LACSI News March-April 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.

MARCH 22ND DINNER MEETING

Benny Chan, Architectural photographer

Internationally renowned, award winning projects and magazine covers, Benny will present his work and insights for architects to successful architectural photography.

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TECH WORKSHOP 5:30 – 6:30

Building Envelope and Noise Control

Keene Building Products is the premier innovator and manufacturer of 3-dimensional filament products for the building envelope and noise control markets. The noise products are designed for construction projects such as multi-family apartments and condominiums to stop impact and airborne noise, while the building envelopes products can be utilized in wall, masonry, roofing, and foundation applications to eliminate moisture issues. Kip Bretting, Southwest Regional Manager for Keene Building Products will make the presentation.



LACSI | OCCSI | IECSI JOINT DINNER

Photos from January Dinner Meeting

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President’s Column

By Valarie Harris, FCSI, CCPR

LACSI Educating and Connecting People to Improve Construction.
It takes a swarm…
I hope when you read this we will all be basking in the glow of a very successful LACSI Nite. This year the board and a dedicated group of volunteers and a swarm of others all worked together to change up on of our signature events. We have a new location, new team, lots of advance planning, new keynote speaker and a lot of volunteers each doing just a small part.

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WEST REGION CORNER

Make plans now to attend the NorthWest & West Bi-Region Conference being held in Seattle from May 18th to 20th. The conference group rate is now available at the Sheraton Seattle hotel. For more information see the NW region website.

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CSI Institute News

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

I attended the CSI Institute Board of Directors winter meeting was held January 21st to 23rd in Tucson, Arizona, just after the completion of the Master Specifier’s Retreat. It was a concentrated series of meetings addressing services and programs that are being refreshed and made more readily accessible to our membership.

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constructive thoughts

by Sheldon Wolfe, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, RA

Tower of Babel

Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

I recently enjoyed watching a video clip of a senate confirmation hearing, in which Scott Pruit, EPA Administrator nominee, was being grilled by Joni Ernst, Senator from Iowa (the fun starts at about 2:14). At issue was the term WOTUS, or “Waters of the United States.”

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MEMBER NEWS – CHAPTER ELECTIONS

BY STUART FRICKE, PE, CSI, CCS, ASCE

LACSI will hold its annual election for chapter officers and directors at the end of March via a Survey Monkey ballot. The nominating committee has been working on a slate of candidates to fill the following positions: President, Vice President #1, Treasurer, Director #1 and Director #3. The nominating committee will receive suggestions for candidates until Monday, March 6th. Please send them to sfricke@portla.org. The slate of candidates will be presented to the members at the dinner meeting on March 22nd at which time nominations from the floor will be taken.



BuchNotes #70

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

Paper – Paging Through History
Architects use a lot of paper in the course of a project so I thought it would be interesting to read about its history along with the history and development of paper in general. From rolls of sketch paper, (“flimsy” or “bum wad” as it’s commonly known), to construction drawings on 1000H or 1025 Papercloth, to blueprints, to diazo process blueline paper, and more recently drawings xerographically printed on bond paper, it’s been quite an evolution over the past 150 years.

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Sustainable Design and Construction Resources

by Kelly McArthur Ingalls, CSI, CDT, LEED AP

John C. Fremont High School Modernization and Expansion Project Achieves LEED Gold Rating
John C. Fremont High School, located at 7676 South San Pedro Street in Los Angeles, was established in 1924. Notwithstanding general upkeep and maintenance over the years, by 2010 a modernization and expansion program was clearly needed. Its facilities were outdated, calling for additional classroom space. building systems improvements, new HVAC, lighting, plumbing and communications systems, and compliance with disabled access. Fire safety and sitework upgrades were needed.

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THE 65,000,029-YEAR-OLD DINOSAUR

BY BILL SCHMALZ, CSI, CCCA, FAIA

“It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits.”—Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Have you heard this one? A class of school children touring a natural history museum come to a fossil skeleton of a dinosaur. When one of the kids asks a guard how old the fossil is, he tells her, “65,000,029 years old.” The teacher is surprised and asks how he knew the age so precisely. “Well,” he says, “when I started working here, I asked them how old this dinosaur was, and they said it was 65 million years old. And that was 29 years ago.”

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WHERE ARE THE SPECIFIERS?

BY CHERISE LAKESIDE, CSI, CDT

My CONSTRUCT blog assignment this month is to write about a hot topic in specifying. With the ever increasing speed and change in projects and products every day, this blog could have been about anything. I chose to write about something that I am not hearing much about but that I am seeing with increased frequency. Something that really concerns me. Where are the trained Specifiers? Am I the only one noticing a major shortage?

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Chapter leadership

LACSI Board of Directors and Committee Chairs

President: Valarie Harris, FCSI, CCPR | (714) 470-7404 | Valarieh@pacbell.net
Vice President: Rene Sarver, CSI | (310) 480-7108 | rsarver@weatherizationpartners.com
Vice President: Monique Birault, CSI, CDT | (213) 740-3060 | Birault@usc.edu
Secretary: Mr. Dane Olson, CSI | (714) 330-5110 | dane.olson@prosoco.com
Treasurer: Janet Piccola, FCSI | (714) 679-5730 | jpiccola@behr.com
Controller: Mitch Lawrence, CSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA | (213) 880-8395 | mlla@earthlink.net
Director: Bill Schmalz, CSI, CCCA, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C | (213) 270-8417 | bill.schmalz@perkinswill.com
Director: Kelly Ingalls, CSI, CDT, LEED AP | (818) 439-2976 | kelly.lacsi2018@gmail.com
Director: Greg Maechling, CSI | (310) 343-5119 | gmaechling@malarkeyroofing.com
Director: Mitch Taylor, CSI, CDT | (916) 214-9332 | mitch@woodinst.com

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES

Chapter Dinner Meeting – March 22nd
BENNY CHAN, ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Chapter Dinner Meeting – April 26th
KATE MERGEN, DIRECTOR, GOVERNMENTAL & REGULATORY AFFAIRS, ASSOCIATION OF GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF CALIFORNIA

Chapter Dinner Meeting – May 24th
DEAN VLAHOS, CSI, CCCA, FAIA, LEED AP AND T. DARREN BARKER, ESQ. – To present a recent defect litigation decision naming SOM in Bay Area case.

Chapter awards and officers installation party – June 28th
(more information to come)