meeting
Gensler will make a presentation on the Metropolis project currently under construction in Downtown LA.

June 27, 2018, LACSI Chapter Awards and Officers Installation Banquet